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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 collage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label collage. Show all posts

Saturday, November 21, 2015

sir frosty ~ a merry old soul ~ newest collage pattern

hello everyone!

yes!  i'm excited about my latest collage pattern, "sir frosty!"  he's a jolly old soul, dontcha know?!  a classic childhood memory, created in collage...

the pattern is now available in the etsy shop, right here... and at a 25% discount for a limited time ~ until December 5th. that goes for any pattern, too!!  {this pattern is $20, which means $5 off}.  coupon code:  FROSTY25.  

update: in fact, heck, let's just have a big sale: everything in the store at 25% off, minimum purchase of $20!  {coupon code FROSTY25, until december 5th}

this is a smaller collage pattern, overall, so you can do this in time for the holiday, as a decoration in your home, or as a gift, too.  the overall size is 25" wide x 32" long.

and you know, {if you read my blog in the past}, that i love to add special little treats with all my etsy orders... and this is no exception!  as part of this pattern promotion, to each order, i'm including two, pre-fused, and pre-cut ~ the sweet little "eyebrow flowers" that add so much to his special "gentle old soul" look!

and how much would it be to add even more charm to his, by using a loved one's plaid or flannel shirt, plaid wools, or even a beautiful velvet for the scarf?  make it personal.  make it charming.  make it a fun memory, too.

of course, i add lots of hints and tips in all my patterns, including free motion and my binding tips.

for those of you who love to support the local quilt shops, this pattern is available at my favorite quilt shop here in great falls, too.

happy thanksgiving, and thank you to all of you who come by and read the blog, i appreciate you!!

soli deo gloria!

Monday, November 9, 2015

a collage table runner for thanksgiving

hi all ~ wow... our american thanksgiving is coming so quickly upon us!

well... i've been keeping my nose to the grindstone, well, actually to the sewing needle!  and, recently, i've been dedicating some major quilting time to learning my new bernina q20 mid-arm, sit-down, quilting machine, and i love every minute!   i've taken on a few select custom quilting order quilting large-size quilts, and it's been a fun adventure! i'll show some of those shots, later...

and... while i've not had time to get high quality {from the 'good' camera} photos and edits for the blog, i do enjoy showing my 'in process' photos via social media, on my instagram account, and facebook on my convenient little iphone!  it's always fun to share!

today's project is once again, going back to "the stash" and creating a thanksgiving-themed runner, this time though, a different shape. it's a pretty oval, perfect for any thanksgiving decorating or tablescape you might want to use it for!  i used my basic collage tablerunner pattern to create this beauty!

this pretty one is hanging at the quiltAway shop for another class, coming in december:

and i'm keeping very active, teaching my favorite things, too! while i am doing some limited travel in the state to teach i am also busy prepping for classes here in great falls, at my favorite shop, the quiltAway:
a very fun opportunity to hear how i quilt my collages, where i share lots of tips on manipulating the quilt sandwich, and quilting motifs, showing how to get that collage completely finished, layered up and quilted, with tips on how to finish binding, too!

and i've added a great BASIC class, where knowledge of tension, needle and threads will help you not only sew garments, but into the piecing of a quilt as well as free motion quilting, too!  lots of great info and handouts will be shared.
and we've added another "create collage" class for december 2nd and 3rd {a tuesday/wednesday} upon request!  you get to pick the pattern you want, and put together a beautiful collage using pretty florals and prints.

happy monday folks!
best to you this day, and into the week!
soli deo gloria!

Friday, October 9, 2015

izaak ~ the bloomin' bighorn sheep ~ christmas meadows

hello ~ 

yup.  izaak is enjoying a the mountain views from his "christmas meadow!"

inspired by this lovely gray and white background, is a fabric design, "winterberry" by kate and birdie paper co., for moda fabrics. {i loved creating with this fabric line so much, and i've begun cutting my classic round placemats and will soon be listing them with the lots of other  christmas placemats i've listed there.}

my color theme for izaak:  brown, white, gray, black and red. {with pops of green and pink}

originally, when i first made him into a pattern, i had wanted to create his horns with whites and blacks, taupes, tans and gray.  but i just didn't have enough flower shapes to do that.  {but i've certainly got enough now}  :)  

yay! it was super fun to be able to put them into play and create the layers and texture which were inspired by my vision of snow falling into the ridges of the horn, and oh-so-much-easier now that i had enough.  i'd guess there are at least 100 {or more} flowers just in the horns alone. i love to look for flower shapes now, in every fabric i see... batiks included.  also, i've noticed my "fabric eye" to be much more tuned in to appreciate the graphic quality of black and whites. they do add a shadow and depth that creates a fun dimension! my advice to students? don't 'leave them out in the cold' of fabric choices because they don't seem to have much "color."  they can be just as exciting and dramatic!

