Joan’s Chinese Indigo

THOUGHT YOU MIGHT ENJOY THIS PICTURE OF YOUR DESIGNS SURROUNDED BY KONA BAY KOI FISH. THE BLUE CHINESE COIN FABRIC WAS USED ON THE BACK.  THE PIECE WAS QUILTED WITH METALLIC THREAD AND RHINESTONES WERE ADDED FOR THE EYES.

I LOVE YOUR PATTERNS AND USE THEM OFTEN.

THANKS FOR YOUR CREATIVITY. 

BFC0637 Chinese Indigo – Quilt Blocks I

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BFC0637 Chinese Indigo – Quilt Blocks I

 

Joan’s use of Fibers

Hi Suz,

Of course you may post anything of mine you like on your stash gallery.

I have used your fibers in two of my quilts.  The first was Twin Peaks where I made grass along the roadway.  The other is Bernal Park, which you have seen recently.   I will add these two to this email.

My next project is a seascape, so I won’t need more fibers yet, but I do intend to keep experimenting with eyelash yarn….and you have such a great collection in your stash I will be back to purchase more.

Thank you for your kind words and attention to my work.

Joanie

BFC Fibers

 

Judy’s Fiber Arts

Hi Suz,

I am just so flattered that you would use my work for your stash page.

I just remembered that there is one more quilt that I used BFC stash charms.  In The Woods, I used the little leaf beads around the border and then I broke up some of the tiny wooden beads to look like rocks on the path.  It was my first landscape quilt.  Taken from a shot of the woods in Northern Ireland.  I am sending it along for you to see.

I learned from this quilt that a fussy border distracts from the image.  The close up without the border is more interesting, I think.  Do you agree?

I am just so damn pleased that you like my work!   I love these Judy! Suz

Laura’s Christmas Presents!!

Laura produces so many beautiful projects.  She’s been concentrating on getting Christmas presents done.

Ta-Da! Matching design shirts for daughter-in-law and granddaughter.  Thanks so much for this delightful design.

BFC31690 Our Sweet Owl at Christmas

Happy Holidays!

Laura

Just wanted to show you my pillow..The orange coloration of this dragon looks beautiful against the eggplant colored  faux suede.  I used your variegated thread, Creamsickle, to sew on the 1/4 inch bias trim, and thought that would be the name I would choose for this dragon.  One Christmas present done, just a couple more to go.  Hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving.  Thanks, Laura

BFC31692 Delights Amber Dragon in 5 sizes

Two out of three Christmas presents, done. Yeah!  I love this kitten.  It makes me smile whenever I look at it.  I hope it will do the same for my friend, Evelyn, in assisted living.  She loves cats.  I recently gave her an embroidery I did of your Large Mountain Lion, and she loved it.  She grew up in Wisconsin and her father used to train dogs to hunt the big cats.  It brought back great memories for her.  I’m hoping this kitty will bring back much gentler memories.

I did this embroidery on black velvet, with the knapp going up.  It was much darker that way.  I backed it with black, fusible fleece and used a tear-away stabilizer, and a size 14 top-stitch needle, no problems at all.  Until next time,

Thanks a bunch, Laura

BFC1095 Window-Kitten in a Bowl

Good Morning, it is a good morning, indeed.  I finished my “Christmas present sewing project list”, and wanted you to see the finished project.  I am naturally not a quilter, I love clothing making and embroidery, however at times I do break my own mould and do some simple quilting.  Here is an example.  I had all the fabric, not bought at the same time, and they went together beautifully.  Yeah for stash-building.  I had ferns in mind when I chose the fabric.  Your fern program, BFC505 was just the ticket!

Because the fabric was pieced and quilted to batting and I used a pretty substantial stabilizer, I used a size 14 top stitch needle.  However I started having loops show up within the stitching on both the top and underneath the design. I believe the large fern frond has about 39,000 stitches, and they are small, so I thought the needle might be too large for the small stitches.  I changed to a size 12 top-stitch needle and nary one more loop formed.  We live and learn.

Although the violets in the design were a freebee from years ago, and I know not where it came from, I believe your ferns are the star of the show.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

BFC0505 Ferns and Flowers

I really love the fabrics in this pillow!!! Suz

Thank you Laura for all your wonderful work

 

Sharon’s wonderful Stitched Dragons

We have recently joined with Delight of Delight’s Fantasy Art to create designs from her art.  Sharon has made a wonderful start with  her stitchouts!  When she posted them on our Facebook group I asked if I could share them here. 🙂

BFC2008 Delight’s Daydreams, Individual Designs

BFC31666 Delight’s Pals – Dragon and Cat

 

BFC31675 Delight’s The Librarian – Commercial Sizes

Renee and Skye’s Outer Space

We were discussing constellations and outer space and this was written by Renee:

These include some designs from elsewhere on here also, but this was very special. Skye had a dream one night, and told me about it, I wrote it down. THE NEXT DAY you posted the outer space designs and when Skye looked at them she said YES GRAMA! Those are the pictures of my dream! So we made her ‘book’. The ‘fire’ one she designed herself. And she was 3.5 at the time. 🙂 This is the Outer Space designs.

