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Monday, 25 May 2020
Ninty Eight Point Six
Topic: Quilting

On Facebook I got notification through one of the quilting groups I am on that a lady was sponsoring a 'quarantine quilt-along'. She would provide the pattern and do periodic instructions throughout the day. We would follow the directions and do our piecing between her live broadcasts.

I chose to pull black-and-white fabrics from my stash along with a fabrics I have disliked since the moment it came to me (from a grab-bag my sister-in-law got at an auction). Very strange piece.

My quilt ended up at 49 x 65.

Over 6000 people world-wide participated in the quilt-along.

So I finished this up today on the longarm machine. I used a pantograph of large flowers with cream thread. It doesn't put up too much contrast on the darker fabrics.

I chose a black on white dot for the binding.

Not my usual style at all. But there was no telling what the result was going to be before we started.

Because it was a quarantine quilt I named it Ninty Eight Point Six.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:30 PM PDT
Sunday, 24 May 2020
Following Ezekiel
Topic: Bible Journaling

In the revisiting of lettering styles from 2018 this is the page that features the "follow' font in the book of Ezekiel.

I like this font best when it is combined with something else that is simpler.

It sort of has the look of a font that might have been used on a sign in the 1950s.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:08 PM PDT
Friday, 22 May 2020
Betty's Love Of Cabins
Topic: Quilting

A few years back our group was given a whole lot of fabric by the family of a lady who had passed away. Her name was Betty. We've all been using it and we refer to the results as 'Betty Quilts'.

One of the fabrics I took was printed with blocks of faux applique. I used some in a quilt before but I had 13 of the applique prints left. I cut them down to use as centers in 12" blocks created by adding three rounds of scrappy log cabin strips (cut using a friend's die cutter).

Twelve of the resulting blocks were sashed together with a dotted fabric and then I used more Betty fabric for the outer borders.

The over-arching theme of these fabrics is 'hearts'. So after I had quilted around the motif in the applique blocks, the applique blocks themselves and the sashings, I quilted free-hand hearts in all the outer borders.

Then I found the perfect fabric for the binding in my sister's stash - the perfect blue with little irregular hearts.

This will go to the hospital for their Passages program.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:14 PM PDT
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Chained Up
Topic: Bible Journaling

For the drawing page in Lamentations I used the chain. Although chains are mentioned in this book it was not in a context that I wanted to journal around. So I simply used a thought to go with the drawing.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:34 PM PDT
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Showers of Blessing
Topic: Hymnal Art

I had such fun constructing this page in my hymnal.

The boots I sketched with inspiration from clipart. The quote is from a 'church sign' we passed on our way to town.

Altogether, I think it makes a cute page.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:07 PM PDT
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Next In The Lineup
Topic: Quilting

Look to the title for the quilt name!

This quilt uses the other half of the blocks from the class I took at the Sew Expo (Constellation, posted on May 17).

Whereas that quilt mixed thm with big red blocks, this time I combined them with white blocks. When I split up the blocks for the two quilts I saved most of the bright prints for this one and those with softer colors on the other where they would not compete with the big reds.

How much that changes the look!

The white fabric blocks have awesome line art scattered squares that inspired the quilting. I got a pantograph with crazy angles and used it with white thread. This lets it blend in on the face of the quilt and only stand out on the red border. That border is the same fabric as the red blocks on the other quilt.

I finished this off with even more lines by adding a pinstriped binding.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:42 PM PDT
Monday, 18 May 2020
Quiet Lamentations
Topic: Bible Journaling

In journaling through the entire Bible I am now up to the book of Lamentations.

However, two years ago the same font was assigned for the same book so I did not repeat the page Instead, I am just presenting for you the same page I did back then.


Don't you think something as lovely as this deserves another viewing?




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:00 PM PDT
Sunday, 17 May 2020
Topic: Quilting

The quilt for today is actually one of two I made using blocks from a class I took at the end of February. The pattern is called "Button Box" and was taught at the Sew and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup (Washington). It is actually a very basic block constructed with partial seaming. All of the fabric for the blocks was provided to us already precut.

I wouldn't have chosen these fabrics for myself but the instructor seemed to be pleased as punch about them.

In any case, I finished about half the blocks in class and the rest at home. From my stash I chose two different fabrics to interleave with the sewn blocks and made two tops for lap quilts.

For this one I used a bright red with multicolored stars. When I got it on the longarm today I pulled out a pantograph with stars and swirls and loaded up bright red thread for stitching.

Here is a closeup of the stitching on one block.

You'll recognize the border which is the same stripe used on the last convergence quilt I showed.

For the backing I had a large piece of white with multicolored stars. There was enough to use as the binding as well which you can see in the photo above.

