Camping in the Big Sky & Annual Etsy shop July Sale!

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Hello and July greetings from Big Sky Country!  Brian and I headed out to the country to celebrate the Fourth of July in our camper… with our dogs.  This year was peaceful… no fireworks!  While I love fireworks, the endless nights of big bangs and whistles in our neighborhood means no sleep, for either man nor beast in our house! …

New collage pattern ~ Mrs. Frosty {n’ Snow Baby!}

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Morning Everyone!   Mrs. Frosty and her baby have arrived in a new collage.  She’s been in my head for a few months, and I just had to make up my mind between two different sketches I had done, and combine elements I loved from both of them. “The Mrs.” is  just a tiny bit old-fashioned, sporting a classic, gorgeous wool cape, …

A Very Purple Collage ~

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Hey there friends ~ Summertime has arrived!  On the calendar, in the garden, and definitely in the quilting studio!  This beautiful piece of background fabric features a gradient-styled fabric; a commercial quilting fabric, with the fading from dark on the edges, from top to bottom, and quite a bit lighter throughout the middle.  I made this table runner specifically as …

Published ~ Art Quilting Studio Magazine

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Oh my.  It may not be “really big news” in the large scheme of life events, but it is pretty darn cool for me!  To find my own art in a national magazine I’ve read and admired for many years feels pretty surreal to me: it’s the Summer 2016 Issue of Art Quilting Studio! I’m truly honored and humbled to be …

Piecing from Sisters Sampler & Bloc-Loc Rulers ~

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<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14724715/?claim=49jkmwmazvu”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> happy friday greetings to you all ~ as i’ve said recently, i learning to piece…and to piece accurately, with the end result becoming  {pardon the puns} of myself and the piecing living in harmony and peace together!!  ~ lol ~  i have often described my personality as a ‘wanna-be type A’ but really ~ at my …

Wedding Blessings ~ Jake & Courtney

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greetings friends ~ last weekend, we just returned from travels to washington state to witness our kids “tie the knot.”  Here are some of the photo shots I came away with from this most spectacular day! courtney and jake chose  soft pink roses and tan as their colors…  this crafty little tree was the guest book; wedding guests sign by inking …

Tula Pink ~ Quilt #2 ~ star block from scraps

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hi friends~happy monday greetings! as i mentioned in my earlier post, this is the continuation of the use of leftover scraps from my original plans in making a quilt from tula pink’s chipper fabric line.  and, more of the learning curve in regard to my goals of  becoming a more knowledgeable {and hopefully confident} in patchwork piecing. one of the things i …

winners! spring giveaway ~

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hi friends! i haven’t forgotten about the grand spring giveaway!  i’m sorry i am soooo very tardy posting winners! life just keeps ‘springing’ up on me everywhere i look, and it appears i am very easily distracted these days, enjoying the pretty blooms, and shaping up the garden and we went adventuring on our first campout a week ago… so …

A Happy Easter Birthday Spring Giveaway ~

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  finally!  you all know this, right:  life. and the ‘speed of life’ just keeps getting faster! easter came.  my birthday came. and spring~so far.. it’s still here! time for a fun little happy dance!  so ~ it’s finally time for me to get the give-away off the ground that i’ve been thinking so much about since the opening of the new …

New pattern: Lady Love Bug

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Hi y’all!  Perhaps you’ll remember, like myself, the movie “The Love Bug” from Walt Disney?  You know, the cute little race car, “Herbie?”  Well, my latest collage pattern was definitely inspired by my childhood memories of that movie!!  Cute.  Delightful.  And quite Spirited!! Only this is the “lady-like version!” Because… She is also inspired mightily by a special lady I …

collage basics ~ choosing scale

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hi everyone! today, i’m showing you examples of recent fabric choices i purchased  not only for the graphic quality they possess, or the size {scale} of each, but even mores because of the variety of scale within each fabric. understanding scale is vital in collage. it helps soften, layer and adds important visual interest, as well as movement throughout any collage, art, or …