Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Aqua Table Runner-Finish #5 2017

Let me tell you something funny. The bins and boxes of quilting supplies and fabric chunks of all kinds were going into the bins beginning in the summer and fall of 2015. I began culling the supplies I decided to pass on to others. On one of my trips into Smithers, I pulled up to the thrift shop back door unloading area and a helper came out. She took one look at me, turned around and closed the door. 

I thought that was a little wierd reaction, but wasn't going to worry about it. I was far too busy to worry about a door closed in my face.

I placed with my boxes onto the table at the back door and suddenly the woman reappeared with a few more ladies in tow. 

She came out and explained to the other women 'This is the lady who made the centennial quilt' and 'look, she is giving more fabric away again!" She then went onto explain, that they started noticing an increase in their sales of fabric pieces and wondered if a quilter had died!

We all had a good laugh about that and gave my business card to the giggling women.

This is the valley we moved away from last year. We love this area so much, we moved to there first in the 1980's and back again in early 2000's. Its quite a perfect little area with tons of outdoor recreation activities at your doorstep.

Great place to raise children.

Loads of really friendly First People who share their knowledge with everyone. This photo is the graduation photo of those who learned how to make moccasins. I was one of them but not in this photo.

We miss seeing people we've known for several decades and we miss having the Bulkley River at our doorstep, less than 100 ft from its shore it provided us with cool water on a hot sunny day, July spring salmon fishing and steelhead run just minutes down river.

This was our path to the river.

But the lure of being closer to family, having more opportunities and a warmer climate on the South Island makes Duncan a perfect spot.

And we are meeting people, like this fellow Robert Cerins who turns out to be a school chum from my hubby's childhood. Both are musicians and artists, wow, that is wonderful!

I really urge you to visit Robert's page, link above to see his wonderful earrings. Handpainted and beautiful!

But lets not forget the Aqua Table Runner.

This was a gift for my friend who loves aqua color in general.

As you know, its been a while to getting my new home organized and my new sewing womb ready too! This was one that I intended to get ready for her birthday in Sept but blew that with all the unpacking back then.

I love to add the details of hand embroidery and this is so nice to have both hand quilting in big stitches and machine quilting for durability.

This table runner is going in the mail today and it will be in Nola's hands sooner than Santa Claus can get there.

Happy to be back to quilting again!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

4th Finish 2017- Vintage Embroidery

I have always wanted to hand embroider this saying for years. 

Then one day about 5 years ago I was thrifting around town, going to garage sales and there this was all crumpled in a box of numerous sewing tid bits. I'm sure it would have likely found its ways into the local transfer station garbage if I hadn't found it.

I began with deciding to add borders of a random nature. I love to use up bits and pieces that have found a dead-end in their creation. I love the Cloud 9 organic fabric in the aqua puffs of treetops. I machine quilted it in 2015, but then it went into another bin as moving back up north, it came along with me, but didn't anything done again.

Machine quilting on it was a breeze and I'm really glad to get this one done, so it can be hung in my new home. I'm having a blast setting up my kitchen. Its really fun to have boxes opened and slowly I see the pieces of precious items that I've collected and kept over three decades of married life.

The binding was a "lucky bit" of finding the binding already pressed and ready to go. 

This saying is now on my sewing womb wall. That's just a high give to Nola!

And low and behold, I found my Pink Lady Crazy Cushion.

One of my favorites, its feeling more like home everyday. 

Happy Quilting everyone!

I'm linking up with Cathy's Quilts and Molly Sparkles.

Just because I picked up this sweet panel for Canada 150. Molly Sparkles is celebrating new additions to our stash. Come on and join us?

What did you recently buy for your sewing womb stash?

Do check out all the other talented creations here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Upcycled Outdoor Quilts

My sweet friend Miss Pat of Muddy Boot Prints educates youngsters in her outdoor learning program full days, outsidemostly. Rain or shine, they do have warm up spots for wet little ones out of the rain for brief times.

This is where my two new quilts almost finished will go. 

