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

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

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"...Miiinnnkeeee!!!"

Hello!

Today I'm showing the results of a quick couching treatment I did for a friend on some cute baby blankets.  This is free motion quilting with the Bernina #43 free motion couching foot. {click on the link for more information and another post/tutorial on that foot}

My friend Lisa sewed up a couple of crib-sized, cuddly blankets, for two little brothers, the grandchildren of a very good friend to both of us.  She found this very fun camoflouge print, made from that so-very-touchable, cuddly MINKEE material! {and we love saying it in unison when we're shopping together, whenever we spy it!}  It goes like this:  "It's miiiiinkeeee!" A fun tradition.  Yeah, I know it's goofy.  Imagine the entertainment factor we provide to the store's employees.  {Someone's gotta do it}.

Good times. Someday, I'll get it on video.  {betcha can't wait huh}  lol
The yarn I chose for this technique is a beautiful wool blend, in bright colors.  I just simply put their names onto their matching blankets, and presto-changeo ~ done!  And  Cute!  Yet... stylish and very BOYish. Just right.  
So there ya go.  Cute. Simple.  Colorful.  A great way to personalize just about anything.  If you've got a free motion couching foot... you can do this! 

Feathered, Couched & Finished is another fun project where I posted that might give you some creative ideas, tooYou can also search "Bernina #43" in the search box, and of course... you will have lots to choose from, as I've used this foot quite alot.

I'm thinking of offering this personalized type of service to anyone who has a quilt or blanket, or even a jacket or coat... that might be fun to have a name put on it, or even a short phrase.  What do you think?  I'd love to have your thoughts about it. Probably would be in the range of $10 for that kind of time and effort {like I did for each blanket above}.  Appreciate any input!

Fun for every boy and child in America, dontcha think?!
XXOO Have a great day!
Leslie

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Flowers Reunited ~

Here we go!  I'm on a roll... here is leftover finish #1! 

These four blocks have been orphaned for many, many years!  The result of a "I messed this up" and "now what" kind of project!  {ever had that happen?}

Well... I still... LOVE these blocks!  But because I used the wrong fusible web... and there were so many layers of it... they were impossible to quilt!


When I found these, I decided I must attempt a rejuvenation of some kind... I had nothing to lose, for sure.  So I thought I would at least piece them together, and see how that turned out... yay!  That worked just fine. But then...now what? came again... Then suddenly, COUCHING was the answer.  {not me... the sewing machine} and my wonderful Bernina #43 free motion couching foot! 
LOVE!
But... they  n e e d   something else... don't they?
Yes, indeedy.

Enter stage left:  my Bernina #39 couching foot!


And make it messy!  I like it! 


Add quilting with YLI Variations, 100% polyester thread, and badda bing badda boom!  And that's how it's DONE.
For quilting in the outside border, I added one of my favorite phrases that I think is quite appropriate for this quilt... {and more}:
God will turn a Mess into a Message
a Test into a Testimony
a Trial into a Triumph, and
a Victim into a Victory!  
Yes.  {even for quilts} He does!  Amen.
Soli Deo Gloria
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