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Great Falls, Montana, United States
I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

my ex libris summer challenge with accuquilt and a t-shirt ~

hi there y'all ~  happy first of july!

here is a fun, fast project i played with earlier this week.  a very summery, bright and #piecebaby t-shirt.  i'm happy with how it turned out, and even better... it's something i will enjoy wearing, too!

i purchased the t-shirt from a local quilt shop and one of my favorite bernina shops too ~ the sewingpalacebernina.com in helena montana, {where i will be teaching a collage class july 29th and 30th this month ~ yay~}  i thought this t-shirt with the bright pink '#piecebaby' hashtag appealing, and was inspired by their challenge/contest to create a very simple entry.

read on below to see how i did this... in less than an hour! 

 i began by fusing the ex libris panel {by fabric designer alison glass} to steam-a-seam2 lite.
 i then took that fused panel, and placed it on my accuquilt "GO!" using the dresden plate die with the rounded edges:
 i cut the little tabs off the side of the pre-fused pieces, and then placed them how i wanted them on the front of the t-shirt, and once happy with that placement, i ironed them.

next, i took a fusible batting {from OESD} and fused this soft, lightweight batting to the BACK of the t-shirt. that will give me a good base of stabilized fabric to free motion quilt on.  i used a 90/14 topstitch needle too... even on this knit fabric, and it worked great.

then, with magnifico {100% polyester thread} and masterpiece cotton on the bobbin, both from superior threads.com, i free motioned in a very loose edgey style, around each of the dresden plate motifs, going around it twice.  no need to get caught up in perfect... just get it done, and have fun doing it!

i cut away the excess fusible fleece once i was finished quilting... and then

the OESD product i used is known as a "Cut-Away" variety of stabilizer, and this particular one is "fusible fleece."  it works like a charm in it's ease of use, and it's very soft against one's skin, too, so it's perfect for wearables.  and... it's very much a staple of stabilizers in my sewing studio  {that was not only a mouthful to say, but a challenge to type!}
  fun... fast... and very summery... 
and wearable in a quick hour or less!  
this would be a fun design on a white t-shirt in random prints...a flag or a flower...
and blue.
guess i'd better go shopping for a white one!

have a wonderful fourth of july!
be blessed
soli deo gloria

Friday, June 26, 2015

pattern giveaway and etsy shop sale ~

good morning glories!

happy summer, and happy give-a-way day!  today, i am announcing my summer give-a-way of two of my newest collage patterns, including a sale in my etsy shop, too ~  

first, the sale details.  $5 off any collage pattern with a minimum purchase of $12.  use code 5DOLLARSOFF when checking out.


choose code 30PERCENT for 30% off any item over $24, including patterns, and as many as you would like. that would mean the total savings on a $24 pattern is $8 off!  {it's a hot deal!}   psst: there's a bonus ~ as a special thank you, i'll be adding some fun pre-cut and pre-fused collage goodies to each pattern sold!

note: these sale codes will expire Sunday, JULY 12th.

now for the giveaway ~ i'm giving away TWO patterns; one each of 'my cup overflows' and 'big love bouquet' collages. all you need to do to enter is comment here on this blog post!  for an extra entry, share this blog post on any social media, and comment back here with the link showing you did so. you have until friday july 10th to do so.  i'll pick a winner and announce it here on the blog saturday, july 11th!  

in other pattern news, i've developed a second pony version; this one is called "toni's pony" and is just a variation of the original 'sun blossom' collage pony pattern.  so if you'd like to order the pony pattern in the "toni's pony version", just let me know in the remarks section on etsy, and i'll change out the cover to suit your preference.

and... i've completed another new collage; {see below}... and let me know what you think ~ pretty please?!

here's the fawn!  she's  getting  her legs untangled, and ready to hop quick after momma.  this one is inspired by the all the sweet, new june babies we've been seeing in our countryside.

have a great day, and thank you for coming by!  best of luck to you, too, on the give-a-way!  

soli deo gloria!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

peachy summer feathers ~

hello ~

first, all i can say is "score!"

because this hand dyed fabric from vicki welsh is a one-of-a-kind special piece... simply because she doesn't really make it anymore. 

a bit of summer and sunshine in a piece of fabric.  happy and bright, warm and enticing ~ and even a bit of a tropical feel, too, especially because of the aqua colored 100% polyester thread {magnifico thread by superior threads}  i added as i quilted the feathers. 

love these colors ~  i think it's so amazing how quilting with just two colors; a pink and aqua thread, come together in the 'spine line' of the feathers, to create this glowing, and very pretty blue-ish hue.  it's always kind of magical!  {really, it's just two threads, i promise!}

and so it's just another fun and great way to continue practicing... attempting to make soft, and more graceful curves with the off-shoots of secondary feathers {as i call them}.  gotta work practice on this a little more, but i'm so giddy over the color story i'm going to be happy about it all the way!! it's a summer picnic!  {available in my etsy shop, too}

i also finished it with couching in a gorgeous hand dyed rayon yarn, which has those same colors; but different shades; a rosey pink, burgundy, and turquoise-aqua greens.  i do loved how it turned out.

