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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 Give-A-Way. Show all posts
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Monday, November 3, 2014

winners of vicki welsh's navajo hand dyed fabric ~

morning glories!

yes... you read that title right {i hope} and i am giving away TWO  pieces of vicki's delicious fabric in the navajo gradient! 

and... vicki and i are teaming up for another giveaway later this month, so please be sure to check it out... ya just never know what might happen!

thank you for all the sweet and kind comments, i really do appreciate the precious time you all spend coming to the blog and reading what i've been "up to!" 

and i have been spending lots of time quilting, preparing some of my things for entry into a christmas craft show locally, and re-filling the etsy store, too... and finally took some time to take photos yesterday.  

so, let's move on into a new piece i've quilted, using the navajo gradient from vicki, this time i went to my free motion couching foot, and yes... more feathers!
 feathers ~ feathers ~ there is so much to explore in feather motifs, that's for sure!  and i'm going to be practicing them lots more, varying my styles, and seeing if i can push myself beyond my comfort zone, and into some new variations, and technique improvement overall.
 this gradient has such beautiful changes in intensity of color! {as all of them do}, but i never tire of  how the quilting, the thread choices, and overall color of those factors affect the visual complexity of this piece.  
 and the feather motif in the background was accomplished using "twist" by superior threads.  i love the powerful impact of these two colors, twisted together on one spool, and i've started experimenting more with them!  after couching the feathers with a prety yarn, i outlined them with razzle dazzle, from the bobbin {known as bobbin play} and then began the overall quilting surrounding the feathers:

not a really great backdrop, are our front steps, but it was better than the indoor lighting i had available yesterday!

and two of you will receive a quarter yard of this beauty, with all the range of color just as you see it in the picture below.

  what a great backdrop 
for just about anything you want to do with it!
soli deo gloria!
the winners:
"quilting tangent" and "cinderbike"  
please contact me so i can send 
you this gorgeous gradient right away!
leslievaskey at msn dot com. 
if i don't hear in a week, i'll draw new winners.
thanks again everyone!!!
blessings on your day.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

autumn paisley ~ a stenciled, quilted runner ~ giveaway

hello everyone ~
i've been happily ensconced, practicing a basic feather, warming up for more! 

the piece below is a large, runner-sized piece of hand dyed gradient from vicki welsh.  it's called "navajo" and i love this color way .. perfect for our autumn holiday, and i thin this piece is a great beginning to setting a dining table for thanksgiving, and beyond!

now let me say a word about hand dyed fabrics. 
compared to the current cost of batiks, now about $13.00 to $13.50 a yard; a hand dyed fabric is priced at $18 a yard.  i'd say that's quite a great price especially when you consider the hours involved, the care in ensuring they are colorfast, and of course, by buying you are supporting an artist, who very much depends and relies on our support to continue investing and producing beautiful products.  
vicki is truly an ARTIST in my book!  
she's a true craftsman, like many are, but i cannot tell you how much i enjoy going to what i now call, "my vicki stash" of hand dyed, custom created, beauties!!

and that is what i did ... therefore, enter into the scene of "autumn paisley!"
now this is not exactly new to me.  in an earlier piece with the same gradient base fabric, i created a poppy art quilt, and i loved that overall look so much, i decided to stencil {with a sweet Rebecca Baer paisley stencil}, using my paintstiks, to create a much larger piece. 

autumn paisley is also listed in my etsy store

needless to say, i had a great time!  
{in case i forget to tell ya!}

do you love hand dyed fabric?
have you ever purchased any?
would you like to win some? 
if so...

i am giving a piece of it away ~ 1/4 yard of this beautiful navajo gradient created by the fabulous hands of vicki.
yes, i really am. 

just leave me a comment ... anything you'd like.
i'd love to hear from you!
and if you'd like, go visit vicki's etsy store.  you can view the gradients i drool over, right here!
winner announced next Monday, November 3rd.
blessings on your day!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

winners of the atkinson designs pattern & embellishment giveaway ~

hi there ~

what's a girl to do to choose from many beautiful stories? 

