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Love on the Road Trip to Winnipeg

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Our vacation began with a ferry ride when you live on island. My hubby and I had a bucket list of sorts for this trip. He grew up in Winnipeg. So he had some sweet places that still exist and don't show up these photos. They are private to he and I.

The photo above gives you an idea of the depth of some of the canyons passing through the Duffy Lake highway into Lillioet, B.C. It was our first stop.


We travelled east along parts of Trans Canada Highway, but spent time mostly going back roads, seeing country new to our eyes. Having grown up and lived all my life in British Columbia, its no secret that B.C. is in my blood. The Canadian Rockies spell beauty of unimaginable scenes of mountains, valley's and interesting rock formations like the Shale Rock.


Alberta was a busy section and we scurried into Saskatchewan heading for Grasslands National Park. This was poor planning on our part that we didn't know the way through the park is on a road tour that takes about 3 hrs to several days if you stay overnight.

We didn't have 3 hours for that ansd so this is it for Grasslands and its not even into the park yet, but similar territory.



It was a first for me to see the great expanse of the Prairies. Really, somehow, I just didn't get onto the Prairies until now and so glad I did as they are beautiful.

Monika Kinnen Whalen is a friend who stitches beautiful art sold around the world. This beauty is a piece of her thread art.

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Monika makes her home in the Prairies of Canada and now I see why, its gorgeous in a totally different way. Yes, its prairie land stretches for as far as the eye can see and it goes on for days. But everywhere you look, its another scene of beauty in all directions.

And I saw my first Prairie Antilope, who bound off into the greater prairie right after this photo was taken.




My hubby found the biggest bush of chokecherries that we just had to stop and pick enough for one batch of jelly. Yum, it brings back his childhood days of picking chokecherries with his family. I didn't know that chokecherries grow wild everywhere I can see in Manitoba.


Manitoba is without a doubt a wild and beautiful province in Canada, yes, the bugs can be an issue, but basically at the end of August, they are pretty much done. But why so many mossy's you say, the province holds title to having more than 10,000 lakes, so there is a lot of water in Manitoba.

But I wanted to see and take a photo of some part of the Canadian Shield seen in the big rock across this lake.

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Lockport as seen below is one small fishing and farming town with a small dam on the Red River provides an annual place for locals to fish. Although, I didn't seen any sign of a fish ladder!


We came back into B.C at the Crowsnest Pass, lovely historical old mining town that perhaps is being revived, but do have all the amenties for the travelling public.



We came home refreshed and excited to begin our routines of work and play and garden.


We enjoyed our road trip of tenting and motelling our way to Winnipeg and back.

I will give a shout out to the lovely Manager of Motel 6 in Brandon, MB who went out of his way to help rescue our wet laundry from one his dryer's who totally quit. They took our wet laundry into their laundry room while we breakfasted on the best continental breakfast and recieved our laundry dried and folded!

We loved the fact that their rooms are clean and sparkling, no carpeting, yeah! Modern and everything worked great, highly recommend this site.


I have some more photos of dresses I took and forgot to get photos of me wearing them!!


This white dress began life as a white linen shirt I loved to death. I still couldn't part with it and added repairs and ruffles to make it into a dress.



I wore this dress on almost every day, I hand washed it a couple of time around the campfire. 

I got so many comments on my vintage top with bobbles!



Peace and contentment back at home with my stitching plans.


This quilt top will be finished this fall and sandwiched for winter quilting.

Along with a couple of gifts for some special people, you've seen one on the wall in one of dress photos, it will be completed this fall too. Plus, embroidery projects are on the go and I'll have more of that to share soon.

Happy Summer everyone!

Heat Wave Window Quilt

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

I have a big front window in my home that faces south east. Its a big window that allow sunshine and heat of summer sunshine to over heat my home. Its got some blinds on it that don't appear to be working properly. 

In an effort to save the cost to our budget for air conditioning, I strongly voted for window quilts. Our window is a bay window and thus, its a little complicated because of this, but none the less, its got a window quilt now.




This is not the first time, a quilt found a home for the summer over top of a windo. But this time, its staying up until it cools off. Its been a God Send new item in our living room. It has allowed us to live quite nicely without air conditioning or the cost.

I'm making another crazy quilt for a special man we know.



I've had a fabulous year so far of making my own clothing. I counted it all out between upcycled fashions and fashions from my stash, its been a simply devine summer so far.

I've been practicing my embroidery art ad this is one sample below of what I'm working on.


I've been working on one of two finishing projects and this one Pink Birds went off to a friend of mine in the Kootenays.


I encouraged anyone who is interested in my stuff to follow me on Instagram @carlithequilter

Have you made a thrifty outdoor quilt yet?



