chris daly’s faux leather beauties ~

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hi everyone ~ several years ago, i had the sweet pleasure to quilt feather motifs into a large piece of faux leather at the request of my friend chris daly.   at that time, she wanted to make the quilted fabric into handbags, ipad covers, and such.  so i sent the finished piece to her, and she writes back how much …

leather zippy pouch and giveaway ~

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happy august day to you all ~ ~today is the day~   it’s the  atkinson designs zippy strippy pouch giveaway!   this is the pattern inspiration  behind all the pouches i’ve posted about lately.   and i’m giving this pattern away:  {but wait! there’s more} but first, another pouch to showcase… i spotted this scrap bit of leftover faux leather in …

faux leather ~ masculine crosses for 2014

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morning everyone ~i love creating these little crosses… this time it was with leftover leather fabric.in black and brown.  each backed with sturdy cardstock, and zig zagged stitched and a ribbon attached.  great little bookmarks, thank you gifts, baptism, graduation, and more.i tried for a more masculine look.  did i succeed?  what do you think?  and yes… i was wanting not …

black leather dressed for autumn ~ a superior thread giveaway

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hello and happy autumn! we were in glacier park this past weekend, and although the weather was rainy, we had a great time… more on that later ~  i’m celebrating autumn, and my third year anniversary for the blog!  so…  hope you are ready to celebrate with me, and we’ll start with a ‘superior’ giveaway!! i have been putting my newest thread love, {that …

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 …

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 …

Bits & Pieces ~

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happy weekend friends ~  you know how it is… you understand.  it’s stuff.  leftovers.  bits and pieces. i have tried be organized enough to toss the chaos – uh, i mean leftovers of various projects, into bins… or should i say plastic baggies that get tossed into plastic bins…  so i dug through the bins.  and put together the leftover …

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 …

Black Beauty No. 1 Finale ~

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I began this piece recently, named “Black Beauty” which hopefully… will be part of a series. See that post here.  The photo below shows a close-up of the quilting after outline quilting (three times!) in a gold colored thread, and then a turquoise blue thread for the outer spaces, without any hyper quilting in the center feather shapes ~ yet! …

Black Beauty

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How I loved the story of Black Beauty, and remember listening to it on LP (long play records) as a little girl!  You know, remember when *way back when*  we had black and white tv?!  I know some of you remember that time!  My folks thought they had done something really big for all of us, when they came home …

Rawhide!

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Last evening’s ‘test run’ with a new fabric!  Faux LEATHER! I taught a free motion class at Bernina here in Great Falls, on Saturday, and Deb, the store owner of Bernina Silver Thimble, made sure to bring to my attention some new fabrics.  Faux leather fabrics! So of course, I have to get a cut and try it and last …