Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Minnesota Winter Wonderland

I want to thank you all for following along this last year and also a huge Thank you to my fellow quilters that took the time to blog about their finished quilts. I am humbled and thrilled with everyone's results and am in awe with everyone's use of color and creativity. 

I designed this quilt while mourning the loss of my dad and having this project to do got me through a pretty tough year. Many of the items in this quilt remind me of dad, my first snowman was built with dad's help when we moved to New York when I was in second grade. (The first time I had ever seen snow!) Our family spent a week every summer at a cabin fishing, many great memories, so glad it's one of our traditions we still have going. I spent many mornings having coffee with dad as he worked his crossword puzzle. My last night spent with dad was watching the Christmas tree lights, (we had a bed set up in the living room... my sisters and I took turns sitting with dad at night so mom could rest.) We had the tree lights on 24-7 so that dad could enjoy the Christmas tree. So I must let you all know how grateful I am to have all of you during this last year. You all helped me out without ever really knowing it. Quilting is therapy for the soul, something special about needle and thread and quilting friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I also want to thank everyone for their lovely comments for the quilters that I hosted during the blog hop. I'm sure they were thrilled to hear from you all and loved your sweet comments.

Now onto my quilt, alas, it's still at the quilter's! She always does such a lovely job. Stacy is quilting my quilt with an over-all mitten squiggle design...  I didn't want to leave you empty handed so I made some special additions for my quilt which I have named, 'Minnesota Winter Wonderland'. 
I have a special label all ready to be sewn on the back...
A pretty pillowcase to go with my quilt....
with happy snowmen made out of a yo-yos...
Happy Quilting,


Congratulations to our winners!
Winners for the PDF copy of 'Summer Breeze' are...
'Crickets Corner'
LA Paylor
A Nudge
Needled Mom
Leslies Itichen to be Stitchin

(Winners, Please email me so that I can send you your PDF copy of Summer Breeze)


and our Grand prize winner is...
Mari - The Academic Quilter
(please email me your address)
Congratulations!!!

Thank you to all of the participants!

The complete pattern set is available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jill's Quilt Doodle BOM 2014

Welcome to the last day of the Quilt Doodle BOM 2014 blog hop. It has been so much fun to see everyone's quilts. Today I am hosting Jill's quilt. She is a very talented quilter and I love how her 2014 BOM quilt turned out.  Here's a note from Jill and pictures of her lovely quilt....

"This was my first BOM...the snowmen captured my attention, and I hoped this was a project I could complete!  I enjoyed seeing the new pattern every month from Cindy, and I stayed on task, surprisingly, for the entire project! :) I do plan to add more quilting and embellishments in the next few months-I wanted to display the quilt for the holidays, and time got away from me. 


I made this quilt for me, however all 3 of my daughters-in-law want to claim it as their own!  Which of course makes me pretty happy!  We'll see how this plays out, but I hope to make 2 more winter quilts and gift one to each of them.  

I changed a few of Cindy's blocks to make my quilt more winter, rather than Christmas so I could use it all winter.  I put the row of skates aside to use on the back of my quilt, and when it came time to piece the backing, my skate blocks were nowhere to be found!  I completed my quilt, and while cleaning/ organizing my sewing room prior to holiday company, guess what I found??? Yep, the skate blocks! I will use them on Cindy's 2015 BOM, so I am already ahead of schedule, right? :)

Thank you very much, Cindy, for sharing your time and talent with us! Can't wait to see our 2015 quilt take shape!"








Let's leave Jill some sweet comments and remember to visit today's bloggers... I will be announcing winners tomorrow. 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Deb's BOM 2014 Quilt!

Welcome to day 2 of the  Quilt Doodle BOM 2014 blog hop. It has been so much fun to see everyone's quilts so far. Today I am hosting Nancy's quilt. I love her use of the light and dark blues and how her quilt turned out.  Here's a note from Nancy and pictures of her lovely quilt....


"I am so excited to have this opportunity to participate in my first ever blog hop! This was also the  first BOM I have ever been a part of. I have been quilting for ten years, but because I do so many other crafts, I still have so much to learn and practice. This quilt was fun and helped me brush up on my skills with rulers and my rotary cutter. Using these tools has always been my least favorite part of quilting! 

I did have some frustrating times too. When putting together the quilt top I discovered the block of lights was too long. Yes, I know, I didn't measure! I did the block and just put it to the side. Some how I ended up putting a extra row between each group of lights! So I had to rip out and re-sew and touch up my embroidery for the light string. Oh well, I always say my seam ripper is my favorite tool.

