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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 …

Shiva Paintsticks

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This is from my “Fall Harvest Glory” quilt, created wholecloth from a 1/3 yard of a batik fabric.There is lots going on here!  But it started with a Shiva Paintstik, and some basic drawing.  I used stamps, and lots of embellishments, and threadplay.  More on all those details to come! Here are few projects using the Shiva Paintsticks… fun to …