Monday, July 21, 2014

Tea Towels

Many of my applique designs are done on tea towels. I love doing applique on tea towels as you can see if you visit my website or take a peek at any of my Doodlettes. (My pattern line of just applique designs) One of the most asked questions is where do you get your towels to applique on? I now buy them wholesale so that I can kit them up for you. But one of my favorite places to buy tea towels online is at Quilters Studio. I have ordered from them for years, the prices are reasonable, you get a discount if you order a dozen. Orders come quickly in the mail and I always have been pleased with what I buy from them. These towels are 100% Cotton Homespun fabric.  Great for hand or machine embroidery, appliqué or stenciling.  Use these towels for aprons, curtains, home decor and all your craft projects. These 20" x 28" high quality tea towels are heavy weight with a fabric band sewn in corner for ease of hanging. I Love these towels! 

 I hope that you have fun with some of my new designs and sew up some fun tea towels.
It's not too early to start working on some fall and winter projects.

Happy quilting,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Garden Visitor

I know I have garden visitors throughout the year, but especially when the garden is growing. I enjoy the various bugs and butterflies.  I know that the deer stop by and munch on the buffet I am growing (my garden) they especially like the green beans and hostas.  But one little fellow, I see all winter long, but don't see him in the summer. I'm sure he visits my garden, so I designed this cute little fox, sitting among the flowers. It's a cute companion piece that goes well with Garden Gnome.

Here I have all of the pieces cut out and all ready to iron in place.
I picked out some buttons that I thought worked too.

'Garden Visitor'A cute little fox...
This new pattern can be found on ETSY and CRAFTSY as instant downloads.
Packaged patterns are also available.

Happy Quilting,

Monday, July 14, 2014

July's Prize

Quilting in the summer is sometimes a challenge. There's so many distractions, like vacation, baseball, gardening... sometimes the only way that I make it down to my sewing room is a rainy day, or it's so hot outside that there's no way I would go outside. With that in mind, I thought I would need to present an extra special prize this month. It's also a bigger section of the quilt so I thought an awesome prize would help to keep us all motivated. Oh it's an awesome prize! I would like to thank Scott from Studio E for donating this month's prize! A wonderful fat quarter bundle from Henry Glass.

Isn't it pretty! The perfect set of blenders. A total must have for any quilter's stash. Remember to enter the giveaway for this awesome prize, post your pictures of your finished Quilt Doodle BOM 2014 blocks or sections to the Flickr Group, Blogging about the Quilt Doodle BOM 2014 and send me a link for a chance to win this beautiful bundle of fabric. Links to all of the past patterns can be found HERE. It's been fun to see the completed blocks and sections.  Here are some of the pictures that have been posted so far....

Happy Quilting

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Coffee at the Cabin

One thing I love is spending time up north. Coffee outside by the dock first thing in the morning is one of my favorite things. I have to say in the top ten. I have been busy in my studio having fun sewing and I made this cute mug rug. Yes I know, another mug rug, but I don't think I will ever tire of them. They are quick and easy to make. Not to mention, super cute! I just cut my usual size backing, batting and front, 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" ... for this one I used my 'Camper Sweet Camper' pattern and squished all the pieces on my rectangle. Machine appliqued around all the pieces and bound it with some leftover binding from another project. See quick and easy peasy! 

I'm off to drink a cup of coffee and make out my list for the cabin. So much to do and so much to pack.... 

Have a wonderful day!
Happy quilting,

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Giveaway!

I haven't hosted a giveaway in awhile, just a plain giveaway... Wilson pointed this out to me this morning, just kidding, but he's all for it! So I have decided to giveaway a  PDF copy of my Garden Gnome pattern to three lucky winners. There's a few different ways you can enter, like my facebook page, tweet about the giveaway, leave me a comment of some designs you would like me to offer etc. you can enter once or several times. Good luck!

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy quilting,

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July is usually the beginning of some summertime fun at our house. It's nice to have a three day weekend to relax since we usually stay in town. When my boys were younger we would host a barbecue with some good friends of ours. It was awesome, the boys would play and eat treats while we relaxed and visited over drinks on the deck. At nightfall we would shoot off fireworks. No big plans this year.... the boys are all grown up our neighbors are going on a trip up north. It will be a quiet weekend. My hubby and boys are getting the boat ready for our upcoming vacation to the cabin. They're fixing something, but for the life of me, I don't know what it's called. Something that the boat needs to run...  We didn't buy any fireworks this weekend since we are planning on catching a display somewhere on the 4th. I am stocking up on some barbecue goodies for my guys.... I'll make something red, white and bluish. ... make my loaded baked potato salad and grill something wonderful! It's also fun to pull out some of my summertime decorations. My flip flop table runner and tea towel are some of my summertime favorites to decorate with. The flip flop design is a free pattern!  It's a quick and easy pattern and makes a great hostess gift.

Some areas will be a bit wet for the 4th, so if you need a fun weekend project. Both of these designs would be great to work on this weekend. 

Have a wonderful 4th of July,

Monday, June 30, 2014

July's Block!

Cocoa, coffee, cappuccino, cookies and cake.... all good things start with the letter 'C'.  This month's block celebrates winter and our wintertime drinks. I love to sit in my favorite comfy chair, by the  fireplace with a nice hot cup of coffee, (or hot chocolate) on those cold, snowy Minnesota nights. A good book or a project to work on is an added bonus! This month's block is called 'Toasty Mugs'. It's a bigger section of the quilt. So I have an extra special giveaway for July's block. It's an awesome prize but I won't be announcing until the 15th of the month.

You can make all the mugs with the same fabric, or mix it up and make each mug a different color. My mugs are all red but I used different fabrics for each one. In November, instead of a block, I will be giving you some embellishment ideas to sew, add or applique onto your quilt. So keep that in mind as you work on your mugs. I have also given you two 'steam' designs, you can choose to use one or both. It's up to you. I have used both. I have also decided to make the background scrappy using several blue fabrics of the same hue. I must confess, when I first started this, I bought two different blues thinking I would use a light and dark. I have decided for mine, to use only dark snowy fabrics. Well, here's the dilemma.... I don't have enough.... so I scramble to stretch what I have originally bought with fabrics from my stash. The up side, I love the results I have so far.

 The 'Toasty Mugs' pattern can be found  HERE and on Craftsy. The pattern is free for the month of July. If you missed Chilly Silly Snowmen, Cozy Cabin or Big Tree, Sparkling Stars, Fir Tree or Northern Hockey Skates, it's not too late to get the patterns. They can be found for a small fee on Etsy and Craftsy.
I have my pattern printed and my fabric chosen.
I have decided to make my block scrappy using fabric that
I have set aside for this quilt from my stash.
Sewing corner to corner to form my triangle blocks... 
Following the block layout for Toasty Mugs
I have one of the blocks laid out all ready to sew...
Sewing the block together using 1/4" seam. 
Tracing the steam for the mugs... 
Cutting out the mug handles...
Using dark brown thread I machine applique a buttonhole stitch
along the edge of the steam.

Toasty Mugs
July's pattern
Block layout so far!
Remember to post your finished Toasty Mugs strip onto the Flickr account for a chance to win the prize at the end of the month! 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 BOM 2014. 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 mugs! As you can see with the quilt layout that the quilt is coming along nicely. There's still some surprises! 'll be announcing the prize for this month's block around the 15th and the winner will be announced on August 1st, when the next section is out.

Happy Quilting,
Tami Chaulk

Tami won a $20 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop!