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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 superior threads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label superior threads. Show all posts

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!
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

peachy summer feathers ~

hello ~

first, all i can say is "score!"

because this hand dyed fabric from vicki welsh is a one-of-a-kind special piece... simply because she doesn't really make it anymore. 

a bit of summer and sunshine in a piece of fabric.  happy and bright, warm and enticing ~ and even a bit of a tropical feel, too, especially because of the aqua colored 100% polyester thread {magnifico thread by superior threads}  i added as i quilted the feathers. 

love these colors ~  i think it's so amazing how quilting with just two colors; a pink and aqua thread, come together in the 'spine line' of the feathers, to create this glowing, and very pretty blue-ish hue.  it's always kind of magical!  {really, it's just two threads, i promise!}

and so it's just another fun and great way to continue practicing... attempting to make soft, and more graceful curves with the off-shoots of secondary feathers {as i call them}.  gotta work practice on this a little more, but i'm so giddy over the color story i'm going to be happy about it all the way!! it's a summer picnic!  {available in my etsy shop, too}

i also finished it with couching in a gorgeous hand dyed rayon yarn, which has those same colors; but different shades; a rosey pink, burgundy, and turquoise-aqua greens.  i do loved how it turned out.

{Summer Picnic is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, too}






'summer picnic' is in my etsy store, too.
there were three thread colors total; a light peachy pink in te stippling quilting motif in the background of the feathers.  additionally, i've shown my bobbin thread is brown; also a superior thread; 'masterpiece' -- a 50 wt cotton.  

i added a pretty floral binding to top it off nicely... like whipped cream on peaches and strawberries ~ yum!  that's my kind of picnic for sure!!    

enJoy your day ~ be blessed!
xo
soli deo gloria.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

it's a big love bouquet collage ~

hello ~


introducing 
"big love bouquet"
i had only a couple  guidelines in mind when creating this  brand new design:
~ use graphic fabrics from my stash
~ incorporate multiple large fused flower shapes
~ add words 
and...
have fun...
don't forget to smile working it all out...
keep it simple...

remember... how sweet it is ~ life is good!
and it's okay to say goodbye {using it up} to this sweet hand dyed yarn!  i used it in the border of the binding, using my {bernina#43 free motion couching foot.  this tiny little bit is all i have left.  thanks for a great time pretty yarn!
and the quilting is "straight-forward" as a manner of speaking!  i used a 90/14 topstitch needle, 40 wt. king tut thread on the top, and black 50 wt masterpiece in the bottom; all from superior threads.  then stitch away, using the dual feed feature, or use a walking foot; either works smooth as glass!!  i began by marking a straight line down the middle of the quilt with a disappearing ink kind of pen, and then use my foot as the width guide as i stitch from one end to the other.  my tip:  keep the lines uneven!  it makes for a more interesting texture {in my humble opinion ~ and personal preference}!

i'm writing a pattern for this design, too ~ coming... soon!

soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

Friday, April 17, 2015

my painted pony collage ~ sunblossom is here!

hello ~


"he's here...  he's here!"

those were  the very words i exclaimed as i ran from the pasture into my parent's house early one morning... after having checked on our paint mare, "spook" who was due to foal any day that spring morning back in 1970.  i was so incredibly excited to find my dream come true ~ that pretty little foal had arrived ... at last!  i'd waited what seemed like forever for a horse of my own!  

so, while back in 1970, that sweet little foal was born a "he" and i named him "echo" ... this little foal has much the same feel for me!  not a "he" but a "she" and her name is sun blossom!  

"she's here... she's here!"

and so i chose a backdrop of a sunrise colored, hand dyed fabric for my sweet baby filly's arrival... 
and some bobbin quilted daisies ... and a bit of silver beads done by machine beading for an extra special glow...
 butterfly kisses on cute little curious soft noses..




and ummm, yes... hot pink "fluorescent" thread in magnifico, as well as razzle dazzle, king tut and masterpiece were all put to fabulous play on this darlin' ~ all by superior threads, {of course!}

and yes... i've spent many hours developing the pattern, too! it will be ready later next week, and i'm offering it at a 20% discount if you pre-order by next friday, april 24th.  {code BLOSSOM20} in my etsy store}
happy dear friday!
i'm so excited!
i pray you enjoy all the blessings of new life, and {more} springtime loves today!  i'm so grateful for mine...
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

collaged runner ~ hello beauties

hello beauties!!

no... i haven't stopped making collages.  nor cutting out flower shapes!  as some commercial or something like that once said... "a day without  cuttable, fusible, flowers... is a day without sunshine?!!"  ok.  maybe not.  but it works for me!




just a small table runner that says "hello my spring beauties" and i say that to each of you who read the blog!  

you are beautiful.  

have a blessed day!
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

love came down ~

good morning ~

we've been trying to troubleshoot internet issues, but in the meantime, the sewing machine is revving up, and so today i show you a new piece i absolutely adore.

i adore it because it always makes my heart go pitter patter when i read it in the scriptures, and ... write it with needle and thread!

love came down ~ yes it did!
 i love writing {many of you know this}, and so to put it onto a christmas-inspired quilt, is truly pure joy for me!  and so, this idea came to my mind this year... last year i did something similar in a watercolor card. 

a little bit of free motion zig zag applique on the heart's edges, which were also fused with a fusible web.
{pardon the washed out bad light on the pic below} it is really a beautiful hand dyed piece of dark navy background fabric.

and a little sparkle with superior's "glitter" thread.  this is a "flat" thread, and HINT:  to make it work flawlessly, i turn my top tension down to 1.0 and i always use bottom line thread {also by superior threads} which is a 60 weight polyester for the bobbin.  then... a 90/14 titanium topstitch needle, and slow it down a bit, too!  

and i used magnifico 40 wt polyester in the top thread with white masterpiece 50 wt cotton for the writing.  of course, the same 90/14 topstitch needle is a joy to do this with!
and a scrappy little binding to top it off with a bit more color.  this particular quilt... i will leave the letters as they are, but it is a lot of fun to paint them, too!  hopefully, the internet and modem will work long enough to load them up for another post, soon!
Emmanuel ~ God With Us!

each... and every second of every day.
and His blessings on yours!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
xo
leslie




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!

xo
soli deo gloria!
leslie
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