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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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