Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bat Girl Goes Out Finish!

 "Bat Girl Goes Out" started out as the original Hexie Flower in the center. These pretty little Hexie flowers were purchased on Ebay. They are vintage and quite fragile. I placed this one on a bold lime green  background of linen scraps. Appliqued the Hexie flower on and then made it into a Snowball block.

I played around two summers ago with "15 Minutes of Play" over at and came up with the outside borders of making fabric chunks and onto the original block they went. It's so much fun to just go for it and experiment. 

I am constantly inspired by Freeform style of quilts being made and that made me think of my upcoming e-book "Artisan Crazy Quilts" really does show the reader how I start and go towards an unknown, unplanned finish!

I ventured on like a Sherman Tank, doggedly designing as I went, its so fun quilters!

Bat Girl made her first appearance after hand drawing this bat free hand onto fused one side black 100% cotton.

I just had to wait until the little voice told me which way to go at this point!

Then the magic started to happen!

I went back and added a second layer to form the background for the hand applique spooky webby border. 

Yes, it is soo very easy to do! If you don't know how to do this, simple follow these recommendations.

  1. I first had a 3 in. black border.
  2. I added the second multi colored border behind the first black border.
  3. Hand draw out the app. edge design of the black border, using a white quilting pencil on black.
  4. Using a contrasting color of thread, sew a running stitch just inside of the hand drawn line.
  5. Using same color thread as the first border, applique the edge down with a reverse blind stitch.
  6. This reverse blind stitch is something that I use alot in my crazy embroidery stitches.

Many quilters use different approaches and this quilt does demonstrate one of the finishing techniques used from my new e-book "Artisan Crazy Quilts"

I did a pebble free motion quilting around the outer edge. What do you think?

Bat Girl Goes Out Quilt Stats:

29 1/2 x 28 3/4

100% cotton scraps and Halloween Jelly Roll from Moda Fabrics

Needle Finish lightweight batting

Backing fabric from Dr. Suess Collection 100% Organic cotton

Hand Embroidered spider and web using #8 DMC Perle Cotton

Mettler Thread for FMQ 

Free Motion Machine Quilted by Caroline Heinrichs

Hand sewn binding finish Halloween Jelly Roll from Moda Fabrics

Happy Quilting everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sujatas Rail Fence- Updated

Let me apologize, I don't think I have the right settings in place on my phone to add this link into my Blogger posts.

So having said this, Sujata Shaw is an American quilt book author that I just love!!

My book

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Modern Table Runner progress

Table Runner's are great and pretty simple to make if using the Improv methods out there in Blogland.

This one got started using up left over blocks from Burkley's Quilt which I made for my newly minted Grand Nephew.

In my learning of how to create these blocks using Sujata's methods of improv methods from her book, Cultural Fusion Quilts.

The blocks that didn't quite turn out correctly in my opinion, were the base of this Modern Table Runner.

I had no real plan and soon these blocks became a very long table runner and I knew exactly where this new table runner belonged. But more on that later.

this is going to be machine quilted today! Yeah!!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Modern MakeOver-Hand Quilting

Hello quilters, wherever you are, I hope it's lovely outside! Today, I awoke very early in the morning and our cabin was a little chilly. The woodstove warmed up the inside really fast and I sat down to a coffee and a hand quilting project.

I've decided to do hand quilting because this quilt has so much cream solid color in it and I thought it would be really fun to make the dark areas pop up.

I've added a 5 inch border of cream solid colored cotton to the borade and now those crazy blocks just popped!

But for some reason that photo will not load!

I'm linking up with Needle and Thread Network today!

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Mountains in the Mist

When you live somewhere as beautiful as the Bulkley Valley of Beautiful British Columbia, you can be overtaken with a new realization of our spectacular home.

This photo shows the most prominent of all mountains, Hudson's Bay Mountain. Home to powder skiing, x-country and downhill only minutes from down town.

This photo was taken in about January one year, not much ice frozen on the river this year.

This photo show the Babine Range in the background and this small but lovely set of cabins is a great place to catch lake trout.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Bat Girl Goes Out Progress

Hello everyone, thank you to my followers and those just passing through! Don't forget to tell me about what you think of my post?

I am thankful to report that Grandma has pulled her skirts up and is kicking up a storm in recovery! I am so thankful for that. She is one very special Mother in Law. I just knew that, when I looked into her eyes with tears in mine that somewhere in there my beloved Mother in Law was still with us!!

