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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
Saturday, 22 April 2023
Rose In Bluem
Topic: Quilting

The title for this quilt is a play on the book title "Rose in Bloom'. Corny?

The pattern for this quilt is Corner Play from the book 3-Yard Quilts In a Jiffy (Fabric Cafe).

As soon as I saw this fabric on the shelf I knew I had to have it. I know there are not any real roses in this color but it is so striking that you almost forget that.

The darker of the two background blues is the same dot as used in the Under the Sea quilt recently posted.

This big floral has a fine metallic finish in outlining on the blooms.

I used a lavender thread for the quilting since that color was not represented in the supporting fabrics. Quiltingis with a pantograph called Maidenfern.

For the back, I found this stunning piece with all of the colors and even the metallic.

What a beauty, right?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 21 April 2023
Floral Time
Topic: Quilting

Combining the content of the feature fabric (floral) with the name of the pattern (Time Machine) gave me the name for this quilt (Floral Time). The 'time' in the pattern name refers to the hourglass block set in every other space.

This was some 'bought on purpose' fabric for this pattern from the book Easy Does It 3-Yard Quilts (Fabric Cafe).

I absolutely love this floral print. And the black background makes it really stand out from the other blocks.

This was quilted with the trailing leaves pantograph in a soft cream thread.

Using the floral for the binding really finishes it with a punch.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:03 PM PDT
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Spring Garden Path
Topic: Quilting

A set of gift cards I got at Christmas magically became sets of fabrics for 3-yard quilts. Just one yard of three different fabrics makes one of these lap quilts.

Today I have for you a quilt from the pattern Garden Path in the book Fast and Fun 3-Yard Quilts.

The charming feature print has wonderful fruits and signs advertising flowers, lemons and pears.

I pulled out teal and taupe for the supporting fabrics.

This is quilted in cream thread with a pattern of trailing leaves.

I am so blessed to have a longarm quilting machine. I have no robotics on it so everything is done with either custom work or rolls of pantograph.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Simply Dashing
Topic: Quilting

Today I am offering up another pair of quilts that use the same pattern. In addition, both are made using fabrics from my sister's stash that was left to me.

The pattern is  a churndash block called Modern Charm from the book Quick As A Wink 3 Yard Quilts (Fabric Cafe). 

The first quilt is Dashing Florals:

The print repeat was large enough to get the full bouquet on every one of the feature blocks. The supporting fabrics were selected due to their colors being a match to those in the feature fabric.

Here are the supporting fabrics and a look at the quilting pattern - more of those interlocking swirls.

The second quilt is called A Dash Of Paisley.

This was a blatant attempt to 'get rid of' the paisley fabric. I am not a big fan of paisley, but it sometimes finds its way into the stash anyway.

I wish I could say it looks better in person but.....

Here is a closeup of the print.

And the quilting is, again, those big interlocking swirls.

At least that is the last of this paisley print.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 18 April 2023
Under the Sea
Topic: Quilting

Back at it with the quilting. I finished up 9 on the same day but I am doling them out here one or two a day.

The quilt today I called Under the Sea because of the fabric choice. It uses a pattern called Broad Strokes from the book 3-Yard Quilts On The Double.

I think it looks like a giant aquarium.

Here's a better view of the focus fabric. You can see how the green and blue of the supporting fabrics are pulled directly from the feature print.

I quilted with the giant interlocking swirls because they looked like crashing waves. Stitching is in green and the backing is a marbled print that the green looks perfect on as well.


What fun, right?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 17 April 2023
Topiary Quilts
Topic: Quilting

I have been loving the 3-yard quilt books from Fabric Cafe. First I was borrowing them from a friend but I asked for (and got) the entire set for Christmas. I have since added the newest title, too. I haven't gotten any of their fat-quarter books though.

When I have more than one set of fabrics that are using the same pattern I do all of the cutting at once and piece the tops in tandem. That way I only have to figure out the pattern steps once!

These two quilts are from the pattern - Topiary - in the book Magic of 3-Yard Quilts.

This first is with three coordinating fabrics I picked up in Juneau Alaska. I liked the look of the florals all being done in beadwork.

The pink and blue background fabrics are standard print but the gold has a metallic shimmer to it.

The quilting pattern is a large feather pantograph called Maidenfern. I stitched in blue thread as the backing is blue and the top and bottom threads could match.

The second quilt is with a geometric print I picked up in Hawaii. It is paired with fabrics from my stash. You get a better definition of the quilt design with these three fabrics.

Here is a closer look at the fabrics.

And a closer look at the quilting pattern of interlocking swirls.

