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Showing posts with label Fiberworks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fiberworks. Show all posts

Thursday, February 6, 2014

show me how ~ free motion quilting books

hi all ~

when i was first learning free motion, I purchased books.  and many of them were not so helpful!  {and i didn't appreciate spending my $ on them!}  at that time, there was no internet, nor blogs... or actually, local access to good teachers who were teaching free motion.  {which was one of the major reasons i became one}.

the books that are the subject of today's post are ones that i still recommend today, taking them to classes I teach, too. in that light, here are two of my favorites.  {oh yes, i have more} but just a couple for today, which I feel are worthwhile...

first up ~ "my little book of machine quilting designs" by laura heine, of fiberworks, a wonderful quilt shop in billings.  i did a search on her online site but was unable to determine whether she still markets this book she created.  i'm sure if you call them... you can check on it.  but the great news is that you can create your own, very simply, by doodling on blank pages, or ideas of any kind ~ and saving them in a notebook {as i have done ~ view here and here!}

laura has another nice book, which i also bought, called "color fusion."  and i think it's a great resource, too.

the cover of "my little book"  below:

and a few designs from inside:
great ideas!
simply done:
another favorite, by kathy sandbach, "show me how to machine quilt" is cool, for a couple reasons.  first, there are really fun, interesting, and simple designs, as well.  but then the book illustrates a full quilt, with a "faded" image, and the designs are shown,  {see below images} for free motion quilting: 

it's still available ~ you can find it on amazon, here. she has written three books; they are are available on amazon, all you need do is search her name, and they will come up so you can check them all out! {i have all of them!}
this is the "faded" image of a whole quilt and the motifs are illustrated on each section within that quilt pattern:
and more designs:
and great tips!  {you do have machine quilting gloves, right?} 
these three books are just several of my top twenty list! 

they are still great resources and because we all have limited $'s, i recognize that many of these choices are certainly personal but ~ i wished i would have had someone to point me in the right direction {and saved me some bucks!}

anyway,  i have TWO of Laura's "little book of designs" {the first book, above}, and i'm going to give one away!  just comment today, {be sure to leave an email if you are no-reply} and i'll post a winner next friday, February 14th! {happy valentine's day!}

and...stay tuned!  i have more to share on books, so i hope you'll come back and check it all out.

blessings ~

Monday, January 27, 2014

kick up your heels ~ "her boots" western wear ~ made in montana

hi there everyone ~

i was so delighted when on a recent visit to see my friend lori's new home, she brought out the cache of quilts i'd given her. this wall hanging was certainly a favorite, made well over ten years ago, which i gave to my friend lori, who would accompany me {patiently} to one of my favorite-ever quilt shops in billings, montana ~  "fiberworks" ~ owned by laura heine, who is also the designer of this boot pattern. this was my house-warming gift to her... and here is my own adaptation of that very cool pattern: 
lots of detail with free motion applique, which, by the way, is entirely done with a free motion zig zag.  this pattern really is one to kick up your heels and have a great time with it!  extra fun for me to add darling little embellishments of fibers, beads and buttons...
there was alot of time into making this pair of boots!  and i enjoyed every minute... i'd guess i put in at least 20-30 hours on this piece.

and a peek into the quality of the free motion i was learning at the time:

i used superior threads beautiful "king tut" 100% cotton, 40 weight thread for all the free motion on this piece.
i loved this pattern ~ still do.  it's another one of those "i should make this again" patterns!!  time consuming.  but oh-so-cool!

{if only i could make a real pair of leather boots this easily!} i'd do it in a heartbeat!  but i'll have to settle for another quilt... someday?!!  

"these boots were made for walkin..."

{and quiltin'}!

soli deo gloria!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Turkey Talkin Placemats ~

