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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 Bernina #29 foot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bernina #29 foot. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

painted apron ~ from my heart to yours

good morning!

ohhh the summer sunshine is fading... and rainy {perhaps even snowy} weather is headed our way.

so the seasons change, and for a little while i am sad to see summer end, but i also get to look forward to autumn!

and  "sew it goes..."  

today's feature is a different motif and finish on another apron.  these were packaged in a set of three.  a very basic, white canvas, easily painted on.  while i am specifically showing these projects using the silks acrylic glaze paint, i have a couple of them in the works using paintstiks, which is also a wonderful way to accomplish a simply beautiful design element... whether applying free hand sketches... or using stencils, stamps, or silk and thermofax screens.  and i will offer a separate class on embellishing them with thread play, with all the tips and hints for successful free motion style, as i have done here:

while offering this class at prickly pear quilts in the city of helena on october 4th, i'm excited to also be offering several new classes here locally in great falls, at the bernina silver thimble quilt store very soon.  {call bernina to let them know you want to be put on the class list}.  i'm very excited to be teaching, showing all the different samples, ideas, and experimental design fun you can have, too!
definitely from my heart to yours!  these aprons make inexpensive and practical gifts to give, whether it is to a homemaker, cook/baker, or artist!  they are meant to be used, and enJOYed!  
i always like to use a stabilizer as it makes free motion so much more fun, and well... stable!  all of these are listed, as all are easily applied.  there isn't a wrong one... just different choices.  i do always choose a heavyweight as the weight is important.  a fusible is convenient, unless you don't have it! in that case, 505 spray is handy and a simple alternative for using any type of embroidery stabilizer product.
i chose the heavyweight cut-a-way type.  depending on the density of your quilting... a tear-a-way type would have worked good... {if it was just the heart shape}, but i knew i wanted to put a sketchy border around the heart, and one thing about tear-a-way, is that when you go to tear it away, it can also pull the stitches, and because i didn't want to do it that way, since a sketchy border, is... well, "loose n' sketchy" ... i chose cut-a-way. that's not to say it's the only way to do it... it's just what i chose.  and that's what i did after the quilting was finished, i cut it away.  while it keeps the quilting stitches stable while quilting, eliminating puckering {very annoying}, it will soften with washing, and on the apron, since one is wearing it over clothing {hopefully!} ahhem... it's not a problem like it might be on the inside of a t-shirt.   {just sayin'}

notice i put two layers of cut-a-way on the  backside of the apron.  one would have worked.
 i was just experimenting! but it was good n stabilized!
 free motion.  chose your feet wisely!  both of these two are good choices.  the "c" foot gives a bit more visibility.  the #29 clear one on the right, also has good visiblity, and i think it helps to stabilize the needle and fabric because it has more "foot on the surface" when quilting.
of course, as you've read so many times before here on the blog, i love using masterpiece in the bobbin, and magnifico on the top.  i'm using my favorite needle of all time, the 90/14 topstitch with titanium coating, and an extra long-lasting, very sharp needle point.  i usually adjust my top tension downward, 1 full number.
get yourself into position, relax {drop those shoulders} and add some texture, and color action!  relax.  this is not perfection... it's just "coloring with your needle and thread" and it is not {i repeat NOT} meant to be stressful!  feel free to go outside the lines!
 as you can see above, i auditioned the position of the writing i wanted to add, using the frixion pen, in which the ink disappears when an iron touches it.  {my most favorite new notion!} this little sketchy phraise is not meant to "fence me in" ~~~ it's just meant to give me confidence on placement {feel free to erase it with the iron and begin again}... and so i decide where i want to go, and i also have the freedom to change it as i'm quilting, if i feel i want to!  
 yes... the paint ran a bit on me.  but i don't think that's a big deal, and in fact, i rather like the artistic feel of it. i like to quilt over the words twice.  this means i go backwards once i hit the last letter on the last word.  it takes practice to go backwards!  {and frontwards as far as that goes}, but i like the look.  it's meant to be "sketchy" and freely done... {not perfectly!} 

and above all, 
lightly done and done light-heartedly!
i did forget to add my quilted signature... will have to do that later.  

it's a sweet, simple bit of practical art.  and anyone can do this...  just come willing to see, and come put your own style onto a bit of an apron and make it uniquely yours.

blessings on your day!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Live Radiant ~

This quilted journey began with a favorite thermofax screen from Margaret Applin's Etsy shop.
and really, what could be called 'simple math' --- ala journal quilting style.
 Add a beautiful screen print on fabric~~~

Add a scrap or two, or three.  Or take it away...   
 Add a word.

or two.
Adding bits of leftover strips of patchwork.

add a fun flower...
quilting fun...

Add.  Subtract.  Quilt.
Simple math. 
I adore the KISS method:  Keep  ISimply Slanted!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Carribean DREAMS Fiber Scarf FINISHED!

To see the beginning of the "Caribbean Dreams" scarf, click here

After washing out of the Aqua Bond and Aqua Film topping products; the scarf has air dried, and then lightly misted with water and pressed slightly using a pressing cloth.
Before closing the gaps in the scarf
So... it has a few big gaps where I didn't quite get the threads joined to the other triangle.  Is this a problem?  Absolutely not!  Personally, I LIKE it.  ALOT! And I wouldn't hesitate to wear it just like this!  BUT... for those people who are a little more 'perfectionist' oriented... or concerned about the gaps... (you know who you are!) ...posted below is the technique I used to close those gaps -- just for you!  So tell me what you think of the "before shot" (above) or the 'after shot" (below)!  I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I used my favorite Glitter thread in silver, as I had also put a bit of it in the scarf sandwich to begin with.  And then... by the way... do ya'll know out there that a Bernina machine can 'sew on air?'  Oh so true!
Like a dream, sister!
Stitching free motion to join the triangular areas, and close in the gaps
Foot:  free motion #29. Thread is placed in a vertical position so it releases from the side of the spool.  VIP tip. Tension is lowered to 1.0.  Needle down is engaged. Zig zag stitch, free motion is set up.  Tension: lower to 1.0 and for convenience's sake... use your needle down feature.

LOVE using a zig zag stitch free motion!  And my bobbin thread?  Bottom Line from  Superior Threads, of course!

A few other views posted below to hopefully inspire you to your own distinct creations that are just ready to burst forth and bloom within your creative minds!

 Some of you KNOW what I say in class:  It's the pursuit of EXCELLENCE... not perfection!
 It's so simple... I only used two different cotton threads; one in pinky mango, and the other in turquoise blues, draped on lime green, turquoise YLI candlelight threads... those thick ones.   Added a bit of white shiny yarn, twisted off some silver Glitter thread, and trimmed the outer edges with a beautiful hand-dyed rayon ribbon! Perfection!  I mean, EXCELLENT! 
 Elegant or casual.  Gorgeous, light and airy and it GLOWS with sparkly goodness and beautiful STYLE!  Perfect for a wedding or any other occasion you may be attending!
  And so here is the way the 'joining' as I call it, looks on the finished scarf.
"gaps" are now joined
I laid out the full scarf on the table so you can see the complete pattern, color and style.  What a FUN, and oh-so-unique and original scarf you can make!  This one is FOR SALE. Click here to go to my Etsy shop.
To make YOUR OWN, sign up for the 
CLASS:  Saturday, May 7th, 
10-1pm at the Bernina Silver Thimble! 
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