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Sunday, 26 November 2023
Pastel Plaids
Topic: Quilting

Took me a while to figure out why this 3-yard quilt pattern is called 'time machine'. I'm thinking it is because they used Hourglass Blocks (but I may be wrong). It is from the book Easy Does It 3-Yard Quilts from Fabric Cafe.

It has been fun going through my stash and pulling out one-yard cuts to see what I can combine to coordinate. I've had a few clunkers but I really do like this one.

I have had the pastel plaid for quite a while and it never did seem to fit when the blocks were cut small. Then I found this pattern with large blocks and had TWO fabrics with the same print in different colors - both of which were in the plaid. Perfect!

Such a soft and gently quilt top. I turned the plaids on every other row so it reinforces the woven look.

I quilted with an open design of three leaf clusters as I did not want to do a lot of heavy/dense quilting on this airy design. I used cream colored thread.

This is the last of my quilts for 2023.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 25 November 2023
Poppy Fields
Topic: Quilting

This three-yard quilt is NOT from Fabric Cafe like the others I have been making. This one is a free pattern called 'topple' from iseestarsquilting.com

I'm still working my way through some wide stripe floral fabrics and had just the right amount to make the blocks for this. The red dot fabric is from my sister's stash and the reds matched perfectly!

I adjusted the layout of the blocks to make a more linear design. Original was quite diagonal and I much preferred this way.

The background green is fields of flowers (grasses and daisies) with the green matching the leaves in the poppy fabric.

I quilted with dark green thread in an open floral pattern.

Red dot for the binding is fun, too.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 24 November 2023
Daisy Bug
Topic: Quilting

The quilt for today was made for the birthday gift of a 3-year old. I went with colorful daisies and a zillion ladybugs.

I had this daisy fabric on hand but the three-yard quilts didn't use enough colors to highlight them. So I chose LOTS of colors (7 total fabrics in this quilt but still only 3 yards total) and scattered them to create a balanced composition.

The same black-background ladybug fabric is used on the quilt back.

The quilting is done in a dark red using a pantograph pattern called 'affection' - big hearts.

I love that the purple fabric and the green both have daisies on them.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 8 November 2023
Leafy Convergence
Topic: Quilting

As I promised myself, I skipped back to a convergence quilt for some variety.

The star of the show in this one is the rich colored fall leaves. The beginning blocks were small enough that the center was not large enough to suit me (and too square). I pulled out more of the leaves and some black strips to build extension panels at the top and bottom.

Then I added wide borders all around to amp up the size.

This is SO rich in color and really warms up a room.

I used a pantograph of leaves in keeping with the theme.

Sorry about the color in this shot. Photo one is more true to color.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:34 PM PST
Tuesday, 7 November 2023
Jacob' Medallion
Topic: Quilting

Those who know me well will recognize how much I don't like doing the same thing over again. That was the reason behind making all three of these Jacob quilts at once. I don't like to do one thing all the way through and then do the same thing again all the way through.

Even though I was working on all three at once, when I got to the third and it was using almost all the same fabrics as number two, I had to break the mold. I rearranged all the blocks and gave myself a new layout. I call this one Jacob's Medallion.

I also got tired of doing borders (my least favorite part of making quilts) so bothtwo and three got only two borders instead of three like the pattern showed.

I did keep the large outlined flowers for the quilting pantograph.

Still loving that blue stained glass fabric.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 6 November 2023
Jacob's Ladder
Topic: Quilting

Round two of the Jacob's Ladder 3-yard quilt pattern.

Entirely different set of fabrics for this version. That dark blue stained glass is fabric I picked up in Juneau on our last visit. The rest was from the stash.

A large scale lower outline is the pantograph I used for quitling.


Yay! I got rid of more paisley fabric.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 November 2023
Jacob's Staircase
Topic: Quilting

I first saw the pattern for this shared on a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. It was the first 3-yard quilt I had ever seen. It wasn't until our quilt group leader started buying the 3-yard quilt books from Fabric Cafe that I became enamored with them (and bought ALL the books, too!) that I ran across this pattern again.

I pulled THREE sets of fabrics to make this pattern and cut all the pieces into kits and packaged them. When I was ready to begin, I pulled all the kits and worked on all of them at once (step one on all three, step two on all three, etc. This followed all the way through the quilting and binding.

In the book the pattern is called Jacob's Ladder but the strong diagonal of offset blocks led to my renaming it Jacob's Staircase.


I used a curl pattern with a diagonal offset to quilt with.

