Sunday, August 23, 2015

Little Houses Progress Part 2

I'm so loving this fun quilt along.

I dare say that Kaaren's way of doling out the next parts with lots of lead time is good for me and others too. I'm still cleaning out the camper and restocking for another Mr. GEQ and myself getaway at the lake this coming weekend. So yes, this post is scheduled and I'll read your comments when I get back to civilization.

Between cleaning out the sewing studio as well, I've found some new threads that I thought I had bought hiding behind one of my tables waiting for me. I've  been slightly overwhelmed with fruit and veggies all coming in at the same time. There is only so much refrigerator space available to hold them while I'm visiting with family. I made slow progress.

I did find the tedious chore of rotary cutting and leaning over my table to be a bit of back ache, but I got through it. But that is just where its at for me. I carried on.

I'm so liking this quilt and hoping its not going to get really big. You know? Its not likely to get machine quilted unless I start giving myself deadlines on finishing things and that so gets in the way of creativity! You know how large my UFO list is?

Sorry about the poor light in these shots, but you get what you get when you can get it. I prefer to shoot my photos and video's outside, but sometimes its just impossible.

I'm off to carry on with Part 3. Happy Quilting everyone!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lizzie Bee Cre8tive Pattern Winner

Let me humbly apologize, I don't know where the time went since posting this great little giveaway! But I think fishing was involved!! Heehee...

My Mr. Good Earth Quilting is the best and we love fishing together.

 Mr. GEQ drew a name from the hat last night and I'm really happy to announce that Karen H's name was pulled from the crumpled impartial draw hat.

Congrats to you, Karen!

Many thanks to all the followers who entered this little giveaway. Stay tuned for more interesting and exciting news over the fall months. I've been busy with many new things for this blog, I'm hoping you will like it all, making more tutorials for those of you who are crazy to learn how I do my crazy quilting.

All the best and keep on quilting, fall is just around the corner!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Crazy Quilting Kit

I've been crazy quilting! Yes, several crazy stitching pleasure is happening and its so hard to keep it all quiet online is even more difficult.
My true love of "slow quilting" culminates into the several dozen crazy quilted art projects in the wings. Which brings me to Sharon's crazy quilt kit of supplies.

I'm sorry this took me more weeks to get together!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Clever Embroidery #1 Series- Wendy Welch

This new hand embroidery series is all about profiling skilled talent of embroidery artists all over the world.

This first post is profiling the hand embroidery, using cross stitch of Wendy Welch's hand made art of New Zealand.

Wendy started this project in January and has now finished this awesome Haunted House all by hand. 

Isn't this collection dreamy??

Hello I'm Wendy Welch and I love hand embroidery!

       I think I started before I was 10 years old with wool on plastic canvas.

  My mum taught me embroidery, knitting, crotchet and cross stitch. She is very talented and studied embroidery at high school.

     I take classes at Nancy's Stitch Studio in Wellington, New Zealand. They run a full programme of needlework classes each year and I've had the pleasure of learning from some very experienced teachers there. 

 I follow Kathy Andrew's blog -  She is studying at the Royal School of Needlework in UK and posts about her class work.

         I don't sell my work. It's just for my own and my family's enjoyment.

5.     I love colour, and intricate details. I would rather spend months on one special piece than make six smaller pieces. I see many wonderful things on the internet, but know I can't possibly make everything I admire.

Instagram: @wendysquiltsandmore

My Photo

Thank you Wendy for sharing your inspiration and projects. All your beautiful cross stitching makes me want to start one.

Submit your Work to this new series on hand embroidery!

Are you an embroidery artist or just love to make your own projects just like Wendy, please submit your answers to the following questions.

I'd be thrilled to know more of you out there who actively do hand embroidery. So go ahead and don't be shy.

What age were you when you began hand embroidery stitching?
What teaching did you have when you started?  
Have you taken any classes, if so, where and who would you recommend as an online teacher of embroidery? 
Do you sell your work or is it just for your own enjoyment?
Please tell us what starts you onto a new project, what inspires you? 
Please don’t forget to tell us your blog address, shop address and other related links like facebook or twitter, so followers can find you?

And please submit no more than 5 photos of your work and one photo of you!

Monday, August 10, 2015

2003 Art Gallery Showing

Wow, I'm so flattered. Thank you so much readers and Internet folk that find me and my blog Good Earth Quilting.

 My 2004 Award winning "Silver Linings Crazy Quilt" It was the simple win of that quilt that made me start looking around online for something I could I use to share my quilts. 

And here we are 15 years later and going strong online. Do you remember all the histeria around the clock turning over in 2000?

I was working full time back then, I remember working on the border pieces, hand embroidering on my coffee and lunch breaks. It must have been soothing for me during that time when the student I worked with was a true challenge to remain calm and nurturing for her. As my little light began to shine, I began to find my niche.

I'd love to read about how you found your niche?

And so, to the changes coming to Good Earth Quilting. I'm working behind the scenes on an e-book that I hope will be out before Christmas and I'm working on many more tutorials for crazy quilting.

This all for now, I'm checking into all my archives to find those photos not shared with all of you. Hoping your Monday is a fabulous one. I'm off on a camping trip with my family, see you soon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

400 Posts

I've posted more than 400 posts!

Wow, and how the time has flown? This post is just a tiny look back on all that has been created here on Good Earth Quilting.

I still have yet to finish this lovely "Mexacalli Quilt" and now I've seen it again, its actually hiding somewhere in my studio, come my little mexi-kitty, come now, where are you?

