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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?
Showing posts with label #43 free motion couching foot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #43 free motion couching foot. Show all posts

Thursday, November 6, 2014

red sunset gradient ~ finished

happy thursday everyone!

as promised from my earlier post {see here} here's the finished piece from vicki's red sunset gradient, and i decided to use three different thread colors, from the "twist" line of 40 wt polyesters from superior threads, leading out of the gate is the "light/medium blue" twist.
and the green twist:
and the fun feather practice in sweet little tight curves and swirls...
and back to the gold/red twist in between:

the finishing "frame" was a very artistic yarn, that perfectly complemented this gorgeous fabric, and the pretty threads. i simply attached it via my bernina #43 foot, which is the free motion couching foot, directly into the seam of the binding.

i have a couple thoughts to share with you about my process here... i'm not sure i'm terribly impressed with choosing all three threads together in this piece...   i think i would have liked it better with just one of the twists, rather than choosing all three. but these three are the ones i had recently purchased, and i was really excited to try them out.

also... this is just a good example of how i practice... with beautiful fabric and beautiful threads.  when i choose things i really love, i'm almost always pretty doggone happy.  now, practicing on something like muslin... wouldn't have helped me to learn the color value quite so well, i don't think, anyway.  

so, i'm thrilled with the overall look, because... well, it's vicki's fabric, and the thread play is pretty. i guess that's just how i "twist n roll."  lol  

what i learned is that the blue and green, in the lighter varieties didn't "pop" like the gold/red because the color value of the two colors within the spool were quite close, and so did not show up against the fabric quite as dramatically.  and although i loved all the contrasts of the thread against the fabric itself, i couldn't visually grasp the "twist" of the green and blue thread.  

what does that really mean?

quick answer: i get to buy more thread!  lol  ... but really, i do need to have not only a better understanding of value, as contrasted within the thread spool, as well as the fabric, but having gone back and looked at superior's variety of twist threads... there were a couple spools in the same color, but in darker contrast and value that would have perhaps made this piece sparkle a little bit more!  not a bad thing... just a learning thing!!

so i will continue to twist and shout... and happily go exploring!  love it!
xo
soli deo gloria!
leslie

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

a sweet finish to my poppy art quilt ~

hi there ~

if you read yesterday's post...  you'll also know this is a class i'm looking forward to teaching in november 8m 10-4 pm at timeless quilts and friends sewing center in missoula, montana.  

so here we go with the rest of the "poppy" story, and how i finished it with a bit of thread play, free motion wordplay, and a sweet little binding finish.
tip:  don't over press the angelina fibers... they have a tendency to darken, and change colors.  it may be what you like... but then again... maybe not!

keep the thread play simple.  i wanted the poppy to be the star of the show, of course, but i also wanted to highlight it.  i chose thread colors that were darker, and lighter in the same color family as red/orange/pink.  then, i added black and white for sparkle and depth!



i chose not to quilt the background.  i spent all that time making this gorgeous patterned background, and i wanted it to just "be" ... and i love the result!

the addition of words was just a playful touch.  it would have been fine without too...
and a curvy bottom edge in a artistic shape, and finished with a lovely yarn, accomplished via free motion couching {bernina foot #43}.

a bit of turquoise "flourish" to add pop to this sweet little poppy art quilt!  

enJoy the blessings of the day ~
xo
leslie

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

baby boy blanket ~ free motion couching

hey folks,

it's pretty simple.  {if you have a bernina and a foot like this one}, that is.

it's just a flannel blanket, which was one piece of flannel, and another piece of minkee fabric, sewn right sides together, then turned right side out.  it wasn't made by me, but a special request from a friend of mine, asking me to add some personality with personalization on this baby blanket.

so i got out my free motion couching foot, {bernina's #43} and quilted the child's name using a beautiful yarn, and free motion to make it fun, colorful, and charming. took me about 15-20 minutes.
a personalized baby blanket with the baby's name, "kayden" free motion quilted

if you haven't seen my little tutorial on this wonder foot... you can...  right... here.

and i believe bernina is now making this foot for their older machines, too!  {they got lots of requests for it}  so check out your bernina dealer, and if you have a bernina machine that is over 12 years old... you should be able to get this foot, and have fun with this awesome technique!

thanks for coming by.  have a great one!
leslie

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

autumn daydreams ~ version one...

hello and good morning ~

autumn ~ truly a golden time isn't it?  


a season chock-full of delights, highlights ~ and perhaps even ~ insights.  it changes every day.  and it's definitely full of inspiration and blessings for me. 

it also heightens my tactile sense, as i love to touch leaves, study the colors, the decay, the lines, shape and forms. to pause, and really ... really... look at what is right in front of me.

and i take that inspiration to the studio, to blend, play and experiment with the fall glow that only a hand-dyed fabric sings to me about.

from the hands of vicki welsh ...

to the bed of my sewing machine.

those blue skies and orange leaves...almost "leaf" me breathless {bad pun, but so appropriate!} lol  
that blue and orange makes me real happy.  and then... a little bit of brown for the quilting outside of the feathers... not so much.   {just sayin'}

in hindsight?  perhaps a light orange/coral/peach... hmm?

