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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, September 28, 2011


How many times can you smile today?
I smile when I think of the beauty within of a special artist who made this piece for me...

I smile when I look at the bold colors that shine...
and details that have me smiling in wonder...
  Smiles, Smiles, Smiles!

This little 'doll' was a gift to me from  KATIE TWEDT, Rudyard MT.  I love the color, and the exquisite details incorporated into each piece. However, the outward expression of her art is quite secondary to the beautiful, generous and giving person she is on the inside

Thank you Katie for sharing your SMILES ... everywhere.

I hope you find SMILES today~ EnJOY.   

Falling for A Vintage Jean Jacket

Leaf Fever.  Strange, but true... and I think I'm done now!
Some hand dyed green fabric.  And once I've taken off the protective skin from the paintstik, I may as well make the most of it!

This is a vintage, "cowboy girl" real jean jacket a girlfriend of mine gave me several years ago.  Finally!  I'm getting something done with it. Ain't it cool?!
I've not been able to decide what to do onto the surface... but it's time has come! It got dressed up a little for the Fall Barn Dance. And I love it!  But... am I DONE?  Not sure!
A contemporary take on the ever-usable and lovable, Cowboy Girl Jean Jacket.
I don't think I'm going to add anything more... but couching does come to mind.  Surprise, surprise.
You've perhaps read where I have said in the past... "because I can."
And that is exactly what happened to the cuffs and the collar.  Why Not?
Versatile.  Heavy duty.  Outlasts the cows!  And so it hangs, ready for the Jitterbug at the Barn Dance!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A MarveLes Day!

Sunday was the Reception for my Quilt Show at Liberty Village Arts Center in Chester, MT, and a MarveLes day!
My Sweetest Guy In The World and I started down the road, heading north (90 miles one way!)  This is taken near Ft. Benton.  It was earlier in the morning, and it was a PERFECT Fall morning.  We stopped at the Missouri River Overlook, to snap a few!
I tried playing a bit more with some of the settings of my new Canon camera... and I love the blurry feel-softening of this picture below... but it's not quite 'on target' the way I think I'm supposed to do it.  Living... and learning.  Now that's a good shift, as I see it!
Look Ma!  No WIND!  Look at the beautiful river bottom with harvested fields, and yet green from the irrigation, too.  A beautiful study of contrasts.

We had good time soaking in the sunshine for a few moments of stretching and gazing into the BIG SKY.
Then on to the class "Paintstik Pizaaz."  This is an adorable jean jacket ... in 18 mos size!  It was made by beautiful friend, Lori Lyders for her granddaughter.  Isn't it sweet?  Well, maybe you can't tell from the photo, but it is truly very cute. 
And a final parting shot of Lori, myself, and my former art teacher, Katie Twedt of Rudyard MT.  Who knew (well, God did)... that we have a sweet relationship more than 30 years later.  It's been one of the biggest blessings of my 'art career' and both of these ladies have graced me with their kindness, support and encouragement.  I LOVE YOU BOTH!
These two ladies in particular work tirelessly, dedicating many hours to supporting the Arts in a small little prairie community on the Hi-Line in a rural setting.  Don't they just SHINE?!

And a GREAT BIG SHOUT-OUT to all the folks of my hometown, who came to say "Hi" to me, and view the quilt show.  It was an honor for me to be there!

For the next month, the Triangle Squares Quilt Guild will be displaying their quilts at Liberty Village Arts Center.  Then, in November and December, Katie Twedt, Paper Artist Extradordinaire will be displaying her goodies.  I hope, if you are ever in the area, you will visit the Center.  They are open Tues-Friday, 12:30-4:30 pm.

THANK YOU ALL!  I am truly blessed.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Mums

I love Mums in the fall... what's not to love?  They are hardy, profuse, and have gorgeous, beautiful color.

 Such fabulous texture, too, don't you think?
 I'm fascinated with the flower centers, and how they change daily.

The last of my Garden Beauties for this season.  Such great inspiration for the coming months... quilting... sketching... coloring... sewing!  

I'm grateful.  What are you grateful for today?


Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Play In Progress...

Play a little.  
Laugh a little.  
Do this every day.
 Sparkle and Shine. 
 A hand dyed and painted piece of fabric.
Lime Green.  Periwinkle.   Aqua.
Inch by inch. Thread by thread. Stitch by Stitch.