She squeezed my hand hard and seemed to stare intently at me, I spoke of encouragement and blessings she has brought to my life. She has steadily improved with eating, breathing and getting over her stroke one  bit at a time.

Before Thanksgiving urgent Grandma phone calls and trips and more trips, I'm finally getting back to my little wee Halloween project. To be completely honest, I've never really gotten the whole big deal about Halloween!

Really! I grew up in the Northern B.C. area south of Prince Geroge, the largest city in the Interior of B.C. Halloween by that time of year October 30, was always dark and scary. Many times we already had snow on the ground and it was snowing again. When I was a child, our home wa remote, sometimes I went without even going out to school and the neighbours were not the kind I'd walk to even for help!

So being the youngest child, I didn't have anyone else my age to go "Trick or Treating" anyway. Mom always bought a bag of goodies that she left out in a bowl on the table for this one day. 

Halloween became fun for me when I took my little boys out trick or treating. That was fun, making costumes and matching bags. It wasn't too cold and without snow on the ground it was fun!

I did some hand embroidery on the spider and the web.

Its good to be back to quilting again. But filagree is coming into the border, more on that really soon.

I'm still working all over the house without flooring in my sewing studio so I'm waiting for that.

Happy Quilting everyone, thanks for dropping by to visit.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bat Girl Goes Out

I've had the beginnings of this modern art project sitting around for eons. I decided it would be perfect for a Halloween quilt.

I love free form quilting, I really do. It leaves me open to other possibilities that don't become apparent until you sit down and focus.

Now, you might think that this looks kinda crazy right? I've not decided if the Modern crazy patch making of fabric is the same as real Crazy Quilting. What do you think about making of fabric from scraps and do you think its a kinda crazy?

I'm finishing this one today. Check back tomorrow for this gorgeous and creepy finish. \

Happy Quilting everyone!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Artisan Crazy Quilts

Earlier this summer, someone commented about "finishing" and it was very cute to get that comment and here's why?
  • This observant reader had noticed that finished pieces of my crazy quilted art are missing from my blog. Only a few existed until this year.
  • I giggled and felt as if I'd been caught red-handed in the cookie jar.
You, see, I needed time to finish all the extensive embellishment and hand and machine embroidery on my pieces included in my upcoming book. Writing a book or magazine that you produce all by your lonesome self is well, lonely.

But I've been keeping busy with free motion machine quilting!

Finishing my crazy quilts is something quite unusual and has taken on a whole life of its own. Finding the right finish is quite a whole story in itself. One cannot just slam a finish together and quit there. 

So as time went on, I realized that my unusual finishes were really very special and drew a bunch of comments from my friends and family.

My unusual finishes are taught in my new book "Artisan Crazy Quilts" new release date is in the New Year of 2016 which just happens to be the Year of the Monkey according to ChinaTravelGuide.

I grew bolder! As any woman would, I drew on letting the little girl inside me come out in my work. Yes, I grew up with a hand sewing needle in my hand sewing happily, singing my little songs and didn't know myself like I do today.

And I went on, getting bolder as each one was finished. Machine quilting, applique and wild and crazy new stitches!

But you won't find any of my finishes online until this book is released.

I've acquired a few "crazy" fun quilters who have agreed to do a book review for me. I'm planning on Blog Book Tour for all  your crazy quilters. 

Are up for some really 'crazy' new ideas for crazy quilting?  Don't delay, email me to let me know you are in line for a free copy of my first in this series of "Artisan" quilting books.

Here is what is involved with my book tour:

  1. You must have a blog.
  2. You agree to link up during your week and post a review of the book and show us your project that came from the inspired pages of my new book.
  3. You agree to link up the finale with an impressive giveaway of crazy quilting supplies direct from my studio. (I've been working to organize CQ Kits for my new Etsy Shop opening in the New Year)
  4. Your involvement is meant to be rip-roaring fun and so I'll give all those participating in this Blog Book Tour enough time to make a funky project.
All techniques demonstrated in my book are meant to empower home quilters with the regular supplies we'd all have on hand. Machine quilting is meant to be done on your own regular sewing machine. My book is a bit of myth buster for sure!

I'm so excited its very hard to keep it all a secret! 