More of this pattern tomorrow.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 November 2023 1:11 PM PST
Convergence of Florals
Topic: Quilting

I have been fascinated with the 'convergence quilt' concept since I first saw it and have made several since then. The concept was developed by Ricky Tims and I borrowed his book from the library for the instructions.

Last time I cut the fabrics for one I pulled several more sets and put them aside for later. Then I got involved making 3-yard quilts (from Fabric Cafe) and the convergence sets got put away.

Just lately I decided to intersperse the two types to give myself a little more variety.

This one is called 'Convergence of Florals' as the colorful floral is the feature fabric and the three other fabrics were closen to mix well with it.

I had enough of the floral to cut a border as well.

The quilting pattern is a pantograph called 'Bountiful Feathers'.

Back to work!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 13 October 2023
Craft Fair - Cards
Topic: Multi-Technique

The last caregory of crafts I made for the fair was cards. They cover 7 different styles.

Fortuitously, I got three display racks for free this week in a craft supplies swap. SCORE!

This first rack holds 1) 3D cuttings mounted on handmade paper (that I made many years ago) and 2) laser etched 3D illustrations.

Rack two holds 3) original drawings in the front row with 4) watercolor painted cards behind.

Rack three has 5) two photo cards 6) collage cards and 7) stamped and colored cards.

I have a total of 87 cards priced at $2 to $3 depending on the time/skills required to complete them.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 12 October 2023
Craft Fair - Gift Bags
Topic: Sewing

I got away from paper crafts for a bit to create some gift bags. I went searching for 'origami gift bags' thinking I was going to find the sort that would be folded out of scrapbook paper. Instead I found a fabric version that did not in any way resemble the ones I went looking for!

These start with two squares of fabric (mine were 18 inches but you could go down to 15.5 for a smaller bag). These are laid faced together and sewn around the edge (with a gap for turning). After topstitching all four edges the folding begins, with stitching steps interspersed.

Two loose flaps are stitched down with buttons to decorate and a casing is stitched around the top edge.

Coordinating ribbon or cord is threaded through the casing and the project is done.

The little bag in the center of the bottom photo is the one I made as a sample. I used a 15 inch square to start with for this one.

These will be sold for $5 each.

They can be used as gift bags but also make a cute purse for a little girl.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 11 October 2023
Craft Fair - Collage Under Glass Jewelry
Topic: Jewelry

In a drawer labeled 'Other Projects' I found a couple of boxes of microscope slides I used to make jewelry long ago (notice how I cycle through different materials and processes over the years). One box was the standard 1 inch x 3 inch glass and one box was 1 1/2 inch squares.

I created miniature collages and sandwiched them under glass. I had metal tape to bind the edges (silver, copper and bronze). 

The faces of the collages are decorated with metallic stickers and/or charms applied with E6000 glue. 

9 of these have pin back and bail combination units so the piece can be worn as a necklace or a pin.

For 3 of the square ones I had metal frames for them to fit into (rather than the metallic tape) and these had a single loop for a bail to clip onto. 

All of the pieces have a chain included.

These will all be sold for $10.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:13 PM PDT
Tuesday, 10 October 2023
Craft Fair - Collaged Tins
Topic: Boxes

Yet another supply I've had on hand for ages is little tins (the size of Altoid boxes). I had a total of 8 with some being silver and some painted white.

I pulled out all sorts of fancy papers to cover the lids (and sometimes the bases), found a variety of trims to decorate the edges of the lid and the base (these were applied with E6000 glue) and then used stickers, charms and diecuts to decorate the tops.

These are the perfect size to use as a container when giving a gift card or a small piece of jewelry.

The 8 of these will go for $3 each.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 9 October 2023
Craft Fair- Boxes
Topic: Boxes

As I was looking for projects to make I went through old supplies I had stashed around. Long ago I had bought a lot of these ceramic boxes to use at a women's retreat as a group craft. I discovered I had a full dozen of them still in my cupboard.

These are faux-marbled with alcohol inks (three colors plus a metallic) applied with felt daubers. When completely dry I took them outside and applied spray clear-coat.

The boxes were extremely inexpensive and the other supplies minimal so I only put a price of $6 on them.

I have a total of 12 of these little 2 inch boxes. SO CUTE!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 8 October 2023
Craft Fair - Birthday Books
Topic: Books

I have made these little birthday/anniversary reminder books a number of times since I designed them at least 15 years ago.

They are made from a single sheet of letter-sized paper which has been printed with date blanks for every day of the year (one month per page). The sheet is scored then cut in a continuous concertine and glued inside hard covers that have been covered in decorative papers.

A strip of contrasting paper is glued on the spine.

