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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 bobbin play. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

shalom ~ a peaceful girl collage

hi there ~

this collage was inspired by a watercolor i had painted of my daughter-in-law, and then created into a collage.  

i quilted the words, "piecing princess" into it as a special touch, as it will be also be a sample that will hang in the quilt shop, the sewing palace bernina, in helena, montana.

i do really enjoy quilting with the bobbin play action, silver metallic thread, and adding a pretty framing with a beautiful hand-dyed yarn couched free motion into the binding...

this will also be my newest pattern, and it will be called "shalom ~ peaceful girl." 

i had a great time putting her together, and i love the black and white printed fabric used for her hairdo,  as well as a half flower for the "bow" on the back of her dress.  

i designed this collage to specifically utilize the large scale flower stash i've accumulated; mostly from the the westminster line of fabrics, designed by kaffe fasset, brandon malby, etc.  

the "theme blooms" in the dress are from a line of fabric, "kanvas felicity floral berry" by the fabric company benartex.  and the color theme for the body of the dress is creamy whites, light blues, soft peachy-pinks with a hit of lavender, and pops of royal blues.

"blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."  {Matthew 5:9}

thank you for stopping in, and may you know  peaceful blessings today and beyond.

soli deo gloria,

Monday, December 22, 2014

true spirit of Christmas ~ wallhanging

merry morning to you all ~

i thank you for your sweet comments, your gift of time spent here on the blog with me.  and so, it lifts my heart up, as i lift it up to the Lord, in thanks and blessing for the gift of Christmas.  a gift that transcends fear, grief, and the untold, and told ~ tragedies of this world.  

may the Holy Spirit come and lift you up, make you and me brave, holy, and mighty in His love, and help us to live it out each and every day!  {amen}.
as you know ~ i love to write, and to quilt it.  and then paint it!  so this is a creation from my head, and it combines some of the sketchiness i've explored in watercolor, cards, and the sketchbook, of course, as well as some bobbin play with pretty iridescent thread.  
i wanted to keep it red and white, but in the end, i decided it needed just a small spark of green in the "framing" of it, so i added a beautiful green wool yarn, couched into the binding seam, using of course... the wonder #43 free motion couching foot.

it's been a big blessing to my heart to create this piece as i've been quilting and sewing while listening to christian radio, sermons, and of course, christmas carols in the studio.  a most wonderful time of year!

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Monday, September 22, 2014

a rosey black t-shirt with free motion embroidery ~

hi there, happy monday!

well, as i noted in my last post, as i was lamenting the troubles with the bleeding paints... note there is an upside! and that is simply that silks acrylic glazes work beautifully on the black t-shirt.  why?  i don't know!  i wish i did.  but ~ i washed it and it didn't run, bleed, nor did it fade what. so. ever!  hmm.  the picture below tells the story, after washing and drying: 
you see that elaborate painting style?  {uhhh not!} ... really simple... just some basic "c" shapes, and small ovals, circle-shapes... i blended the paint colors just a little bit... pretty simple.  add a few triangles for leaves, and you're good to go!

and i finished fine-tuning those simple shapes on my t-shirt with a bit of free motion thread action:
{and i like how the black fabric "shading" shows under the paint color}

and the stars of the show are; king tut, magnifico, masterpiece and fantastico threads, all from superior threads

i kept my threadplay pretty simple, too.  the painting laid down just a color base design, and all i really needed to do was add a bit of enhancement, or highlighting with the threadplay, or, what could be said to be free motion embroidery.

i first began with the king tut, in the center of each flower motif, utilizing the peachy color for a little bit of contrast.  then i went to the magnifico purple and periwinkle for the petals, and the fantastico  variegated green for the leaves. masterpiece {100% 50 wt cotton - beautiful}, was in my bobbin the whole time.  and a 90/14 titanium topstitch needle {from superior as well}.  and a ball point needle... yeah, well, i didn't have one.  but the titanium topstitch {from superior} worked like a dream, actually.  

