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What you can do with T-shirts and fabric!

Monday, June 27, 2011

 T-shirts can go into a quilt and its all quite simple. Here is an example of what I do with t-shirts, logo from sweatshirts, and other personal items a customer want in this quilt. This location is the Tyhee Provincial Park and Campground.
 My client called me about 2 weeks into the project and said "Carli, I've got this other T-shirt that I'd like in the quilt" I had to tell her the planning had been done and I could make an awesome cushion for the quilt from the T-shirt.
 I am very grateful that all my clients let me decide how things will look in the finished quilt. I like to make the quilts reversible, so this is the back side. Colors chosen and prints are matched to what I know about the client and usually they turn out scrappy and completely different. This location was the Quick Bridge near my studio. Check my studio web site for more information. www.goodearthquilting.ca
I'm so lucky that my hubby doesn't mind holding the quilts up for me to photograph them at all sorts of different locations. This last photo was at the Anglican Church on Quick West Rd in Telkwa.

Just a little fishy...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I'm writing today while swatting mosquitoes, the first bloom of summer! Its quite OK, just so that I don't forget to "not swat them near my quilts!" Good forbid, I would forget in my focused attempt to get the little buggers. Hopefully not!


I make custom quilts for a living. So I can't risk that kind of messy accident. But when summer mossy's start buzzing, I start thinking of spring salmon and summer fishing. Here I am, with my rod in its holder I'm doing a bit of hand stitching on dresden plate fans.


These are two spring salmon going home to the freezer.

My husband's Christmas project of 2009/10. This is a close design to a sockeye salmon, its 26 ft. long and the fins are solid ice from the Bulkley River. It was painted with tempura paint, water soluble and hand painted by my husband.

Vintage Penner Quilt Top Donated to Fire Victim

Saturday, June 18, 2011

This lovely twin size quilt was made in the 1970's by Katrina Penner of Quick, BC. She was a former member of Quick WI until she passed away a few years ago. Her daughter Louise donated the quilt top to our group so we could quilt it up and donate it to one of our neighbors who lost her home in a fire. Donated machine quilting by yours truly, binding too!
So much fun, many ladies helped from our local ladies of Quick WI.

Baby Calm-Purple

Monday, June 6, 2011


A baby girl was born recently and the parents want a custom hand made baby quilt. Its such an honour to make custom quilts for folks who value a local product, hand made, original.


 Little pieces, colors custom picked from my studio stash. This quilt retails for $325, custom orders are made with the person who is receiving the quilt in mind. The answer to the colors chosen, Purple!

Under a pear tree sits the purple quilt and I.

Here is the alternate colors for this quilt.

 
And the  back of this little baby quilt was a print of cartoon like kid stuff.
 
 
 
 

Round Robin Examples of Great Quilts!

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Round Robin Quilt Exchanges are so much fun! I've done a few and I recommend you participate if you have the time to really put into it. This one started out with one block 12.5 inches square, then the next person put on one border, then the next another border and then you finish it.

As you can see this version of border adding round robin, allows for tons of creativity in the work each quilt does on each others quilt. Mine in the top right, outdoorsey version with trees and lots of green. Participants added log cabin blocks, paper pieced tree blocks and it all came together into a great quilt. Its one of my 2011 UFO's still to complete.


Nancy's quilt was sort of a winter theme, as you can see its come out fabulous. I did the last border on this and would love to see the finished version. The last border was the applique flowers, quirky technique that was so much fun to do.


Joanne's lovely crazy pieced blue's quilt just says "love ya honey" I believe she made this for her hubby.


I think this one was for Carol, and it was the most exciting one of the group, in my opinion and that sassy border made by Joanne was awesome.

This is a little sample of a round robin. Join one in your group of quilter friends.

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