“JOY” Art Quilt

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During the Christmas season we celebrate the grand night God came down to earth as baby. And perhaps to the rest of the universe the event looked merely like an astounding humiliation… God, the Creator of all, became man, taking the form of a human body; a somewhat ordinary and perhaps unimpressive thing to some of us. He endured life …

TNT Thread NeedlesTension

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Very Important:  With threads, the bigger the number (weight), the SMALLER the thread is. With needles, the bigger the number, the BIGGER a needle is. Once you get those two concepts in your mind, you can really begin to understand what will work for you in your machine, with the process or product you have.  It’s all about the basics! …

Embellishment – “THE FLATHEAD” Art Quilt

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I was born and raised in Montana; my father’s family homesteaded on the northern border of Montana, near the Canadian border, in the Sweet Grass Hills. My mother’s family homesteaded in western Montana, on the Flathead River. For many summers, I would pack up my boys and we’d travel 240 miles to go to the Flathead Valley, and spend a week …

Merry Christmas!

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 I hope you all had a great Christmas!  Ours was great! I loved being able to make these quick ornaments with my new Sizzix machine; the “Big Shot” and am anxious to try out more new shapes.  This year, they adorned Christmas packages of quick breads, and pretty glass jars of homemade hot fudge sauce!  Woohoo! I fused white fabric, …

Sheree Nelson BRACELET and CHRISTMAS Tag

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It’s been looking alot like Christmas in our State this past month, and actually we’ve got 6 inches of NEW SNOW as of this moring!  But yesterday, we decided to brave the cold and get out and go see “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” – the third movie made from the classic C.S. Lewis books.  I hope you will see …

Christmas Banana Bread Recipe EMBELLISHED !

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We LOVE banana bread… and this is our favorite recipe — thought we’d share that with you today; I photographed the recipe for y’all in the picture below.  And with Christmas approaching, I decided why not embellish the loaves with a bit of green and red sugar crystals?!   Love it! This “Cream Cheese Banana Bread” recipe was published in a …

Angel Tree and detail pic from art quilt “THE FLATHEAD”

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http://myemail.constantcontact.com/BreakPoint–Participate-in-a-Miracle12-16-2010.html?soid=1103374268266&aid=h7Hgqw1SCFk I have made a career  in Federal Court here in Great Falls for the past twenty five years, where  I have been a courtroom deputy, working mostly in criminal hearings, trials, etc.  Here is something that is so incredibly life-changing, HOPEFUL, and full of the Spirit of CHRISTMAS… the organizational link to ANGEL TREE is above.  This is the …

ORANGE CRUSH

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“Orange Crush” – a quilt accepted into an Exhibition entitled “Stitch in Time” at Paris Gibson Square Museum Fall of 2009, in Great Falls, Montana. This piece began with a lovely gradient fabric by Caryl Bryer Fallert, bordered with a simple, beautiful  summery batik print.  Because the main fabric was such a striking color on it’s own, I wanted the …

stitching homework ~

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When it comes to knowing your machine, your tension and your stitches; here’s a valuable resource you can make for yourself. I take my own sample to the classes I teach, and show my students how valuable  it is to take the time to ‘know your machine.’  This is how to begin… but you must be willing to take some …

3-D Delightful

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First things first!  One of the concepts I teach to students is something that really resounds with me personally and it’s simply this:  Start with something you LOVE!  Fabric, thread, pattern… whatever it may be. This piece is a good example of that for me. First, bold batiks in colors I love.  Pretty threads I love!  Add of course, I …

Bobbin Quilting

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    Detail from “Missouri River” my first piece based on Patsy Thompsons’s excellent videos and books for feathers!  I used Bobbin Play with the thick green metallic thread on the outside feather design Bobbin Play, Bobbin Quilting, Bobbin Drawing… it’s all FUN, and it all means the same thing essentially:  you must wind a thick thread (the threads that cannot …

“Yooo Hooo!” – Part 1 of NECESSARY NOTIONS!

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 “UHU” glue stick … “Oh… Yooo Hooo!”)  (This is kind of like calling the cows in the morning for milking time, Montana style!) Yes, I am a country girl!  That’s for another time!  Anyway, this little glue stick is a must in your sewing room!  Inexpensive, handy and indispensable; at least to me it is.  Great on paper and fabric; …

Students Patty and Becky’s Placemats

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These are two special ladies from the placemat class; both are retired from teaching, and the Lord knows, they are certainly missed, but both still very active in their teaching communities.  We are lucky to have them, and me even more, as I had such a fun time with them… no matter where you go, there is never enough time!  …