 Free motion couching.  You knew that was coming!
 Solid polys for now.  I'm using from the Art Studio 40 wt polyester by Ricky Tims, from Superior Threads.

Razzle your world! (Razzle Dazzle thread by Superior/Ricky Tims)
 Leftover bits from "Summer Shimmer."  If you have been reading the blog for awhile, you may remember this piece.  If not, you can view it by clicking here.

 A touch of elegance.

Here's the 'big picture' of my progress on this piece.  
And that is how I start.
What do you think of it so far?  I'm contemplating my next stitching ideas.  I can tell you I am thinking of a bit more Shine.  
Perhaps... some beads.  
More feathers?  Flowers?  Swirls?  

Hope you will be SHINING 
no matter what you do, 
or where you are.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Leave It Beautiful in Twilight

Twilight.  Leaves.  Fall.
 The paintstik'd leaves with purple-blue-magenta rich tones were my inspiration to begin. And I decided to try them on a deep, rich, traditional brown; a batik with lighter toned brown swirls... perfect for the fall theme. I loved the contrast, too. Purple on brown.  And even better, I liked how the brown batik grounded the entire quilt, giving it a just a touch more realistic feel---like the bark of a tree. An appealing backdrop, compatible with the contemporary feel of the leaves. 
Razzle Dazzle thread is couched (#39 foot) onto the seam of the inside border
 I knew I wanted the quilting lines-motifs to be reminiscent of a light evening breeze, in a cool dusky setting as the last of the twilight fades into dark.
 I started with King Tut ELS cotton 40 weight.  It was a bit challenging to see as I quilted it as it blended so well with this batik background fabric.
 And I knew I wanted contrast with the brown thread.  So I turned to my thread stash, and selected a Rainbow (these are all Superior threads).  Rainbow is a 40 weight, variegated polyester.  Oooh!  Now we're talking.  Highlights the color of the leaves without overpowering the leaves.  Provides contrast and movement you can really see against the quilt, and yet harmonizes with the brown thread too, as it's the same undulating lines and soft waves.
 I used colors of thread (poly 40 weight) in the border quilting, but did it in two more new colors... leaf green with a leaf motif, and orange for the swirls, picking up a bit of the border fabric that contains purple-blues, oranges, & greens.

 The binding in the picture looks mostly pink... but it has multiple colors; subtle stripey coloration, containing blue, purple and pinkish purples. 

 It takes more time to work in two different colorways... planning the color changes, thinking... and alot of  fun to see the contrast. It was exciting for me to quilt with the purple-blue thread, and I had to be careful not to overdo it.  It would have overshadowed the quilt overall, and I only wanted that blue to accent and show off the leaves.   The brown thread recedes... just the way I like it.  And the blue pops forward.  Dark colors have a tendency to recede... light comes forward.
 For the first time, I used Wonder Under fusible web for the leaves.  It was easier to quilt through than the Steam A Seam product. I'm anxious to try Misty Fuse fusible web next.
I didn't trapunto the leaves, as you may have noticed in the green-red leaf quilt: RED Autumn from earlier posts. They still pop up, but not quite as much.

 The bobbin thread is Superior Masterpiece Cotton 50 weight, and the back fabric a pretty commercial batik. You can see that I've quilted around the leaves, as they were free motioned appliqued prior to the layering of fabric and batting.
Tough to find good light these days as there are so many long shadows when I get home... but just look at the gorgeous sidewalk!! LOL.  And this is the quilt without the 'edge' treatments.  After this photo was taken, I added yarn and Razzle Dazzle (Superior) as an inside edge trim next to the yarn on the binding seam, and then a turquoise blue on the inside seam of the border. Of course I used my 'go-to-girls' -- foot #43 free motion couching & my #39 traditional couching/clear embroidery foot for adding those elegant little touches.

Special thanks to Jocelyn and Jean; I picked Jeans' name, "Leave It Beautiful" but added "Twilight" to it.  Jocelyn's suggestion of "Chantilly" gives me more inspiration for a future thread session! I'm so appreciative; thank you ladies! 

EnJOY the weekend; we're having a gorgeous Montana Indian Summer!  


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