These are reused moving blanket from U-Haul, are onto a new life, giving warmth and comfort to red nosed children and two sweet ladies, Miss Pat and Miss Velma.

This began as a way to reintroduce myself to being able to plan out my projects and realizing that I had way too many quilts that need desparately to be completed. But while completing those quilts which need my attention in my sewing womb.

I began with an idea.

I  began with reusing moving blankets for new quilts that can take the abuse of outdoor use. I pictured my friend and her business partner getting a wee bit chilly at times, I wanted to jump in and get busy on this project.

When you have the means to buy fabric it is a luxury. 

As a sidebar, I have been thinking about climate change. I reckon that if I use more upcycled materials to make my quilts this can only equal no more fuel used in its manufacturing and distribution. 

In Canada, the price of new fabric does instill a feeling that its only those well off folks who can afford make a quilt. Buying new fabric is expensive today and only those with enough 'extra money' on hand actually can afford to buy new fabric.

BUT, if you take thrifting as a viable alternative, you can make just about anything you'd ever want to sew or craft.

Thrifting fabric is a practice that thousands of smart sewist's male and female take to heart and make do with many fabulous fabrics found at thrift shops, found at garage sales or given to them by those who support their art or handmade crafting business.

Kantha stitching is stitching seen all over the web at Pinterest, Facebook and bloggers who are champions of reusing, repurposing and upcycling. Its the same kind of tight running stitch of quilting used in my Modern Makeover.

Since I first began writing this blog, "Recycling became upcycling" and its downright exciting!

Onto the second moving blanket quilt, I got smarter for time constraints and used 1 m. flannel chunk and filled in the bottom edge with other scraps. This close show the simple running stitch.

On the seam edges, I did a fast whip stitch.

Its a hodge podge approach, but it works for this fast and durable project.

Now, I just need to bind these two quilts, then they are ready for shipping to Muddy Boot Prints in Vancouver.

I know my friend will delight in these two quilts. 

The organization Earthand.com in Vancouver, gleans useful natural and ignored wild things and holds workshops to teach using naturally gleaned materials.

I took very little time deliberating which chunks of my scraps and orphaned blocks found a new purpose by hanging out on one corner or spot of these two Kantha Stiched Outdoor Quilts.

This the back side of one of them. More on these two quilts in my next post.

I have also begun to continue piecing on my Happiness Quilt. I like it on our bed and my hubby says its really "A Carli Quilt" and I was surprised. He said "You have your own style sweetie. I can tell a Carli quilt a mile away." It was so funny. I didn't realize he'd actually been paying attention.

Then I was really surprised when he stood back and said "Carli, you have a way of blending generations of fabric. Your quilts are always bright and bold, you use up fabric like nobody else"

Well, I'll take that encouragement. I'm sure your hubby has expressed his thought on your quilts and encouraging thoughts are to be shared here. Leave me a comment of your most special encouragement that you've recieved from your spouse.

Its another weekend, and I thank you all for reading and commenting. I'm piecing and binding this weekend. Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blooming Crazy Quilt

If you have followed my blog Good Earth Quilting for very long, you'll know I am a crazy quilter who loves hand stitching, Improv Piecing and crazy quilt embellishment, embroidery and crazy peicing!

I embrace all forms of quilting, sewing, knitting and crocheting and I do most of my own machine quilting too.

I love the "nest building act" of making my own "handmade" things to decorate my home.  

I like the look of "running stitch roads" of a gentle running stitches meandering along the high roads and valley's of my quilts. 

When I began "Blooming Crazy Quilt", I started it on a lark and soon this beauty began speaking to me in tropical colors. I began to really think hard about what I'm trying to say?? 

I think that the colors and prints choose the quilter. Yes, have you wondered how we choose what we have in our stash? Do you enjoy touching and feeling row upon row of bolts of fabric?

Its kind of like how handmade Persian rugs are made in each region and each quilt is designed by those weaver's and rug makers from that region.

