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Sunday, 26 November 2023
Pastel Plaids
Topic: Quilting

Took me a while to figure out why this 3-yard quilt pattern is called 'time machine'. I'm thinking it is because they used Hourglass Blocks (but I may be wrong). It is from the book Easy Does It 3-Yard Quilts from Fabric Cafe.

It has been fun going through my stash and pulling out one-yard cuts to see what I can combine to coordinate. I've had a few clunkers but I really do like this one.

I have had the pastel plaid for quite a while and it never did seem to fit when the blocks were cut small. Then I found this pattern with large blocks and had TWO fabrics with the same print in different colors - both of which were in the plaid. Perfect!

Such a soft and gently quilt top. I turned the plaids on every other row so it reinforces the woven look.

I quilted with an open design of three leaf clusters as I did not want to do a lot of heavy/dense quilting on this airy design. I used cream colored thread.

This is the last of my quilts for 2023.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 25 November 2023
Poppy Fields
Topic: Quilting

This three-yard quilt is NOT from Fabric Cafe like the others I have been making. This one is a free pattern called 'topple' from iseestarsquilting.com

I'm still working my way through some wide stripe floral fabrics and had just the right amount to make the blocks for this. The red dot fabric is from my sister's stash and the reds matched perfectly!

I adjusted the layout of the blocks to make a more linear design. Original was quite diagonal and I much preferred this way.

The background green is fields of flowers (grasses and daisies) with the green matching the leaves in the poppy fabric.

I quilted with dark green thread in an open floral pattern.

Red dot for the binding is fun, too.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 24 November 2023
Daisy Bug
Topic: Quilting

The quilt for today was made for the birthday gift of a 3-year old. I went with colorful daisies and a zillion ladybugs.

I had this daisy fabric on hand but the three-yard quilts didn't use enough colors to highlight them. So I chose LOTS of colors (7 total fabrics in this quilt but still only 3 yards total) and scattered them to create a balanced composition.

The same black-background ladybug fabric is used on the quilt back.

The quilting is done in a dark red using a pantograph pattern called 'affection' - big hearts.

I love that the purple fabric and the green both have daisies on them.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 8 November 2023
Leafy Convergence
Topic: Quilting

As I promised myself, I skipped back to a convergence quilt for some variety.

The star of the show in this one is the rich colored fall leaves. The beginning blocks were small enough that the center was not large enough to suit me (and too square). I pulled out more of the leaves and some black strips to build extension panels at the top and bottom.

Then I added wide borders all around to amp up the size.

This is SO rich in color and really warms up a room.

I used a pantograph of leaves in keeping with the theme.

Sorry about the color in this shot. Photo one is more true to color.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:34 PM PST
Tuesday, 7 November 2023
Jacob' Medallion
Topic: Quilting

Those who know me well will recognize how much I don't like doing the same thing over again. That was the reason behind making all three of these Jacob quilts at once. I don't like to do one thing all the way through and then do the same thing again all the way through.

Even though I was working on all three at once, when I got to the third and it was using almost all the same fabrics as number two, I had to break the mold. I rearranged all the blocks and gave myself a new layout. I call this one Jacob's Medallion.

I also got tired of doing borders (my least favorite part of making quilts) so bothtwo and three got only two borders instead of three like the pattern showed.

I did keep the large outlined flowers for the quilting pantograph.

Still loving that blue stained glass fabric.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 6 November 2023
Jacob's Ladder
Topic: Quilting

Round two of the Jacob's Ladder 3-yard quilt pattern.

Entirely different set of fabrics for this version. That dark blue stained glass is fabric I picked up in Juneau on our last visit. The rest was from the stash.

A large scale lower outline is the pantograph I used for quitling.


Yay! I got rid of more paisley fabric.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 November 2023
Jacob's Staircase
Topic: Quilting

I first saw the pattern for this shared on a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. It was the first 3-yard quilt I had ever seen. It wasn't until our quilt group leader started buying the 3-yard quilt books from Fabric Cafe that I became enamored with them (and bought ALL the books, too!) that I ran across this pattern again.

I pulled THREE sets of fabrics to make this pattern and cut all the pieces into kits and packaged them. When I was ready to begin, I pulled all the kits and worked on all of them at once (step one on all three, step two on all three, etc. This followed all the way through the quilting and binding.

