More ~ Painted Cork Blooms

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Happy Summer Days Folks! And it’s a perfect time to try your hand with painting on Cork!  I’m showing a couple different modifications from my new pattern, “Painted Cork Blooms!”  {It’s still $5 off for just a little longer!} I had a great time teaching this class several times last week, and I am always-always inspired by student creativity!  One …

bobcat prowl ~ my new collage pattern!

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good morning folks ~here he is.  several students and customers have asked about “when i was going to do a bobcat?” well, here it is:   my montana bobcat collage, titled “bobcat prowl.”  he’s right at home, and on the hunt in  “the bob” ~ that’s the montana nickname for the Bob Marshall Wilderness area in the rocky mountains.  as …

a retro confetti parade ~ courtesy of ex libris fabric panel by alison glass

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well… hello! i’m back from a sweet~sweet time at flathead lake with girlfriends, and it was a wonderful week {and a few days too!} i have more about all of that coolness… later!  time for a little blog catchin’ up ~ here is a bit of fusible and experimenting with my accuquilt die cut, combined with  lots of thread, yarn, …

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 …

glacier park forest shadows ~

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happy friday!i’m humbled, and honored {and totally thrilled} to be featured on the superior blog today!  … perhaps you will take a few minutes to stop by and read my thoughts and inspiration behind “northern night lights,” a thread painted art quilt which was created just for superior. {posted here on the blog} back in the studio ~ once again, {and always!} …

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 …

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. …

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’ …

carmen ~ {and winners} ~

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hello ~ thank you everyone, for answering the question i posed to you about your favorite threads, colors, and styles, in the last superior threads giveaway post!  i enjoyed reading your responses and it’s fun to look at those eye-popping colors isn’t it? and i’m with ya … i want them all… but more than that, i really just love …

let’s do the twist ~

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helloooo  to everyone out there…here’s a bit more fall inspiration from a photo i took: and… i’m trying a new thread for me ~ this is “twist” by superior threads.  here’s some great info they’ve put out about this thread:“It’s a high tenacity (strength), high sheen trilobal filament polyester.  The strength allows for ease of stitching and the high-sheen reflects true, gorgeous …

decorative thread applique ~ and a giveaway

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hello!since recently becoming enamored to magnifico thread, i’ve been itchin’ to stitch! that is, to see how it looks with decorative stitching techniques ~ and it’s also a good reason for me to play with some of the thousand+ decorative stitches on my bernina 830 machine!  i love this thread so much, but sadly, i cannot purchase it locally.  but there’s no reason for a sad face!  tada!  thread …