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Showing posts with label king tut. Show all posts
Showing posts with label king tut. Show all posts

Thursday, June 4, 2015

fiesta tablerunner #2 with kaffe fasset and alison glass ~

well... here she is.  another version of the kaffe fasset stripes and shot cottons, paired with a new panel out in the market now, from alison glass.  it's called "ex libris" and although i don't have a photo of the panel, it's contains four circles, all a type of collage, in a color wheel setting, and it can be purchased on a gray or white backing i believe.  i purchased mine at the sewing palace bernina when i was in helena mt a few weeks ago. i will  be teaching the collage class for them, july 29th and 30th, and have joined their roster as a regular teacher of other new classes in the fall. i'm excited, honored and privileged to be doing more... of what i love: creating, teaching, and learning.  more! 

while this tablerunner isn't what i would call "collage" ~ it is beautifully colorful and simple to do!  as i said in yesterday's post, jelly roll strips are the catalyst for creating a striking, and simple design.  i cut the alison glass panel circles into halves, and fused them on with steam-a-seam2 lite.

then... adding a bit of punch with a basic utility stitch that is on almost every machine out there... the "triple straight stitch."  it does actually stitch three times, in one place, and builds up the thickness and presence of the thread.  i chose a variegated 40 wt. 100% egyptian cotton thread ... this one is king tut from superior threads... so pretty!! 

my tip:  lengthen the stitch out to the max!  for me, this is length of 6.0, as far as my machine would go.  test your tension, and drop it down a small bit as needed.  i also used superior's masterpiece 50 wt egyptian cotton in the bobbin.   i didn't measure the lines, with the exception of marking a center line, and from then on, i just used the edge of my foot as a guide, and engaged the dual feed on my bernina 830.  a walking foot will certainly do the job well, too.

i also decided to switch stitches every other row.  i did this quite easily by just touching the plain ol' basic straight stitch, lengthening it out a bit too... about 4.0 to 4.5 or so... give or take your personal preference.  and then for each row of stitching, all i had to do was touch one stitch or the other, as the temporary altered stitch memory in my machine remembers the setting on each stitch.  easy-peasy!  

i did take an extra step and effort to switch the bobbin thread color every 5-6 lines of stitching or so.  why?  well, because it just looks so cool on the back!  you'll see it down below... and i don't get too caught up whether the lines are 'perfect' and straight or even.  not even!  just have fun, because an uneven line now and then is part of the charm!

dream team look, with basic skills:

so that's how it finishes.  fun. easy. and really quite simple and straightforward {pardon the pun}!  i love it.  and i hope you will love to try this fun application too!

soli deo gloria!

Monday, September 22, 2014

a rosey black t-shirt with free motion embroidery ~

hi there, happy monday!

well, as i noted in my last post, as i was lamenting the troubles with the bleeding paints... note there is an upside! and that is simply that silks acrylic glazes work beautifully on the black t-shirt.  why?  i don't know!  i wish i did.  but ~ i washed it and it didn't run, bleed, nor did it fade what. so. ever!  hmm.  the picture below tells the story, after washing and drying: 
you see that elaborate painting style?  {uhhh not!} ... really simple... just some basic "c" shapes, and small ovals, circle-shapes... i blended the paint colors just a little bit... pretty simple.  add a few triangles for leaves, and you're good to go!

and i finished fine-tuning those simple shapes on my t-shirt with a bit of free motion thread action:
{and i like how the black fabric "shading" shows under the paint color}

and the stars of the show are; king tut, magnifico, masterpiece and fantastico threads, all from superior threads

i kept my threadplay pretty simple, too.  the painting laid down just a color base design, and all i really needed to do was add a bit of enhancement, or highlighting with the threadplay, or, what could be said to be free motion embroidery.

i first began with the king tut, in the center of each flower motif, utilizing the peachy color for a little bit of contrast.  then i went to the magnifico purple and periwinkle for the petals, and the fantastico  variegated green for the leaves. masterpiece {100% 50 wt cotton - beautiful}, was in my bobbin the whole time.  and a 90/14 titanium topstitch needle {from superior as well}.  and a ball point needle... yeah, well, i didn't have one.  but the titanium topstitch {from superior} worked like a dream, actually.  

i lowered my top tension if i needed to, depending on whether there was puckering, or if the threads were pulling too much one way or another.
so the acrylic paint, the silks glazes are shown with their color descriptions as well as the thread colors. {but i forgot the peach-colored one in the middle of the flower  - sorry about that}.  but... i couldn't quite let it be.  sometimes that is what sleeping does to me!!  lol.  things... ideas... inspiration sometimes won't leave me alone.  it happens often to me.  how about you?  so... let me hear what you think about the final detail i added, below:
 and it all begins with your bobbin. and a really beautiful, thick thread.  enter into stage right:  razzle dazzle thread. in beautiful, bright silver.  a black would have been good... but i didn't have that color... or purple, which i did have...  but one has to make a choice, so there you have it:   

i love the result.  and this will be a beautiful t-shirt i would be happy to wear and enJoy.  would you?

