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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
Friday, 31 December 2021
Blackjack Finale
Topic: Quilting

OK, that's a strange name for a quilt, right? I tried all sorts of 'star' related phrases and couldn't find nything that appealed to me. But, I worked hard on this for the past two days in order to get it completed before the end of the year.

So it turns out this was the very last quilt of 2021. Blackjack is the game of 21 so I put the two together and came up with Blackjack Finale!

The pattern for this is called Daybreak by Cozy Quilt Designs. The pattern calls for the two strips that make up each right angle to be matching but I wanted to use up scraps of leftover 2.5" strips in my stash so I made all the cuts totally scrappy.

This will go to the hospital for the Passages program.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:19 PM PST
Friday, 26 November 2021
Topic: Quilting

RE-GIFTED is the name of this Christmas quilt made from a fat-quarter pack gifted from my sister to our brother and sister-in-law. I added more Christmas fabric from yardage left to me from her stash (for background and borders) and gifted the completed quilt back to the couple.

I was inspired by a free pattern from Cloud9 Fabrics called Ribbon Box Quilt ©2014 . It is for a 55 x 63 throw.

The challenge came when I was asked to make a Queen Size quilt and was provided with 20 fat quarters of Christmas fabrics. In order to have enough of each individual fabric to complete each ribbon span I had to adjust the width of the ribbons in the pattern by 1 inch.

I also changed the layout so all of the ribbons would have tails instead of butting some against the border.

I used 9 ribbons vertically and 11 ribbons horizontally and all of them are 4 inches wide (finished). With every end having a tail section 6 inches to the inner border the center section of the quilt is 64.5 x 76.5 unfinished. This is followed by a 2 inch finished background border then a twisted ribbon border 4 inches wide (finished) and a 7 inch outer border. On the twisted ribbon, the inner edge matches the background and the outer edge matches the outer border. The quilt finishes at 90 x 102.

Here are my notes (to myself). First, note a section of assembly from the Ribbon Box Quilt. The quilt is assembled row by row rather than block by block in order to create the woven effect.

I created my desired layout in ElectricQuilt7 and then did all the piece divisions and measurement notations in red ink before making my list of fabric cuts. Note that I constructed my quilt as a horizontal layout so I would have less rows to assemble.

The PENCILED letters in the border denote the FABRIC (A – I horizontally and J-T vertically) The RED letters in the margin denote the ribbon tail style that will be on each end (A, B, C in the horizontal and O1, E2 and E3 in the vertical). The penciled numbers in the right margin are the row numbers used in assembly.

Note that there are three styles of ribbon ends. Style A (also used as E2) is a 4.5 background with 2.5 ribbon color used to snowball two corners. This is attached to a 2.5 x 4.5 ribbon color. Style B (also used as O) is a 6.5 x 4.5 background snowballed on two corners with ribbon color. Style C (also used as E1) is a 4.5 x 2.5 (unfinished) flying geese unit with background as the large triangle and ribbon color as the two corners. This is attached to a 4.5 x 4.5 ribbon color.

In short, row 1 and 19 are 6 inches wide (finished). Ribbon rows (even numbers) are 4 inches (finished) and intervening odd rows are 2 inches (finished). These intervening rows are the background areas that allow the ribbons to cross with space between them.


Here is the plan with all of my notes:

This plan told me how many cuts of which size I would need for each specific fabric.

This is my cut sheet:

Try to match these cuts to the previous diagram before YOU do any cutting.



Assemble in long horizontal rows, then stitch rows together to form the quilt center. You could stop here and have a 64.5 x 76.5 throw or add a single border to match the background for a little bigger.

I added a 2” (finished) border similar to background all the way around. This allowed me to create the twisted ribbon border in 4 inches and come out even at the corners. To do this, you need 36 ‘outward facing’ units in which the red is the half-square triangle, the green is a quarter-square triangle and the last quarter-square triangle matches the outer border. You will need 38 ‘inward facing’ units with the same red and green parts but the last quarter-square triangle matches the inner border. There will be 4 corner units of half-square triangles of green and the outer border material. The following illustration shows the assembly of these: (ignore my scribbles where I checked my math!!)