These quilts are called Beaded Topiary and Aloha Topiary.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Topic: Quilting

Through all these other fun projects I have still been quilting.

My niece cut fabrics from her mother's stash and sent them to me for assembly. I initially set them straight but it was boring. So I used the method of cutting a 45 degree corner off and attaching it to the other end, then repeating that in the other direction and moving the cut piece to the other side.

The result of this manouver is that it sets the whole thing on point. I just added a double border with yardage that was included.

I made it queen sized with additional length to provide a turn-over for the pillows.

With the random mix of fabrics, I named this quilt 'Higgledy-Piggledy' (and, yes, I did have to look up how to spell it!)




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 27 December 2022
Sky Rider
Topic: Quilting

The second of the quilts made for Mom to gift started with her embroidered panel of a bald eagle.

I designed a quilt that had a lot of movement in the pattern and with colors representative of the sky.

This was quilted with edge-to-edge swirls.

The center motif got a simple echo quilting around it.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 26 December 2022
Foxy Forest
Topic: Quilting

A couple of months ago I created two quilts that I couldn't post till now because they had not been receied by their new owners.

For this one, my mom designed and stitched an embroidered panel of a red fox. I designed a quilt around it and we shopped for fabric together. I stitched the top and did longarm quilting with anedge-to-edge leaf pantograph skipping over the panel.


Then I free-hand quilted leaves around the fox panel.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 12 December 2022
Tea Party
Topic: Quilting

I had enough fabric left of the two colorways to cut ten cups of each. So I could make a layout of the same size as the previous two.

I bordered the red cups with blue fabric and the blue cups with red. These were alternated in the layout and set with green sashings and inner border.

I decided to add an extra outer border so those 2 inch borders are the same as the block borders.

Here is a better view of the fabrics used:

Same quilting pantograph as the two previous quilts.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:01 PM PST
Sunday, 11 December 2022
Red Rose Tea
Topic: Quilting

The second teacup print from my Sister's stash was a cream dotted background with red cups. I chose a stained glass rose print for the block borders and a green leafy print for the 1 inch sashings and inner border.

I ran out of the red roses so used a cream color for the outer border. The binding is a dark pink with white polka dots.

A closer view of the fabrics:

The same quilting pantograph was used as on the blue quilt, but in a soft green thread.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 10 December 2022
China Cupboard
Topic: Quilting

When I sorted my sister's fabric stash I found two colorways of the same fabric. I was with her when she bought it, saying she wanted to make kitchen curtains with it. I don't know if she ever did.

The teacups on the yardage were nicely spaced allowing me to fussy cut each cup on a 5.5 inch square. I selected 20 of my favorite teacups from the blue dotted background with dark blue cups. These each got a border of 2 inch green lace print and then they were set into blue leafy sashings of 1 inch wide. 

The first border matches the sashing and the outer border matches the block borders in fabric and width. The binding matches the sashing.

Here you can see the fabrics better:

The longarm quilting was done using a pantograph called 'Apricot'.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Poppy Fields
Topic: Quilting

Of all the quilts I've made lately, this may be my favorite one. This is a pattern from Fabric Cafe's newest book – The Magic of Three-Yard Quilts which I borrowed from a friend.

As soon as I saw this pattern I had the perfect fabric mind to use - a print that is wide stripes of poppies down the length of the yardage. The division between those stripes of poppies was a white stripe with green foliage.

I figured out which parts of the pattern cutting diagrams would end up in each area and cut up the fabrics to suit my own vision.

The star centers were supposed to be the same as their points (the red polka dot) but I cut up more of the poppy fabric for those centers. The red dot was also supposed to be used for the sashings around the green squares but I used those dividers of foliage. I wanted more of the red dot so I used it for the binding.

When quilting I decided to do custom work instead of al allover pattern. I outlined all of the poppies in the wide stripes and the star centers. Then in the centers of the green squares I did freehand flowers that resembled the poppies and finally I did leaves in the green spaces of the star blocks and around the entire green border.


Now I have to go back to piecing because this is all the tops I have completed. I do have 13 kits cut out, though.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:16 PM PST
Monday, 28 November 2022
Bird's Nest
Topic: Quilting

Today's quilt is from a free pattern I got from Fabric Cafe called 'Boomerang'.

I used fabric that has a variety of birds perched on tree branches, a blue with hearts and a bright yellow with white flowers - all from my stash.

However, once I got all the blocks made I didn't like the layout at all. I've never been too fond of patterns that are simple diagonals as they seem lopsided to me.

