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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

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!

Friday, September 18, 2015

christmas collage a'peel ~ and classes!

hello ~

boy have we enjoyed the relief of blessed rain these past few weeks, and it's also been a great motive to dive into... yes... christmas!  now i'm not anxious to bring on the season, but after seeing a few really charming christmas quilts hanging at the sewing palace in helena, i was inspired to start thinking about it ~

and so i thought a good place to start is from my new collage a'peel pattern:

here's the christmas version of it, seen below.  i'm really delving into using more "whites and blacks" for christmas, and it's been an interesting contrast to explore.  

and ~ i like it very much!  

really never thought i would be saying that about black... but when i found this gorgeous black christmassy print at the quiltaway i just had to try it out, and then added assorted scraps in other christmas prints from my stash.  a simple layering of poinsettias with snowflakes on top and holly berries and leaves strewn about in outside perimeter! fun!!

this little table topper {or wall hanging} is on display at the quiltaway shop here in great falls {406-453-2788}.  we have another fun "create collage class" set at the quiltaway for october 9th and 10th friday and saturday, {10-4 each day for $65}.  i'll help you make any pattern you like, including this one, or a tablerunner, or your own design!  i'll be sharing my processes, and showing how i create a collage pattern, too!

i'm also teaching a "create collage" class in helena at the sewing palace, {406-443-5724} october 2nd, and 3rd, 10-4 {friday and saturday}.  they have a super web site, so if you have a minute, go visit it!  

and a great little class:  free motion basics is set at the quiltaway for tuesday, october 13th, 10-4.  i'm teaching all the basics, sharing my favorite tips, tension, needles, feet, threads and great resources, and will include a few surprises and demos of various quilting motifs we are all going to try!  

and... if you have a finished collage put together, but not sure how to quilt it?  i'm crazy excited to help you "quilt the collage,"  lots of hints and tips for quilting with a walking foot, or free motion style.  this class is set at the sewing palace in helena {click that link to go their class pages} -- set for october 23rd 10-4. 
this is such a festive and easy project ~ easy to do in an afternoon's time. the accuquilt Go! makes this so quick to accomplish, using the orange peel die, and a 5" block die, too. i bet you have some poinsettia scraps, and they would be fun to fuse up and put to glory on this great project!
fyi ~ for the quilting, i decided to apply a black thread; either king tut 40 weight cotton, or the 40 weight magnifico, look really good here!  i also put 50 wt masterpiece cotton in the bobbin {all of these threads are from superior threads}. {they carry a great selection of these at the quiltaway and sewing palace, too!}

i accented the snowflakes with quilting in black thread, keeping it very sketchy-looking.  however, i kept the swirly motif in soft curves throughout the piece for additional contrast!

did you notice that just a few butterflies are thrown in for fun ~ heck they were in the christmas fabric, so why not?!

 what a charming nostalgic print for the back... and guess what?!  it has such cute images... perfect for {more} collage!  yes... fuse. fuse. fuse. cut. cut. cut!!  

i've got several more sweet little christmas projects to showcase, and i hope you'll come back and see them! i hope you enjoyed this little 'pre-season' preview, and perhaps taken away some ideas for your own special creations! 

oh yes.  my little fingers, my lovely karen kay buckley {blue handled} serrated scissors go with me everywhere these days, with a great selection of fabrics pre-fused and ready to cut!

blessings ~
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!

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!
soli deo gloria.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

it's a big love bouquet collage ~

hello ~

"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 
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

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...
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!
soli deo gloria

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