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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
Friday, 3 September 2021
Maple Wreath Rag
Topic: Quilting

Well, now! If I actually go down to the longarm room and load up a quilt it doesn't take long at all to get it quilted and bound. But I DO have to GO DO IT!

I did get sidetracked on my way to do this one and ended up sorting and cleaning out a drawer of strips and smaller scraps. That done, I got back on track and set to work on quilt number TWO of the 12-quilt line-up.

The original quilt that this is based upon hangs in the library on the campus of Motlow State Community College in Moore County Tennessee. I took a photo of it years ago when I was visiting family and then made up my own directions to recreate it.


In showing it to peers online, I have continual questions about block sizes, unit sizes, Accuquilt dies that could be used... So I wrote a full set of illustrated directions for it giving both Accuquilt and rotary cutting directions in 5 different sizes!

Mine is made entirely of scraps - with a different fabric for each of the leaves.

I used a leaf print for the border and quilted with a feather edge-to-edge pantograph using yellow thread.

For reference in scale, this center block is 15 inches. Entire quilt is 52 inches square.


Still deciding where this quilt will end up.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:50 PM PDT
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Nebraska In Plane View
Topic: Quilting

Seems like a VERY long time since the last posting. But I have not been idle. I have pieced TWELVE quilt tops but kept setting them aside to longarm later. I have finally come to a point where I felt I needed to set aside piecing and get to finishing up these projects!

The first one to come off the longarm was suggested by my son-in-law – A view of circle irrigation fields in Nebraska as seen from the air. I called it ‘Nebraska In Plane View’.

I used a friend’s Accuquilt cutting die for Drunkard’s Path to do all the cutting from my scraps of greens. I drew up a pattern and pieced the whole top. Then I whacked it apart and inserted a wide bias strip for the river. The road required me to make my own bias tape which I top-stitched along both edges. I created a bridge over the river with stitching, too. The farmhouse and the barn are paper-pieced and I added shading on and around them with alcohol markers.

Once on the longarm, I used green thread to made a variety of patterns of crops. Each border was quilted separately – serpentine for the inner border and leafy vines for the outer border.

Ready for a label and shipping off to my son-in-law - the man with the plan!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:30 PM PDT
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Rings Around the Posies
Topic: Quilting

Back in February I watched a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company on a table runner they called 'Lots O Luck' in which four greens and a neutral were used to create interlocking rings.

I thought it would be neat to use that pattern with a black background floral that I had along with four pastels that appeared in the print.

This is made from a single 16" block which is simply turned top to bottom on alternate blocks to create the links. SO COOL!

In stitching the blocks I tried to turn the pink blooms to the outer edges of their area as much as possible so there would no be ones that were hacked in half in the middle of the smaller squares (which are made up of four-patches, nor the large center of the rings (which all have a seam up through the middle.

I had a small print floral in the same colors to use as the border and it is bound with a blue and white polka-dot.

Here you can see the quilting done with a pantograph on the longarm.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Granny's Parlor
Topic: Quilting

Once upon a time I bought a yardage of fabric with very wide floral stripes and narrower decorative strips. Over time I deconstructed it to use the best of the florals on a quilt (see circled areas on photo).

Then, later, I combined the narrower stripes with other random fabrics to create this quilt (again, see circled areas).


What I was left with was the parts of the wider strips with the less desirable floral areas. I could get 21 squares out of these.

I framed them out with 1" strips of a faded-looking floral that wouldn't draw attention to itself.

These were sashed with a dark green marbled print and set in a 4x5 arrangement (20 total).

The border was selected to pull colors from the blooms in the blocks.


All-in-all I think it looks very old-fashioned - like a vintage couch in a 'granny's parlor' so that led to the naming of it.

I used my domestic machine to quilt with an over-all meander.


To be gifted to hospital's Passages program.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 10 June 2021
Hop Skip Jump
Topic: Quilting

I was noodling around a couple of years back and came up with this bunny block pattern based on one I had seen online. I drew ip up in ElectricQuilt7 and LAST year I finally selected fabrics for it - all scraps.

When we had the lo-o-o-o-ng power outage in February, I took fabrics and cutting supplies into one of the rooms with good outdoor light and cut lots of kits for quilts. This was one of those.

