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Circling Around the Intent

Friday, October 6, 2017

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!

Ties and Corduroy Project in a box!

Monday, October 2, 2017

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! 

Its Like Christmas!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

Happiness Quilt Top Progress

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This happy little quilt is finally reaching a point where I can call it a quilt top, almost!

For those of you just popping in to my blog, I've been working on the Scrappy Dresden Blocks for several years cleaning up scraps from my numerous boxes of scraps! Yes, its true, if you are frugal quilter, you acquire scraps from other projects and thousands of us are using the scraps in new projects or by donating the scraps to a local thrift shop.

I am still working on 365 Circles Quilt top.

Making bright and cheerful Scrappy Dresden Plate Blocks are not a new obsession to me, I've made a few quilts before. The quilt below is my "Canadian Birds Quilt" for my husband back in 2011 I think.

Yeah, I was stumped for awhile over the early summer months of 2017 with what to do on the corners! I really like the striped scrappy approach used in Quilty Folks blog mentioned below. But was wondering about a crazy quilt corners and still thinking about that.....

I had several ideas including doing a corner of applique, but so far haven't acted on that. I am thinking about using a corner where only three of the petal templates are shown in each corner. What do you think? Do give me some feedback, please?

Then I was inspired by the striped corner part of Quilty Folk's beautiful "Folksy Flower Fun" quilt top. Stripes across the diagonal in each appeals to me. I will have to see as I progress to those corners.

And I'm packing up my sewing room while preparing hand stitching to take along as a portable project that I can work on in the evening or any time I want to just chill down and take a break.

I am very aware that this packing and unpacking/packing up again and repeating 7 more times in the last 4 years and is frankly exhausting! 

Now, I'm stumped and will have keep an eye out for the yellow corner blocks in the sashing between the blocks. Ugh! Moving is for the birds.

But you know, if you do Instagram, please follow me @carlithequilter I seem to post a simple photo there more each day.

Here is a little beach to linger upon. Until next-time....

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Crazy Heart Quilt Progress

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Crazy Heart CQ started some time ago. Truth be told I had begun the inner 'heart' while I was mulling over getting started on the Smithers Centennial Quilt which was the early days of 2012. How time flies!

I decided again this spring of 2017 it was time that 'Crazy Heart' found a home and direction. I had originally used some fringy braid that was hand sewn around the outside edge of the heart. But when I reviewed this peice, the fringy braid had to go. It was this initial start to remove the fringy braid that I realised underneath the braid, the heart was simply hand sewn with a light hand.

The new trim I chose to use was brown and black varigated wool. I did a quick and rustic whip stitch twice over to couch it down to the center of the quilt.
I have been working on this quilt in hopes of getting it done for my sister's birthday, but missed that deadline and so it goes.

But only time will tell me when its done!

In the meantime, here is another project I'm working on. This one must be done for July 1 Wedding Bells. I will post a full write up on making a denim quilt using photo transfers later this summer.

Take care and thanks for dropping by to read up on my projects and do leave me a comment.

Happy Quilting!

Blooming Crazy Quilt

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hello to all my quilty friends!

Super excited that I'm finally able to get into some new fabric and some new quilts. More on that later. But just received some fun project supplies from

A few years ago I was inspired and fell in love with Jen Kingswell designs! My work on her pattern "Midnight in the Oasis" gave me pause for a whole bunch of reasons.

I have done so many quilts that pausing has been good for me and my aspirations.

I lingered on modern versions of crazy quilting using machine stitches and machine embroidery.

But I love hand stitching, so.....

I journeyed deep into the cool pool of water. We all come forth via water. I paddled upstream and downstream and got caught in a tidal pool or two.

I find now that I am fearless! I know I can't help it, I go around sharing my inner thoughts as if we were having a tea on the deck. I hope you are not bored?

Since moving, I have been overwhelmed with finding a new home in Victoria. But if you live in B.C. you'll know that we are for an election soon and we are having a real estate crisis!

Distractions are every where!

My carefree attitude has come from walking the road of developing my own voice like these two great ladies of stitching, Jen Kingswell and Marge Sampson George.

My own personal quilt known as the "Happiness Quilt" is coming along and soon to be machine quilted!

And then spring has sprung finally in Victoria! I say finally, as I was convinced that we had brought the winter with us from Northern B.C. when we moved down here in December.

Thank you to Delores for giving me some awesome advise and I've got some fun hand stitched new baskets coming along for these two quilts.

No fear, we are coming along into a full blown spring.

And so is my new quilt "Blooming Crazy Quilt"

What do you think?

Baskets for Sisters

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello quilters! 

We are finally into a real springtime here in Victoria!

Therefore, I was feeling springy on this past weekend and began working on these basket blocks again.

I intend to have these Baskets for Sisters done by Mother's Day. I have so much more energy since loosing 20 lbs using the Military Diet and Power Water Walking at the pool.

What do you think? What would you do with these, keep them as a sparce more modern style of quilt or use sashing between the blocks, maybe embellishment? 

Tell me what you would do?

And last weekend, while at a retreat, I did  some free-play to recreate my influence of Freddy Moran.

I have started a new crazy quilt that I can share here because its not part of my ongoing book Artisan Crazy Quilts. I really am drawn to sunset colors!

The bee print fabric is one yard I bought from Fabric Spark from Toronto. This new print from Jane Sassaman, Leaf Dance-Busy Bee-Golden is lovely.

Thank you to all of you followers who keep showing me my work has value to those who have never met me or learned of my unique style of crazy quilting.

Kerry's Bar Towel Quilt

Monday, March 27, 2017

We had such a great time at the Makehouse on Fort St in Victoria on March 11! Victoria's downtown core was alive with raindrops and bustling feet. I even found a parking spot not far away!

I have been in love with the ambiance at Jenny's Shop since the first time I saw the photo of her window display online.

Jenny Ambrose is so sweet and is passionate about reusing. The new fabric classes for lingerie shows in the various items hung around her shop.! 

Her classes are full of interesting fashion and home decor that would suit most learners with new stuff being added all the time. Also, what is coming are more quilting classes and for a video view of her shop, this video is a great promo of herself and her concept once you are at her site.

In the meantime, quilty folks! I watched a beginner make her first t-shirt quilt from bar towels. Yes, who knew that bar towels like these from different pubs from across the world even existed?

Kerry's undertaking was a bit over the top for a beginner. But it didn't slow down this energetic and focused student! Such a joy to watch a student learn. She trudged on like the best of them. She chose decorative top color thread that made this quilt bold and comfy all at once. 

Her hubby will be be very proud I'm sure!

This is me back in 2010 having made a custom t-shirt quilt for the then, Mayor of Smithers Cress Farrow's RV with formed corners, so I've not been stumped yet in what you can use in place of t-shirts for your quilt.

My services are available if you want a one of kind custom family heirloom, contact me!

 This t-shirt quilt below is one of my favorites. The owner commissioned me to "just put it all in something nice" and I think I did.

Moving right along with an upcoming quilt retreat happening this weekend. I'm off to get my quilt tops I want to finish up with this weekend.

This photo below was my most challenging t-shirt quilt.

Only one t-shirt you ask?

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.

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