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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 hawthorne threads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hawthorne threads. Show all posts

Thursday, October 22, 2015

a rocky mountain goat dressed in his winter blues ~ special sale and bonus

hi there everyone ~ 

i have so enjoyed interpreting a few of my favorite collage animal patterns, into christmas scenes!

once again, aspen trees as a background, and... beautiful red cardinals, too, pretty in the branches. fused and cut from the hoffman international fabric i wrote about a few days ago, here.

so ~ instead of going with the original style of bright pastels, i chose a color theme of a variety of shades in blues, black and white flowers, gray, and a splash of purple too and a tiny hint of aqua!  i also cut lots of snowflakes!  love him!

those "tula pink flowers" ~ from the "elizabeth" fabric line designed by tula pink. if you haven't seen this line of fabric locally, you can also see the entire line and the colorways, at hawthorne threads.com.  just click the link to go straight there!
 i made his eye out of a flower, that had white on the top, so it looked like an eyebrow, and it also had a green center, and perhaps a bit of snow on top of it!  i fused another smaller flower around it to create a bit of depth. 

i also change dup the background fabric this time, just cutting some black, fused pieces to create the rocks, but i wanted the illusion of snow-covered ground.
 i added black stitching, {i love king tut, 40 wt in black, from superior threads!} applying it several times, heavy around the perimeter of rocky's body, and also using it for the background, alternating the quilting in every other section between the trees, well... just because! it's different!  i like how it creates a bit of depth and shadow in the background, although it is very subtle.  and the same idea with the snowflakes, which are all quilted in black thread.
 the beautiful cardinals have bright, shiny, metallic silver accents... perfect!
 here's a closeup of his "beard", and a sweet little red and white flower tucked behind a tree...  so much fun!
 yes... those red and white flowers... let's do more of them!  i call them "snow flowers" and i think they are just sweet, tucked around the tree trunks, cutting them in half as well... makes them go farther!
and i'm also offering a discount on the "new" christmassy rocky pattern, 25%.  the discount is for ANY Rocky pattern, whether the original or this Christmas one.  AND, for a limited time, i will include BOTH versions, {beautifully clear, bright, high quality pattern covers} if you request it in the comments section as you order from my etsy shop.

coupon code:  GLORY25 is good on this pattern, too!  BONUS: or ANY pattern you order, until NOVEMBER 1st, 2015.

AND... i will send you highlights of my best tips and hints in a separate handout, which i teach about in my class!  but only until 11/1/2015!  you still... have time!

thank you so much for your business, your time and for stopping by!  i've got another new pattern coming out soon... can you say "GO CATS!"  LOL

have a blessed day!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

a placemat series with fabric by Laura Gunn

hi everyone ~

i've been going round and round ~ with some fabric that is.  it's been a favorite of mine for awhile now.  so much so, i've put off doing anything with it. couldn't make a decision, actually.  sound familiar?  well, i decided it was time to dash into that stash.  and i made a serious dent into it, i'm happy to say. and not only that, but i like the results, too.  these are fabrics designed by laura gunn, produced by michael miller.
 i kept the quilting simple and clean to show off the dramatic large flower print in this piece. the threads:  superior's tri-lobal polyester, and ricky tims razzle dazzle {the thicker metallic thread}.
 and added kaffe fasset stripey fabric to the back, which makes them wonderfully reversible, and i like the look of the quilting motif from the back, too. 

finished with my 'go-to' style of finishing the seam binding, stitching in the ditch with my favorite bernina foot, the #39, where i place the metallic thread precisely in the seam, using a very narrow zig zag.  {see my previous posted tutorial here from 1/31/11}  and if you'd like to know what a 'coded' foot {by Bernina} then check out my post on that subject, right here. and if you've read my blog for long... you know i've used this foot so many times... all you need to do is to type in 'bernina #39' in the search box to find the many quilts i've made using this super-easy technique.

i had ordered one yard of each of these fabrics from hawthorne threads.  and one of the reasons i get it from this company, is that i cannot get them in my hometown, and i do love these modern prints.  which is why i decided not to cut them up, and leave their designs 'intact' mostly, in a classic round shape for placemats.  so doggone pretty!

 love the birds!  {i saved a couple for future projects/fusing}

 the red in the picture below is much darker than it should be, but this fabric is a ruby red, with a subtle stripe, and just a hint of orange --- love it with the bird print.
 {i always have trouble photographing reds}
these placemats are a classic 16" round shape. i've cut alot of bias binding!  but it's all good ~ and even better ~ they are listed in my etsy shop! {as well as a few other new things}.

thanks for coming by to visit  ~

Saturday, January 1, 2011

YO YO'S, Pom Poms and No Bon Bons!

I hate to admit... how late I am "coming to the table" of making  these charming little yo yo darlings!  For some reason over the years... they just didn't appeal to me... but two weeks ago, I WON a grab bag of scraps from Art Gallery Fabrics... and what a BEAUTIFUL hand they have; so very satiny-like and quite luxurious!  I don't believe I've seen these fabrics in our local area, so now I know what to keep my eyes out for, or where to go to buy some more! Thank you Pat, it was a great give-a-way; I'm a lucky lady! These scraps are perfect for yo yo's...I used the form you buy made by Clover...
I also saw a charming Amy Butler's "BLOOM" quilt - a FREE pattern (gotta love that!) and it was covered in lovely, incredibly charming, bright colored prints in YO-YOS of varying sizes... stacked everywhere... loved it!  It was made from her SOUL BLOSSOMS fabric collection, available I hope at my local quilt store...SOON!  If not, then I must go shopping at Hawthorne Threads!   

I love bright colors, and now I know exactly what I can do with those new 6 inch and 8 inch circle dies from Sizzix... BIG YO YO's!  Wake me up when it's time to go-go... " - you know that song?  I have NO IDEA who wrote it, or even who sings it... but it is in my head... because I have now re-created it with:  "Wake me up - I love to YO YO!" and.... if I could think of a song to go with Pom Poms, I would!  

While I dearly love to play games on New Years Eve, the kids weren't around, so we just enjoyed a lovely quiet evening in our warm little cozy home. Who knew yo-yos and football fit sew well together!  (Well... they are both kind of round and bouncy! 
 Love that ribbony yarn... this one I think I will make into a frosty-wintery boquet for my office!! 
 I decided to do a bit of re-decorating and embellishment in my dining room... so I  hung the three sizes, from large, medium and small.. I could enjoy them as a decoration!  Christmas tree ornaments for next year, perhaps?!!

A pile of them in a bowl.... pins... hats... oh gosh... what ideas to you have?  I'd love to hear!
LOVE the hand-dyed yarns... pom pom CHEER!

The "assortment!"

 As you may have noticed I dearly adore yarn, ribbons and the like... and now I've found a new way to incorporate them... and a host of other great and inspiring embellishments options!  And another thing to do on a long road trip... that is, if my hubby is driving!

EnJOY a new day... a new opportunity, and a new LOVE!  Amen!
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