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Showing posts with label faux leather. Show all posts
Showing posts with label faux leather. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

faux leather ~ masculine crosses for 2014

morning everyone ~

i love creating these little crosses... this time it was with leftover leather fabric.

in black and brown.  each backed with sturdy cardstock, and zig zagged stitched and a ribbon attached.  great little bookmarks, thank you gifts, baptism, graduation, and more.

i tried for a more masculine look.  did i succeed?  what do you think? 

and yes... i was wanting not to do 'glitzy' ribbon... but i had no lace cord/leather string lying around.  working on that...

blessings on your day ~
soli deo gloria

Monday, September 30, 2013

black leather dressed for autumn ~ a superior thread giveaway

hello and happy autumn! we were in glacier park this past weekend, and although the weather was rainy, we had a great time... more on that later ~ 

i'm celebrating autumn, and my third year anniversary for the blog!  so...  hope you are ready to celebrate with me, and we'll start with a 'superior' giveaway!!

i have been putting my newest thread love, {that would be magnifico thread}, to the test. 

once again, here's feather-style quilting on this gorgeous black, faux-leather fabric, and with one of my favorite thread combos:  orange and pink ~ {it's showtime}

i began with the orange thread color, echoed it once, and then flipped to the backside of the runner, and began outlining with bobbin play, using a copper-colored razzle dazzle thread, {also from superior threads}. tip:  i increase the top tension of my machine for this technique, usually to a 6-7, and i like to use a strong polyester; 40 wt, {like magnifico} which has the strength to pull that thick thread to the top of my quilt.

once the main feather motif was finished, i then turned to the beautiful, tri-lobal, variegated rainbow thread for the quilting of the motifs which surround the feathers. 

and finally, i returned to the center of the feather, and added my hyper quilting of another feather design, inside the original feather motif, using a pink magnifico thread color.

masterpiece is my bobbin thread of choice {my favorite}; a smooth, extra long staple egyptian cotton thread, which is lighter at a 50 wt.  i get  a beautifully balanced stitch with just a slight loosening of my top tension {from 3 to 2.5}. 

and my needle this time?  i chose the superior titanium coated, 90/14 topstitch needle, instead of a leather needle.  it worked great!

masterpiece thread {below} in golden yellow, for the majority of the free motion quilting, as seen from the back:
when completing the bobbin play, the razzle is on my bobbin, and magnifico {the golden brown color} is on the top, in a matching, blendable color.  i don't mind if it shows a small bit, but i want the razzle... to dazzle!

and ~ this is my thread wall in the studio.  it's a place for my collection of ribbons, assorted trims,  cords and embellishments, too.
i {also} have a smaller collection of threads that are all kept next to my machine as i work.  this collection includes king tut, rainbows, and now, my new, smaller collection of magnifico.
would you like to try some of this gorgeous thread?  today is the day as i welcome superior as an official SPONSOR to the blog! i've been using and teaching about their products for many years, now.  and i can tell you, it's easy to say: it's a superior thread giveaway!  the prize?  a thread package of one spool of masterpiece, one spool of magnifico, and one pack of superior's titanium needles, OR a gift certificate of $25 and you can choose what you'd like to have!

so i hope you'll leave a comment, telling me ... what's your favorite thread?  or perhaps what's your favorite fall color{s}? food?  whatever ~ but here's to hoping you are online, connected, following, and more. {cuz there will be more}

if you'd like to share this giveaway, please let me know that in a separate comment, and you'll get an extra chance.  and...don't forget ~ you can subscribe to the blog by email, too! i'm so looking forward to hearing from you!!

giveaway open until sunday, october 6th, 2013.  

enJOY!  and soli deo gloria!

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!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

feathers ~ in leather for chris daly

hi everyone!  good morning!

i'm lovin' myself a little faux leather and stitchin' feathers! and i'm diving through my stash of projects that have been patiently waiting for me.  this first one is for Chris Daly; who also writes a blog TheArtQuiltBlog.blogspot.com {or click link above}, who requested this special order on leather piece, unbound.  she plans to use it for an ipad cover, or hand bag! 

 i outlined the feathers with a lime green metallic 'razzle dazzle' and variegated polyester thread, is all from superiorthreads.com... and they are beautiful, for sure.  i typically favor a 50 weight 100% cotton in the bottom when using the variegated threads for quilting.  i also lower my tension at least one full number, too.

enJOY!  stay cool!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bits & Pieces ~

happy weekend friends ~ 
you know how it is... you understand.  it's stuff.  leftovers.  bits and pieces.

i have tried be organized enough to toss the chaos - uh, i mean leftovers of various projects, into bins... or should i say plastic baggies that get tossed into plastic bins...
 so i dug through the bins.  and put together the leftover trims and made them into bookmarks.  the faux black leather makes a nice background, too.

and then i found a treasure i had not been able to lay my hands on, and there it was... in the bin {bottom of the box}.  printed words on organza that i had previously fused. 
beloved.  a beautiful word.  {yes, you are!}  and the Lord does call us His beloved...

'they'  say {just who are those people anyway?!} that one should always keep those leftover bits.  And I can only half-heartedly agree.  The problem is organizing them.  in my opinion, it's a wasted effort if i cannot locate them within a few minutes ... or "remember" where i put them?!  Hmm?

Do you have any good ideas or suggestions for storage of 'bits and pieces?' besides tossing them in a plastic bin?  I'd love to hear about it. 

Blessings on your day~

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Feathers in Leather for Chris

This is the fabric Chris of Dye Candy Fabrics sent me; her gorgeous lime green-aqua-turquoise-dark blue tones.  I love this whole piece, which is the the backside.  Edit note: The front is the faux brown leather, which you will see below (although the picture isn't so hot from inside my studio!)  Chris also has a blog (check it out on my blog roll, or click the link above).
 She intends to make this into a bag, which will hold her ipad, and all the key items she needs when she takes herself on the road to the quilt shows.  She also prefers light colored fabrics on the inside of her bag... makes it much easier to see what you're looking for!  {I can relate!}

 I did the feather in turquoise blues for all three rows, outlining it once.  The two outside feathers are hyper quilted with a rich, reddish purple thread that I love.  And ran out of!!  (very big sigh!)  But here's a partial detail of the faux leather frontside of the fabric...
 So what's a girl to do but improvise.  I don't usually pick variegated, but I did for the center feather row.  And I really kind of like it.  It's different, and appealing as much of the color ties in with the other colors used too. 
 I used Superior thread; their Rainbow's variegated, and the solids are the Art Studio line I believe they are discontinuing, and something new is coming "Magnifico" I believe... I look forward to seeing it.  Of course, my go-to-girl, 100% cotton Egyptian Extra Long staple with Masterpiece cotton in the bobbin.

 And I used a 90/14 leather needle. Even though this isn't real leather, and it's a polyester based fabric, it's thick, but the leather needle works like a dream.  I also used my straight stitch plate, as I think it's makes for a smoother stitch.  And making smaller stitches makes for soft, drapey, smooth curves on feathers.
 I also made a smaller piece; it's narrow at about 8 inches, but very long - maybe about 50" in length, for the wallet and checkbook covers she intends to sew up.  This is the style of feather I quilted, from the backside.

 Love pink and orange, together!
And the texture of the brown leather is sumptuous!

I have more to share ~ because  the more I do, the more inspired I get.  And just like home improvement projects... it may just get out of hand?  Nah.  Couldn't be.  



Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July. Looking forward to getting more sleep --- yeah - right.  Big sigh.  Off to work I go!  EnJOY! 

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