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blueberry hill artsy leaf quilt ~

good friday to you all ~it has been fun to experiment with hand dyed fabric, adding a bit of color and pattern using a stencil i’ve had for a while now, {from stencil girl products} and the lovely and ever-lasting shiva paintstiks.  and of course, blending leaves and adding them on top is like taking me to a candy store! …

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autumn sunset leaves art quilt ~

hello!well, the snow has arrive and is steadily and determinedly coming down from our october skies!  ahhh yes.  glad to have put out some sunflower seed heads for our little birdies yesterday.  it’s gonna be a cold one today.  so, in that vein, as the leaves will soon make their yearly departure, here is an art quilt that reflects the …

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{more} with paintstiks and free motion embroidery

good morning greetings ~still… having some great fun with my paintstiks, and a few stencil patterns, specifically the leaf ones.  {still} love how the pattern of the towel comes through the printed leaf.  the blendability of stencils and color is endless!  and i never tire of it! and what i think gives it so much more depth, sparkle and visual interest… …

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stencils, rubbing plates, paintstiks n’ t-shirts ~ fun combos

hi there sweet friends ~here are some fun fall-styled ideas for painting on black t-shirts… but this time i’m using paintstiks, instead of fabric paint, or the silks acrylic glaze paints, either.   {and i had a really good time!} and it will be a real fun time as i’ve been working hard on making samples for upcoming classes at …

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Paintstik Rubbings and Stenciling

Hints and Tips! Any stencil will do.  Metal, plastic, or otherwise!  Make your own, as far as that goes.  I like the more open spaces of ones like these shown below: Get yourself some fabulous fabric.  Even a solid batik or cotton is great!  And in all my paintstik adventures, I have yet to wash the fabric first, with the …

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Falling for A Vintage Jean Jacket

Leaf Fever.  Strange, but true… and I think I’m done now! Some hand dyed green fabric.  And once I’ve taken off the protective skin from the paintstik, I may as well make the most of it! This is a vintage, “cowboy girl” real jean jacket a girlfriend of mine gave me several years ago.  Finally!  I’m getting something done with …

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Leave It Beautiful in Twilight

Twilight.  Leaves.  Fall.  The paintstik’d leaves with purple-blue-magenta rich tones were my inspiration to begin. And I decided to try them on a deep, rich, traditional brown; a batik with lighter toned brown swirls… perfect for the fall theme. I loved the contrast, too. Purple on brown.  And even better, I liked how the brown batik grounded the entire quilt, …

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Shimmer and Shine

Have you ever used Art Glitter?  Personally, it’s my favorite brand as a glitter product.  It’s ultra fine, incredibly reflective, gorgeous… and goes a long way.  It’s also totally washable, after heat setting.  And it comes with a glue bottle that has a very fine tip.  So I’d thought I’d try it on my newly painted paintstik’d leaves.  I didn’t …

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A Paintstik and a Pin

Paintstik Rubbings with a rubber stamp.  I like to blend with three different colors, usually.  I quilted with King Tut 40 wt Egyptian, Extra-Long Staple Cotton (It even says so on the label) and a black polyester Isacord on the bottom.  Because I had just a little bit of white Bottom (Line 60 weight) left in my bobbin, (ok, I …

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Necessary Notion — Tear Away Stabilizer

This is about a stabilizer that I think is a great plus in anyone’s sewing notion resources.  And I’ve played with more leaves!  More paintstiks.  A new colorway.  Instead of a trapunto technique, I’ve used a tear-a-way stabilizer under each leaf motif, and then free motioned the quilting on top. Careful!  Even tho this product is easy to tear away, …

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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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Red Autumn ~ Finished

Changing winds… changing threads!  This is how Red Autumn finished out:  The re-hashing thread choices also inspired me to add trapunto to each leaf. Once that decision was made, I was ready to start.  I first started by ‘edging’ each leaf with a couching technique, using the #39 foot.  Then each leaf was quilted in the vein lines once the …

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Blue Autumn On The River

I did not finish “Red Autumn” — yet!   I just haven’t decided what to do free motion-motif-wise.  So I warmed up by playing with Blue Autumn instead!  I had these extra leaves left over, so I decided to ‘play up’ the bluesey feel and see where it would go.  What you saw yesterday (if you did that is!) is the …

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Through The Needle

 Recently, I’ve been re-organizing my resources into notebooks – finally just cleaned up the chaos and I have found several extra items that I will be giving away to commenters in the near future as the first-ever “MarveLes” give-a-way! Since it’s usually no more than a couple commenters… you should have a great chance! So you may recall my latest …

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West to Glacier

I’m still re-visiting summer days in the dead of winter; we have wind chill advisories in many areas.  Here is a photo I took late last summer… one of personal favorites. I was on my way home from teaching in Big Fork, MT, hoping to get across the mountains before dark to avoid as many deer as possible.  Oh my, …