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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Log Cabin Blocks by Hand

Log Cabin quilts are one of my favorite. I love to see the variety of colors, layout and choices in how the blocks go together. 

It all started here with hand stitched log cabin blocks.


I build my log cabin blocks using the "two bag method" meaning that everything that I have along with me is pre-cut WOF or scrap width, not pre-cut into the exact lengths and organized into two bags. One bag is light colored fabrics and the other bag is dark colored fabrics. 

I hand cut each piece at the end of the newly sewn seam with scissors. I finger press on my knee and carry on to the next piece required to build log cabin blocks.


Then I work towards a total I'll need for the whole quilt top. Simple, portable and uses up scraps like crazy. Plus, because its portable, hand sewn, I can do this sewing anywhere I can sit and have a few minutes to sew on another piece. This way I get lots of work done.




This quilt done a few years ago was mostly sewn block by block by hand. You cannot tell which is done by hand and which is done by a machine.
I hand quilted this one for Paul. He treasures it.

As you can see in this next photo the tiny stitches, very similar to hand quilting stitches. Doing my sewing of certain projects keeps my hands limber.









Its all possible and by sharing how I keep the multiple projects going all the time is one way of taking my rest, taking my time for my hobbies and keeping fit.

Happy quilting and please do leave me a comment. Have you done hand sewing? Let me know by leaving me a comment on the project and a link to visit it.

Carli



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stitches of Green

Twirling stitches dance across the savanna sunset.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

goodearthmodern blog is live

Now, I know that some of my readers are following me because I like to play around in the new genre of "Modern Quilting" and that is fine to follow me here, but I've developed a sister blog that really spells out my commitment to this new genre.

So, for those of you who are wanting to read about and see what my paticular version of modern quilting is all, I welcome you to follow the link listed in this post to visit and see what's happening there.

This cute little table runner is all about modern. Its a new take on an old theme and its got a solid amount of negative space. 



Please visit my sister blog goodearthmodern

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cultural Blocks

Lots of beautiful blocks are happening in my temporary studio, akay my son's office. Here are just a few that are going into a memorial quilt. These are the pattern blocks from "Cultural Fusion-Aelting Pot of Piecing Traditions" by Sujata Shah.

Sujata's Joy

When I purchased Sujata Shah's book "Cultural Fusion Quilts-A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions" I was thrilled to own a book from a fellow blogger who I'd been following for several years.


I have decided to add a bunch of these Rail Fence blocks into an upcoming T-shirt quilt. Stat tuned
Happy Quilting from Carli's Winter Studio


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Quilting in stitches one by one...

Some have described my quilting as eclectic, artistic and re-purposed to new heights. This "look"that I have is mine. It really describes me as a person. Broad shouldered I stand with my heart on my sleeve as my nimble fingers move across the fabric. Stitches pop up wherever the needle surfaces. New interpretations of stitches evolve as I do.



Stitches made across the fabric surface is my mindfulness and focus. Creativity swirls in my mind and comes out in stitches. Its interesting to see the "back side"of this piece.

Happy Quilting

Carli




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Quilts I Made for my Brother



My brother Willy told me recently that he had four quilts I'd made for him. I was uncertain if I'd made him that many, but to prove me wrong as brothers will do, he emailed these photos to me.

The first up is the plaid number above made for my plaid loving brother back in 1990's.


Then this rusty colored one was made for his large rec room at his home.


Then this one is a take off of quilt I saw in one of those ancient quilting magazines from the 1970's and I adapted it to real moose, instead of the one used in the pattern, Now, if you live in Canada, everyone knows that a moose and an elk are totally different kind of animals. They do not look anything like one another and so this is my Purple Moose.


I don't remember which pattern this was, but its not my own design, but one I loved and it was perfect for their living room that was done in blues.

So you see, sometimes your brother is right!

Happy Quilting,

Carli

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cultural Fusion Quilts Book Review

Its a great pleasure to let you in on a little secret. Psst, Sujata Shah has written this awesome quilt book and I own it. It was a long awaited Christmas present and I've read it cover to cover. I totally recommend it and here is why.





  • I love fusions of any kind. I rejoice in mixed marriages, gender equality and colorfully putting your face out there. Sujata's book delivers the mixing of colors ideology perfectly while you are gently encouraged to be yourself and explore her techniques.




    • Sujata's style is freedom expressed in fabric, unpretentious and honest.



    Sujata's Crazy Quilt is so fun, it just explodes across the page like fireworks!

    This was the ultimate reason for purchasing the book in the first place. I had seen something somewhere on her blog or elsewhere of this Crazy Quilt.

    I was hooked, line and sinker, I knew that if she could do this, then I had to get to know her even more. Its my dream to meet Sujata in person, God willing, it will happen, even if its the last thing I do.

    I can see my own art is moving toward modern quilting and its most certainly going to take over the quilting world with a gentle heart, but loads of stamina!

    I welcome the challenge to keep up with the growth of modern quilting or loose quietly. But I'm motivated! So look for more quilts by me from this awesome book.

    I made this block from her Rail Fence pattern.



    Now getting back to my review of the book. 

    1. I loved Sujata's story of  her life and how she came to be in North America.
    2. Her directions are clear and direct.
    3. I made one block from the Rail Fence design on pg. 24 and it came out as indicated it should a 16 x 16 in. block. ( I didn't do any fussy this or that to make it that way )
    4. I used my own tools, I like it that you don't need to buy a bunch of more quilting tools to make something from the new book
    5. Cultural Fusion is a winner in my opinion because its got 15 Free Form patterns inside the covers of this book. These patterns are so diverse from each other that I know I will make more than one quilt from this book, so for my budget is happy with that.
    Plus, I'm not paid to say to any of this! :)



    Congratulations Sujata on a great book and I wish bestseller status for you!

