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Thursday, 25 June 2020
Wild Goose Chase
Topic: Quilting

More play with the orphan block bin....

First a peek at the final result and then a step-by-step on the source of the blocks used.

This is a smaller lap quilt which could be a wall hanging, too.

The starting point for this was the center block. The orphan bin also contained some leftover strip sets from the same source.

This was the source of all those dotted fabrics - From October 2015:

One of the blue blocks was what I had on hand

Then I matched in some half square triangles

Which were orphans of this quilt from Debember 2015

This quilt is ALL half square triangles and I used both the red/tan and the green/tan combinations.

I kept pulling scraps from the leftover 2 1/2 inch strips bag to build the size with borders upon borders.

When I got to a reasonable size I didn't want to put on a big clunky border so I found some fabrics that came to me from my sister's stash and played with my new Accuquilt cutter to create a bunch of flying geese. These were arranged going in one direction so they chase around the quilt.

Yesterday's quilt border leftovers provided the fabric for the striped binding. (In turn, the cut-offs from the backing on this one provided the binding for that one.)

Quilting is done using a pantograph that mimics the flowers in the dark bordering strip (and spacing pieces toward the center).

This was made in the "add a little and set aside till the next idea comes" manner and I quite like the final result.










Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:37 AM PDT
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Random Nature of Things
Topic: Quilting

As long as I have been quilting (not quite 10 years) I have been saving the leftover blocks from quilts I have made. Sometimes it was because the pattern changed along the way so I didn;t need all I had made, sometimes the process of making the block made more than the pattern called for.

I keep all of these in a case labeled 'Orphan Blocks' although it sometimes contains strips sets that were sewn but not needed or parts of blocks.

I decided to sort through that bin and start with a block as the focal piece and then build around it with other blocks, partial blocks and strip sets that either used the same fabric or was coordinating in color combinations.

This is the first one I completed. After the main image I will show where the original blocks came from and note their vintage!

The feature block in the center came from the same original quilt as the diagonal stripes.

These were leftover parts from a Celtic Knot quilt I made in April 2012.

The white block with the cathedral window was part of the border.

The angled stripe blocks werepart of what made up the knots.

When rummaging for coordinating bits I found some that originated in this Quilt made in May 2014.

Parts that came from this were used here in the new quilt:

I used leftover 9-patch blocks to make faux cathedral windows to mimic the center block.

The borders around the center block came from leftover strip sets.

All of that green background was also salvage. A local lady was a manufacture's representative who had 'books' of fabric samples to take to the fabric stores so they could order stock. When those books were outdated she would put them in a big yard sale and sell the swatches by the pound. The swatches were all random sizes so I used my Accuquilt to cut standard 6.5 inch blocks.

You can see that the angled stripes were not large enough so I framed them in the same fabric used on the cathedral blocks. That framing fabric is the WRONG side of fabric recently used on the All-American Style quilt made earlier this year.

I quilted the green background with leaves and vines and also carried that in a more linear fashion into the strips bordering the center block.

The cathedral squares got some echoing curves and straight line quartering. I used a looping meander around the center cathedral block.

And there you have it - my first orphan block recovery project.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:21 PM PDT
Thursday, 4 June 2020
All-American Style
Topic: Quilting

This was an easy quilt to name. Pattern is a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company called 'Turn Style'. Fabrics from my stash in red, white and blue. Fabric with historic American flags all over makes up the border and the cornerstones. Quilted with stars in bright yellow thread. It all came together as All-American Style.

The block pattern is a disappearing hourglass that starts with two ten inch squares - stitch, whack, stitch, repeat... Made in two color combinations and assembled by alternating the directions, separated by gold sashings.

Isn't that flag fabric neat? I wish I had bought much more of it when I was it originally. But I can't find it anymore.

I wanted the quilting to be noticable so I used bright yellow thread and stitched stars and swirls to stay with the patriotic theme.

The colors appear brighter than they actually are in this photo. I used the same blue for the binding.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:19 AM PDT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Mitered Mania
Topic: Quilting

I managed to squeeze out a little time for quilting in the midst of all this bible journaling! I actually cut out all the parts for this in September when I had a friend's AccuQuilt machine and dies on loan for a few weeks.

Actually, I cut a TON of fabric scraps and made kits for dozens of quilts which allows me to just pick up a bag of parts and go straight to sewing.

I had found the pattern for something along these same conceptual lines. They used strip sets of 6 2" strips and I used 5 of 2.5" strips. This made the measurements they had for the blocks totally wrong for me so I just followed the process while inserting my own data.

The finished quilt in the magazine was for a square baby quilt using only 4 of the big blocks. I added 2 of my bigger blocks (for a total of 6) and added wider borders to make a lap quilt.

All from scraps!

I quilted on the longarm machine with a pantograph called "Bountiful Feathers" - my favorite!

First quilt on Squatch with not a single thread break, too.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:58 PM PST
Monday, 30 December 2019
Quilt of Valor
Topic: Quilting

The Quilts of Valor program has been going on for quite some time but this is the first one I have made. 

According to the Foundation's website The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

It also reports the following quilt counts:

Quilts Awarded This Month:


Quilts Awarded 2019 YTD:


Total Quilts Awarded:


Now they can add ONE MORE to each of these totals!

My Quilt of Valor is being awarded to a friend of ours who served in the army during the Vietman era, though he was deployed in a different area.

I used fabrics with dulled colors to give the quilt an overall vintage look. The individual pieces largish (flying geese are 3x6) and blocks are 12x12. 

Here is an overview shot:


And a closeup that shows the quilting. Free-motioned zig-zags in the white chevron areas. The red and white diamond areas are outlined in long scallops as are the yellow and white pinwheels. Then the pinwheels got a star quilted into them.


For the backing I found this awesome vintage flag print.

This will be presented on January 1, 2020.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:04 PM PST

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