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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?
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Friday, November 20, 2015

cuddle up with a batik beauty on the prairie ~ {and it's for sale}

good morning my friends out there in bogland ~
happpppy friday!

yes... another "old" quilt top, from the good ol' ufo pile ~ is finished!!!  i do love how it turned out, and i'm so tickled to be able to do this on my new mid-arm.  feels so good! and i was also very excited to photograph it against the beautiful backdrop of the highwood mountains last weekend. always a perfect way to add color and drama in an otherwise slightly cloudy november day.  and the same is true when one cuddles up with it!! {this one is for sale, too and if anyone is interested, by contacting me directly, i can offer it at a lower price}  :)

i'm really putting my bernina mid-arm q20 to the test, and i can tell already, my stitching is much nicer than when i first began.  this is a fairly large quilt; 67" x 78" as i decided to add borders to it, as i couldn't wait to use a couple new fabrics, so what better way than to add them to this glorious collection of batik scraps in this quilt!

although the mid-arm comes with {two} bernina stitch regulators {aka "bsr"} i have chosen to use "my own" built-in stitch regulator of my hands and eyes!  {a novel concept i know!}  yes, the "bar" is quite nice, have no doubt.  but!  i want to be able to hone my free motion skills, and there is a time and place for everything... under the quilting needle!
this is a classic feather, with a bit of scallop surrounding it, and i quilted this in an all-over pattern ~ love the look of it!  i also used a variegated thread; this time a king tut, 40 wt, extra long staple cotton, with masterpiece 50 wt in the bobbin, another extra long staple cotton.  they just get along so very well together!  and, yes, in case you're wondering, the mid-arm has what is called an "m class" bobbin case, so it's fairly large, and holds lots of thread.  i also have a stitch counter, which i am using, which is an interesting feature.  i am amazed at how many stitches i take!  and i'm keeping track on each quilt i quilt.  the stitch total on this beauty?  it was 208,855!  

the prettiest shots of this quilt  were taken outside in the natural light, showing off it's real beauty in the great outdoors!

and our girls love it too!  of course, what they really love is their morning coffee {with creamer} ~ hey, who could blame them?  they know the good stuff!!
blessings abundant upon your day wherever you are,
soli deo gloria!

Monday, October 19, 2015

new ~ autumn glory ~ my new collage pattern

good morning glories ~

for many of us, autumn is our favorite season, for many reasons. one of them being the riot of color that decorates the trees in the rich colors of leaves as they turn.  the wind has pretty much taken most of the color off of our montana trees now, but i was excited to capture them in their full glory just a few weeks ago, as we were provided with stellar, scenic autumn glory in a recent trip to glacier park this fall!  

and that's how this new piece was inspired... and one day last week, it just popped into my head, and so out came a flowery fused, bright and bold collage of my interpretation of those pretty autumn scenes from our trip:  

to fuel my inspiration, i began with one of my most and favorite and talented fabric dye artists...  miss vicki welsh.  there was no question of where i would turn to begin this vision in my head.  it led me straight to her gorgeous hand dyed "blue sky" that was absolutely 'picture perfect' for my montana big sky!
the blue gradient is darker at the top of the sky, and lighter as it fades downward.  
i added tiny bits of sparkle with angelina fibers. {and my pattern gives instructions on how to use them}...  a tiny hint of sparkle here and there...  just like the sunshine sparkles on those leaves as they rustle in the dappled sunshine and shadows. 

those aspen trees?  they are from  hoffman california international fabrics, a screen print fabric called "woodsy winter." i made my classic round christmas placemats with it, and the leftovers were perfect for this project! i fused the fabric and cut the trees for my background.  my pattern also provides directions and the tree shapes drawn to actual size so you can cut them out of any "tree fabric" you decide to use to make your own masterpiece! 
i share lots of my tips and hints in my patterns.  and for this one, i used mostly medium scale flowers, which are approximately 4-5" in diameter.  just a few large ones, which i placed at the very top, and then lots of smaller ones!  

i'd say there were at least 150-200 flowers here.  {yes i have a large stash of cut flowers!}  yay!  because... that's how you can have the most fun!  having a great variety to pick from made this ... well... a walk in the woods!! lol
finally, here's the whole view!  you can really see how gorgeous the hand dyed "blue sky" fabric is here.  there is just something so lovely about a backdrop of pretty leaves in their dressed-up best in purple, reds... oranges... pinks and yellows!

the pattern is written, and i'm lovin' the new laser printer that provides a beautiful, color-true and picture perfect color copy  and incredibly clear photo for my patterns!  you can see the details!  i'm so excited about this!!   in my pattern, i also share my binding tips, color and scale choices, how to use fusible, and the line drawing will also indicate where to cut a curvy line if you'd like to finish it in that manner, too!

the finished size of my piece is about 21" wide x 36" long.  
and for a limited time, until november 1, 2015 you can order this pattern from my etsy shop at 25% off!  coupon code:  GLORY25. it will also be available locally, too, of course, at the quiltAway here in great falls, and the sewing palace bernina in helena.

thanks for coming by. happy, glorious, AUTUMN GLORY to you all!
soli deo gloria!

Friday, October 16, 2015

june baby fawn collage ~ pattern now available! {and a sale!}

hi friends ~

well, she's here!  copied, sorted and folded ~ my newest floral collage piece, and finally... the pattern!  "June Baby" is now available locally here in great falls at the lovely QuiltAWay quilt shop, and at the cool shop of the sewing palace in helena, mt, and of course, in my etsy shop!

to celebrate, i'm offering a sale, of course!  if you purchase "june baby" i'll also offer 25% off on any other collage pattern of your choice in my etsy store, or if you want to order two {perhaps one for a friend} you can order two of "june" and get the second one 25% off! 

the coupon code:  JUNEBABY25 and it's good ONLY until october 30th.

