Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Sweet Leprechaun

St. Patty's day is right around the corner, and I love applique so I came up with a cute little Leprechaun to decorate my kitchen with.  I was surprised as to how quick and easy it was to sew together.
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I first appliqued St. Patty on a tea towel...
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I gathered some left over green fabric and made a cute ruffle for on the bottom of my towel...
I then used some left over binding and used it to trim off the ruffle and make a tie at the top of the towel, (it's sorta ruffles too) I tied it to my fridge...
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I like it tied to the handle of my microwave, it's such a festive
addition to my kitchen. Isn't it so cute!
I do like to decorate a little bit for St. Patty's day even though I'm not even a little bit Irish. But I think on St. Patty's day everyone can celebrate and wear a little bit of green and exclaim,
'Kiss me, I'm Irish!'

Happy Quilting,
Cindy

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Embroidery...


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I am still trucking along with my embroidery. I have noticed that my backstitch is starting to look a bit better. I guess practice makes perfect. I am on my way to quilt retreat this weekend. As I write I am wondering what in heaven's name am I going to work on. I have a list of things that I want to do. As you read this, I should be all snuggly warm in front of Colleen's fireplace stitching away listening to the hum of everyone sewing on their projects. I am really looking forward to spending the weekend with my mom and sister. I know I'll be bringing my Mystery BOM that I'm doing in embroidery. I'm happy to report that my stitches are starting to look better. Not quite as nice as my mom's or Colleen's but I'm pleased with my progress.  My mom will be starting the Quilt Doodle BOM this weekend. She's never made a Dresden plate so she's asked for me to help her out. I'm sure she'll buzz along and get all caught up this weekend to where everyone else is at. It's fun to watch my mom follow along with the BOM. I think she enjoys it. My mom is doing embroidery for the designs since she's not a big fan of applique. So here are my embroidered plates for this month... shhhh don't look too close....

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Soft Ginger Cookies ~ Grandma's recipe
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon ginger
 1/2 teaspoon cloves
4 1/2 cups flour
1 cup molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix soda in buttermilk. Then mix all ingredients together. Roll our and bake at 350 for 6 to 8 minutes. Frost with the following recipe...
Frosting: 1 package gelatin, 1/2 cup cold water, mix and set aside. Boil 3/4 cup water and 2 cups sugar, boil until it spins a thread. Add to the gelatin mixture and whip until stiff enough to spread on cookies.

Grandma made several dozen of these for my wedding. They are still one of my favorite cookies. I have been searching high and low for this recipe and then remembered, it's in the old church cookbook. I thought it would be fun to share with you. It's one of those old timey yummy recipes.

Remember this month's blocks can be found HERE. Past blocks can be found in my Etsy shop as an instant PDF download.
Hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching.

Happy quilting,
Cindy


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I have Spring Fever....


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I have spring fever sooooo bad. I know just a week ago I was boo hooing over the big snow storm that missed us. Well, I'm fickle... I have spring fever so bad, I'm wearing capris and freezing to death today. Want to run errands but don't want to wear a coat, so I'm staying home. Staying home and working on some pretty springtime projects! I'm hooked on bunnies and flowers right now. Love the springtime look of the mini quilt, or wall hanging I just completed. It reminds me of all the Easter egg hunts my boys did over the years with the cousins. Running around grandma and grandpa's front lawn looking for those brightly colored eggs. Buckets and baskets overflowing by the time they were done. I hope it's a nice day for our Easter egg hunt this year. It's so nice to get outside...

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I'm gonna go eat that piece of cheesecake for lunch and then head back down to the studio and sew up some more springtime.

Happy quilting!
Cindy

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hate Curved Piecing???

