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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?

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Well, this was "the one" that started as a bit of a confidence booster for me.  I knew I needed to challenge myself to create my own, original quilt... "from my own mind" so-to-speak... something...anything!  So I began with a whole cloth - a batik - in earthtone colors, and just began experimenting with couching, bobbin play, paintstiks, metal leaf and a few blocks of leftover patchwork.  It took me all summer - the summer of 2009.  It was my first try at a curvy binding, too.  I was absolutely THRILLED to have it accepted into an Exhibition at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art here in Great Falls that same fall. 

Friday, November 26, 2010


Remember the "Cheer Meister" from Dr. Suess "The Grinch Who  Stole Christmas?"   Well, all I can say is that I'm pretty sure this quilt is hanging in his home!  Sweet! Love that movie!
Using all batik fabrics, and it is quilted only with sparkly silver thread!  FESTIVE

Thanksgiving and More!

Well, Thanksgiving was GREAT!  Love turkey and football and family!  Now here is some of my latest inspiration on Christmas placemats, a class I will teach at Bernina Silver Thimble on Saturday, December 11th from 1-4 pm.  This placemat project can be accomplished in less than three hours for a set of two!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

THANKFUL and Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Timothy 6:6-8 "Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can't take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content." (NLT)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Placemats

Here is a simple fused placemat project; once you do the first one, the others will be half the time!  I can now make a set of four in two hours.

 For two placemats: I cut four rectangles; two of base fabric and two of accent fabric; each  approx 13" x 18" and then freehand cut two of the accent fabric rectangles  into several pieces; each with soft curved design.  I took those freshly cut, curved pieces, and spray basted  them onto the base/bottom fabric.  You can also stitch them down too if you prefer. I then added batting, backing, and began quilting using a free motion couching foot (the Bernina Foot #43) to couch pretty hand dyed yarn on those curvy edges.  Then I used the Bernina #39 with a small hole in the front of the foot, and using a very narrow zig zag, couched a thick silver thread, which was Ricky Tims Razzle Dazzle or you can use YLI candlelight too, right next to the yarn.  I then added some decorative stitches, and finally, it was quilted free motion with Christmas phrases, as well as additional "whirly" quilting in silver, using Superior Threads Glitter thread. The binding fabric was fused to Steam-A-Seam fusible web, and then cut into two inch strips.  I then took those two inch strips, and "freely" cut them right down the middle (the best eyeballin' you got!), cutting them into  one inch strips, using  a wave rotary blade. Fuse onto the placemat (once you have it squared up of course!); I prefer to line up the strip with the back of the placemat, and gauge placement, then wrap the edge to the front and fuse permanently.  Finish with a triple straight stitch for a nice finishing touch.  FUN and "Simply CHRISTMAS!" If you would like a GENERALIZED list of "how to" put it all together, please email me at leslievaskey@msn.com

Friday, November 19, 2010

"How To" make Quilted Fiber Brooch and Pin

I started with cotton sateen type fabric, about the size of a fat quarter, layered it with batting, and then some TimTex (available at JoAnn Fabrics) - it’s a super duper stiff interfacing, then put backing fabric on for a quilt sandwich.  In the meantime, (the night prior) I had also painted some paper-backed fusible web (I used steam-a-seam) with metallic paint - from Jacquard "Lumiere" line.  Let it dry overnight; it wrinkles up when the paper dries; that’s okay.  Peel it up and then, using a pressing sheet (teflon sheet), fuse it to the background fabric, serendipity-like!

Add those fun decorative stitches from your machine; just a couple of stitches that I believe everyone has in most newer machines, are the heart, star, an the triple-straight stitch, so here's a great opportunity to apply them! Plus you get to practice placement!  A valued skill!   Use left over fibers, yarns, ribbon, angelina fibers, foil, decorative (thicker) threads as it pleases you, layering them as you think it looks good, over the whole fat quarter fabric sandwich.  Once everything has been stitched, through all three layers of fabric, timtex, and backing,  cut it out into a heart shape, or any shape of your choice.

I took  some yarn and other of those thicker Razzle Dazzle threads that complimented the pin colors, twisted them together, and then did a free motion zig-zag attaching them around the outside edge of the heart, all the way around.  Clip threads, trim as needed, and add a pin back, which I attached using tacky glue.  You could choose to sew it if you wished.  EnJOY.  HAVE FUN!

THANK YOU to Megan Lane Photography!

I love these pics from my friend Megan Lane!  This is one of the Baby Jackets I made!

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The Baby Jacket "Claire"

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Shiva Paintsticks

This is from my "Fall Harvest Glory" quilt, created wholecloth from a 1/3 yard of a batik fabric.There is lots going on here!  But it started with a Shiva Paintstik, and some basic drawing.  I used stamps, and lots of embellishments, and threadplay.  More on all those details to come!

Here are few projects using the Shiva Paintsticks... fun to blend, and just have FUN!  I've used stencils, blending many different colors.  It's also great to use a nice rubber stamp, with a more 'open' design, and I highly suggest you visit http://www.hotpotatoes.com for some great stamps!  I just place my stamp underneath the material. Use the Grip-N-Grip mat to place the stamp on; a great product that ensures your stamp won't move on you as you color the fabric with the stik.  If you're using rubbing plates, spray them with a temporary adhesive spray (I use 505). Another fun technique is to use the paintstiks "free-style" --- anyone can draw a circle, a wavy line and add design their very own way.  The tip is to BEGIN!  The more time you spend with these lovely, creative 'crayons' the more fun you will have, the more ... you will learn!



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