i lowered my top tension if i needed to, depending on whether there was puckering, or if the threads were pulling too much one way or another.
so the acrylic paint, the silks glazes are shown with their color descriptions as well as the thread colors. {but i forgot the peach-colored one in the middle of the flower  - sorry about that}.  but... i couldn't quite let it be.  sometimes that is what sleeping does to me!!  lol.  things... ideas... inspiration sometimes won't leave me alone.  it happens often to me.  how about you?  so... let me hear what you think about the final detail i added, below:
 and it all begins with your bobbin. and a really beautiful, thick thread.  enter into stage right:  razzle dazzle thread. in beautiful, bright silver.  a black would have been good... but i didn't have that color... or purple, which i did have...  but one has to make a choice, so there you have it:   

i love the result.  and this will be a beautiful t-shirt i would be happy to wear and enJoy.  would you?

thanks for stopping in!  blessings on a fine day, {or week} ahead!

Friday, June 13, 2014

new born again crosses ~

i always enjoy making these. "born again" quilts, that become crosses fashioned from older paper quilts. 

similar to the process of one who has spoken the divine yes to Jesus.  when we die to self, we are born again.  the old is gone, and the new has come!  alleluia!

from old life to new~
from broken to whole ~

all of it dying to self. allowing a new life {His} to spring forth in us, just like living water bubbles up and out, so can our lives when the Holy Spirit comes to live within, bringing us everlasting, overcoming life, and sweet refreshment to each of us.

this particular cross is a favorite. it was cut up from a snowflake styled paper quilt, in which i'd embedded a hand-written note from my sweet friend and art teacher, katie twedt.  although she is gone, the love she spent and invested in me is not.  

thank God.  and... i'm so grateful.

she was so very special...  and perhaps i will have a room next to hers in heaven. 

God blessings abundant to you!
in His Glory and Grace
Soli Deo Gloria

Friday, December 30, 2011

True Blue Velvet & Snowflakes

Ahhhhh... yes, hello my lovely, true blue winter friend.  
Snowflakes... bobbin play... silver threads. Love this color combo.  What about you? 
And velvet.  Isn't there a song about velvet?  Ah... yes, I think there is.  Isn't it called "Blue Velvet?"
Sparkly goodness. 
Shine on! 
It's fun to do embossing on silk velvet; it works the vest.  I'm thinking I'd like to do some more of it this weekend. 

I placed the velvet fabric, right side down against the stamp image, and placed a piece of rough cut piece of steam-a-seam fusible web a bit larger than the stamp, placing the fusible on top of it, which is really the back of the velvet fabric.  Spritz it lightly - lightly(!) with water, and then place your iron on top -- don't be tempted to wiggle the iron back and forth.  Just apply steady, downward pressure for about 10 seconds.  Presto-magico, you now have an embossed image.  Let it cool.  Peel off the fusible backing paper, and now cut around the edges of the stamped image.  Place the velvet embossed snowflake on your fabric.  Time to make it permanent... Steam-a-seam is sticky, without fusing, so it's lovely re-positionable qualities work to stick it to the fabric for precise placement.  When you are satisfied with the arrangement... press, using a needle board (a pressing board for velvets or other fabrics with nap) and steam-press it lightly until it is permanently bonded. Then add your pretty silver threads for some lovely thread accent!
To get the bobbin stitching to show, I first stitched around the snowflake with a blue thread (so it wouldn't show against the fabric), and then from the backside of the runner, and with my bobbin full of dark blue Razzle Dazzle, I free motion quilted the outside edges of the snowflake.  One thing to always remember... draw yourself a 'road map' from the front, so you can see where you're going from the back!
And I'm so grateful this little sparkly one sold recently.  Thank you!

I'm hoping to do some more embossing this weekend, as well as some other mixed media experimentations... now that's what I call a fun "NEW" Year's weekend!

