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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 silk fabric. Show all posts
Showing posts with label silk fabric. Show all posts

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Here are some scraps I found while cleaning and organizing the studio  - recently - and no, no, I'm not done with that yet... although organization is always a DAILY task... I haven't always held myself to that standard!  LOL.
But I was pleased to find these little scarp pieces. Even more, I enjoyed making them into something useful.  They are our new coasters!
Silk fabric. But coasters you ask?  Yup.  I know I'm taking a risk here.  They were small pieces... and I didn't want to throw them back in the box (to get lost ... again!).  Just about right for coasters, maybe even a tad bit on the small size.  Because  they are stabilized with a fused stabilizer (as silk fabric ravels terribly if you don't), I'm hoping they will hold up in the wash.  Normally I wouldn't put them in the wash, but since there wasn't much time invested in them, I think this will be interesting to see.  I'll throw them in a hoisery bag to help protect them.    And then... I will know for sure! 

Last year, February 1, 2011, I published the quilt which these pieces are the scraps leftovers from a tablerunner I titled: "Pick Up Stix" & you can see that post by clicking  here.  And that tablerunner was made from the scraps from a silk quilt I free motion quilted for the Bernina store last year!  Three times a charm! Love it!

Just  quick picture how the triage looks on our coffee table, as I 'staged' it for ya'll.

EnJoy the weekeend!  Three days for me, as Monday is a federal holiday! YAY YAY YAY!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Montana GOLD

"You satisfy the hungry heart with gifts of finest wheat..." 

Golden Waves of Grain.
Begin with a lush Montana wheat field, ripe for harvest...  Imagine a Big Blue Sky... 
Vast, wide open prairies of wheat fields, ebbing and flowing, whispering in the rushing wind. 
Rich, gold silk fabric is center stage. Free motion couching with a turquoise yarn in a feather motif, further accented with additional free motion quilted swirls in golden yellow threads. Intricate quilting changes just like the landscape of the wind-swept plains, found in varying textures of pebbles, flowing lines and swirls. 
These patterns are not computerized. They are creative images from memories of my life growing up on the Montana prairie... seeing wind play in the ripening wheat fields. With my palette of fabric and threads, each motif is hand drawn, not with paper and pencil, but with stitch and needle...  a labor of love... just as the farmer with the plow.

The silk center fabric is surrounded with a border of a gorgeous batik fabric that also ebbs and flows with the same deep, golden tones of the silk, with the added luminosity of turquoise. A hand-dyed yarn is couched onto the binding edge, to further frame this piece and bring it to it's final harvest... a satisfying finish that adds  depth of contrast enhancing the complete piece.

The back is quilted with the same batik fabric that is the  border on the front. It's stunning in and of itself.  
14" wide and 46" long. Reversible.
Thank you Lord Our Father for the gifts you present to us daily.  

Friday, February 4, 2011


A FIESTA... no Siesta going on here... but if y'all have a more creative title for this piece, I'd LOVE to hear it!

I do really love bold colors, and the lovely rayon ric rac yarn featured here has been a favorite for many projects.  And this is the last of the silk fabric scraps I found stashed away!  I'm pretty happy about all the little samples I've made with it.

I love using my zig zag in free motion, and this was also another opportunity for me to use my favorite silver metallic thread GLITTER from Superior Thread Co.   In this piece, you can see, hopefully - my "zig zag jewels" and a then I did some straight stitching in between the yarn rows... but not everywhere!  That would have been predictable, and... not to mention... very boring. At least it would have been for me!

And... this is where knowing your machine can really pay off... in Bernina Land, it's referred to as 'temporary altered stitch memory' and you can learn lots more about a free motion zig zag in a post here

Yessss...! The free motion couching foot #43 really wins the supporting role on this project;  the gorgeous yarn gets the 'best actress' award!
In case you missed that blog on the #43 foot, you can find it here.

Yup... Phil's fabric for the binding - again.  (Phillip Jacobs, fabric designer, not my personal friend or anything like that!)  I just like that fabric so much I've started calling it that!

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