Reflections of progress in 2020

This year end post of the most "unprecedented" year of 2020 is all about the various stitching projects I started, are in WIP's or are completed. I also drift into the topic of coping with COVID 19, self isolation and the nasty year this has been for many folks worldwide.

Its a bit chaotic in its presentation. We had our 1/2 hr outside masked visit to deliver gifts to our family and friends on Christmas Eve. 

I am writing this from my living room. Its quite cozy on this chilly wet day in Duncan, B.C. My sweetie has his playlist for 'Relaxed' playing and the fire is cracklingh on the big screen T.V.

I have felt all this year that I hadn't really kept up and made many things this year, but as it turns out this photo reflection is only part of my year. I was so busy, I missed photos.

This quilt below is one in my collection. Its called "The Happy Quilt."

Some quilts you just can't part with and they must remain beside me. This is one of them. The center part of this quilt is a block that was worked on over many years. It was the beginning of my journey to play with crazy quilting processes and Allie Allerson is doing in a very creative way. She has begun to incorporate many different pre-made items with such glory. You really need to follow her on social media.

The following five Christmas socks were asked for and delivered yesterday for our sons and friends.

My oldest's son got this complete 112 x 112 in.square quilt for his 35th birthday. The pattern is Rail Fence from Sujata's book.

This little quilt is a gift for my son's girllfriend. Its her first quilt.

My dear friend from Mexico managed to get this lovely gift of Mexican handmade items, which I'm so in love with and just had to share this gift.

A young friend needed a special quilt this year, he lost his long time dog.

We homeschooled our sons for 11 years and this 'Wood cutter' hand made and machine sewn by our oldest son finally made it to completion this year and its turned out to be profetic, he's now the co-owner of Oakstead Tree and Property Care in South Island of Vancouver Island.

My sister is the receiver of this lovely hand stitched log cabin blocks that I made over a decade while river fishing in Northern B.C. It's a 92 inch long table runner that will be completed in the early New Year.

This photo is of the new lift on left shoe that became such a major part of my life. Its part of helping my left foot recover from an injury in 2018. Walking every where in this set of shoes has promoted mucle structure changes to my body, my right side is complicated and has activated the Sciatic Nerve, complicating this more each day. Much time is spent stretching, exercising for keeping my mobility going. I won't say its easy, cause its not. 

But enough about that body stuff that is just life, I have flourished with successes of completion, growth and personal reflections.

I have made many personal clothing 'makes' this year and had such fun doing it.

I purchased these lovely earrings from a beader I know in Northern B.C. Handmade by an Indigenous maker you can find at this link. Her work is so beautiful, its hard not to buy them all.

My numerous makes in dressed must be a feat for me, I've been loving them to death. Its funny, I'm noticing that I'm choosing my homemade clothing more and more. Here are just a few of the makes I've completed this year. And this doesn't include the two pairs of heavy duty custom work pants for two of our crew.

I even made a custom pair of jeans from used jeans and they turned out really well, but the waist and width of legs are going to be adjusted and regifted.

So there, you go, this 2020 has been a scary and interesting year. I think I've grown more this year than others for sure and I hope this finds you all well and if not, please leave me comment about your year.

This is me, Carli Heinrichs, in the flesh and still smiling and wearing my beautiful hand made earrings from Sik'dakh in Northern B.C. 

This nasty year is just one more year of life and life is not always predictable or friendly. 

This year has brought challenges to everyone and the sector of low income has been paticularily hit hard. But each year is beautiful in its own way. 

This  year, outstanding work has been done by our frontlineworkers in the medical field, some of them even lost their lives. I personally thank you for your sacrifice in personal time and rest. Thank you also, to the Prime Minister Trudeau for guiding us through an unprecedented year federally and thank you to Dr. Bonnie Henry who tears and all has been a mountian of comfort and guidance for B.C.

I have been so blessed that my family and most friends have stayed healthy. We did lose one Godfather of our sons this year and Derek is missed by his wife, their children and friends. 
I write this blog for the followers who welcome a reset to using more uncycled cloth and repurposing all types of garments into something new before it goes to the dump!
 But thoroughout the year, I have made choices for improving my health, a skukum walker with fluid joints was gifted to me by my father in law.

 Its allowing me to walk straighter, longer and if I need a break, the seat is wonderful. But don't let yourself be fooled, I'm not an old lady, I am a senior with a ankle injury that didn't heal right.

So in concluding today's post, I want to thank those of you who have continued to follow my work, you know who you are, please be thanked in this note.

I wish you all a healthy, safe New Year in 2021




  1. This post feels like a letter in the mail; so newsy. I enjoyed seeing your finishes and gifts and especially your smile.

    1. Awe, thank you. Sometimes there is so much to say or reflect upon, it's like a letter in the mail. Cheers, Carli

  2. Looks like you've had a very busy year with lots of great projects to show for it. It's certainly been a challenging year overall but I truly think it's been easier on those of us who like to be creative because we can always find some way to put in the time. Stay safe!

    1. I agree, being a creative soul is soothing and easy to stitch away the hours. I apologize for not always seeing your posts, but live to see your growth in barn art!

  3. A happy and Healthy New Year to you! I love all your quilts, especially the first one! I'm back to quilting after a 7 year break. It feels so good to be at it again. 2020 was a very strange year and I'm hoping this year brings us all more creative powers and happiness. Happy Quilting!

  4. Wonderful finished projects, what a wonderful achive. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi again, thanks for visiting and I'm so sorry it took this long to get a response back to you. Its another great year of merry making and more beautiful quilts coming along.

  5. I love your wall hanging quilt--it is so lovely--I enjoy crazy quilts even though they take along while...

    I also suffer from sciatica--not fun, is it? So very debilitating;(((
    I found some online exercises that really help a lot...I try to do some every day to keep it in check and my waling has suffered as it seems to wake up that nerve in not a good way!!!

    You have featured a lot of lovely quilts on this post. I will be following your posts on bloglovin'...and catching up on your doings...hugs, Julierose

    1. Hi Julierose, wow, I'm sorry it took so long to get a response from me. I am now working full time and its a bit hectic and having a home office inside my sewing room has been a wee bit challenging. It has had times,that the office took over my sewing room which simply can't happen.
      So good to hear from you. I'm starting another crazy quilt. Cheers, Carli


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