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In & Out of Studio 3D
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Joshua 24:15
Topic: Bible Journaling

 For this verse I wanted to include reference to the fact that all people can be the family of God no matter their circumstances or culture.

I included a tent, a house boat, a middle eastern house, an appartment building, row houses and a castle.

I chose simple block lettering for the scripture.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:57 AM PDT
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Job 7:17

While on this cruise we got to see such wonderful sights as the Coluseum in Rome, the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and the Last Supper in Milan! I wanted to reference some of that historic art and chose to include my version of Leonardo daVinci's Vitruvian Man in Job.

I had to go onto the ship's internet and search for it (not knowing what it was called). Searched 'man, circle, square' and there it was. I had not been sure of whether the circle was within the square of the other way around and was surprised to see that neither was right!

I did a quick sketch from the internet screen and went back to my scratch paper to refine it. I knew I couldn't come close to making it look 'just right' so I keyed in on the definable features that would make it recognizable: the positions of the feet (represented in triangles), the positions of the hands, the curly hair on the head, and the little hash marks dividing the legs and arms into relative lengths.

I also added the reference bar of measurements below.

I colored in a monochromatic scheme using one tone for the circle area, one for the square and one for the man.

Since daVinci used mirror writing in his notebooks (there the original of this appears) I titled the illustration  "Leonardo's Vitruvian Man" in mirror writing above it. I then filled in with scribble writing above and below to mimic that in the original.

Want to see the original?


The lettering is my invention.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 29 April 2017
1 Peter 2:6
Topic: Bible Journaling

 When I searched image files for the term 'cornerstone' this concept came up as a logo for some kind of conference or study. I did a quick sketch in my notebook to use on one of the myriad scriptures that use this term.

I started with very square blocks and then did pen scribble work to round the edges and add some face texture for dimension. I added the vines after this.

I used a warm grey and a cool grey to distinguish between the cross and the wall and then used a darker tone of each for shading.

I designed the lettering as being built of stones and used the same greys to color them.

The final word would not fit one one line if lettered in the stone-style so I did it on the diagonal and added flourishes and leaves to reference the vines in the illustration.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:23 AM PDT
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Matthew 18:12-13
Topic: Bible Journaling

When I was looking for a sheep picture to use in a previous page, I came across this little lamb and had to save him to use for this scripture. He is so sweet!

The original showed only the lamb and a bit of the shepherd's sleeve so I had to 'invent' the rest of the guy. I'm not too good at drawing people so he is not very refined-looking.


The lettering is a bit messy on this page, too. There was a lot to fit in and we were on a bit of choppy seas when I was inking it. When I made a few slips of the pen I decided to make the lettering double-thick and fill in with color.

The color shanges in the lettering is meant to keep the eye moving down the page.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:16 AM PDT
Monday, 24 April 2017
Jeremiah 17:7-8
Topic: Bible Journaling

The image files on the internet, both drawings and photos, make great inspiration for Bible journaling illustrations. For this scripture I used a general concept I had seen for the placement of the tree and the stream while drawing my own version of them.

I then designed the rest of the landscape out of my head.

I wish I had chosen another color for the field that appears as red in the photo. 

The lettering is my own design.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:10 AM PDT
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Mark 1:17
Topic: Bible Journaling

When we went on a cruise to the Mediterranean I took along my journaling Bible and colored pencils as a project to work on when not reading, touring, eating, or participating in onboard activities.

The first page I did was actually inspired by the fact that we were at sea.

When designing the netting I kept sketching on scratch paper until I came up with an easy knot to draw. I have no idea if it really 'works' as a knot, but it looks good on paper.

I sketched and inked the net as the first layer then sketched and inked a layer of fish and added two more layers of fish so they would all overlap. All the pencil marks were then erased before coloring the illustration.

I worked a lot on shading so the knots would look 3-dimensional and the fish would cast shadows on each other.

