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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
Monday, 30 May 2022
All Aflutter
Topic: Quilting

This quilt actually was quilted on the longarm the same day as the one posted yesterday and both were bound on the same day (yesterday). But I wanted them to have their own day to shine so I delayed the posting of this one a day.

The pattern for this one is Roman Holiday from the book Quick As a Wink 3-Yard Quilts from Fabric Cafe. I changed the title to All Aflutter to represent the butterfly print in the feature fabric. 

The purple and green fabrics were 'close matches' to colors in the butterfly fabric.

In this photo you can also see the big curl quilting that is the same as that used on yesterday's quilt.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 29 May 2022
Seas the Daze
Topic: Quilting

Quilt completed today is from a pattern called Illusions which is from the book Modern Views With 3-Yard Quilts by Fabric Cafe.

The name I gave my version is Seas the Daze because the pink and blue fabrics are from the same design and are covered with white line art of fish and other sea creatures. The black fabric has white and silver plant life that I decided would represent fan coral.

Here is a better view of the fabrics.

I quilted with a pattern of big curls that will represent waves.

The original pattern layout was to place matching squares in a diagonal line across the quilt. I rearranged them to be in concentric pattern around the center.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:07 PM PDT
Monday, 23 May 2022
Flower Boxes
Topic: Quilting

I completed anothed of the quilts from Fabric Cafe. This is from her book Easy Peasy 3-Yard Quilts and the pattern is Town Square.

Due to my fabric selection, I called my version Flower Boxes. This is all from my stash.

U used a big loose flower pantograph for the quilting.



This is a quilt for the hospital Passages program.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 20 May 2022
Loading the Longarm
Topic: Quilting

This post may NOT be of interest to anyone but I'm going to put it out there anyway so I can refer people to it if they DO ever have questions.

When I inherited my Innova longarm quilting machine in 2019 I had never laid hands on one before. I had seen them demonstrated at the State Fair and at quilt shows but I never tried one out. So, after I had a dealer come and put it all together for me I went into their store and took a one-day class. 

I needed to know everything from how to put in a bobbin to how to thread the machine; how to change a needle and what kind of thread to use; how to make it go and how to stop it; truly, I knew nothing. I then watched a lot of videos on YouTube on how to load projects and spent some time playing.

I found that some things from one video and something else from another worked best for me and so developed my own process of loading, basting, quilting, advancing and finishing to make my quilts a real pleasure to longarm.

My longarm has 'red snappers' installed in the leading edges of the canvas leaders. Someone without red snappers or someone with zippers will undoubtedly use a totally different process. I have NO experience with that so will only discuss what I know and use.

So, Here we go. Keep in mind that it takes much longer to SHOW and EXPLAIN the steps than it does to actually DO them!

First, I load my backing with the selveges on the top and bottom and any seams in the backing  running left to right. This keeps a ridge from building up down the middle which happens when a top to bottom seam stacks as it winds over and over itself.  If the selvege is the longest side then the quilt will be on its side as it is quilted. If the selvege is on the short side of the backing the quilt will going through top to bottom.

I measure the sandwich layers by folding the top in quarters and the backing in quarters and stack them with the folded corners together. Leave the selvege to selvege length uncut and try to make it 8 inches or more beyond the end of the quilt top. I trim the sides two to three inches beyond the quilt top. Mark the edges of the top and the backing where the folds are as this gives you centering references. Cut a batting the same size as the backing by folding it in quarters and stacking as well. Mark the centering references on the batting. NOW you're ready to take it to the longarm machine.

Here is what my machine looks like:

I've marked the parts according to what I call them (sometimes not their 'official name'). Note that three of the bars have canvas leaders attached. These all have a folded edge with a red plastic rod inside (a part of the red snapper system). They each also have a measuring tape attached which counts outward from a centering zero.

Roll the front bar so the leader edge is just behind the top of the bar. Lay the selvege edge of the backing FACE DOWN and align the centering mark on its edge with the zero marking on the measuring tape. Align the printed edge of the backing along the folded and stitched edge of the leader and place a pin straight down into the leader. Align the front edge at the 5-inch mark and place an upright pin. Repeat every 5 inches to the end.

At the end, place TWO pins to keep edge from pulling inward. Repeat across the left front of the backing.

You will then have the entire front selvege edge pinned into place every 5 inches with double pins at each end.

Starting at the zero center pin, press one end of red snapper into place over the inserted rod in the leader. Work outward to the end of the red snapper.

Repeat on other side. Then take out all the pins.

Spread the backing up over the takeup bar.

Roll the backing onto the front bar, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go.

Make sure to keep the edges aligned so you know your backing is loading squarely.

When the backing is approaching the end it will fall off the takeup bar onto the table.

Move to the back of the machine.

Pull the backing UNDER the deadbar and up to the takeup bar (May have to release the front bar tension and unroll a bit to give enough slack to pull the selvege up to the takeup bar). Align the centering mark of the selvege with the zero marking on the leader and secure with a pin going straight in, just like we did on the front.

Continue pinning every 5 inches and use two pins on the ends as before.

Working from the centering zero outwards, pop on the red snappers the same as was done on the front edge. Then remove the pins.

Take up any slack on the front bar to verify the backing is even tension and square.

Release tension on takeup bar and roll everything forward onto the front bar until the BACK red snapper is well away from the deadbar. Mark the left and right edges 6 to 8 inches from the red snapper on both side edges.

Place the edge of your batting along the edge of the back leader, using the centering marks to align it. Smooth and pin through the backing and batting.

Smooth the batting over the  front bar and tuck in behind the unused bar at the bottom front of the machine.

