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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
Sunday, 29 December 2019
Collaborative Quilting
Topic: Quilting

My sister had started a few quilting projects at the time of her passing. That was a girl with very few unfinished projects!

One was a SET that included a queen-sized bed quilt top (completely pieced), a matching wall hanging (laid out on the design wall) and a set of commercial pillowcases with extra blocks to decorate them with.

I took a lot of time practicing on her longarm machine with lap quilts until I was confident that I would not ruin the projects she had begun. The last week I got brave and loaded the two quilts one after the other and quilted both with a feather pattern from one of her pantograph rolls.

I was SO pleased that everything turned out perfectly!

I laid them out at Mom's house to photograph them:

She had designed this set of projects for her daughter's new house. They are boxed up and ready to mail tomorrow.

I hope I did her proud and that they will be used with loving memories!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:30 PM PST
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Topic: Quilting

18 months ago I went on a quilting retreat at the beach. My sister was with me when I bought two fat-quarter stacks of lovely teals and magentas. Without a specific plan for them, these fabrics were put away for a 'someday project'.

When my sister passed away, her stash of fabrics and patterns were given to me. I went through all her patterns and found one that she had pulled from a magazine in 2011. And there it was - In the same colors as I had bought with her! PERFECT!

I used the borrowed die-cutting machine to cut the required strips and this quilt came together quickly.

I used fabrics from her stash for the border, backing and binding and I did the quilting with the longarm machine I inherited from her estate.

I feel like this was kind of a joint project and I thought about her all the time while putting it together.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:27 AM PST
Monday, 9 December 2019
Square Knot
Topic: Quilting

Even with a huge stack of already-cut project kits I had compiled (over 30), I just HAD to gather scrap strips from my stash to make this quilt as soon as I saw the tutorial for it from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

For quite some time I had been just cramming leftovers of strips and other small cut leftovers into a bin. And I do mean CRAMMING. It had finally gotten out of control and I had separated out the 2 1/2 strips from the 2 1/4 strips and the 2 1/2 squares, etc. I had set aside to use a bunch of the small odd bits and cut others with a die-cutter on loan to me. 

Then this tutorial came out and I knew right away that this was the project I wanted to use for the 2 1/2" strips. I combined these with new strips I cut from some muslin yardage given to me this summer.

I finished with a wide border from other gifted yardage and put it on the longarm for quilting with a paper pantograph.

Isn't this fun? I can stroll through these square knot blocks and point out the history of the fabrics and what other quilts I had used them in.

This made a SMALL dent in the scrap bin - so much more to go!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:55 AM PST
Friday, 15 November 2019
Blooming Stars Quilt
Topic: Quilting

Last year I bought a couple of fat-quarter stacks that had a wide range of values of in a single colorway. Each stack had the same abstract prints with gold paint features - dots, swirls, circles, and more.There was a magenta stack and a teal stack.

I set these aside until I found a pattern using these same colors so I cut out the parts for that and set them aside to sew up later. The leftovers went into this quilt as those colors enhanced a floral print I had leftovers of.

I called this quilt Blooming Stars to describe the flowers coming in the center of the stars.

There are white background, floral cornerstones, and dotted sashing throughout.

Purple borders pull up color from the florals.

The quilting was done on the longarm using a paper pantograph.

Binding is a lighter shade of the teal and it also is of a shimmery nature.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 1 November 2019
That's A Big Plus
Topic: Quilting

I saw this quilt tutorial on Missouri Star Quilt Company and immediately thought of a couple of stacks of 'stone look' charm squares. Combined with while cotton for the background fabric and some tone-on-tone blacks for the trim this turned out exactly how I envisioned.

I also got a new paper pantograph for the longarm and I think this quilted up beautifully.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Blue Birds Converge
Topic: Quilting

From my stash of fat quarters I selected 4 that looked good together to create another Convergence quilt from the instructions created by Ricky Tims.  I truly love how these come together.

I wait until the center is constructed before selecting material for the borders as so much depends on the final layout.

For this one I chose a small border of tiny houndstooth followed by a dark teal print with browns and golds in it.

I used a paper pantograph and teal thread for the quilting.

The whole thing is brighter than this appears but I could not adjust the color intensity enough without totally skewing the look of the quilt. This will have to do.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:30 PM PDT
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Broken Bars
Topic: Quilting

I had a quest: 1) find a pattern for a set of fabric rolls I had acquired 2) find a use for a little scenery panel that came from someone's stash 3) make a quilt as a gift for a guy (no frou-frou!). When I came across this pattern in an old magazine I knew I had the solution.