it's the tuesday turkeys! love fall.  love sewing n' quilting.  love turkey {yum} ~ and now ~ make that turkey-talkin' placemats!  
basically all that is required for quilting is a straight line of stitching.  i chose to engage the dual feed mechanism on my bernina 830, using an open toe foot bernina #20D {"d" is for dual feed in bernina land}.  a walking foot would also be just great. you can choose to do it free motion, too, or with any other regular stitching foot of your choice.
i don't like 'perfect' straight lines, so this pattern is perfect.  and I just had fun zippin' along my merry way; but decided to change out my normal stitch plate {pic below} and switch in my straight-stitch plate.  that way i get a real nice, straight stitch.  it just looks better, and eliminates any of that wobbly-stitch-look that might happen with the straight-line stitching i was doing.
especially with a 9mm wide stitch width opening.  there's lots more 'give' in the fabric and needle movement of the straight stitch with that stitch plate.  this is a tip i share when teaching mastery classes at bernina, too.  want a better stitch when piecing?  a straight-stitch plate will help.
i picked superior threads, beginning with king tut 40 wt, and i used isacord polyester 40 wt in the bobbin.  works smooth as silk {but it's not silk} and i loved the slight variegated look from king tut that 'fades in and out' on this cool plaid fabric which is the background
for a little extra pizazz, i changed out {for just a few stitching lines down and across} to a superior thread rainbow tri-lobal poly in purple-blue for some fall-color lovin'.  {love it with the brown} i did the other one with some rainbows pinks - {love it too}
if you've been following my blog for awhile, you already know i'm not much about traditional fabrics.  i dig contemporary for the most part.  i love traditional ~ but i rarely make it.  {but if anyone wanted to give me a quilt that was all about traditional ~ hey, i wholeheartedly raise my hand and scream wildly "pick me ~ pick me!"}
but i dig these charming little floral prints.  and when i saw the kit ~ i knew it was the only way i was going to be interested in finishing these cute turkeys. the work was done for me ~ and i love laura's style, anyway ~ these fabrics are so adorable.  for $80 you got the kit, including enough fabric for backing and binding.  the kit makes 8 placemats. the pattern was $10 
it wasn't a whole lot of fun to cut 100 {be patient} of those feathers ~ each turkey takes eleven feathers
but i stuck with it. 
{i can be 'plucky' that way}
something else i don't do too much of  is hand stitching.  love, love, love the look of it... but i just don't have enough hand strength and not nearly enough time.  so i free motioned those details for eyes, beak, red stuff, and his legs.  hand stitching would be totally adorable, tho.
i got two of 'em done.  and i'm turkey-talkin' happy about that!  i timed myself too ~ took about 15-20 minutes to quilt each mat.  not bad. {doesn't count fusing, cutting, binding and finishing time}
i did a simple, bias binding from striped fabric.  love that look, too. i left myself plenty of binding on the back, as I 'stitched in the ditch' from the front to get 'em finished easy and quick.
in most circumstances, i like a hand-stitched binding best... but again - time is the deal here, and since these will be washed, this kind of sturdy stitching will endure. 
I recently posted about finding this adorable pattern, and the kit I purchased for it on September 25th.  You can re-visit that post to see pictures of both.  The pattern is an original creation by quilter and fabric designer, Laura Heine, who owns Fiberworks, a spectacular quilt store in Billings, MT.  {you will love this store} {and no I wasn't paid or given a 'deal' for this review ~ laura doesn't know who i am even} she has a wonderful website as well.  Click here!

whatdayathink?  are they cute or what?

so cute cute CUTE!  {two down... six more to go!}  i have listed these two in my etsy shop, fyi.  i may make more ... but the rest will be for our own table here at home.

EnJoY ~ thanks for stoppin' in!  {GOBBLE GOBBLE!}

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Just a Little Shoppin' ~

When I am in Billings, MT, one my MOST-favorite places to visit is Fiberworks - a super fun, fabulous, energy-generating quilt store!  I don't think I can be more complimentary when I say "energized!"  Cuz that is how this store has always made me feel, just walkin' in through their door!  In fact, I had pictures for you, but I was so distracted shopping, I had the iphone camera on 'video' instead of photo, so they didn't turn out very well.  Go to their website and take the virtual tour, tho!
Laura Heine, owner of the store, had made up these most darling round, turkey-styled placemats!  I'm not usually one for the kinda traditional... but these absolutely spoke to me.  So here I am... with the pattern above, and also ~ kit for them below!  Please... please ... tell me I can get these DONE {in time for Thanksgiving?!}  Please!  There is enough fabric for EIGHT of these turkey-talkin' cuties!  Backing and binding included, thank you very much!
I was absolutely turkey-talkin' myself into this one... look at those cute prints in the kit, below:
And then... a little bit of this... a little bit of that.   Some brights from the Kaffe Fasset collection... an Amy Butler print I bought TWO yards of {i love it that much}, and a couple batiks {who knew}.
And you may know this but I'll state the obvious.  I love TEXTURE!  So wools, here we come.  These cute little patches of specially colored wool.  Cutely packaged also.

And a few more 'fall-toned' batiks that magically made their way to the cutting counter; 1/2 yard each.
And surprise ~ more turquoise/greens/browns!
Then, onto another favorite stop.  The Billings BERNINA Sewing Center!  Hey, it's on my way out of town; how could I not stop and say Hi to Doris and their sweet staff? And they had a brand new collection of rayon batik's that I couldn't - make that {didn't want to} resist.
This piece of gorgeousness is a rayon batik; beautiful colors simply radiate  fall, fall, fall!  I plan to make some scarves; nice, drapey,  go-with-anything scarves!  Perfect for a little autumn goodness in the wardrobe {and hopefully some extras!}  Can I get an Amen?!  

I bought some cute prints of the Basic Grey Christmas fabrics and some batik charm packs, but I forgot to take pics of them - perhaps another time.  Well, it's time to stop talkin' and let my fingers do the walkin' --- onto my sewing machine! 

Lovin' the fabric life!  Yes... I can't wait to burn some midnight oil!

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