Saturday, May 27, 2017

Market Wrap Up

It's a wrap, another quilt market in the books. Whew, it sure flew by. I was amazed how quickly my week in St. Louis went. I'm so glad that I penciled in tourist days for us. Lesson learned from last year...we tried to fit in a state park while in Utah the evening after we packed up from market. I was tired and cranky and crashing mentally after months of work. My roadie (hubby) and assistant (best friend, Lynn) were all excited to finally see some of Salt Lake City (other than the mountains seen from the Ikea parking lot and the inside of the convention center) and I was Mrs. Grumpy Pants. I just wanted a glass of wine and sleep.  I totally didn't want my help to quit on me this year and tell me to get a grip, so we did some sight seeing before the show even started and I am so glad that we did. Well worth the extra days. We visited a few wineries on the way to St. Louis. It sure helped to break up the road trip. Once we checked into the hotel and unloaded our luggage and all of the 'Quilt Doodle Booth', we spent time walking around St. Louis. The Arch was fun to see and I'm happy to say I did not have a panic attack on the way up to the top while being crammed in an egg shaped pod with four other people. Once I recovered from the ride up and being a ka-gillion-million feet up in the air, I have to say it was pretty cool to look out the little windows. It's a pretty amazing story on how the arch was built. It's totally worth the time watching the movie on how the arch was built. (Checked this one off the bucket list- although I have to confess, it was never on the bucket list to begin with!)

Getting the Quilt Doodle Booth from point A to point B is a trick and requires a couple of hand trucks, and several cups of strong coffee. I usually go into market with a vague idea on how my booth is going to go together. I pick up display pieces because I like them but then have no real idea how it will work in my booth. I know designers that put the booth up at home, take pictures and recreate it when they get there. I'm sorta willie nillie about my booth. Pray it will all work out when I get there. Luckily it all fell together with the help of Mark and Lynn. Couldn't do all of this without their support.
Market itself is always so much fun to participate in. It's such a pleasure to meet all of the shop owners and their sweet staff. It's also such a great opportunity to talk face to face with people that I have been in contact with all year thru emails and on the phone. Then there are my quilt market buddies that I love seeing. It's so much fun to see their new patterns and booths. I did get away a couple of times to walk around, love seeing the new fabrics and colors. I always come home wanting to just lock myself up in the studio and sew away.
It's always so inspiring to see all of the art quilts. Shhhh..... I took pictures of a few of them to share with you. The quilting and threadwork is unbelievable! I love, love, love the one of the dog...

I've been home a week and haven't yet made it to my studio, next week I shall sew... It's hard to believe that after months of preparation, it is done.... time to start preparing for the next one.

Get ready Portland, we are planning on being there.

Happy quilting,
Cindy

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day 

Mom, two of my sisters and I
So I found this fun picture on my Instagram account and thought it would be fun to  share with you. It was taken at the lake several years ago at the lake. Love that we are all relaxing in our lounge chairs. Hope that you find some time to relax today too! I also hope you find time to do your favorite things. I'm going to try to relax although it may be hard since I am feeling the pressure and excitement of Quilt Market. My head is swimming with details since we leave Tuesday morning for St. Louis...

Have a wonderful day! 
Cindy

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Chicken Envy

Something really special arrived at my sisters home last week. Baby chicks!!! They are the most adorable thing on this planet, besides puppies of coarse... I have been patiently waiting the arrival of her chicks and squealed in excitement when she sent me pictures. They are round, fuzzy balls of happiness. I can't help but smile when I watch the sweet videos she's been posting. The names she's given them just make me giggle... here are some of the sweet names.... Gertrude, Agnes Ann, Oakley, Chauncey, Duck and Zeus. I am looking forward to meeting her little brood of chickies.
I'm planning on a visit after quilt market. Although she tells be they will be in their 'ugly' stage. I laugh, there is no ugly stage, chicks are still adorable! I of coarse have chicken envy, but someday I will have a little brood of chicks. But for right now, I'll just have fun and draw cute little chicken designs to hang around the kitchen.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/202697725/hen-applique-pdf-pattern-for-tea-towel?ga_search_query=chicken&ref=shop_items_search_2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/513396838/garden-chick-applique-pdf-pattern-for?ga_search_query=garden&ref=shop_items_search_6https://www.etsy.com/listing/121180595/rooster-applique-pdf-pattern-for-tea?ref=related-4
My sis is so lucky, when these babies are full grown, she'll have farm fresh eggs!
What a wonderful treat for her family!
Now to brighten your day and make you giggle, here's a sweet little clip of her baby chicks...

video


Hope you have a wonderful day!
I'm off to do some more planning and organizing for Quilt Market.
See you in St. Louis!
Cindy 


Thursday, May 4, 2017

For the Love of Chickadees

I have always love chickadees. I'm sure my love for these sweet little birds is a direct result from all the mornings I shared a cup of coffee with dad watching the comings and goings at his bird feeders. There was Vivian, the albino squirrel, the cardinals and of coarse the sweet little chickadees. During this long winter here in Minnesota I spent many mornings remembering days gone by and watching my chickadees flit and flutter from feeder to feeder. Now that spring is here and still have been enjoying these little birds.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/515031344/pinecone-chickadees-mini-quilt-wall?ref=shop_home_active_1
Spring is also that time of year that I'm running around getting ready for International Quilt Market. "Pinecone Chickadees" will be one of the new patterns that I will be showing in my booth at market. This pattern is totally hot off the presses! The finished size of this mini quilt is 11 1/2" x 13 1/2". I used some civil war repo fabrics for the pieced border. To create the chickadees, I used bali batiks from Hoffman fabrics. It was a fun project to put together and looks adorable hanging up in my 4 season porch. To hang this mini quilt I used a 12" Double Scroll Split Bottom wire hanger from Ackfeld Wire. (Any of their 12" hangers will work too)  Hanging this mini quilt is optional of coarse, it is also a nice mini quilt to display on a table too!

