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Remake Handmade-Memory Quilt Workshop

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hello to all of my faithful readers! Thank you for continuing to read my blog.

This is Chapter Thirteen-Remake Handmade. I'm counting backwards because my little bloggy spot is approaching 500 blog posts. WOW!

The photo below describes some of what I love to do, which is river fishing with my hubby of 32 years. He took this photo of me when doing the 2nd thing I love to do, hand stitching!

These chapters are a way for me to search out my own roots in the crafting I do and asking myself is this what I thought it would be like, some ten years down the way?

Back in 2007 when I started this blog, I knew nothing about blogging. I did it in secret. My friends and others thought me a little 'weird'. 

Eventually, most of them began to realize that blogging didn't mean me sharing everything we discussed or worked on in the privacy of our  homes, as just girlfriends! You know, right, who would do such a thing without consent!

Its been this blog, Good Earth Quilting that made me realize that I do have talented ideas to share.

As I've said before, I'm on the hunt for younger people who want to learn what I do in the Good Earth Quilting Mentorship Program.

I have enjoyed the exciting rush of making new quilts for people who found me online! I don't have an Etsy shop or do tons of promotion of my work on Facebook. 

I just craft away because it pleases me!

I reuse, even for my hexagon papers, its very easy and frugal for those on a budget!

I enjoy teaching more than anything in the world.

One of my best memories of teaching was when my Quick Women's Institute made a group quilt for one of our members. It brought us altogether in such a laughable way of making something comforting for someone else.

I do miss you all ladies! Say hi to everyone, Nola! 

Read the whole post at my other blog The Modern Crazy Quilt Project.

That is exactly why we quilt, is it not?

I have received some lovely comments from several years ago on posts from the past. And most recently too, I see that my readership is increasing.

This make me so happy!

I love remaking things from the past. Revamping new upholstery covering on an old fashioned chair with recycled denim. Forgot to take a photo of that one and it was sold for $10 years ago at one of our garage sales. Added value was given to the chair and please think about the added value your actions give back to the entire world when you "re-use and make it new again."

If you are concerned about the reuse movement to help others become committed to the ideology, then you must read this article from The Atlantic.

In the photo above, I've added value to the Dresden Plates accumulated from garage sales or thrift stores. I am proud to be someone who does actually try to think about what the discarded clothing can be remade into, such as can a dress be remade into say new curtains or a skirt. I do the same with all plastics, glass etc., but when I ask my friends about this, its not an approach most of us think about.

While waiting for our first child to be born, I made a braided rug from stretchy lounge-dress style of fabric. A few years ago, I took this rug apart, the sewing was not holding up to regular use wear and tear. Its now in a big ball waiting in storage for me to return.

Most recently I've found table linens in my stash and remade this project below.

We have all heard the saying "one man's garbage is another man's treasure" and we all think that our thrift stores, large and small are really taking care of these discards. But are they really gathering everything?

From the article above, you'll learn that its simply not the case and most of it is still going into landfills!

I find this unacceptable!

Free motion quilting and using the embroidery as the focus of this piece has enhanced this into something real, usable and pretty again.

The gold cross stitch must have been time consuming heh?

While the flamboyant flowery embroidery border must have also taken many hours of someone's life to make this lovely piece. 

I don't know the maker who made all these lovely stitches, but they speak to me of positive energy, calm and quiet faith believer.

I started this Remade wall quilt a long time while learning about Improv and modern piecing. I love how the light blue Cloud 9 100% Organic fabric, transformed a vintage embroidery into something more appealing for my own home. 
Its not the most beautiful wall quilt I've ever made, but its good for me.

I have found some awesome Remaker's who are trying to reuse what they have and granted, the "reuse" word has been improved by using the word "Upcycling" as the movement grows.

I'm doing a workshop in Victoria on March 11 at, which is targeted to those who want to make a one of a kind beginner t-shirt quilt.
I've carefully compiled a Beginner Memory Quilt workshop that allows for lots of spirited creativity for those self motivated and allows for lots of assistance to those true beginners to sewing.

I have been looking around so much and found 'one-off projects' on dozens of blogs, but one such blogger/entreprenuer Jill at Jembellish has written some good looking e-books. Her books will help you get jump started into some very good projects that will extend the life of any textile you have hanging around not really being used anymore.

I would love it if Jill sent me along one of her books. I'd love to help grow more awareness around reusing in an Upcycled way.

In my upcoming workshop at, you'll learn how to do Quilt As You Go method which has been used for decades with so much success and interest, it makes a quilter learn how to machine quilt their own quilts.

Thank you for reading this post!

Leave me a comment. 

I love to hear what you think in response to my thoughts shared here.

I'm on the countdown to 500 posts here at Good Earth Quilting!

Coming up is Chapter Twelve.

Twenty Four Chapters

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This is the first of twenty four posts in this anniversary year of writing Good Earth Quilting.

This special year of 2017 is Canada's 150th Birthday!

That makes this a wonderful year to celebrate why I started writing a blog in the first place. Its been ten years since I started sharing online by writing my thoughts, my processes and methods even, to an open door of further creativity. 

We, who do share blog posts are "passing along our culture" our way of doing things. If we were back in the Cave Dweller Days, we'd be hulking around the edges of a fire, seeing new angles and uses of the new discovery with wary eyes.

