feathering my nest ~

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hello! really ~ it’s as simple as this:~ start with a beautiful luminous hand-dyed fabric {by chris daly of dyecandy.etsy.com}~ play with drawing a feather ~ make a plan to add delicious neon thread color {i got mine in the set of twelve, partytime pack!} of magnifico threads from superiorthreads.com ~ go for a little hand painting with acrylic inks~ have …

big sky autumn ~ a tablerunner

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hello out there!oh my.  this. runner.  it’s my very, very {current} new favorite!i swear ~ i {almost} swoon every time i look at all the tremendous depth of color in this hand-dyed piece of fabric by chris daly.  chris. your fabrics make me do a happy waltz! i’m not bragging.  i’m just loving it.my. oh. my. oh my! and ~ i have …

she loves leather ~ summer fiesta!

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hi there sweet readers ~being a western, country-type gal, yes i do love leather!  i swear i could collect cowboy boots just becuase of the pretty stitching, styles, designs… and cuz… well, they’re boots!  {i love boots}but back to the subject at hand… i really love how easy it is to quilt on! all it requires is a 90/14 leather needle. this …

midnight in montana ~ counting it all joy

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hello from ‘feather land’ once again!! you may be tired of seeing my feather quilting, but i had several multi-faceted goals while home on vacation.  first, look at all i have!  secondly, use it!  and thirdly, improve my feather quilting. added bonus:  count it all joy!    i’ve learned a few little tidbits, too, in my ‘quilt week’ at home ~  i took notes {still …

summer mountain meadows ~

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hi friends! well, my vacation time is over… for now.  i was so blessed {and elated} to be home, spending so many happy, “happy hours” in my sewing studio, practicing feathers. it was fun, trying different variations, challenging my skills, and growing my knowledge in stitching them out. and… making some of the same mistakes… over again!  geez.  and then …

feathers ~ in leather for chris daly

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hi everyone!  good morning! i’m lovin’ myself a little faux leather and stitchin’ feathers! and i’m diving through my stash of projects that have been patiently waiting for me.  this first one is for Chris Daly; who also writes a blog TheArtQuiltBlog.blogspot.com {or click link above}, who requested this special order on leather piece, unbound.  she plans to use it …

feathering my nest ~

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hi there oh luscious happy summer days!!! it’s been a little cool weather-wise so far ~ but i’m warmin’ up!  and i’m also warming up with a little quilting on my free motion feathers, too.  a little out of practice, and it’s time to get tuned up again… {oh how i have missed you ~ feathers} i do adore the look of …

Lavender Tulips ~

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Helllooo! I finished another small quilt this past weekend.  Periwinkle blue, lavender, and mauvey pinks, make their presence known on this little quilted collage: Lots of white was added via screen printing through thermofax screens.  These particular designs were created by Margaret Applin, which I purchased from her Etsy store.  I’ve been a “frequent flyer” as they say!!  I used …

Artsy Summer Flower ~

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You may remember my post featuring this quilted flower, (see here), which was screen printed using Margaret Applin’s thermofax screens.  Once printed, I heat-set it, and then with right sides together, faced it with batting, and another layer of fabric.  I stitched around the perimeter,  in the shape of the flower, (leaving an opening), trimmed my seams and corners, turned it right side out, …

Feathers in Leather for Chris

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This is the fabric Chris of Dye Candy Fabrics sent me; her gorgeous lime green-aqua-turquoise-dark blue tones.  I love this whole piece, which is the the backside.  Edit note: The front is the faux brown leather, which you will see below (although the picture isn’t so hot from inside my studio!)  Chris also has a blog (check it out on …

Forward Progress~

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Making progress!  Here are some of the choices I’ve made in finishing up this piece, and how I have thought through some of the design decisions and processes.   I didn’t have a plan.   My inspiration for those choices came from the fabric choices, and learning as I went what seemed to work… and on making them come together… somehow. Can’t …

Dye Candy Blog’s GiveAWay!

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http://dyecandy.blogspot.com/2011/09/dye-candy-fabric-giveaway-fresh-fabrics.html Well, I am traveling for work…hello from a very smoky Missoula! amazingly, there is still lots of green…but fires are definitely a force here now. Saw a few leaves starting to turn from the road trip… Check out Chris Daly’s blog for a fabulous hand dyed fabric giveaway! The link posted above! Can’t wait to get back to my …