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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back Country

We took a drive to find huckleberries, but sadly, this year is not a good one for our favorite berry. This river you see is the Morice River, which is the same river that flows past our home in Quick. Its also the same river that will be affected if the Enbridge Pipeline goes through. Its remote, pristine wilderness, with some logging in the back country.

In our search we stumbled on the B.C. Forest Service cabin that is used for crews when fighting fires in this area. Its log structure is obviously antique, who makes the curved cut of the log walls as seen in this photo. The lake in the back ground is McBride Lake. Glassy still surface and way too much sun to get a better photo of it.

And most of all, we laughed when we discovered there primitive outhouse arrangement in this chair and it works well. Just find an off in the bush site, sit down and get busy!

That's all for now, happy quilting!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Drums of the Great Bear - Historic Gathering Against Enbridge in Prince ...

Just for fun and Dresden Plates

Despite pain living with me, I went to a racey bar in Telkwa where the ladies room still has a 4x8 glass covered nude men in various positions of barely their all. This was the only suitable photo to share.

Oh wow, then I noticed this quilting block. I did see other things too, but for my eyes only!

I have been quite involved with the gardening, canning and preserving of fish caught in the Skeena River. Becoming able to do most of the things I naturally do is a challenge. I'm so lucky to have a sweetie! Most of the yardwork gets done by my sweetie who pulls into a new gear whenever my back goes into nasty territory and I must sit for a spell.

I'm learning about how to still do my sewing and quilting without the total mobility I've always known. So that transition is going on as well.

 Rick is learning about canning fish. He's an awesome sport and follows my instruction of doing the whole process, I love  him so much, what more can a girl ask for in a partner?

Yummy canned Sockeye salmon ready for preserved winter eating.

These ready to can chunks are so colorful and silver skin, so fresh and these were a gift. I was honored when my friend Mertyle called saying that she was giving us some fish. We drove up to spare her  the effort of driving down to our home from Hazelton. Such a special gift!

In this transition to less quilting going on, I've begun to seriously use up my UFO's and so these bright solid colors from Mad About Patchwork are coming into the picture. It just takes longer than I used to be able to do things. Even writing this blog, requires time.

Is anyone else writing a blog, an avid quilter and realizing changes must be made? If so please do leave me a comment and lend any inspiration to my challenges of late?


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crazy Quilting from Blog Land

Just because I cannot do embroidery, knitting or spending too much time on my computer, my son said, "Mom, just profile others for a while, so you  can heal and still keep your blog busy and interesting,  you know?" I'm blessed with sons who love their mamma !

So I went checking up on all my hundreds of bloggers that I follow and look what I found?

First up is my friend in Europe. Lin Tarrant is a crazy quilter and she recently posted about her odds and ends and look at this photo! 

Now, I found the Instructibles.com site some time ago and when I searched for crazy quilting, alot comes up as you can imagine, so I chose for you a new person to my attention, Abbyholverson made a lovely tutorial on the Instructibles site, this is the finish, its so easy, strips are used and its a great way to get started.

Picture of How to sew an easy Crazy Quilt block

And of course, if you'd like to check out my own version of making a crazy quilt block, then you'd best pop over to my link on Crazy Quilting in the Raw.

Thank you for reading and seeing what is going on while I'm not creating.

LOL, Carli

Friday, July 18, 2014

Taking a break

Hello my faithful followers, I'm writing today with both hands in wrist braces. I've come down with a major carpel tunnel attack. So what can I do with that going on? 

I must take a break. It will give me time to sit back and reflect on my quilting life and writing a blog. I've got some new ideas that I think others will appreciate and that all takes time to prepare for and new links for anyone doing a few projects.

So take care over the summer and I'll start writing more interesting posts in September. Have a great summer!

I'll be spending some time camping here!

Friday, July 4, 2014

My Garden is blooming Hexagon's!

At our home, the Bleeding Heart is in bloom.

We have two gardens, one in the lower garden which shows you the garden development and most of this went in the ground on May 18th Canadian Long Weekend. This photo shows the garden early into the growing season of the fabulous Northern valley. In our area, we can get an overnight rare frost so, we keep cloches and veggie covers handy. 

Our front garden has another little growing climate all its own, dryer soil and has had lots of previous years composted chicken manure. This year not any other than a slight covering of compost on the strawberries patch in the heavy green leafed area to the right of this photo is our strawberries patch.