2012 here we come...  EnJOY!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"LIVE with INTENTION" Paper Fabric Quilt

NOTE:  This is a repost from earlier this year, February.  I just thought I would share this... noting that I also recycle the paper towels I clean up with.  
I bet you can pick it out in the picture below:

Here's number 3 in the 'pastel series' I've been playing with. I'm calling it "Live With Intention" as it is inspired  by my high school art teacher, Katie Twedt -- once again! (I could never get enough of her art!) and ... FYI, I will be the guest artist late this summer at the LIBERTY VILLAGE ARTS CENTER in CHESTER, MT!  Yay!  Thanks for asking me,  Katie!  Anyway... Katie's  hand stamped, designed paper piece is directly sewn onto this pastel fabric quilted collage. 
The triple stitch... decorative stitches 'adorn' the paper art by Katie Twedt.  Above that, is a paper towel - upcycled!
 Pastels are not my 'norm' as I generally am attracted to bold colors, first.  I'm sure having a good time with them though... and it's a good thing to get outside one's comfort zone... ah... more to be said about that; whether it is living a Christian life, working, playing, or quilting!

 Soli Deo Gloria!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ghost Town Blooms


Left: Bryce Canyon and Right:  Ghost Town Blooms

 Ghost Town Blooms.  What do you think of the title?  Desert Ghost Blooms?  I'm ready to hear what you're thinking!

And I hope you will tell me, and post your suggestions!  Because I will draw a name from all commenters throughout this series, since the posting of the Bryce Canyon piece, which began on October 8th! 

I am hopeful to have the prize finished and pictures taken by this coming weekend.  What will it be?  Hmmm... I've got several ideas, and I'm excited!   It's a privilege to share, and to celebrate this 'blogiversary' with all of you. 
Soli Deo Gloria.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Desert Blooms

Happy Saturday everyone!  Thank you for your get well/good wishes for my tooth issues; I really appreciate the kind thoughts. 

Similar to the Bryce Canyon piece I created earlier; this piece is using the same batik fabric for the background.   I am thinking to continue with one more; like a triptych with the remaining fabric.  I've seen some really cool pieces done by other artists, but I've never attempted to do so myself, so why not give it a try?

When I began, I thought this might be solely done via bobbin thread play. By the way, you can always see more on Bobbin Play posts & tutorials here and here and of course, there are more!  Just type in 'bobbin play' on the search box on the right-hand sidebar of the blog to see more posts about it.

Adding... layers and layers of different colors...

I like the contrast of the top thread, which is a variegated cotton with lime green and turquoise threads. This is definitely a personal choice, and can add alot of textural interest if you start playing with your top tension.  Much of my bobbin play has typically shown a significant tightening of the top tension.  I prefer to use a strong (40 wt) polyester thread.
I switched back and forth between a straight stitch, and a zig zag stitch, free motion style, for varying color impact, and texture detail.  I really do love the added depth a compact zig zag can bring to the piece.

Do you think the blooms are missing anything?  Well, I did.  So I veered away from 'just bobbin play' and added 'regular' free motion, beginning with a black thread...  this is 40 weight King Tut.
 Hmmm... does it give the flower any more impact? What do you think?  

And I made each flower's center black center in a slightly different look...
No angelina.  I think the thread is enough sparkle on it's own.
And I decided that I did want to add more color and quilting, using variegated polyesters (Rainbows 40 wt from Superior Threads).

And I thought I'd try some solid thread color, in a purple tone.  I'm not done... or am I? What do you think?

Anyway, It has been a year since I began this blog, and I was more than a bit intimidated by the whole 'how to' of the blog world.  I spent many, many hours trying to figure things out... and the good news?  It's been a fun ride!  And it reminds me that is what I try to teach to others.  The JOY is in the stepping stones, the process, the challenges.  There would be no satisfaction without the process!   

So, let's celebrate MY FIRST YEAR as a BLOGGER!

Anyone interested in winning a prize?  Don't know what it might be, but I'm thinking a small quilt... journal size, give or take. 

And as the Widow Hen says to the Rooster Foghorn Leghorn  (in the Bugs Bunny cartoon from my childhood--I love this line), "Widow Hen, I need yur love ta keep me warm."  (use your best southern accent here)  LOL!  Thank you for all your support over the past year; your encouragement, and comments; it really is so very much about community.

I hope you'll come back to read and see more.  Ya just never know... those comments already posted... may  start adding up as extra tickets to win!    

Love and Blessings to ALL.

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