But this new piece is my Owl CQ and he has two layers of machine quilting on his border. In my book, I talk at length on how I go about free hand free motion machine quilting using my favorite variegated threads.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you, 8 more bloggers are required, so get busy and email me now!

Happy Quilting everyone:)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Roadside Autumn Market-Update

I first posted these as we were traveling through B.C.'s beautiful Fraser Canyon, this 84 Km length is a photographer's dream at any time of day. It was the ONLY way through to the Northern Interior of B.C. until a decade or two ago when the B.C. Ministry of Transportation made a second route over the mountains to Merritt, which is also lovely, but can be deadly in the winter. Its really a great highway, but because the mountains determine the weather so much, it is one to miss in winter if you're a visitor.

This time of year is really colorful with all the trees turning golden and brown. But its the friendly people and drive by markets that make it really special.

(Thank You Wiki for this photo.)

If  you are planning a trip to B.C. in the coming years, please do make this part of B.C. on your itinerary! Just click on the link above for all the information links you'd require.

If you are planning a trip, I also recommend visiting little Lilloet, B.C, which is perched on another gorgeous Lilloet River Canyon. 

Happy Autumn, Happy Quilting folks!

Clinton, B.C.

Many years ago, I bused from Vancouver Island to Smithers. I struck up a conversation with an woman on the bus. She lives in Clinton, B.C and we talked almost all the way about quilting.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thank You!

As life would have it, we "wait" sometimes more than we "do" sometimes.

We drove, taking turns. We witnessed a special moment of wild California Big Horn sheep grazing along the road.

Our valley is turning brown before the snow begins to fall. Brown takes over from the glorious gold. Bulkley River levels are up and down with the rains that come first.

And then I read the kind comments of all of you, who sustain my creative spirit until I return. Thank you kind friends from all over the world. I'll be back again creating and your thoughts and prayers will stay with me forever.

Thank you!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

4 Tips For Writing Great Craft Content

I'm no expert in this field, but I do love to learn!

I first discovered that "content" is very important back in 2009 trying to improve my blog's standing in the Search Engine's of the Internet. Yes, what you write is what will get you attention of the intricate web of fingers inside the The Internet's various search engines. 
SEO always looking for great fresh content and I joined up with Google Analytics. I'm still learning alot from my sons who help me to understand how and why its needed to succeed with attracting and keeping followers or visitors to your blog. You do need a google account.

I found this video very helpful on understanding more about Google Analytics.

Now, onto exploring how to write your best content. 

#1- Get Organized

I have a husband who has used gantt charts for years in his work. When I first asked him questions on how to get myself more organized he suggested this link.

The work I've been doing since 2009 must be starting to pay off in attention because my blog pops up with a variety of search words. That means my content is broad enough to be visible to search engines and defined enough to always be on the first page of a google search. Its important that you use similar key words every once in a while, not all the time, its redundant to your readers and can lead to less traffic.

I have been working on my writing and trying to improve. Its not rocket science, I've just put one foot in front of the other and stayed focused on moving forward with my blog. And look where my standings are on Google in terms of this search "best content for quilt bloggers"?

Your own thinking plays a huge role in what you decide to blog about or publish about. Thinking big is better because it allows you to expand your mind to help you learn the possibilities.

#2 Stay Focused

I have been working hard to maintain my pace, allow for life's little interruptions and stay on task when I am writing and quilting. Writing in the quilting or crafting market is a huge market to stand out in. You've got to find your people, that means the people who love your work will talk about your work often. Its even better if other bloggers link up to your work.

Really think about your blog post titles. Even if it takes some time, if you don't have time to think about the title, then what great content are you really writing? Now, sometimes I'm lazy and just want to do it quickly and I do see that whenever I post with a "lazy" title, that post gets little attention or viewers. So this tells me that post titles are critical.

Here's an example of a lazy post title:
"What I'm up to today"

Here's an example of a great post title:
"4 Tips For Writing Great Craft Content"

#3 Networking is not just talking to friends

Just yesterday I was texting with an online quilter who blogs over at and she was saying she had just been talking about my blog to a friend of her's over tea. She lives in Indiana and is 75 years old and she was talking about Good Earth Quilting. We are several thousand miles apart and yet, my work is discussed over tea in Indiana!

