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Circles-Till Death Do Us Part

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I fell in love with making circle blocks as if they were the cats meow of all quilt making? 

Yes, its been a while to complete them and then I missed the wrap up over at Quilty Folk. But so what?



and More Circles


In the work of hand applique so far has lead me to realize I really like applique.



I even got really crazy and appliqued the cut off bits from around a cut circle, making just the right sized circle. I know, who knew that I'd fall head over heals in love with applique!



My orphan Hexie blocks found a new life while becoming circles. 


As I worked, the circles became 25 in number and then more squares and circles were cut to keep up my daily stitching. In the midst of unpacking, resorting, more culling and doing it all over again, I found peace and contentment through this action. I can think about a lot of stuff while stitching. 

I can relive joyous moments and smile or frown with concern when a difficult memory opens in my mind. If you hand stitch or hand embroider, the intense focused stitching gives me a sense of accomplishment when little accomplishment can be found in other parts of my life. I am very sure you know exactly what I mean?



I counted and pinned up the squares I'd completed so far. I began to see the quilt emerging and speaking to me. I listened and continued with a renewed sense of purpose.




Even the "Little Ones" found a home alongside the building blocks of circles. Slowly but surely, I began to have quite an assortment of  small circles accumulating. 


Reusing from clothing is alive and well in the wild assortment of squares I've chosen. The beige flowery right hand side of this photo is from my wedding dress. I was finding homes for all sorts of stash scraps as I worked through to the other side of this project.



This long weekend in B.C. is going along fabulously. I am stitching away......

Hope your weekend is finding you with a needle and thread too!

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 www.fabricspark.com.


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.

https://wisenewbags.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/qwi-friendship-quilt/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

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 Makehouse.ca, 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 Makehouse.ca, 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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