I had taken some photos of pages from lettering books with my phone and used one as a reference for the lettering of the scripture.

I blended the colors from the water and the fish on each of the letters for more interest.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:59 AM PDT
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Psalm 113:3
Topic: Bible Journaling

This scripture was one of the first I put on my list for future journalling -- "From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised."

When I first read this I knew I wanted to do a scene that could be either a sunrise or a sunset. I think I succeeded.

I drew all the elements using double lines so they would have more impact. I used solid black for the birds, the tree trunks and the man praising. This makes them easier to see against the background and also reinforces the scene.

I used yellows, oranges, pinks, purples and blues to color the sky and added bright yellow to the edges of the objects facing the sun to give them a glow.

The trees and the grass were colored with a mixture of dull greens and they were further muted with layers of successively darker greys.


I have been marking and printing neat lettering styles from Pinterest and found several in those that I thought went well together as well as suiting the text.

I colored the letters with colors from the artwork - orange, 2 purples and a green.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:23 PM PDT
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Mark 15:17, 16:6
Topic: Bible Journaling

Last week, while sitting in church, I had a sudden inspiration to draw a 'crown of thorns' using crosses to make up the thorns. I made a tiny 1-inch sketch of the idea.

Today, when I sat down to make a full-sized sketch I wondered how it would look to make those crosses from nails so they would have a sharp, thorn-like point. Well, it looked just great!

I had to switch back and forth from vines to crosses while drawing so they woud end up being interwoven. This allows some of the nails to be under a vine and some on top of a vine while the vines wrap around one another, too.

I added drops of blood below the crown and went on to the lettering.

The first phrase of the lettering is more elegant to denote the jeers of 'King of the Jews'. I colored this in purple for the purple robe they put on Him. The letters for 'mocked' have little barbs and the letters for 'crucified' are similar to the nails.

I had already written the reference in the next space so added 'He is risen' underneath that. Those letters are very upright and are colored golden yellow like the morning sun. 

I went back to the scripture reference and drew the tomb with the stone rolled away.

I did the coloring on the crown with three browns colored pencils and used silver metallic pencil on the nails.

Happy Easter: He Is Risen, Indeed!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:49 PM PDT
Friday, 7 April 2017
Proverbs 31:22
Topic: Bible Journaling

Who knew the Proverbs 31 woman was a quilter? When I ran across this passage again the words in verse 22 just jumped out at me: "She makes coverings for her bed".

Not only that but verse 27 says "She does not eat the bread of idleness", which would indicate that her activities are not considereed a wasting of time but industrious.

I believe I just got permission from God to make more quilts!

The drawing for the pose was based on this painting:

"Young Woman Sewing, The Artist's Sister Anna Hammerchøi," 
by Vilhelm Hammerchøi, oil on canvas, 37 by 35 centimeters, 1887

I changed her into biblical era clothing and gave her a modern quilt to stitch.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:47 PM PDT
Thursday, 6 April 2017
John 15:1
Topic: Bible Journaling

It took me a while to get back to putting artwork in my journaling Bible. But I was actually spending a lot of time going line-by-line through the index and making notes of scriptures that I wanted to use. I ended up with 8 pages!

This section of scripture is one I had already planned to draw out before I did the index search, though.

The hardest part was actually deciding how to do the lettering. I tried to make them look like vines.

Although I noted the reference as verses 1-4 I only used the first part of verse one and one phrase out of verse 4. I hope to encourage the reader to look at the whole section of scripture.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:18 PM PDT
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Seaside Candle Trio
Topic: Home Decor

I had to add a new caregory for this craft as I had never done anything like it. With a general theme like Home Decor I will be able to add a variety of crafts under this heading.

Pinterest popped up with a photo the other day from an Etsy listing:

I thought that was pretty cute and went to Dollar Tree to see how much of the supplies I could come up with.

- I could get the blue sand there but really wanted regular sand. That I had at home already.

