My first Patchwork Jacket

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I purchased my very own ‘first-ever’ sewing machine in in 1998; it was a little bottom-of-the line Bernette. I wanted  to make Christmas stockings for my boys, and patch their jeans… maybe do a little bit of other clothing construction.  Frankly, I was not impressed with it!  So within a year, I traded it in for a little Activa model.  …

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 …

Friday Feature Resource – PATSY THOMPSON Books!

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One of the best books I’ve ever bought!  This is a terrific resource.  I love the free motion quilting, the ‘how to’s’ for quilting feathers, and the fabulous designs & colors. Consider it a GREAT ADVENTURE! Well worth the bucks!  Get it!  And the companion, too…  You will LOVE the straight forward and simple way Patsy has laid out the …

HOLD on to your DREAMS

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“Hold on to your dreams, never let go, there’s a flame inside you burning with hope…”  I dearly love music and again, and of course the actual song lyrics inspire me, too!  This is some of my first ‘batch’ of hand-dyed fabric from last summer.   And…  I also used a piece of paper fabric that I wasn’t crazy about in …

Summer SHIMMER – completed!

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This is what I began with.  My first piece of shibori-styled, hand-dyed fabric, made in the glorious summer-hot days!  These are the threads I chose to create Summer Shimmer:  YLI threads in three styles: Candlelight, Pearl Crown Rayon, and Designer 6, all wonderful textures of thick threads from YLI.  I also used GLITTER and Rainbows tri-lobal polyester from Superior Threads. …

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 …

Saturday’s FIBER SCARF Class at Bernina Silver Thimble

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We had a fun Saturday class, making more SCARVES… All you need is Aqua Bond, Aqua film topping, some fun yarns, threads, fibers… and a free motion quilting foot.  See more about the products and some of the scarves I’ve made in an earlier post here.   We had lots of fun exploring color options, design styles and placement ideas.  …

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 …

“Hollyhock Pink”

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Awhile ago, I tried a new product, called “Transfer-Eze” which is designed to help transfer photos.  I brought my original picture up in my computer, and printed it as a size 8″x10.” First, load your printer with the transfer paper, knowing which side is which so you don’t print on the wrong side.  This paper is a wash-a-way sticky-backed paper. …

Cosmo Wonder

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— “Cosmo Wonder” Fabric Paper Collaged Quilt —   Latest in my attraction to fabric paper quilts, andinspired by one of my most favorite flowers to grow in the garden:   COSMOS! EnJOY! I really enjoy using a very thick thread; it’s like maybe 26 weight, made by YLI thread company, and designed by Laura Heine of Fiberworks Quilt Shop in Billings MT.  …

Making Fabric Paper

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Thank you to Beth who left a comment yesterday asking for more details… I hope this post will help you out… but I welcome any questions you have!  First things FIRST.  Lay down a plastic covering on the work service; laying out your muslin and items you want to use in the collage.The muslin can be any shape; small, squarish…or …