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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!

Converging Interests in Fabric

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It feels good to return at the day end to my sewing and quilting. I adjust the music sound level and I zone into my stitching. I take a deep breath and plunge in. 

I'm not alone with hearing from all of you.

But I did take a wee fork in the road of "Scrappy Dresden Quilt" and I've made a decision to agree with the comments around choosing a color scheme for the background sashing of this quilt.

As I pulled the blue selection I could choose from, I found fabric yardage discrepancies and decided the earlier layout of Scrappy Dresden Quilt required a wee adjustment to "more scrappy is better."

You can see the change I've made.

And of course, I have some new crazy quilted cushions coming along with a new bit of a slant on crazy quilting.

It was quite by accident that I decided to move into placing 2.5 in squares I purchased from a lovely UVIC student who was so sweet to help me find her using our phones on that university campus.

I'm teaching a new class with the in Victoria next spring. so these cute little pincushions are for the students in my upcoming class.

This where I am this Wednesday morning with a full day of "Me" time ahead of me, its Yahoo! from the sewing room.

In the photo below, you're seeing the first draft of layout and fabric color schemes in place.

The most liked blue fabric from my stash was lacking enough yardage to do the whole sash for this quilt, so I went on to find another color that would work with both areas in the following photo.

Now, remember this new layout means I was able to find enough of great fabric choices to achieve where I'm going with this quilt.

Its more scrappy! I like that!

I did choose the blue background and green background for the outer dark areas as seen in the photo above.

So I'm done cutting the fabric, my back does not like lots of slightly bent at the waist kind of standing. I break it up with pressing fabric in preparation of more cutting.

Then I learning to break it up and do some stretching too!

The sash corner fabric is a bright sunny print designed by Dana Brooks of My Lazy Daisy of from Henry Glass & Co. fabric that I purchased just this summer with EPP in mind, but its very cheerful with the other prints to form this scrappy Dresden quilt.

And last but not least, I meeting with the ladies I attended a January Quilt retreat with last year. I'll keep you posted on that too.

Happy Quilting!

Made With Love By The Dutch Lady Designs