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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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Saturday, February 14, 2015

be mine collage ~ happy valentine's day! {and winner!}

hi there all you valentines!  

here's another idea for collage, in case you end up with a few leftover motifs?! {you betcha!}   and this charming little heart is perfect for today's valentine theme!  happy valentine's day! 

thank you so very much for entering the giveaway, taking time to spend a few minutes here, and checking out the goods!

well, sir brian is out working unexpectedly today, so i had to use the random generator. it's always more fun when i ask him to pick a number between 1-72... but here we go anyway!

True Random Number Generator  14Powered by RANDOM.ORG

elle... you are the sweet valentine winner
of a yard of your choice 
and misty fuse, fusible web!  
congratulations my friend.
{vicki will contact you}

soli deo gloria!

Monday, February 9, 2015

a spring fling with collage ~ and a giveaway!

the lawns are greening up, the winter wheat is up a couple inches and bright green in the balmy february weather we've been enjoying here in central montana!

so why not celebrate a bit of that in a collage technique, presenting a beautiful spring table runner?  yes!  easy.  and guaranteed to brighten your day! 

and today is the announcement of a prize package giveaway from the fabulously talented hands of vicki welsh.  she's giving away a yard {squeal!} of her gorgeous hand dyed fabric, of your choice and... 2 1/2 yards of misty fuse, a spidery-light, almost invisible fusible web.  how sweet is that?  {misty fuse fusible doesn't change the hand of the fabric.}  i wrote about it in a post "just the facts on fusible" if you want to see what it looks like on fabrics.
 my collaged table runner began with inspiration from vicki's hand dyed fabric; here's the link:  red-purple gradient that is just so yummy, you almost want to take a bite out of it!  

did you know vicki welsh does custom orders, too?! you can't go wrong with a "stash pack" -- a lovely pack of five pieces of hand dyed 100% cotton mercerized fabric.  the stash pack is a total of 1.25 yards of glorious  graduations within the same color theme; a great way  to begin, and awesome for piecing, too.

vicki follows a meticulous process of washing out the dye to eliminate bleeding.  the fabrics are so well done, and the colors are really fabulous.  it's on my hit list to get my hands on every one of them!!!  lol 
 this is how i quilted it. in the perimeter on top of all the collaged floral motifs, i chose to free motion with the yli fusions thread, a 24 weight thread with a 100/16 needle.  love the chunky texture, and it's always interesting how the thread ties and unites the flowers together, too.  i try to catch as many raw edges as i quilt, too.  even though the edges are glued down with steam-a-seam 2 {the lite version} and completely washable, it's just a good idea, overall.  i don't fuss about it too much, really.  this will be totally washable, too. i always like to dry them flat, and then press from the backside first, then on the front as needed.

i chose a magnifico solid, polyester, 40 wt thread for the quilting in the red-purple gradient fabric center.  i just wanted it to pop with a little dimension, and i love how it contrasts with the busyness of the flowers, but ties it all in, too.
 here is the backside... a batik is the fabric i chose, and i really do like the contrast of the white on it.  it also makes this beauty reversible. i used superior's masterpiece cotton in a white color for the bobbin thread with both of the top thread types i quilted with.
 i have some pretty silk flowers {wish they were fresh} and even they look quite charming on this spring runner:
the curvy edge is really nice on this floral design, too. i didn't measure at all;  it's randomly cut as a continuous smooth curve along the edges with my rotary cutter, and then bound with a bias binding.
my favorite detail is the small dark purple flowers that are silhouetted into the solid hand dyed fabric... i was glad to find it was so worth it {to me} to cut out these delicate darlings!

this runner is now hanging up at the quilt-a-way shop here in great falls.  the first collage class is full, and we've got quite a few students signed up for the second one, which is set for saturday and sunday, march 14th and 15th!  you can also create this runner instead of an animal if you would like.  
leave a comment here today, to be entered for the drawing. one per person.   brian will draw us a winner and i will announce it this coming saturday, february 13th.  i think that is a real fun way to begin a valentine's celebration!

a big thank you to vicki for sponsoring this giveaway!  

blessings on your day, and happy valentine's day, too!

soli deo gloria

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!}

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