thanks for stopping in!  blessings on a fine day, {or week} ahead!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

taupe n feathered ~ and lots more on threadplay

good morning sweet peas ~

i hope you enjoy my shot of a new sweet pea shoot ... they are so pretty! 

first, a question asked of me in yesterday's post was why i use polyester and cotton together, in top and bobbin thread. my simple answer:  because it makes sense; aesthetically, practically, and economically for the type of quilting i do. really... there is {nowadays} no need to keep the thread content the same. especially once you understand tension and thread weight.

this is something i speak passionately about in the TNT {threads needles tension} classes i teach. for years, most of us in the quilt scene were taught we should not 'cross over' with polyester threads, kind of like a purist thing. well, this is part of how i judge that decision process. if i was making an heirloom quilt, and used all cotton fabrics, and felt that cotton threads would enhance the entirety and traditional feel of the overall piece, or it was going into a museum, to be handed down to generations... {never touched} or maybe something i wanted to be kept 'pristine' for authenticity ~ perhaps then i would keep my thread choices more 'pure' so to speak. 

the concept that was generally accepted "in the day" was that polyester thread would ruin a quilt top. not true. ANY thread will wear through fabric, and in many cases, both thread and fabric will wear given any kind of practical use or washing. i highly recommend bob purcell's explanation of this issue in his video, free for viewing on the superiorthreads.com site. he's definitely an expert and explains this far better than i!  and i for one, bought that video years ago, studied it, and still rely on his expertise, and really ~ that is why i quilt with the threads i use.

thank you for asking!!  so... do ya wanna dance... or i mean,  dance with the stars threads?  check out my post learning the thread tango... and i wrote another post about here.  wanna know more about bobbin play? check it out, here.  how about tension issues?  look here!

so on to today's quilt.  get ready for another shocker ~ here's another totally muted color! this commercial batik just seemed to say "i'm so pretty and elegant ~ quilt feathers into me!" so elegant feathers it was, yet simple lines. i kept all the 'outside' quilting surrounding the feathers in straight lines, but at right angles to each other so there was harmony, not only would the fabric be beautiful to see, but your eyes would be drawn to the soft, undulating feathers. i gave them a bit more accent by adding three outlining borders, in a contrasting color, but subtle thread that matched the inside swirl-spine line. i really also like that there is just one motif; a 'woven mat' look in the quilting pattern i used to surround the feathers, instead of multiple motifs.  there is just a sweet, restful peace about it.  

triple line outlining... i'm getting better at keeping the space between a little more consistent and neat... slowly and surely!
almost forgot to say ~ below photo is the back side.  isn't that beautiful fabric?  i love that it matches the front, too.  of course, it will be reversible as well.

the dark brown thread is king tut, 40 wt 100% cotton.  razzle dazzle bobbin play {the thick outlining  shiny metallic thread} in peach, which i also couched into the binding seam using my #39 bernina clear embroidery foot. accent and spine quilting thread was 40 wt 100% poly, superior rainbows, in a soft peach.  and i loved playing with these muted colors. 

thanks for hangin' out with me!! {more to come!}

enJoy your day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Curvalicious Buttons ~

Yes! {And Amen!}  Finish #4:

This quilted table runner may be my most favorite, {so far!}

And all because of the buttons!  Well, maybe not  all... but certainly this button fringe charmed me.
... or perhaps it would be the elegant ribbon trim... {it's been hangin' out in my stash for awhile now!}
or the fresh, soft-white cotton thread {King Tut} for quilting?
those satiny... shiny, pretty threads & cords...
... beautifully modern and contemporary fabrics...
And turning those leftovers into sweet finishes ~ no doubt{feels sooo good}

Reunited with old fabrics made new again with embellishments, and quilting.  And I remembered how much I loved making this pattern. {I should do more!}  Did I really just say that?  Yup.  I did.  A quilter's burden, to be sure.  We love fabric, and patterns, and inspiration... abounds.
Back to work I go today.  It's been a lovely, and ever-so-sweet time at home.  I have one more reveal of finish {#5}, and then along with some new items I've made, I'm prepping for another give-a-way for this weekend!  

Happy Grand New Year!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Rose ~

Here's another finished project ~ a simple table runner ~ (for sale in my Etsy shop) from my leftover scraps of Christmas fabrics. 
For the quilting, I kept it simple.  There's basically an echoing, soft, rosey-type pattern, as it circles around the center of the rose-log cabin center.
And of course, you're probably tired of hearing me say it, but I use King Tut 40 wt cotton in white for the top thread, and matching white in the bobbin, using Masterpiece 50 wt cotton from Superior Threads.
And I stayed with the swirls for quilting the outside border fabric, as any detailed quilting wouldn't show much on this light fabric, unless I had chosen a bright red quilting thread, and in my mind, that would have served to distract from the cabin rose pattern.
And... {no surprise here!}  I finished it with Razzle Dazzle Thread in the outside edge in the binding 'stitch-in-the-ditch' style. {You KNOW how much I love my #39 clear embroidery-couching foot}  Well, I love couching of any kind. Except, well, I'm not much of a couch potato!!  

