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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 razzle dazzle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label razzle dazzle. Show all posts

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!  :)

Monday, April 28, 2014

a fun little coiled basket ~ {or two!}

hi there!

so... i've been wanting to do this little project for quite a while now... and of course, there's a plethora of tutorials on the web, too.  i checked out a couple.  the most recent is from a favorite blogger of mine, alisa burke, and you can find it by clicking here.  bernina also has their own take on a creatively sewn coiled basket; their  tutorial  is posted on the "we all sew" website.

and now here is my creation. only i'm incorporating bobbin play in my version, using contrasting threads, too:
i love how it turned out!  and i also added an embellishment fusing a flower motif in the bottom:
and then the other one has the classic black thread, finished with a spritz of dylusions sprays:
pretty addictive... definitely fun!  
did you notice in the pic above, the tension issue?  well, it's not really an "issue" per say ~ at least not in this project... but it happened because i just didn't pay attention to what was going on, as i was so very much concentrating on the coiling. but! i love the look.  since this is the bottom of the basket, you can see that my top tension was not "strong" enough {had to add a few more players {going up in numbers}, to make the two tensions/stitches meet in the middle}.  but no worries, matey!

not bad for a newbie?!  a few knotting issues, getting started... and finishing... next time i hope to do a neater job of it.

it took the more than half of the 100 feet length of cotton clothesline i purchased at the hardware store, and believe it or not... this stuff {the cotton type} isn't so easy to come by here in my town, as i discovered, after heading to two different hardware stores...  lots of plastic types available, but i didn't want that type, as i want to be able to paint, dye, and well, do all sorts of other decorative applications.  so i've ordered some from amazon.  i checked at joann's fabric store; found similar products there, but it's $1.20 a yard, which isn't terrible, as there is 3 feet to the yard... but given i only got two small bowls from 100 feet... i need to find an inexpensive source.
it was super fun and fairly easy to do, and i look forward to sewing up some more of these little darlings!  but it will have to wait a bit more, as may is busy-busy-busy.  but i can't wait to experiment with larger bowls, shapes, colors... styles.... and threads... and... {well, you know how it is!}

i'm sure i'll be showing a few pics of my process, soon.

until then.. the beat goes on!

have a great one!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

blue bayou beginnings ~ choosing colors {and a winner}

hi there everyone ~

speaking of blues... {!} for most of the past week i've been coping with the flu + cold bug! wowzers, what a rough week. 

despite our montana wintery weather {to be expected} and chilly 15-20 degrees with a fresh couple inches of new snow... our spring will get here on it's own time, and in it's very. own. way!  but happy spring to all of you who are enjoying blossoms and green grass!!

so... this is where "blue bayou" starts. as i begin to think out thread choices and colors that will complement the gorgeous hand-dyed gradient fabric from vicki.  the beautiful, and yet-ever-so-elegant, basic curving center-drawn spine line will be the base for the feather quilting:

all of these thread colors in magnifico are wonderful choices! there is no wrong color, in my opinion.  it's more a simple challenge of just this. 

make.  a.  decision.   :)

with choices made, the beginning stitches look like this: 
a periwinkle blue purple for the initial quilting of the traditional 'heart-shaped' feather, and then the second pass is to echo with bobbin threadwork, using a bright twinkling royal blue.

and... the winner of the fabulous pin: 

as it turns out, found by the random generator to be commenter #8 ~ miss vicki welsh!  that brings a happy smile, and the perfect ending to this post.  thanks to all of you who so kindly commented, and loved this truly beautiful, amazing work of heart from katie's wonderful paper style.  i hope to have more of those to give away, once i get connected to the art gallery in my hometown chester for more of her delightful treasures!  so fun to give away ~

bless you all ~
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