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Stitching and Altering

Saturday, January 20, 2018

I have just decided that the time has come for me to start really altering some favorite shirts purchased recently that when laundered they shrunk up and became too short for me to comfortably wear.

You know?



And I have become inspired again! My time these days are less frequently allowed for working on finishing quilts is coming along too.



I have made progress on two wedding gifts from one of the weddings from last summer. Love birds requested two table runners. This blue and red zig zag is coming along.


I think its just about ready for machine or hand quilting and I haven't decided on which for those yet.

And I've finally begun playing around with the Japanese 'Boro" form of quilting and big stitches that I new I'd to love to do.


And my son's childhood sewing project that I have begun to crazy quilt around is on the table again with more improvements that is going well.  Photos on how that progresses is coming along in the coming weeks.



And I am inspired again by that little cute table runner that went flying across the waves and miles of B.C to my friend Nola of Telkwa, I will make more.


Happy days are here again! Strike up the chorus and band, I've found my mojo again.


2nd Chapter-Duncan Farmer's Market

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This year has been uplifting, heart felt, stressful and challenging. Moving causes change. And we all know that the only person who loves a change is a baby!

When I made this baby quilt, I didn't know that sewing fabric strips together and cutting them into strings was called "Chinese Coins" or something like that.



Quilting or not, we are constantly learning all the time. Playing with my fabric and threads are all I really need to be happy, but not healthy. 


This post on Dec 31, 2017 is my New Year Eve reflection on 2017 and the last decade of my growth.

Healthy lifestyle is just as important as what we play with to enjoy life. 



I took the 2 week challenge of Low Carbs High Fat with Dietdoctor.com. I have started back to my routine of rising early, off to the pool and home again for breakfast. All, any of us can do is to go forward, not become stagnant. 

Update on LCHF lifestyle change. I've lost 3.5 lbs and 7 inches on my waistline!
I'm sticking to it.





Learning new things in my life became a lifelong "love" when just a child. I learned to pay attention and be aware of those around you. I learned how to escape the childhood family struggles and find peace in chaos. I can still focus and block out the world. I think that is a quality that allows me to be the busy woman working towards new adventures while growing older.

Sharing online since 2007 has been a wonderful experience. I've come to see and learn from others who openly share stuff about quilting!


Thank you to the people of Smithers who supported my entry into becoming a working craft artist.
That is no small feat! But continuing to move towards a goal was and still is the most important thing you can do for all of us.








I remember a time in the 1970's when I was making my own clothes by hand because my little home had no electricity and I used a camp stove for cooking. 

Ya, I was a Hippie Chick for a time. I met many wonderful people since then and many of those helpful women passed on tips and techniques to me.

I am overjoyed to see this lovely local sewer who makes these darling little dresses. You can find her at the Duncan Farmer's Market year round.



Many towns and cities have a Farmer's Market popping up with their fresh produce, hand made goods, clothing and more. Sewing should be a Red Seal Trade in my opinion.

Knowing how fabric behaves and how it can be sewn and what needle design is best for the task to be done. These little things are just a tiny part of what makes a sewer a good one.

I strive to meet the demands of a well made product that people really want.
I want to sell profitable items at my new booth at the Farmer's Market and if you know of such products, share with others who are not in your marketplace.


Its a new start for me in Duncan, its been a big move for us to finally get to Vancouver Island. We are Islander's now.



Teaching workshops and selling locally hand made items from the Farmer's Market in Duncan is my goal.
                                 
Wish me luck!

Happy New Year!

Made With Love By The Dutch Lady Designs