Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back To School Lesson 2 Progress

I've made some good progress stitching through Suzuko Koseki's book "Playful Patchwork." I'm really feeling a change in myself while working through hand piecing of 'set in seams' and finding I return to her pages for greater clarification of how its done.

Very fine stitching for sure. I'm not sure any of my stitching is that fine as two meet the 1/8th stitch length on both sides of the work.

 Moving houses isn't a fun event, is it really?

I lost my camera for a whole 8 weeks! I had unpacked everything while in pain. This is never a good plan. I completely forgot where it was. That is what pain does to a perfectly good mind.

We are impressed with our realtor Jesse Butler.

Many special thanks to my husband and sons who made the days and weeks of agony somewhat livable as they made me food and brought me pain killers.

My 365 Circle, came to a halt. My family needed me and I needed to get my home in order again. My sewing room came together quite quickly, but I gave it no attention what so ever. Its good to look back on current work.

I did work hand stitching in the wee hours of down time in our lives. Many of you have your own versions of family's needing each other. You help and support each other.

I have had a few moments to gad about to visit some of my favorite blogs, but not the only blogs I follow are listed below.

I love to watch and follow Lin's progress at blog from Europe.

I spent some time using my phone for finding fun pins for my board "Crazy Quilts from the World" while waiting for paint to dry. Please do follow me on Pinterest.

Our gorgeous riverside had camp fires because it rained every other day this past June/July in the Bulkley Valley. There was little concern of forest fires.

I'll get back to my thread painting and have really been enjoying the beautiful work of Monika of MySweetPrairie.ca

I reconnected with the friend of mine who purchased My Purple Crazy and photographed the whole quilt stitching in detail this summer.

Take care and good luck!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School Lesson 1

A few years ago purchased a book by Suzuko Koseki entitled delightfully "Playful Patchwork" and I've decided to work methodically through this book. I rarely do that. Often I skim the pages looking for something that really caught my eye.

I am self taught in most of my quilting skills. Mother taught me to embroider at an early age and the embroidery skills moved to hand piecing.

My skills were average when beginning in hand piecing the Roses Block in Lesson 1.

I am quite happy with the end of this block. I am learning to slow down and enjoy the slow stitching.

Stitching Starts on #makedoquilt

Just a wee bit of non-thinking goes into this piece.



It started with the challenge #makedoquilt on Instagram.

Now comes the stitching.

Happy Quilting to my faithful followers, who have stuck by my side through all of this moving and unpacking business!!

You Rock!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Crazy Quilting Update

Hello all of my quilty friends!

I have been out of touch for a while and lots has been happening. 
We have moved to the South Island and have listed our home in Smithers.

We sold our RV and we bid farewell to a shelter well spent!

I first featured the quilt below in spring of 2015. With completion date met, the owner refused to take possession of it. I was shocked to say the least. I was left with no other recourse to have small claims court for the full payment of this quilt. Serving legal papers took steely nerves on my part and finally after three tries, I managed to serve the owner and I sped away at a high speed.

My friend took the brunt of that served papers and that brought more heartache and worry.

 But the buyer, who paid only half, had more dollars to spend on lawyers to defend why she shouldn't pay the full amount. From my standpoint I've been ripped off in such a sad way. This quilt was first commissioned to me in the fall of 2014 with arrival/completion date of early spring 2015. It holds the image of a young man taken from his family by a heart attack.

 Its a memory quilt!

The commission was  very unusual in that they wanted his image and his clothing inside a poker table. That was interesting and it required a lot of research and painstaking use of very used clothing.

I won't bore you with the full story as it got very nasty and I felt threatened. My husband had to intervene and then it was husbands and family who supported each of us on our respective sides postured outside the courtroom.

 My very good friend of the same nation stood by my side and supported me too.
Friends forever!

The buyer defaulted and I was awarded the claim in same court house. New Years Eve was spent writing up a legal reply and courier costs. I had to return back to the valley for another court date with some advice from a friend. Offer to reduce the amount by half and take a loss. I commend the court judge who tried his best to negotiate between us, but in the end, I relinquished the remaining half payment and revoked the claim entirely.

Beware if you make quilts on commission without a contract.

I licked my wounds, rethought my purpose, came back to art I love and have resumed taking commissions as you saw in the "Alberta Sunset"

This quilt below is one of my patterns "Snow Town Folk" that I can now publish as sellable pattern. And the publisher is including one of my T-Shirt quilts into her fall issue of Quilter's Connection magazine.

A Modern version of the same pattern.

And I've licked my wounds and begun taking commissions with a contract only and 50% up front before any cutting of fabric begins. Even in quilting, we have to take the precautions of this nature.

We've begun a new life in the South Island and its very fun to live here and slowly getting to know other quilters. And go out for a fun evening now and then to local music performances.

I'm really trying to not start too much because I still have 11 quilt tops to finish, so you'll begin to see those soon in upcoming posts.

I am waiting for Karen's quilt along over at Fibersandfaeries blog. So I'm testing out the various EPP from All Points Patchwork.

And in the meantime, I can finally get back to writing my Artisan Crazy Quilts book.

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...