thank you for putting the effort to answer in your own creatively beautiful way, your lovely imaginations and pourings of your hearts.  i loved reading each one, and i am grateful for the blessings from each of you!!
well, pick one.  okay.  maybe two!  

and so i did.

the first winner of the pattern and embellishment package giveaway {seen above} is renee, from southern gal thoughts.  her answer was the one that touched me the very most...
"...a girl who forgot who she was 
until the Maker gently reminded her with a 
whisper in her ear and tug on her heart."
{perhaps because that is exactly who i was... and how the Lord touched me a few years ago.  thank you so much renee}
and...  i'm including the pattern, the embellishments and sending them in this zippy pouch, straight to you, renee:
the second winner of the zippy trippy pouch seen below is miss gill who wrote:
                             "love - and nothing else mattered."

{pretty} please contact me with your addresses as soon as possible.  i will draw new winners if i don't hear within a week.

thank you, thank you!  you all are so very talented, amazingly creative, and gifted.    

... and so loved by the greatest  Author of Love. 
Our Lord God.

blessings upon your day

Monday, August 25, 2014

leather zippy pouch and giveaway ~

happy august day to you all ~

~today is the day~  
it's the  atkinson designs zippy strippy pouch giveaway! 
 this is the pattern inspiration 
behind all the pouches i've posted about lately.  
and i'm giving this pattern away: 
{but wait! there's more}

but first, another pouch to showcase... i spotted this scrap bit of leftover faux leather in my studio and i thought it would be a fun challenge to see what kind of zippered bag it would turn out to be... wondering how it would be to stitch through the layers for attaching the zipper, etc. well, it was really easy, and sewed up very nicely!  {always use a 90/12 or even a larger 100/14 topstitch needle or a leather needle}. 
another opportunity to employ a gorgeous ribbon from my tapestry ribbon collection, as well as fun little words. notice the fill-in-the-blank phrase?  

to enter the givewaway, you must comment, giving your most creative answer that would complete the sentence above.    i will pick one winner from the most creative answers!  

"once upon a time, a great while ago, far beyond the edge of the world, there lived...  ________ {fill in the blank}.

and the giveaway prize includes a few embellishments to go with the pattern, so you can perhaps share, or use them in your own style.

 here's a couple of ideas:

even the zipper is included, and a few very autumn toned strips!
-- 3 yo-yos {including a hand-dyed silk velvet one}!
-- tatted lace!
-- a bit of iron-on crystal bling!
-- two styles of ribbons!
-- 2.5" strips in fall tones {enough for one small or medium bag} {note: there is no lining or batting provided in this kit}!
-- pre-fused, iron-on words!
-- paper fabric hearts! {made by me} that can be fused/stitched on
-- pre-fused, pre-cut fabric flowers! {the yo-yo's would be fun on top!}
-- and a black 14 inch zipper to coordinate!

all the colors and trims you need to make a super fun autumn bag {and a few more!} in your own style.

the deadline to enter a comment is 
12 pm Montana time, Monday, September 1st. 
 I will post the winner on  Tuesday, September 2nd.

do you want to hear how i answered this phrase? 
{i quilted it on the back of this bag} 

 "who knew she was God's art."

"you are not your art.  you are God's art."  {emily freeman from the book one million ways}
i can't wait to read all your fun answers to this phrase!  

hope you like the little kit i put together!  in appreciation and celebration of a sweet summer and an even sweeter fall season.  

soli deo gloria 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

a bloom to give away ~

hi friends,

i had a productive weekend, and it was all mostly spent in a little spring cleaning and reorganizing, a tiny bit of spring decorating, and light, fragrant candles in lime and lemon to brighten the place up...  and guess what i found?
 a bloom...
but it's not just any ol' bloom.  it's a  "bloomin' pin" and i'm giving it way today.  actually, i had intended to do just that last summer, {but i forgot}.
 made specially by my art teacher, the wonderful and fabulous, Katie Twedt!  
 it's has such gorgeous texture, dimension and all of these papers are hand painted, or stamped, and hand cut by her talented designer hands! {and a little tiny bit of bling added too!}

and now that i've found it, i'm tempted to keep it... but i think not.  it's too pretty not to share!  
i hope you like it as much as i, and because i have been blessed with so many beautiful things from katie... heck, even her packaging is extra sweet!

just leave a comment, tell me if this is something you would like to have, or perhaps even gift away to someone special... for easter... mother's day... or just for any ol' day would be the perfect occasion to give this bloom!

i'll draw a winner from the comments {please leave a way for me to contact you}... and that will happen this friday, march 21st ~ the first day of spring!

happy spring!

