new thread ~ magnifico!

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hi ~  and magnifico friday to you all! i just ordered this new thread from superior thread company.  it is just gorgeous! and i love quilting with it!!!this is what superiorthreads.com says about it:“After many years in development, we now have a polyester thread that has the high sheen of trilobal and the strength of filament polyester. It is a high …

taupe n feathered ~ and lots more on threadplay

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good morning sweet peas ~ i hope you enjoy my shot of a new sweet pea shoot … they are so pretty!  first, a question asked of me in yesterday’s post was why i use polyester and cotton together, in top and bobbin thread. my simple answer:  because it makes sense; aesthetically, practically, and economically for the type of quilting i do. …

Live In The Spirt ~

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Hi all, I’ve been working ~ playing hard, trying to keep up with all those beautiful prints I’ve made from Terri’s NEW stencils!  A delight, truly!  {i’m not complaining}  I’m really so excited not only about creating with these unique designs, but even more ~ to use them in my own style… It will likely be no surprise to you;  …

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 …

Purple Tulips In The Works

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I really enjoyed making this piece of paper fabric, from the post “A Wrinkle In Time” on Feb. 2nd.  I added several screen prints; the one below a beautiful tulip thermofax I received from Margaret Applin’s shop, screened in white paint, on top of the fabric paper.  I’ve started in… now what?  Well, more threadwork as I answered myself. Specifically, …

Learning the Thread Tango!

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Ah!  Dancing with the Threads!  Yes!   Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! I am asked about these type of questions quite alot: “How do you know what thread to use?” And I’m gonna tell ya ~and warn ya ~ it’s not a quick answer… but it’s some of the best tips and information I share with my students when I’m …

Design Layers with Text

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My good friend Elle asked this question about yesterday’s post regarding some paper fabric I had made into bookmarks.  Elle commented:  “But I don’t know how you get your lettering on. The 4th and 5th photos in particular show writing on top of the background. Do you scan/print, screen print or stamp? This inquiring mind needs to know!” Here’s my …

Love Bears… ALL

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You’ve read it before.  A FUN foot to have, and to use!  PLAY.   I cannot say it any plainer. Because I believe in repetition… this is the width and length setting for attaching this RAZZLE DAZZLE thread. I painted cheesecloth awhile back.  So I found it  (Yay) as well as the pom poms and the fused fabric flowers… So this …

Ghost Town Blooms

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Finished.   Left: Bryce Canyon and Right:  Ghost Town Blooms  Ghost Town Blooms.  What do you think of the title?  Desert Ghost Blooms?  I’m ready to hear what you’re thinking! And I hope you will tell me, and post your suggestions!  Because I will draw a name from all commenters throughout this series, since the posting of the Bryce Canyon piece, …

A Play In Progress…

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Play a little.   Laugh a little.   Do this every day.  Feathers.  Sparkle and Shine.   A hand dyed and painted piece of fabric. Lime Green.  Periwinkle.   Aqua. Inch by inch. Thread by thread. Stitch by Stitch.  Free motion couching.  You knew that was coming!  Solid polys for now.  I’m using from the Art Studio 40 wt polyester by Ricky Tims, from …

Dancing With Bright Eyes

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The latest.  A paintstik background, rubbed with numerous rubbing plates, and lots of different colors overlapping each other on some hand dyed fabric you’re not sure what do with! Let the paint dry, and heat set it with an iron. Add a curved border. Add a little bit of couching.  Use several yarns!  Why not? Use a pretty batik backing …

Red Autumn

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This is one of the many projects that has been ‘waiting in wings’ for quilting in the studio.  I stenciled these leaves onto a green batik using Shiva Paintstiks; one of my favorite mediums.The leaves were then fused down to the red swirl batik, seen below: Click here to see some other projects I’ve made with Shiva Paintstiks — the …