Renee, Skye and I have been friends for many years through BFC.  Skye is off to college this year!!!

BFC0579 Outer Space

I think we can take a great idea to help our children develop their creative size.  I can think os several ways to do this.  One is to look through designs with your child and ask for their thoughts and opinions.  Make note of ones they really like and what they say about them.  Another is to give them a topic – might be pets, family – or Outer space – and look through designs with them for things that express the topic.  Again record their choices and write down what they say.  You can make a wall hanging, or a book of the results.  It would be great to look through as they developed new ideas!

Laura’s Cranes

Good morning.  Here is the latest in my adaptation of your awesome design, BFC 1409, Oriental Cranes.  I have had the background fabric in my stash half way to forever knowing someday I would find the perfect use for it.  Obviously your design was it.  I did some simple quilting on the backgroud fabric before I did the embroidery and after I did some design placement with a template.  Then once the design was finished I outlined stitched the design for a little more definition..  Thanks so much for all you do.  Until next time, happy stitching!

Absolutely beautiful Laura!

BFC1409 Large Oriental Cranes

June’s Autumn Leaves with Fibers

Wouldn’t that be nice!

Yes I use lots of fibers in my work!! I’d love to work with you. My time a the moment is limited because I am still working 2-3 days a week……at 68! However, I am planning to retire next June—earlier if ………..

I’ll send you some photos of my work.

I am feeling very honored with your suggestion.

I’ll send the pictures separately

June

This one is great June!  I do love your work too.

Suz

BFC0520 Window – Autumn Fantasy

 

Tiny’s Princess Kaïulani”s Poppies

Hello,

I’m an embroidery fan from The Netherlands for 2 years now and finally dare to make one of those fine projects I see on your website.

After learning about embroidery en purchase a machine (Pfaff Creative Vision) and lots of try outs I now finished a quilt from your site.

I thought maybe you like to see that even in Europe people love your artistic projects.

So herebye…Kind regards

Tiny from Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
It is beautiful Tiny!!!!!  This has always been one of my favorites.  I have it hanging at the top of my second floor stairs.  Thanks so much for the photos of your project!    Suz

BFC0935 Art Quilt Princess Ka’iulani’s Poppies

 

 

Linda’s Peacock, Elephant and Unicorn!

Linda has done 3 fantastic projects and shows how a little embellishment can add do much to a finished embroidery!

The first is her Peacock:

from Linda:

I’m sending a photo of my latest finished wall hanging, your art deco peacock.  As you can see, I did a bit of editing and added a double swirl to the inside area of the peacock where there was a large, open space.  I used the same color thread as for the first swirl, Your thread number 2852, Light Green Amber, which looks like a soft, golden beige, and I love how it blends with the background fabric, yet still shows up and doesn’t compete with the Peacock.  Thanks for the lovely design. P.S.  I forgot to say I “crystalized” the peacock, using three colors of Swarovski crystals, Lt. Turquoise, Topaz and Crystal Meridian Blue.  They went so well with the colors of the design.

BFC1476 Large Decorative Peacock

Next her Bull Elephant:

Look what I did with your Indian Elephant design, BFC 1545.  I found a use for all that fancy beaded fringe I bought, on sale, and had no idea what I was going to do with it!  This design was really fun, and only 6 colors were used!  I gave this elephant a name- I call him “Bull-E”, my sad play on words, but it can stand just for bull elephant.  Thank you for the joy.  Laura

BFC1545 Large Decorative Indian Elephant

And her Unicorns:

Just finished this.  It’s for my 10 year old granddaughter for Christmas.  It turned out almost glowing! For whatever reason, using the mottled, royal blue background, seems to make the unicorns almost look 3D.  FYI, when the embroidery was finished, because of my choice of thread colors, there wasn’t as much definition as I wanted.  Guess what!  A number 2 common pencil worked great to get the details to stand out.  Thanks for the great design.

Yep, it is eyelash yarn.  A good number of years ago I found 2 hanks of it in the remnant bin at Walmart.  One was green and the other aqua.  I believe I had one of your mermaid designs I wanted to do and the yarn reminded me of seaweed.  Once I embroidered the design I then couched the yarn on to make an underwater scene.  Since then I have used that yarn a number of different ways and as hangers on 4 different wall hangings.  It adds a bit of unexpected texture.  It also proves there is a reason we are confirmed stash builders! We never know when we will use a treasure we have stashed.

BFC1749 A Mother Unicorn’s Love