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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?
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

bobcat prowl ~ my new collage pattern!

good morning folks ~

here he is.  several students and customers have asked about "when i was going to do a bobcat?" well, here it is:   my montana bobcat collage, titled "bobcat prowl."  he's right at home, and on the hunt in  "the bob" ~ that's the montana nickname for the Bob Marshall Wilderness area in the rocky mountains.  as a young kid, we went into the area by horseback. great memories for me!

and so he is inspired from blue and gold. {of course ~ the msu bobcat colors}.  i collaged him with not only blues and golds, but a bit of brown and black, and a splash of beige and a bobbed tail in white as well as the round cheeks.  fun!!  the dark navy-ish and royal blue night sky makes a great background in this wintery scene as the cat is on the hunt, and sauntering through some snowy drifts, too!  

and for quilting, just two thread choices; a magnifico polyester in blue, and a razzle dazzle in sapphire blue {a dark navy, really} to add a touch of glow and light to the dark night evening.

i finished with a curvy bottom, and the binding is a "cat eye" type of fabric {as i call it} ~ a nice touch in gold, and it's all cut on the bias.

my new pattern of course, like all the others, can be found locally, in great falls at the quilt-away and also at the sewing palace bernina in helena {love our local shops}... and in my etsy store, too. and you can get it on SALE for 25% off ~ still!  hurry, only until november 1st.  coupon code:  GLORY26.

thank you for your support!  i am so very appreciative, and it is my great pleasure and honor to do so!  i love to add something special to each order, and i am so blessed to be able to pursue "my great adventure" as i develop other ideas and patterns.

looks like we're in the weather path to receive a bit of wind and even possibly snow today!  november is upon us, and i cannot believe it's time for winter weather already.  {but then again, here in montana, we should always be ready}. it's all good!

and i'm grateful for each and every one of you and have a blessed day wherever you are.

thank you so much for stopping by!
soli deo gloria!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

a retro confetti parade ~ courtesy of ex libris fabric panel by alison glass

well... hello!

i'm back from a sweet~sweet time at flathead lake with girlfriends, and it was a wonderful week {and a few days too!}

i have more about all of that coolness... later! 

time for a little blog catchin' up ~ here is a bit of fusible and experimenting with my accuquilt die cut, combined with  lots of thread, yarn, and quilting play action.... free motion couching, using the fabulous ex libris fabric line from alison glass on a dark brown background fabric from art gallery fabrics.  so smooth... so satiny looking.   can you say "in love" as a wonderful backdrop to the color?!  {you know 'i do' ~ pun intended!}

i pre-fused the ex libris panel fabric, and then ran it through with the teardrop shaped die from accuquilt.  i fused them on, creating an original "flower" shape... and then stippled quilted the flower surface, and then added free motion couching {love that bernina #43 free motion couching foot!!}

once all that was accomplished, i quilted with bobbin quilting {from the backside}... and then did some echo quilting on those shapes, which were quite similar to the accuquilt/fusible ones ...

i added a bit more of a spark by applying my zig zag stitch, free motion style.  this means i set the zig zag for width... {approx 3.0} but i control the "satiny" look of it by how i move the fabric... it looks like a satin zig zag, rectangle.... and then i switch to the straight stitch {also free motion} in between, and continue quilting the surface.  

and oh yeah, the purple thick thread i applied via bobbin play?  that is 'razzle dazzle' by superior as well!
i also used a superior threads "rainbows" style thread, which is variegated, 100% polyester thread.  fabulous!  and oh... "sew easy" ~ or ~ make that "quit easy!"  much of that is due to bernina's built-in temporary altered stitch memory, because once i set the zig zag width, it's just a touch of the #2 zig zag button, and it remembers the width, {or length}, {or tensions} or ... {needle position} for each and 
every stitch i employ! {and EnJoy!}

and hanging from my dining room wall, so you can see the entire piece.  not my most fave pic, but at least you can view the entire little runner.
have a blessed day!  it's a gorgeous one here as i hit the road for teaching collage at the sewing palace quilt shop
 in helena montana!  yahoo!
soli deo gloria!

Monday, February 16, 2015

vicki welsh's prismastic spring gradient ~

good monday morning friends ~

as i'm looking outside, i'm thinking, "we interrupt the regular scheduled broadcast for this breaking news story."

that would be, let's interrupt winter {in montana} for a breath of spring air!  now, lest i appear ungrateful, we've had nothing of the weather in the midwest, to the east coast {thank goodness}.  and we've had pretty balmy february weather for montana, overall; nearly 68 degrees {or close} on friday.  

today... we wake up to a little bit of snow... and the fireplace is welcome warmth.   and speaking of warmth, how about a little fabric eye candy to warm the fires of inspiration?

today, i'm tickled to showcase this vicki welsh hand dyed charmer, she calls it a "prismatic spring gradient" ~ just a bit of a variation of the real thing, only in fabric?!  yes ~ this works for me, definitely.  i made this late last fall, after our trip to glacier park, as the colors were so perfect... and this year, i think it may be a background for another collage... ? hmmm... i'll have to consider that further!