Her Etsy shop is full of interesting things and she has made a bunch of sales. If you want to know how many sales any Etsy shop has made, simply look to the left under Shop Info and you'll be able to see the sales of anyone's shop. 

Carolyn is a one woman dinamo, her Craftsy site lists numerous patterns she is busy publishing online and sells them as online downloads. When I asked her about her experience, she is willing to share and happy to help. When I asked her why she had more than one shop, she explained it just made sense to get your stuff out to as many areas online as possible.

I'm making the point that age has nothing to do with success. I'm talking about success as a home based female who wants to turn her crafting into something more. Success is not about beating others to the goal line, its about being who you are and having a dream.Caroline Heinrichs (C) 2015

Please read about Janska.  How one 62 year old woman who had a dream to make accessible clothing and she made it even though, she had no skills in sewing, just the drive to make it happen. While you are reading this article on Janska in the Huffington Post, pay attention to the writing of the content. Be aware of the possibilities.

These words of wisdom pay a heavy role in my life, I read this little quilt almost everyday. I have the courage to change the things I can change and so do you. The key to online publishing not letting your fear of failure control you. If you keep saying someone else will succeed more than yourself, then it will happen. 

#4 Don't Let Go Of Your Dreams

Everyone has something really great to say, so get organized, be committed to your dream, stay focused and don't let go of your dreams. I feel like a late bloomer, really I do, I'm almost 60 years old and I'm more focused, more attentive to my dreams.

Lots of friends, family and even nieghbours will discourage you. Other people who don't live in your life will make judgements of you and your dreams. Its been my experience that when you feel good about yourself and you let your little light shine, some of the closest people to you, will doubt you and say so.

This will deflate your dreams quicker than lightening! 

Its up to you and only you to make a change in your life. I can't let others decide my future. I can't let the muffled talk behind my back of others take the drive out of my plan. I have to drive that plan around them and smile while I'm doing it. Sometimes, when you stand out, you can get some tomatoes thrown your way and here is why it happens.

  • Social connections play a large role in our lives. Friends and family don't want things to change and they like you just as you are. So unknowingly, for your own good they will try to soothe your exuberance by saying "Oh, its OK, you don't have to become a millionnaire do you?" We hear this little voice inside our head, even though you try to ignore it saying the doubtful words of your failure and suddenly you've failed. Failing is the easy route to take. 
  • Succeeding takes balls, focus and you need some blinders from the distractions of your life. My husband often says I drive like a man. When asked why he thinks this, he said "You drive with confidence, often most women drive like they are asking for space on the road. You drive like you know your vehicle" I thought about that and decided I needed to be more confident in my conviction to my dream to write not only one e-book, but many e-books.
Thanks for reading this latest installement. I'm enjoying the feedback and if you are a first time reader of my blog, start following me to learn even more.

This is what I'm working on right now.

And today is Saturday and I'm linking up with favorite blogger Zenia over at A Quilted Passion

A Quilted Passion

Happy Quilting everyone!

Portable Craft Station Tutorial

This little craft station is the one I had until I lost it somewhere over the summer. I made the first one many years ago before I started blogging. I find it to be perfect for using as a craft station on my lap. I can quickly put it aside when I need to move and it keeps everything in place.

Portable Craft Station

Supplies beyond the cardboard and batting:
(4)  4 1/2 x 16 in.strips of alternate fabric for flaps on sides
(2)  2 x 16 in. strips complementing the craft station background fabric
(2) 16 x 10 3/8 in fabric for craft station background
(2) 2 by 7 in. small pin cushion fabric
(2) 16 x 1 in. rug binding
(2) 4 x 11 3/4 in batting for flaps
spray adhesive and tape

-Start by cutting out the cardboard and batting for the craft station base.

-Then using tape, secure all the sides together, I wanted the bounce in the cardboard, but if you like, you could use spray adhesive between the cardboard layers.

-Then spray down each side of the base and glue down the batting to fit, trim the batting slightly all around the edges.

-Then cut the background fabric, the two top edge strips, flap fabric and the two flap batting pieces. set aside.

-Then sew the top edge fabric strip to the base background pieces, press, then sew the rug binding each side of base. Press all these seams well, the whole cardboard slides in tight,which is what you want, but be sure to have pressed seams well to one side.

-Sew the two flap pieces together for each side flap, then press and add the batting into these two pieces and machine quilt.

- Lay one base background face up and position the quilted flaps on top.

