Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snow Much Fun in Wool

  I have been enjoying working with wool for my second version of this year's BOM. I've been having Snow Much Fun! I ran a little behind last month with my postings... so this month I will be showing you last month's block and this month's block done in the wool. Both turned out so darn cute.  I have been machine stitching my wool applique with Lana wool from Aurifil. I googled it to locate a source since I didn't want to drive all over the Twin Cities to locate some. (It's winter, I'm cold and lazy... there's still snow on the ground... ) I'm hoping to find some at a local quilt shop when I'm out and about again. Remember, Belvedere and I are hibernating until the thermometer is above my age. I'd like to buy a couple more colors.

I have also altered how I am doing the 'snowball' blocks on this version of the quilt.
Instead of piecing the block as shown, I am starting out with a 14 1/2" cream block and then adding 5 1/4" green blocks to the corners, right sides together, then sewing corner to corner to form the triangles on each corner of the block. I then trim the excess.

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'm using pearl cotton from Valdini in a variegated brown color for my embroidery. (French knots and back stitch)

March's Block
Ice Fishing Snowman

February's Block
Let's Go Skating!

For this version of the quilt, I am using Primo Plaid flannels from Marcus Fabrics and for the applique pieces, I really like the combo of the wool with the Primo Plaids. I have rummaging thru my wool stash which I have been collecting over the last couple of years.  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. March'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

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dragonfly Dream Table Runner

I just know spring is right around the corner even though we have a ton of snow on the ground here in Minnesota. How do I know? The days are longer, the sun is brighter and most importantly, the birds are singing! Yes! There was actual singing this morning when I let the dogs out to do their thing. I actually braved the 31 degrees in a sweatshirt and listened to the birds chatter and sing this morning. It was glorious. It would have been perfect if I would have remembered my cup full of coffee. I have spring fever so badly... I'm dying for color.  I've notice lately that I an gravitating towards bright colors when I work in the studio. My fabric purchases this last week or two have been laden with flowers and bright at that!

One of my favorite patterns is my Dragonfly Dream Table Runner. I designed this pattern when I was a total newbie at pattern writing. It's written so that you can make two runners with the materials listed. My thought with this runner was to inspire the creativity in everyone. I have no concrete directions for placement of your coneflowers or dragonflies. You can play with the placement of the design elements and have some fun. I finished two of these runners this last weekend. Both have different design placement.

I used a dark brown thread to do a button hole stitch around the designs.

The brown thread adds an edge to the design.

On this table runner I didn't add the extra stitching. I am relying on the heat n bond to hold the design in place. I machine quilted an all over stippling design using a thread that blends in with the colors of the batik fabric. This will also hold the design in place.
Finished size is 12 1/2" x 36 1/2"
Here you can see how I placed the design onto each table runner.
My dining table is sorta big so I placed both table runners side by side for my centerpiece. This table runner makes a great hostess gift if you are visiting family Easter weekend. The pattern is available as an instant PDF download for $8.00 click on the link below to purchase your copy. It's a fun pattern to make and perfect to chase away those wintertime blues and celebrate spring!

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL - March

March is finally here! Some of our biggest snowstorms have been in March. Just when you think winter could almost be over we get slammed with a huge snowstorm. When my kids were small, I loved those snowstorm days. I made hot cocoa and popped popcorn. We'd watch Disney movies and just hang out. Now when a big ol' storm hits, we text each other and ask 'how much snow do you have'.
This month we will be working on a big pine tree. It'll look great next to the cabin that we made last month. The fun thing about this quilt is you can choose to do it scrappy or not scrappy, I'm doing a little of both. It's a great project to use up some of your stash. This month we will work on a block that I have named 'Big Tree'. A cozy cabin needs a big tree to shade it. The block is the same size as the Cozy Cabin block. One thing to keep in mind is to do the background the same or similar fabrics as you did for your Cozy Cabin block. This will also be true with the blocks for May and September. (We will get back to making 'strips' next month.) 
Here are my fabrics all cut and ready to go.
To form the triangle square blocks I sew corner to corner...