and ... it's pretty great to turn to the christmas fabric stash and pick out pretty poinsettias, snowflakes and flowers and collage them into this piece for a "winter in the woods" look! 

and... i love the floating snowflakes which i have patiently cut  i often joke with my students, saying: "i cut flowers like i brush my teeth... twice a day!" 

successful collage = cut lots of flowers. this continues to be the challenge for students... and also important,  keep in mind the key elements of scale.  small.  medium.  large.
i love him!!

hint: one of the things i love to do that adds a bit of 'spark' is to add multiple, tiny scale flowers ~ those are the small green daisy-like ones in light green, grouping them together so they have more "color punch."  {purchased from the sewing palace bernina in helena} And the same goes with adding the small black and white elements too.

 and, as you can see, i added a simple quilting design, a spiraling swirl, to the gray background.

and a same color  binding with just a touch of red and white print in it to bring together the holiday feel.

if you're in the helena area of montana, stop in at the sewing palace bernina, because that's where he's hanging out for the time being!

also, for anyone who purchases this pattern from my etsy shop, i'll include a full-size 8x11" photo of izaak in the christmas meadow.  

thank you so much for coming by!  i'm off to teach collage this weekend in great falls, and i can't wait!

enJoy the blessings of this day.
soli deo gloria

Monday, October 5, 2015

autumn ~ in a collaged table runner

hi there ~ happy october!

today's collage feature is from a stash of autumn themed colors, specifically with a background fabric that is so neat.  it's from a robert kaufman line of fabric called, "sound of the woods" by katherine lovell for wild apple. 

i loved it ~ hope you do too... and it was a "must try" to see what i had in my collage stash that would turn this beauty loose!

some very creatively-cut, curvy edges for the overall edge treatment and binding make me very happy with the total look. perfect for autumn on the table, and into thanksgiving, too!

soli deo gloria!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

a double needle ~ triple straight stitch inspiration and a prayer

hi friends ~

just three little words... "triple straight stitch" can triple your joy, and multiply into a big impact...

a sweet friend who had taken my collage class, recently brought her "a heart to give" collage pillow top to show me one day as i was working at the shop...

and oh my. 

how she blessed my socks off!  

bless her heart. 

you see, my friend recently lost her husband... and this was one way she has chosen to honor the memory of her best friend, and to help work through some of her grief, too... 

this is "howie's pillow."

and i cannot really say  {in words} how honored ~ how blessed ~  i was to be a tiny fractional part of her processing through this tough time in her life, and to witness her courage and her heart ~ to honor her sweet husband.

joan chose to quilt her collaged pillow top with two different colors of thread, in a double needle, and then engaged the "triple straight stitch" functionality from her machine...

dear friend.  may you know {more} of the gentle healing touch as you curl up in the palm of your Father God's loving hands... as you let Him hold you in your lonely hours... may He always be your solace, the complete source of your strength, and the One to whom you look to, and receive... grace and love to face each day in this season of grief.  May you ever be thankful for all the love and sweet life's joys you had with your love.  i am so very thankful for you, for the joy of our friendship, and the privilege of knowing you.  God Bless You and keep you.  amen.

soli deo gloria

Friday, August 28, 2015

a vintage heart ~ collage pillow

greetings this last friday of august ~ oh gosh, i wish it weren't so, although a bit of cool and rainy fall weather i pray, is desperately needed here in the west to battle the tremendous fires happening in this area.  the smoke is the worst i've ever seen it here in central montana.

back in the sewing studio, a custom order arrived earlier this summer. it contained moda fabric ~ "amberside" is the name, and with it, a vintage linen; an embroidered bread basket linen. cool!  she asked me to design it into a collaged pillow.  i adapted this from my "heart to give" collage pillow pattern, and i just finished it earlier this week. 
after creating the collaged heart, i stipple quilted it with 100% polyester {40 wt} thread, with 100% masterpiece {50 wt} cotton in the bobbin.
 and yesss... there is a new baby in town in my studio; the bernina Q20 mid-arm ~ more on that later! 
i decided to apply a trapunto-styled layered effect under the heart-linen portion for added depth and softness. 
and then trimmed away the extra, following the perimeter of the stitching on the outside edges of the linen {seen above}
i loved those darling sweet hand appliqued corners:
and i added another layer of batting to the whole surface area of the pillow, and then quilted a diagonal line in the checkered border:
this is the pillow top, finished and hanging from the line:

sweetheart swirls in the quilting motif, add to the overall elegance and charm of this vintage linen, don't you think?