I wanted to blend Improvisational Piecing and Modern Crazy Quilting. 

I bet you have maybe wondered about that too? 

On Crazy Quilting Community, you can join this group too!

I think this has been the funnest quilt to ever make and for anyone to make its super easy, carefree piecing and you can see the variety of options I've built into this design.

I am listening to the quilt with ears ready to evolve.

And do you hear your quilts speaking to you? Do you listen to them?

If so, please leave me a comment telling what your quilts say to you?

Its totally fun to get to actually working on various projects again, making some ground on finishing up the numerous projects. I will post the finish of this little quilt soon.....

Thanks for dropping by and have fun doing whatever it is that you love to do.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Update and Heartbreak!

My attention taken with unpacking and culling, I find the moments of sorting and culling from my art supply stash brings me joy.

But soon this whole box of brand new Organic Cotton Yardage is going to be sold. If you live anywhere near Duncan, yardage at $10/meter. 

I remember sorting and doing our first cull in advance of our move and have since done this three other times until this recent sort and cull. So many others are on the move as well as well. Travellers relocating to my local area are posted everyday on our local Used.com classifieds. Many are looking for both, jobs and housing. 

We now live in a real Earthquake zone called Pacific Ring of Fire. The small town I live in is right overtop of this massive fault line that covers the population of hundreds of thousands other people, so I am not alone. The Ring encircles the whole Pacific Ocean. and the western part of Canada is on the Pacific Ocean. 

But am I prepared to live for at least a minimum of three days without normal life, perhaps injured, perhaps trapped?

No, not yet, but have taken enough time to begin gathering the items found on the B.C. Earthquake Preparedness Emergency Kit. Mostly ongoing and finding a safe location where one could get the stuff in the aftermath is tricky!

But now onto the fun stuff!

I have found the corduroy quilt and was sorely disappointed. I vaguely remember being in a panic to finish up some stuff in 2014 and became almost lost in my vision that is clear. Its very real what pain and painkillers will do for you, both good and bad.

I had forgotten about this awful beige border I added on in a panic. What a mess, I'm going to have to do some major surgery to it and thinking about the only way to avoid hours of countless hours of unpicking both the seam and overstitching is to add a second border behind and then do some creative hand work on the beige edge. I will do a tutorial for you when I get there.

To make matters even worse, I must have changed my mind at some point and began to cut the beige edge away! OMG its a mess really, I barely remember this as its been in a bin for several years before we even moved. I had packed up alot to keep it safe and in cold storage.

So it looks as though its become a Dog's Breakfast as my old friend would say.

Really, I will have to do some major surgery to this quilt to even be willing to keep it and yes, I loved making it to the last part. Stress will that to you!

But on another note, I found more of the fun stuff that I knew existed in my bins and boxes. Like this little crazy quilt from so far back, its been at least a decade and still unfinished!

I think I have a problem with finishing. Its a sober thought, but maybe this is something I need some help with and wondering have you found yourself in this kind of mess?

Please share what you've done to become a Finisher!

I have a friend who loves aqau colored stuff and found the most wanted quilt top of a table runner in my collection. Nola, its coming along sooner than later.

 Thanks for being a good friend to me all those years in Quick!

Here it is, I'm making it the first one I finish!

And my little wooly projects saying hello too!

Unpacking is coming along and while I did finish up this little table runner for Monique and Morgan, a special couple of newlyweds!

Now, onto the second table runner in red and blues coming up for you Morgan!

All hand stitched together. Hand appliqued circles entirely. Its been a fun project that I found soothing over the summer.

Happy Quilting.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Circling Around the Intent

I love to read some of my favorite blogs and one is Sew Slowly by one lovely lady who could very well be another me. I know, who knew?

I identify with her words and wished we lived closer. 

It was her blog that I first found the 365 Circles movement of sorts.