- Lay the second base background fabric on top of this base with good sides facing each other.

-Then pin layers good sides together and sew a slim 1/4 in. edge seam along only the three sides not including the rug binding top edge which is left open.

-Turn the base inside out and press well.

- Then sew the two pin cushion strips together and sew leaving a small stuffing opening slit along one side. Stuff and hand sew the closure edge. 

- Then pin the top rug binding edge together with heavy duty thread in same color as your project. Start sewing on one side, holding the hand sewn edge of the pin cushion with the top edge seam you are hand sewing, include the pin cushion as you go along the top edge to finish the project. Lastly, slip the two cardboard pieces into the flaps or not, its up to you.

This is one tutorial I've wanting to share for quite some time. It makes a wonderful gift to a friend who also does hand stitching and the flaps serve me well for keeping my scissors, thread and even a snack tucked inside.

Happy Quilting everyone!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Publishing Online Series- Content Writing

Hello folks and welcome to my latest installment of my experience with online publishing.

Content is very important. Its the 'stuff' makes a viewer become a buyer of your stuff. 

Here's why:

  • Content on our blogs can be successfully written in Word, crafted "fine tune like" as if you are blogging for millions of viewers, much like A Beautiful Mess. Emma and Elsie the creators of A Beautiful Mess didn't start out with millions of viewers. They were in love with their ideas and knew beyond a doubt they had something special. Many up's and down's shrouded the two in the beginning. I've been following them since the beginning. I've read the heart ache and the goals these two set all while finding love and loosing love. It was a very personal expression of their journey. For me reading all those years ago, I was studying their start and their struggle. I wanted to learn. I was one lucky reader who really worked with their early years of encouragement tasks about blogging. I first found their site by clicking on a Pinterest photo of braid treatments for long hair. Their site now is just absolutely one not to miss. Its a total inspiration. Oh and by the way, these two have got content down pat! So there is alot to be learned.
  • Blogging is really the beginning for many of us who turn into guru's of content and make gazillions of dollars doing it. Hopefully, this is enough for to make you take a second look at the whole idea of online publishing. I'm not an expert, but I'm learning fast. Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks?

Now, if you are overwhelmed by this opportunity just reading about it, then maybe going into publishing beyond your blog is not for you.  I mean in the nicest way. Its taken me hours of thinking, planning and doing everything. But I like to have control of my work and go at my own pace so this is a sure winner for me. 

  • Content that sucks will not help your success.
  • Content that is written like you are an engineer writing technical memo's and brief's is just not on if you are writing in the crafting genre. So really know who you are  before you go forward. It will pay off in the end.
  • Content needs to be organized in a way that makes sense for the majority of readers.
  • Content can be purchased here
  • An interesting article entitled "Writing Craft Books" by journalist Diane Gilleland of my recent blog hop on EPP Projects, remember the cute little Mug Rugs I made.

I think you are all up on understanding where this car is driving with really being sure about your decision to write a book. But I'll be sharing more on this interesting subject in the coming days. I think you'll really enjoy reading about the murky world of book author advances and the realities of those, tax wise.

In the meantime, enjoy the buck who has been keeping our dog on guard over the night. Here I got a long shot of him as he's really deciding is it safe for him to enter our closest nieghbour's garden who happens to be in town. 

Funny, how it is that they know when no one is around, except me. Have a great day quilters and do take time for yourself. 

Did you enjoy reading this installment? Leave me a comment, I love your feedback.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rooster Day

When I started Mr. Rooster he was supposed to be a fast made Fall Fair themed decor art for my booth at the 2011 Bulkley Valley Fall Fair.

It was a really fun event and one that I'd sure like to do again. I was busy trying my interest at selling organic 100% cotton. And it does contain some awesome photo's of the whole booth for your interest by going to the post published back in 2011.

This summer Rooster I See You gained more attention and I decided that I didn't like it that this poor rooster had no neck and background.

I began fusing feathers of all free form simply hand-drawn feather shapes onto various similarly colored prints.

This is where I've got so far today.

I think he looks a lot better and I'm dreaming up a Fall Fair themed background maybe. I'm not sure so if you have ideas, please share them in a comment.

Happy Quilting everyone.

Robert Cerins Earrings!!

I just love Robert Cerins earrings for the Art To Wear they promote, but also because they use a different non-reacting metal for their han...