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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?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

collage inspiration and winners!

hello ~  time nearly got away from me; have been travelling lately visiting my dad and mom in billings mt, and cleaning... {make that purging} our entire home!  yay!  {feels sooo good}.  and ... lots of great exercise!  {maybe not so much}.  but a workout for sure, hauling boxes and books, fabric, patterns, clothing, knick knacks... and "inheritances" i've stored of my gramma and mom's things.  time to "make a way!"

in the meantime, i am honored to share a beautiful collage from my "painted pony" ~ sunblossom pattern. this one made by my friend chris from washington, who will also be teaching this collage class in her area and quilt shop located in mount vernon washington, to be specific!  yay!   i love the quilting!  {go figure}!  but i also lvoe the entire creative way she put her together, and so one more inspirational piece for you to be encouraged to make your very own masterpiece collaged and quilted art! 
and a buffalo that WON first place in the Abilene TX quilt show this june! created by my friend vickie.  it's very very wonderful!  i love the personality this buffalo exhibits!  it's really quite charming!  she added the extra leg in the back, too, as i did.  {and i love that tail!!} and... vickie is working on a st. bernard dog now, too!  wouldn't we love to see that one?  {yes!}


and then just a roundup... highlights and reposting some photos that i hope will keep on... or further inspire you to jump into the magical world of collage:











and the winners of my pattern give-a-way ~ courtesy of mr. brian mcneil... who randomly picked three numbers, and they are:

comment #16 from "kathyE" and you win BOTH of my newest patterns: "big blooms" and "my cup overflows" ~ congratulations!

AND... {that's not all!}  of course, if you've been reading my blog, you know i always love to add something "more"... and to offer a bit more than what was expected... because it is a blessing to me to do so!  the next winners are:

#21 commenter "vickie" ~ you win one pattern... of your choice!

#7 commenter "allisonCB" ~ you also win a pattern of your choice!

just contact me with information, and i'll get these out to you soon!

thanks for supporting my etsy store, and this blog ~ i am grateful, and always blessed!  it's fun, and i love doing it, sharing, growing and learning with all of you.  i so appreciate all of your kind comments, words of encouragement, and know that i enjoy hearing from each one of you!!

oh, and i almost forgot ~ because i was late posting ... i've EXTENDED the SALE in my etsy shop until JULY 15th! the coupon codes: 30PERCENT for 30% off any item {not just patterns but the whole store} or you can also use coupon code 5DOLLARSOFF any purchase $12 minimum, in my posted  here!


thank you!
bless your july day!
soli deo gloria
xoxo
leslie















Thursday, July 9, 2015

#mymontana ~ #fieldsofgold in those big big skies ~ prairies and mountains

hello ~ welcome {once again} to my favorite landscape venue... montana!

i do love {attempting} to capture just a tiny bit of God's awesome glory in wheat fields... wildflowers, mountains n' prairies... and those ever-so-glorious, wide-open, big skies.

there is almost always a surprise of landscape glory waiting, if you are looking for it!  and with the wheat fields starting to turn, and some late evening sun, it was a fun capture or two!

instagram is my favorite place to post my favorite photos instantly too, and discover many other's grand captures of this amazing world we live in...

"mymontana" ~ is a lifelong experience... a growing up of sorts, if you will... of wandering, exploring, and wonder in dusty backroads, and often inconvenient... but ever-changing... sometimes brutal, sometimes sweet and peaceful, requiring one to be flexible and quickly adaptable if you want to truly see her wildness... and enjoy it.

as one quote has said, "she's a sterling silver lady with gold dust in her veins." -- by rob quist ~ "a lady called montana"
these are some of my favorite searchable hashtags which i use for my own captures:

#mymontana
#montanamoments
#fieldsofgold
#centralmontana










thanks for hangin' out here in #mymontana
 for a little bit...
be blessed!
xo
soli deo gloria
leslie

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

my ex libris summer challenge with accuquilt and a t-shirt ~

hi there y'all ~  happy first of july!

here is a fun, fast project i played with earlier this week.  a very summery, bright and #piecebaby t-shirt.  i'm happy with how it turned out, and even better... it's something i will enjoy wearing, too!

i purchased the t-shirt from a local quilt shop and one of my favorite bernina shops too ~ the sewingpalacebernina.com in helena montana, {where i will be teaching a collage class july 29th and 30th this month ~ yay~}  i thought this t-shirt with the bright pink '#piecebaby' hashtag appealing, and was inspired by their challenge/contest to create a very simple entry.

read on below to see how i did this... in less than an hour! 



 i began by fusing the ex libris panel {by fabric designer alison glass} to steam-a-seam2 lite.
 i then took that fused panel, and placed it on my accuquilt "GO!" using the dresden plate die with the rounded edges:
 i cut the little tabs off the side of the pre-fused pieces, and then placed them how i wanted them on the front of the t-shirt, and once happy with that placement, i ironed them.