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine's day ~ winner!

hey all you sweets out there ~ !

happy valentines day!  i sure enjoyed reading all the comments for the giveaway of this little gem of a book from laura heine.  and...

the winner is paula who wrote
"It's so funny that I just discovered your blog. I picked up an armload of FMQ books at the library yesterday but none of them spoke to me. Based on your reviews I've ordered Machine Quilting Made Easy from Abe Books and will get Kathy Sandbach's book from the library. Now I just need "My Little Book of Quilting Designs" to see each author's approach. Sure hope you pick my name!"

okay paula ~ please contact me {leslievaskey@msn.com) and put in the title of your email "i want my book!" and i'll get this out to you. {caveat:  if i don't hear from the winner by sunday evening, i will draw another name!}

thanks everyone for playing, and taking time to read the blog. have a sweet and loving day {every day of the year!}

Thursday, January 2, 2014

sew be it ~ beautiful patterns ~ giveaway

hi all ~

cleaning up {just a little}.  actually, i've had these ready to give away for awhile ... just getting around to it now.

and... i loved each and every one of these patterns.  some i made once, some were made twice.  and a couple... not at all!

and i realize i will probably never ever make them again.  {but i loved the trip}.

i hope someone "out there" will be interested... maybe you know someone who would like them?  or perhaps yourself?  

i hope so! because "sew be it" patterns are super easy, have well written instructions, and are a fun patterns to not only piece, but to quilt as well.  one of the best ways to learn, is to start with a pattern you love, first. {i did ~ i still do}

just leave a comment.  i'm sending all seven cool patterns to one person, whom will be chosen randomly on sunday, january 5th.  

"Sew Be It!"

thank you!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

decorative thread applique ~ and a giveaway


since recently becoming enamored to magnifico thread, i've been itchin' to stitch! that is, to see how it looks with decorative stitching techniques ~ and it's also a good reason for me to play with some of the thousand+ decorative stitches on my bernina 830 machine!  i love this thread so much, but sadly, i cannot purchase it locally.  but there's no reason for a sad face! 

tada!  thread of the month club is here to save the day!!  {sing it mighty dog!}  lol  ... {in case you don't remember that cartoon!}

anyway!   i {finally}  signed up for a wonderful offering that superior has implemented; it's called the magnifico thread-of-the-month club! 

did you know that they have a thread of the month club for every type of thread they sell??!!!  it goes for the spools, and the cones, too!  there are pretty sweet advantages to joining up with a club like this:
like free shipping, {including add-on items} for one!

FREE SHIPPING to U.S. and Canada addresses. See below for details.
each month, we will send a different selection of our threads personally chosen by Mother Superior.
Open enrollment. Start anytime. Cancel anytime. No sign-up or cancellation fees.
Members-only specials offered each month.
and with my free shipping, i added a set of twelve spools  called 'crayon', seen below {love the selection of colors!} 
i'm also trying "so fine" thread for the first time, too; a 50 wt polyester instead of the 50 wt masterpiece.   it's $3 less than masterpiece.  and i'm using it in my bobbin:
this is the pattern; it's by laura heine of billings montana, who owns and operates a gorgeous quilt shop "fiberworks" ~ i do so look forward to going into this shop; the sad truth is that i just don't get there very often. {a good thing for my pocketbook!}  i'll show the pattern when i finish the quilt and post about it.

then it's time to stabilize, stabilize!  without a good stabilizer, decorative stitching, especially with heavier motifs, just does not stitch out nearly as neat and nice. 