- I got the wine glasses for $1 each

- I got three candles there but then switched them out for battery-operated candles at Michaels

- No twine at Dollar Tree?!?!? Michaels had that, too

- No seashells at Dollar Tree either. Michaels had them

- Dollar Tree DID have the mirrors for bases

I already had E6000 glue and sheet magnets and clear acetate so I was ready to tackle the project.

First, I mixed my two sands together. Some was from Maui and some from the Oregon coast. I poured 1/3 of it into each of the three wine glasses. I sorted the shells so I had the same mix in each glass - a variety of sizes and types. Then I applied a line of E6000 glue around the rim and added a square of clear transparency acetate. This seals in all the loose sand and shells for when the glass is turned over.

While that was setting up I glued several rounds of twine around the base of each candle. I used the E6000 glue for this, too. In fact the same glue is used for every step of the whole project.

After allowing both of these steps to dry overnight, I turned the glasses upside down and glued several rounds of twine at the rim where it meets the acetate.

Several rounds of twine were wrapped and tied on the stems (I did not glue these at all)

I used scissors to trim the acetate next to the twine on the glass.

The candles were pretty slippery setting on the foot of the glassware so I used some sheets of magnet to cover the foot and then glued a ring of magnet sheet on the candle base. This had to be a ring so the battery access door and the on/off switch could still be accessed.

To display, a glass is centered on a mirror base and a candle is turned on and set upon the foot of the glass.

Like the Etsy listing, I made a set of three, but mine are all the same size instead of the varied glassware they used.

I really like how the project turned out. I may shop at a larger Dollar Tree to see if I can find more of the elements there. I know they've had all of these things at one time or another.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:08 PM PDT
Monday, 3 April 2017
Frosty's All Buttoned Up
Topic: Jewelry

I ended up in the craft studio today (as opposed to the quilt studio) to put new clasps on some necklaces that were too hard to fasten with older fingers. They all got changed to magnetic clasps.

Then I had some charms to add to my charm bracelet and a clasp to swap out on a second one.

I had some fun on a project that I can't show until it is gifted and then I picked up a page I had copied from a recent craft magazine and decided to make one of the items they showed.

I dug out the button box and sorted until I found just the right sizes and colors. Then I pulled out the jewelry tools and some wire. The wire was bent into a long loop and the buttons threaded on using two holes in each one.

At the top, I wrapped one wire end around the other and then created a loop.

A snippet of checked ribbon was tied in a knot around the narrowest part and details were added with Sharpie markers.

These are so stinkin' cute! I'm adding chains to make them into necklace pendants.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:23 PM PDT
Sunday, 2 April 2017
A Little Birdie Told Me
Topic: Quilting

Well, since I gave a sneak peek of this quilt yesterday on the design wall, I thought I'd go ahead and update it with the top finished. It still needs to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.

I'm throwing in a step by step for some of the process, as well.

I started out with a panel of bird pictures, all camped out in the branches of one tree. There are 12 bird pictures on the panel and duplicates on the other half of the fabric.

In deciding how to arrange these I remembered I had a paper-piecing pattern for three birdhouses. I checked and they were about the right size for interspersing with the birds.

This is the pattern cover (bad photo):

I made up four of each style with a consistent sky and a mix of siding and roofs. I had to make one extra for the final layout.

I didn't want to use buttons for the entrance holes like the pattern indicated, so I used a process that I had done on a birdhouse quilt several years ago. Here's the method I used.

I set my machine stitch short (2.0) and set needle down to 'on'. I used black thread throughout.

I started with a plain house:

Then I used black pen to draw a circle on the back of a square of black fabric.

