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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 triple straight stitch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label triple straight stitch. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

a double needle ~ triple straight stitch inspiration and a prayer

hi friends ~

just three little words... "triple straight stitch" can triple your joy, and multiply into a big impact...

a sweet friend who had taken my collage class, recently brought her "a heart to give" collage pillow top to show me one day as i was working at the shop...

and oh my. 

how she blessed my socks off!  

bless her heart. 

you see, my friend recently lost her husband... and this was one way she has chosen to honor the memory of her best friend, and to help work through some of her grief, too... 

this is "howie's pillow."

and i cannot really say  {in words} how honored ~ how blessed ~  i was to be a tiny fractional part of her processing through this tough time in her life, and to witness her courage and her heart ~ to honor her sweet husband.

joan chose to quilt her collaged pillow top with two different colors of thread, in a double needle, and then engaged the "triple straight stitch" functionality from her machine...

dear friend.  may you know {more} of the gentle healing touch as you curl up in the palm of your Father God's loving hands... as you let Him hold you in your lonely hours... may He always be your solace, the complete source of your strength, and the One to whom you look to, and receive... grace and love to face each day in this season of grief.  May you ever be thankful for all the love and sweet life's joys you had with your love.  i am so very thankful for you, for the joy of our friendship, and the privilege of knowing you.  God Bless You and keep you.  amen.

soli deo gloria

Thursday, June 4, 2015

fiesta tablerunner #2 with kaffe fasset and alison glass ~

well... here she is.  another version of the kaffe fasset stripes and shot cottons, paired with a new panel out in the market now, from alison glass.  it's called "ex libris" and although i don't have a photo of the panel, it's contains four circles, all a type of collage, in a color wheel setting, and it can be purchased on a gray or white backing i believe.  i purchased mine at the sewing palace bernina when i was in helena mt a few weeks ago. i will  be teaching the collage class for them, july 29th and 30th, and have joined their roster as a regular teacher of other new classes in the fall. i'm excited, honored and privileged to be doing more... of what i love: creating, teaching, and learning.  more! 

while this tablerunner isn't what i would call "collage" ~ it is beautifully colorful and simple to do!  as i said in yesterday's post, jelly roll strips are the catalyst for creating a striking, and simple design.  i cut the alison glass panel circles into halves, and fused them on with steam-a-seam2 lite.

then... adding a bit of punch with a basic utility stitch that is on almost every machine out there... the "triple straight stitch."  it does actually stitch three times, in one place, and builds up the thickness and presence of the thread.  i chose a variegated 40 wt. 100% egyptian cotton thread ... this one is king tut from superior threads... so pretty!! 

my tip:  lengthen the stitch out to the max!  for me, this is length of 6.0, as far as my machine would go.  test your tension, and drop it down a small bit as needed.  i also used superior's masterpiece 50 wt egyptian cotton in the bobbin.   i didn't measure the lines, with the exception of marking a center line, and from then on, i just used the edge of my foot as a guide, and engaged the dual feed on my bernina 830.  a walking foot will certainly do the job well, too.

i also decided to switch stitches every other row.  i did this quite easily by just touching the plain ol' basic straight stitch, lengthening it out a bit too... about 4.0 to 4.5 or so... give or take your personal preference.  and then for each row of stitching, all i had to do was touch one stitch or the other, as the temporary altered stitch memory in my machine remembers the setting on each stitch.  easy-peasy!  

i did take an extra step and effort to switch the bobbin thread color every 5-6 lines of stitching or so.  why?  well, because it just looks so cool on the back!  you'll see it down below... and i don't get too caught up whether the lines are 'perfect' and straight or even.  not even!  just have fun, because an uneven line now and then is part of the charm!

dream team look, with basic skills:

so that's how it finishes.  fun. easy. and really quite simple and straightforward {pardon the pun}!  i love it.  and i hope you will love to try this fun application too!

soli deo gloria!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day ~

Good day everyone ~

Question:  how do you get sunshine on a cloudy day, mid-winter?  I think that one "issue" {cloudy days} is one many of us face in our long winterish season here in Montana.  Sunshine.  So when I can't get enough sunshine from outside... this is how I do it ~ inside...
And enter the triple straight stitch.  Almost every machine has one of these... have you used yours lately?
Tip:  lengthen your triple straight stitch... you will get more 'bang for your buck' in your pretty stitching.  I also love having a pretty, polyester type of thread, solid or variegated.
Just a few scraps, bright colors {I know ~ typical me}.  Happy fabrics.  Sparkly threads in unexpected places...
Just a fun little table topper... these are so much fun for me to give as 'sunshiney gifts' to my friends...

