fiesta tablerunner #2 with kaffe fasset and alison glass ~

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well… here she is.  another version of the kaffe fasset stripes and shot cottons, paired with a new panel out in the market now, from alison glass.  it’s called “ex libris” and although i don’t have a photo of the panel, it’s contains four circles, all a type of collage, in a color wheel setting, and it can be purchased …

a rosey black t-shirt with free motion embroidery ~

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hi there, happy monday!well, as i noted in my last post, as i was lamenting the troubles with the bleeding paints… note there is an upside! and that is simply that silks acrylic glazes work beautifully on the black t-shirt.  why?  i don’t know!  i wish i did.  but ~ i washed it and it didn’t run, bleed, nor did it …

my log cabin roses ~ finished

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hi everyone ~hope you had a great weekend.  we had lots of stormy skies, lots of rain, but beautiful sunshine in between!and in a sunshine moment, it was fun to take this log cabin rose quilt out onto the patio for a photo shoot!this is a smaller, modified version from the original pattern, and makes a lovely tablescape all on …

make life sweet ~ sweetwater placemats

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hi everyone ~i finally had time to delve into this charming yardage i’ve had on the back burner; it’s “noteworthy” by sweetwater for moda fabrics.  and so i combined my love of writing and text onto the classic round placemat shape: when i was teaching recently, at the local Quilt-A-Way quilt shop here in Great Falls, this book really caught …

ponderosa pine ~ quilted

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hi there ~  it’s more feathers! this time a new hand-dyed fabric in my studio, dyed by vicki welsh ~ she calls it the “woodlands” gradient.  and i called it ‘mine!’ {at least for the time being!} lol  i used this quilting opportunity try a different type of meandering feather, quilting continuous ‘branches’ and hopefully… achieving a kind of ‘flowing out’ …

‘wild flowers’ ~ hand painted ~ quilted ~ done!

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hey there, and happy shining day to you ~and a shining day it always is to finish a project… this one is not really a ‘ufo’ but definitely one i had hoped to have finished earlier this summer.  {didn’t happen!}  sometimes that’s how it goes, and i’m glad to call it finished.  looking at it now, i think it could have benefited from some …

Midnight Autumn ~ Winner

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hello and a super snowy autumn day it is here in montana ~ so i’m calling this runner “autumn’s midnight” which reminds me of those shorter days and nights of autumn into winter…   i chose the following threads, as seen below, to begin the quilting on this piece of hand dyed fabric by vicki. and i began with my newest thread-fave, …

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 …

it’s a hoot ~ baby blanket tutorial

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hi there everyone ~ here’s my tutorial for applying a scalloped edge treatment on a simply made flannel baby blanket.  it’s fun to make, it’s practical, and a beautiful gift!just one caveat.  this tutorial is based on bernina feet, using a bernina machine.  that’s just the way it is… cuz that’s what i do.  it’s what i have, what i teach, and what …

Christmas Rose ~

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Here’s another finished project ~ a simple table runner ~ (for sale in my Etsy shop) from my leftover scraps of Christmas fabrics.  For the quilting, I kept it simple.  There’s basically an echoing, soft, rosey-type pattern, as it circles around the center of the rose-log cabin center. And of course, you’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but …

She Laughs ~

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Hope your Valentine was sweet on you this week… today… and forever more! Slowly… surely and (sometimes not!), I’ve been playing with quilting and embellishment ideas for this paper fabric piece, originally previewed here. So time to begin… with the beginning! Proverbs 31:25 was the inspirational verse, as I had tucked bits and pieces of it in the paper fabric …

The “BACKSIDE” of stitching!

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This of the back-side of “GRACE” This is the back side of “SHIMMER.” When you KNOW the BASICS… you can achieve great results, which shows not just for the front of your quilt top, but the back as well.   Considering the resources we have available at our very fingertips these days, it’s much easier to figure out tension, thread weights …

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 …

FREELY Give in BLOOM

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Here’s a fairly simple way to add a bit of free motion embellishment without alot of time investment.  I love to buy the  pre-made, decorated hand towel (and I have made them too). Great gifts for the girls at the office, and for any other gift giving need you may have. It’s really cool to make them fun, as well …