Keep staying cool in the summer and quilting anytime!

Crazy Life Fashions for the Future

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Last year I turned my attention to upcycling some favorite fashions into new upcycled garment. Little did I know that you would spark a return to my high school days of sewing my clothing again.

Its a little known fact that in my teens I made money not from baby sitting but rather embroidering classmates jeans with peace signs and flowers.




This is what happens to stitch crazy people, they adapt and go all sorts of new and wonderful places. Just like this, I saw some fashions on the runway in Paris on my cell phone Instagram account and went, 'wait a minute, this is not new to those of us who grew up in the 60's and 70's, we were already reusing clothing into new clothing, into cushions and rugs, but back then, people thought we were crazy high on pot as most adults of that time, thought everyone under the age of 30 smoked something and this explained those reusing ideas to spawn in your head, you know the ones you might get if you were so inclined. 


I laugh, its all coming around to helping the earth, eating healthier, upcycling everything and making a smaller footprint. This is what some of us have been doing for literally decades. We all didn't smoke pot and I certainly don't anything to get me going down a creative vien, just me and some fabrics and I'm set.






This retro is being worn right now as I write this and its so fun to wear and is very comfy and cool. Its a Megan Nielsen pattern called Eucalyptic Dress/Top. I've made at least three so far. I small chunk of vintage fabric is the unique print.







This dress is another blended upcycled fashion that is so cool, comfy to wear and gets a lot of attention. I blended one top to the other part of




This spring has flowed into me making my own clothing from my stash. Unfortunately, I have only a few photos of these fabulous fashions.  But if it means anything to you, I am wearing clothing that I made. But it will come. I will post photos as I get them ironed and ready for a photo, I'll have to employ my hubby to be camera person.

I urge anyone who has a stash of fabric that is enough to choke a large alligator to open your mind and start making some clothing from it. You can't take it with you when you die so lets get started!


This bright pink top is a pattern from Tina Givens "Dresdon Dress and Pants" It fits a little big on me, but I'm sure on a hot day, this will be awesome short and cool dress.


This is another top that is a pattern from Megan Nielsen for AU, this is "Eucalyptic Dress" and its become my all time favorite, fast to make and easy to wear.




This dress is a very old pattern, but this fits like a glove and is already gone out to dinner. Its the type of a pattern that is more fancy than everyday for me. 
Pattern is Simplicity 3697, its from the Khaliah Ali Collection. I will make more in winter fabrics as its a  cleavage feminine fit. Which my hubby loves!

Then lastly for all the completed fits is my favorite black linen that has a velvet squiggle design that is just lovely on it. 

This pattern is the heavily hacked pattern from Wiksten. Its a better fit for smaller busted people. This hack happened because I sized up my measurements and cut the whole thing out then it was way too tight. So out came the ideas of how to adjust this once it was already done. 

So what I did was to measure to below my bust and cut across the whole dress. Instantly, I was reassured because then you are into the realm of the upcycler and suddenly, it all became very easy to add a centerpiece to the front, gathered it and viola, its done.

Hence, I recommend making up a muslin before cutting into expensive fabric.



So ladies, quilters, gents do take the opportunity to play with your stash without fear that you'll run out! Lordy, no chance of that for several more decades. Its fun and refreshing to take a break from out obbsession with quilting to play in other areas.


As usual, you'll find me on Instagram @carlithequilter

The Great Crazy Quilt Along 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Do you love the look of crazy quilts but didn't feel qualified to make a crazy quilt?



I'm here to tell you that I feel crazy quilting can be the conduet to more inspiration into your journey of becoming a quilt maker. Whether you've made many quilts or you are just starting out. Crazy quilts free your mind and your maker instincts to go CRAZY!

Its simple and free-wheeling which becomes a simple block of crazy piecing or it can become an inspired landscape, a jeweled beauty of the kind that win awards. 

Most times, the only criteria is that each seam sewn is flipped to the good side and pressed. Grab another chunk and sew and flip. 

Covering each raw edge is one technique, the sky is the limit. 

Adding the hand or machine embroidery is done as you go or after each block is all done. Its your choice.


At this point, I'd really like to invite you to check out my Crazy Quilting Tutorial.
Make your own one block or a set of 4 blocks makes a nice sized starter quilt. But its totally up to you. I love to make crazy quilts pretty much all the time I have to make quilts.



