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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 michael miller. Show all posts
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

gypsy vine by laura gunn in lattice quilted square placemats ~

hello weekend ~ nice to see ya!

when it was time to quilt this fabric, this was the question i asked: how should i quilt this gorgeous, oversized flower motif?

i chose a simple approach.  a wavy-styled straight stitch in a lattice-look for the quilting. and this was one rare case for me where there was absolutely not one bit of free motion!  

huh?

yup.  it's true.

learning to think simply, can be a battle for me.  i did consider quilting each of the big flowers, but i felt that it would take away from the big simple flower presence. 

i like  how it turned out.  to me, it looks as if there is a garden fence, a wiry-type, and i'm peeking to the other side of the garden... to get a closer look at the gorgeous blooms.

and this time, a somewhat "new-to-me" shape.  the "euro-styled" square placemat.  or so i've been told.  no matter.  i {still} like them.

lots.

and bonus is that it's from my modern fabric stash, which i love using. 

it's always a win-win.







here's a toast, to enjoy a beautiful spring day of blooms, wherever you are.


thankful,
xo
leslie


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  ~
leslie
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