HOLD on to your DREAMS

MarveLes Art Studios Blogs Leave a Comment

“Hold on to your dreams, never let go, there’s a flame inside you burning with hope…”  I dearly love music and again, and of course the actual song lyrics inspire me, too!

 This is some of my first ‘batch’ of hand-dyed fabric from last summer. 

 And…  I also used a piece of paper fabric that I wasn’t crazy about in it’s original “whole cloth” look. (ooops – sorry I forgot to take a picture of it before I cut it!)

So why not… cut it up! So I just cut up that paper fabric free-hand style (no tracing involved – just go with the flow!), using a rotary cutter and cut it into soft, curvy, swervy pieces… 

 White satin cording is couched onto the edges. What an asset to have a Free Hand System to lift the presser foot, and easily turn and go in the opposite direction! Love it!

Multiple free motion quilting motifs in feathers, flowers, and soft, flowing lines in a soft white quilting thread from Superior threads, using King Tut, Masterpiece and Bottom line (in the bobbin). 

 Embellishments of course! 


I used textiva film, silver metallic foiled accents (click here for previous post), and more couching with silver Razzle Dazzle thread along the borders of the satin cord and paper fabric edges.   I love how the paper fabric enhanced the hand-dyed fabric.  

 TIP:  rattail (satin) cord has a tendency to split if you do more than up and down (north to south directional lines) with the free motion couching foot.  So I applied the satin cord using a more traditional method, taking my Bernina #12C (coded foot) to apply this satin cording easily and smoothly!



This piece is for sale in my Etsy shop here.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.