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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 Northern Lights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Northern Lights. Show all posts

Friday, October 17, 2014

"northern night lights" ~ for superior threads

hello! 

my oh my, where has the week gone?  wait ~ i remember. perfecting a buttermilk biscuit recipe... test driving a mid-arm quilting machine at a local quilt store {babylock}; studying isaiah, {i'm leading bible study and giving the messages for awhile!}, and i've joined a local gym to help alleviate joint {hip} pain issues, sending out orders from my etsy store, and besides enjoying our amazing october weather, i got out for some lunch with friends, and even {semi-enjoyed} grocery shopping!  whew.  am certainly loving retirement!

and... a great portion of time at the sewing machine.  now that's what i call a terrific week!  

i'm really honored to have been asked by superior to create this special piece, and very excited to show you my quilted rendition of "northern night lights" ~ a special commissioned piece for my favorite thread company:  superior threads!

approximately 20"x 34" in size, it began with a beautiful inspirational piece of hand dyed fabric that gave me the idea for the northern lights theme, dyed by the talented vicki welsh.

i hand painted additional colors, with silks acrylic glaze paints, added real silver leaf, and layers of bits of angelina fibers i melted together to create custom colors, as well as a strips of textiva film, and other accent pieces of hand dyed fabrics that were added to the base of the quilt fabric, all prior to quilting it.

i used quilters dream batting, 'dream orient' between two traditional layers.  no extra stabilizer. 

let me give you some other facts about this completely thread painted art quilt.  approximately 16+ jumbo bobbins from my bernina 830 were used;  about 13 different threads {at my last count ~ i may have missed some!}, and i think maybe 20-30 thread changes, as i went back and forth, looking, pausing, and adding thread colors here and there as i quilted along.  silver metallic, razzle dazzle, magnifico, masterpiece, and bottom line all made their way into this piece; size: 21"x 34."

how much time from start to finish?  about 50-60 hours.  and i loved every minute!
looking from the top down into the body of the quilt.










 the back side:  {i always love using bottom line in white, with all my silver metallic threads, especially in free motion.}
 yeah... lots of pics, and the weather was beautifully cooperative with no wind, and pretty sunlight, {although my last pic wasn't so great of the entire piece} and now it's time to pack it up and mail it off to superior threads where it will be in wonderful company i am sure!  {pun intended!} lol
thank you superior threads, it was an honor, and i give all the credit to our loving, and living Father Above.

Soli Deo Gloria!
XO
Leslie

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Pretty Pictures

Merry Christmas!  I thought these pretty colors were very festive and am excited to share some new pics I've taken.
These pictures represent some practicing I've been doing with my new camera, the Canon Rebel T3i.  My original quilt, "Northern Lights" has been really fun to use as the subject.  If you click on the link above, you can see the old, dull, and somewhat lifeless pictures I took a year ago, compared to what I have learned to do now!  And... I won't be taking those 'odd angled' pics, which looks like the whole plane of field is tilting as if we were falling off a cliff... Oops!  No more of those type of shots.  I used the 35-55 mm lens that came with the camera, and the macro setting.  It also helps if you can balance the camera super steady using a tripod, or in this case, the coffee table!
What a difference!  I can easily change the position of my focus, love the shall depth of field, and the sparkly light circles I can get now, by just playing around with light.  Although it can be difficult to get good light in the winter climate, I usually jump on the chance when the bright, diffused light comes into the living room.  I get some shadows from the window frame... so it's not perfect, just a great way to practice taking photos that, well... glow.  Which is what I'm after!  I want my pictures to reflect the beauty of the colors, lines, and creative stitching I've worked hard to achieve.  It's a disappointment when the pictures fall flat...
And I'm tickled to finally be able to take a picture I'm proud to have displayed on my new business cards.  Creative and colorful!  I really like the angle of the 'lines' of the ribbons and fibers.  Reminds me of a waterfall.

This is really nothing but a leftover piece of my ribbon scarf, pieced into some hand-dyed fabric, and made into a quilt. You can read more about how I created this piece by going to the post, clicking here!
So what do you think of my new pics?  Well, I'm off to decorate the tree, and do some Christmas baking!  

EnJOY!
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