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Great Falls, Montana, United States
I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

paris gibson garden in a peachy tablerunner collage ~

hi everyone ~

just when ya think you know a computer program, some 'update' comes along, and it gets "migrated" into another program... and then we seem to have internet issues... you know... all that jazz! 

in the meantime, i've been developing some other ideas for tablerunners using my fused flower shapes... creating, drafting, running to the print shop... re-writing... and writing  new patterns, and of course, quilting them... and that has been very fun!  {more to come} 

today's it's about  a more dainty variation of my new "paris gibson garden" tablerunner collage pattern. with a color theme of light pinks, cream, coral and peach with hints of gold and gray-greens, it's got a softer overall look on a subtl printed fabric background. i quilted it with a solid gold {superior's 40 wt magnifico polyester}.  

this variation utilizes medium to smaller flowers, and more open spaces... but my favorite feature  is the the two groupings of flowers that i placed off-center, in the middle, which makes a lovely accent to a vase or whatever one might place in the actual center of this piece...  

and if you look closely, you can see that the tinier flowers are kept in groups, but look delicate, and yet hold their own in the overall design of this runner, which makes them easier to cut, and fun to place! 










have a great day, and thanks for coming by!  i'll be showing {and giving away a pattern or two} ... soon!

soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

a wonderful memorial day ~

hello!

we had a wonderful celebration this past weekend, and remembering ~ this weekend comes to us all ~ courtesy of those who have served under the red, white and blue... giving their all for all of us.



from our front yard... to those amazing big blue skies.


fresh breezes.  warm air.  a flag flapping quietly...

rainstorms. 

green fields.

and a sweet graduation ceremony.  one of our favorite girls was the guest speaker.  she did an amazing job!
and good dogs!
 yes.  a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

soli deo gloria.
xo
leslie

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

shalom ~ a peaceful girl collage

hi there ~

this collage was inspired by a watercolor i had painted of my daughter-in-law, and then created into a collage.  

i quilted the words, "piecing princess" into it as a special touch, as it will be also be a sample that will hang in the quilt shop, the sewing palace bernina, in helena, montana.

i do really enjoy quilting with the bobbin play action, silver metallic thread, and adding a pretty framing with a beautiful hand-dyed yarn couched free motion into the binding...

this will also be my newest pattern, and it will be called "shalom ~ peaceful girl." 

i had a great time putting her together, and i love the black and white printed fabric used for her hairdo,  as well as a half flower for the "bow" on the back of her dress.  

i designed this collage to specifically utilize the large scale flower stash i've accumulated; mostly from the the westminster line of fabrics, designed by kaffe fasset, brandon malby, etc.  

the "theme blooms" in the dress are from a line of fabric, "kanvas felicity floral berry" by the fabric company benartex.  and the color theme for the body of the dress is creamy whites, light blues, soft peachy-pinks with a hit of lavender, and pops of royal blues.








"blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."  {Matthew 5:9}

thank you for stopping in, and may you know  peaceful blessings today and beyond.

soli deo gloria,
xo
leslie

Monday, May 4, 2015

toni's pony' ~ collage with sun blossom pattern

hi folks ~

yup.  another pony; a different version of the original, and also created from my newest collage pattern, "sun blossom."  only this girl was made especially for the lady who owns the quilt shop i teach in, miss toni!  done in some of toni's favorite colors, orange and purple.  with pops of peach, red, black and white:
oh.  that gorgeous background fabric?  nothing but another original beauty from one of my most favorite dyers everrrr... miss vicki welsh! i snagged up this sweet fabric recently, and i'm so glad i did!

velvet for the ears {naturally!}

bobbin play for the quilting, in a shape that emulates some of the collaged floral motifs in this sweet little pony.
i do love-love all that cool texture!
and a few sparkles on those butterflies... just because.  well.  you know why, right?  because... i can!  you may recall i used this same little glitzy embellishment on the little bags i made last summer?  

more butterfly kisses, for sure!
really excited at how fun this little girl is; and toni loves her!  she's hanging up at the quilt-a-way for toni and her customers to enjoy.  

and i have two new patterns; a pillow heart collage, a 22" pillow with an envelope back, newly listed for sale in my etsy shop, and a table runner pattern coming in a day or so.

we just finished up a fourth collage class, and #5 is now set for May 29th and 30th, a friday and saturday at the quilt-a-way.  

AND... yes!  {more collage ideas are popping up}.  and, i'm also so excited to be teaching a two-day collage class for one of my other favorite shops, the bernina sewing palace in helena montana.  this class will be july 29th-30th, a wednesday and thursday.  they have tons of samples of my work, some inspired from laura heine's patterns, as well as my own patterns, so stop in and say hi if you are there!!

blessings on your day.  i'm off to the print shop!  :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

a few quilted beauties of the falls quilt quild show ~ 2015

hi everyone ~ happy may!

our local quilt show happens every other year here, and this year... was my first appearance at the show!  i know.  that's just how life rolls sometimes!  

i was thrilled to see my friend toni's "zebra quilt" displayed, and awarded a top ten, and a blue ribbon, too!  


toni also made this hand-colored christmas snow globe quilt, from the crab apple tree patterns.  lovely hand embroidered, and the color is added with simple fabric crayons.  so charming!

and a few shots of the artsy quilts in the quilt guild's challenge this year of "art with a twist."  such very cool works of art!  

and a large beaded bold flower in this beauty:
clusters of beads in the center:
and mr. izaak made his first show appearance, joined by rocky, too!


and the colorful threadplay in this floral adds lovely textural interest, and what fun!

much of this was done in metallic thread, too.  definitely a labor of love, and so pretty in person!



and this stunning beauty, a wedding ring.  quite gorgeous.  my favorite "big quilt" of them all.  i just love the way the color fades in and out... beautifully accomplished.
although all were taken with my phone, i so appreciated the color, beauty and sweet styles of so many quilts.  hope you enjoyed them a bit, too!

i'm diligently working on more collages, and more classes!  and...  a new collage heart pattern i've developed is coming soon, and i've created another version of my new painted pony pattern, which i have shared on facebook {marveles art studios} and instagram {marveles}!  just in case you'd like to check it out.

i'm off to teach another full weekend of collage!  yippee skippee!
blessings,
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!
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