montana sunset ~

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hi there  ~thank you for your sweet comments, and encouragement … i so appreciate it!!   so here’s another beauty… from vicki welsh.  you all know {by now?} how i feel about hand-dyed fabrics and the people who make them!  they are incredible talents.  what they do… the labor they provide, all to produce these incredibly colored fabrics, with care.  i know …

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 …

harvest feathers ~

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good morning!!happy friday, and wonderful holiday weekend to you all! my sewing machine is revving up and we’re good and warm!  vacation time… equals sewing time!   i put some petal to the metal on this gorgeous hand-dyed, finished this piece, diving head-first into my handy-dandy ‘hand-dyed’ stash!  isn’t this fabric ‘to dye for?’ {apologize for the overused cliche}  but it …

the red, white n’ blue and a log cabin ~

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happy fourth of july!   more than just red, white and blue, pink, yellow, and green also make themselves known in this vintage-style quilt.  made from reproduction prints, designed and pieced into this log cabin quilt by my friend annette.  she gave it to me to quilt, at least a year ago.  {maybe two?!}  lol it was fun to quilt, even …

summer breeze ~

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hello!   welcome to summer sea breezes… expressed in fabric and quilted feathers, at least ~ according to my imagination!  this gradient hand dyed fabric is by the talented vicki welsh; described as “abundance” and i love this gradient combo very much.  very fun to quilt!  and of course, i’ve listed it for sale in my shop.  in fact, my entire etsy …

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 …

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 …

Stitch in Dye

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Finished! All the stitching for the center feather motif is in white King Tut thread.  I wasn’t sure I was going to add an additional detail in the feather, but in the end, I decided  the whimsical nature of the fabric was just begging for it!! So I did my favorite ‘curley-q’ into the middle of each feather.  I think …

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 …