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Tuesday, 28 May 2024
Topic: Quilting

Upon its donation to the hospital's Passages program in June, this quilt will become the 155th that I have given to them!

This quilt is called Pringles because I made it with the Potato Chip Block (so named because 'you can't make just one'). I cut all the pieces from scrap strips and other small bits in my stash.

Here is a single block isolated to show the layout.

With all the crazy jumble of fabrics/colors I picked out this wild print for the border.

The quilting is big spirals.

And the party continues on the back with a wiggly stripe.

The binding is carefully cut from the wild border fabric.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 26 May 2024 9:07 PM PDT
Monday, 27 May 2024
Bordered Scramble
Topic: Quilting

If you're thinking this quilt looks familiar, you are almost right - it is another version of the 10 Square Scramble I posted on May 4 - using the same set of scraps. However, I didn't have enough to make it as large so I added a 4 inch border all around to expand it.

This is made from a Robert Kaufman free pattern.

The quilting is an open floral pattern.

Backing was pieced from leftovers of a previously cut up 108 backing.

The binding is the same as the border fabric.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 26 May 2024 9:07 PM PDT
Sunday, 26 May 2024
Wooden Buttons
Topic: Quilting

In my quest to use up scraps in my quilts I cut a bunch of pieces from woodgrain. These were set around blocks fussy-cut from a forest animals print - five different animals. The block is set in 'button box' structure which required the use of partial seams and forking the way around the block then closing up the partial seam.

I learned about constructing this block at a conference a few years back but theirs used a variety of prints in the block and I wanted mine to be consistent.

I pulled fabric for the alternate block and the wide border that reflected colors found in the animal prints.

I didn't want to obscure the animals so I elected to do free-motion quilting with a variety of sizes of circles - tracing around them two to three times.

The backing is a shimmery green with small leaves to carry on the forest theme.

The binding is another woodgrain print.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 25 May 2024
Leafy Hugs
Topic: Quilting

Does this look familiar? It should, it is a smaller version of the quilt I posted in December. That was a twin size and this is a lap size - same fabrics.

When I made the last one I cut from 'width of fabric' as the instructions said to but I was using 108" fabric instead of 42" so ended up with a lot of extra blocks. I still had to cut a few more for this one but not a lot.

This is one of the 3-yard quilts from Fabric Cafe.

I used a tri-leaf pantograph for the quilting.

And the backing is the same mottled blue as the front.

I used the leafy print for the binding.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:59 PM PDT
Saturday, 4 May 2024
Ten Square Scramble
Topic: Quilting

Wednesday I started sewing this top while at a sew day with my quilt group. I got as far as stitching the bar blocks and laying out the whole thing. I stacked all the columns ready to be stitched together.

Friday, at home, I sewed the whole top. I cut the backing and batting and loaded everything on the longarm. 

Saturday (today) I quilted, trimmed and bound the quilt. Then the photographs were taken.

This is from a free pattern from Robert Kaufman called 10 Square Scramble. I cut all the parts for two of these using 10 inch squares I cut from scraps in my stash.

I used a pantograph that looks like flowers in a side view with aa coppery-brown thread.

The backing is remains from a 108 inch fabric used on a previous quilt. I used cream thread on the back.

This brings my donation total for June to ten.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:59 PM PDT
Thursday, 2 May 2024
Broad Strokes Berries
Topic: Quilting

This is the last of the BIG stack of quilt tops I had completed before I started longarming for the upcoming donation day (June 5).

This is from the stash using a 3 yard quilt pattern called Broad Strokes from Fabric Cafe.

I used a leafy pantograph with a reddish thread to blend well with the red fabrics. It doesn't show too much on the patterned fabrics either.

The backing is more of a rusty red and has little triangle confetti all over it.

Still working on quilt tops in bits and pieces so may or may not have another one or two to add to the donation total next month.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:47 PM PDT
Wednesday, 1 May 2024
Double Coin Stack
Topic: Quilting

The quilt today is made with 2 1/2 inch strips using a YouTube video tutorial I found. Designed to use a jelly roll, I pulled strips from scrap stash. The black sashings and borders and binding are leftover from another quilt as well.

This was really quick to put together:

I went back to the large swirl pattern for the quilting and used black thread on front and back.

The backing is a brown background fabric with small flowers.

One would think that all these scrap quilts would diminish the supply but they seem to grow every time I leave eth room!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 27 April 2024
Topic: Quilting

Today's quilt is really a fun one for several reasons:

1) I got to use some unique western-themed fabrics gifted to me by my late sister.

2) This is the 30th quilt I have made from the three-yard quilt books 

3) It is the 150th quilt I have made for donation to the local hospital Passages program

What great milestones.

