Friday, July 21, 2017

Laundry Day

 
I love this quilt, I call it Laundry Day because for one reason or another it reminds me of grandma and fresh laundry. There is nothing better then the fresh smell of clothes just in from the clothesline. Oh that fresh, crisp smell. It's snuggly and wonderful....

I gave the original quilt to my sister for her birthday a few years ago. It dawned on me I need to make another one for my trunk show. I also need one just for myself too! It's a quick and easy weekend quilt. It's a lovely lap quilt size. I featured 'dot' fabric while making this quilt. I have to admit, I'm a dot-o-phobic... sorta scared to buy dot fabric, use dot fabric.  I dug around in my fabric and found a fabulous collection of scraps that I actually bought on Etsy, there were some wonderful dot fabrics included.  I've been saving this fabric to make a quilt.... so I came up with this fun quilt square which is quick and easy to put together.  I hope that you enjoy my quilt.  The pattern for my quilt can be found on Etsy and Craftsy.... I have called it 'Laundry Day'.... the colors are fresh and bright, like clean laundry hanging on the clothes line.

Here is one of my blocks for my quilt.... it measures 12 1/2" (this includes seam allowance) I really like the green dot fabric.
Then there is this block with the blue dot fabric.... love this one too!
"What..... why can't I lay  down here?" A silly picture of Wilson
from years ago when I originally put this quilt together.
Here is a section of my "Laundry Day" quilt with my Dot blocks...
Here is 'Laundry Day' laided out on my kitchen table, all ready to be pinned for quilting....

Lime green with white dots...... I had so much fun free motion quilting!

A funky flower dot.....

More lime green....

A fun lime green and pink dot fabric!

Well, as a recovering Dot-a-phobic.... I quilted 'dots' too!  It was a lot of fun to do.

The finished quilt!
'Laundry Day'
44" x 56"
This is one of my favorite go to patterns because is whips together pretty quickly. It's scrap fabric friendly, plays well with jelly rolls and layer cakes. My quilts featured 'dot' fabrics, but this quilt is adorable in any fabric. Moda's Bonnie and Camille would be wonderful made up with this pattern too. This pattern could be easily adapted to make a bigger quilt by doubling the amount of fabric and make a quilt that would be 4 x 6 squares. You could even make a matching table runner for a dresser by just making 3 blocks in a row. Wouldn't that be cute for a guest bedroom. 
'Laundry Day' can be found HERE and HERE
  
Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you! 
Cindy

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Little Christmas in July

  I thought it would be fun to revisit a fun Christmas project. This was featured in a blog hop from several years ago and it's still one of my favorite projects. It's an adorable table runner made with applique quilt squares featuring my lovable, furry friend, 'Wilson'.  I hope that you enjoy Wilson's Christmas Table Runner as much as I enjoyed making it! It is made up with three blocks featuring Wilson.  So let's get started... to make Wilson's Christmas table runner you will need the three 'Wilson' quilt block patterns and....
1/2 yard background fabric (gold)
Wilson loved to dress up
for the holidays!
1/3 yard sashing fabric and red bow/hat (red)
1/4 yard for binding and for 'package' block/scarf (green)
1/2 yard for backing (color of your choice, I used cream)
40"x 17" piece of batting
fat quarter cream fabric (Wilson face)
fat quarter of light brown fabric (Wilson face)
2" x 2" scrap dark brown fabric (Wilson's nose)
2" x 4" scrap red fabric (Wilson's tongue and nose)
5" x 7" scrap brown fabric (twig antlers)
5" x 5" scrap white fabric (Santa hat)
seed beads for eyes
Heat n Bond
To make the table runner you will need 2   - 11" squares out of a background fabric of your choice.  Also cut a 11" x 7" background fabric and a 11" x 4 1/2 " green rectangle.  Set aside...

Tracing Wilson pieces onto the paper side of heat n bond.  I group pieces that will use the same color fabric....

All of my Wilson pieces are traced....

After ironing heat n bond pieces onto the fabric, I cut them out and lay them on the 11" blocks.  'Is This Gift For Me' pieces are placed on the 11" x 7" background fabric....

To make "Is This Gift For Me", iron on the face pieces onto the rectangle, lining up the bottom edge.  Make sure it's centered too.