I've included hundreds of links to various interesting sites and this is one of them. This link takes you to SD62 on Vancouver Island where Kindergarten has taken to the woods.

This fine long time quilter used only recycled materials in all her quilts.

I started out in 2007 with the ideas of helping others learn how to reuse, reduce and recycle. But as time went on, my local contact became bored with all the recycling talk and I noticed that people didn't comment on recycling posts, Now, 8 years later, so many blogs and people have become more centered on not wasting precious global energy and have begun to actively reuse clothing into quilts and so much more.

And then I opened up the world to my love of crazy quilting. I had no idea then that this one tutorial would amount to 1/3 of all the views on my blog!

I posted this fine tutorial then and now, its still one of the most viewed on my blog. And while many people have viewed it, used it and probably shared it, only four people left me comment. And one of those was the winner of my "Crazy Quilting Club Kit" who noticed that my new theme has a contact link at the top of my new theme.

And then speaking of tutorials, my "Two Hour Table Runner" has also proven to be a winner in terms of views. I think it would be fun to do a little quilt along just using this tutorial and all linking up? 
Leave me a comment if you'd like to do that one along with me?

And everyone enjoyed my numerous posts on my adventures in growing chickens and eggs.

And you'll be very excited to hear that my "Tropical Punch Crazy Quilt" is finally on its last legs. Hand embroidery is not something I rush. I take the time each piece needs to really give it the glow of a lifetime before its done. I know this takes the "jump for joy excitement" out of any given post, but its my way of doing my crazy quilts that matters, right?

Yes, I do other quilts as well, t-shirt and custom quilts for clients, but really I'm not out there running down every lead on who wants a new quilt? So I move at my own pace and thats the nut of the  butter!

But as you all know, Crazy Quilting is really a true love of mind and this one is coming to an end really soon. And I love it when I see and read about other people's embroidery and crazy quilting! Thanks Greta for this photo, we all look forward to its completion.

And what comes along with hand embroidery is the hand stitching that I do. It keeps my fingers limber and it won't always be easy to do the extensive hand embroidery! What do you do to keep your fingers nimble?

And then the larger of quilts I make was using the funnest Rail Fence block I've seen from Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah.

This Rail Fence border went into the conclusion of an Memorial Quilt I worked on during the winter of 2014/15.

This leads me to how I put my crazy blocks together! Sharon, I'm working on this and I will post this tutorial really soon.
And this brings me to the Google + Crazy Quilting Community that has been started and I'd like to welcome anyone who does crazy quilting, to join me here.

For anyone selling textiles, this is not the spot for it, its all about those of us who make and enjoy crazy quilts to join and share your work. Links are allowed, but not advertisements.

So this is my little wee look back and I'm postive that when I've accomplished another 400 posts, I'll be tickled pink!

Take care and thanks for reading this look back.

Today, I'm linking up with the following awesome bloggers who are hosting linky parties. 

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

The Needle and Thread Network

Monday, August 3, 2015

Little Gifts Call #1

I've been making multi colored dish cloths. These humble little gifts look fabulous tucked into a gift basket. I'm writing up in a mini posts based on the little things I do each year assembling hand made gift baskets. What do you do for little gifty things?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Modern Makeover Flimsy & Give Away

 I've been slipping along, floating down the QuiltyJuice River that began flowing with the latest "cutting and more cutting" assault on my Modern Makeover post a few days ago.

My vision just sort of melted upon the design wall. I had no real plan for this quilt. Nothing even measured, I just kept a good 1/4 in seam allowance and sewed with Baby Lock Melody machine slowly through all the bumps as seams collided with each other. I mean collided.

Collisions like atoms and explosions. I love this freedom!

Once the Ta Da moment of finished flimsey came for me, I was out the door so fast that my dog ran into her bed and was still inside when I came home. You see I don't have majestic museums or long sandy beaches to place my quilts up against for a great photo. But I do have our little old timey celebrity of the historic Quick Anglican Church.

While I've decided that this is a finished top, I do think this wild and free play could be made into a new design which is now on my design pallet.

And now for this gorgeous giveaway for all you loyal followers.

I'm sure you've stumbled upon Lizzie B cre8ive! patterns. I love the work on this innovative and sparkling team over at this company. And this team is wide spread, I'll let you discover her joy!

These are the rules of this little giveaway.

  1. Please do become a follower through email, Bloglovin or by Google Followers Link on this blog.
  2. Once you are a follower, then just leave me a comment about what you think of Lizzie B Cre8tive patterns, have you used these before, what other ideas does her work bring to you?
  3. Deadline for becoming a follower and for entering into this fun little giveaway is August 9th, Sunday, so you've got lots of time to tell your friends to become a follower and share with me.
  4. I'm letting Mr. Good Earth Quilting pick the winner from my funky hat.
Upcoming from the design wall is a little Steam Punk Crazy Quilted Pillow. I don't have a photo of it yet. But just enough embroidery and metal to make you scratch your head and wonder where I'm going these days. 

I've been working on many things as I've elluded in previous posts. More posts are coming down the pipe with listings of the inspired people who make a living with helping bloggers become better at blogging. This has been my latest decision to improve what I offer, how I offer it and how you will want to tell your quilty friends.

Plus, more has been done on the "Little Houses" top in the making.

I'll post when this little flimsy is a finished quilt. All for now, have a great weekend quilting.

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