the backing. i love beautiful backing fabrics that accent the front, and also highlight the quilting.




and i found the perfect {and a favorite} hand-dyed rayon yarn to couch into the seam of the binding.  it's luscious.  tactile.  and the color is delicious.  

thanks for coming alongside me in my autumn daydreams, and stitching seams!
version two coming up in the next post...

bless your day!  
soli deo gloria
xo
leslie



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

autumn in suede ~

autumn. 

autumn.

autumn!

imitated in sueded fabric and free motion couching.  

a symphony of color, texture, and pattern.  much like fall herself... {but not quite as good} 




a little bit country ~ {and not much rock n roll!}

have a wonderful autumn day!
soli deo gloria ~
blessings
leslie

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

summertime bliss with vicki welsh ~ giveaway!

hi there everyone ~

have you ever had the pleasure of touching, creating, and quilting with hand-dyed fabrics?  i have ~ and it's pure bliss! it was an easy "yes!" when vicki welsh asked if was interested in playing with her fabrics!  they are simply one of the must-haves in my fabric stash ~ no matter whether you want to do piecing, quilting, landscape, whole-cloth, stamping or painting on them!  having hand-dyeds in my collection makes me giddy! but it really means i can create something special, unique, and entirely original.  they just inspire me in ways i never can fully plan, and i like that kind of adventure!  i also truly enjoy reading vicki's blog: field trips in fiber.  i've learned facts about her dyeing processes, to how she takes extra effort to wash them out so they don't bleed, to color theory, and cool quilt designs and pattern work using her fabrics.  vicki also writes a  monthly newsletter, offers special prices on her fabrics, and has a flicker group where you can share projects and win a 25% discount, too.   this girl's "got it going on!" i hope you'll check it out, as well as her etsy shop where she sells these beauties!  {and don't forget she offers custom colors, too!}


today's project features vicki's geranium gradient with a design taken from a favorite book of mine, "flowering quilts" written by author and quilter Kim Schaefer of the Little Quilt Company. while it's an 'older' book nowadays, it can't be beat for inspiration and sweet flower designs ~  perfect for this beautiful bright green and pinky-red mottled fabric.  

 i hadn't made this particular design before, and i thought it was the perfect style for the geranium gradient. {get it here}
 i enjoyed some quiet time, choosing, fusing, and cutting my fabric choices for the fun, whimsical elements of these cute flowers and flower pots that would complement the gradient fabric.
i thought the pots would be a little more interesting with just an extra touch of a simple design accent, so i added a heart in a beautiful turquoise thread. love how it contrasts with the brown fabric.  i decided not to put it on every one, {cuz that would be too predictable} so i only did a few. 
 and of course, i had to add free motion couching with my bernina #43 foot. i used a hand-dyed yarn, too.  it does double duty, for sure. i was able to make it look like two separate colorways;  one pinky, one turquoise blue toned, and then combine them, too.  {you have the same kind of versatility in hand dyed fabrics, too} very fun! i really do love  the basket of beautiful yarns i've collected in the past years . a valuable design tool as far as i'm concerned, and wonderful for embellishment. this was an expensive one, but it has been soooo worth it! i've got alot of bang for my buck, and i love having it on hand.  

i decided to quilt the center blocks in a graceful free motion serpentine style, using a yli variations green polyester thread. not only is it really easy to do, it accents the lovely gradient fabric blocks, adds to the soft, poofy texture of the quilt, and lets the flowers 'pop' in their bright colors and styles, too.
 i chose a  kaffe fasset print for the inner border, as it just ties everything together in my opinion, from the hand-dyed gradient fabric, to the flowers, and the beautiful hand-dyed yarn.
 for quilting the border, i kept it simple with just a graceful, swirly pattern, lightly done.
 and below, a little bit of a snafu, apparently i accidentally cut into it, which i didn't realize when i was cutting other fabric.  oops.  change of plans... but no worries... ! 

bound and finished!
just a few close-ups of the flower darlings!

 and i changed the free motion details on each of the flowers... giving them each their own little personality.

 you can see where i had to substitute a stronger red block, {below} for what i had hoped to be the lighter pinky red block?  but i like it really just fine.
this little quilt was an unexpected delight... not what i had planned at all when i first picked it out from the fabulous variety vicki has in her store. just another lesson in expecting the unexpected!  i do love how it turned out! i hope you'll take a few minutes to check out vicki's wonderful offerings.  


and now for the give-away!  vicki is giving away to my blog readers,  two half-yard gradients or one yard of one gradient design. just leave a comment on this post.  i'll choose a winner on sunday, june 28th... oops i mean the 23rd!

and if you prefer not to wait, or take your chances... just enter a free shipping coupon for anyone: LESLIESHIP. vicki is offering free shipping on US orders over $40. international customers can add the code to the comment box on their order and she will refund $5 of their shipping cost.
thanks so much vicki!

thank you for taking a few precious summer minutes to stop by.  {i'll have more gradient projects to show, too, and hopefully a little give-away of my own to add}  
xoxo
leslie
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