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Sunday, 23 November 2014
Itty Bitty Loaves
Topic: In The Kitchen

This year my garden yielded a HUGE crop of squash. The crooknecks were shared but they still produced a bumper crop that had me roasting it in chunks for freezer storage. I also got an incredible yield from delicata squash and we're still enjoying that. The third squash was yellow acorn which I've been investigating new ways to use.

I found a reciebe for Acorn Squash Bread and had to give that a try! I adjusted the recipe in some ways so here is my version:

Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy bits. Place both pieces, cut side down, in a microwave dish. Add 1/2 inch of water and nuke for 15 minutes.

Turn cut side up and allow to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Scoop the soft squash into a blender and puree.

Measure out 1 cup of the squash puree, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of applesauce, and 1/2 cup of egg substitute (Egg Beaters, for instance). Can use 2 eggs instead, if you wish.

Combine these ingredients in a bowl.

Measure out 1 1/2 cups white flour, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder. You may elect to add 1/4 tsp salt but I leave it out.

Add these dry ingredients to the wet slowly while stirring.

Stir until no lumps remain.

Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts and fold into batter. I used walnuts but it would be good with pecans as well.

Use baking spray to prepare mini-loaf pans.

Divide batter between four pans and bake for 45-50 minutes.

Turn out loaves onto a wire rack to cool.


The first time I made this recipe I used a single full-size loaf pan and baked it for 60 minutes.

Many more squash left - will be making more of this bread.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Cabin In the Corner
Topic: Quilting


With the full set of 12 building blocks and 4 corner trees left from the shop hop kits I put together version 2.0.

The center of this one are orphan blocks from the recent 'This and That' quilt which is a half log cabin block. I added sashing between the blocks and then used some fabric from my stash to create an inner and an outer border.

You can see the quilting I did through all of the sashing and borders is what I call loopy stippling. I also used this quilting in the sky on the building blocks.

I used a woodgrain for the binding as it adds to the rustic feel of the quilt.


The woodgrain is carried over to the outer 5 inches of the back and a center panel of fabric left over from the lanterns finishes it off.

Both of these quilts of the buildings will go to the Passages program at the local Hospital.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 21 November 2014
Town Square
Topic: Quilting

A friend who is no longer able to quilt had attended a shop hop several years ago and collected kits at each shop for blocks designed like little buildings. She had made a few of the blocks from the kits (each kit made two identical blocks) but never finished.

When the finished blocks and remaining kits were given to our quilt group I became the designated finisher.

I made the rest of the blocks - except for a few that did not match the character of these (a Sunbonnet Sue, a Moose, and a Birdhouse). This left me with 11 building blocks and I wanted 12 for the layout I had in mind. So I designed a new block and made it out of a combination of my stash and leftovers from the kits.

I created a center from some orphan blocks left over from the Celtic Dreams quilt. To this I added the 12 blocks of buildings and then I needed something for the corners. A paper-pieced pine tree was just the ticket.

I did some of the quilting using decorative stitches on my new sewing machine. I started with some pine trees on the outer border.

Then the inner border got a line of houses.

And then each building got a cat - in the window or on the doorstep.

I had another set of the building blocks left so I will feature that quilt tomorrow.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Feeling a Little Saucy
Topic: In The Kitchen

An over-abundance of tomatoes in the garden, all ripening at once, led me to the decision to try making some pasta sauce of them.

The tomatoes I had to work with were heirlooms with an orangy coloring so the sauce is not a dark red as expected. I cruised the web to read up on the process and recommended ingredients. Then I just went off on my own and made it up as I went along.

I started by cutting the tomatoes into chunks - these were HUGE fruits, up to 6 inches across! The chunks were placed in a big stockpot and some white wine added. I also added oregano and thyme, some salt and pepper.

While this cooked down on low heat I put two cut onions and some garlic into the oven wrapped in foil. I roasted these until they were tender and then tossed them in the pot with the tomatoes.

I used a potato masher to break up the tomatoes and continued cooking. When everything was pretty 'loose' I scooped some into a collander and pressed the pulp through. This left behind the tomato skins which were then discarded. All the juice and pulp was run through the food processor to puree it and then returned to the stock pot.

