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Showing posts with label snowflakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snowflakes. Show all posts

Friday, November 21, 2014

red and white snowflakes ~ placemats

good morning all ~

i am enjoying a burst of happy contrast using white on red, and of course prepping for christmas, and since i'm enjoying using my die cutters... {accuquilt go! and size big shot} it's the perfect time to put them all together and make fun stuff:

it's been a madhouse of fusing and cutting! how fun it is to play with these pretty puzzle pieces and combine them onto holiday-styled placemats. (and coasters}
and while all that red and white is super for christmas and holiday decorating, the quilting with white thread totally makes my bells jingle!  {sorry - very corny!}  it just becomes dynamic, slightly graphic, and really very pretty to me:
{they are listed in my etsy shop too} 
it was easy-peasy to outline each snowflake quickly with white thread, and then move into the overall quilting:

and i have a new thread to play with; this is a wonderfil brand, "dazzle-dazzle" ~it's a bit of satiny rayon, combined with silver metallic; a very thick thread, which i couched into the binding seam, and it was the perfect choice for the fabric snowflakes as each has that little touch of sparkle and silver:







happy day to you ~
xo
leslie

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

new snowflake and stars christmas coasters ~

this morning gives us fresh new meaning of "frozen!"  lol  we have 8 degrees above with a slight wind... it says it feels like -18.  i have no doubt whatsoever that is much colder just a few miles north of us, and so... we wait it out!  

in the meantime, i'm keeping things heated up in the studio, and created these christmas coaster from snowflakes, and hearts, cut from the accuquilt "go" cutter system.  i'm using a 7" circle, snowflakes and heart dies.

nothing too complicated, as i'm free motion stitching them all on, and then right sides together, sew a circle, cut the back open, and turn right side out.  to cover up the cut on the back, i fused on a large heart.

done!

what makes these {more} fun, is that they are on a red ombre fabric!








easy project, and they would also be fun as pot holders, made with larger circles, and flame-retardant material, too.  and of course, lovely gifts.

i'm making more, and in the meantime, i've got these little festive darlings listed in my etsy store, too!

warmly and snuggled in ~
leslie
xo


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

glitter snowblossoms ~ giveaway

hellloooo!

...from the frozen "snowblossoms" of montana!  i love highs of -8 wintery weather.  it makes me appreciate 20 degrees {above zero}. lol

speaking of snowblossoms ~ how i loved making this quilt.

i really did. 

{but} ... i knew i wouldn't  finish it ~ {until now}. it has been tucked away in a closet for over ten years.  motivated by recently having to move all my mother's stuff, {and store it all} i was reminded of how much 'stuff' i have. and that i need to use it or lose it!  {wish i could say the same about weight loss?!!} 


anyway, it was time to make a decision.  that decision being to not ignore it {again} and shove it back into the closet!  

and while contemplating how & what to do, a divine resolution occurred in my overloaded brain.  make it into rounds. do placemats. or a centerpiece. {or several of them!}

so i cut it up.   because i was excited about the prospect of doing that, i forgot to take a picture of the whole thing.  but you can get an idea of what it looked like in it's entirety from the pattern, below.
every snowflake edge was {patiently} free motioned, zig-zag style.  somewhat an overly ambitious task, but i actually had most of them finished.  good enough to begin for what i had in mind.

now let me say the star of the show on the snowflakes is really all about the thread.  {i know you're not surprised}.   this time it's glitter. made by superior threads.  {you know how much i love their threads!} a flat, hologram {100% polyester} filmy, highly-reflective thread.  and it's a wonder!

here's why:  
1.  it adds sparkle and dimension.  {i'm so there!}
2.  it's washer, dryer and iron safe on medium heat.
3.  it's a metallized polyester thread.
4.  it's available in 24 colors.  {no i don't have them all}
5.  it's ideal for embroidery and quilting.

but ya gotta know how to play with it if you wanna have fun with it.  and it's pretty simple, really.  

1. always use a metallic or topstitch needle 90/14; 
2. always lower my tension {always} down to a 1.0, {and superior threads tells you this, too}.
3. always use superior's bottom line thread, for your bobbin thread {in a matching color value}.  it's a sweet 60 weight, so it's nice and thin, and balances the tension play with the glitter queen!  and finally,
4. slow down your speed

this thread will kick up your holiday stitching a notch or two, for sure!
let me say my beginner quilting skills on this piece weren't all that consistent.  but it's certainly good enough to finish making something of it, where it can be used and loved,   and worth the effort to finish and not to stash it {again!} 

to enJOY.

to come on out of the dark and into the light!!

yes.  that's it! that's  what i'ma talkin' about! 
and i remembered using many different colors of the glitter thread in the stitching.  i do have to say, that zig zag stitching i did free motion style...was awesome!  so pretty. it just bounces with light.  i'm feelin' the love and the rejuvenation!
i'm going to add more free motion quilting around the snowblossoms, and then bind them with coordinating batik fabric. i'll have enough for a set of placemats, or just a decorative table accent with a beautiful angel, candle, or just for gifts!  yay!


here's the pattern from sew be it.  cool, huh! these snowblossoms would be super cute pattern to use on pillows, or three of them together for a patchwork table runner, too. i'm sure you have lots more ideas, right?!


i'm also going to give one away ~ if you like the remake of my snowblossom that is... let me know that when {if} you comment.  and since it's time for our december superior threads giveaway, if you'd like to win the $25 gift certificate from superior threads, then let me know that, too. so, there will be two winners this time around! 