In the book the pattern is called Jacob's Ladder but the strong diagonal of offset blocks led to my renaming it Jacob's Staircase.


I used a curl pattern with a diagonal offset to quilt with.

More of this pattern tomorrow.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 November 2023 1:11 PM PST
Convergence of Florals
Topic: Quilting

I have been fascinated with the 'convergence quilt' concept since I first saw it and have made several since then. The concept was developed by Ricky Tims and I borrowed his book from the library for the instructions.

Last time I cut the fabrics for one I pulled several more sets and put them aside for later. Then I got involved making 3-yard quilts (from Fabric Cafe) and the convergence sets got put away.

Just lately I decided to intersperse the two types to give myself a little more variety.

This one is called 'Convergence of Florals' as the colorful floral is the feature fabric and the three other fabrics were closen to mix well with it.

I had enough of the floral to cut a border as well.

The quilting pattern is a pantograph called 'Bountiful Feathers'.

Back to work!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 5 June 2023
Topic: Quilting

I needed a project to work on at the last session of quilt group before our summer break and had just finished up with the Next Step quilt. So I started this three-yard quilt using a kit I had already cut out. I got all of the center done and just had to attach the borders at home.

This weekend I threw it on the longarm, trimmed and attached the binding. Just a few hours work from start to finish.

The roses look like Floribundas to me so that became the name for the quilt.

The quilt group will meet once more in June where we will have a potluck and donate our lap quilts to the Passages program for the hospital. I have 10 in this batch of donations - all created since the donation meeting in December.

I have 18 more quilt kits cut out, too.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:17 PM PDT
Saturday, 3 June 2023
Next Step
Topic: Quilting

Today's project is one that I have been taking my time with so posting seems like there was a huge gap. I promise I was working!

The pattern for this quilt was a lap quilt from Timeless Treasures. It came with a pack of batiks in 6" width-of-fabric strips. I wanted to make it much larger so I mixed in batiks from a fat quarter pack and a bit of yardage(s). The further extension was in making a piano-key border from a neutral layer cake stack and strips from a jelly roll.

The top border is two jelly roll strips and the binding is from yardage I used in the blocks.

This is the first time I have attached binding while the quilt was on the longarm. Although it was fairly easy to do this I probably won't do it again for three reasons: 1) it didn't save any time 2) the results are not any better than using the domestic machine 3) I don't mind binding on my domestic and attach it all on machine anyway (no hand sewing).



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 23 April 2023
Asian Double Chain
Topic: Quilting

Moving on from the 3-yard quilts, I made this based on a YouTube video tutorial by Jordan Fabrics. The pattern Donna presented was called Pebble Path by Cozy Quilt Designs.

She started with a layer cake of Asian fabrics and some background fabric. My fabrics came from a 'sampler bundle' with various sizes of cuts. This sampler was bound together and used by fabric representatives to let store owners flip through and decide which they wanted to order for their inventory. I bought it at a yardsale from a former fabric representative.

I did have to fill in with a couple of prints from a charm pack that had a similar vibe.

In this layout you get a chain of large squares diagonally in one direction and small squares filling in every other row.

The background fabric was selected (from the stash) to add a little visual interest but be neutral so it would fade back and let the feaures shine. All of the feature prints have a touch of gold.

I chose the quilting pattern that reminded me of lotus blossom.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 22 April 2023
Rose In Bluem
Topic: Quilting

The title for this quilt is a play on the book title "Rose in Bloom'. Corny?

The pattern for this quilt is Corner Play from the book 3-Yard Quilts In a Jiffy (Fabric Cafe).

As soon as I saw this fabric on the shelf I knew I had to have it. I know there are not any real roses in this color but it is so striking that you almost forget that.

The darker of the two background blues is the same dot as used in the Under the Sea quilt recently posted.

This big floral has a fine metallic finish in outlining on the blooms.

I used a lavender thread for the quilting since that color was not represented in the supporting fabrics. Quiltingis with a pantograph called Maidenfern.

For the back, I found this stunning piece with all of the colors and even the metallic.

What a beauty, right?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 21 April 2023
Floral Time
Topic: Quilting

Combining the content of the feature fabric (floral) with the name of the pattern (Time Machine) gave me the name for this quilt (Floral Time). The 'time' in the pattern name refers to the hourglass block set in every other space.

