Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wish Upon A Star!

Welcome! Today is my day to show you what I did for the Wish Upon A Star blog hop! First, let me thank Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for organizing another wonderful blog hop! Thank you!!  I have been super busy and all wrapped up in International Quilt Market prep so working on this project was a nice little break for me! As you read this, I will have just returned home from Portland, Oregon. I hope to share with you tons of pictures in a few days. After I collapse on the couch for a day or two and catch up on my puppy snuggles...

So for today's hop I made a project that's really challenged me for the style. I used fabric that is a bit out of my wheelhouse. I bought a fat quarter bundle of Cotton and Steel at Market last year during sample spree. I love the prints but it's a bit modern for me. But I love it. Didn't know what I would do with it but while at retreat I made a lap quilt. A giant star lap quilt. 

After I pieced my giant block, I decided to do channel quilting on it.

I love the look of this style quilting, plus it's soooo easy!

I used all my scraps to make the binding.

I love scrappy binding!

Ta da!!! My star quilt made out of Cotton and Steel fabric...

I also made a scrappy backing, I didn't want to waste any little bit of it.
This quilt is already Maddie approved. See her in the corner! She already wanted to snuggle in it!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sunflower Fields....

One of my favorite patterns is Sunflower Fields... it's so bright and cheery. It was the quilt I designed with the sunflower fields of North Dakota in mind. I just love how those flowers follow the sun with their bright cheery faces. The original one is very yellow and gold and the largest size in the pattern. Well, I decided to make the lap sized one up using some of my treasured Bonnie and fabric. I have been saving this fabric for a while, it has traveled to a couple of quilt retreats. I just love, love, love how this version of Sunflower Fieldtu rned out! Let me show you!

Here I have the 'bottom' set of chevrons all sewn together. I just love the scrappy look.
I had several fat quarters of the Bonnie and Camille fabric that I used.

On my design wall, the top section of the quilt waited while I made the Dresden flowers.

Here I have the three Dresden flowers pinned in place along with the stem pieces.

The stems are made from 2 1/2" strips of fabric that is folded in half. Here I am sewing them to the top of the quilt using a 1/4" seam. 

I then fold it over on top of itself and topstitch it in place using a buttonhole stitch.

In the pattern I use a brown thread for the topstitching. For this quilt I wanted a softer look so I am using a white thread.

I top stitch around everything.... flowers and stems....

From all my scraps I make a beautiful scrappy binding.
Isn't it so pretty. I love rolled up scrappy binding!

I then make some yo-yo's for the flower centers and hand stitch them in place.

Now it's my favorite part with this quilt... making the 3 dimensional bumblebee! 

I gather up his little wings...

... then stitch it in place....

Using some pearl cotton, and a running stitch, I embroider the flight of the bumblebee.

Don't forget to embroider his little antennae.

It's the perfect size for snuggling up with a good book. I really like the softer look with this fabric line. So don't be afraid to make a quilt up using very different fabric then what is pictured on the pattern's cover. Have some fun with it and use some of your favorite fabric that you have been saving. You're gonna love how it turns out!

Have a wonderful day!
Happy quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Minnesota Winter Wonderland ~ May QAL

I am having fun as I revisit this fun quilt. I love winter themed quilts. They are so warm and cozy and wonderful to snuggle under by the fireplace. This section of the quilt is called 'Fir Tree'. It's quick and easy to do. My cozy cabin is nestled in the woods, there needed to be more than one tree for 'the woods'. The block is similar to the 'Big Tree' block. I made my tree a little scrappy, using fabrics from my stash along with the fabrics that I picked up.  My plan is to embellish the center cabin scene with yo-yo snowflakes. I am also planning on having fun with the quilting.  Swirls for winter winds, smoke coming out of the chimney etc.  I am hoping this design will give you a little room for creativity on your own too! One thing to keep in mind is to do the background the same or similar fabrics as you did for your Cozy Cabin and Big Tree block. This will also be true with the block for September. 
My pieces are cut and all ready to sew...

Sewing corner to corner....

I like to 'chain' sew all of by block pairs at one time and
then I trim them up and iron them.

My Fir Tree block is all laid out and ready
to be sewn together...

To finish the block, sew the 2 1/2" x 14 1/2"
cream strip along the bottom to form the 'snow'...

'Fir Tree'
May's section
Layout so far...
 If you blog about it, please email me a link so that I can attach it to the Pinterest Board I have going for the Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL. I hope you have fun with this section of the mystery quilt. It can easily be done in a weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's Fir Trees! If you haven't joined in on the fun, it's not too late! This would be a great project for at a quilt retreat. The full pattern that we are using can be found

I am looking forward to next month, we will work on the next row of the quilt on June 9th. Mark your calendars! Now I'm off to get all packed up for Quilt Market in Portland! See you there!

Happy Quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Thursday, May 10, 2018

May's Block in Wool! Snow Much Fun

I have been enjoying working with wool for my second version of this year's BOM. I've been having Snow Much Fun! This month's block is an adorable snowman with his dog. Not just any dog, but a hound dog like my sweet puppy Belvedere.

Let me tell you a little about Belvedere. He's a sweetheart, an adorable Basset Hound. I've never had a Basset before so he is very different then any dog I've ever had. He rules his own world and we are at his beckon call. He will only sit if there is a treat involved. But not just any treat, one that he really likes. I have also learned that Basset Hounds do things in their own sweet time. This is driving me crazy.... I mean c-r-a-z-y! Belvedere will bark to announce that he needs to go outside. I get a one bark notice, if I ignore it, he will take things into his own 'paws' and do his business in the dining room and then commence to the living room to nap. Arrrgggg.... one bark..... so I have learned to jump to it and take him outside.... but that's not where the story ends. Once outside... he becomes sidetracked and he will spend f-o-r-e-v-e-r smelling around, eating sticks, eating the hedge, barking at the neighbors cat, barking at where he thinks the neighbors cat is, watching cars drive by ....this continues on for a good 15-20 minutes until he remembers, 'oh yeah... I need to go potty'. Bring him in too soon and he will head right straight for the dining room and then off to the couch for naptime. There is no rushing him. It's good that I work from home... he is my little... not so little puppy... so you see since my world revolves around this sweet puppy, I just had to include a hound on the quilt.

Belvedere and I
(He's 8 months old in this picture)

I thought I had taken more pictures of this month's block and the process using the wool, but I was lax.. Making the block is the same as for with the flannel quilt, I am using Primo Plaids from Marcus Fabrics and wool from my 'wool' stash.
Trace all of the applique shapes onto freezer paper and iron it onto your wool pieces. Then cut all the pieces out. Use a button hole stitch to machine stitch the wool pieces onto the background block. I am using 12wt Lana Wool thread from Aurifil. (color - 8087 brown) I'm using a regular 50wt in my bobbin thread. I'm using a 75/11 needle... 

I really like the combo of the wool with the Primo Plaids.   To finish these cute designs, I embellished my squares with some special buttons from Just Another Button Company. I do have these buttons available in my Etsy Shop. Pattern can be found on the Quilt Doodle Designs Website. May's block is a Free download this month only.  I will not be sewing my buttons onto my quilt top until after I have it all done and quilted. This BOM will be offered the first of every month. Like always, it's FREE for the month that the block is out, then there's a small fee if you have to play catch up to get the block. To make sure that you don't miss any of it,  join my mailing list. Not only will you get all of the BOM 2018 postings and updates, but you will also hear about all sorts of other fun quilty goodness too!

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Happy Quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere