Summer Quilty Goodness ~

Leslie McNeilArt and Collage Quilts, Patterns 5 Comments

Hi there!  Summer is going by so fast… as always… as life always does!  And so goes my quilting days, too.  The time just speeds by for me in pure pleasure {even with a ripper in my hands at times!}… , and I LOVE LOVE IT! There’s just something about summer that motivates me and adds  energy to my days… …

i choose joy ~ a painted linen dish towel

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thursday greetings fellow artists! {yes, you are!}today’s project features a towel.  painting.  a stencil.  and free motion quilting.  and, more importantly… joy!i choose joy ~ this is one of the “blanks” of cotton dishtowels, and i usually purchase them for about $5 at a quilting store.  you can also buy fabric to make your own, too.  for the motif, i …

painted apron ~ from my heart to yours

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good morning!ohhh the summer sunshine is fading… and rainy {perhaps even snowy} weather is headed our way.so the seasons change, and for a little while i am sad to see summer end, but i also get to look forward to autumn!and  “sew it goes…”  today’s feature is a different motif and finish on another apron.  these were packaged in a set …

a painted and happy-stitched t-shirt ~ {and more!}

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hi there ~since knowing i’m going to teach a class using apron and silks acrylic paints, i’ve been playing more with these gorgeous, sparkly silks acrylic paints. they are produced in two different sizes, so it’s easy to try a couple {or three} for less than $10 easily.  go to their website, which is colourarte.com, to read more about them! this play action …

paint your apron ~ and class announcement

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hello ~ welcome to the blog today!i am super excited about the new project i’m sharing today! and i’m going to be teaching it soon, as well! i’m calling the class “paint your apron”  ~ kinda like paint your wagon, only there is no singing involved… {bet y’all are relieved about that huh!! 🙂    the basic supplies:   paintbrushes.  frixion pen. …

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 …

twice quilted ~ and more favorite free motion books ~

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hello ~as i was making notes, prepping to teach free motion recently, i came across {more} of some really terrific resources {and more few thoughts} to share with you about free motion.the first resource, from one of the best professional artists out there in ‘quilt-land’  ~ is karen mctavish.  i added her book to my collection many years ago, and although …

Friday Flashback ~ Montana Treasure

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My first ‘art’ quilt.   A time to challenge myself.  To do something ‘entirely my own.’  Scary thought! I was fearful. Knew I needed to ‘get beyond’ … of wondering whether I could do anything beyond just following a pattern.  Don’t get me wrong… I love patterns!  I love books — love the artsy styles and hard work of all …

Filling up the Space of Grace ~

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Here’s some of the progress I made this past weekend,  on my newest piece, “Grace.” FMQ on the letters is done is done with King Tut, 40 wt. 100% ELS cotton thread in white.  The FMQ for the all of the feathers has been done with Rainbows tri-lobals, 40 weight, variegated and solid polyesters.  And the bobbin thread for all …

Love Bears… ALL

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You’ve read it before.  A FUN foot to have, and to use!  PLAY.   I cannot say it any plainer. Because I believe in repetition… this is the width and length setting for attaching this RAZZLE DAZZLE thread. I painted cheesecloth awhile back.  So I found it  (Yay) as well as the pom poms and the fused fabric flowers… So this …

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, …

Blue Autumn In the Making

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This is how it began auditioning fabrics for my paintstik leaves.  There is lots of red-purpley and coppery highlights on the leaves, with a medium green batik as the foreground for the leaf itself.  It only shows up on the vein lines, but it also helps the leaf to transition almost as part of the background fabric, picking up on …