my favorite is this one: a heavyweight tear-away by oesd {sold at my local bernina shop in great falls}.  i lightly spray 505 on the back of the fabric, and then pin the stabilizer just in the corners, to keep it from getting unruly on me as i slide it under my needle.
and once again, it's time to audition threads. blue, red, orange, purple!  which one{s} will i choose?
the orange is pretty and since it's a neon color, {yes, i love these, too!} ~ it will highlight the flower petal edges... which appeals to me.  i kind of have a creative notion that they are 'glowing' against a dramatic sky, highlighted by the sun... {indulge me, k?!}

now, which color of superior's razzle dazzle?  hmmm... blue or orange?  the orange will blend with the petals... the blue will stand out a bit more, and it will also bring out the tones of the background blue/sky feel of the fabric.  {as i see it!}  regardless of the choice, it will ALL be pretty!

and ya gotta have an open-toe foot! visibility, and ease of use make this the bernina #20 foot the champion of decorative stitching enthusiasts! {like me!}
i chose decorative stitch #419 on my bernina 830.  i'm going to taper it to begin with, which means that as i start at the tips of the petals, i begin with a 3.0 width, and as i am stitching, {no need to stop with berninas}... i gradually widen my stitch out to a 6.0 {or so} width.  i could go up to 9.0 on my bernina 830, but i decided against that. the look i want is just for accent - not to overpower. and that... is what it's all about ~ what i like!  

notice too, i've changed my needle position so it's oriented in the far right setting. {that is key to achieving easy and  exact placement of the stitching}
starting at 3.0 width, and turning the knob as i am also stitching, tapering to gradually increase to 6.0 width {seen below}
engaging the needle position to the far right enables me to achieve perfect alignment along the exact edge of the applique fabric, seen below.  i also use the #20 foot to guide my stitching placement as i sew, by keeping my eye on the needle, and the edge of the right-hand, inside edge of the toe of the foot!  {that's a mouthful!}.

in hindsight! i believe it would have been more attractive {and professional looking} had i thought to begin part way up, in the middle of the shape... not at the point.  it's a smoother transition, and one will avoid nasty bulk at the points as you start and stop with your stitching.  and because there are so many threads in play at those points, it can get bulky, and a tad bit unsightly.  oh well.  that's how i'll learn! 

and another hint.  switch to a small straight stitch and adjust the length to a very tiny length, such as 1.0 to  begin and finish your stitching.  

and once i've stitched a half-inch with that small straight stitch to start, i then touch the decorative stitch, and start into stitching it.  that way you won't have thread unstitching itself... and it also looks far more attractive than backstitching with the decorative stitch, which is unsightly, and messy-looking, i think.  i do the same thing when i end, too, or when the stitch breaks and i need to start again.
once the petals are all stitched out, i flip over to the back. one of the best aspects of using a heavyweight stabilizer, is that when you stitch a heavy decorative stitch, it very easily tears away!  {love}

not necessary to tear away the stabilizer on the inside of the petals... although i could, {but i won't!}
and i won't because it's also going to get a layer of batting, and then some more stitching.  this second round of stitching is done with razzle dazzle, and my #39 clear motion embroidery foot, as i outline the shapes with the beautiful blue-aqua-pinky color of razzle dazzle thread.

{i almost changed my mind and went with that red thread!} it would have looked really good with the orange, too...

did you know i have a tutorial published about using the bernina #39 clear embroidery foot with the sweet couching technique it performs? 
view the tutorial  here!

my pictures don't do that neon orange thread justice!  it's much brighter with good light.  but hopefully that will happen when i'm finished.

all done.  for now!  {i love~love the blue thread!}
so... what do you think of my thread choices/colors?  i hope you found some inspiration, and hopefully some good information, too.  

thanks for hangin' out with me and my pal, 'magnifico' ~ and now it's time for the monthly superior giveaway too!

to enter, first, go to superiorthreads.com, and tell me {by commenting on this post} which set of 12 magnifico threads is your fave, or, if you'd like, let me know which thread of the month club you subscribe to, or would like to.

winner announced next monday ~ november 11th {veteran's day}. the prize is a $25 gift certificate to spend at superior threads

yay! it's good  for everyone, including international readers! {beautiful!} share this post on your facebook, website, or blog for an extra chance to win, and leave a comment here with the link that you did so!

joining up with  linky tuesday with free motion by the river, today, too!

thanks so much!
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