Run a straight line from one side of the quilt to the other between those side pins you installed. Insert pins straight down every few inches as guides.

Place the quilt top on top of the batting using the centering marks for alignment and butting the fabric edge right up against the guide pins. Pin in place, leaving about 1/2 inch of fabric outside the pins.

Remove the standing guide pins.

Lift and 'float' the top to lay smoothly over the batting and over the front bar.

Baste the top edge of the quilt top about 1/8 inch from the fabric edge. I use stitches that are about 3/4 to 1 inch in length.

When I get to the far end I use a serpentine line to hold the batting so it won't flip up and get in the way.

Remove the leading pins from the batting, the quilt top and the side edges of the backing. (No pins left behind at this point). Roll sandwich back to the position you will use to sew the first pass of quilting.

Use long stitches to baste down the left and right edges of the quilt top. NOW, if you are starting to panic over how much this is to accomplish, know this: From the time I took the photo of the empty machine at the beginning until this side basting was completed was exactly 69 minutes. This included the time to take the photos!

I use paper pantographs (continuous patterns on a long roll of paper) to do my quilting. It is all hand guided by using a little red laser dot to trace along the design while the sew head is making stitches. So at this time I choose my pattern, align it under gridded plastic on the table and begin the quilting. The machine has stitch regulation so I can go at my own speed and the stitches come out uniformly.

This is the first pass (I rolled it forward before taking the photo)

Here is second pass without rolling it forward again so you can see how the pattern nests together.

I continue on until reaching the front edge of the top. I usually have to leave off a portion of the last row so it is not stitching too far beyond the top.

With all the quilting done (2 hours and 27 minutes) The tension is loosened and the red snappers are peeled off the front edge.

That edge naturally falls to the table.

Move to the back of the machine and unroll the quilt from the takeup bar, allowing it to fan-fold on the table.

Peel off the red snappers from the back.

Now you can trim your quilt as usual so it is ready for binding.

Here's a closeup of one repeat of my quilting pattern. READY FOR THE GOOD NEWS? The entire process from loading the machine to a trimmed quilt was FOUR HOURS AND TWELVE MINUTES.

Here is my finished quilt after binding.

I hope you find this useful. and a reassurance that this is not a lengthy, difficult process. YOU CAN DO IT!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Locked Boxes
Topic: Quilting

Finally, another quilt done. I HAVE been working on quilting a lot but this is the first in a while to come to completion.

I got on a kick of cutting and creating kits for patterns from some borrowed books from Fabric Cafe. The series is 3-yard quilts and in all of these patterns a lap quilt is made using one yard eash of three different fabrics. I cut and kitted TWELVE quilt tops and pieced four of them - all from my stash.

Then, one pattern struck me a being just right for patriotic colors but I wanted a larger size. So I actually needed to purchase fabric so I could 'double the recipe' and use TWO yards of each color.

The pattern I used is from the book 'Quick As a Wink' and is called 'Entwined'. 

I called this 'Locked Boxes'.

I didn't buy enough of this flag print for the backing so I added in strips of red, white and blue to stretch it out.

This oversized throw was made as a Quilt of Valor and awarded to a family friend who served as a Marine in Vietnam and beyond. He was very appreciative.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 27 February 2022
Heart Strings
Topic: Quilting

Here is one that is WAY out of my color comfort zone! But when I chose to do big hearts I decoded that it was time to use up some of those red and white prints from my sister's stash. She must have loved red because there are a LOT of these and I only needed 1 strip each of 12 fabrics for the hearts.

The pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Company and was one of the alternate methods for making a heart quilt shown on Valentine's Day. I scaled back on their design and made only 12 hearts. With the sashing and borders it came up to roughly 50 x 60.

Red thread and white thread were both too stark for quilting so I selected coral. The thread on the back IS bright red and is over a medium grey print.

I did the quilting on the longarm with a pantograph called 'affection' which is continuous hearts.

This will go to Passages at the hospital.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Let's Meet At the Cabin
Topic: Quilting

When you work on two quilts at a time the finish of the second one comes quickly on the heels of the first.

I actually cut the pieces for this quilt a couple of years ago when I had borrowed an Accuquilt cutter from a friend along with a few of her dies. I cut two full sets of Log Cabin strips then divided them up so I had one set of blocks with a 6 inch center wrapped with cabin strips. I made another quilt using 6 inch log cabins bordered with wide strips to make 12 inch blocks.

Then I had left this set of 12 inch log cabin blocks - enough for 12 blocks.

Although it made for a smaller quilt I decided to butt the blocks tight together rather than using sashing. Then I finished it off with a 3 inch border.

I didn't realize until I went to store it for later giving that all three of thelast quilts I've made have yellow borders!

Because this is a traditional pattern I gave it traditional quilting using a feathered pantograph.

The entire quilt is from scraps in the stash.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:32 PM PST
Tuesday, 1 February 2022
Crystal Doorway
Topic: Quilting

Are you old enough to remember those beaded burtains that were popular in the 1960s?

Missouri Star Quilt Company shared a tutorial on a quilt called Chandelier that certainly had that vibe for me. I pulled fabric scraps from my stash for this and used a cotton/poly blend in taupe for the background (left over from sister's stash passed down to me).

I was excited to be able to use my new Accuquilt setting triangle dies until I realized the quilt blocks were 8.5 inches. The setting triangles I have are for either 8 inch or 9 inch blocks. I just used the 9 inch set and trimmed the whole quilt edge before adding the border.

I used a semi-floral pantograph for the quilting.

This whole quilt has a fresh, modern vibe.


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

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