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Blooming Crazy Quilt

Thursday, November 16, 2017

If you have followed my blog Good Earth Quilting for very long, you'll know I am a crazy quilter who loves hand stitching, Improv Piecing and crazy quilt embellishment, embroidery and crazy peicing!

I embrace all forms of quilting, sewing, knitting and crocheting and I do most of my own machine quilting too.

I love the "nest building act" of making my own "handmade" things to decorate my home.  

I like the look of "running stitch roads" of a gentle running stitches meandering along the high roads and valley's of my quilts. 

When I began "Blooming Crazy Quilt", I started it on a lark and soon this beauty began speaking to me in tropical colors. I began to really think hard about what I'm trying to say?? 

I think that the colors and prints choose the quilter. Yes, have you wondered how we choose what we have in our stash? Do you enjoy touching and feeling row upon row of bolts of fabric?

Its kind of like how handmade Persian rugs are made in each region and each quilt is designed by those weaver's and rug makers from that region.

I wanted to blend Improvisational Piecing and Modern Crazy Quilting. 

I bet you have maybe wondered about that too? 

On Crazy Quilting Community, you can join this group too!

I think this has been the funnest quilt to ever make and for anyone to make its super easy, carefree piecing and you can see the variety of options I've built into this design.

I am listening to the quilt with ears ready to evolve.

And do you hear your quilts speaking to you? Do you listen to them?

If so, please leave me a comment telling what your quilts say to you?

Its totally fun to get to actually working on various projects again, making some ground on finishing up the numerous projects. I will post the finish of this little quilt soon.....

Thanks for dropping by and have fun doing whatever it is that you love to do.

Update and Heartbreak!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

My attention taken with unpacking and culling, I find the moments of sorting and culling from my art supply stash brings me joy.

But soon this whole box of brand new Organic Cotton Yardage is going to be sold. If you live anywhere near Duncan, yardage at $10/meter. 

I remember sorting and doing our first cull in advance of our move and have since done this three other times until this recent sort and cull. So many others are on the move as well as well. Travellers relocating to my local area are posted everyday on our local classifieds. Many are looking for both, jobs and housing. 

We now live in a real Earthquake zone called Pacific Ring of Fire. The small town I live in is right overtop of this massive fault line that covers the population of hundreds of thousands other people, so I am not alone. The Ring encircles the whole Pacific Ocean. and the western part of Canada is on the Pacific Ocean. 

But am I prepared to live for at least a minimum of three days without normal life, perhaps injured, perhaps trapped?

No, not yet, but have taken enough time to begin gathering the items found on the B.C. Earthquake Preparedness Emergency Kit. Mostly ongoing and finding a safe location where one could get the stuff in the aftermath is tricky!

But now onto the fun stuff!

I have found the corduroy quilt and was sorely disappointed. I vaguely remember being in a panic to finish up some stuff in 2014 and became almost lost in my vision that is clear. Its very real what pain and painkillers will do for you, both good and bad.

I had forgotten about this awful beige border I added on in a panic. What a mess, I'm going to have to do some major surgery to it and thinking about the only way to avoid hours of countless hours of unpicking both the seam and overstitching is to add a second border behind and then do some creative hand work on the beige edge. I will do a tutorial for you when I get there.

To make matters even worse, I must have changed my mind at some point and began to cut the beige edge away! OMG its a mess really, I barely remember this as its been in a bin for several years before we even moved. I had packed up alot to keep it safe and in cold storage.

So it looks as though its become a Dog's Breakfast as my old friend would say.

Really, I will have to do some major surgery to this quilt to even be willing to keep it and yes, I loved making it to the last part. Stress will that to you!

But on another note, I found more of the fun stuff that I knew existed in my bins and boxes. Like this little crazy quilt from so far back, its been at least a decade and still unfinished!

I think I have a problem with finishing. Its a sober thought, but maybe this is something I need some help with and wondering have you found yourself in this kind of mess?

Please share what you've done to become a Finisher!

I have a friend who loves aqau colored stuff and found the most wanted quilt top of a table runner in my collection. Nola, its coming along sooner than later.

 Thanks for being a good friend to me all those years in Quick!

Here it is, I'm making it the first one I finish!

And my little wooly projects saying hello too!

Unpacking is coming along and while I did finish up this little table runner for Monique and Morgan, a special couple of newlyweds!

Now, onto the second table runner in red and blues coming up for you Morgan!

All hand stitched together. Hand appliqued circles entirely. Its been a fun project that I found soothing over the summer.

Happy Quilting.

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.

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