At long last, It worked its way to the top of the pile so I got to assembling it. Not as easy as it would seem when matching the joins for pieces that took off at an angle.

But I have prevailed!

I set it 3 x 3 within sashing and bordered it to come up with a 40" baby quilt.

As you can see, there is not a single 'baby fabric' in the lot of them. But it is bright! I backed it with a flannel with confetti dots and quilted with a heart pantograph on the longarm.

This will go to a local non-profit that distributes to new mothers.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Summer Dreams
Topic: Quilting

Look at me, all 'quilty' and everything!

I gifted a certificate for Christmas good for one Queen-size quilt. The recipients already had fabrics in mind to use and, remarkably, the palette was the same as the last projects I made: Blue and Yellow (with white).

I got to design the pattern to make the best use of the yardage provided and I added just a bit of light blue and light green to widen the options in the design.

This quilt finished at 90"x102".

Here is a close-up so you can see the quilting with a floral pantograph.

The customer was pleased.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Very Complimentary
Topic: Quilting

As a complement to the placemats posted yesterday, the same family member requested the same pattern (Road to Oklahoma) in the same colors (blue and yellow) but designed as a bed runner for a queen bed. This is the first bed runner I have ever made.

On the traditional Road to Oklahoma there is a single block with a diagonal design which, when rotated on alternate blocks, forms the stars and chains. However, it also creates each of the large squares out of a four-patch - a seam right through the middle both ways. I did not find this attractive and also did not want the bulk of all those extra seams.

So, I worked backward from the end product layout and redrafted the pattern to be constructed in two different blocks - a sawtooth star and an uneven 9-patch. I cut all the parts with my Accuquilt using the 8-inch qube.

For assembly, I alternated each of the 9 pairs of blocks (making sure to keep the florals facing the right way) into a long unit and then constructed strips of the outer pieces and sewed them on. Last step - the 3-inch border.

I quilted on the diagonal throughout.


This fits a queen bed.

I had intended to bind in the same dark blue as the border but ran out of that fabric. I used the lighter blue for the binding which emphasizes the star points.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:19 AM PDT
Monday, 12 April 2021
Oklahoma Picnic
Topic: Quilting

Wow, it has been a long time since I posted on the blog! I am generally doing something that warrants posting, like Bible journaling (but I have been doing scripture writing, a devotional and verse mapping rather than artwork in the Bible or a hymnal) or traveling (none of that going on) or quilting (but I have been making tops and setting them aside to do in a batch).

Up to now, I've had nothing finished for posting.

However, I did make a couple of placemats on request. The pattern was already chosen (Road to Oklahoma) as was the palatte (blue and yellow). I used my Accuquilt cutter to make all the parts and the 6-inch qube made it easy.

Because I wanted the design centered on the 12x18 mat, the standard method of making the base block and twisting/turning to create the mat was not going to work. So I broke down the drawn design and cut parts to assemble in columns.

Here are the finished placemats (yes there were only 2, as requested.)

These were quilted in the ditch to maintain their clean look.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 11 February 2021
Beside the Still Waters
Topic: Quilting
"Beside The Still Waters"
When I went on a retreat to the beach about 3 1/2 years ago we stopped at a little roadside quilt shop (Garibaldi?) where several of us bought panel prints to make quilts. I just decided what I wanted to make with mine.
I used it to make a wall hanging with a pattern called Secret Window from Jordan Fabrics. The background fabric is a batik and I also used it on the back.

I quilted with a variegated green thread but found that there were contrasts in the wrong areas so I ‘re-variegated’ it using alcohol markers! Now it blends in better.

I did the quilting on my regular machine and it looks like I am sorely out of practice. In my defense, I was actually trying to follow the margins of the color variations, not trying to make a regular meander.
This wall hanging is for me to keep.

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:16 PM PST
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
Garden Variety Bunnies
Topic: Quilting

I love a good pun or any play on words and often employ them in naming my quilts (in case you hadn't noticed).

Today I finished up this quilt for myself and, because each block is different and most are florals, I named it Garden Variety Bunnies.

