A Play In Progress…

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Play a little.   Laugh a little.   Do this every day.  Feathers.  Sparkle and Shine.   A hand dyed and painted piece of fabric. Lime Green.  Periwinkle.   Aqua. Inch by inch. Thread by thread. Stitch by Stitch.  Free motion couching.  You knew that was coming!  Solid polys for now.  I’m using from the Art Studio 40 wt polyester by Ricky Tims, from …

Red Autumn ~ Finished

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Changing winds… changing threads!  This is how Red Autumn finished out:  The re-hashing thread choices also inspired me to add trapunto to each leaf. Once that decision was made, I was ready to start.  I first started by ‘edging’ each leaf with a couching technique, using the #39 foot.  Then each leaf was quilted in the vein lines once the …

Shine!

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I picked sunflowers this weekend… and it was worth the sneezing and blowing nose a mild allergy reaction caused me in doing so!  I put the fresh-picked sunflowers on our patio table, and this little silk and couched tablerunner underneath.  Love the color-combo.  Big surprise, huh.   The sunflowers remind me of a song we love to sing in our Women’s …

Feathered Couched and FINISHED!

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Nothing feels better than finishing a project… except for the excitement of starting a new one!!   Close-up of feathers, after couched and trapunto has been finished I fused batik fabrics with Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite, and cut these feathers from Patsy Thompson’s new ‘appli-k-kutz’ dies in my little Sizzix machine. I added batting just under the feather shapes, and then, free …

Pot Luck AppliqueThreadplay!

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This has been my ‘learning curve’ (pun intended!) … my project for the weekend applying a potluck of applique sewing techniques.  All of a sudden, (Saturday night) I had a big issue with skipped stitches.  I tried everything I could think of; have known to do without much success.  My husband then just happened to remark to me that a …

Sunny Delight

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The fog lifted, the rain stopped, and the sun was out for a few hours yesterday!  Yay! Although it didn’t reach 70 degrees, it was warm enough to sit outside on the patio, absorbing that sunny delight, especially when I saw what the day’s mail contained.  Yarn and the latest issue of Quilting Arts magazine! Now that’s a tri-fecta of …

Montana GOLD

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“You satisfy the hungry heart with gifts of finest wheat…”  Golden Waves of Grain. Begin with a lush Montana wheat field, ripe for harvest…  Imagine a Big Blue Sky…  Vast, wide open prairies of wheat fields, ebbing and flowing, whispering in the rushing wind.  Rich, gold silk fabric is center stage. Free motion couching with a turquoise yarn in a …

Summer SHIMMER – Preview

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(Not if but when!) … the spring to summer weather makes it’s debut in MT, I will post pictures of the Shibori dyeing with the PVC pipe. Until then… we live with the winter-barely into-spring weather!  As mentioned earlier, this is one of my first pieces of “shibori-inspired” hand dyed fabric which I made last summer on my back patio!  …

SUMMER SHIMMER

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This is what we woke up to on Sunday morning….  SNOW – again. Our Best Dog Micah LOVES the snow… Now this is what I’m dreamin’ of… (in my sewing studio, that is!) — SUMMER!   Blues and yellows are favorite summer colors… and this piece of fabric is my inspiration.  It’s the first attempt at dyeing using the shibori technique …

There is Nothing Greater than… GRACE

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Inspired by Point Of Grace. The Song: “There is Nothing Greater Than Grace.”  What do you say to someone who feels like they’ve lost it allover the edge with no one there to break their falland what do you say to someone who feels so unlovedgiving themselves away a little bit every day just to be good enoughand what do …

BUILD UP

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Words have power.  They cannot break bones, but they sure can break a heart.  And a word well placed can soothe anger, create good will, and provide comfort.  Sharp tongues cut like a sharp double-edged knife.  They cannot be taken back. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others …