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the stenciled, feathered, {brown eyed queen?} finished ~

hi there ~ i don’t know why, but i just couldn’t make a decision on binding for this piece.  i guess because it was difficult to choose a color, and fabric style for this binding, but i finally said, “just do it!  and so i chose a multi-colored binding, one of the first fabrics i grabbed. this little quilt sample has risen up …

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feathery stencil play from patsy thompson ~

hi all!i’ve been wanting to play with some of patsy thompson’s stencils for awhile now, and finally the right time came along, so I snatched up a couple when she had a sale last month.  the particular stencil below has been on my wish list a long time… isn’t it pretty? i used my favorite chalk “sewline” pen to mark the fabric.  …

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hints and tips ~ feather play

hello ~ at long last… i have put together what i think you may find helpful when it comes to my experience stiching feathers… so here are some of my best hints and tips! tip #1:  use an open-toed free motion quilting foot.  this happens to be the bernina foot #24.  {learn more about bernina’s feet on their website and …

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Free Spirit Curvalicious Runner ~

Almost sounds like it could be a title to a new movie, huh?!  I think this is my newest favorite, now!  {same ol story!} lol I’ll give you a heads up ~ this post has alot of pics, and info, too. While it’s fun to post the results {they are below}, I also I thought I would revisit a few …

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Black Beauty No. 1 Finale ~

I began this piece recently, named “Black Beauty” which hopefully… will be part of a series. See that post here.  The photo below shows a close-up of the quilting after outline quilting (three times!) in a gold colored thread, and then a turquoise blue thread for the outer spaces, without any hyper quilting in the center feather shapes ~ yet! …

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Feathers in Leather~

This was just tons of fun to quilt!  I loved doing it.  I can’t wait to try out the suede fabric I bought too.  edit: See my 4/4/12 post “Rawhide” here for more info! Yes, it is for sale — in my Etsy shop here. I first quilted the feathers in Rainbows, tri-lobal polyester, in a blue variegated combo, going …

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Dancing With Bright Eyes

The latest.  A paintstik background, rubbed with numerous rubbing plates, and lots of different colors overlapping each other on some hand dyed fabric you’re not sure what do with! Let the paint dry, and heat set it with an iron. Add a curved border. Add a little bit of couching.  Use several yarns!  Why not? Use a pretty batik backing …

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Friday Feature Resource – PATSY THOMPSON Books!

One of the best books I’ve ever bought!  This is a terrific resource.  I love the free motion quilting, the ‘how to’s’ for quilting feathers, and the fabulous designs & colors. Consider it a GREAT ADVENTURE! Well worth the bucks!  Get it!  And the companion, too…  You will LOVE the straight forward and simple way Patsy has laid out the …

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JoyFUL we Adore Thee!

My current project is one in the works for today’s blog…. and it all started with this: THE BIG SHOT! I do alot of fusing… and I love it!  But sometimes cutting with the hands is well… hard on the hands!  So have been waiting … thinking… contemplating about the Accuquilt GO and those cool quick cut dies for several …

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Curvalicious!

One of the creative pattern designers I have been attracted to for many years, especially as a beginner quilter, is Cheryl Wittmayer’s company  “Sew-Be-It!.  Her patterns are great for beginner quilters, and a wonderful ‘jumping off’ palette of designs to really help you get started with free motion quilting!  I hope you will visit her web site and see if …

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ORANGE CRUSH

“Orange Crush” – a quilt accepted into an Exhibition entitled “Stitch in Time” at Paris Gibson Square Museum Fall of 2009, in Great Falls, Montana. This piece began with a lovely gradient fabric by Caryl Bryer Fallert, bordered with a simple, beautiful  summery batik print.  Because the main fabric was such a striking color on it’s own, I wanted the …