This is from a pattern called Country Bunnies and I selected 16 fat quarters that went well together and a whole variety of neutrals for background. The only things that are common between all the elements are the lavender collars on the rabbits, their tails and the dotted cornerstones.

In these couple of closeups you can better see some of the free-motion quilting I did. The outer border is leaves and vines, the sashings are reversing loops, the block backgrounds are meander with a squiggle under the bunny. All of the bunnies are 'outlined' with little scallops facing the inside edge and a looping fill. The tails are filled with swirls.

I selected a lavender sheet to use for the backing (matches the collars on the rabbits) and binding. However, it turned out to be cotton/poly in a strange weave that made it extremely ravel-y. I left the excess batting and backing on the quilt while I secured the binding and then used the serger to overlock the edges while its blade trimmed off the quilt. This was all covered when I turned the binding over to the back and stitched it down. Whew!

First quilt of the year is DONE! Gonna be snuggling under this one tonight.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:11 PM PST
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Two Magical Squares
Topic: Quilting

Just by the skin of my teeth I finished these last two quilts within the year - bringing the total to 26, a new high for a single year. These also bring the total I will have donated to our hospital to 99 though these won't be delivered to them for a month or so.

I found the pattern for these in a quilting magazine and it was a totally new concept for me. Start with 4o squares and frame them with sashing and cornerstones on two sides. Set them together in a 5 x 8 layout (leave that one side and top without sashing). From the bottom left corner slice at a 45 degree angle to the right side. Take the resulting bottom triangle and stitch it to the top. You now have a trapezoid. Make another 45 degree angle from side to side and sew the resulting triangles together. Magically you end up with a rectangle again but one in which the squares are all set on point.

I changed the pattern by using wider strips for the sashing and ended up with quilts mesuring 50 x 60 inches.

I really don't like to make a project and then start over and make another just like it. So I let these quilt 'grow up together' step by step. They are made from essentially the same supplies although I did run short on the yellow for the inner border and made it pink (matching the sashing) on the other quilt. Everything was cut together, centers stitched one after the other, border one added to both, outer border added to both and placed on the longarm one after the other on one long backing and batting. Then they were bound one after the other.

The first one throughout all the steps was this one - called First Among Equals (for the process of creating identical quilts in tandem). 

With the exception of the yellow cornerstones and border are all from black and blue background calicos and pink daisy fabric from my late sister's stash.

Here's a closeup of the fabrics. It is quilted with a fine yellow thread.

The second quilt I called Save the Last Dance For Me. This was because it was the last one done AND the song was playing on my iPod during the binding process.

The color really isn't as fat as it appears in the photo. Here are the fabrics and you can see the heavier pink thread used for quilting.

The backing was selected to go with the vintage feel of the calicos. It is a parchment colored print with ledger entries in sepia script dated in the 1700s.

That's it! A close to another quilt year in grand fashion.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:12 PM PST
Sunday, 13 December 2020
I Love Jelly
Topic: Quilting

"I Love Jelly" may seem to you like a strange name for a quilt but here goes my reasoning: The quilt is made entirely of jelly roll strips AND it spells out the word 'love'. So there you have it!

As soon as I saw the tutorial for this on the Missouri Star Quilt Company I knew it would be perfect for my granddaughter who just announced her engagement.

The pattern is "Through Love" from Taren Studios and makes a lap quilt of 64x78 inches. Although the pattern is for black, white and a single solid I bought the jelly roll used by MSQC with a rainbow of ombre strips and tried to match the color placements they used as much as possible.

This is definitely best viewed from a distance as the effects of the optical illusion are totally lost at close range.

For the binding I used strips from the backing fabric which is a riot of color called 'Smashing Atoms". So much fun.

On a side note, this is the 24th quilt I have made this year. That is a new record for me - the nearest I have done before was the year I made baby quilts for the mission group at church to take to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. That year I made 23.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:11 PM PST
Saturday, 28 November 2020
Water Dog
Topic: Quilting

I got back to a little bit of quilting today!

I bought this as a kit back in February - a small wall hanging in the 'watercolor' style. All of the squares for the landscape background were pre-cut. I had to buy the fusible grid interfacing. The fabrics and patterns for all the picture pieces were included but I had to provide the fusible and cut them all with tiny sharp scissors.