Here is my final working diagram and illustrates the layout of the ribbon border blocks so the corners come out right:

I added a cute cat background for the kitty-lovers who received this quilt. The binding is a diagonal plaid.


Final notes:

  • ·         Center section uses 20 fat quarters plus background (I don’t know yardage for background)
  • ·         2 inch border used same as background as well (or something very similar). Will need some of same for insets in twisted ribbon border.
  • ·         No estimate of yardage needed for red and green units in twisted ribbon border.
  • ·         No estimate for yardage needed for 7 inch outer border (plus insets into the twisted ribbon border)
  • ·         Don’t forget yardage for binding






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:04 PM PST
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Better Call Orkin
Topic: Quilting

A couple of years ago I did not own an Accuquilt fabric cutter but a friend did. I asked to borrow it for a bit and she agreed (she's a VERY good friend). While I had the use of her Log Cabin die I cut two full sets of the strips needed to make 12 block quilts. I set aside one set to make the prescribed 12" blocks but divided the other set to make two other quilts.

The first one included some 6" fussy-cut centers around which I built the log cabin out to the 12" size. The rest of the log cabin strips went into this quilt in which I built the scrappy 6" block center and then used a 3" wide frame to complete the blocks up to 12".

I sashed the blocks with bright red and added bright yellow cornerstones.

So how did the quilt get such an unusual name? Well, I looked and looked for a great backing for this quilt and found a bunch of yardage in my late sister's stash: black with ladybugs all over it. I thought it was cute but my mom thought it would be creepy to have bugs crawling all over a quilt. The thought of little log cabins intested with bugs made me laugh and led me to the quilt name: Better Call Orkin.

I quilted this with Bountiful Feathers pantograph in gray thread and added a lighthearted red striped binding.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:50 PM PDT
Monday, 27 September 2021
Patriot's Trail
Topic: Quilting

Finally! It's something totally different!

I borrowed a couple of Accuquilt dies from a friend and cut all the parts for two quilts. One of those was the Drunkard's Path die I used for the Nebraska, In Plane View quilt.

The other die was for the Snail's Trail block with which I cut all the parts for a very scrappy red, white and blue layout. Many of the fabrics were from my sister's stash. She had quite a collection of red-and-white and blue-and-white prints.

I used three borders - red, blue and white with gold stars.

I quilted with a pantograph of swirls and stars using a verigated blue thread.

Because of the colors used and the block name I am calling this quilt Patriot's Trail.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:36 PM PDT
Friday, 24 September 2021
Topic: Quilting

The finale of the Magical Squares quilts brings us to this one that has some distinguishing features.

First of all, by the time I got to the laying out of this one, I was pretty tired of the same old thing so I rotated some of the blocks in the initial layout but did all the other steps the same. This resulted in some diagonal lines in the final arrangement.

I used up a lot of the greens from the charm square packs and got so wrapped up in the twists and turns that I missed the fact that some of the greens were clumping up until I was ready for the borders.

When I got ready to quilt it I decided to enhance the greens so I used a green thread with a pantograph of leafy vines.

As a final touch I pulled a green floral for the binding.

All this together led to the naming of the quilt "GreensLeaves".




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:53 PM PDT
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Peaches and Cream
Topic: Quilting

I realize these Magical Squares quilts are probably seeming to be a little repetitious, but after this there is only one more and it has a real twist to it.

Today's quilt (Peaches and Cream) is most like Rosy Posies but, from the charm squares I used only florals with colored backgrounds and some prints with solid colors that incorporated dots. The sashings and cornerstones are the same on both but the inner border on this one is a polkadot where the other was a busy floral.

Here is a view of the charm squares

The other project had quilting with a floral pantograph while this uses one called "Maidenhair" which is an open style of echoed feather.

I used that small floral again for the binding.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:40 PM PDT
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
All Sorts
Topic: Quilting

Hello Friends!

I’m back with the next installment of my quilt saga. This is another of the Magical Squares pattern with a totally different look to it.