{Summer Picnic is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, too}

'summer picnic' is in my etsy store, too.
there were three thread colors total; a light peachy pink in te stippling quilting motif in the background of the feathers.  additionally, i've shown my bobbin thread is brown; also a superior thread; 'masterpiece' -- a 50 wt cotton.  

i added a pretty floral binding to top it off nicely... like whipped cream on peaches and strawberries ~ yum!  that's my kind of picnic for sure!!    

enJoy your day ~ be blessed!
soli deo gloria.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

summer mixed media journal season is here ~

hello summer!
75 degrees, no wind, beautiful sunshine and a shady patio.
perfection defined!
... and a new season for making
mixed media journals begins.
i grab {just a few} key art supplies: 
 washi tape, paper words,
pens, little scrappy knick knacks n'such, 
{because, let's face it, it would take hours upon hours
 to bring it all outdoors!}
and then... get to work ~ playing!
 doodling n' glueing.
WARNING: there is a wild border collie waiting in 
the forest who will chew up any falling, wayward rolls
of washi tape --- in a heartbeat!
 hmmm.  as i was saying... 
sitting in the shade, playing, visiting with the pups,
and listening to the birds sing....
i do all the messy glueing, cutting and such in my studio in the basement of our home, and the papers i'm using are my own original prints, made from monoprints from my  gelli plate, stencils, stamps, deli paper, dimensional paste or paint, and just plain ol' acrylic paint! 
i add other texture from stamping onto heavy paper, cutting out {butterflies}, using some of my older scrapbook ephemera, old book pages, etc.  
 and then i doodle away.

 my personal favorites and most-used supplies are stencils, or thermofax screens i've purchased from stencilgirlproducts, many designed by creative friends like terri stegmiller and margaret applin.  but anything goes... yup!  so i begin by making a super big mess with paint...  and then clean up, clear off the table and and then choose from my dried paper stash, glueing them to the fronts and backs of blank paper journals i've purchased from craft stores, or goodwill.

some of my most favorite papers to use as empherma are prayers or quotes, {which i've printed out} by susie larson, or pages from favorite books by emily freeman, and ann voskamp, and many others, too.

so far, my favorite collage glue is "collage pauge" by tracis bautista {purchase at craft stores}.

... many ~ many happy hours later... 
i'll have a stack of a dozen or so journals.
soli deo gloria

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

shalom ~ peaceful girl ~ floral collage version two ~

hello ~

this is the second version of my new "shalom" collage quilt pattern, from the shalom pattern, this time using aqua green, purple, and ocean blues, with pops of pink and whites. this sweet girl is now hanging up in the quilt away shop in great falls. 

once again, i designed it to use a gorgeous background of hand dyed fabric, my favorite "signature" style.  while i've had this piece of fabric for a few years, it was just the right colorway, with hints of purple and a beautiful depth of blues.  this time, i collaged the girl first, choosing lighter florals, and then chose the background for the design.  i wish i knew which dyer made this beautiful fabric... but it is likely from my friend chris daly, who operates  woodland ridge retreat; a quilting retreat business as well.  {you can like her facebook page, and a blog to follow too}. she doesn't have as much time these days to dye, so it was a special treat to find this piece in my stash, purchased several years ago ~ and perfect for this little lady's floral dress.

vicki welsh also creates similar gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics and lists them in her etsy store...  so i know you will find exactly what you need!

and i kept the quilting muted, using a thread that blended, but applied my free motion quilting with lots of textural interest, changing it up a bit in styles, but also adding ... once again, my signature bobbin play. a bit of free motion mctavishing-style, with bubbles, and large big flowers that i picked up from the style of the large white flowers in her dress.  it's always fun to draw inspiration from the beautiful florals...

below, the flower is seen without a third row of stitching, which will come inside the bobbin/thick thread... as you will see further below...
i love the half flower as the bow on her dress, and i didn't quilt it as heavily so it would remain dimensional, as seen in the photo below:

the photo below depicts the third row of stitching on the outside edges of the flower.  i did not quilt them in the order you see them...   i always do the bobbin play first, and then i add other rows of echo-type stitching ~ inside and outside ~ the flower motif.  i wanted them to be puffy... but not empty. 

i love the lacey look the orange ruffled floral adds to the underlay of the skirt, adding lots of dimension, and realism, too.  notice that i deliberately placed her so that skirt flows a bit to the right, as i like this angle as a more creative flow with her walking away.  and i love to tuck in a few flowers in the hair, too!  
happy summer days to you all!
and His peace:
"peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; 
not as the world gives do I give to you. 
let not your heart be troubled, 
neither let it be afraid."
{John 14:27} 
thanks for coming by!
soli deo gloria

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