At this point I added more spices, some garlic powder and some chicken boullion powder. A little paprika helped add red color to the sauce.

This was then allowed to simmer for a couple of hours until reduced to about 1/3 of the original volume.

The result was 5 pints of pasta sauce which I packaged for the freezer.

This will make a tasty winter treat over spaghetti - perhaps with a little ground beef added in.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Purple Plus
Topic: Quilting

I took some orphan blocks from the 'Honesty's Promise' quilt and added some sashing, more snowball corners, and multiple borders to make a quilt for the hospital Passages program.

The sashing and outside border are of a very dark purple, changing the entire feel of the design. I put the lighter colors in the middle which tends to lighten it a bit.

The sashing was from my stash and I used all of it up. Then I decided I needed the dark border and found this fabric on the left that was a close color. It was a print with a swirly line, though, so I did a stipple quilting in the sashing using a light thread that sort of mimiced it.

This was the first time I had done a two-toned binding, too. It was quite the brain strain to come up with the proper measurements to make the seam between the colors end up precisely on the turn, but I did it and I like it.

I did the two-toned binding because I didn't have any one binding fabric that went equally well on the back and the front of the quilt. Solved!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Stamp and Scrap Flower
Topic: Stamping

I think this is the last of the images I colored on the day with no power a couple of months back. I guess I might have missed one somewhere, but this is it for the time being.

I trimmed the image with a thin border and combined it with table scraps that picked out hues from the coloring.

I chose a solid yellow background for the same reason.

Again, with the gold Thank You sentiment sticker.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 17 November 2014
Brights With a Band
Topic: Pretty Paper

I had lots of table scraps left and pulled three brights that looked good together. The two chevrons were just a smidge off so I pulled out the black striped strip to separate them.

Each of the colors got a medium doodle line for more definition.

All this is on a teal background with the additon of a gold sentiment and two puffy heart stickers.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Thanks, Guy
Topic: Stamping

I wanted to have a card that had a more masculine feel to it. I chose table scraps with dark hues and low contrast.

I decided to enliven this with a strip of shiny gold the exact width of the stamped image.

Three strips of scraps pick up colors from the image and balance the right side of the card.

The shiny gold Thank You sticker on top of the shiny gold strip resembles embossing.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Zippy Pastels
Topic: Stamping

Some of the table scraps I pulled out were just meant to be together like these pink chevron and teal dot papers. I added the yellow crosspieces because of the yellow roof on the birdhouse.

I cut the image in a circle instead of the usual square.

I wanted something to pull out the orange from the image and chose these puffy hearts.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 14 November 2014
Scrappy Birdhouse
Topic: Stamping

Since the birdhouse was so colorful in this version I wanted to keep the background fairly neutral, thus keeping the focus on the image.

I used table scraps with low contrast and soft hues but cut and arranged them in a casual style.

The addition of a pink border on the image separates it from the background.

I made use of those gold Thank You stickers again.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Coral Concoction
Topic: Stamping

I had a lot of left over of this birdhouse. I had colored this in many different ways during the session with no power.

I trimmed this version down to nearly square and combined table scraps in a variety of coral patterns. The border on the feature is popped up on foam tape to separate it from the similar colored background.

The sentiment is a gold peel-off sticker.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 27 October 2014 7:55 PM PDT
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
What's Your Bag? - a Stencil Tutorial AND Sewing Lesson
Topic: Sewing

I have had SO much fun creating with the stencils I got from My Favorite Things and had one more technique I wanted to try using the Graduated Dots stencil - painting on fabric.

I had on hand 6 different colors of metallic Lumiere acrylic paints and a non-stick craft sheet.

I chose from my stash a piece of printed quilting cotton to work on.

I cut 12 squares from the fabric to work on. Then I cut up some sponge to apply the paint with.

The paint was applied through the stencil by tapping until solid coloring was achieved.

I made two panels of each color and washed the stencil between colors.

The silver and the White Pearl look almost the same!

