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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, January 18, 2013

A Spring Fling with Terri Stegmiller Stencils ~

Hello sweet friends~Happy, Happy Friday!

I've been in the mood for flowers...    Could it be that I'm thinking about  s p r i n g ?  {hmmm... maybe!}

But even more exciting... {yes it has to be more exciting as it's only January}... is Terri Stegmiller's cute CUTE NEW stencils, and I've been P L A Y I N G in my studio... {boy is it ever a big mess}... but this is what I did with some of the fabrics I stenciled.  I put it together with some commercial fabric, and made a fun, SPRING FLING table runner.
To start, I cut three rectangles, from each of two different fabrics; these are approximately 4" wide x 11" long... you can cut them into any length {or width} as you like, however.  Now take two of those pairs/rectangles, one of each fabric; stack them, one on top of the other, right sides facing up.
Now all you need to do is  g e n t l y  cut a soft curve, using your rotary cutter, slicing gently but smoothly, through both of the fabrics.  Remove the bottom fabric, and you will see both fabric pieces have the same matching curve; {picture above}. Now put wrong sides together, {no pinning here}, and stitch them up, using a 1/4" seam, gently curving the edges {not too much} as you stitch.  A 1/4" is not vital here, {so don't worry about it}... it's just simple piecing, as you see below:

Of course, I forgot to take pictures of that process... so... once you have the curves stitched, then stitch all of the paired {curved} blocks together.   Press the seam allowances to one side.  After pressing, it's a good idea to square up your blocks once they are sewn {or you could do it prior to stitching them all, too} because stitching curves usually puts things out of 'alignment' ~ so make them square once more, using your rulers.  I squared up my piece once all blocks were sewn, as one long rectangle.
Now add a border, quilt it, and finish with binding! I chose to quilt around the flowers ~ simple and pretty, so they would 'pop out.' As you can see, it's pretty much a fling for spring, is it not?!
The cute little flower print is produced using Terri's "flower 20" stencil, made by Stencil Girl Products.  You can have a chance to win two of her darling stencils in the blog hop... my part begins next Monday, January 21st, but Terri will 'get the party started' this Sunday, January 20th!  There's lots of terrific artists involved, and I can't wait to see their ideas, too!
Can you say 'i love stencils' really fast, three times in a row?  lol!  {I can!}



... so how do you like the stencil so far?  Isn't it completely charming?  I ... L O V E  it!  {and I have another to show you, too!}
And I've got more play-results  to share: layering, dye, paint, product info, hints, and tips for making your own custom look using stencils.
Linking up with STUDIO JRU today, too! 
{it really is time to get the Spring Fling Party started!}
~EnJOY~
and have a TERRIFIC weekend {3 days for me!}
Soli Deo Gloria
XO
Leslie


19 comments:

Linda Stoll said...

mmm ... spring can't come too soon!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Cute cute cute!!! The flowers stencil is one of my favorites.

Jenni C's said...

you make it look so easy :)i love your Spring feeling you have created...

HollyM said...

So pretty, Leslie! I usually start thinking spring sometime soon. It's about -30 here today with windchill so I could use some bright colors. I just made a little heart to send my daughter with pink and orange. I love the combination.
Thanks for the tutorial!

Renee said...

That's a beautiful table runner and I love the flowers! Yes, I'm ready for spring! Coming from StudioJRU

PaulaJ said...

absolutely beautiful quilting!

Gill said...

Fabulous!
Thanks for showing us how! I'm looking forward to playing with some stencils - lead the way please Leslie!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

These stencils look fascinating. Could you use the curved one for a border?

April said...

I love this - it is so pretty! Love the flower stitching & material...yes, spring is a long ways away.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautifully done Leslie. The quilting is perfect too.

elle said...

-28 and snowing! Even my silk flowers are shivering. Very cool, oops! That runner is HOT. Luv it. Can't wait to hop. Stencilling on fabric will move my sewing hobby ahead by leaps and bounds. Stand back stash!!! lol

Leslie McNeil said...

Yes! Absolutely you could; it would be sweet as a border! I would do my best to ensure there were no stretchy or bias edges, and cut it square with the cross or even, lengthwise, grain of the fabric. Thanks for the idea/suggestions!

Robbie said...

VERY pretty! Geezzzz So far behind in blog reading...trying to catch up is like being behind in homework!

Karrilee Aggett said...

It's projects like these that make me SO wish I sewed... quilted... hand stitched... anything? LOL - I LOVE this... so bright and happy and yes, the flowers are so cute! Hopped on over from Studio JRU! This made me even MORE ready for Spring!

Nelson Nook said...

How I wish I could sew better...love your work Leslie, you are so talented in so many ways! Blessings!

Lynn said...

Perfect - this time of the year a splash of color and thinking spring is always welcome.

Mary C. Nasser said...

So wonderful! I love your creativity with these stencils! :)

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

So pretty and happy! Love it, Leslie! And a studio that is a big mess just means you are having lots of fun. I don't know how to be creative without being messy! lol

Handiworkin' Girls said...

Just lovely! Especially liking the fabric choices, and quilting stitches.

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