"These are a few of my favorite things..."
Thanks for stopping inBlessings on your day~

Monday, January 10, 2011


Good morning!  It's cold out there... we have 3 above with a wind...brrrrr! Here is a project that I hope... will  warm your heart! "Bird in the Velvet" --- Pattern and inspiration courtesy of Sue Spargo, a designer whose specializes in folk art and wool, and more... I just love her design play, colors and textures; they just completely pull me in!  Check out her website (link above). This was a free pattern she did for a magazine article... but it was for a pillow, which was quite charming... but me n pillows just don't hit it off right now.  (If you're interested in the pattern, just leave me a comment, and I'll go and look it up - I mean dig for it, in my studio!)  This piece is for SALE at GALLERY 16.
I'm always loving pillows, but decided instead a wall hanging suited some of the creative touches I wished to add....like...
  • a little folded edge just for dimension, and because I have a thing for polka dots!
  • Ahhh... Kaffe Fasset fabric!  "It's in there!"  Binding, and it ties in with the velvet birdie (detail pic below), and with the leaves
  • adding a hand-dyed orange colored yarn in the border for that "framed" look
  • it makes me happy! 
Just look at the possibilities you can do, to add your own personality to a published pattern...
  • what about that triple straight stitch that is almost always underused on most machines?!  I love how it looks on the petals....but only on the solid ones!  And ... those solid petals are of flannel!  Another texture... I dig that!
  • velvet... yes, a bit high-maintenance.. but oh so worth it!  I love it!  Fuse them.. ever so gently!  Each one is free motioned with a stitch on the outside edge of the circle. 
  • notice the petals are couched with a variegated hand-dyed yarn... and again, couching on the inside yellow oval also, and I let my couching bunch up just a tad... so it created a deliberately wavy line that I really dig!
  • Velvet... my love!  Love the brown cotton velvet in the pod on the flower... edged with a dark brown yarn too.  Green cotton velvet in the stem... again surrounded by a light turquoise chenille... and my free motion applique in sweet little swirls... (I teach this in my Beyond Free Motion Class!)
and more!  Ohhhhh I love chenille... especially when it's so purty!!  Kaffe Fasset again... pulling together a bit of a theme in pattern... notice the quilting background is subtle... in a pastel thread that compliments the leaves, but doesn't overwhelm them... and so they stand out! I have to say that the little circles I quilted on the petals were fun to do... but don't overdo it.. they just don't really show up on such a busy fabric, and I knew that, but wanted to add a little 'somethin - somethin'!

And... I'm probably sounding like a broken record... but I fell in love with this velvet rick rack, available at The Quilt Away quilt shop!  Lovely colors... and this brown was just the ticket to give a little visual interest and another piece of texture on the bottom of the quilt... overlaid with a bit chenille of course!

Chenille, velvet, rick rack, flannel, rayon yarns... silver metallic threads, tril-lobal polyesters.... "these are a few of my favorite things!"  I like that song!
As you know by now, my adoration of velvet never goes away... and this luscious silk rayon velvet, hand-dyed is no exception.  I had so much fun playing with Kaffe Fasset  fabric for the wings, auditioning until I got just what I wanted for whimsy and pattern, and that "stand out and take a look" quality  that attracts me.

It also made for a creative eye on him, too.  Sweet!

The top white portion of the quilt is done in silver metallic by Yenmet brand thread, in a diagonal pattern.  I really like the movement of the quilting... and I had no hesitation to add the red thread, (crossing all those lines!) in a beautiful  variegated polyester tri-lobal from Superior Threads "Rainbows."  Here's the quick recap:
  • I chose three different background fabrics, but neutrals.. all play well together, but the white adds that "crisp" factor, while the beiges help the other components of this little quilt stand out.
  • Three different quilting motifs... done in three different threads, but all accent each other without overwhelming
  • color.... texture... and unexpected touches of free motion couching on the outside binding and around the flower petals
  • USE that triple straight stitch... WOW those petals look magnificent in that yellow/orange/coral variegated polyester tri-lobal thread!  
HAVE FUN!  Explore!  Mix it up a little.  And whatever... you....do.... do it with all your might!
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