After 24 hours drying time the fabric was ironed on the front (which reminds me of the time I looked at the settings on my iron and, upon seeing 'acrylic' wondered why you would want to iron paint?) Well, this is such an occasion, but most likely not what they meant.

The paint jar said to also press the fabric on the back.


I had this wonderful painted fabric and just started creating on-the-fly to see what I could make with it.

I started by trimming all the blocks down to 5 7/8 inches square. This strange measurement came about because that was the size the smallest one was and they all had to be the same.

Each block was then quartered.

The result was a mix of 48 awesome dotted fabrics.

I worked to find a layout I liked - semi-random.

I remembered I had some iron-on interfacing with 1-inch grid marks on it - left over from making a watercolor quilt. And I also decided at this point that I wanted to make two pieces of 'fabric' out of my squares.

I laid out half of the blocks, face up, on the 'sticky' side of the grid, centering the blocks inside of a 3 inch alignment. This left a little bit of adhesive exposed between the blocks.

This was covered with a pressing cloth and ironed to adhere the fabric squares to the backing.

I folded the piece, right sides together with a crease along the marked grid.

I set the stitch length to 2 and stitched 1/4 inch from the edge of the fold.

I continuee with all of the seams which went in this direction. Here's how it looked at this point.

I turned to the back and clipped almost to the stitching line at each of the intersections.

This clipping is what allows the fabric to be folded in the other direction without binding at the intersections.

I folded along the marked grid and turned the seams in opposite directions to reduce bulk.

Then I stitched 1/4 inch from the fold.

On the next pass the seams fell in the opposite directions so they would lay flat.

I worked my way across and when done, pressed all the seams from the back.

And then pressed from the front.

I trimmed off all the stray edges of the interfacing.

And now I had two pieces of 'fabric' from which to make???? something!


First I measured to see what size I had to work with (everything from hereon out was made up as I went along). My fabrics measured 14 7/8 by 10 inches.

I cut two pieces of unbleached muslin to the same size, to use for a lining.

From the original un-painted fabric I cut 4 strips at 1 1/2 x 22 inches. These would become the handles.

I set the stitch length to 1.5 and stitched the two lining pieces together 1/4 inch from the edge on one long side and both short sides. I backstitched at the top edges.

I placed the feature fabric right sides together, carefully matching the seams on the feature blocks, and stitched down the short sides and across the long edge at 1/4 inch. I also backstitched the ends of this.

I put my hand inside the bag and made the corners lay with the seams on top of each other.

I measured up 2 inches from the corner and stitched straight across (this is called 'boxing the corners).

I trimmed away at 1/4 inch from the seam.

These steps were repeated with the lining.

I set these pieces aside to tackle making the handles.

I placed two of the strips together and stitched up one long side. Before stitching the end I placed a long cord inside and stitched over it. Then I kept pushing it back against the completed seam as I stitched the other long edge.

To turn the strip, I just pulled on the cord and voila!

I cut the end off to release the stitched-in cord.

I worked to square the seams and pressed them flat.

Then I top-stitched 1/8 inch from both edges with a 3.0 stitch length.

I added a magnetic snap to another piece of the plain fabric and built a 'tab' around it that looks like the handles. I also attached the other half of the magnetic snap to the feature fabric.

With the bag right side out the handles (cut down to 16 inches) and tab were pinned to the bag with extra fabric extending off the edge for construction strength.

The lining was turned wrong side out and the bag was slipped inside of it.

The side seams were opened flat and pinned together.

The remainder of the top edge was pinned together.

The stitch length was set back to 1.5 and I started on the front straps and sewed right around to the back and to the front again. I did this with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and backstitched the beginning, the end and over each of the handles and the tab.

This left an opening between the handles on the front.

The bag was turned right side out through this opening.

The lining was tucked inside the bag.

The edges of the opening were turned in and stitch length was set to 3.0. I then started at one side seam and top-stitched at 1/8 inch around the top edge.

I turned the entire bag wrong-side out and folded at the side seams.

I used a 2.0 stitch length to make a 1-inch seam through all layers, 1 inch from the side seam. (yep, I backstitched both ends of the seam).

