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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?

Friday, August 28, 2015

a vintage heart ~ collage pillow

greetings this last friday of august ~ oh gosh, i wish it weren't so, although a bit of cool and rainy fall weather i pray, is desperately needed here in the west to battle the tremendous fires happening in this area.  the smoke is the worst i've ever seen it here in central montana.

back in the sewing studio, a custom order arrived earlier this summer. it contained moda fabric ~ "amberside" is the name, and with it, a vintage linen; an embroidered bread basket linen. cool!  she asked me to design it into a collaged pillow.  i adapted this from my "heart to give" collage pillow pattern, and i just finished it earlier this week. 
after creating the collaged heart, i stipple quilted it with 100% polyester {40 wt} thread, with 100% masterpiece {50 wt} cotton in the bobbin.
 and yesss... there is a new baby in town in my studio; the bernina Q20 mid-arm ~ more on that later! 
i decided to apply a trapunto-styled layered effect under the heart-linen portion for added depth and softness. 
and then trimmed away the extra, following the perimeter of the stitching on the outside edges of the linen {seen above}
i loved those darling sweet hand appliqued corners:
and i added another layer of batting to the whole surface area of the pillow, and then quilted a diagonal line in the checkered border:
this is the pillow top, finished and hanging from the line:

sweetheart swirls in the quilting motif, add to the overall elegance and charm of this vintage linen, don't you think?


and a few of the tiny collaged flowers; these are only about one inch in size ~ {sometimes cut in groups} or added singly, add a special touch on the perimeter:


and the finished pillow ~ about 17" will look great stuffed with an 18" pillow form {all i had on hand was 16"} and i love the pretty coordinated binding, from which i cut some of the tiny collaged, fused flower shapes from ~  'amberside' by moda:
oh... and that icky ol' smoke casts such a yellow light on all my images... oh for some clear blue skies... 

anyway ~ have a grand day!
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

more tula pink inspiration and collage aPeel pattern now available ~

hi there ~

yes, it's more of those timeless, classic shape ~ orange peels!  this time i've made up my new pattern into a smaller venue ~ and a slightly different collage kind of "view" too!

this new pattern is now available in the shop, too.  i also have new samples of the pattern hanging at the quilt-a-way here in great falls and the sewing palace in helena, mt.  it's so easy-peasy, a lovely lap quilt, or wall hanging, and easily made smaller, or larger by adding more blocks.  

i chose a classic colorway in the image below; the lovely duo of turquoise blues and orange... it's very fun to vary with all kinds of ideas bursting forth!  again, a bit of sketchy quilting, which is also a good option for new free motion quilters:
this one is available for purchase in my etsy shop, too!
the size on this version finished to  31" square.


 next up is the "tula pink" inspiration ~ again created from her fabric line "elizabeth."  these little bouquets were left when i cut out the faces of this fabric, and i just love their curvy, elegant silhouette on top of this orange peel block. it's a lovely spark of color to this periwinkle blue and turquoise blue batik version:
these shapes... could easily be created into ... butterflies, too!  don't you think?  for the quilting, i chose to take my inspiration from the border, and quilted circles throughout, keeping them nice and tight, covering as many edges as i could when quilting:
my tip:  it always helps to cut a tiny, small edged border {about 1/16" or so} around detailed delicate shapes. this helps them separate from the background, adding that subtle bit of contrast and visual interest, adding to the dimension overall:
again, i covered the edges with lots of quilting, keeping it nice and close.
hey... did you notice the curvy edge on one side of the orange peel shape?  i hand cut that...wanna know how it happened?  it was one of those oopsies!  i mis-cut the orange peel shape, when rolling fabric through the cutter, cutting off some of the top edges.  but!!  look what happens, just cut a curvy edge, or change up the shape as you think might be fun, and go for a new look! and it's just another little bit of an interesting, soft textural line, too!  

my pattern retails for $12 and includes a nice, full color picture, tips and hints for fusing and cutting from a die, and detailed instructions.

thanks for coming by!
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria

Monday, August 24, 2015

collage aPeel ~ my newest pattern {coming soon!}

happy monday fellow fabric, quilter and sewing buddies!