This is a lap quilt using the pattern 'Garden Path' from the book 'Fast and Fun 3-Yard Quilts' from Fabric Cafe.

Isn't this great fabric? The light one is a batik with great motifs on it. I didn't have enough of these to follow the pattern exactly so had to use an alternate fabric for the border.

The perfect quilting pantograph in my collection was the stars and loops (which I am calling 'ropes')

The backing is the same as yesterday's quilt and the binding is the red horseshoe fabric.


I think this came together perfectly.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:55 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 27 April 2024 8:56 PM PDT
Friday, 26 April 2024
Sunflower Bees
Topic: Quilting

So delight I got this quilt onto the longarm early today so I could get it sone and bound in time to take photos in the daylight!

This is made from the pattern 'Corner Play' from the book 'Pretty Darn Quick 3-Yard Quilts' from Fabric Cafe.

I used a sunflower line print with bees on the flowers. This led to the black fabric with white hexagon lines which grings to mind the honeycombs. A light polkadot was used as a contrast.

Quilting is edge-to-edge giant swirls in a thread that blends in.

Backing is light colored tone-on-tone and the binding is from the same polkadots used in the piecing.

Three more flimsies are in the longarming pile with their backings and battings cut. So it won't be long till you see another quilt finish.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:23 PM PDT
Thursday, 25 April 2024
Floral Bricks
Topic: Quilting

Answering the obvious question - No. I am NOT making quilt tops as fast as one might see them come up on the blog! I always have a ton of 'kits' cut out for quilt tops so I can just pick up a bag and start sewing (there are currently 35 of them in my 'to be pieced' pile.)

When one is pieced it goes into a pile of 'flimsies' to wait for longarming.

When there are a pile of these I cut batting and backings for them and  they go into the other room and get longarming done one after the other. I can sometimes manage two in a day but this does not include trimming and binding.

Once the binding goes on they are ready for their photographs and to be posted on the blog.

Rarely do I ever start one quilt and run it through all the steps to finish all at once. I more often than not have up to 10 that are working their way through the stages together as described.


So with that out of the way: Here is the quilt FINISH for the day. This was a free 3-yard quilt pattern from Fabric Cafe.

The floral and the blue pieces are cut from two separate parts of a wide stripe print. This allowed for including narrow borders that were included in the print. The red blocks and both borders were taken from the stash for their match to various portions of the florals.

The quilting is an edge-to-edge trio of leaf clusters.

The green leafy backing has a bit of gold shimmer on it and the binding matches one of the border stripes of the front.

I believe I will be able to complete another quilt from my longarm pile tomorrow.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 24 April 2024
Lights and Darks
Topic: Quilting

As promised, another quilt finish comes up today.

I found a tutorial on YouTube for a quilt starting with a layer cake (42 ten-inch squares of coordinating fabric). I did not have one on hand but did have a stack of coordinating fat quarters. This gave me more duplicates but I had other similar fabrics in the stash to supplement them.

The process is complicated to describe but easy to execute.

This is the quilt top I put together with these lovely florals:

I did the quilting with large open blooms in an edge-to-edge pantograph:

The backing is a dark floral yardage that I picked up at a yard sale last summer and the binding matches it.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:25 PM PDT
Tuesday, 23 April 2024
Disappearing 25-Patch
Topic: Quilting

While cleaning up my fabric stash I ran across a charm pack that I had picked up at a yard sale last summer. I searched for a pattern that would make a quilt top with just these 42 squares but all required more. My favorite was made like a traditional disappearing 9-patch but the blocks, before whacking, were 5 x 5 (25 patch). The pattern described would end up square and take 100 charms. I wanted to make it rectangular by adding another 25 charms.

I went through the stash of scraps and pulled fabrics that fit the color range and style of the charm pack at hand and made up this quilt.

I used a leafy pantograph for the quilting.

The backing is a tone on tone light color and the binding is a small green stripe.

Another quilt finish tomorrow!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 19 April 2024
Topic: Quilting

It's been a while, I know! I worked on a BIG sort/destash/overhaul of my fabric collection and along the way I chopped my way through piles of scraps and turned them into kits to make scrappy quilts. I ended up with two kits for 'potato chip' quilts, two charm pack quilts, a coin stack quilt, 3 layer cake quilts, two 'jelly roll race' quilts and 11 'button box' quilts. I also have scraps cut out to make two 'winter trees' quilts and many, many 'bird blocks' that I am not sure how I will use yet nor how many quilts they will yield.

