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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 flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


The beautiful Lettering and Art is by Elvie Studio.  I was the lucky winner of this piece.  Thank you Lori; I love your art style.  It really does... intoxicate me!
Lori at Elvie Studios has a wonderful blog.  I hope you will stop by and visit it for... intoxicating inspiration!
Ahh... never do I tire of taking pictures of flowers!

The photo above is a picture that represents what the good photographers call 'bokeh."  I think.  It refers to the background---the blurring &  light circles I think.  Bokeh is camera speak for something cool.  I'm not sure what, though.  Been meaning to look it up.  But I like it!  Intoxicatingly, so!  Is intoxicatingly a word?  I wonder if it includes drooling?!  Like I do at Lori's art. (Just in my head, not in my mouth!) Okay I'll stop.  Now.
May you be intoxicated by beautiful flowers today!  It's an 'alcohol free' zone.  Get in it!

Thanks for stopping by. EnJOY your day!

All Photos by Leslie Vaskey McNeil. (subject to copyright)

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Color Theory Explored

Aren't these pretty flowers?  I brought this little purple 'damask' batik sampler out onto the patio, and played with the color, texture and angles..

 This little quilt features bobbin play.  Did you know you can enter "bobbin play" into the search box on the blog (in the right side column) to find all the posts about this fun technique?
 The ribbon embellishment was secured with a free motion 'serpentine' styled stitch; one of my favorite ways to attach things of this nature.  I gave myself a little insurance; using a UHU glue stick to place it onto the border of the quilt, before stitching it down.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm posting some favorite pics... taking inspiration from photos of my garden last summer!
I sure love to take photographs... and I've been experimenting with some ideas for some colorful thread play, patterns, transfer... collage.

Top picture were our Martha Washington geraniums from the patio garden last summer.  Then late in summer, the Mums were stealing the show!

Not only can I not remember the name of the flowers in the picture below, but I can't wait to see them again this SPRING!

In honor of St. Valentine who, through ancient historical facts, was martyred for his belief in MARRIAGE, because he continued to marry men and women, refusing to bow down to an Emperor's dictate that no one would be married.  The (Roman I believe) dictator did not want his soldiers to be "tied down" by a family; to constantly be longing to go home... and the dictator wanted his soldiers to be more focused on going/staying in wars. Now, I don't have all the facts, but that is what I learned was the "beginning" of the heritage of this special day of celebration, and why we call it "Saint Valentine's Day."

Tuesday, January 4, 2011



This is the first quilt in a series I am planning... dedicating an art quilt to each of several Sisters and Friends.

REJOICE!  That's what I feel everytime I see this lovely young lady, RACHEL. I rejoice! So this art quilt is dedicated to her!  (And it is her birthday gift too!)  This young lady was part of a girls basketball team that won their school's first-ever Class C basketball championship several years ago - their highschool has only 32 kids in it!  She now plays college basketball at MSU-Bozeman, MT.  (GO BOBCATS!) Charming, warm-hearted, strong, faithful, and FULL of  vibrancy our Rachel is... beautiful, athletic, and a good friend to others;  she's a hard worker,  (see how she can help her Uncle John vaccinate cows!)  

That vaccinating gun is "hot!"
Charming, and warm-hearted!  I am so fortunate to know her, and we and the rest of the girls have an awesome blessing of spending time together at Flathead Lake whenever we can. Moms and girls... we've had the huge blessing to share some absolutely fabulous memories together! I love you Rach! 

It's a fairly small quilt; approximately 8x10" is painted on a muslin base using tissue paper, and acrylic paints.

Free motion couching adds dimension and texture in a very free-wheeling way!  Lovely fabric flowers are fused on.  Heavy bobbin play in pink for added visual interest.  By now you know there is lots on this blog about Bobbin Play, couching, metallic threads! 

I loved this sweet little birdie posed on a "wire" or branch of decorative stitches! This quilt is finished with a very "free" bound edge... the fabric is simply folded over, and stitched somewhat randomly!  FUN FUN FUN!
Detail of Bird and Decorative stitches in "RACHEL"
I really had to challenge myself to get out of that 'perfect box' --- it truly is entrapment!   So I let my stitches BE imperfect, meandering, and decided I could just do a decorative stitch and STOP in the middle of the line if I felt like it!

OH... AH... how I really ENJOYED doing it!  Couching... bobbin play... no 'perfect' plan... just being... FREE!  Much like Rachel!

I love her freckles and pearls... right at home on the ranch!

Detail of Free Motion Couching onto the Fabric Flowers --- HOW FUN IS THAT!

Thank you Lord, for Rachel!  Bless her as she continues to grow, learn and be your LIGHT! Amen!

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