Now, getting back to why Sew Slowly is my favorite blog is because her work speaks to using up the numerous fabric odds and ends we quilters accumulate. I am very aware of how many bins and boxes my husband has faithfully carried around for me, this being 32 years coming up for our 2017 anniversary so I know he really loves me! :)

I made a new cell phone bag this summer before moving that hasn't been shared here. It was made after making my nephew's wedding quilt close up below.

We also bought a Persian Rug for our new home and love it.

As you can see this wee table runner with circles on it is becoming a new wedding present for good friends. Entirely hand sewn and slow as can be in making it. I also have more than 379 circle blocks waiting for the project to become a reality.

Do you have numerous projects on the go or do you always start and finish your quilts? Leave me a comment.

In the weeks before moving, we took in Long Beach outside of Tofino, B.C. and this visit marked a lovely reunion because I used to go to high school in Ucluelet near Tofino. I spent many hours having fun on this beach as a teen ager.

And as I unpack, I'm finding all the projects that are in various stages of being finished such as this crazy quilt block that I worked on during my painful recovery period of the sciatic nerve injury back in 2012. Sciatic pain is quite the pain and wish I didn't have the pain associated with it, but I do, so all I can do is move on.

As you can see the backgound fabrics chosen were dark and gloomy. I committed myself to letting the pain speak in my choices of how I built this block.

As the pain became more managable, the colors chosen to embellish this little block brightened and its now one of my favorites.

Yes, all these lovely crazy quilt blocks are waiting to be finished!

And then below are the crazy circles with additional packets of fabric waiting for more to be built are some of the unpacking "Its Like Christmas" bins that are coming back into my life.

Its really hard to live from bins and boxes for three years! I don't wish that to happen again in my life. Its like I took a sabatical from my work and while I missed my projects, I am so revived to be finding these again. 

So thank you to all my online friends who are commented on my posts over the years and another anniversary is about to explode on my blog when I hit 500 posts!

This is all for now, back to unpacking, sorting and decision making. No new projects until this whole bunch are done.

Take care and keep on quilting!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ties and Corduroy Project in a box!

I started with a whole bunch of different wales of recycled corduroy. I cut them using a 6 inch square of cardboard from a cereal box. I used the cereal box because I found it quite hard to use my wide blade rotary cutter. 

Tip: When recycling clothing into new quilting projects, remove all seams and press as best you can before cutting out your shapes.

I had a bunch of ties that I had collected over several years to make this quilt. I decided to cut either ends of each tie and applique these down onto the cordduroy blocks.

This is my start of this little quilt. This is really like Christmas. I had almost completely forgotten this little quilt.

Catch ya later! 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Its Like Christmas!

Hi everyone, I know its been an age since you've heard anything from me.

I apologize for this tardyness, but as you know a move has been underway and I'm thrilled to be now living in Duncan, B.C.

Its really like Christmas while unpacking at our new home. My new back yard and garden calls to me. But it has to wait till I have some room to move.

Its really quite lovely, but really needs lots of TLC. Next year for that.

We feel really lucky to have found a home that suited our needs and was a price that a normal person can afford on Vancouver Island. The high priced housing in Vancouver caused the government to impose a 15% foreign buyer tax just redirected those buyers to Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula.

So we suddenly found ourselves in an extreme search to find a good home, which we did and we love the laid back cultural quiet of Duncan.

No, my new sewing room is no bigger than I had back home in Quick. But I will get it all organized soon.

So some decisions are being made based on my new awareness of space needed to make large quilts. 

Our huge dining room and kitchen is in the works for a tasteful design wall that disappears when not needed.

Any tips you might know, let me know?

My Mexacali Sunset is going to make its way onto my new list of quilts to finish. I did spend some time thinking about a new border and have made up a design to get that done.

I started new quilt this year called "X Marks the Spot" which I decided to turn on point as I continue with this one. I love its wild statement.

But you know how things go, just when you are super busy an wedding and a funeral touched our lives this summer.

We lost our beloved Grandma just a few weeks ago too.

And since being so vigilant to get out to the pool at 7 am, I met a new friend Joyce.

 More posts coming soon....lol

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