next, i took a fusible batting {from OESD} and fused this soft, lightweight batting to the BACK of the t-shirt. that will give me a good base of stabilized fabric to free motion quilt on.  i used a 90/14 topstitch needle too... even on this knit fabric, and it worked great.

then, with magnifico {100% polyester thread} and masterpiece cotton on the bobbin, both from superior threads.com, i free motioned in a very loose edgey style, around each of the dresden plate motifs, going around it twice.  no need to get caught up in perfect... just get it done, and have fun doing it!

i cut away the excess fusible fleece once i was finished quilting... and then

done!
the OESD product i used is known as a "Cut-Away" variety of stabilizer, and this particular one is "fusible fleece."  it works like a charm in it's ease of use, and it's very soft against one's skin, too, so it's perfect for wearables.  and... it's very much a staple of stabilizers in my sewing studio  {that was not only a mouthful to say, but a challenge to type!}
  fun... fast... and very summery... 
and wearable in a quick hour or less!  
this would be a fun design on a white t-shirt in random prints...a flag or a flower...
of
red.
white.
and blue.
guess i'd better go shopping for a white one!


have a wonderful fourth of july!
be blessed
xo
soli deo gloria
leslie

Friday, June 26, 2015

pattern giveaway and etsy shop sale ~

good morning glories!

happy summer, and happy give-a-way day!  today, i am announcing my summer give-a-way of two of my newest collage patterns, including a sale in my etsy shop, too ~  

first, the sale details.  $5 off any collage pattern with a minimum purchase of $12.  use code 5DOLLARSOFF when checking out.

OR 

choose code 30PERCENT for 30% off any item over $24, including patterns, and as many as you would like. that would mean the total savings on a $24 pattern is $8 off!  {it's a hot deal!}   psst: there's a bonus ~ as a special thank you, i'll be adding some fun pre-cut and pre-fused collage goodies to each pattern sold!

note: these sale codes will expire Sunday, JULY 12th.

now for the giveaway ~ i'm giving away TWO patterns; one each of 'my cup overflows' and 'big love bouquet' collages. all you need to do to enter is comment here on this blog post!  for an extra entry, share this blog post on any social media, and comment back here with the link showing you did so. you have until friday july 10th to do so.  i'll pick a winner and announce it here on the blog saturday, july 11th!  

in other pattern news, i've developed a second pony version; this one is called "toni's pony" and is just a variation of the original 'sun blossom' collage pony pattern.  so if you'd like to order the pony pattern in the "toni's pony version", just let me know in the remarks section on etsy, and i'll change out the cover to suit your preference.

and... i've completed another new collage; {see below}... and let me know what you think ~ pretty please?!


















here's the fawn!  she's  getting  her legs untangled, and ready to hop quick after momma.  this one is inspired by the all the sweet, new june babies we've been seeing in our countryside.

have a great day, and thank you for coming by!  best of luck to you, too, on the give-a-way!  

blessings
xo
leslie
soli deo gloria!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

peachy summer feathers ~

hello ~

first, all i can say is "score!"

because this hand dyed fabric from vicki welsh is a one-of-a-kind special piece... simply because she doesn't really make it anymore. 

a bit of summer and sunshine in a piece of fabric.  happy and bright, warm and enticing ~ and even a bit of a tropical feel, too, especially because of the aqua colored 100% polyester thread {magnifico thread by superior threads}  i added as i quilted the feathers. 

love these colors ~  i think it's so amazing how quilting with just two colors; a pink and aqua thread, come together in the 'spine line' of the feathers, to create this glowing, and very pretty blue-ish hue.  it's always kind of magical!  {really, it's just two threads, i promise!}

and so it's just another fun and great way to continue practicing... attempting to make soft, and more graceful curves with the off-shoots of secondary feathers {as i call them}.  gotta work practice on this a little more, but i'm so giddy over the color story i'm going to be happy about it all the way!! it's a summer picnic!  {available in my etsy shop, too}

i also finished it with couching in a gorgeous hand dyed rayon yarn, which has those same colors; but different shades; a rosey pink, burgundy, and turquoise-aqua greens.  i do loved how it turned out.

{Summer Picnic is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, too}






'summer picnic' is in my etsy store, too.
there were three thread colors total; a light peachy pink in te stippling quilting motif in the background of the feathers.  additionally, i've shown my bobbin thread is brown; also a superior thread; 'masterpiece' -- a 50 wt cotton.  

i added a pretty floral binding to top it off nicely... like whipped cream on peaches and strawberries ~ yum!  that's my kind of picnic for sure!!    

enJoy your day ~ be blessed!
xo
soli deo gloria.
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