So far I only have the quilt top completed. I will probably hand quilt it and keep it basic. I'm not sure if it will stay with me or become a Christmas gift.  I'm leaning towards a gift, I'll be that much ahead come Christmas time.

I love Cindy's designs! They have everything I enjoy creating in them. Applique, embroidery and quilting.....so much fun! In fact, I  already have the first two blocks done for the 2015 BOM.

Thanks so much for hosting me Cindy, and thanks for sharing your sweet patterns!"



I  like the red and white borders, very nice! 
Love Nancy's embellishments and the cute mugs.
Cute holly embellishment... love the light string too!
A cute snowman greeting visitors... very nicely done!

Let's leave Deb some sweet comments and remember to visit today's bloggers... I will be announcing winners January 27th. Remember visitors that leave comments can win too!
(Here's the complete listing...)


Friday, January 23, 2015

Liz's Quilt for the BOM 2014... 'Winter Warmth'

Welcome to the  Quilt Doodle BOM 2014 blog hop. It has been so much fun to see everyone's quilts. Today I am hosting Liz's quilt. She is a very talented quilter and I love how her 2014 BOM quilt turned out. I enjoyed watching her progress thru flickr each month.  Here's a note from Liz and pictures of her lovely quilt....


"I decided to make this BOM when I saw the first design--I love snowmen! I think 2014 is the first year I actually sewed along with a BOM. While I did begin a number of BOM's, Quilt Doodles was the first and only one so far that I have completed and given away. When I started, I didn't know what I would do with it--or if I would actually finish it! I was moving along each month until we got to the first one with applique--I think it was the hot cocoa mugs-I almost bailed. I had never done applique before and the thought of it scared the heck out of me, but by then, I had decided to donate the quilt to the auction fundraiser for the school where I work. This was a good thing, because now I was committed--to the project I mean( but my husband and kids would probably agree I needed to be committed in the other sense). The only potential problem I saw was that the last block pattern-the Christmas lights-was posted in October, and the fundraiser date was November 6th. They needed all prizes by the beginning of November, so this gave me a month to complete the October block, put all the pieces together-I did plan ahead and have all the other blocks sewn together, sandwich, quilt and bind. Somehow, I did get all of this done and the quilt to the committee in the nick of time. My one disappointment was that I couldn't do the embellishments. When I turned the quilt in, they loved it!! We had two prize levels-higher value and lower value-and they put my quilt in the higher value grouping! It was a tricky tray auction, not a bidding type auction. It would have been interesting and exciting to see how much someone would have paid for it. It was cellophaned into a basket, rather than displayed, but we had pictures of the front and back next to the basket. I didn't take a picture of the backing, although you can see a little of it in the picture of the label, but the pattern was of penguins in the snow--it was very cute! I few people at the fundraiser told me they loved the quilt, put tickets in for it and really hoped they won it. Secretly, I was hoping that a parent or staff member would win it so I knew it went to someone who would love where it came from. In the end, it was an aunt of one of our students who won it! She wrote me a lovely thank you note and said that her niece would use it every time she came to visit--and that made me happy!
When I was getting ready to write on the label, I emailed Cindy to ask what she was calling the quilt pattern, but she hadn't named it yet. I named mine "Winter Warmth" and gave Cindy well deserved credit on the label for designing it!
Thanks Cindy for putting together the 2014 BOM and making it so much fun! I'm in for the 2015 BOM but will sadly admit that I've only picked fabric for the January block. I'm going to do my best to dive in and get back to regular quilting when my kids head back to college!"



I love, love, love the backing fabric! Thank you Liz
for the shout out on the label. Your work is beautiful! Love
the quilting!
It warms my heart thinking of a sweet little girl all
snuggled up under Liz's quilt. What a wonderful story...
Let's leave Liz some sweet comments and remember to visit today's bloggers... I will be announcing winners January 27th. 


Monday, January 19, 2015

Upcoming Blog Hop

Mark your calendars for Janaury 24-26th for a virtual show and tell. A group of us will be showing off our Quilt Doodle BOM 2014 blocks and finished quilts!

 It'll be fun to see everyone's quilts. Mine is off to the quilter's right now. I'm so excited to see it return. I don't send my quilts off often to be done, I usually do them myself, but I love the work that my gal does. She's totally awesome! She found a cute wintery theme to quilt on it. I'm so excited. Hope it comes back in time for me to share it with you!

Here's the list of the participants!


January 24th
January 25th
January 26th


Mark your calendars for January 24-26th and post the BOM 2014 button on your blog or website. I have some wonderful prizes to give away at the end of the Quilt Doodle BOM Blog Hop. The participants have a chance to win and also my followers that leave sweet comments.