My husband is notoriously camera shy, shows only his moccasin-ed feet and blue pants at the top of the screen below. We are very happy to be back gardening, even though you need to have bug dope on most days until around the beginning of July, then its almost a rare occurrence, so don't worry if you travel through July through July and September, bug season is May and June.

Its clear to me that rhubarb and strawberry's are buddies and like to live together in our region.

My greenhouse is very exciting for our tomato's and they are growing so fast. I've got a flower on my only green pepper we are trying out. We have a very primitive method of opening up the ceiling and at the bottom of both ends of this greenhouse. But its working so far!!

This new greenhouse is an excellent way to adapt an retired chicken coop to a new life. 

 Then in all of these happenings, my back has become a "rest-time, sitting for a spell kind of activity base." I am refreshed and can go again sometimes. Sometimes, my back isn't ready to start moving around again. So, I stitch!

I am so glad that I know how to move from one activity based quilting construction to another kind, one that is reduced standing and reduced walking. This is my life and while I'm  not one to " sit around and cry about things, I can sit around and quilt a round, you know?"

This quilt is not my work at this stage you see here. I paid $25 for this quilt several years ago on EBay. It is 132 inches long and 86 inches wide. Its not your average  bed quilt length, unless the maker was making it for a bed, where she would fold under a portion of the bed covering under the pillows maybe or for a custom sized bed or maybe for some other reason altogether, we'll never know.

I posted about making Hexie templates and English Paper Piecing so you can get the idea of how much time this must have taken the maker and why its unusual size?

I posted "What's on my bed" and showed this hexagon cheddar and brown quilt, quite dated in colors with the wild, bold expression of the early 1970's this quilter made this whole quilt over several decades I believe. I have examined this quilt, hexie by hexie as I took the entire quilt apart!

 This cheddar orange reminds me of our two  little boys and camping in our old VW Camper Van.

Yes, I literally took the whole quilt apart, stitch by stitch, it started and slowly I began seeing the brown yarn that the finisher used to tie the quilt when it was put together. I patiently cut each single yarn which tells me again that the finisher knew less about quilting than the maker. 

This is the mystery of it all, I suspect that the Hexie Flower maker was an experienced but getting on in age quilter, who passed away. The finisher was a beginner in quilting, but eager to start with simple stitching and it was quite an accomplishment for this finisher to have done this. The sheer size is daunting to me, let alone a newbie who inherited this.

On my backyard washing line, I air dried the top and back, being muslin, it was in fairly good condition. I filled the bath tub with warm soapy water and immersed the quilt top in it, soaking and massaging the quilt in the water for 6  hours, then slowly pushed out the water, hanging outside for extra freshening. I intend to re-purpose both top and back, I'll keep you posted.

The stitches are inconsistant, being quite steady and even in stitching with the start of the huge project, with changing to unsettled stitching as the quilt was constructed together. 

I know for sure two people of different skill level put this together. I wonder who they were and how old this quilt actually is? Goes anyone recognize this quilt or the heavier cotton twill that the brown and orange are?

Removed the lightwieght and pieced batting from this lovely and will give both a great new home.

Thanks for the new followers who have decided they like what I write about and thanks for reading on this on July 4th, way to go for taking some time for your blogger friends posts.

Thanks so much and Happy July 4th!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Louisa Quilts: A Quilt for Canada Day

Louisa is a former teacher and good friend and this gorgeous "O Canada Day' Quilt is in celebration of our upcoming July 1 Canada Day. 

I've still wondering who is going to be the first blogger to pop into Nathan Cullen's office in the House of Parliament  in Ottawa to take a selfie with my "O Canada " quilt that is a crazy quilt. Good Luck,something special goes out to each and every one of you who do this, the challenge is on!

Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quick Women's Institute Secret Friends

I heard a knock on the door and we live rural, so when it happens and it surprises you, its rate. My WI friend Judy greeted me on the other side of our riverside cabin screen door. Smiling, she announced she was delivering a birthday present to my door from my QWI Secret Friends.

This  beautiful bundle arrived wrapped in this colorful fabric wrap and its such a vibrant color group, its simply happy! I wondered what was inside. It took me by surprise and darn it, that is the idea of our rural women's club's way of bonding. Its total fun!