Unfortunately the fabric rolls were not going to stretch to fit the layout so I set out searching my stash for coordinates and cutting more 2.5 inch strips from them.

The fabric panel was not quite large enough to equal one of the pieced blocks so I used a batik to frame it up to fit.

I used a different pantograph roll (with oak leaves and acorns) to quilt this, carefully working around the panel rather than over top of it. Then I did free-hand quilting on the scene - following along the outlines of hills, houses and fences.

The quilting was completed in dark green as it blended well with all of the colors in the piecing.

This will shortly be on its way to the new owner.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Asian Dreams
Topic: Quilting

At a yard sale last year I picked up a variety of Asian fabrics. They were from a sample pack so the sizes varied. I set these aside while keeping an eye out for just the right pattern that would have a feel of asian design but would look good with the scrappy look of mixed fabrics.

When I saw this pattern in an advertisement for a fabric line in a magazine, I immediately knew that it was the one.

I cut it so that there are NO DUPLICATE fabrics in the whole thing. There are some with the same design but in a different colorway from the fabric line so they coordinate.

I made the top while on a quilting retreat in June and set it aside to do on the longarm machine. But I wanted to have lots of practice under my belt so I would not ruin it. I found a pantograph roll that was included in the things I got delivered with the longarm. Perfect!

Here is a closer photo of the quilting.

I found great prints to use for the borders, backing and binding - all having some gold pattern overlaying them. This coordinated with the golds featured on the prints.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 13 September 2019
A Chain Of Diamonds
Topic: Quilting

I made this quilt top this summer and got it sandwiched back in June. I was prepared to do the quilting on my domestic machine but set it aside for other stuff. Then I got the longarm machine and figured I would do the quilting on that.

Well, two issues with that: 1) I had spray basted the three layers together so I wouldn't be able to do the standard loading of the machine and 2) I had wanted tonot have a lot of extraneous material beyond the top so I could fit it in my domestinc sewing machine. That left me no fabric to attach to the leaders on the longarm.

So I found some heavier fabric and sewed it on the two edges - about 7 inches of it. This was what I used to load the quilt onto the machine.

Then I just practiced making patterns on the quilt with free-hand stitching - different patterns in different decorative areas.

I had a lot of tension problems and thread breaks on this but I think it was due to the spray baste that was in the sandwich.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 7 September 2019
Wall To Wall
Topic: Quilting

I needed something to use for practice on my new longarm quilting machine I found a couple of printed panels in my stash and loaded one backing and batting to put both of them on.

The first is fall-themed illustrations set up in framed areas. I used these to practice echo quilting - steering around the outer edges of the decorative elements using the edge of the round foot as my distance guide. I had a bit of an issue with the tension of the quilt sandwich as some nuts on the collar of the back roller didn't get tightened. This allowed the quilt to sag whenit should have stayed taut resulting in some bubbling.

In any case...

The second panel is much narrower and has three gourds in framed sections. I used the gourgs to try some thread painting, tracing over the top of the decorative swirls on them. 

I then tried tracing along the edges of the frame lines to practice vertical and horizontal control.

I gave both of these hanging sleeves and bound them with the same print as the backing.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 17 August 2019
Milestone Moments
Topic: Quilting

Thanks to YouTube I was able to figure out on my own how to load my first quilt onto the longarm machine. Yay Me!

Then, with YouTube I was able to figure out how to set the stitch regulator as I wanted and baste the first section of the quilt sandwich. Hooray For Me!

And finally, I went to my class on Thursday and had hands-on training on the whole enchilada. We used a sample sandwich of plain fabric to practice a wide variety of free-motion fill patterns plus how to thread, change bobbins, fix problems (most user error) and maintain our machines.

So today... two days later... I approached the already loaded lap quilt, fired up the machine, gave it a new bobbin and thread cone, cleaned the rails, and adjusted the stitch regulator for 'the real deal'.

About an hour later, voila! It was fully quilted and ready to take off the machine. Another hour to trim it and bind it - label added - and DONE!

This quilt is from the book by Ricky Tims on Convergence Quilts which I had to order from a different library system. - Fascinating concept that had found me selecting about a dozen sets of fabric from my scores of fat quarters. I will be making MANY of these quilts. So easy with stunning results.


For the quilting, I did large rosettes in the four corners and then echoed ripples out about 3/4 of the way across the quilt in both directions. The ripples all cross one another and overlap at the center.

Theinner border was not quilted. The outer border got leaves and vines. I use this a lot on my domestic machine and I wanted to test with a pattern I was familiar with.


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





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:11 PM PDT

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