Each of the dates has a line where you can add a name and the year of birth or anniversary so it becomes a perpetual reminder. (Yes, you do have to do math to figure out how old they are or how long married).

I write mine in pencil in case something changes :(

I made 20 of these to sell for $1.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 7 October 2023
Craft Fair - Paper Beads
Topic: Beads

My next project for the craft fair was making paper beads. As usual I cut out WAY too many and got tired of rolling them up after 5 sets.

I cut triangles out of marbled scrapbook paper.. Triangles are 3/4 to 1 inch wide at the base and is 12 inches long. Starting at the wide base they are rolled up on a round toothpick and the end is glued down.

Each bead is sealed with nail polish topcoat. Then I chose coordinating beads from my random collection and strung them into necklaces from 27 to 32 inches long. They have screw closures.

A couple of the necklaces are made from beads I had left over from the last time I made some.

I have a total of 7 which I have priced at $6.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 6 October 2023
Craft Fair - Bib Clips
Topic: Other Hobbies

Next up in my craft fair creations was something I've had on my list for YEARS. A friend had made some to give each of the attendees of a small papercrafts group meetup and I've always wanted to make some, too.

These consist of a length of narrow ribbon with tiny clothespins glued to the ends. The ribbon is placed around the back of the neck and a napkin clipped to the ends to create an instant bib.

They don't take up a lot of room so can be carried for use in  restaurant or for eating in the car.

I had a little jar of clothespins on hand and I sorted them into matching pairs and coordinated the ribbon with each set.

I made 17 of these priced at $1:

A copy of the little instruction sheet shown in the display is also tucked into the back of each bag.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 5 October 2023
Craft Fair - bookmarks
Topic: Collage

I've been invited to be a vendor at a very small craft fair on the 14th. I said 'yes' and then started thinking about what I could offer.

I had recently become intrigued with some bookmarks that clip on with a hidden 2" paperclip and feature a tab that extends off the page.

In my exuberation I had cut out LOTS of the bases so I set to decorating them with collage, stickers, rounded corner punches, distress inks and word stickers. I worked to create 'sets' of 3 to 4 coordinated clips.

I ended up with 42 SETS which I priced at $4.

Here is the full collection:

And a closer look at a few of the designs:

More crafts to come.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 5 June 2023
Topic: Quilting

I needed a project to work on at the last session of quilt group before our summer break and had just finished up with the Next Step quilt. So I started this three-yard quilt using a kit I had already cut out. I got all of the center done and just had to attach the borders at home.

This weekend I threw it on the longarm, trimmed and attached the binding. Just a few hours work from start to finish.

The roses look like Floribundas to me so that became the name for the quilt.

The quilt group will meet once more in June where we will have a potluck and donate our lap quilts to the Passages program for the hospital. I have 10 in this batch of donations - all created since the donation meeting in December.

I have 18 more quilt kits cut out, too.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:17 PM PDT
Saturday, 3 June 2023
Next Step
Topic: Quilting

Today's project is one that I have been taking my time with so posting seems like there was a huge gap. I promise I was working!

The pattern for this quilt was a lap quilt from Timeless Treasures. It came with a pack of batiks in 6" width-of-fabric strips. I wanted to make it much larger so I mixed in batiks from a fat quarter pack and a bit of yardage(s). The further extension was in making a piano-key border from a neutral layer cake stack and strips from a jelly roll.

The top border is two jelly roll strips and the binding is from yardage I used in the blocks.

This is the first time I have attached binding while the quilt was on the longarm. Although it was fairly easy to do this I probably won't do it again for three reasons: 1) it didn't save any time 2) the results are not any better than using the domestic machine 3) I don't mind binding on my domestic and attach it all on machine anyway (no hand sewing).



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 23 April 2023
Asian Double Chain
Topic: Quilting

Moving on from the 3-yard quilts, I made this based on a YouTube video tutorial by Jordan Fabrics. The pattern Donna presented was called Pebble Path by Cozy Quilt Designs.

She started with a layer cake of Asian fabrics and some background fabric. My fabrics came from a 'sampler bundle' with various sizes of cuts. This sampler was bound together and used by fabric representatives to let store owners flip through and decide which they wanted to order for their inventory. I bought it at a yardsale from a former fabric representative.

I did have to fill in with a couple of prints from a charm pack that had a similar vibe.

In this layout you get a chain of large squares diagonally in one direction and small squares filling in every other row.

The background fabric was selected (from the stash) to add a little visual interest but be neutral so it would fade back and let the feaures shine. All of the feature prints have a touch of gold.

I chose the quilting pattern that reminded me of lotus blossom.




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

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