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 …

the “mrs. kimm” apron ~ painted & quilted

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hi there ~ well, the bridal shower is over, so i want to share a gift that i made for the bride, now that she has received it! {and she loved it!}… but more on that, later! a plain white apron: hand-painted with “silks” which are an acrylic glaze paint medium, made by luminarte, which is shimmery-pretty, much like twinkling …

kitchen towels ~ tutorial

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weekend greetings to all ~ gosh, i think i’ve done about 30 of these towels now!  … and i’ve so enjoyed it!it’s really a simple, straight-forward process, but here are tips and hints {as promised}, that {i think} make for a more relaxing process, and… a more professional finished look.i begin with a purchased towel, but of course, you can …

in from the cold and winter’s lane ~ placemats

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hello~ here we go ~ lots of snow falling, with temperatures predicted at -15 below zero in our neck of the woods!!  one thing is  for sure.  it’s looking alot like christmas {right now!} and there is lots of pretty snow on the ground! and perfect ~ in that the theme of today’s post is is “in from the cold!”  “so let it be written… so …

artsy painted leaves ~

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hi everyone ~i feel like i’ve been on a walkabout of sorts, but it’s actually been more of a ‘sickabout’ as my good health is went missing for the past week! lol and ugh. it seems an allergy inflammation ~ somewhat misdiagnosed, turned into infection in my sinuses with enlarged ‘nose polyups’ {whatever!}  and quite painful ~ so much so …

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 …

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, …

a fall decoration ~ giveaway!

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hello ~ october 16th of 2010 was my very first post on this blog.  wowzers.  i wasn’t really sure “how to begin”  or what i should say, really… but i’ll tell ya ~ with prayer and encouragement from my good friends, it’s been a rockin’ ride!  and really, really fun!  i’m so blessed to have made such awesome friends here!   thank you, …

superior threads winner{s} ~

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hi there friends ~ wowza.  thanks for all the comments, questions, and answers on the superior thread giveaway post!  you guys rock! it was so fun to read your responses!  thank you ~ thank you!! so let’s get right to it, shall we? winner of the superior threads $25 thread package:micheleT   {love that sheltie dog pose {xo} michele!!!} … and …

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 …

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 …

all about grace ~

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“what in the world, in all this world, is grace?“ “One act of thanksgiving,  when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things  are agreeable to our inclinations.” Saint John of Avila  from one thousand gifts by ann voskamp chapter five and good morning!  i’m reading ann voskamp’s book, “one thousand gifts” and it’s an amazing …

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 …