I think dad would have really liked this design.
Happy quilting!
Cindy

Monday, May 1, 2017

May's Block are Out!

May is my favorite month,  it's my birthday month! Growing up my birthday was extra special because I got to share my birthday month with grandma. Our special days were only a day apart! I didn't always live close to my grandparents. Not until I was 15 did we live close enough to see them for every holiday and birthdays. Before that we lived pretty far away and would visit them in the summer for three weeks and they would come visit us for Christmas. So on birthdays we usually got a special package in the mail and a phone call from grandma and grandpa. Mom and dad always made our birthdays pretty special growing up. There was always cake, made from scratch cake! Yum!!! Quite often there would be an angel food cake too...

I found some fun pictures, dad lighting my candles for what I
think is my 6th birthday. Love the picture of mom and I and the picture
of my grandparents...
Mom made two cakes for my 13th birthday... my awkward teenage years... ugh...

When Mark and I were first married, we were lucky enough to live seven miles away from my grandparents. I remember the first year we were married I drove out to the farm to visit my grandparents and they had a beautiful lilac bush blooming. I never knew it was a lilac bush because I was never at the farm growing up when it bloomed. (If I was, I don't ever remember it blooming) Anyway, I love lilacs! They smell glorious! I remember asking grandma if I could pick a couple to take home. Grandma filled my truck with lilacs, I had enough lilacs for a vase for every room in my house! Oh my goodness, it smelled so good! I'm not sure what Mark thought, but I loved it! Whenever my lilacs bloom, I think about that day picking lilacs with grandma.

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. May's pattern has everything you need to complete these two blocks. You will get the directions on how to make the Dresden plate block. We are almost done with making the Dresden Plates.  There's still time if you would like to join the fun. The supply list can be found on my website along with this month's directions. May'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....


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 started sewing my Dresden plates onto my white squares.
I have them 'on point'. I will be doing a blog posting explaining this in
more detail in the coming days.

After you make your Dresden circle for this month, then trace your design pieces for the Angel food cake and lilacs onto your heat n bond. Then iron the shapes onto the wrong side of your fabrics and cut the pieces out. Iron them onto the center circle. After that, it's the time to sew around everything using a small button hole stitch.


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

Lilacs

Angel Food Cake

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.
Tag me on Instagram with your photos #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2017 #quiltdoodledesigns @quiltdoodles
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's angel food cake and lilacs. After writing so much about cake, I am now craving angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream. I think I'll go and make one for dessert for Mark and I. I'm going to cheat today and use a cake mix.


          Let’s have some quilty fun!
Cindy
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Grandma's Mixing Bowl and a Purple Cow...

First I must apologize for the delay of this month's blocks. If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you know that I have the mother of all colds. I haven't been this sick in years. I find it funny because working at a school, I was swimming in a petri dish and was hardly ever sick. Now that I no longer am working at school, I catch the crud from my hubby and I've been hacking the last two weeks. I have been living on cough drops and chicken soup. I visited mom a couple days ago and I instantly felt better when she made me tomato soup and grilled cheese, and she even cut my sandwich in triangles. I felt instantly five again and it was like being wrapped up in my favorite blankie. Thank you mom! Now onto this month's blocks... grandma's mixing bowl and a purple cow! Visiting my grandparent's farm, mom and grandma spent a lot of time in the kitchen whipping all sorts of yummy recipes. There was always a plate of fresh baked cookies on the counter, a pot of coffee brewing and loaves of fresh bread rising for dinner. Grandma's kitchen always smelled so good.

Several years ago we put together a family cookbook, here's grandma's bread recipe from our cookbook. The sweet little toddler in the picture is my mom.


I decided to make a purple cow... why not! My grandparents had dairy cows when my mom was young. Mom talks about milking cows and 4-H. When I was growing up, grandpa no longer raised cows but I had to have a cow on my quilt. Purple cows from what remembered was a grape soda float. But then there was also this fun saying too that I remember ...

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

Then there's also cow tails, that yummy rope of caramel that I used to buy from the five and dime when I got to go to town with grandma and grandpa. I used to love buying cow tails!

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. April'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 blocks are set on point. The supply list can be found on my website along with this month's directions. April'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.

Tracing all of my shapes onto my heat n bond for iron on applique.

Here my shapes are all cut out and ready to be ironed on the the circle centers.

All ready to machine applique...


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

Grandma's mixing bowl block

Purple Cow Block

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.
Tag me on Instagram with your photos #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2017 #quiltdoodledesigns @quiltdoodles
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's bowls and cows.

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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