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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 feathers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label feathers. Show all posts

Saturday, March 22, 2014

blue bayou beginnings ~ choosing colors {and a winner}

hi there everyone ~

speaking of blues... {!} for most of the past week i've been coping with the flu + cold bug! wowzers, what a rough week. 

despite our montana wintery weather {to be expected} and chilly 15-20 degrees with a fresh couple inches of new snow... our spring will get here on it's own time, and in it's very. own. way!  but happy spring to all of you who are enjoying blossoms and green grass!!

so... this is where "blue bayou" starts. as i begin to think out thread choices and colors that will complement the gorgeous hand-dyed gradient fabric from vicki.  the beautiful, and yet-ever-so-elegant, basic curving center-drawn spine line will be the base for the feather quilting:



all of these thread colors in magnifico are wonderful choices! there is no wrong color, in my opinion.  it's more a simple challenge of just this. 

make.  a.  decision.   :)




with choices made, the beginning stitches look like this: 
a periwinkle blue purple for the initial quilting of the traditional 'heart-shaped' feather, and then the second pass is to echo with bobbin threadwork, using a bright twinkling royal blue.

and... the winner of the fabulous pin: 


as it turns out, found by the random generator to be commenter #8 ~ miss vicki welsh!  that brings a happy smile, and the perfect ending to this post.  thanks to all of you who so kindly commented, and loved this truly beautiful, amazing work of heart from katie's wonderful paper style.  i hope to have more of those to give away, once i get connected to the art gallery in my hometown chester for more of her delightful treasures!  so fun to give away ~

bless you all ~
leslie

Monday, March 3, 2014

the stenciled, feathered, {brown eyed queen?} finished ~

hi there ~

i don't know why, but i just couldn't make a decision on binding for this piece.  i guess because it was difficult to choose a color, and fabric style for this binding, but i finally said, "just do it!  and so i chose a multi-colored binding, one of the first fabrics i grabbed. 

this little quilt sample has risen up from the depths of the ufo pile, which kind of came to a  halt last fall.  it's a beautiful fabric dyed by talented hands of  vicki welsh.

a while ago, i wrote a post about trying out some beautiful stencil designs, created by feather diva, ms. patsy thompson, from patsy thompson designs, {click here}.






i like it!  i think i chose this binding color, as it encompassed all the thread colors, and brought out a little bit of the pink tones in the hand dyed fabric.  

and better... 
it. is. done! 
{and even listed in the etsy shop

have a sweet one ~
blessings,
leslie

Saturday, March 1, 2014

walking the line{s} ~

hello lovelies ~ 

i think i've finally begun to realize i don't always enjoy "coloring within the lines" ... and in saying that, i also recognize that it was one of those 'under the radar' suggestions that became "the rule" i remember growing up with from early childhood when our main art tools were coloring books and crayons.

it's time to break some of those barriers, and as i've said before here on the blog ~  just because i can! after all this is art.  this is freedom.  it's not like i'm breaking any laws!  

so i continue to "go out... and see what i can see!"

from my large, moleskine 8.5" x 12" journal...  a study {of sorts} ~ in contemporary feather play with watercolors, specifically, the twinkling h20's.







what is it i learn? 

sometimes ~ lines are merely suggestions. 
sometimes ~ lines are fun.  
sometimes ~ it's fun to draw them
other times ~ it's fun to let them draw me in.
sometimes ~ it's fun to just ignore them 

this is art!  there's lots of choices, but none of them...

have. to. box. me. in.

this may make sense {or not} to some of you, whether you quilt, draw, paint, or love art. but this much i know.  it's an exploration of the learning process that i find fresh, fun, and fascinating.  

and i think this little watercolor "feather" study will be fascinating to look back upon, as i ponder how i may want to turn it into thread play...

can't wait to get started on another exploration!  


enJoy!
xo
leslie

Thursday, February 20, 2014

{hot off the press} ~ large feather prints ~

hi there ~


as i've explored the "land of watercolor," i've begun to understand the differences between types of paper; "cold press"  and "hot press" specifically. 


in my limited experience, only cold press paper is available locally, and seems to have the most selection, as well, either online, or in a crafty store. what I love about hot press is the texture is definitely a higher grade, and much smoother, and seems to warp just a little bit less than the cold...  and personally, i like it far better.  the cold press has a rougher surface, but it also performs pretty well, overall, and all of my cards you've seen on the blog have been cold press.


now ~ these "feathered" watercolor pieces are 11x14" ~ hot press paper.  one of the features that has strong appeal for me personally in using hot press paper, is that  it's much easier to write  s m o o t h l y  on it, too, giving me a crisp edge, and no need to worry about bumpy paper when I write.  that's worth the price of admission, as the hot press is a bit more expensive, as well.


{of course, there are microbeads on a couple of these pieces}.


and... i continue with my fascination of feathers ~ in various color combos, types, and adding my love of lettering. 







and ... they are newly listed in my shop, too. 


have a great day ~
xo
leslie


Saturday, February 15, 2014

hope ~ pray ~ soar ~ {in watercolors, on cards} ~ & in my heart!

happy weekend to you all ~ love my "long" weekends.  this happens to be three days for me, with president's day off this monday {thank goodness!}... an extra day is surely a blessing that i could live with every week! they are such a solace to my time at home... 

you're probably tired of my cards... but  i have to say ~ i love making them!  it's very fun to send them on to friends, and i have a nice stack now, that are quite fun to personalize. i swear ~ i'm like a kid in a candy shop only instead, it's a box full of white, pristine cards, and lovely pots of color, a brush, and a black pen... {and yes, the fussy microbeads!} 











enJoy ~
xo
leslie


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

red sunset ~ feathered

hello ~ and happy new year, {still!}

in 2014 you, dear reader, will definitely see more feather quilting from me...  and more hand dyed fabrics by two of my favorite dyers: vicki welsh, and chris daly.

color usually drives me to create, and it's a fascinating exploration to combine both fiber, color and threads.

and speaking of color, vicki wrote a detailed post about bleeding fabrics in quilts.  i learned quite a bit, and you won't be sorry you took a few minutes to read this educational post! vicki has invested alot of time in testing her results, and it applies to both hand dyeds, and commercial fabrics. it's great information we can all benefit from!


and 2014 will continue to showcase  {magnifico by superior threads}. in this quilted runner piece, i chose to focus on the combos of rusty-orange-brown, turquoise/aqua and purple.  yum.  and with that, here are pictures of one of the pieces i ended 2013 with, "red sunset." i should have called it sunrise, though... and it sure reminds me of the amazing sunrise we get in these wintery months with golden tree limbs, turquoise skies, and foggy mornings on the river...









thanks for taking the journey with me!
enJOY.
xo

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

christmas feathers ~

merry christmas ~ we're so thankful for tidings of comfort and joy.  thank you for yours, too.

God bless your Christmas and all your days to come.

in His Amazing Love and Peace,
xo
leslie






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