This was centered on the front of the house, right sides together and pinned in place

I very carefully stitched on the lines around the circle

With tiny, sharp-point scissors I cut a whole through both layers leaving about 3/16 from the stitching line

From whichever side the stitching showed best I snipped right up to the stitching leaving very narrow fringes

You can see how finely cut the fringes are

Pushed all of the black fabric through the hole to the wrong side of the house


Used a wooden tool to smooth and press the opening round and flat

Took to the pressing surface and steam ironed completely flat

Cut a length of wooly or eyelash yarn in light tan (amout 3 inches)

Drape it on a second square of black mimicing the curve of the bottom of the hole

Lay the birdhouse on top of the yarn, allowing just a fringe to peek out

Carefully top-stitch around the hole very close to the edge to secure the yarn and the backing in place

Trim the two layers of black about 1/2 inch from the stitching

One house done

Return houses to the layout

Trim all the birds to a standard size (mine were cut at 5 x 6 inches) and cut the birdhouse blocks the same

Assemble the top

Borders of complementary fabric were added

After quilting I will finish this with a black binding.

The top measures 27 wide by 32 tall and will be a wall hanging for the fireplace.


UPDATED 4/11/17


I finished this off by quilting around one main bird in each panel and around each birdhouse:

I attached a hanging sleeve to the top border and bound it with black.

Here is the finish:

I like this very much!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 1 April 2017
Great Wall
Topic: In the studio

I've got a great new addition in the quilt studio! I first found this item in the Nancy's Notions catalog but, while at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo the end of February, I found it at a better price.

In my studio, I have no room for a design wall without moving out half the furniture. But this portable wall comes in several sizes. I got the 72x72 size. 

Not only is it free-standing, it is light and portable. It breaks down in about 5 minutes and all fits in its own little duffel bag that is about 6 inches across and 18 inches long.

You can see the wall here from the front.

It has a flannel cover, four outer braces, two cross-braces, and two legs with their own braces.

Here is a view from the other side.

In this side view you can see the legs and braces.

In this back view, you can see the cross-braces that hold it taut.

Because it breaks down so easily, I can leave it up while at home but take it along to set up at quilt workshop days and on retreat.

Sure easier than trying to arrange blocks on the bed or floor.

I set it just outside the quilt room on an unused basement wall.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:51 PM PDT
Thursday, 9 March 2017
When The Bough Breaks
Topic: Quilting

When Pinterest popped up with a picture of a Swoon Block I immediately envisioned it as a single big block for making a baby quilt.

I had identical fabrics in three colors. (Color rendition is poor as they are actually cream, steel grey and shell pink.) This is 40 inches square made up of 4-inch units.

Because of the little branches printed on the fabrics I used an embroidery stitch of leafy vines for quilting. I used the stitch to outline every block of color and separate the border from the block. I also used it to hold down the binding.

The backing uses the same shell pink fabric.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:07 PM PST
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Flower Girl
Topic: Quilting

Three baby quilts in a row? What's up with that?

Our church donates to a local pregnancy clinic (Hope 360) and our quilt group that meets at the church makes donation quilts for them to give the new babies.

We have made Passages quilts for the local hospital for several years but Hope 360 is only a couple years old. Other ladies in our group have already donated several baby quilts but I had never done so. I decided to make some and, since I didn't have other projects waiting, I quickly finished off three of them.

The quilt today is from a tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. They called it 'Dizzy Daisies'. 

In the tutorial, they used a line of fabric that was quite subdued in coloring. I wanted to go bold and bright. I chose, from my stash, 5 bright pinks, 4 bright oranges, bright yellow, bright green, bright turquoise and crisp white.

The petals of the flowers start out as 5-inch squares and are snowballed on three sides - two white and a yellow - using 2 1/2 inch squares. Then these are joined together with the yellows together to make the flower.

The blocks were joined with 2 1/2 inch white sashing with green cornerstones. Then the turquoise border was added - also 2 1/2 inches wide.

I quilted the orange flowers like daisies (all of the flowers got spiral centers):

The pink flowers got rose-type petals:

The vertical sashing was quilted first with vines and leaves. Then the horizontal sashing got rows of tiny flowers:

The turquoise border has dragonflies printed on it so I just quilted with loop-the-loops down the length.

