Summer Gleanings from My Studio ~

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Sewing Loves Leave a Comment

More summer quilti-ness is always on my list for summer fun!  I’ve been pretty motivated to finish up at least three older projects … and as I say that… I’m counting up the newer ones I’ve started!  Always the circle of quilt-life is it not?!  LOL So here’s a photo show of what I’ve been finishing up… and starting!  More …

Summer Quilty Goodness ~

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Patterns 5 Comments

Hi there!  Summer is going by so fast… as always… as life always does!  And so goes my quilting days, too.  The time just speeds by for me in pure pleasure {even with a ripper in my hands at times!}… , and I LOVE LOVE IT! There’s just something about summer that motivates me and adds  energy to my days… …

Barrier Reef Gradient ~ Bobbin Quilting

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Blogs Leave a Comment

Happy June to y’all! Today I’m showing a runner I quilted with some leftover fabrics, and as always, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Vicki Welsh’s hand dyed gradient fabrics.  See them on her website, http://colorwaysbyvicki.com!  The quilting features Razzle Dazzle by Superior Threads in gold, and in a darker blue.  The tiny feather quilting was accomplished with Superior Threads Magnifico in …

Pick Me Up Blooms ~ new spring collage pattern is out~

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Patterns Leave a Comment

Hello out there!  And Happy SPRING!  Woot Woot!  Wowza… we had 80 degrees this past Saturday! I thought I was gonna melt! LOL. And to help celebrate {just a tiny bit!} I have been diligently working out a new pattern.  This one, named by my sweet husband, is “Pick Me Up Blooms!”  Let me say this one… was a tough …

Living in the Winter’s Light ~

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts 4 Comments

Oh my goodness.  And I mean that literally. Mentally. Spiritually. It’s been a more ‘traditional’ Montana Winter here…lots of snow. Lots*Lots of colder. And a bit darker. That may just be the world… Anyway ~  while I hanker for a hunk of Spring… my heart has been reminded! This winter is, and has been ~ a sweet season for my soul. …

Kitchen Towels Collaged ~

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Blogs, Mixing It Up, Sewing Loves 4 Comments

Here is a project that I think is a sweet combination of practical, colorful and floral! Anyone can do this, and you’d have a really charming Valentine’s Day gift or Wedding Shower, Housewarming, Thank You Gifts… ya know the drill! Simple. Easy and Quick.  Just a few  pre-fused and pre-cut flower are needed.  {And I have lots of those}.  And …

Pink Roses Please ~

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Patterns 4 Comments

Oh yes.  Pink. and Pink Roses ~ Yes Please! This time of year… it’s not difficult to crave the dreamy look of spring-fresh, pink roses, is it not?  For me, it was the perfect {joyful*january} project!!  While spring is {still} just a dream for Northern Montana Peeps… it’s always {near and dear} in my heart!  And that’s a great place to begin! …

Joyful Play time with the grandkids ~

Leslie McNeilBlogs, My Life's Stories 3 Comments

Happy Joyful January to you! And… what better time to be joyful remembering some sweet summer time moments with our sweet grand boys!  I know.  Every grand child… every CHILD is so special.  I was just super tickled to get some great shots of these ever-moving, ever-loveable, super active kids!  Three Boys.  Oh Boy!! And Oh-What-Fun!!! While we are not …

my new mammoth flannel winter scarves ~

Leslie McNeilBlogs, Sewing Loves Leave a Comment

Last year, I discovered a new flannel fabric called, “mammoth” flannel {from robert kaufman fabrics} while looking for flannel type fabrics for a new quilt for one of the boys. Rhat a pleasant surprise ~ I soon found they weren’t like other typical flannels I’d worked with. These…  super soft, a really nice double-sided thickness that has  fabulous drape, washes beautifully, and is a gem to …

Home for Christmas ~ A Mini-Tutorial ~ Tips and Hints!

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Patterns, Teaching, Tutorial 1 Comment

Morning everyone!  I know… Christmas is almost here, and while I don’t really care for all the pre-October Christmas stuff/advertising, it seems to come in a rush doesn’t it?  Well, anyway… today I am sharing some photos of my working on the new pattern.  I’ve also tried to improve my instruction writing skills and included extra photos of in-detail shots of …

Home For Christmas ~ new pattern

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Blogs, Patterns 2 Comments

Tis the Season!  And so… Christmas seems to always bring new things, whether to my heart… or my art! And at the very least, I pray it does for each of you, too.  And so… speaking of art, I was inspired to create a lovely scene. From my imagination and my childhood… that of bringing home the Christmas tree in a cute, …

Jean Pocket Placemat ~ variations

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Blogs, Patterns 4 Comments

Hello! I’m really having a lot of fun with my newest pattern! I’ve been experimenting with a couple different placemat style options in my studio, and there’s so many styles, colors, and themes to play with for sewing up this sweet placemat pattern.  I think that’s the hardest part!  Deciding.  But once the decision is made, it comes together really quickly! You may …