I used different selections from the charm packs, including more of the blues and greens as well as pinks rather than the apricots. There are also more checkered prints instead of all florals and I went with black sashings (with rosebuds) for a greater contrast.

This really reminded me of a mix of licorice candies called All Sorts, so that became the name.

I used the Bountiful Feathers pantograph and pink thread for the quilting. It also got a tiny floral print for the binding which matches the pinks, blues and white in the quilt.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:00 PM PDT
Friday, 17 September 2021
Rosy Posies
Topic: Quilting

Did I mention before that during the February ice storm and power outage I cut out all the parts for SEVEN of the Magical Squares quilts? Not only that, but when I started piecing them I worked on them in lock-step - finishing step one on all of them, then step two on all of them, and so on. So all of the seven tops were finished at the same time. This kept me from having to figure out each step over and over again as I would if I had done each top all the way through and then started the next one from the beginning.

I made 5 other quilt top designs as well and then went out and bought all the backings for all 12 quilts. This explains how I am coming up with so many new quilts all in a row. All of them were ready to be longarmed and I just had to measure out the batting, trim the backing, and load 'em up.

With that said, today I have complered another of these. When a fabric store was closing out I found a set of floral charm squares I liked. I bought 4 sets exactly alike. So the next few quilts have a similar look as far as the block centers. I changed out sashing, cornerstones, borders, etc so they are not identical. I guess you could say they are 'cousins'.

Today's quilt is called Rosy Posies because of all the focus on flowers that are pinks and apricot - many of them roses.

I used a large flower pantograph and pink threads to quilt it. I ended up needing just a smidgen more pink bobbin thread. I use pre-wound bobbins so I couldn't just wind a new bobbin. What to do? What to do?

I suddenly remembered some of my craft supplies in the other room and found a bottle of alcohol ink in the right shade. I dropped ink onto a partial bobbin of white thread and had an instant match! (not shown in the photo).

I just eeked out enough of the border fabric to make the binding (with about 18 inches left over). I should have named this quilt 'By the Skin Of My Teeth' !




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:41 PM PDT
Thursday, 16 September 2021
Topic: Quilting

I'm working my way through the backlog of quilt tops - taking them to the longarm machine and getting them bound. Today, I finished up this fall-themed number using the Magical Squares pattern again.

I started with a charm pack of fall leaf prints and filled in with other leaf print fabrics from a vendor's sample book that I had picked up at a yard sale. I had the light leaf-print sashing from my sister's stash and the inner border print left over from some other project.

A bonus from my sister's stash was this awesome 'indian corn' print. I used it for the wide border as well as the cornerstones, and it served as the inspiration for the quilt name.

I used a large leaf pantograph in taupe thread. It is such a good match that this is the one area where it shows up well enough to show it to you.

This lap quilt will go to the hospital's Passages program.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:52 PM PDT
Monday, 13 September 2021
Two in June
Topic: Quilting

Back in June I participated in a quilt-along with GE Designs using her 'Hey, June' pattern. Following along online I finished all the blocks for her 'lap size' quilt by the end of the day but then realized it was much too large for my taste so I tore it all apart and split up the blocks based on the value of the browns in them.

I made up my own layout and ended up with two of her 'crib size' for my quilts.

I finally got around to quilting these last weekend and bound them today.

This is truly a pattern I will never make again.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:51 PM PDT
Sunday, 12 September 2021
Shades of Grape
Topic: Quilting

I got this quilt on and off the longarm as well as completing the binding in a single day. I am SO pleased with how it came together.

This is off the same pattern as a couple I finished this spring, Magical Squares. That's the one where the topis pieced on the square of grain then cut on a diagonat and swapped end to ent, cut again on the other diagonal and swapped side to side. When you turn it square again all the blocks are set on point. Then the border is added. 

With this version the most complicated thing was deciding where I wanted each of the shaded blocks to end up and calculating where they needed to be in the original layout to end up there with all the cutting and shuffling.

This was made with a charm pack that was cut from ombre fabric.

The quilting is a pantograph called Blooming Feathers done in lilac thread.

Exactly how I envisioned it!


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

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