With Love from the Carribean!

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Oh I wish! LOL. Someday, perhaps I will actually BE in the CarriBEean!  I know I would love to go and take photographs for sure! Sunbathing—not so much!  But I send my love anyway!  Here’s some quick pics of the first of the new series of prints I made this past weekend, just finished.   I  adore these colors:  The only …

Superior Thread Charts

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These are really great resources.  I mean… really GREAT! No matter what kind of machine you have.  I hand them out at all my classes.  This is one of the best guides I’ve ever seen or used for understanding tension adjustments on ANY machine: One of the biggest issues I see students struggle with, is tension knowledge.  To get a …

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 …

“THE FUZZ!”

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Time to call in the police… “The Fuzz!”   Today’s post is about a specific thread made by the thread company, YLI.  Let me say that I like, use and appreciate YLI’s products.  This particular thread is made specifically for machine quilting, as you can see from the label in the picture below.  It’s a 40 wt; 3 ply, which means …

Cosmo Wonder

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— “Cosmo Wonder” Fabric Paper Collaged Quilt —   Latest in my attraction to fabric paper quilts, andinspired by one of my most favorite flowers to grow in the garden:   COSMOS! EnJOY! I really enjoy using a very thick thread; it’s like maybe 26 weight, made by YLI thread company, and designed by Laura Heine of Fiberworks Quilt Shop in Billings MT.  …

CHICKS DIG GLITZ!

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I know I’ve had more than a couple posts about  threads… and it’s likely that I won’t ever stop teaching… encouraging… showing… learning more!  It’s just THAT IMPORTANT if you want to learn to make metallics SING FOR YOU!   Expand your creative world ‘to infinity and beyond!”with metallics! Without that knowledge, your fun at the sewing machine… isn’t so much …

SPRING FLING Placemats

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Welcome in Spring! Okay…. maybe NOT just yet…blizzard conditions here in MT yesterday.  Nevertheless… the time is to sew for it is now! Soon it will be here, (truly!) and y’all will be wanting to be out in yards, gardens, and smelling that new grass!  So it’s more than a couple months off here in Montana… but why not DREAM …

Bernina Foot #43 Free Motion Couching

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So… we visited yesterday with a quilt using more “traditional” type of couching, with the blog the day before on the #39 foot.  Tomorrow I will be posting a small project showing this technique, and I hope you will check back then! And TODAY… more couching!  How I love a free motion foot of any kind… but this #43 free …

LACE Flowers

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I call them “Lace Flowers” but perhaps someone has a better…more creative or original name?  I’d LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!!  (pretty please!?)  Hey… anyone out there???  Hmmm… well as I wait with  baited breath, let me tell you a bit about these little jewels of threadplay…. Quite simple to do… and make them as fun as you’d like with …

FABULOUS FIBER SCARF

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Oh gosh…I really hope you will want to try this project, if you haven’t already!!  These scarves are not only beautiful, and one-of-a-kind, but functional, AND a great way for anyone who is new to free motion, to get the ‘feel’ of stitching without alot of other distracting issues such as tension.  And one gets to play with texture, color, …

BIRD in the VELVET

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Good morning!  It’s cold out there… we have 3 above with a wind…brrrrr! Here is a project that I hope… will  warm your heart! “Bird in the Velvet” — Pattern and inspiration courtesy of Sue Spargo, a designer whose specializes in folk art and wool, and more… I just love her design play, colors and textures; they just completely pull …

Psalm 91:11 for JAMIE

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Jamie’s Angel… flashy and funky, stylin’ and cheerful…bright and red-haired, creative and musical… that’s our JAMIE!  This quilt was inspired by, and is dedicated to my friend and Christian sister, Jamie B.  I had so much fun playing ‘dress-up’ with this doll of an ANGEL.  Love her red hair! Everything else I chose revolved around the red head!  I had …