deadline is sunday, december 8th, at 5pm mountain standard time.  hopefully, you can still get your prizes in time for christmas!  i'll post winners on sunday evening, or monday, december 9th. if you are 'no reply' please leave a way for me to contact you in your comment.

thanks so much!
merry merry {glitter} christmas!
soli deo gloria!
xo
leslie

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Fabric Paper Blues

No real 'blues' here!  More like pink... purple... and blue! This 'fabric paper making' was my NEW YEARS DAY project.  Because we have no snow... I decided to make my own!   At Christmas, I took some time to do a very innocent, fun, and simple project.  I cut snowflakes.  I think every adult should fold and cut, and make snowflakes every Christmas!  And this year, I did!  I truly loved the simplicity of this activity ~ the magic and wonder of seeing them come to life from a single sheet of folded paper.   Trying to build a bit of suspense... see the pictures below for the snowflakes.  First, this is where my huge plastic container of leftover papers of all sorts: pattern tissue, leftover colored paper towels from painting, dyeing.  Candy wrappers, letters, notes, old calendars and those daily desk calendars, and well ~ so much MORE!  I cut them ~ tear them.  And another secret passion I must admit to: I buy pretty napkins and gift tissue... just for this reason!  (Yes, I need therapy). But can you think of anything else where you get more bang for your buck?  Pretty napkins - practical on the table... save one or two for the fabric paper bin!  Yay!
 This is the work table.  Acrylic inks, sparkly paint products, and Golden Gel medium.  In the past I've used a 50% mix of white glue and water, and this time I used the gel medium, adding a bit of water to it.
 I used some Christmas tissue that was bright silver and white, as you can above, and also the tissue with the little sparkly glitter already in it.  Love how it turns transparent within the piece, and of course, I adore handwritten notes!  I love getting them... but it's so much fun to incorporate them into the piece. 
And I end up with a piece that looks like this:

 It was very exciting to see some of the sparkly tissue paper come through!  And see all those bumps, wrinkles and what-not?  Those will add lots of lovely texture, and will, to a great extent, disappear after ironing, and further thread and fabric embellishment.  It sits in front of the fireplace to dry --- quickly, please!
 Handwritten note from my High School Art teacher, Katie Twedt.  I adore her.  I adore her handwriting!
This is the tissue paper with the little glitter balls already within it when you buy it.  Ain't it cool? 
What do you think of the snowflakes?
 This is the back of the piece, on the muslin substrate.  When dry, I will "iron it into submission!"  I just love saying that.  It will be mostly flat, and then... more creating begins.
By the way, I used Dale F Rowney inks. (bought from Dick Blick Art catalog).  Might not have the name in the right order... but I don't want to run downstairs to type it in right now!  I know.  Lazy.  Anyway.  Intense color.  Love that.  Great to dilute with water; flows smoothly and they come in pearly colors, which I find, well, addicting.  So fun to play with.
As the saying goes "waiting for paint to dry!"  What will I do with this piece?  I have some ideas for some embellishment with threads.  Not sure if it will remain the size it is (about a fat quarter size now), or if it will get cut up. That depends on how much I like it when it's dried and ironed.  I can only tell you at this point, that I want to add more snowflakes: 
Not sure how I'm going to do that, but I know one thing.  I'm going to start with these images that I considered 'stamping failures' and I think they will find a home on this piece!  Love it when a plan doesn't come together?!  LOL ~ no clue!  YET. 

Another day at HOME.  So happy about that!
Love and more ~
Leslie

Friday, December 30, 2011

True Blue Velvet & Snowflakes

Ahhhhh... yes, hello my lovely, true blue winter friend.  
Snowflakes... bobbin play... silver threads. Love this color combo.  What about you? 
And velvet.  Isn't there a song about velvet?  Ah... yes, I think there is.  Isn't it called "Blue Velvet?"
Sparkly goodness. 
Shine on! 
It's fun to do embossing on silk velvet; it works the vest.  I'm thinking I'd like to do some more of it this weekend. 

I placed the velvet fabric, right side down against the stamp image, and placed a piece of rough cut piece of steam-a-seam fusible web a bit larger than the stamp, placing the fusible on top of it, which is really the back of the velvet fabric.  Spritz it lightly - lightly(!) with water, and then place your iron on top -- don't be tempted to wiggle the iron back and forth.  Just apply steady, downward pressure for about 10 seconds.  Presto-magico, you now have an embossed image.  Let it cool.  Peel off the fusible backing paper, and now cut around the edges of the stamped image.  Place the velvet embossed snowflake on your fabric.  Time to make it permanent... Steam-a-seam is sticky, without fusing, so it's lovely re-positionable qualities work to stick it to the fabric for precise placement.  When you are satisfied with the arrangement... press, using a needle board (a pressing board for velvets or other fabrics with nap) and steam-press it lightly until it is permanently bonded. Then add your pretty silver threads for some lovely thread accent!
To get the bobbin stitching to show, I first stitched around the snowflake with a blue thread (so it wouldn't show against the fabric), and then from the backside of the runner, and with my bobbin full of dark blue Razzle Dazzle, I free motion quilted the outside edges of the snowflake.  One thing to always remember... draw yourself a 'road map' from the front, so you can see where you're going from the back!
And I'm so grateful this little sparkly one sold recently.  Thank you!


I'm hoping to do some more embossing this weekend, as well as some other mixed media experimentations... now that's what I call a fun "NEW" Year's weekend!

2012 here we come...  EnJOY!

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