Here is the original layout:

So I totally rearranged everything and came up with a balanced design:

The circular design gave me the idea to call this quilt 'Bird's Nest'.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 27 November 2022
Revelation Hymn
Topic: Quilting

Churning out the three-yard quilts as donation day (to the hospital) is fast approaching. I love these types of patterns as they go so quickly and use only three yards of fabric.

This one is from a free pattern from Fabric Cafe (they do the three-yard quilt designs) called 'Awareness Ribbon'. It is all made from scraps from my stash - two colors of the same butterfly print and one of a floral.

The block was designed to be portrait alignment but my fabric was directional and that would have put all the butterflies sideways. So i used the same number of blocks but rearranged them in a horizontal alignment. It ended up making a quilt that was more squared than theirs but it works for me.


So, what about the name on this quilt? The butterfly prints have script in the background that is the words of the song of the angels in heaven as given in the book of Revelation in the Bible.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 26 November 2022
Baby's Breath
Topic: Quilting

First, a little about 'naming conventions' on my quilts. Rarely do I ever name a quilt the exact name of the pattern I used to make it. Instead, I think about the naming all the way through the process. Here are some factors:

  • what to the fabrics remind me of?
  • what does the pattern remind me of?
  • what do the colors bring to mind?
  • what was I listening to on audiobook as I made it?
  • who will it go to?
  • what is my favorite thing about the quilt?
  • when I say that name will it bring this quilt to mind?
  • have I used a similar name before?
  • does it remind me of music of a particular genre or piece?
  • is there a pun or play on words in combining any of the above?
I usually have a 'working title' that goes through several iterations as the quilt emerges.
That being said, the quilt today is called Baby's Breath. This title emerged from the combination of pink and blue fabrics as well as the feathery look of the floral focal fabric.
This is a lap size made with a pattern from Fabric Cafe's three-yard quilts series. The pattern is called 'Suite Times' and is from the book 'Easy Peasy Three Yard Quilts'

I used an overall swirl to quilt this.

I have three more quilts that are ready for longarming in the next few days, so stay tuned!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 25 November 2022
Courtyard Garden
Topic: Quilting

I am back with another lap quilt made from a 3-yard quilt pattern. The pattern for this one is "Courtyard" from the book "Fast & Fun Three-Yard Quilts" by Fabric Cafe.

I used three fabrics from my stash. I started with the daisy fabric and selected the yellow and green to pull out colors from the print.

I had a 108" backing fabric and cut it in a way that allowed me to load TWO of these lap quilts one behind the other for longarming. I did change the quilting pattern between the two quilts.

Here is my Courtyard Garden:

I used an overall floral for the quilting that kind of has the same look as the printed daisies - cream thread in top and silver gray on the back.

The second quilt (that was loaded with this one) will be on tomorrow's post.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Peacock Stars
Topic: Quilting

Wow! Long time, no post. But rest assured it is because I have been very busy creating, but things are still in progress and not ready to post yet or they are gifts that need to wait until they have been received before revealing them here. All in due time...

I did finish up one quilt that does not have a designated recipient so that can make its debut today.

This large lap quilt is made of batik fabrics that I bought as a layercake (pre-cut 10" squares). I added the black background and the green border and binding as well as a bright purple tone-on-tone backing.

The pattern is Ohio Starlight from a Missouri Star Quilt Company video tutorial. I used the same fabrics as they did for the stars.

The quilting was done with a navy blue thread which blended better than a color on the black or a black on the colors. It is a stylized floral that reminds me of calla lily.

This was a delight to quilt. I put in a new needle and had not a single thread break on the whole thing. My thread was very linty so I did a good cleaning of the bobbin race after every pass. This is a 5" repeat pattern so that was a lot of cleaning - but well worth it.

I have 4 more tops ready to be quilted, with their backings and battings prepared. Then I have 14 'kits' cut for quilt tops and one queen top I am working on piecing between other projects. 

All will be revealed.... eventually!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:03 PM PST
Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Entwined Butterflies
Topic: Quilting

On to the next of the lap quilts for the hospital Passages program delivery this weekend. I will have a total of 8 to take in (unless I can squeeze enough time to finish one I am just starting).

This one is using a pattern called 'Entwined' from the book 'Quick As a Wink 3-Yard Quilts' from Fabric Cafe. You may recognize it as the pattern I used to make the recent Quilt of Valor from red, white and blue fabrics - double the size.

I started with the light butterfly fabric and chose two tone-on-tone prints with colors from the butterflies. 

The butterflies also have a bit of a golden tone in their coloring so I used that color of thread for the quilting. The pattern for the quilting is the same as the last two quilts - those loose curls.

The binding is the same print as the outer border, as you can see.




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

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