I turned the bag right side out and... tah dah!


Squeal! Is that the cutest? And no pattern required!

And I really did make it up as I went along.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Honesty's Promise
Topic: Quilting

Jeremiah 29:11 - This Bible promise is the basis for the naming of this new quilt, for a young lady named Honesty. Isn't that a beautiful name? I think she needs a bit of encouragement and this promise was made for that: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." We can all use a promise like that!

I made this quilt all from scraps symbolizing the way God takes what we consider to be rags, leftovers and of no account and turns them into something beautiful. The rotating bands symbolize that there is no direction we can go where He will not be with us. And the diamonds show us right in the center of His will.

Honesty loves purple so that is the feature color. But the beauty of one color is intensified by contrast so a bit of teal is added. The fabrics are patterned with flowers and butterflies - symbols of hope.

I left all the layers under the diamonds so they would have a volume and puffiness to them and stitched in the ditch around them.

The rest of the quilting is swirls and loops up and down each of the color bars.

I used a verigated thread for the quilting.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 10 November 2014
This and That
Topic: Quilting

Since this quilt was put together from bits and pieces and scraps I decided to call it This and That. It is from a pattern called Junctures which is basically a half log cabin with a cornerstone.

I started with the wide stripe of green and selected fabrics that used colors in common with it. 

An up-close view of the fabrics shows how they work together even though they are very different from one another.

I quilted with stitch in the ditch along the insides of the green bars of the blocks. Then I tied the quilt at the intersections of the green bars and the dark green blocks.

This is the first quilt I have tied so I can add that to the list of techniques learned. This is Passages quilt 28.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Pick Of the Crop
Topic: Quilting

One by one I am getting the quilting and binding done on the stack of quilt tops I pieced this summer.

Today's finish is called Pick of the Crop. I started with a length of fabric that featured single apples in frames of sticks. These were cut down to a standard size and then bright red, yellow and green scraps were stitched on in a Courthouse Steps arrangement.

I used solid red and a golden tone to build sashing with cornerstones.

I quilted by first stitching an outline around each apple and then filling everything except the apple backgrounds with a medium meander.

The binding is a mottled coppery-brown that matches the backing fabric.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Wolf Family Album
Topic: Quilting

With one large panel and many bits left over from the wolf quilt I made this spring I put together another quilt. I cut the bits into single wolf images and used a mix of green scraps to make some wonky framed blocks with them.

The larger panel got center stage and was bordered with a wide swath of green and black circle fabric (left over from lanterns quilts). The individual wolf blocks were spaced around the outside and separated with black strips. 

Binding in black echoes the inner thin black border.

I quilted around each of the wolves throughout the quilt, around the black separating bars and then did a meander through the circles.

The backing is the same black used in the borders and the binding.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 24 October 2014 10:25 PM PDT
Friday, 7 November 2014
Birds and Blooms
Topic: Quilting

No it hasn't been 'that long' since I did any quilting. Instead, I used up a lot of my scraps and stash and worked on creating 8 quilt tops one after the other. Now I am gradually sandwiching, quilting and binding them.

The first one completed is from scraps of a wide floral stripe. I had used some of the stripes for borders on the 'Strippety Serendipity' quilt. For this one I cut the remainder of the fabric into the stripes, preserving the purple separating striped areas.

Each floral stripe got side borders of green. The resulting band was measured for width and then blocks were cross-cut from it at the same measurement to make squares.

These squares were turned so that they went _ | _ | _ | across, making sure that the birds in the blocks went in every direction so there is no 'right side up' to this perfectly square quilt. 

I used the reserved purple stripe for the first border, a pink dot for the second border and the green from the blocks for the binding.

I quilted in the floral blocks by outlining the main blooms:

On the back is a cheery tone-on-tone pink. I used red thread in the bobbin  and it blends nicely:

You also get a peek at the birds going in different directions in this view.

This is quilt #25 for Passages.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 24 October 2014 10:23 PM PDT
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Damask Christmas - a Stencil Tutorial
Topic: Stencils

I have one more technique using the Damask stencil from My Favorite Things to create a Christmas card.