BONUS: i'll add a few little extra's to your pattern, such as cute little butterflies to go with her charming self!

my favorite things about her?  i used chocolate brown velvet for her nose, and around the edges of her ears.  the ears also have dark chocolate roses in the center!  and leaves are tucked in those ears... well, because she's been hiding in the tall grasses!  i also really had fun applying white flowers in the underside of her tail, that flips up and shows as a "flag" when they are startled.

my next favorite thing... all those sweet little white {black and white--hint hint} flowers on the bottom, that float up the right hand side of this quilt.

and it was "lickety split" to quilt the background, as i just followed the pretty batik fabric, stitching along the print of the aspen trees.

here are some close-up photos so you can see for yourself!

happy friday!  i hope you are having some time to create, quilt and enJoy the day!

thank you so much for stopping in!
soli deo gloria

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

planting goodness ~ hosea geranium watercolor


i have sure loved sketching... practicing... and making this 'geranium-styled' watercolor flower several times now. 

gradually, with each one i do, i think of different ways to add special details. 

my latest favorite pen for a bit of shine and sparkle, is the gelly roll sparkly pens.  {they have a metallic star on the pen label}.  the one i used in this piece is the silver.  i also love using the clear sparkle pen, too!

and... some sketchy writing, and words of truth!

i am also experimenting with 'making the paint bleed' ... and while it's a really interesting effect... not sure i like it... but i think it will definitely "grow" on me, too!!! 

{just like His word, helps me grow out, grow up... and grow more... into... His goodness!

8 x 10" print available in the etsy shop, right... here!

thanks for coming on in... have a wonderful spring day!!
and know there are lots of blessings coming your way!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

simple sewing ~ kitchen towels

simple sewing.

i love it!  and lately, that's exactly what i've been in the mood to do.  these classic kitchen towels are simply one of my all-time favorite items to "just sew." then ~ just add pretties to a pre-purchased towel.  what could be simpler?!  :)

i keep these practical, basic kitchen towels on hand as i am always falling in love with the new colors, styles, or patterns, purchasing them from my favorite quilt stores here in great falls.  they cost around $5-$6 a piece.  

and then ~ when the mood strikes, the fun begins!  and it's time to dive in ~ {and play}, with the gorgeous stash of trims i've collected to come up with a 'specially designed' towel.  

with a few simple designs, ribbons, fabric and trims, you too, can create a 'custom' and very sweet-to-give, gift!

and next time... i'll share some of those very basic processes, with helpful hints and tips and placement secrets.
{i've listed the extra towels in the etsy shop!}
and thanks for coming on by!
blessings ~


Thursday, August 1, 2013

she loves leather ~ summer fiesta!

hi there sweet readers ~

being a western, country-type gal, yes i do love leather!  i swear i could collect cowboy boots just becuase of the pretty stitching, styles, designs... and cuz... well, they're boots!  {i love boots}

but back to the subject at hand... i really love how easy it is to quilt on! all it requires is a 90/14 leather needle. this faux leather fabric is also completely washable, and it's a polyester type of fabric, and very durable, too.

now, as to the quilting on this particular piece, i think it's a bit over the top.  although the quilting itself is very nice, i'm not a fan of the thread color choices. and i'm starting to become more picky about how the feathers look.  i'm growing to prefer a more open feather and i think the overall look of this piece would have been a bit more attractive had i kept things  simpler {and far more open} in motif, and in thread.  but... that is how one learns!  experience is always the best teacher, isn't it!
lots of color happening!  while i love the colors... i think it's too much of just too many different colors.  yellow... orange... green... pink and turquoise!  too much!  {although it's very pretty!}
and i do have to say... the beauty of hand-dyed fabric {by miss chris daly!} on the back of this piece makes it extra special in my opinion! i truly ~ {almost drool} {sorry if that is gross!}  ... but it's true!  lol

and look how gorgeous the quilting is from the back?  not all the distraction of the thread colors as the front has... right? don't you think so too?  i'm not saying i hate it.  just sayin' it's a lot less complicated looking, and pleasing to the eye.  a place to rest the eye, and take in the beautiful design without getting over stimulated!  {this fabric dyed by the super-talented miss chris daly!}

Summer Fiesta available in my Etsy shop!
"sew it goes!"
and a lot {LOT} of time was spent on this one.  and now that i am 'hooked on leather' {remember hooked on phonics?} i'm on the look-out for other faux leather fabrics to quilt on!

and in other shop news... i have a special promotion and sale beginning today in my etsy shop.  with a minimum purchase of $100, it's  50% OFF with coupon code: MARVELES50.
thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Watercolor Card ~ Bloom

hey there~

we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring here in montana, and while we seem to be kept waiting... much like the  arrival of a beautiful woman {and her gown} at the ball... it is really here {70 degrees yesterday!}.  the flowers are coming... and while i wait... i draw them, paint 'em and make them bloom on paper! 
 these are simply scrapbook pages, gessoed. watercolors were then added, as well as a hint of metallic silver from the gelly roll pen and some white accents too.
 this time i added black stitching to the perimeter, too, just because, which also helped to get it attached to a simple white cardstock card. 
 bloom. one of my favorite words. 

may i always bloom... springtime or ... not!
enjoy ~ blooming is always 'in season' isn't it?! {and this time it's for sale in the etsy shop, too!!}
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