While I had the big roll of batting on the table I decided to go ahead and cut the pieces I would need for the rest of the quilt tops I have done. So not I am ready with five more items ready for the longarm machine.

I actually have many more kits cut but I am MAKING myself wait to piece any more until all these are completed.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:48 PM PDT
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Flung Flowers
Topic: Quilting

Back to a new quilt finish. And it is yet another of the convergence quilts.

In fact, if you scroll back a couple of days you'll find that this uses two of the same fabrics as the Ascending Roses quilt. That one I combined with two taupe fabrics and this one I combined with two pinks.

I also added a thin inner border before a wider dark border. I also used the same fabric from the narrow border for the binding.

I used a pink thread to do the quilting - a new pantograph I ordered with big flowers.

I like how this gives some interest to the very plain border fabric.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:46 PM PDT
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Covenant Lettering in Jeremiah
Topic: Bible Journaling

I often combine assigned lettering with assigned drawings for my bible journaling. This week I chose to separate them completely and made two separate pages.

The lettering this week is a font called 'covenant' that has a feel of Hebrew writing.

 It is time consuming to write in this style so I used it only for key words ans supplemented with script and printing.

I often condense the text to get the essence of more scripture without writing every single word.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 11 May 2020
Flowering Branch in Jeremiah
Topic: Bible Journaling

Who has time for housework? I'm busy doing art!

Today it is another bible journaling page. Working on getting something journaled in every book of the bible this year, I am up to Jeremiah.

I used a flowering branch drawing lesson from a couple of years ago to create this page:

I have a set of Prismacolor brush markers that are bright and saturated but do not bleed through bible paper.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 10 May 2020
Ascending Roses
Topic: Quilting

This is my fifth quarantine quilt completed. Two were quilting only and were for family members. This one is the latest of three that will go to Passages at the hospital.

I actually have SEVEN more tops that I've pieced during this time at home that are waiting to have the longarm quilting and binding done.

This quilt is one ov several sets of fabrics I cut out for Convergence quilts. My hubby kindly consulted with me on the wide border and suggested the mitered corners using fabrics from the opposite corners. LOVE THIS!

The quilt finished at 38 inches square. More of a decorative throw instead of a lap quilt.

I wanted to get some new patterns of pantographs for the longarm quilting. While I was shopping I found a BUNCH that were free for download. They come in a pdf which you print at home. By copying multiples and taping them together you get the traditional roll. You just make enough to accomodate the quilt you are working on.

I used one of these free pantographs for this quilt.

And now I'm off to work on another.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:02 PM PDT
Friday, 8 May 2020
Using the Trash
Topic: Scrap Recovery

After yesterday's class, I had scraps left on the table from cutting out the foliage and I decided to use those to make more cards.

I trimmed down the panels, backed them in black, used a corner-rounder, and mounted to patterned paper.

I also got out a word die that has lots of mix-and-match sentiments. I cut three of white and one of black and glued the words together in stacks of all four to create raised words. These were then glued on the finished cards.

These three I made using the leafy branches scraps:

This one was made with the pine branch waste. To it I added some epoxy flower stickers and added nail-head stickers to their centers. Since the flowers didn't stand out from the background well enough so I outlined them in black.

And when I was all done I had one of those stacked words left over. So I pulled from old scraps to get an embossed heart strip and added some script paper (leftover from backgrounds from cards above) to the sides and striped paper (also from cards above) to the top and bottom.

Because I only had the one word, I used a stamp to add the 'everything'. Unfortunately, it got a bloop on it so I added a sticky rhinestone to cover it and then more matching rhinestones for a little balance.


So, scraps used, table cleaned off, all supplies put away - time to move on to Spring Card Camp - day 2.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:26 AM PDT
Thursday, 7 May 2020
Three Of a Kind
Topic: Online Class

I took a series of classes online called Spring Card Camp recently but am just now getting around to making samples for the classes. It was a 20 day series so it will take a while to crank all these out.

For the first day we were to stamp and emboss an open image in multiple layers to create a thick outline from the buildup. Then that heavy image is used as an embossing plate to create a raised or indented impression of the image on another piece of cardstock.

I wasn't terribly impressed (ha) with my results but I went ahead and created cards from them in the same style as the class samples.

Problem: the instructor used particular dies and shadow dies, stamps, and other supplies that I did not have. So I used a lot of innovation to get similar results.

Here is the card I created using the actual embossing panel I made.

This started out with white card and was embossed with clear powder. After I used it as an embossing folder I inked the paper with Distress ink and buffed the color back off the embossed areas.

I used a script die to cut 'hello' out of gold metallic paper. The white strip with the shadow of 'hello' was cut by hand with tiny scissors. Then I used a stamp positioning tool to stamp the sentiment. I diecut a shunky leafed branch and a lighter sprig to layer behind the word strip.