Is the curved piecing on the Dresden block driving you nuts? As I have learned over the years, there is usually more than one way to create a block. From my point of view, there is no right or wrong way as long as it gives you the same results as what the pattern is trying to achieve. Well my friend, Lea at Podunk Pretties has taken my Dresden BOM directions and shown a great tutorial on an alternative way to do the center circle. For those of you who hate curved piecing this is a great alternative method for you! I have gotten several emails on sewing the center circle so I thought it would helpful to share with you this method of doing the center circle. It may make some of your lives easier and make piecing a Dresden plate more enjoyable. You can find Lea's tutorial


To add a little extra sweetness to this little posting, I thought I would have a give away too! Post your pictures to Instagram, add the hashtag quiltdoodlebom2017 and tag me @quiltdoodledesigns for a chance to win! I am giving away a set of three of my brand new patterns to two winners! I will pick my winners at the end of the month. So remember to post your finished Dresden plates to Instagram and use the #quiltdoodlebom2017 @quiltdoodledesigns so that I can find your pictures!


Happy quilting!
Cindy

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March's Blocks! It's Laundry Day and Pie!

This month's blocks remind me of my grandma. I have such fond memories of visiting grandma and  grandpa on the farm. Remember the smell of pie just out of the oven? Love the smell of something baking. I remember helping grandma make pies for dessert. Apple pie, banana cream pie were two of our favorites to make on the farm. That summer I had graduated to being able to help in the kitchen, I felt pretty grown up rolling out pie crust. (I was about 15-16 years old) Grandma was pretty used to making these huge meals to feed all the guys, especially during harvest. My dinners pale compared to the feasts that grandma used to cook, not just once, but three times a day. There was always a dessert to enjoy after the meal with a big glass of milk, or cup of coffee.












I just had to have a block with grandma's clothesline... Who doesn't remember visiting grandma and crawling into bed with newly washed sheets. Remember how great they smelled, all fresh and outdoorsy. No fabric softener sheet can replicate that. I know, I've tried! The only way to get that true springtime fresh is from a set of sheets that were hung outside to dry on the clothesline.

This year's BOM is a very traditional design using 1930's fabrics. These fabrics remind me so much of grandma and her cotton dresses. I hope that you have fun with this pattern. March's pattern has everything you need to complete these two blocks. You will get the directions on how to make the Dresden plate block. Feel free to make all 12 Dresden circles if you would like. The left over fabric from the Dresden Blades will be used for the applique designs. Remember the blocks are set on point. The supply list can be found on my website along with this month's directions. March's directions are only FREE this month, then after that they will be found on my Etsy site for a small fee. You can also find the directions in my Craftsy Shop too. So let's get started....

HINT: I have been throwing all of my scraps as I cut 'plates' into this little bin on my cutting table.
Why? It's been very useful for some of my applique pieces. But also, we will use some of these towards the end of the quilt....

Using the blade template cut 1 blade for each fabric.
16 different fabrics total for each block.
You will make 12 blocks all together for this quilt.
Fold the blade in half lengthwise, right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam along the short straight edge (Top edge). This will form the 'point' when you turn it right side out.

Here I have all my blades pressed for one block.

Sew your blades together in pairs, right sides together. Continue to sew blades together along the long side until you form a 16 section plate.

I love the scrappiness of this 'plate'.

I ironed the circle in half, then in half again. And one more time so that I have 'markers' for lining up my circle with my plate section.

I line the seam up with the folded marking and ease my circle and plate section together.
I hold it all together with pins. A lot of pins...
I sew the two together with a 1/4" seam.

The center is the perfect spot for an applique!
HINT: The circle will 'lay down smoother if--- iron the Dresden plate from the back side and iron the circle seam out towards the points.  Then press the front side of the Dresden block.
I don't know what it is, but the block will iron out so much better when done this way.
I have all my pieces traced onto my heat n bond.

If you center your Dresden plate over the pattern placement sheet, you can see the lines thru the white material. It makes it so nice to line up where to iron on the pieces.


All of my pieces are ironed on and ready to be blanket stitched.

I set my machine for a 2.5 length and 2.5 width for my blanket stitch.