    Happy Quilting!

    Carli

    How I Unwind and why..


    Its always an honor to serve the public and make your way in life by doing something worthy and rewarding. My career outside of raising children and growing a marriage was Special Education Assistant in several public schools over 16 years. My days of work were filled up with classrooms, children, teachers and parents. Offering assistance to a classroom teacher is rewarding all itself never mind helping children learn by giving one on one tutoring and instruction.


    I even had the pleasure of teaching young children the fundamentals of hand stitching. We had permission and we ate lunch together and cleaned up quick, so hands could begin stitching. It was marvelous and inspiring.


    At lunch time before this fun lunchtime activity, I'd sit in the staff room and stitch on the various parts of the Beach House Crazy Quilt.


    I'd go home after working with children and release the day's stress through quilting. No doubt about it, quilting helped me last long months of classroom turmoil and attempting to reach unreasonable goals of school board funding. 

    CUPE BC is mostly the union representing Education Assistants. From CUPE's web page details I read that Aboriginal Education Assistants are also voicing the same concerns around unpaid work.


    Working with children is one of the most rewarding ways I've personally contributed to our greater public, one by one, helping children cope with difficult parents, helping them reconcile their own differences and celebrate individuality.


    I would try to let go of the little ones at home, but its difficult when you know the child is going home to less than ideal home life. I turned to a child's natural love of art, painting, drawing and play. I worked with kids from kindergarten to high school. I battled administration over changes to the classification of special needs for BC children. Its convenient for administers to cut and cut without the benefit of actually seeing children struggle when teachers are stressed with too many children in a classroom. I commend B.C. Teacher's  for fighting and striking over class size and composition.
    If you are interested in knowing the nuts and bolts of reasons for teachers to take to striking, read this.


    Its not a black and white issue for sure. But funding must be restored to public schools otherwise I see a continued decline and an increase in private for pay schools. Where are parents and children to go? Not everyone can afford a private school. This issue is a hot one in BC as our very own Premier has her child in a private school. How can she have any idea of the reality of low incomes and the choices are taken when the class size is so large that a teacher cannot simply do any real teaching. Its more like herding cats. Just saying....

    So this is why my quilting hobby really increased up as I continued my career in Special Education. My quilting has always been a way to unwind, take some time to reflect and leave the daily worries and concerns you have for the children I worked with, all with special needs.


    Another way to unwind is go fishing. Really it is, it takes patience and dedication to actually catch something. Fish don't just jump into your boat like in the cartoons. It takes time. I seem to catch the first fish all the time, I can't explain that one, but its the truth. My hubby always says, "OK now I'm going to catch the next fish" and he does.


    Another fine way to unwind is get dirty and unwind in the garden. 


    Another way to unwind finally is to get away and do new things and see new places, like this duo of busker's on the James Bay waterfront of Victoria. This is a typical event on any day in summer day in Victoria.

    Hoping this all finds you quilting away and  unwinding in your way too? As usual, I love reading comments and I welcome your thoughts on this testy issue of public education challenges.

    Carli





    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Merry Christmas!

    I've just spent some quiet time this Christmas Eve morning reading posts from all sorts of blogger's that I follow. When I look back on this 2014, I declare that it was a year of hits and misses. I am very excited to have found many interesting and lovely people who crazy quilt. 

    I am sorry that I simply lost track of my own hosted Crazy Quilt Along 2014, but hope to do another one in the future. And I know many crazy quilters follow my blog and would heartily join up again. 


    I did intend this one to be finished with scrappy dresden plates happily playing alongside daisies and it still awaits my ability to work on them.


    I love this photo of carved faces in cottonwood trees I found along the trails of Riverside Park in Terrace, B.C. I enjoy traveling in our truck and camper.



     And then the numerous crazy quilted projects await me too. My life has taken a turn of reflection and has slowed down. There is no other alternative when sciatic nerve pain hits. You are a done turkey at that point. 

    I must have an quarterly epidural to control the flashing of sciatic pain down both legs. But I know that if I stop and wait, let it settle down I'm good to go again in a few days. 
    If you knew me personally, I had much to challenge me. I've rejoiced in my own ability to tolerate change, evolve and step out into a new light. Hope is with me all the time and the numerous blogs that I read are inspiring to me.



    I look forward to doing more camping with my sweetie, visit our son in Edmonton. Catch more fish and enjoy life in a slower sense.


    I'm so fortunate to have a man in my life who loves me no matter what. He has made fishing easier for me. He does the bulk work that I cannot do and he encourages me to keep quilting.


    In each year my little quilting habit finds its way welcomed into First Nations communities where the vibrant smiling women share their skills as I share mine. We laugh and share friendships that grow each year.




    Crazy quilting is going to always be a part of my life as I let go of other less important things in my life. We all must make choices and going to the pool, improving my ability to walk in warmer, non iced winter trails is a joy!


    Like the pretty embroidery along this seam, I can walk more in the winter months if I live in the South Island.
    Another move is in our future.

    The pattern Midnight Over The Oasis is on my list for completion in the new year.


    And so friends I've never met, you are important to me as I share my life's struggles and my joys in quilting. I still take commissions for quilts. I will continue to enter my work into competitions. I continue.


     I have love, family and not bad health as I learn to live a different way for my body.  Thank you for reading my blog posts and commenting on anything you like in my blog. 

    I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy Christmas. May you all have love.