Christmas Ornaments

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 Loved making these!  I bought a snowflake die for my Sizzix machine; fused batik fabric onto timtex stabilizer, added angelina film and textiva film, plus a wonderful old antique pearly button for PIZZAZ!  Quite simple, but this wonderful batik fabric will look so FESTIVE on the CHRISTMAS tree! You can get great customer service and Sizzix machines and dies from …

2nd Advent Message

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As we prepare we read “Therefore the Lord himself will you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  From Isaiah 7:14 proclaiming the coming of Jesus. Leslie says:


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“I will make you brooches and toys for your delight, of birdsong at morning and star shine at night” by Robert Louis Stephenson. That theme is the inspiration for my design idea, featuring basically one batik fabric with a strong visual pattern. Highly embellished with couched hand-dyed yarns, and hand-painted, this quilt also has lots of layers of color and …


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“BONFIRE at SUNSET.”  Original, art quilt features a piece of my first-ever hand-dyed and painted fabric. Inspired by a summer bonfire on the lake at sunset, roasting marshmallows, telling stories, watching the ever-changing colors of the fire, lake and sky… This one-of-a-kind hand-dyed and painted fabric features sunset hues in soft pinks, corals and soft golden yellow tones with a …


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Close up of the red flowers where I used the new product “Texture Magic” The ‘swirling’ grass is done with a free motion couching foot, and I also used a beautiful hand-dyed yarn from Mountain Colors Yarn Company from Montana Another first!  Time to DESIGN! So, using some of the first of my own hand-dyed fabrics I began playing  this …

Bernina Holiday Contest

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Well, this was “the one” that started as a bit of a confidence booster for me.  I knew I needed to challenge myself to create my own, original quilt… “from my own mind” so-to-speak… something…anything!  So I began with a whole cloth – a batik – in earthtone colors, and just began experimenting with couching, bobbin play, paintstiks, metal leaf …


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Remember the “Cheer Meister” from Dr. Suess “The Grinch Who  Stole Christmas?”   Well, all I can say is that I’m pretty sure this quilt is hanging in his home!  Sweet! Love that movie!Using all batik fabrics, and it is quilted only with sparkly silver thread!  FESTIVE Leslie says:

Thanksgiving and More!

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Well, Thanksgiving was GREAT!  Love turkey and football and family!  Now here is some of my latest inspiration on Christmas placemats, a class I will teach at Bernina Silver Thimble on Saturday, December 11th from 1-4 pm.  This placemat project can be accomplished in less than three hours for a set of two! Leslie says:

THANKFUL and Happy Thanksgiving!

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1 Timothy 6:6-8 “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” (NLT) Leslie says:

Christmas Placemats

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Here is a simple fused placemat project; once you do the first one, the others will be half the time!  I can now make a set of four in two hours.  For two placemats: I cut four rectangles; two of base fabric and two of accent fabric; each  approx 13″ x 18″ and then freehand cut two of the accent …

“How To” make Quilted Fiber Brooch and Pin

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I started with cotton sateen type fabric, about the size of a fat quarter, layered it with batting, and then some TimTex (available at JoAnn Fabrics) – it’s a super duper stiff interfacing, then put backing fabric on for a quilt sandwich.  In the meantime, (the night prior) I had also painted some paper-backed fusible web (I used steam-a-seam) with …