Sew the green 11" x 4  1/2"  rectangle to the bottom edge of the
 "Is This Gift For Me" block, right sides together.

Iron the seam, then iron on the red bow.... (and the tag)

"Is This Gift For Me".... This will be the center block for our
table runner.  Isn't it cute!  Love it!!!

Continue to sew a blanket stitch around the edges of the Wilson pieces... If you prefer a satin stitch, zig zag or a straight stitch along the edge, that is fine too!

"Santa Wilson"

"Wilson Deer"

Cut 2    2  - 1/2"x 11" strips out of red fabric.  This will be the sashing for in between the three blocks.  Sew the blocks together with the sashing. Iron.

Cut  2  -2  1/2"x 35  1/2" out of red fabric, then sew to the sides of the table runner.  Iron.

Cut  2 - 2 1/2"x 15" red strips and sew to the ends of the table runner. Iron.
Layer with batting and backing, quilt as desired.  Bind.

I felt like the "Is This Gift For Me" block was missing a tag.  So I made one and ironed and stitched in on.  It helped complete the block. (The tag is included in the directions)


The finished table runner using all three Wilson quilt blocks....
finished size 38  1/2" x 14  1/2"
'Is This Package For Me?' pattern can be found HERE for free
☆If you are unable to download the pattern it can be found on Craftsy for free. The pattern name is 'Is That Gift For Me' by Quilt Doodle Designs ☆
'Santa Wilson' and; 'Wilson Deer' can be purchased at Craftsy as an instant PDF download or on ETSY as a PDF pattern. I hope that you give my table runner a try.  The table runner would make a cute gift for the dog lover in your life.  Mix up the colors to match your poochie poo!

Happy Quilting and Perfect Stitches to you,
Cindy

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bed for New Puppy...

Since the loss of our sweet Wilson last winter, the house has been not quite the same. I miss our goofy boy and Maddie could use a companion too. Although I know that we can't replace Wilson, our family has gotten used to being a two dog family.  We miss juggling two dogs for our morning walks. I miss Wilson talking to me like Scooby doo when he needed something. Our home just isn't quite the same. So.....we have decided to get a new puppy and have been on a waiting list for a basset hound since April. Our family has been waiting patiently for a new puppy to join our family. I've become a bit of a stalker with the breeders website... looking for birth announcements and pictures. We hope to be able to pick out our newest family member in a couple of weeks and a new four legged friend will join our family mid August. I feel like an expectant mommy and have been thinking about our new little puppy constantly. To pass the time I've been buying basset hound memorabilia, I have a new basset hound mommy mug, a couple sets of salt and pepper shakers and even a cookie jar. My husband just smiles. Oh yeah, hubby got a basset hound themed t-shirt for his birthday. We've even picked out names.... Belvedere, being at the top of the name list. My hubby likes the idea of yelling...." Belvedere... come here boy...." Remember the looney toons cartoon.... Why a basset hound? Well, my hubby has always been fond of them and it's his turn to choose since I picked out (rescued) the last two family dogs. Basset Hounds are adorable with their floppy ears and wrinkles. I am charmed by their long ears, sad eyes and wrinkles... this is going to be one spoiled rotten puppy. (Or well loved...)

To pass the time I even made a doggy bed for the new puppy. It was super easy to do and it turned out adorable! All it took was an old pillow, a charm pack and a couple of accent fabrics... and just a free afternoon. I put a spin on a burrito pillowcase to make the dog bed.

This is the perfect fabric charm pack for my
pillowcase - dog bed...

These are my accent colors... the dark is the trim and the
light color is the cuff...

Sew the 5" charm pack squares together, remember to mix the fabrics up a bit...

I made a 5 square by 8 square rectangle...

Lay the 1/3 yard cuff fabric out right side up.
Then lay a 2" strip wof (folded in half and ironed) on top...

Lay your rectangle sheet on top right sides and 'long' side together.
Pin in place....

Trim excess cuff and trim fabric....

Tightly roll up the body of the pillowcase.
(Pieced rectangle)

Fold the cuff up around the rolled up 'body' and pin in place
matching up the edge.

Sew a 1/4" seam.... 

Turn your pillowcase inside out...

Iron.

With wrong sides together sew the side and bottom seam
of the pillowcase.

Turn inside out and then sew a 3/8" seam along the side
and bottom of pillowcase. Turn right side out, iron.
You're done!!!