The binding matches the border and the backing is green flannel.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:40 PM PST
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Sweet Pea Weave
Topic: Quilting

A quilting supplies catalog arrived in my mail box just as I was looking for a pattern to make another baby quilt. One pattern looked very complicated but the notes at the bottom said it was only three blocks and showed them. All were made from squares and half-square triangles and only five fabrics required: black, a dark and a light of color one, a dark and a light of color two.

Well, I did some calculations to see what size of blocks and building units it would take to make a baby quilt between 36 to 40 inches. I cut all the units to finish at 2.5 inches. Therefore the blocks would be 7.5 inches.

Then I went off to find fabrics and was delighted to run across a set of fabrics I bought to use together and they met the criteria precicely. I had a black with tiny roses, a tone-on-tone dark green with leafy shapes, a light green with sweet peas, a dark pink with open flowers and a light pink with small white flowers.

I calculated the number of each unit I needed and cut/sewed them. Then the blocks were assembled. I needed 13 of one block and 6 of each of the other two blocks and they lay out in a 5 x 5 grid.

The assembly that makes all the cane weaving look requires that there be no sashing between the blocks.


Don't you love it?

I used a light green flannel on the back and did large meander quilting.

A border around the outside would have broken up the pattern so I just finished it with a binding in the black floral.

Finished size is 38 inches.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:17 PM PST
Friday, 24 February 2017
Picking Up the Pieces
Topic: Scrap Recovery

When I heard of the sudden devastating loss of a friend's husband I wanted to send a sympathy card to her right away. In looking through my supply of cards I found I had none suitable.

I started picking up random scraps from the bins on my desktop and thumbed through a couple of pads of printed vellum sentiments. The pieces I settled on were: an embossed black cardstock from which I had sometime punched a heart, a strip of dotted paper, a narrow scrap of grey paper, a lightly patterned paper, a diecut square frame, a vellum sentiment and a torn strip of text-printed tissue paper.

I arranged and shuffled until I came up with this arrangement and then adhered everything together on a folded white card base:

I loved how the dotted strip exactly fit into the heart opening. I also love how the tissue text ends with the words 'by heart'.

After 49+ years of being together, this sets the perfect tone for what I wanted to express to the widow.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:10 PM PST
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Baby Buggy
Topic: Quilting
This is my first quilt for Hope 360 Pregnancy Clinic. It is 40 inches square.

I got some pieced blocks from a warehouse sale, all packaged together and made of solids. Each block was different in pattern and mostly in colors. I don't know if they were assembled for a demo, a sampler, a class or something else? There were just these 5 in the pack, all stitched up into 8 1/2 (unfinished) blocks.

I found a salmon with tiny dragonflies that matched some of the solicd and added in a grey marble that matched some of the dragonflies. The only consistent color in the pieced blocks was a dark blue/grey so I bought a yard of solid as close to that as I could find.

I quilted overall with large meander.

Then I quilted the borders with dragonflies.

It is backed with flannel.

Some of the colors in the backing are similar (but not identical) to the solids on the front.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:37 PM PST
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Garden Maze
Topic: Quilting

Final Finish!

I am officially caught up with all of my UFO quilting and sewing projects. 

The fabrics for this quilt were pre-cuts from a fabric line featuring a garden theme. There weren't enough strips for the pattern so I added in a few from my stash and also provided the creamy background and border from the stash.

The pattern is from a book on quilting with precuts and I cut it down considerably to end up with a lap quilt size.

I quilted with an over-all pattern of vines and leaves. I love using this when I am working with garden or flower fabrics.

I won't stay without projects for long though. I already have fabrics and patterns set aside and can't wait to get cutting again. And then there's that big fabric sale going on this weekend....


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:54 PM PST

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