'Wash Day'

'Pie'

I have not appliqued my Dresden plates onto my 12 1/2" white squares yet.
Patterns can be found on the Quilt Doodle website and on Craftsy (Not until the 1st of the month):
Fat Quarter bundles of 16 fat quarters are available in my Etsy store to get you started.
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I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's pies and clotheslines.

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My favorite picture of grandma and I, taken in front of her flower garden.

          Let’s have some quilty fun!
Cindy
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Friday, February 24, 2017

A Touch of Spring...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/500857054/garden-bunny-applique-pdf-pattern-for?ref=shop_home_active_1It's hard to believe that just last week I was running errands in a light weight sweatshirt and actually had to ditch the scarf and hand warmers because I was too warm. Winter is back in Minnesota... just about 30 miles south of my home they are being bombarded with snow. 12 plus inches of the white stuff. Friends are posting snowy pictures all over facebook. Yesterday I was getting prepared for the storm of the year. My phone kept lighting up with alerts, storm warning... I was secretly thrilled with the idea of a snow day, hunkering down with my quilting by the fireplace. One last hurrah before spring. You would laugh, not a flake of snow at all here, just windy and cold. I stopped watching TV, the weathermen were coming up with all sorts of excuses why their state of the art weather tracking systems didn't work. It's hard to admit, but I feel like I was gipped. I was looking forward to that one big snowfall before spring would actually arrive.  I was so spoiled last week with the warmer weather that I have a horrible case of spring fever. I had the mindset, 'just one more big snow storm...' I'm dying to see bright colors and flowers. So I have been working on some springtime designs and have one done. I'm loving it! It's been awhile since I've added any new animals to my woodland themed patterns. Well, now there's a bunny. A sweet little bunny hiding among the flowers. It's a great project to use up some of those brightly colored scraps that you  have left over from other projects. If you are dying for a touch of spring, this is a fun project.

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For those of you stuck in the snowstorm, I'm secretly envious. As I look out my window, I see only gray suckiness... no sun, it's cold, no pretty white, frosted trees.
I am returning to my studio to play with some more pretty fabric, as least I can dream about spring.

Happy quilting,
Cindy

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Love These Blocks!

I just love the Quilt Doodle BOM 2017 blocks when they are done with embroidery instead of being appliqu├ęd. While you guys are following along month by month, I am attempting to make two quilts! One that is done with fusible applique and one that is embroidered. I know that applique isn't  everyone'should cup of tea so by showing the blocks can be embroidered presents another sweet option for doing this quilt. I want to show you how easy it is to do! I am not the best hand stitcher, my mom, grandma and friend, Colleen are awesome at it! I always marvel at their perfect tiny stitches. They do such beautiful work.  My stitches are not so even and perfect... but I still enjoy the hand stitching. There is just something about it that is so calming and peaceful. I also love that I can sit in my favorite chair and watch a chick flick while stitching... oh wait, maybe that's why my stiches are so perfect.... it's the TV distracting me!

I have a light tablet that I love! It so portable and easy to use.Here you can see I have my design
sheet laying under the fabric, ready to be traced. I use a pencil normally.

Here's my chicken design, all traced and ready to go. I am
using #12 pearl cotton.

I love using the orange for the outline on the dog.
Just am loving this puppy design.
Here are three of my embroidered blocks...
I don't included a stitching guide for doing this in embroidery. Have some fun with the pattern and stitch the designs using a variety of colors that match your fabric and it will turn out wonderful. I am using a #12 pearl cotton. I mainly have been doing a backstitch, but every so often I do a lazy daisy stitch to make my flowers. My grandma was big into embroidery. I am blessed to have a set of dishtowels and pillowcases that she made for me when I go married. They are sitting in my linen closet. I hardly ever use them because I want them to stay 'nice' since grandma is no longer with us. I remember sitting at the kitchen table talking over coffee while she embroidered. I was so lucky to live close to her and grandpa when Mark and I were first married. I loved visiting with them whenever I could. So many wonderful memories.

Have a wonderful day!
Happy stitching,
Cindy