In addition, I cut kits for 14 three-yard quilts and 6 more convergence quilts. There are still tons of scraps and yardage left so I sorted and refiled them. I have plastic file drawers that hold my fabrics. Some are sorted by 'theme' (panels, woodgrain, butterflies, fall, patriotic, hearts, etc) by 'pattern' (multicolored stripes, multicolored dots, multicolored florals, etc) a drawer of strips bagged by width, a drawer of non-quilt sewing kits (casserole carrier, zipper bag...) and a few 'coordinates' (blue and yellow fabrics...) for which I have no pattern selected.

The rest of the fabrics are in hanging files in plastic drawer units separated by color and with all the pieces over 1/4 yard marked with the piece size.

I had been, along the way, pulling out kits and sewing them up into quilt tops. So, when all the sorting was done I measured up backings and battings for the 10 I had ready and started longarming them. The first two were 'group projects' (one person contributed their orphan blocks, another person make a top of them, I did the quilting and passed them on to the fourth person for binding).

Then I quilted up the two I'm sharing today.

I had a lot of 2 1/2 inch strips left over from making sashings and borders for quilts. I separated them into rainbow order and sewed them end to end going through the color order several times. Then I brought the ends of this very long strip together and sewed side by side till I got to the center fold and cut there. The ends were again brought together and sewn side by side. This process was continued until I had one big striped piece that was wider than it was tall. I cut up the middle and created two lap quilts by placing a 3 inch border on each.

The quilting is the same on both of them, a very large swirl done in lavender.

And the backing and binding is the same for both as well. 

I plan to keep tackling the longarming pile as we have a donation date of June 6.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:21 PM PDT
Monday, 19 February 2024
New Tour of the Sewing Studio
Topic: In the studio
Today I thought I’d show the final result of rearranging my sewing studio and adding a piece of furniture to it. My room is a former bedroom which measures 13' x 13' including a 'largish' closet.

Having come in the door, on the left is a rolling wooden cabinet with extensions on each end. On top is the Accuquilt machine (fabric cutter) which would be opened up for use.

Inside the drawers on the left are thread, sewing trims, zippers, other notions.

In the cupboard on the right are the tall dies for the Accuquilt (to cut strips, to cut setting triangles for on-point blocks, and one that cuts all the pieces of a complicated block). They all have ‘tabs’ to make pulling the right one easier.

Next along the same wall is a folding table that fits right into the corner. On top of it are the sets of cutting dies for the Accuquilt. I have them for 6”, 8”, 9”, 10” and 12” blocks.

Turning the corner, sitting straight ahead when you walk in the door, is the new cabinet that we ordered from Home Depot and built for the space. It is set up to be used as an ironing station which will accommodate yardage, quilt tops, backings, etc. It is 22” x 48” and is topped with a layer of InsulBright (protects surface from heat) and a 1/2” thick wool pressing mat.

Inside the lower cupboards are stored my old sewing machine, an embroidery machine and the serger. In the drawers are supplies like press cloths, fusible, and other things I might need at the ironing board. The lamp on the left is in the same power strip as the iron as a reminder to turn both off when leaving the room.

To the right of this new station is a folding tray where the iron 'lives' along with a small thread catcher and a winder for strips and bindings. Above it, a chain allows for a roll of batting to be mounted from the ceiling. I am short enough to walk under it.

Further to the right, under the window, is the sewing station. My machine lives here with a clear extension table for a larger workspace.

We added a 4’ power strip with 12 plugs mounted under the windowsill. This allows for a stereo, mini-iron, computer, iPhone, sewing machine and lights to enhance my space.

The cutting tablesits against the window and extends into the middle of the room. It is 6’ x 4’ and has two 36” x 48” cutting mats on top. At the back are racks of rulers, and bins with 'kits' of projects I have cut out.

The table is held up by 4 Walmart bookcases. These contain tools and notions that need to be immediately at hand.

The end one contains books and binders with a record of all the quilts I've made.

The third side has fusibles, printables, and other 'assembly' materials.

There is a space for some storage bins underneath one side.

Facing this is the closet which contains multiple ‘iris carts’ with the wheels off. This is fabric storage, sorted by color. The far right section is for ‘themes’ and the containers on top are for projects.

And there you have it! I am delighted with how it all came together - all with the addition of one cabinet and a power strip.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:29 PM PST
Friday, 15 December 2023
Tree Hugger
Topic: Quilting

It was requested that I make a quilt for a family friend. The gifter selected the fabrics from my stash of bolts and the pattern from a selection of 3-yard quilts I offered. I doubled the size and added another column to one side to bring it up to the desired size.

The feature fabric with the tree branches and the circle block that is 'hugs' led to the quilt name of Tree Hugger.

The quilting is an edge-to-edge meander of leaves.

This came together in six days from fabric/pattern selection to binding/labeling!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:40 PM PST
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

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