More ~ Painted Cork Blooms

Leslie McNeil Mixing It Up, Patterns 1 Comment

Happy Summer Days Folks! And it’s a perfect time to try your hand with painting on Cork!  I’m showing a couple different modifications from my new pattern, “Painted Cork Blooms!”  {It’s still $5 off for just a little longer!} I had a great time teaching this class several times last week, and I am always-always inspired by student creativity!  One …

Painted Cork Blooms ~ new pattern

Leslie McNeil Art and Collage Quilts, Mixing It Up, Patterns 6 Comments

Happy Almost Summer! It’s a perfect time to take inspiration from the flower garden, and… apply it to cork!  And so I did!  This my newest pattern, PAINTED CORK BLOOMS! And using the brilliant, and beautiful, Dye-Na-Flow paints, made by Jacquard.  This paint is highly saturated in color, and transparent, and perfectly gorgeous on cork… even cork that has been …

Happy Cups Quilt – new pattern

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I’m a tad late with posting about my latest pattern design… but nonetheless, it makes me Happy Happy!  A bit of inspiration, inspired by our late-appearing spring here in Central Montana. Regardless, I am elated to see it arrive, and this pattern reflects that joy! Three  whimsical tea cups, stacked upon one another in complementary tones and patterns, present a …

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 …

Pumpkin Spice ~ My newest pattern!

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Hello Pumpkin Spice {and everything nice!} Who doesn’t love the Autumn Season…?  Not me!  This pattern is a reflection of just a few of the many things to love about Fall.  Pretty Colors!  Great Textures!  Lovely Glow! and Happy Memories of playing in leaves, going through a Corn Maize… or a drive through window for a Pumpkin Spice Latte ~ …

Kitchen Towels Collaged ~

Leslie McNeil Art and Collage Quilts, Blogs, Mixing It Up, Sewing Loves 4 Comments

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 …

Painting fabric ~

Leslie McNeil Art and Collage Quilts, Blogs, Mixing It Up 3 Comments

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 …

dear heart vacation at flathead lake ~

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hi friends ~ a few highlights of heart time spent at the lake with sweet friends… of course, we bring {just a few} projects along… because that’s what our hearts love to do ~ spending precious time together, laughing, creating, reading and relaxing… conversations about our faith walk, and learning to wade deeper into a life of grace… on every level… hopefully. …

summer mixed media journal season is here ~

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hello summer! 75 degrees, no wind, beautiful sunshine and a shady patio. perfection defined! ~~~~~~~ … and a new season for making mixed media journals begins. i grab {just a few} key art supplies:   washi tape, paper words, pens, little scrappy knick knacks n’such,  {because, let’s face it, it would take hours upon hours  to bring it all outdoors!} and …

SOUL.FULL watercolor and quiet sketching ~

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happy thanksgiving ~ always {and still!} i am enjoying some quiet moments of study, reflection… and a bit of sketchy and happy  art play with watercolors as i was happily ensconced in a little online class i signed up for through jeanne oliver’s website, entitled Soul.Full.   {amen!} what is the real challenge for me? well… {so glad you asked?!}  once …

my latest journal ~ grace is enough

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hi everyone ~here’s the latest journal. i love these colors. and this is what i finally figured out to do, regarding the original gelli prints i’ve made, that i love, love…  i’m getting them color copied, and also scanning them.  nice!  that way i can use my faves over and over again, adding to them… subtracting, and ya know ~ …