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HINTS & TIPS Threading n’ Needles ~ a repost

hello ~i dearly love teaching my students in the bernina “mastery” classes… and because quite a few of my students have asked, i am posting again, just for y’all! i have found that the most overlooked feature of sewing machines, is the lack of knowing the basics! with that being said, here are some of the most common basics that are either …

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the red, white n’ blue and a log cabin ~

happy fourth of july!   more than just red, white and blue, pink, yellow, and green also make themselves known in this vintage-style quilt.  made from reproduction prints, designed and pieced into this log cabin quilt by my friend annette.  she gave it to me to quilt, at least a year ago.  {maybe two?!}  lol it was fun to quilt, even …

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SUNSHINE n’ SATIN

I love to quilt with unusual fabrics – make that more ‘unexpected’ than anything.  In the last few years, these beautifully smooth and satiny cotton sateens have come into the quilt shops, and I LOVE Them!  This beautiful fabric really just showcases quilting, as well as looking like silk ~ dreamy beautiful! I wish you could feel the hand of …

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Rawhide!

Last evening’s ‘test run’ with a new fabric!  Faux LEATHER! I taught a free motion class at Bernina here in Great Falls, on Saturday, and Deb, the store owner of Bernina Silver Thimble, made sure to bring to my attention some new fabrics.  Faux leather fabrics! So of course, I have to get a cut and try it and last …

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Grow

Grow. In every single moment… there is significance. I started with a hand-stamped “g” and stitched around it, free motion with white thread.  Then turned it to the back, and did the bobbin play around the same path. The bobbin quilted flowers were placed randomly. And I then switched to a polyester tri-lobal, and went around them again, adding details, …

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A New Sketchbook

I’ve always loved to doodle, color and play with designs.    This is a page from my new sketchbook.  I have some very basic ‘elementary’ watercolor interest ( I won’t call them skills at this point), and I practiced them on my new flower design, drawn and based on this tutorial via Youtube by Sakura with Joanne Fink. Below are a …

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Ribbon and Thread Scarf: Part 1!

These are the supplies I began with to make my latest scarf.  You will need Aqua Bond; a water-soluble paper sticky back stabilizer.  And Aqua Film topping.  And lots of pretty threads, ribbons, yarns, lace… fabric strips and cordings can all be draped, laid on, and mixed up. 505 Spray comes in handy to secure the threads, before you lay …

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There is Nothing Greater than… GRACE

Inspired by Point Of Grace. The Song: “There is Nothing Greater Than Grace.”  What do you say to someone who feels like they’ve lost it allover the edge with no one there to break their falland what do you say to someone who feels so unlovedgiving themselves away a little bit every day just to be good enoughand what do …

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BEADING by Machine

HELPFUL HINTS and TIPS for Beading By Machine  Detail from “Montana Treasure” Art quilt —  I prefer a 90/14 size needle as it works best  to pierce all the quilt layers. I also prefer to add my beads once my project is quilted and almost finished, so this size needle works best to pierce all the layers I am working …

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The Jetsons Art Quilt!

I grew up in the 60/s and 70’s…. and perhaps some of you will know or at least recognize the title from the cartoon:  “The Jetsons!”   I purposely created this piece to be able to show students a sample of using paintstiks and that it can be as simple as you want to make it!   In this piece, I took …

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Pick-Up Stix Silk Glitz!

Can you say that title three times in a row?  Reminds me of the game “Pick-Up-Sticks” we played as children.  LOL.  Well, I’ve been cleaning out my studio a bit… found these leftover silk patches from a quilt I free motioned a year or so ago called:  “Silk Road” for The Bernina Silver Thimble showcasing their silk fabrics.  That quilt …

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LACE Flowers

I call them “Lace Flowers” but perhaps someone has a better…more creative or original name?  I’d LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!!  (pretty please!?)  Hey… anyone out there???  Hmmm… well as I wait with  baited breath, let me tell you a bit about these little jewels of threadplay…. Quite simple to do… and make them as fun as you’d like with …

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FABULOUS FIBER SCARF

Oh gosh…I really hope you will want to try this project, if you haven’t already!!  These scarves are not only beautiful, and one-of-a-kind, but functional, AND a great way for anyone who is new to free motion, to get the ‘feel’ of stitching without alot of other distracting issues such as tension.  And one gets to play with texture, color, …

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Dancing… with JACK

BABY… it’s cold out there!  Frosty, take-your-breath-away COLD!  Pastels aren’t something I usually gravitate towards… but I wanted to challenge myself to try something in a new colorway.  I began with a very soft print  of tissue paper as the inspiration for this piece, layered it onto the muslin base… and painted ever so scantily with pearly-shimmery paint, and a …