After assembly I used my domestic sewing machine to free-motion a meander across everything but the dog.

I provided the border (2 1/2" jelly roll strips), backing (woodgrain), batting (warm & natural, hanging sleeve (paw prints), and binding (plain black) from my stash.

This is a little (OK, a LOT) formulaic for my style but when I saw it at the Sewing Expo I wanted to make it as a gift in memorial of our black lab who has been gone many years.

The title of the quilt - Water Dog - refers to Chuck's breed as well as the quilt style (watercolor quilt).



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Bid Me Goodnight
Topic: Quilting

Once again, the entry title is the name of my latest quilt - a kind of inside joke because it will be 'bid' on at auction and it is a queen-size bed quilt. This is only the 5th time I have made a queen quilt (also have done 1 king) - not a big percentage out of 202 quilts!

This quilt was made by request, for a fund-raiser auction, but I used mostly fabrics I had on hand.

The initial plan was to use a panel I had with 18 units of paintings of Alaska wildflowers. I had picked this up on a vacation cruise some years ago and was waiting for the right pattern to come along. When I saw a tutorial on Missouri Star Quilt Company for using 2" blocks to surround 6" squares I knew I had the right pattern for me. Only problem was that the floral centers were 6x12, so I had to adjust the pattern. Done.

That tutorial used a 'jelly roll' of 2 1/2" strips to create the surrounding blocks. I happened to have a kit, given to me as a gift, with beautiful batik fabric strips. I never liked the pattern in the kit so these had sat languishing in the stash. Eureka! The colors were perfect with the flower portraits.

Then I got the request that the quilt be queen sized. Hmmm, I had enough for a lap quilt! So I rummaged through my stash and found some florals that I could add in, even if they were not the portrait style - same color ranges, though. I had to add in some other batik fabrics (cut into strips) so there would be enough to surround all the blocks. This gave me the opportunity to weed out some of the original batiks that were red or black or navy blue that really did not suit the pallette.

SO - I laid it all out, sewed together in a 7 across by 4 down grid only to realize I had the mattress dimensions backwards! AAAAAaaaarrrrgggghhhh! Now, what to do? Take off one column from the side, cut and block-border two more of the fabrics and create an addition row at the bottom. Now I had a grid layout of 6 across and 5 down with the exact dimensions of a queen mattress. Whew!

I calculated what borders I would need to create a drop on three sides. From my stash I added a 2 inch border all around, a 4 inch border to the sides and bottom (plus a 2 inch top border) and an 8 inch border to the sides and bottom. At the corners of the 4 and 8 inch borders I put in cornerstones of 2" blocks left over from the block bordering. This gave me a 14" drop.

This was quilted with 'bountiful feathers' from Urban Elementz with a 'silver' gray thread, yellow backing and Hobbs Heirloom cotton/polyester blend batting. Binding is one of the batiks that has a color blend from grayed green to red violet.

Throughout this process, with all of its changes, someone commented "You are truly creative." My response, "You mean, 'you really make it up as you go along'!" (More than you know)

When I was truly all done I had big chunks left of the yellow backing fabric, the widest border fabric and another of the border fabrics. So I made a set of matching pillowcases to go with it. By placing these at the top of the bed it will make up for there not being a lot of quilt at the top edge to enclose pillows like you would with a bedspread.

After all that, are you ready for some pictures?

The only place tall enough to display it was on pant hangers hooked to the house gutter. It still drags at the bottom.

Look how well those batik blocks pull out the colors from the flower panels.

A better view of the floral fabrics:

A closeup of one of the wildflower portraits. You can see how this one has a dragonfly. Others have butterflies which will play into the outer border.

Here you can see the quilting pattern as well as the sequence of the three borders (2", 4", 8"). The colors in the butterfly print were a perfect match for the florals and it was already in my stash!

Here is a view of the pieced cornerstones in the borders.

And a peek at the backing and binding.

I didn't get a photo of the pillowcases. They are yellow with a butterfly cuff and a 1" flange of the teal border.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 24 August 2020
The Shirts Off My Back
Topic: Quilting

Armed with a stack of my grandson's t-shirts, collected by his mom, I set out to make my first t-shirt quilt ever!

