a retro confetti parade ~ courtesy of ex libris fabric panel by alison glass

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well… hello! i’m back from a sweet~sweet time at flathead lake with girlfriends, and it was a wonderful week {and a few days too!} i have more about all of that coolness… later!  time for a little blog catchin’ up ~ here is a bit of fusible and experimenting with my accuquilt die cut, combined with  lots of thread, yarn, …

it’s a big love bouquet collage ~

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hello ~ introducing  “big love bouquet” i had only a couple  guidelines in mind when creating this  brand new design: ~ use graphic fabrics from my stash ~ incorporate multiple large fused flower shapes ~ add words  and… have fun… don’t forget to smile working it all out… keep it simple… remember… how sweet it is ~ life is good! and …

red sunset gradient ~ finished

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happy thursday everyone!as promised from my earlier post {see here} here’s the finished piece from vicki’s red sunset gradient, and i decided to use three different thread colors, from the “twist” line of 40 wt polyesters from superior threads, leading out of the gate is the “light/medium blue” twist. and the green twist: and the fun feather practice in sweet …

a sweet finish to my poppy art quilt ~

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hi there ~if you read yesterday’s post…  you’ll also know this is a class i’m looking forward to teaching in november 8m 10-4 pm at timeless quilts and friends sewing center in missoula, montana.  so here we go with the rest of the “poppy” story, and how i finished it with a bit of thread play, free motion wordplay, and a …

autumn daydreams ~ version one…

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hello and good morning ~ autumn ~ truly a golden time isn’t it?   a season chock-full of delights, highlights ~ and perhaps even ~ insights.  it changes every day.  and it’s definitely full of inspiration and blessings for me.  it also heightens my tactile sense, as i love to touch leaves, study the colors, the decay, the lines, shape and forms. …

summertime bliss with vicki welsh ~ giveaway!

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hi there everyone ~ have you ever had the pleasure of touching, creating, and quilting with hand-dyed fabrics?  i have ~ and it’s pure bliss! it was an easy “yes!” when vicki welsh asked if was interested in playing with her fabrics!  they are simply one of the must-haves in my fabric stash ~ no matter whether you want to do piecing, …

“…Miiinnnkeeee!!!”

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Hello! Today I’m showing the results of a quick couching treatment I did for a friend on some cute baby blankets.  This is free motion quilting with the Bernina #43 free motion couching foot. {click on the link for more information and another post/tutorial on that foot} My friend Lisa sewed up a couple of crib-sized, cuddly blankets, for two little brothers, the …

Flowers Reunited ~

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Here we go!  I’m on a roll… here is leftover finish #1!  These four blocks have been orphaned for many, many years!  The result of a “I messed this up” and “now what” kind of project!  {ever had that happen?} Well… I still… LOVE these blocks!  But because I used the wrong fusible web… and there were so many layers …

St. Valentine n’ Velvet !

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Do you know the history of St. Valentine’s Day?  Have you ever listened to “Adventures in Odyssey?”  My husband and I listen to these stories on many of our road trips!  Although the target audience is young children, we have not only been genuinely entertained, but have learned so much from these charming, well-produced, and very creative audio CD’s.  The …

Design Layers with Text

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My good friend Elle asked this question about yesterday’s post regarding some paper fabric I had made into bookmarks.  Elle commented:  “But I don’t know how you get your lettering on. The 4th and 5th photos in particular show writing on top of the background. Do you scan/print, screen print or stamp? This inquiring mind needs to know!” Here’s my …