My MarveLes Sewing Studio

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 Ahhh…. sigh! LOVE love LOVE my sewing studio space; now in our basement. We moved it from a small 10×10 bedroom! YAY. I wasn’t sure I would like being downstairs, but once my handsome, awesome husband hung these terrific lights for me, I found it was bright, roomy and efficient!  It took us many long hours (in fact it was …

Quilting Style “NORTHERN LIGHTS”

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My favorite free motion foot; the Bernina #29C is shown on this quilt.  This is a “leftover” ribbon-fiber scarf, attached to a piece of my hand-dyed fabric, and then free motion quilting became an extension of those colors and lines that were intricate to the form of the scarf. This is an original quilt I created titled “Northern Lights!”  And …


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Here are the song lyrics that inspired this art quilt.  Using one of my first hand-dyed pieces of whole cloth, embellished, of course, with lots of color, angelina fibers threads, cording, yarn, foil and more. “Down the mountain the river flows, And it brings refreshing wherever it goes, Through the valleys and over the fields, th river is rushing and …

Miniature Quilted Table Runner “Merry Christmas”

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Doesn’t get any better (or quicker!) than this!  I still had some great leftover fabric after making a runner similar to this, but gigantico in size compared to this little cutie.  So I cut six 5″ squares, patched ’em together, and added a border.  Then came the embellishment … I had only about 12 inches of that cute little button …

Amy Barickman’s website -INDYGO JUNCTION –

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs Leave a Comment Look at her fabulous “New Products” page… I would love to make almost every one of those patterns!  I have long admired Amy’s store, her patterns, ideas, and those lovely GARMENTS that make me want to sew sew and SEW.  Please take a minute or so (you will need more than a couple minutes actually!) to check this site …

Maureen’s Gorgeous Scarves

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 My friend Maureen, who was a student in several classes I taught  in Bigfork earlier this past fall, made these beautiful scarves as gifts for two of her friends.  Spectacular!  Nice “play” Maureen! I’m so tickled you shared it with me!  This is a great example of how blessed I feel to teach, and to share my love of quilting, …

Frosty Tidings and BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE

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View from my courthouse window December 7th 2010… how very fortunate  to have this as the view from my desk!This is our second Christmas season in our brand new beautiful courthouse building,and the early winter snowy weather has made this view of the Missouri River and Old Milwaukee Stationa delight in the early mornings and as you can see from …

FIBER and RIBBON SCARVES Class and Students

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These are pictures from the Fiber Scarf class last Saturday, December 4th.  HUGE thank you and blessings go to Janet, Vernelda and Kathy!  You ladies made my weekend, and your scarves are so MARVELES!!!  Here are some quick pics of some of the delightful scarves they were making!  Blessings to you all! Leslie says:

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

MarveLes Art StudiosBlogs Leave a Comment Check this Bernina blog. There is a new contest on it; I’ve entered two projects… the placemats and the new fiber pins/brooches.  Make a comment, ask a question, or post your own suggestions! Did you know features videos of many of their feet?  Plus lots of free projects, ideas, and more… and all of them feature Bernina specific …