Have a great Wednesday!  And I {still} have some items to give away... just haven't had time to use them and prepare reviews.  Soon!  {I hope!}

Best to y'all!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fishing In The Pile ~

When I was "cleaning" my studio a few weekends ago, I found this small, unfinished, wall hanging top.  It got tossed onto "The Pile" two Christmas seasons ago. 
At that time, I was not crazy about it ~ that's why it ended up in "The Pile" in the first place!

I had painstakingly traced the letters onto a large square piece of freezer paper, cut them out with an exacto knife, and then adhered the paper onto the fabric with the iron.  I began to fill in the blank letter spaces with a red painstik, and then highlighted the letters with black. 

One of the reasons I'm not crazy about this piece is that the letters aren't 'straight' - or aligned within the body of the rectangle, and I don't know ... it's just rather "kinda" quirky-slanted, instead of ALL OUT quirky-slanted?! 

Do you know what I mean?

Also, since it is shaded with black, which looks fine in and of itself {I guess}...  I just don't personally care for it, frankly.
Nonetheless!  I am trying to be discliplined, {yeah, ok} when it comes to cleaning things up a bit... so here I go. 

I began quilting it with a lighter green thread - this happens to be YLI Variations.  I was hoping it would brighten up the olive green... and the answer is... well, not that much, as it turns out.
I have also decided to add emphasis to the letters, and brighten them up, first by stitching around the edges in white King Tut thread.  Ahem... yeah, that was just okay. 

So I decided to add Superior Threads Razzle Dazzle in a white iridiscent color, in my bobbin, stitching from the back of the quilt, following the previous line of stitching when I outlined the letters.  Problem is, I missed in spots. so that initial stitching with white thread has to be removed... {ugh}. 

Then... I made another decision to add red Razzle using my Bernina #39 foot, further attempting to highlight - to add pizazz.  It's got mixed results in my opinon.  While it did add some pizazz... it's kinda messy.  I don't care of it that much. 

I doggedly continued on in my little disciplinary action... adding some other quilting in white King Tut, with the words "Jesus Prince of Peace" and "Wonderful Counselor."  I love the writing, {and the truth of it!} ... but I'm not crazy about how that doesn't really show up either.  

So I am determined to finish... will continue quilting with the green YLI variations.  I don't know, it may be an exercise in futility, but at least I will know whether the gamble was worth the time and effort, or ... I will just use it as a class sample of what ... NOT... to do!

That is where it stands.  Sometimes ... things just don't go as planned! I'm okay with that.  It's still fun to explore, and hey ... just like that fisherman saying... "a bad day fishing is  still a good day"  ... same goes for quilting!

I'll keep you posted on my progress, and hopefully... show you a finished project, soon! 

Hope you're having a good day... fishing ~ or quilting~!
P.S. I am editing photos for my "Grip n Stitch" giveaway... come back soon, ya hear?!



Thursday, February 16, 2012

She Laughs ~

Hope your Valentine was sweet on you this week... today... and forever more!
Slowly... surely and (sometimes not!), I've been playing with quilting and embellishment ideas for this paper fabric piece, originally previewed here.
So time to begin... with the beginning! Proverbs 31:25 was the inspirational verse, as I had tucked bits and pieces of it in the paper fabric base when I was making it.  King Tut in black was the choice for the thread.  Masterpiece in black was my choice for the bobbin thread.
Not such great pics... but maybe better ones with some brighter days ahead. 

Now what?  At least, that was my thought after this quilting was done.  Binding finish?  Fabric or yarn?  Both?  Quilting designs?  Beads?  Flowers?  Do I want to add some more color?  (likely that's a yes)... AND SEW ON!

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"LIVE with INTENTION" Paper Fabric Quilt

NOTE:  This is a repost from earlier this year, February.  I just thought I would share this... noting that I also recycle the paper towels I clean up with.  
I bet you can pick it out in the picture below:

Here's number 3 in the 'pastel series' I've been playing with. I'm calling it "Live With Intention" as it is inspired  by my high school art teacher, Katie Twedt -- once again! (I could never get enough of her art!) and ... FYI, I will be the guest artist late this summer at the LIBERTY VILLAGE ARTS CENTER in CHESTER, MT!  Yay!  Thanks for asking me,  Katie!  Anyway... Katie's  hand stamped, designed paper piece is directly sewn onto this pastel fabric quilted collage. 
The triple stitch... decorative stitches 'adorn' the paper art by Katie Twedt.  Above that, is a paper towel - upcycled!
 Pastels are not my 'norm' as I generally am attracted to bold colors, first.  I'm sure having a good time with them though... and it's a good thing to get outside one's comfort zone... ah... more to be said about that; whether it is living a Christian life, working, playing, or quilting!

 Soli Deo Gloria!
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