"Glacier Autumn" is listed in my etsy shop here
and... if you're in a shopping mood, i'm offering this gorgeous one-of-a-kind runner for 25% off! {coupon code SPRING20}

i think you should check it out in her her etsy shop, and see what waits you in some creative springtime dreaming?!


Friday, November 7, 2014

glacier park forest shadows ~

happy friday!

i'm humbled, and honored {and totally thrilled} to be featured on the superior blog today!  ... perhaps you will take a few minutes to stop by and read my thoughts and inspiration behind "northern night lights," a thread painted art quilt which was created just for superior. {posted here on the blog} 

back in the studio ~ once again, {and always!} i'm working on finishing up some projects that have stacked up, {and boy have they}... just how does that happen so fast?  

i think feather quilting is always gonna grab me by the 'thread strings' as i'm so very taken with all the motifs and styles that feathers are, and can be.  for  for me, practicing them on tablerunner sized pieces is ideal, but more than that, it's just plain fun to play with the style, thread color, and fabric color all together. over the past year, i can see my skills have gradually improved, and hopefully, i'll keep building on them.  

i'm real pleased with the overall look of this forest-inspired beauty, as it reminds me so much of glacier park, deep in the pines:  courtesy of the woodlands gradient by miss vicki welsh.  i always enjoy vicki's blog too, so you'll need to check her out if you haven't already!  she's a wealth of talent, and inspiration, as well as a superb dyer of beautiful fabric!

so ... i've begun the quilting with a basic feather, but quite large in scale to the width of the fabric. these are somewhat difficult for me, but this time it was a little easier:
love the color changes and tones in this fabric gradient.
i love the color story:

 this time, my goal with the spine hyper-quilting was to keep it contained, so to speak, and so i deliberately kept the golden yellow from spiking out into the feathers, so they would remain somewhat puffy.  

no matter which color you like, or which feather style you choose... it's always a great adventure!

thanks again, for stopping by, and i hope you have a wonderful weekend!  i'm excited to be taking off for "timeless quilts sewing center" in missoula montana to teach an all-day art quilt class, where we are going to explore leaves and poppies as artistic, creative theme in art quilting!  so looking forward to it!

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!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

my log cabin roses ~ finished

hi everyone ~

hope you had a great weekend.  we had lots of stormy skies, lots of rain, but beautiful sunshine in between!

and in a sunshine moment, it was fun to take this log cabin rose quilt out onto the patio for a photo shoot!

this is a smaller, modified version from the original pattern, and makes a lovely tablescape all on it's very own.  full of life, color, and sparkle!

i'm still in the process of editing photos for my upcoming post on my placement technique for the bobbin quilting on this piece, but i hope you will return to see how i did this.  it's not a big secret... just a few simple tips. so come on back ya hear?!

 i decided the beautiful blues would look perfect as 'spacers'... straight from my stash of hand dyed fabrics from the talented vicki welsh!  i love the varied blues, which in my eyes, adds some movement, depth, and interest, but also doesn't overpower the flowers...and brings your eye to the roses with the navy blue centers... hopefully?

 each corner has a few words quilted, with a scripture verse:

"i have found the one my soul loves"  
{song of solomon 3:4}. 
soli deo gloria
p.s. linking up with "free motion by the river" too!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

cabin roses ~ bobbin play


you know that first glimpse of thread on a quilt?  it's rather full of suspense, and what-ifs, isn't it?  in this case, it's especially fun, because the quilting is done from the back side of the quilt, so i have to wait until i 'm done before I can turn it over to see if it looks as good as i hope it will. 

inspired by rachel's roses. it's full of color, delicious texture and sparkly goodness.

 on top of this:
bobbin play... with silver razzle dazzle thread.

i'll be showing my placement technique for bobbin play in the very near future! hopefully in the next post {or two}! 

meanwhile, i love this cabin rose pattern, which i featured in a completed quilt from the early days of my quilting. {from earlier this past january.}

can't wait to finish this one! and i'll be sure to remember to take some more pictures when i make a decision on the companion blocks, and more quilting design. 

and then... this is the thing.  i know... i just can't wait to make more of those pretty log cabin roses!  must be because the flowers in the garden are planted, and this quilt?  well, it's just like planting flowers in fabric!  yay!  but... uh oh. more on put on LIST!  :)
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