Here's some of the fun prizes...
Grand Prize.....This awesome fat quarter set from Studio E...
5 - Lucky winners will win a PDF copy of my Summer Breeze Quilt!
(Blog Hoppers and Participants can win!)

Craftsy Blogger Awards - Nominate Me badge
Happy quilting,


Saturday, January 10, 2015

January's Prize!


I couldn't wait until the 15th to announce the prize for this month! 

Thank you Kimberly and Danier from the Fat Quarter Shop for your generous donation for this month's prize. A super awesome $25 gift certificate! To enter to win you need to post this month's finished blocks to the
Quilt Doodle BOM flickr group



January Snowman! I embellished the block with some
buttons, beads and embroidery.
'Christmas Tree'
The tree is decorated with brightly
colored buttons.

Finished quilt measurement 57” x 82”

This month's pattern is available for FREE HERE! and also HERE

A printable supply list can be found HERE!

Cutting instructions and quilt construction for the quilt can be found HERE!

Fabric kits are still available!
Fabric kits are available HERE!


These pretty colors are in the fabric kits...

There's a flicker group!  Please join...Every month post photos of your Quilt Doodle BOM finishes in the BOM flicker group for a chance to win this month's prize! Woot woot!

If you want to be added to the email reminder list... send me your email.

The next block pattern will be posted on February 1st!  The winner for the January block will be announced on February 1st also. I'm looking forward to seeing your first two blocks!

Let's have some quilty fun!
Happy quilting,


Craftsy Blogger Awards - Nominate Me badge
Don't forget to grab the button too and post on your blog! The more the merrier!

grab button for Quilt Doodle Doodles

<div class="quilt-doodle-doodles-button" style="width: 200px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://quiltdoodledesigns.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa347/Cindy_Staub/BOMLogo_zpsb52bb7bf.jpg" alt="Quilt Doodle Doodles" width="200" height="200" /> </a> </div>

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January's BOM Blocks


Welcome! It's the very beginning of the My Favorite Things mystery BOM. I'm so excited!!! For January there are two blocks that we will be working on, a snowman and a Christmas tree. Two of my favorite things. They are both applique. In fact all of the blocks with the exception of December's will be applique.  As I mentioned, it will be a mystery quilt but I have let you in on the layout of the quilt. This quilt can be done scrappy if you want to bust your fabric stash. Each month I will offer a NEW block and it will be FREE for that month, as soon as the next block comes out, past blocks will be available for a small fee....
I traced all of the pieces onto the heat n bond. Drawing in pencil on the paper side of the heat n bond.
Then I iron on the pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric
 and cut them all out.
Then peel off the paper and lay them onto the front
side of your block. Iron in place. The snowman is
placed on a 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" square.
Lay all of the pieces in place for the Christmas
Tree design also. Iron them in place. Remember it will
be a mirror image of the design you traced. The Christmas
Tree design is placed on a 10 1/2" x 15 1/2" rectangle.
I like to machine applique my pieces using a tiny
buttonhole stitch. Here is the setting I use on my machine.

You can also do the stitching by hand using 2 strands of 
DMC floss. This is a good project for in front of the TV.
Here, you can see how small my stitches are. I think
the smaller stitch looks nicely with the scale of the design.
Practice with you machine and experiment with your stitch
size until you find the stitch size that you like.
I go slow to while I applique and stop and pivot around corners.
January Snowman! I embellished the block with some
buttons, beads and embroidery.
'Christmas Tree'
The tree is decorated with brightly
colored buttons.

Finished quilt measurement 57” x 82”

This month's pattern is available for FREE HERE! and also HERE

A printable supply list can be found HERE!

Cutting instructions and quilt construction for the quilt can be found HERE!

Fabric kits are available HERE!


These pretty colors are in the fabric kits...

There's a flicker group!  Please join...Every month post photos of your Quilt Doodle BOM finishes in the BOM flicker group for a chance to win that month's prize! Woot woot!

Don't forget to grab the button too and post on your blog! The more the merrier! The code for the button can be found below.

If you want to be added to the email reminder list... send me your email.

The next block pattern will be posted on February 1st!  The winner for the January block will be announced on February 1st also. I'm looking forward to seeing your first two blocks!

Happy New Year!
Happy quilting,


grab button for Quilt Doodle Doodles

<div class="quilt-doodle-doodles-button" style="width: 200px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://quiltdoodledesigns.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa347/Cindy_Staub/BOMLogo_zpsb52bb7bf.jpg" alt="Quilt Doodle Doodles" width="200" height="200" /> </a> </div>