Snug as a … Mug Rug ~

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Scrappy piecework!  Bright colors.  Tiny, little bits of leftover batik and hand-dyed fabrics. And a tiny bit of improvisational piecing. Love doing it that way!  I quilted this piece using King Tut in white, and then switched to the accent color, a warm yellow-gold in Rainbows, a solid poly.  I had a light blue in Masterpiece in my bobbin for …

Live Radiant ~

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This quilted journey began with a favorite thermofax screen from Margaret Applin’s Etsy shop. and really, what could be called ‘simple math’ — ala journal quilting style.  Add a beautiful screen print on fabric~~~   Add a scrap or two, or three.  Or take it away…     Add a word. or two. Adding bits of leftover strips of patchwork. add …

The Hope of Romans 5:3

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I decided to use one of my previously stitched, thread-lace  flowers…   See the tutorial and how-to’s on my January 24, 2011 post… SO much fun to do… Thought I was done.  Not.  Then I decided to add beading. But then… the line of beads seemed too skimpy—uninteresting …  was it my mood?  Or the beads?  a simple decorative stitch in …

Blue Snowflakes ~ part 2

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After this piece dried, I took a white sharpie pen and made doodle marks on the paper fabric.   That’s a part of this process that I find very fun, and entirely serendipitous, and also optional.  I did go back and highlight the snowflakes with a touch of the acrylic ink.  One of my favorite sewing feet: the Bernina #39 foot …

Leave It Beautiful in Twilight

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Twilight.  Leaves.  Fall.  The paintstik’d leaves with purple-blue-magenta rich tones were my inspiration to begin. And I decided to try them on a deep, rich, traditional brown; a batik with lighter toned brown swirls… perfect for the fall theme. I loved the contrast, too. Purple on brown.  And even better, I liked how the brown batik grounded the entire quilt, …

Dancing With Bright Eyes

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The latest.  A paintstik background, rubbed with numerous rubbing plates, and lots of different colors overlapping each other on some hand dyed fabric you’re not sure what do with! Let the paint dry, and heat set it with an iron. Add a curved border. Add a little bit of couching.  Use several yarns!  Why not? Use a pretty batik backing …

Trapunto {trah-poon-toe}

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If you haven’t seen “Red Autumn” – I posted it yesterday, or click here.  There’s a lot of pictures, in hopes it will show up well for ya’lll out there!  (That’s for you Linda Sue!) Begin by layering a piece of batting onto the back, underneath the leaf.  Stitch around the perimeter, from the front side of the fabric.  In …

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 …

BOOKMARKS and Bernina #2 Foot

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These are pieces of leftover embellished fabric from a quilted scarf.  After trimming the edges of the scarf, these pieces were made into bookmarks.   There are many possibilities of finishing the edges… metallic paint, yarns twisted to make a rope or a satin stitch zig zag. A very useful skill is to employ the zig zag satin stitch with the …

BOOKMARKS and Bernina Foot 2A

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These are pieces of leftover embellished fabric from a quilted scarf.  After trimming the edges of the scarf, these pieces were made into bookmarks.   There are many possibilities of finishing the edges… metallic paint, yarns twisted to make a rope or a satin stitch zig zag. A very useful skill is to employ the zig zag satin stitch with the …

“Miss Betty”

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Miss Betty is a true delight!  I am so excited to share a bit of her through today’s post. When I see Betty walk through the door, my heart leaps with joy!  Not because she’s a student in a class (although that’s very nice!) but because she exemplifies tenacity, a willingness to keep learning, to try new things; coping with …