This was trimmed down and mounted to a white card base.

This next card is from the cardstock I embossed with the created plate. After making this raised image I used a similar color of distress ink to brush over the whole surface. This enhances the texture of the image. 

With a standard embossed image this is more effective as the image is more prominent and picks up the ink differently. 

In any case, I made this card with the result.

This was finished in the same way as the first.

For the third card, I used a shimmer paper. The impression was not as deep or noticable on this so I turned it to the back to use the debossed side. The inking was done in the same way but it hardly shows.

Also finished in the same manner.

And so ends day one of the Spring Card Camp.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:45 AM PDT
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
O God Our Help In Ages Past
Topic: Hymnal Art

I'm sure I wouldn't do nearly the number of hymn journaling pages if I didn't have specific assignments. But, I'm glad I do because I quite love it.

It is sometimes a challenge to come up with something that goes with the theme of the hymns or even the specific lyrics, though.

The art for this one is something I drew in my sketchbook while on vacation, even coloring it. Since it was too complicated to trace into my hymnal I decided to do an overprint.

I copied the hymn first then sent that page back through the printer to add the artwork over the top. I did have to reinforce some of the smaller lettering in the connecting words of the phrases as they became a bit obscured by where they fell in the music and text of the song.


Because of the printing process the page does not have as vibrant of color as the original sketchbook version.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:10 AM PDT
Sunday, 3 May 2020
Beauty in Isaiah
Topic: Bible Journaling

In Isaiah we were assigned to use a font introduced in 2018 as 'beauty'. This was a font I designed about 15-20 years ago, and this was its first introduction to the world.

I pulled in coneflowers from an old drawing lesson to illustrate this page.

The art uses colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:52 AM PDT
Friday, 1 May 2020
Typography in Isaiah
Topic: Bible Journaling

This is a piece of typography I designed last year for one of the 30-day challenges.

I traced it onto the appropriate page in my Journal the Word bible and used colored pencils on it.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:46 AM PDT
Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Converging Daydreams
Topic: Quilting

You may remember the 'convergence' quilts I made a while back. I was having so much fun with that pattern that I cut our PILES of parts to make more. I did make a couple of tops and set them aside when making masks so they haven't been quilted yet.

However, I had enough fabrics to cut TWO of a fabric I loved with multicolored lilacs on it. Well, I got to daydreaming about how I could combine those fabrics to make one larger quilt with the same feel to it.

I found, first of all, that trying to draw this idea on paper was worthless as every time something wasn't working out I had to erase the phole thing and start over. GAAAAAHH!

So I started working by the seat of my pants. 'What if..." and then cutting and interleaving and sewing back together. "Now if I do this..." and trying that out.

When I was all done I had a beautiful, if smallish, lap quilt. I was so excited by it that it went right to the head of the line of projects to go on the longarm machine.

I used a pantograph called 'paisley' to quilt this.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:28 PM PDT
Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Bible Journaling in Ecclesiastes
Topic: Bible Journaling

Today I again combined an old lettering lesson (Gladness) with an old drawing lesson (Butterfly). This was to journal in the book of Ecclesiastes.

Just a bit of whimsy going on with this page!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:22 PM PDT
Thursday, 23 April 2020
Log Cabins Under the Needle
Topic: Quilting

Well, I haven't given up on quilting even though none have made an appearance for quite some time. Actually, I have been making lots of quilt tops and setting them aside to quilt later.

In addition to that I made 137 face masks for distribution. We kept a few for ourselves and gave out some to friends and neighbors. I still had 108 to donate to the local hospital for staff to wear when not at work. they were delighted to get them.

When that was done I pulled out the last of the projects I was asked to do the quilting on from my late sister's materials. She had pieced a simple wall hanging, a top for a throw pillow and a large bed topper - all of them 100% flannel.

She had left behind a rough sketch of ideas on quilting the pillow and bed topper which I incorporated into the free-motion work I did on the longarm machine.

I didn't get any photos of the wall hanging as it was simple half-square triangles from the leftovers of the quilt.

Here is the bed topper:

The bottom is the closest to true colors. Here is one of the cabins close up:

Cornerstones each for an oak leaf:

The doors all have woodgrain:

Windows have a frame and sashing:

Each chimney has scrolled smoke coming out:

Vertical sashing features vines and leaves:

And every cabin sits on a stone foundation:

The throw pillow is a single cabin with the same red sashing (quilted the same way) all around. The pillow measured 22 inches, so you can see the scale of this bed topper.

The flannel was not as linty as I expected so I had few challenges in quilting these pieces.









Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:04 PM PDT

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