More Feather Quilting Practice ~

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Wow.  It’s already {Happy} November! And it brings more luscious hand dyed fabrics as I’ve been thumbing through the stash and trying to decide which one to put under my quilting needle ~ yay!  I have to say, I’m a little rough around the edges in my feather work, and have a couple mis-starts in quilting.  Oh how quickly skills seem to …

kaffe fasset + feathers + bobbin play = #summerlove #gobold

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happy august days!and what a better color story to tell in the lovely summer days of bright colors, via kaffe fassett styled stripes and solids, with beautiful accents of bobbin play and quilted textures!i’m making the most of all of my pre-cut 2.5″ strips, and doing my best to get them finished up into something beautiful, practical, and absolutely useable …

peachy summer feathers ~

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hello ~first, all i can say is “score!”because this hand dyed fabric from vicki welsh is a one-of-a-kind special piece… simply because she doesn’t really make it anymore. a bit of summer and sunshine in a piece of fabric.  happy and bright, warm and enticing ~ and even a bit of a tropical feel, too, especially because of the aqua colored 100% polyester thread …

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 …

vicki welsh’s prismastic spring gradient ~

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good monday morning friends ~as i’m looking outside, i’m thinking, “we interrupt the regular scheduled broadcast for this breaking news story.”that would be, let’s interrupt winter {in montana} for a breath of spring air!  now, lest i appear ungrateful, we’ve had nothing of the weather in the midwest, to the east coast {thank goodness}.  and we’ve had pretty balmy february …

a rose… is a rose gradient ~

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monday greetings to you all ~well, it’s definitely not “think pink” weather… {but it is warming up!}… good thing there is always sun shining in warm, vibrant and luscious cloth in my world!  and i count myself blessed to have received a ‘special’ piece of dyed fabric from miss vicki welsh.  it was kinda a happy accident, as when i …

autumn, and a gradient with a twist ~

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hello ~our autumn colors are flying away on the warm winds, and cool breezes, as we take in vistas of snowy mountain tops from the flat of the prairies… but the inspiration is still so pretty…and i hunker down in my studio, and pull out fabrics that remind me of those early fall days… this piece of hand dyed fabric is …

blue bayou beginnings ~ choosing colors {and a winner}

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hi there everyone ~speaking of blues… {!} for most of the past week i’ve been coping with the flu + cold bug! wowzers, what a rough week. despite our montana wintery weather {to be expected} and chilly 15-20 degrees with a fresh couple inches of new snow… our spring will get here on it’s own time, and in it’s very. own. …

the stenciled, feathered, {brown eyed queen?} finished ~

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hi there ~ i don’t know why, but i just couldn’t make a decision on binding for this piece.  i guess because it was difficult to choose a color, and fabric style for this binding, but i finally said, “just do it!  and so i chose a multi-colored binding, one of the first fabrics i grabbed. this little quilt sample has risen up …

walking the line{s} ~

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hello lovelies ~ i think i’ve finally begun to realize i don’t always enjoy “coloring within the lines” … and in saying that, i also recognize that it was one of those ‘under the radar’ suggestions that became “the rule” i remember growing up with from early childhood when our main art tools were coloring books and crayons.it’s time to break …

{hot off the press} ~ large feather prints ~

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hi there ~as i’ve explored the “land of watercolor,” i’ve begun to understand the differences between types of paper; “cold press”  and “hot press” specifically.  in my limited experience, only cold press paper is available locally, and seems to have the most selection, as well, either online, or in a crafty store. what I love about hot press is the texture is definitely a …

hope ~ pray ~ soar ~ {in watercolors, on cards} ~ & in my heart!

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happy weekend to you all ~ love my “long” weekends.  this happens to be three days for me, with president’s day off this monday {thank goodness!}… an extra day is surely a blessing that i could live with every week! they are such a solace to my time at home… you’re probably tired of my cards… but  i have to say ~ …

red sunset ~ feathered

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hello ~ and happy new year, {still!}in 2014 you, dear reader, will definitely see more feather quilting from me…  and more hand dyed fabrics by two of my favorite dyers: vicki welsh, and chris daly.color usually drives me to create, and it’s a fascinating exploration to combine both fiber, color and threads.and speaking of color, vicki wrote a detailed post about bleeding fabrics in …