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fabric twine oh-so-pretty ~

hi there sweets! and ~ today’s project is pretty sweet, too! i was immediately drawn to the beautiful colors and texture of the pattern with this scrap-busting technique, “fabric twine” which i found via the My Poppet website… and you will want to check it out if this is something that appeals to your senses as well. she has really …

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bobbin play placement tips ~

hi everyone~ this post is about some very simple {commonsense} placement tips i use for stitching from the backside of a quilt, using a very thick thread {such as razzle dazzle} which is something like a 12 weight thread. {i’m kinda guessing here}.  but ~ it’s a very thick, large thread, and it never goes in the eye of the …

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tutorial ~ making a fitted binding

hi everyone ~    i’ve known for a while now, that there was a so-called, “easy” way to join the binding ends so they fit perfectly on the quilt, but also to stitch that seam diagonally. a diagonal seam reduces the bulk of butted binding strip ends.  but ~ i never quite understood the directions i’d read….? until now! recently …

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make life sweet ~ sweetwater placemats

hi everyone ~i finally had time to delve into this charming yardage i’ve had on the back burner; it’s “noteworthy” by sweetwater for moda fabrics.  and so i combined my love of writing and text onto the classic round placemat shape: when i was teaching recently, at the local Quilt-A-Way quilt shop here in Great Falls, this book really caught …

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kitchen towels ~ tutorial

weekend greetings to all ~ gosh, i think i’ve done about 30 of these towels now!  … and i’ve so enjoyed it!it’s really a simple, straight-forward process, but here are tips and hints {as promised}, that {i think} make for a more relaxing process, and… a more professional finished look.i begin with a purchased towel, but of course, you can …

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at your request ~ applying microbeads ~ tutorial

hi friends and blog readers ~today’s post is by special request of rike… who recently wrote this comment in response to my watercolor cards, and my microbeading “frenzy!” she said: “no, i’m not really tired by your postcards, and paintings.  they are so beautiful and full of power!  can you please show us how you apply the microbeads?  I cannot …

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crafty goodness ~ christmas snow doodled glass ~

hi y’all!   here’s a little crafty tutorial that is sooo dang simple to do.  it does require a bit of a steady hand, perhaps… {perhaps not!}  that is to say, no matter what you do ~ this white painty pen and glass doodling tutorial is a fun project, wavy lines… or not! even younger kids {supervised} will love this too, …

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it’s a hoot ~ baby blanket tutorial

hi there everyone ~ here’s my tutorial for applying a scalloped edge treatment on a simply made flannel baby blanket.  it’s fun to make, it’s practical, and a beautiful gift!just one caveat.  this tutorial is based on bernina feet, using a bernina machine.  that’s just the way it is… cuz that’s what i do.  it’s what i have, what i teach, and what …

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a custom sweatshirt ~ tutorial

hi friends ~i purchased a new {bright hot pink} sweatshirt this weekend. i was actually looking for something more interesting… but then i thought i would just embellish it with fabric.  but i changed… my mind!  and i love how it turned out.  i began my design process with a screen print, using a favorite designer and friend, terri stegmiller’s  …

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faux piping the ‘marveles’ way ~

hi there everyone ~finally ~ as promised ~ my faux piping tutorial.  i’ve been working on the writing all week {written in the fog of a nasty head cold} so let me know if it seems strange in any way?!!   lol!  this is a step-by-step process of a finishing technique on my smaller art collage-journal quilts.  i call it ‘faux …

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The Dream Team ~ Gelli Plate & Joggles Stencils

Hi there friends~it’s a wonderful Wednesday ~ And, the Stencil Parade continues… It’s time to bring that Gelli plate out of the cupboard and prime it with some beautiful paints… and Margaret’s beautiful stencils from Joggles.  Can you say “dream team?!” There are many gelli-printing videos on the internet, and Gelli Arts is a great way to begin, if you don’t already …

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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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Zippity Do Dah Scarf~

And my oh my, what a wonderful day to make a new scarf for spring!  I adore these new cotton voiles that are out on the fabric market now….  And it makes a beautiful, lovely, and lightweight scarf! First begin making a scarf by cutting two, 6″ wide strips of fabric, according to the length of the fabric, whether it …

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Learning the Thread Tango!

Ah!  Dancing with the Threads!  Yes!   Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! I am asked about these type of questions quite alot: “How do you know what thread to use?” And I’m gonna tell ya ~and warn ya ~ it’s not a quick answer… but it’s some of the best tips and information I share with my students when I’m …