These colorful wraps are made by a collective of rural Indian women who work hard and dream  big! The not-for-profit organization is self-funded social enterprise that promotes income for the collective of disadvantaged communities.

The following statements is copied from the web site of 

re-wrap Takka Stitching

I am happy to find collectives that need more exposure when the core value is helping disadvantaged women anywhere. My blog supports reuse in quilting and opening eyes to the possibilities! 

I really actively want to share, so if you know of a great collective in textiles, women's economic development, please let me know?

Also, wrapped up is this beautiful hummingbird from Crystal Temptations of Sprectra Swarovski Crystal in the little 24 K. Gold Plated Hummingbird. So sweet! :)

Along with a pretty, girly card with wished from my Secret Friend! 

Then comes the totally yummy brownies, these are the first brownies to eat in 3 years since I was forced to go Gluten Free, but not anymore, so these will be enjoyed over many days. Thank you secret friend!! :)

This is the best birthday I've had since our large family union/family gathering for my 50th birthday!

Then the scrapbook style book " Make Spectacular Books" came into my hands as well. Wow, I'm so touched and what a wonderful gift. I have so much to be grateful for and my day ended with a hilarious version of "Happy Birthday" from some more friends who hung up before I could ask who it was! 

This birthday without a doubt is and incredible memory. So rich is our lives, where we live in such a prosperous country, I am a lucky girl!

Happy Quilting from Carli

Blues Three Hour Table Runner

We all love fast table runners and recently I decided to make up one of these fast runners. I mean fast! In fact I posted about this fast little runner in several older posts. So just to be familiar with how to get started, this is what you need.

1.   Start with 5 fat quarters, one the focus fabric, 2 light colors and 2 dark colors.

Or in colors for an Arctic landscape as this mix of colors!!

Using this same technique I made this awesome throw.

My friend Anne became excited with quilting, then life suggested a different turn and so Anne asked me to make her a table runner from her fabrics and so this is the where the Blues Three Hour Table Runner came to be.

I used Anne's fabrics.

If you want to make one of my Two Hour Table Runner, but before you link up, please read on as I've learned a few more things about this technique that you'd value.

I totally hate picking out a seam, UGH! But I do this on this block because its really easy to get confused and loose the placing of the strips, then you'll have to pick out stitches.

When you have followed along with the tutorial, this is the way that I figure out which is the largest 5 blocks you'll get from this exercise. So I square up one side and then make a cut to trim off the excess.

If your blocks come together in such a way that a large block is possible, then I use my 3.5 in. by 24 in, rectangle ruler to help out the big 16 in. square I use. I make a another cut to get all square up and do this around all sides.

On these blocks today I made another discovery and did one clear slice off set from the center or any way you like it, but just one and see what happens?
 This table runner is cool, soothing blue color prints is almost done, see you soon when this is done! Then onto the skirt for Anne, thank goodness Anne I found the pattern!!

Happy Quilting from Carli

Friday, June 20, 2014

Denim in Log Cabin Blocks

Well, I'm working between outside in the garden and taking the time to rest my back in between. But sometimes its just as good to sit and stitch, this is what I'm working on for hand stitching and catching up on a few projects for friends.

I am always looking for ways to reuse clothing or otherwise fabrics. I know some of you don't think its right to call "USED' cloth fabric. But I'm a free thinker and well, I'm writing this blog so everyone can enjoy working in reuse and this is one of my latest portable projects.

This is my little "lap pad" that I was given years and years ago and so its kind of crumpled now.

I once had a wonderful lady who was a champion hand quilter tell me that to be a really good  hand quilter, you must also hand stitch. Her theory was that the more hand stitching you do, the more you hand remembers the memory of rocking the stitches across the seam. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't but its what I do to keep on doing both.

This photo above show the machine stitched log cabins that are coming along as well.

Plus, I promised Anne her bag and I must confess to you Anne, that I've somehow lost your skirt pattern. Please forgive me, I don't know where it is, but I've searched and I've still not found it, so please call me?

These blue squares for your bag, so I'm showing the rest, it is more fun to have it be a surprise.

This is my gal pals over at the Quick Women's Institute, we met at one of our members home, who has an awesome garden!!

Take care and do call me Anne?