Bloomin’ Cool Thread Spool ~ new pattern!

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Another idea that’s been floating in my head for awhile now… wanting to do with creating something from the new cork fabric that’s been catching my eye in the quilt shops! And so the inspiration and timing came together ~ and it was the right time to ‘get it out’ of my head, and onto a quilt… and then paper …

Barrier Reef Gradient ~ Bobbin Quilting

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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 …

Kitchen Towels Collaged ~

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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 …

Joyful Play time with the grandkids ~

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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 ~

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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 ~ new pattern

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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

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Boot Cut Blooms ~

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  Hi there and welcome to the blog this sweet Saturday Summer! And… More inspiration from these Happy Summer Bright Days via gorgeous blooms in a “Boot Cut Bouquet.” As they say… You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl!!  That’s me, for sure. My newest floral collage-styled quilt …