"This isn't quite big enough for me... are you making another one?"

The perfect little dog bed... waiting for a perfect little puppy...
Its a great way to repurpose an old pillowcase and this way the pillow and doggie themed pillowcase are washable. It is a puppy after all. A sweet little hound dog... 

A pdf copy of this adorable pet bed, pillowcase can be found in my Etsy shop and also in my Craftsy shop. This is a great project for a beginner or young quilter. A really fun project for the experienced quilter too! Now I'm off to check the breeder's website and do some more nesting... The puppies are about 3 weeks old now and completely adorable!

Happy Quilting,
Cindy

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July's Block!


I can't believe that it's July, wow! Time is sure flying by! We are all done with the Dresden Plate blocks and we are now working on the blocks that are set in between the Dresden blocks. I had thought about leaving them plain, but I have more of Grandma and Grandpa's farm to share! These applique designs are fun to do and the hand stitching on the sewing machine design is relaxing to do, I love doing embroidery in the evening in front of the TV.
My love of sewing and quilting was a direct result of my mom and great grandma. I also think it's safe to say my mother's sewing ability was also influence by great grandma too, (her grandmother). Both are incredible seamstresses. I have the baptismal gown by great grandmother made for me and it's beautiful. All of my nieces and nephews along with my own boys have all worn it. It is so beautifully made and such a family treasure. When we would visit grandma and grandpa's farm, my great grandparents were always there too! They lived in in summer on the farm in the little house. The little house was a sweet little guest cottage on the farm. My sisters and I would love to run from the main house across the farm drive to visit great grandma and grandpa!


Great Grandma and Grandpa
Not only was great grandma an wonderful seamstress, but she was also an awesome cook! She made the best raised donuts. She used to make these in her little house on the farm. She would make 6-7 dozen at a time! What I find amazing is that she did all of her cooking on her wood burning stove. I can see her now walking over to grandma's carrying a huge platter of glazed donuts, they never last long. In fact I remember one summer where she made a platter every day while we were visiting the farm. Great grandma's glazed donuts were the best! I have made them a few times for my boys and they do disappear pretty quick!

Great Grandma's Raised Doughnuts
Sweet Roll Dough
Measure into a mixing bowl 1/2 cup warm water. Add two packages active dry yeast. Stir in 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp salt, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup soft shortening, half of 7 to 7 1/2 cups sifted flour. Mix with a spoon until smooth. Add enough of the remaining flour to handle easily. Turn onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes) Round up in greased bowl, greased side up. Cover with damp cloth. Let rise in warm place until double (1 1/2 hours) Punch down and let rise again  until double (30 minutes) After dough rises, roll out dough to 1/2 inch think, cut with floured 3 inch doughnut cutter. Let rise on board until very light (30-45 minutes) leave uncovered so a crust will form on the dough... drop into deep hot fat, temperature of hot grease should be 375. Drain on absorbent paper. Either frost with powdered sugar glaze or place in bag with granulated sugar and shake. Makes 1 1/2 to 2 dozen doughnuts.

Now onto this months designs! I have two blocks for you to complete, my mom's green sewing machine and my Great grandparent's little house. Both of these designs will be put on the background white/cream fabric on point.

Find the center of your 12 1/2" square...

On the pattern placement sheet I have marked the center with a little dot...
Center your design onto the fabric on point and iron in place...

Then machine applique in place...
Embroider the sewing machine details. I am using #12 pearl cotton.
My sewing machine has red thread... my favorite color.
Center the Little House design onto your 12 1/2" block on point.

Machine applique the design in place...

I know the fence is really putzie to do... but it'll be worth every little stitch when it's done.
Mom's Sewing Machine

The Little House


Patterns can be found on the Quilt Doodle website and on Craftsy (Not until the 1st of the month). Did you miss a pattern along the way? The past monthly patterns can be found in my Etsy and Craftsy shops for a small fee.
Fat Quarter bundles of 16 fat quarters are available in my Etsy store to get you started.
Tag me on Instagram with your photos #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2017 #quiltdoodledesigns @quiltdoodles
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's butterflies and ponies.

My favorite picture of grandma and I, taken in front of her flower garden.
Happy 4th of July weekend! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

          Let’s have some quilty fun!
Cindy