zippered pouches ~ peaceful n’ thoughtful

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good morning ~here’s the continuing love story i’m having with making the zippy pouches, using jelly roll fabric cuts.  this time from basic grey in neutrals.  {such a fun change for me!} because… as i was cleaning up studio from last week’s sewing fiesta, i found some great ribbons and buttons to use for this color way of designs. and it was …

custom dinner napkins ~

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hi friends ~ happy weekend to ya all ~here’s a new idea for custom-created napkins.  these particular ones i made to complement the classic round placemats, too. {can you say wedding gift?!}cut on a curve ~ curved “piecing” if you will, and then layered with a lovely silver razzle dazzle thread.  {love the look}. so i’ll be playing with this …

count it all joy ~

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morning glories ~i love how this turned out, and i can’t wait to make more! many of you know know how much i enjoy exploring the written and quilted letter ~ this project was no exception.  a very plain turquoise, but absolutely drop-dead gorgeous hand dyed becomes the canvas for the quilting, with the words done in a golden yellow …

make life sweet ~ sweetwater placemats

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hi everyone ~i finally had time to delve into this charming yardage i’ve had on the back burner; it’s “noteworthy” by sweetwater for moda fabrics.  and so i combined my love of writing and text onto the classic round placemat shape: when i was teaching recently, at the local Quilt-A-Way quilt shop here in Great Falls, this book really caught …

decorative thread applique ~ and a giveaway

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hello!since recently becoming enamored to magnifico thread, i’ve been itchin’ to stitch! that is, to see how it looks with decorative stitching techniques ~ and it’s also a good reason for me to play with some of the thousand+ decorative stitches on my bernina 830 machine!  i love this thread so much, but sadly, i cannot purchase it locally.  but there’s no reason for a sad face!  tada!  thread …

winner ~a fall decoration ~

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happy monday morning! i had a busy, productive, wonderful, and sweet weekend! baking… quilting… worship… and football {of course!}  i hope you did too!  i completed a special order for a christmas  runner, and enjoyed my time in the christmas fabric bin.  {now i’d better straighten it out again!}  yikes, but i made a mess, cutting, fusing and trying out different …

a placemat series with fabric by Laura Gunn

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hi everyone ~i’ve been going round and round ~ with some fabric that is.  it’s been a favorite of mine for awhile now.  so much so, i’ve put off doing anything with it. couldn’t make a decision, actually.  sound familiar?  well, i decided it was time to dash into that stash.  and i made a serious dent into it, i’m …

From My Studio ~ City Lights ~

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Good Friday Morning everyone! Today I want to show a new piece I designed last weekend.  I’m calling it “City Lights.” The base fabric is, once again, my stash of aqua “grunge” fabric from Basic Grey for Moda.  It came together almost by accident, as I was cleaning up in the studio. As I was folding up fabrics, I began …

Live In The Spirt ~

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Hi all, I’ve been working ~ playing hard, trying to keep up with all those beautiful prints I’ve made from Terri’s NEW stencils!  A delight, truly!  {i’m not complaining}  I’m really so excited not only about creating with these unique designs, but even more ~ to use them in my own style… It will likely be no surprise to you;  …

Winter Flowers ~

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Hey friends, I have more to show you… been having fun piecing and quilting my new ‘custom fabrics’ I’ve made using Terri’s Flower 20 stencil.   If you look closely you’ll see this is the ‘white on white’ type of printed fabric onto which I applied the stencil, and then the s.e.i. dyes were sprayed onto it. Once dry and cured …

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 …

Snug as a Mug on a Rug ~ Giveaway

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Hi there sweet friends ~  Well, I have been hunkerin’ for a lil’ good ol’ fashioned piecing, and so that’s what I’ve been doing a little bit of lately.  By the way, all of these pieces are finished with a YLI candlelight thread in Christmas green, glowing in the binding.  I published a tutorial on this quick couching technique for …

Fishing In The Pile ~

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When I was “cleaning” my studio a few weekends ago, I found this small, unfinished, wall hanging top.  It got tossed onto “The Pile” two Christmas seasons ago.  At that time, I was not crazy about it ~ that’s why it ended up in “The Pile” in the first place!I had painstakingly traced the letters onto a large square piece of freezer …