This was some 'bought on purpose' fabric for this pattern from the book Easy Does It 3-Yard Quilts (Fabric Cafe).

I absolutely love this floral print. And the black background makes it really stand out from the other blocks.

This was quilted with the trailing leaves pantograph in a soft cream thread.

Using the floral for the binding really finishes it with a punch.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:03 PM PDT
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Spring Garden Path
Topic: Quilting

A set of gift cards I got at Christmas magically became sets of fabrics for 3-yard quilts. Just one yard of three different fabrics makes one of these lap quilts.

Today I have for you a quilt from the pattern Garden Path in the book Fast and Fun 3-Yard Quilts.

The charming feature print has wonderful fruits and signs advertising flowers, lemons and pears.

I pulled out teal and taupe for the supporting fabrics.

This is quilted in cream thread with a pattern of trailing leaves.

I am so blessed to have a longarm quilting machine. I have no robotics on it so everything is done with either custom work or rolls of pantograph.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Simply Dashing
Topic: Quilting

Today I am offering up another pair of quilts that use the same pattern. In addition, both are made using fabrics from my sister's stash that was left to me.

The pattern is  a churndash block called Modern Charm from the book Quick As A Wink 3 Yard Quilts (Fabric Cafe). 

The first quilt is Dashing Florals:

The print repeat was large enough to get the full bouquet on every one of the feature blocks. The supporting fabrics were selected due to their colors being a match to those in the feature fabric.

Here are the supporting fabrics and a look at the quilting pattern - more of those interlocking swirls.

The second quilt is called A Dash Of Paisley.

This was a blatant attempt to 'get rid of' the paisley fabric. I am not a big fan of paisley, but it sometimes finds its way into the stash anyway.

I wish I could say it looks better in person but.....

Here is a closeup of the print.

And the quilting is, again, those big interlocking swirls.

At least that is the last of this paisley print.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 18 April 2023
Under the Sea
Topic: Quilting

Back at it with the quilting. I finished up 9 on the same day but I am doling them out here one or two a day.

The quilt today I called Under the Sea because of the fabric choice. It uses a pattern called Broad Strokes from the book 3-Yard Quilts On The Double.

I think it looks like a giant aquarium.

Here's a better view of the focus fabric. You can see how the green and blue of the supporting fabrics are pulled directly from the feature print.

I quilted with the giant interlocking swirls because they looked like crashing waves. Stitching is in green and the backing is a marbled print that the green looks perfect on as well.


What fun, right?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 17 April 2023
Topiary Quilts
Topic: Quilting

I have been loving the 3-yard quilt books from Fabric Cafe. First I was borrowing them from a friend but I asked for (and got) the entire set for Christmas. I have since added the newest title, too. I haven't gotten any of their fat-quarter books though.

When I have more than one set of fabrics that are using the same pattern I do all of the cutting at once and piece the tops in tandem. That way I only have to figure out the pattern steps once!

These two quilts are from the pattern - Topiary - in the book Magic of 3-Yard Quilts.

This first is with three coordinating fabrics I picked up in Juneau Alaska. I liked the look of the florals all being done in beadwork.

The pink and blue background fabrics are standard print but the gold has a metallic shimmer to it.

The quilting pattern is a large feather pantograph called Maidenfern. I stitched in blue thread as the backing is blue and the top and bottom threads could match.

The second quilt is with a geometric print I picked up in Hawaii. It is paired with fabrics from my stash. You get a better definition of the quilt design with these three fabrics.

Here is a closer look at the fabrics.

And a closer look at the quilting pattern of interlocking swirls.

These quilts are called Beaded Topiary and Aloha Topiary.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Topic: Quilting

Through all these other fun projects I have still been quilting.

My niece cut fabrics from her mother's stash and sent them to me for assembly. I initially set them straight but it was boring. So I used the method of cutting a 45 degree corner off and attaching it to the other end, then repeating that in the other direction and moving the cut piece to the other side.

The result of this manouver is that it sets the whole thing on point. I just added a double border with yardage that was included.

I made it queen sized with additional length to provide a turn-over for the pillows.

With the random mix of fabrics, I named this quilt 'Higgledy-Piggledy' (and, yes, I did have to look up how to spell it!)




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

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