 Much like Boo Boo in this photo below. Geese are strongly committed to their flock and its not just for other fowl, for Boo Boo this includes people he loves too.

This process started me thinking about it in a searching kind of way. I wanted to promote reuse and recycling of textiles into quilts in an effort to educate about the toxins used in the growing, making and distribution of manufactured textiles. Cotton is one of the worse for using toxins to grow the cotton, print the cotton and then distribute it across many oceans.

Its now a fact, that many of you are really reusing and I don't mean new fabric scraps we all accumulate from new cotton.

This fact makes me feel like "Yes!, I've made a difference."
  • To empower others to try out my tried and true techniques in harvesting and re-manufacturing reused textiles into new textile items.

The many Crazy Quilts I make are a testament to my reuse and I just cannot leave the loveliness of reused fabric from regular clothing we all have in our closet. I even went back to college in 2009 to learn how to become a really good adult instructor and I did it! The classes or workshops I teach are well organized, I have lots of visuals to use in my teaching that allow students to move through some of the processes I teach with the freedom to create your own special crazy quilt.

From my closet came old preggo shirts I made when bursting with life. The black dangle beaded bits are from a dress that had a pile of dangle bits that went off into oblivion during many dance parties.

Crazy quilting totally lends itself to reuse of clothing, upholstery fabric samples, bedding etc. So this is my invitation to all of you who are also crazy quilters already, to start a crazy quilt that will express your feelings about your Canadian life as our country celebrates 150th Birthday.

I like to use crazy piecing for all sorts of different projects.

 And I have decided that my project to celebrate Canada's birthday is to increase my educational projects on reuse. Having said this, I invite guilds to contact me about my classes I'm available to teach.

Crazy quilting is always the one style of quilting that continues to echo in my mind. The crazy quilts I've made have almost always been made with reusing cloth chunks from clothing. 

Beach House Crazy Quilt is made with numerous reused pieces from actual clothing. I'd love for you to create something using actual clothing, whatever it is, just make it and share it.

Nadia of Multicolored Snippets blog is one such re-user of actual clothing in her work.

If you need more encouragement to start reusing in a crazy quilt, please pop over to this post. Where I show you the many crazy quilts that are made using almost a 100% of clothing into my quilt.

As I was wondering around searching online for others reusing into quilts, the very poignant quilts of all time are the Gee's Bend Quilts.

I also see tons of Upcycle projects out there and most seem to be remaking into new clothing and that's wonderful, but few are upcycling into quilts.

I do love the way that quilters are upcycling with denim and plaids. Do check out this blogger's version of denim/plaids quilt.

I am soul searching about why I blog and finding these examples make me rethink my approaches and my way of doing things. Isn't this the reason that I started writing a blog?

 I love to write stories and blogging does give me that outlet.

I'm forging ahead with creating more posts about my process. Its been a wild ride to see how much interest in crazy quilting is growing.

Click on my link below.

All the best to you and your sweetie on Valentines Day 2017!

T-Shirt Quilt Workshop 2017

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hi to all my quilty friends!

First, I have made up my Beginner T-Shirt Workshop sample for March 4th, 2017 at the in downtown Victoria! I'm very excited about all the teaching opportunities for 2017.

I have also been working tirelessly on my Quilty 365 Circles blocks and I'm almost there!

I have also worked on a new crazy quilt for another upcoming workshop.

What do you think?

I have made up some blocks to make into give away Pincushion gifts for students attending my Beginner T-Shirt Workshop at on Fort St in Victoria, B.C.

This new Crazy Quilt starts off at a regular crazy pieced block and goes onto new horizons.

Also, for some strange reason Google has changed or its a conflict between my phone updates, my laptop and other computers I use at home and its resulted in me not being able to "Reply or Comment" on any blogs anywhere.

So this is why no one is hearing my comments on your blog or even to reply to the lovely comments made on my blog.

Take care and talk to you soon!

Happiness Quilt

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Sunday!

 I love getting to "my time" with Lucinda Williams softly playing in the background, the iron is warm, it looks like rain outside and I'm quilting!

I'm really digging how this quilt is finally coming together.

The continued scrappy feel of this quilt as colors and prints have collided into a happy smile on my face. I've been trying to figure out what to name this quilt. I'm seeing a 'happiness' factor speaking to me.

These Dresden Plate blocks are coming together and its fun to see them get into the dance together.

I've got some really "fun finishes" for December that I'm building in the back ground and hoping that your time for quilt has been a great time.

Stay tuned for these upcoming posts.

Off to go keep my iron warm!

Today, I'm linking up with one of my favorite link-up party:

Scrappy Hexie Table Runner is Machine Quilted

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The clouds have lifted into a beautiful evening sky last night!

I made awesome progress on Sunday with machine quilting three projects waiting in the wings for a completion date.

Remember this one below?

 This Christmas Table Runner has reached the point of binding it and then its complete.

Its so fun to machine quilt smaller projects!

I'm just glad to have reached some finishing in this crazy womb of quilting! You know who will relate that room being called a womb. Cheers my friend Nola.

I tried different techniques to reacquaint myself with machine quilting again.

I'm planning on a special Christmas post, that will give this lovely Christmas Table Runner a nice place to show off.

Hope you are all having fun quilting!

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