My stack of triangle squares, sewn... but I need to trim the extra fabric and iron.

I find it helpful to have a large work space to lay this block out.

Everything's in place and ready to be sewn.

All of my 2 1/2" squares are sewn, now just to add the bottom 2 1/2" strip.

'Big Tree'
Quilt Doodle BOM 2014 Quilt Layout
 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  quilt. It can easily be done in a weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's trees! You can post photos on Instagram and tag @quiltdoodledesigns or #quiltdoodledesignsqal

It'll be fun to see everyone's blocks! If you haven't joined in on the fun for this years QAL you can still join the party. All you need to do is purchase the Minnesota Winter Wonderland pattern. It can be found in my Etsy shop and also on the Quilt Doodle Designs website.  We will work on the next section on April 14th.

Happy Quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by today to check out what I came up for this blog hop. Thanks to Carol too for organizing this fun hop and awesome group. Small, smaller, smallest...I have been thinking about this hop and thinking, geez what can I do.... ideas didn't come easily for this one. I thought of what I would do late one night. You know, those nights when it's hard to get to sleep. Well that's when it dawned on me what to do and share with you. Lately I have been doing a little catching up on UFO's. Those that follow me have seen my 'Snowball' Quilt that I finally finished piecing... well there were scraps, a few fat quarters, a little yardage, orphan blocks and a pattern for a smaller 'Snowball' quilt (table topper) so let me show you what I made to share with you today!

We all have ophan blocks. You know the blocks that didn't quite work out right, extra blocks left over when finished with a project and sometimes a block we make that we have decided we don't ever want to make again...Well, these blocks make great mini quilts and mug rugs. Just add some borders and voila! A cute mug rug.... it's also a great way to use up batting strips.  I had extra blocks left over from my Snowball quilt so I made a cute mug rug. 

I just love how it turned out! 

I then made a smaller snowball block... using all the extra fabric I still had left over I made a blue-tiful table topper. In this picture you can see how large my quilt block was compared with the table topper block. It's smaller...

The finished size of my snowball table topper is 36" x 36"
When I made my original snowball quilt, I saved all of my triangle scraps that I trimmed off my snowball blocks. What's great about saving these is they are perfect for triangle squares! Don't throw those scraps away, let me show you some wonderful uses for these little scraps. It's great for a smaller project!

I turned my pile of half square triangles into a healthy stack of  2" triangle blocks.(with the seam allowance) These little beauties will be 1 1/2" blocks when finished.
One thing I really like to do is make matching pillowcases for quilts that I make. So I thought these little blocks just screamed pillowcase border!
It took a ka-zillion triangle blocks to make a pieced strip for my pillowcase. 

I just love how the border turned out on my pillowcase. I used the burrito style pillowcase pattern that can be found FREE online and I inserted my pieced border in for the coordinating pillowcase hem. It took a little thought when pinning it together so that the pieced border would end up on the outside of the pillowcase and not on the inside.
Here's a close up look at the hem of my pillowcase.

I still had a stack of triangle squares leftover. So I pieced them together to make some pinwheel squares.
I then used these pinwheel squares to make some simple chicken pincushions! 
So the next time you finish a project. Look at the fabric you have left, even the little bits. Think of the fun possibilities you have for small projects. I will never look at those triangle trimmings the same way again. Just think, out of an couple orphan blocks, my leftover fabric and my 'trimmings' I was able to make a table topper, mug rug, pillowcase and a bunch of little chickens. Can you believe I still have some fabric left over! 

I hope that you have fun hopping around, I have included the entire blog list. Just in case you missed yesterday and want to join us for the rest of the week. I'm joined by a bunch of talented ladies! Oh, I'm also having a little giveaway... leave a sweet comment for a chance to win a fun little Quilt Doodle Gift bag... it includes a mug, Snowman Trio pattern, some handy clips and three carrot noses.

March 5

March 6

Quilt Doodle Designs (You are here!)

March 7

March 8

Happy quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere