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In & Out of Studio 3D
Sunday, 8 March 2020
Button Box Quilt CLass
Topic: Quilting

I took another workshop class at the sewing and stitchery expo - this one on making a specific quilt pattern.

All of the pieces were cut for us and they provided the thread and the machine to sew on.

Of the 50 blocks in the kit, I got 8 completed, another 19 done 3/4 of the way and the rest laid out with color choices so they are ready to go. The pattern gives a multitude of layouts and they had samples of these in the classroom that we could take pictures of for later deciding what to do with our blocks.

I'm not enamored with the fabrics they included! The supplies did not include sashing, backing, or batting. I may decide to make a bag or something for a kid out of these.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 7 March 2020
Follow the Thread
Topic: Quilting

 At the sewing and stitchery expo I stopped in at the booth for Superior Threads to pick up somesupplies for my longarm quilting machine.

They only had ONE cone of the thread color I wanted but I picked up a couple of alternate 'neutrals. The spools are the same stuff and all are the same color. Off to the right you can see I picked up a big slab of prewound bobbins for the longarm.

In the foreground is the color card I picked up for this line of thread. When I got home this enabled me to catalog the random bobbins that came along with my machine and some that I bought in mixed lots.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 6 March 2020
Beady Beady Beady
Topic: Beads

 One of the classes I took at the sewing and stitchery expo was a workshop on making a beaded bracelet. I had taken such a class two years ago and this was taught by the same person, but a different style.

I got 4 units done in class. I will do enough units to make this the length needed to use as a fancy band for my medical ID.

Here is a closeup view of the units I made.

I like this instructor and the way she writes her patterns so I bought another of the bracelet kits (different pattern) and a necklace kit that I can wear with my fancy cruise clothes.

I made the one from 2 years ago too large so I am going to remove some of the units to make it fit my ID bracelet as well.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 5 March 2020
New Tools
Topic: Quilting

 I picked up some new tools at the sewing expo a few days ago.

FROM UPPER LEFT: This little ruler is 3x12 inches to have a smaller size for sub-cutting quilt pieces.

Directly to the right is a little silicone pad for laying a hot mini-iron - used when piecing.

 Right of that is a seam ripper to keep with my longarm machine. There is a standard sized head and a larger one. The cap on each end is rubberized so, after cutting the stitches, a pass of the head (like erasing) will pull out the loose threads.

At the bottom is a pack of the brand new 'super nonstick needles' from Schmetz. These are for my standard sewing machine. They allow you to stitch through sticky stuff (like sticky-back velcro, etc) without gumming up the needle. The booth only had size 14 left so, if I like them, I will pick up some 12s later.

Random stuff I had on my 'buy' list ahead of time.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Never Enough
Topic: Quilting

Because you can never have too many scraps in your stash, I picked up some random pieces from the 'fabric by the pound' booth.

No specific plans for any of these. Others were part of the fabrics shown for the bunny quilt.

What would YOU make with these?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Fun New Quilt Plans
Topic: Quilting

The trip to the sewing and stitchery expo found me buying some cute quilt patterns/kits.

This first pattern I bought just for me and I got some inexpensive fat quarters to use on it. I will probably split up the blocks to make a wall hanging and a lap quilt. I just love bunnies and really fell for this patterin. SO CUTE!

I picked up this kit to makea wall hanging for hubby. We both miss our old black lab.

These two panels will make quilts for a couple of Navy Nukes I know.

Oh, my growing pile of projects!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 2 March 2020
That's Really Sharp!
Topic: Quilting

 I had an opportunity last September to borrow an Accuquilt GO machine and some dies to cut fabric. I cut lots of my scraps to create kits for quilts and I am still working my way through them.

However, when I had to return the machine I decided I wanted one of my own so I waited for a really good sale.

I bought a bundle whih included to machine, a die to cut 2 1/2 inch strips and a 'cube' which has eight mix and match dies to make 8" blocks. The dies include two sizes of squares, 2 sizes of half-square triangles, quarter-square triangle, and others.

Then, because I don't make 8" blocks a lot I bought the cubes in 10 inch and 12 inch. None of the cubes included a 5" square which one needs for patterns that call for 'charm squares'. So I added that.

At the sewing expo last week I picked up more strip cutters so can do 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 2 1/4 (what I used for binding), and 3 1/2.

I think I'm ready for most anything!

This is how I set up my station:

The cutter actually goes further to the left so there is room for the entrance and exit of the dies. On the right are the cubes and the extra small dies.

On the floor to the right of the cabinet are the 4 strip cutter dies and their cutting mat.

On the wall above is a chart of all the individual dies along with their locations. This way, if a pattern calls for a 2x4 flying geese block I know immediately where the dies are that will cut that.

Let's get whacking!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 1 March 2020
I Need Thee Every Hour
Topic: Hymnal Art

 I did a very simple treatment on this hymn. I used a compass to draw the circles for accuracy.

The hands and the numerals hage glitter gold gel pen which adds some drama to the illustration.

I used a brush pen for the text and added a thin stripe of the gold to the thickened strokes of the letters.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Lettering Roundup
Topic: Lettering

Here again with a compilation post that shows all the lettring practice sheets in my Happy Planner for February.

Throughout the month you have seen these in use on my bible pages.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:19 PM PST
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Quilt Sketching
Topic: Quilting

 As I go along day to day I sometimes see a quilt that I would like to recreate. I take a snap of it on my phone.

There are never any details and I don't make any notes.

When I was sketching in my notebook, I pulled out my phone and set to work figuring out the pieces needed and, sometimes, the steps required to make four of these quilts.

I added color with markers when I got home.

This first one is based on a quilt hanging in the library of a community college in Tennessee! I calculated the size it would be if constructed of various sizes of units. I'll decide later which I want it to be.

 I don't know the origin of this block. The focus in this casewas figuring out the steps to construction. I also wrote out all the pieces needed to finish it.

I think I took a photo of my computer screen when I saw a quilt make of this block in different values of gray.

The coloring I used in the sketch is just to show values, not real color.

Again, I listed unit sizes.

I din't add any color to this sketch as it is supposed to me made scrappy. You can faintly see where I darkened the blocks that would have prints or colors and left those that would be white background.

I filed these away for use someday. They may become charity quilts when I catch up with the other 30 I have in various stages.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
We Have An Anchor
Topic: Bible Journaling

 We've reached 1 and 2 Samuel in our Cover-2-Cover bible journaling plan for 2020.

I wanted to use the anchor I created for a drawing lesson quite awhile back but I already had one in my Journal the Word bible. So I put this one in the ESV Interleaved bible instead.

Brush pen, fine line pen and colored pencils were the materials used for this page.

In order to fit 66 books in 52 weeks some of the numbered books are paired together. So I used 2 Samuel but not 1 Samuel this week.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 24 February 2020
Leaving Port
Topic: Drawing

 As we were leaving one of the Mexican ports I started sketching some buildings on the hills. It wasn't too long before we were out of sight of the town and I had to switch to my imagination to fill in the rest of the scene.

It was interesting to sketch strictly in pen without the safety net of laying down a pencil sketch first.

This is enlarged significantly to show detail.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 23 February 2020
The Solid Rock
Topic: Hymnal Art

 I couldn't envision anything but a pair of shoes on a rock to illustrate this hymn.

Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to make the shoes look like they had feet inside of them!

This was the assigned hymn for Creative Bible Journaling this week.

I used colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits for these snazzy shoes.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 22 February 2020
Stylized Flowers
Topic: Drawing

 These flowers were inspired by the fabric I had made my drawing tools case out of. It has a black background and medium-bright colors in yellows, pinks and aqua. The fabric has the flowers all spread out but I arranged them to make a cluster.

In fact, I created more flowers and buds that were in a similar style.

This was also worked out in pencil before inking.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 21 February 2020
Out the Hothouse Window
Topic: Drawing

 Before I left on vacation a number of people were posting pictures of this sort of layout that they were doing for an oline class. So when I was thinking about things to put in my sketchbook this came to mind.

I did not have access to class materials or pictures of anyone's work so I just went for it out of my head.

I did work this one out in pencil first and then inked over it, working from front to background.

I really like how this came out. I think my favorite parts are the shadows on the floor and the weed peeking around the doorframe.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 20 February 2020
Garden Doodles
Topic: Drawing

The next page in my sketchbook started with the Hibiscus and 'grew' from there.

Working in brown pen, I just kept adding flowers, dots and squiggles until it felt 'done'.

Some of the flowers you may reognize from other pages in the sketchbook.

I later used the hibiscus on a hymn page that will come up later next month.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Topic: Bible Journaling

 An old drawing lesson yielded up this tangled feather and an old lettering lesson was gleaned for the text font.

When I used this feather before I did a much larger scale. And I changed out the doodle decorations to make it entirely different.

I am enjoying working on journaling straight through the bible as I first worked randomly, wherever the mood struck me and then last year worked with a plan that worked front to back interspersed with back to front till we finally met in the middle at the gospels last December.

This is easier for me to keep track of!

I switched back to my camera the first of the year but I'm not sure how I like it because it is difficult to get good focus and color rendition. I may go back to the scanner at some point.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Letter By Letter
Topic: Drawing

Some of the work in my sketchbook was going to be transfered to my hymnal and I wanted some lettering to use with it. I didn't have any of my resources with me so I worked on making up two new alphabets.

The two of them are very similar with their high waist and low waist styles. Some of the letter forms are changed entirely but the biggest difference is that the first one is built on a 2x2 grid and the second is on a 1x2 grid.

Nothing spectacular about either of these - just utilitarian - and they served their purpose.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
The Angel Speaks
Topic: Bible Journaling

 It is not obvious where the angel fits in with the text shown but, in the full reference it is the angel who is speaking.

The angel is from an old drawing lesson and the font from an old lettering lesson.

I added more feathers to the angel than the original lesson had, just for a bit of variety from the prior use.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 10 February 2020
Flirty Girl
Topic: Drawing

When we were in port in Honduras there were groups of children dancing on the pier. I loved the costumes and took a snapshot of one girl about 8-9 years old.

When I came to the point of drawing it I kept the twists and turns of the costume but changed it up to be a lady rather than a child.

This sketch I DID work in pencil first and then went over that with brown pen for the final product.

I'm not such a good people drawer but it was really the folds of fabric that fascinated me in this pose.



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

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