The first step was to read all about it - advice from other quilters on materials (stabilizers, sashing, batting, backing, threads) and on methods (pressing seams, quilting, special needles). I experimented with various layouts and finally realized I was going to need to put in a couple of extender rows to get the size out of only 15 shirts. I ended up adding the back of one shirt that had gradeschool classmates' names on it so I would have 16 to work with.

I pulled 3 different flannels from my sister's stash - one for sashings and backing, one for the panels and binding, and one for the outer border. After cutting off all the shirt fronts I ironed on the stabilizers and then measured to find the largest size I could get. As it turned out I could cut 13.5 inch squares from all but one shirt and for that I could bring it up to size by adding borders all around (from the back of a black shirt.)

The extending panels ended up being one near the top that ran the full width of the quilt and one near the bottom the width of two shirts. I had a plan for those so they wouldn't be so plain.

So assembly took place, sandwiching and quilting was accomplished and then I put my plan into place for the panels - iron-on lettering! I had my brother and sister-in-law use their Cricut machine to cut 'collegiate' style letters to spell out NEBRASKA in red as well as his last name, HOOPS, in black. I used a combination of the Cricut Press and my iron to apply the letters. I had already quilted at this point so it took some work to get the letters to stick down in the stitched valleys.

Here is the final result (followed by detail shots of the custom quilting in the shirts, by theme)


This got outlining of the image plus background stippling.

This is the one shirt I had to extend to reach the size of the rest. I filled the background with bubbles.

Archerygot a background of pointy meandering

Rise up was outlined and filled with scallops.

The first banner with iron on lettering. The quilting was varying depths of chevrons to echo the fabric print.

Swirly waves fill this background around the logo which is outlined.

It was perfect that this logo sat up so high. It fit perfectly in the windshield of a stylized Jeep logo.

Never having seen this show I had no idea what was up with the pineapple. But I figured it must be important since it was on a LOT of the pictures I saw. So I just madea large one on the left and meander filled the rest.

Simple echo quilting

Beets, of course!

The basketball net is not obvious on this one but yo can see the 'swoosh' as the ball goes through it!

Hard to see - left half is tire treads, right half is silhouette of Jeep tire with Jeep logo on the hubcap.

The lower panel had blank shirt backs on each end. On this side I made an X-Box controller.

Easy to assume that this is a sports reference, but it is actually his name!

Since this blank block was red, it was begging for the outline of the state.

Our bass player got three lines of music staffs with random notes for the background.

Tennis shoes! In a continuous line drawing.

More echo quilting

And the last is allover meandering.

So what do you think of my result?
As long as the 'kid' likes it, I'm happy!

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
All-Star Animals
Topic: Quilting

Even though I am not being paid for making this quilt, I am still considering it to be a commisioned piece. The fabric was furnished to me with the request that I make a large lap quilt for a fundraiser for the Oregon Zoo.

This was such fun fabric and great colors. I did add some of my fabric from the stash to broaden the variety but kept them in the same colors (black, medium and light grey, and yellow.

I had a general idea of what I wanted to do - fussy-cut centers of stars that featured the animals from the print. I used graph paper to draft out a plan that used:

1) 170 two inch half-square triangles with a light grey floral print and 4 black fabrics with figures in taupe:

2) 36 four inch blocks of zebra print set on point inside white corners.

3) 22 six inch blocks of sawtooth stars with a variety of fabrics used for the points, white background and animal centers.

4) 10 eight inch blocks of sawtooth stars with two different fabrics used for the points, white background and animal centers.

5) 8 ten inch blocks of two-toned stars with animal centers set on point.

6) 8 twelve inch blocks of four fabric sawtooth stars with 6 inch stars in the centers.

When you put it all together you get a colorful and fun layout with lots of movement.

A grey 3 inch border frames this, followed by a binding of the small black polkadot.

The backing is the zebra fabric and I used a 5-point star-and-loops pantograph to quilt it with light grey thread.

You cannot see it in the photos but I used bright yellow thread to write in script "The Oregon Zoo" up the lower left border and "All-Star Animals" down the upper right border.

The auction for the items donated to the Oregon Zoo will start August 1st and continue for 2 weeks. I hope this makes a lot of money for them.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:15 PM PDT

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