... and happy summer quilting days!

this is a fun quilt i've been happily spending summer hours working on, writing instructions for a new pattern. based on that sweetly wonderful, classic 'orange peel' quilting shape.  cut quickly and accurately through the accuquilt Go! system. i simply used  an orange peel die shape, and a 5" block shape... and steam a seam lite 2!

fast.
fun.
easy!

i fused all my orange peel fabrics to the steam a seam lite 2 first ~ in blue/turquoise batiks in light, medium and dark values. and then the play action began.  finished with fused flowers, {from my great stash!}. i used two different scales for the flowers; large and small.  the largest is about 5-7 inches in diameter, and the small ones are about 2-3" or so in diameter.  give or take!

quilted with black cotton thread for a sketchy look around the flowers, and in the border.

and then i also quilted  with white cotton thread for the background blocks. all very sketchy, and just free and fun.


this is what that quilting looks like from the backside, as the black shows up so well:


and black outlining around the flowers in the center of each of the blocks:



black and white.  {and lots of color} and collaged-type of technique, is truly easy... and magical!  

i'm so excited to announce this is my newest pattern, coming to the etsy shop soon!  it's so fun to make it several other sizes... and i will show those soon, too!

enJoy ~
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria


Friday, August 21, 2015

tula pink's elizabeth ~ a table runner collage style

happy friday folks!

we're so much smoke now, as it travels from the western states of washington, oregon, idaho, and so the smokey smell is especially heavy in the air, this last week especially.  oh Lord do we need your refreshing rain, and we ask for protection for all the firefighters and support people, and more. 

the upside is that if you have to be indoors {and i do as it plays heck with my allergies}, then it's time to sew!! {or clean house} but back to sewing...

and so... more collage. collage. collage!  yes, i cut floral motifs almost every day... still.  and it gives me such a wonderful variety, and i appreciate having a palette of great choices!  i'll take a photo to show you later how i organize, and store my lovely "box of collage stash" that i draw from ~ literally! 

so here is the latest i've made, in a simple runner, using those "different" {but very creative} tula pink fabric line, "elizabeth" faces... i loved this rustic shabby gray dot on creamy fabric is by timeless treasures fabrics of soHo, the pattern is 'ophelia'  and think it makes a nice background:





i usually keep the quilting to the actual collage flowers to a smaller stipple, and then graduate to a larger different quilting motif in the centers, and then back again.  i kept the quilting pretty simple, and blended the thread color with the quilt using a 50 weight cotton on the top and bottom for thread choices.  

my tip:  when you're not very confident in your free motion quilting, or when you don't want the threadplay to "take over"... then choose a light colored thread that blends with the background fabric, and choose a simple quilting motif/style.  

i like the subtle texture it brings, and it allows the "elizabeth" styled motifs to be the focus.  and... another finish!  {always a good thing.}

bless your day!
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

the "deck chair" quilt ~ kaffe fasset stash strikes again!

hi there ~

i love simple piecing, with lots of punches of color and pattern!  that's... ah... like stating the obvious, i know. but what i love is using what i have... and loving what i use, too.  it was pure delight to dig in, press, cut and piece these simple strips, cut in less than an hour on my accuquilt Go! cutting system, and with two basic dies; 2.5" strips, and the 2.5" square.  easy peasy.  and i'm lovin' the summer time stitchin' of course!

this pattern is by aardvark quilts and it's called "deck chair"  ~ and because i wanted to make a larger quilt, instead of the 2" strips it called for, i used the 2.5" so it will be a lovely bed quilt size for sure. i hung this baby up on the line out in the yard but oh my it would have been great fun to photograph it on the lake, too! maybe i'll have a chance when it's quilted.  so here's a few images of it's glowing summer time fun beauty from the line in my yard:










all done with kaffe fassett florals {yes, i have a great selection these days!} and i particularly love the outside border of the large purple and turquoise mum... and the little squares were cut from solid kaffe shot cottons, too for the nice little spark of solid color.  

it was a fun, super fast pattern to make and easily could have been smaller or larger too.  i'm looking forward to quilting this up on the longarm with some wool batting!

blessings,
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

sunsets on the flathead ~ a time of abundance

happy... happy sunday folks ~

here are just a few favorite images from the lake... time well spent...  lovely, serene, quiet, wild and beautiful all at the same time.

late evening swims, taking in the sun changing the clouds moment by moment.

all ~ precious moments.

thank you Father God for ~
soft, lapping water
wild waves
pine in the air
happy voices
books
sharing
clouds
lamposts
worn wood
water to dip toes into
pretty rocks
friends
faith
your Word
... endless love.

a time of abundance...




















oh yes miss susie larson... an abundance that trains us.  that is good food for thought.  may it ever be so.

amen.
soli deo gloria!
xo
leslie
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