New Pattern ~ Denim Pocket Placemat

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Happy Tidings this Friday My Friends ~ You may remember my post about stuffing denim jean pockets with red napkins this past summer for a wedding reception BBQ…?  Well, if not, here’s a picture to remind you ~ pretty doggone charming, aren’t they? I’ve been thinking about those cute pockets ever since. This is the design idea that resulted from all that ‘mulling over.’ …

Winner And Autumn Good Tidings ~

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Morning you Monday Glories!!  And hey, thanks so much for your sweet support! So let’s get right to it and announce the winner of the Good Tidings pattern  and all the poinsettias to go with it  {nice!} pre-fused and pre-cut for you!  The pattern is now available for purchase conveniently here in the Website’s shop as well as on Etsy! Winner: …

a trip to the west coast ~

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Earlier this fall, Brian and I had the opportunity to visit the west coast, at Florence, OR in between two teaching weekends for me, at Pasco WA.   On our way there we passed through Sister’s Oregon, and of course, I wanted to not only see this little mountain village, but also the Stitchin’ Post quilt shop.  We enjoyed spectacular weather, a tiny …

More Feather Quilting Practice ~

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Wow.  It’s already {Happy} November! And it brings more luscious hand dyed fabrics as I’ve been thumbing through the stash and trying to decide which one to put under my quilting needle ~ yay!  I have to say, I’m a little rough around the edges in my feather work, and have a couple mis-starts in quilting.  Oh how quickly skills seem to …

my montana autumn ~

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All I can say is.  Glorious.  Montana. Autumn color is all but gone in the neighborhood, but i always love the look of the leaves on the lawns, and sparkly fresh with frosty dew… and I was grateful for a day out and about in the country side of Montana too. C’mon and ride along with me? In my teaching travels, …

my cup overflows ~

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Hello and Welcome! I recently completed another color-way version of one of my very favorite collage patterns, “My Cup Overflows”  ~ inspired by Psalm 23 as well as one of my favorite words  ~ g  r  a  c  e . Come along. EnJoy!  Reflect with me… let grace overflow in your hearts, souls and minds… The last photo shows how “flat” everything …

Blackfoot Moon #2 ~

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Blackfoot Moon No. 2 is in the books! I love the  ‘custom’ background in the piece. And I enjoy the process of creating it even moreso! There is just something a bit magical and serendipitous and uncontrollable!  So it’s not a technique for you serious “control freaks” ~ right?  Well… maybe!  We’ll be setting this “create your own custom background” as a …

Student Smiles ~

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Good day to you all! I’m loving my ‘dream job’ as I pursue more teaching, traveling these late summer and fall days!  Amazing scenery, and then there is the scene that I love — the one of watching the ‘light come on’ in a student’s face as they see their collages come into view!  There is a gift to be …

B is for Beautiful ~

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Hi y’all ~ that’s the Montana drawl in case you’re wondering.  {*smiles*} Today’s post is reflection of the many wonders and beauties of My Montana summer.  When  Labor Day rolls around, I kind of go into a grieving mode of sort when summer starts to fade.  I just love those long sunlight days~I hate to see them go.  While I lament summer …

Painting fabric ~

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Hi there ~ So.  I have been mixing up a few paints lately!  And dyes.  And fabrics. While summer is fading all too fast, it’s still time for me to play in the studio paint box, and then have the ability to hang the fabric on the line in pretty sunlight, where I can step back and evaluate the colors so …