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Stitching and Altering

Saturday, January 20, 2018

I have just decided that the time has come for me to start really altering some favorite shirts purchased recently that when laundered they shrunk up and became too short for me to comfortably wear.

You know?

And I have become inspired again! My time these days are less frequently allowed for working on finishing quilts is coming along too.

I have made progress on two wedding gifts from one of the weddings from last summer. Love birds requested two table runners. This blue and red zig zag is coming along.

I think its just about ready for machine or hand quilting and I haven't decided on which for those yet.

And I've finally begun playing around with the Japanese 'Boro" form of quilting and big stitches that I new I'd to love to do.

And my son's childhood sewing project that I have begun to crazy quilt around is on the table again with more improvements that is going well.  Photos on how that progresses is coming along in the coming weeks.

And I am inspired again by that little cute table runner that went flying across the waves and miles of B.C to my friend Nola of Telkwa, I will make more.

Happy days are here again! Strike up the chorus and band, I've found my mojo again.

2nd Chapter-Duncan Farmer's Market

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This year has been uplifting, heart felt, stressful and challenging. Moving causes change. And we all know that the only person who loves a change is a baby!

When I made this baby quilt, I didn't know that sewing fabric strips together and cutting them into strings was called "Chinese Coins" or something like that.

Quilting or not, we are constantly learning all the time. Playing with my fabric and threads are all I really need to be happy, but not healthy. 

This post on Dec 31, 2017 is my New Year Eve reflection on 2017 and the last decade of my growth.

Healthy lifestyle is just as important as what we play with to enjoy life. 

I took the 2 week challenge of Low Carbs High Fat with I have started back to my routine of rising early, off to the pool and home again for breakfast. All, any of us can do is to go forward, not become stagnant. 

Update on LCHF lifestyle change. I've lost 3.5 lbs and 7 inches on my waistline!
I'm sticking to it.

Learning new things in my life became a lifelong "love" when just a child. I learned to pay attention and be aware of those around you. I learned how to escape the childhood family struggles and find peace in chaos. I can still focus and block out the world. I think that is a quality that allows me to be the busy woman working towards new adventures while growing older.

Sharing online since 2007 has been a wonderful experience. I've come to see and learn from others who openly share stuff about quilting!

Thank you to the people of Smithers who supported my entry into becoming a working craft artist.
That is no small feat! But continuing to move towards a goal was and still is the most important thing you can do for all of us.

I remember a time in the 1970's when I was making my own clothes by hand because my little home had no electricity and I used a camp stove for cooking. 

Ya, I was a Hippie Chick for a time. I met many wonderful people since then and many of those helpful women passed on tips and techniques to me.

I am overjoyed to see this lovely local sewer who makes these darling little dresses. You can find her at the Duncan Farmer's Market year round.

Many towns and cities have a Farmer's Market popping up with their fresh produce, hand made goods, clothing and more. Sewing should be a Red Seal Trade in my opinion.

Knowing how fabric behaves and how it can be sewn and what needle design is best for the task to be done. These little things are just a tiny part of what makes a sewer a good one.

I strive to meet the demands of a well made product that people really want.
I want to sell profitable items at my new booth at the Farmer's Market and if you know of such products, share with others who are not in your marketplace.

Its a new start for me in Duncan, its been a big move for us to finally get to Vancouver Island. We are Islander's now.

Teaching workshops and selling locally hand made items from the Farmer's Market in Duncan is my goal.
Wish me luck!

Happy New Year!

The Aqua Table Runner-Finish #5 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 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!

4th Finish 2017- Vintage Embroidery

Sunday, December 3, 2017

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.

Upcycled Outdoor Quilts

Friday, November 24, 2017

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 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!

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