And so I found myself on Easter weekend sitting in the sun with the continued endurance of keeping the Air Cast a whole month more. Its so boring. I have so many lovely things that I'd like to be doing in the beautiful spring sunshine, but I can't. Fourteen months later, my left ankle is in an real proper Air Cast with little air filled cushions on either side and two velcro straps to tighten it to your comfort level. So many mistakes made on this simple accident 14 months earlier and what do you do when your doctor doesn't see or feel the pain and swelling, suggests a cane and you end up becoming a victim of poor doctoring.

So this is my last crack at the can, to hopefully shrink the tendon somewhat in two months of immobility and wearing the Air Cast for all walking. Its been quite trying and you do start to feel old. But I feel unheard. I feel like "What the F*&^k?" is wrong with our doctors. This one is clearly unworthy in my case and I can't imagine how many other female patients have felt like this?

But I digress. I had sought the soothe my soul in the sunshine and began the #thegreatcrazyquiltalong2019

Its found at my @carlithequilter stream on Instagram. I'd love to have anyone who has a cell phone and would like to share our perspective and ideas of quilting in general, textile art, and so much more.

Its interesting, it takes just a few minutes to snap a photo  and write a brieg note, add my hastags and post it to my Instagram feed. Simple dimple.

Writing a blog post takes time and planning.

So if you decide to join me at my @carlithequilter feed on Instagram, you're likely to see more of my work in shorts bits of fun.

So come along, I know many of you are crazy quilters and its so fun, do join me.

There is so much going on! Its so much fun to have found a groove that I can work, rest and feel settled after our move two years ago to Duncan.


Upcyled Linen Top - Hand Embroidery Embellishment

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hi everyone!

Spring has sprung in my part of the word and upcycling tops for summer fever has hit my sewing room.

This top was a lovely pleated top when I bought it at a garage sale. But alas, once I got home and tried it on, it was shorter and I suspected that was why it was being sold. So onto my list of unfinished things came this sweet top.

At the very next garage sale, I found an equaly lovely pillow case in the splatter pattern using lime green, black and white colors. This was a perfect fit for upcycling this linen top by adding in the bottom edge, a slight ruffle was sewn on to being showing just about 3-4 inches. But working with clothing that has already been washed and dried takes patience.

Once the ruffled addition was on, I went straight to covering up the machine seam with hand embroidery.






Black, White embroidery X stitches across the seam while leaving room for a repeat of a second color. I think it was very effective and I soo love to embellish clothing.

Then onto the front color and sleeve cuffs.

Press the garment and its ready to go.

Those of you who love to play with uncycling and actually intend to wear the garment yourself will appreciate the fast intermission of embellishment. Its KING in upcycling I think. Its the smart maker that uses it very effectively.

I have added pockets on the front, they were really necessary.





Happy Sunday, Happy Stitching.



Pink Birds Crazy Quilt Finish

Sunday, April 14, 2019



I've been playing with Contained Crazy Quilts for quite some time. I like to put borders around things, its true. I love putting borders around my scribbles, in my writing, doodling around the edge. I really like this border in bold RED and black.



Pink Birds crazy block is a contained crazy block, I liked the calming influence of this setting the one crazy block inside its dark beige border. Now, for me to put beige anywhere near by work is a rare thing to see.


Beige is not a color to me, I find it all too often in homes these days and can hardly wait to cover it up with some awesome orange or red paint. But this time, for this piece, it just called out for a low key background. Beige and pink give this piece a patient femenine feel as pint sized birds south, settling in like they'd been there all the time!

But I'm loving getting back to making fun feminine clothing, some made from "new from my stash" and some upcycled from other clothing too. This Egyption fishing vessel from some old rubber stamps bought at a thrift store have proven to be fun to print onto my hemp/cotton cloth I love to make clothing from, but it always needs to be dyed first.


This quilt has some new directions for me as well. It all began with play. 

I machine quilted the entire size of the little quilt top in my own swirly fern leaf pattern.

Then it sat patiently for 5 years while I went back and forth between my new homeland and my old homeland.

Its been a block moved here and there in my new sewing room. Finding a home for a while in a drawer and then back into a bin. Do you have sorting of semi-finished projects going on too?

When the Pink Birds arrived and began getting comfortable on this block. I was sitting on a lawn chair with my Spring Salmon rod in its Bar Fishing holder, pounded into the rocky beach of the Skeena River. It was semi cloudy day with varying temperatures. So you see I've been stitching out of doors for decades.



It was a new thing for me to hand embroider overtop of machine quilting. I did find that the sandwiched quilt for hand embroidery a wee bit of a challenge. But then I started thinking "isn't that just called Big Stitch Quilting?"

The thickness was bulky and harder to get my needle through it all.


Pink Birds is one of those Improv quilts where you can see it hung in a variety of settings. 





I am slowly moving through progress on many of my unfinished items. One at a time.
#slowstitching #handmade

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