This time I wanted to use the smaller motif for the design. I selected some tone-on-tone green dot paper and laid on the stencil. Then I dispensed a thick roll of Stickles red glitter glue above the top of the motif.

I used an old gift card as a squeege to pull the glitter glue into the openings of the stencil.

You might have to add more glitter glue to the top and squeege again to get enough fill.

Lift away the stencil and CLEAN IT. Here's your first ornament.

When this ornament is dry you can add another and another (otherwise you risk getting wet glitter on the back of your stencil and ruining your design.

When all my ornaments were dry I trimmed the piece, added some die-cut branches and drew in some hangers and caps with gold gel pen. I also used the gel pen to sketch in some outlines.

This was mounted to a red card base to enhance the ornaments.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Jumbled Letters - a Double Stencil Tutorial
Topic: Stencils

Today, I again have two techniques, this time using very different approaches to the Jumbled Letters stencil from My Favorite Things.


The first technique starts with watercolor paper and uses Distress Inks.

I used the foam applicator tool to cover the surface with three colors of Distress Ink.

Then I laid the stencil over the top and used a damp rag to try to scrub away color.

CRAFT FAIL! The ink did not come up as much as I had hoped and the water leaked under the stencil giving mushy edges.

It may not be what I wanted but I trimmed it down and used it anyway. I love the card that resulted when I used black Dazzles on it. Nobody has to know that this was not the look I was going for!

And then there was the technique that worked as planned...

This technique uses Versamark, Pearl-Ex powder and clear detail embossing powder.


I used cream cardstock for this technique. First, I treated the cardstock with an anti-static bag.

Then I placed the stencil and mooshed Versamark Ink through the open spaces.

I used a soft paintbrush to dust on the Pearl-Ex powder (I used antique gold).

Gently dust away surplus Pearl-Ex and then add clear embossing powder. It will still stick to the Versamark!

Heat set the embossing powder.

Repeat after me: "ooooh, aaaaah".

Trim and turn into a card front. I decorated mine with cardstock stickers.

Want more? The last stencil tutorial is tomorrow - though I might have a bonus one next month!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Wild About Wildflowers - a Double Stencil Tutorial
Topic: Stencils

I have two techniques again today, both involving text as a design element and both using the Wildflowers stencil from my recent order from My Favorite Things.

I wanted to try stamping through the stencil to see if it was thin enough to allow the stamped image to imprint right to the edges. I needed to use a very open bloom for this so I chose the face-on daisy.

I selected the 'unreadable text' stamp.

The stencil areas not to be imprinted were masked off with torn post-its.

Then the stamp was inked all over while laying face-up on the table.

The masked stencil was placed on the inked stamp.

Then the dark yellow cardstock was placed on the stencil and I used my fingers to work the area over the stencil to transfer the stamped image through it to the paper. DO NOT CLEAN THE STENCIL.

The result of a single impression.

I inked the stamp and placed the stencil again and made a second impression on the cardstock. DO NOT CLEAN THE STENCIL.

Then I laid the cardstock with the image facing up and arranged the stencil over one of the stamped areas.

I used a bit of sponge to smear the ink on the stencil into the open area thereby turning it into a silhouette.

Realign the stencil and smear into the second flower and stem. You end up with this:

After trimming to size I used the text stamp to add decoration to the four corners. This was then mounted to a bordering color and decorated with a die-cut tag.

I wanted to continue with the theme of text decoration but had an idea about using journaling as the 'fill'.

I placed the poppy stencil on white cardstock and used a very fine line marker to write within the bounds of the silhouette. When I got to the stem I made the journaling vertical, leaving out the leaves entirely.

I used the second poppy stencil to add more journaling. Then I placed the sprig and drew in the circles and a single line of stem.

The result was a lot of fun but not quite there.

I used the wrinkle free distress technique from Tim Holtz to color the background.

After trimming to size I used some 'Old Paper' Distress Ink direct-to-paper to tone the edges.

It got a very simple finish by mounting it to a rust-colored bordering panel.

This might be a fun technique to use on a scrapbook page, too.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST

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