and a few of the tiny collaged flowers; these are only about one inch in size ~ {sometimes cut in groups} or added singly, add a special touch on the perimeter:

and the finished pillow ~ about 17" will look great stuffed with an 18" pillow form {all i had on hand was 16"} and i love the pretty coordinated binding, from which i cut some of the tiny collaged, fused flower shapes from ~  'amberside' by moda:
oh... and that icky ol' smoke casts such a yellow light on all my images... oh for some clear blue skies... 

anyway ~ have a grand day!
soli deo gloria

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

more tula pink inspiration and collage aPeel pattern now available ~

hi there ~

yes, it's more of those timeless, classic shape ~ orange peels!  this time i've made up my new pattern into a smaller venue ~ and a slightly different collage kind of "view" too!

this new pattern is now available in the shop, too.  i also have new samples of the pattern hanging at the quilt-a-way here in great falls and the sewing palace in helena, mt.  it's so easy-peasy, a lovely lap quilt, or wall hanging, and easily made smaller, or larger by adding more blocks.  

i chose a classic colorway in the image below; the lovely duo of turquoise blues and orange... it's very fun to vary with all kinds of ideas bursting forth!  again, a bit of sketchy quilting, which is also a good option for new free motion quilters:
this one is available for purchase in my etsy shop, too!
the size on this version finished to  31" square.

 next up is the "tula pink" inspiration ~ again created from her fabric line "elizabeth."  these little bouquets were left when i cut out the faces of this fabric, and i just love their curvy, elegant silhouette on top of this orange peel block. it's a lovely spark of color to this periwinkle blue and turquoise blue batik version:
these shapes... could easily be created into ... butterflies, too!  don't you think?  for the quilting, i chose to take my inspiration from the border, and quilted circles throughout, keeping them nice and tight, covering as many edges as i could when quilting:
my tip:  it always helps to cut a tiny, small edged border {about 1/16" or so} around detailed delicate shapes. this helps them separate from the background, adding that subtle bit of contrast and visual interest, adding to the dimension overall:
again, i covered the edges with lots of quilting, keeping it nice and close.
hey... did you notice the curvy edge on one side of the orange peel shape?  i hand cut that...wanna know how it happened?  it was one of those oopsies!  i mis-cut the orange peel shape, when rolling fabric through the cutter, cutting off some of the top edges.  but!!  look what happens, just cut a curvy edge, or change up the shape as you think might be fun, and go for a new look! and it's just another little bit of an interesting, soft textural line, too!  

my pattern retails for $12 and includes a nice, full color picture, tips and hints for fusing and cutting from a die, and detailed instructions.

thanks for coming by!
soli deo gloria

Monday, August 24, 2015

collage aPeel ~ my newest pattern {coming soon!}

happy monday fellow fabric, quilter and sewing buddies!

... and happy summer quilting days!

this is a fun quilt i've been happily spending summer hours working on, writing instructions for a new pattern. based on that sweetly wonderful, classic 'orange peel' quilting shape.  cut quickly and accurately through the accuquilt Go! system. i simply used  an orange peel die shape, and a 5" block shape... and steam a seam lite 2!


i fused all my orange peel fabrics to the steam a seam lite 2 first ~ in blue/turquoise batiks in light, medium and dark values. and then the play action began.  finished with fused flowers, {from my great stash!}. i used two different scales for the flowers; large and small.  the largest is about 5-7 inches in diameter, and the small ones are about 2-3" or so in diameter.  give or take!

quilted with black cotton thread for a sketchy look around the flowers, and in the border.

and then i also quilted  with white cotton thread for the background blocks. all very sketchy, and just free and fun.

this is what that quilting looks like from the backside, as the black shows up so well:

and black outlining around the flowers in the center of each of the blocks:

black and white.  {and lots of color} and collaged-type of technique, is truly easy... and magical!  

i'm so excited to announce this is my newest pattern, coming to the etsy shop soon!  it's so fun to make it several other sizes... and i will show those soon, too!

enJoy ~
soli deo gloria

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