Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May's Blocks.... More Mittens!

Oh my goodness it’s May and the weather is starting to get so nice outside. It’s hard to think about mittens since they are now tucked away in the back of the closet. But this month’s block is another mitten block but these mittens have cute stars on them. But not a pair of mittens in the group, they are all mismatched. So have fun with the colors while making your mittens. I pulled a few fat quarters from my stash to get the colors that I wanted. The star mittens are my favorite block in this quilt.

It has been pretty busy here getting ready for International Quilt Market, but in the back of my mind has been the mitten block. I'm late posting because I have been pondering on what to say about this block... The mitten block is probably the most complicated block because of the odd ball sixteenth measurements. Why, why you ask.... well it's because I based this block on a 'six by six' grid and not an 'eight by eight' grid... hence the insane sixteenth cutting measurements. Now, let me talk with you about a sixteenth.... I know it's a huge pain to cut.... not all rulers show sixteenth hash marks.... my ruler did not have it. So I had to 'wing' it when cutting and line things up between the eighth hash tags on my ruler. For me... a sixteenth makes a difference if I cut it out badly... a thread width while sewing is a sixteenth, that's why I say sew a scant quarter inch seams. It's to account for the width of the sewing seam. If your off in cutting or sewing and add up the sixteenth's across a block, it adds up quickly if you're off..... crazy! Please don't panic! Ultimately, blocks can be squared up in the end to all measure the same... the mitten block is a challenge for cutting. But it's worth the work, you will love this block in the finished quilt. It's pretty cute... a row of  mismatched mittens.

Here are all of my pieces for this block... all laid out
as to where they go on the block.

....sewing corner to corner....

'Star Mitten'
 
To thank all of my sweet followers, I have a sweet chickadee pattern available on my website that is an instant download.
What is fun about this is you can embroider it, applique and embroider it... or even do parts of it in wool applique. I haven't yet decided what to do with this darling drawing yet. So I thought I would let all of you have fun with it! If you make up something sweet using the pattern, I would LOVE to see pictures! Send pictures to my email. I look forward to hearing from you!

The pattern can be found for FREE this month in my Craftsy Shop and also on my website. Also, if you ever need to find past blocks or tutorials, I have a tab at the top of my blog labeled 2016 BOM that you can click on to get links to all past blog postings for this quilt. A complete listing of fabric supplies can be found on my website, Craftsy Shop and also under the 2016 BOM tab on my blog. Remember to post pictures of your progress on Instagram #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2016 (you can also tag me at Quilt Doodle Designs) There is also a flickr group you can join and post pictures.

Button packs are available in my Etsy Shop. I have packaged the button packs a couple of different ways. Either as one big pack with everything in it or individually for each design/row.


 
 
There's also a handy dandy grab-able button to post on your blog to help me promote and get the word out about this fun Christmas BOM .  Please help to spread the word!
 
 Happy Quilting!
 
 
 
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Monday, April 11, 2016

I Have a Quilting Fairy

The quilting fairy actually has been hanging out at my house lately and helping me get ready for Spring Market. Actually she's more like an angel! I cannot tell you how much her help means to me and how appreciated she is along with how much I treasure her friendship. She helps keep me focused when I freak out over the details. She smiles and says, 'what do you need, I can help....' She's been folding patterns, putting together our little giveaway treats for our booth visitors. Spoiled me with chocolate cake and lots of laughter. There's still lots to do but it feels more manageable. 
 
My dear friend asked what she could do for me when she's at home. At first I hesitated to give her anything to work on at home because I don't want to take advantage. But then I did find a project for her. I gave her my scribbled cutting instructions for a baby quilt I've designed using some adorable fabric from Adornit. Lynn and I totally fell in love with Adornit's fabric at last quilt market. So I was so thrilled when Janet from Adornit sent me some awesome fabric to work with. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't gotten to this project sooner and I would love to have it completed for Market. So last Friday, sitting on my doorstep was a plastic bin with the quilt cut out, ready to be sewn.... I can say I was visited by a sweet quilting fairy.
I am so blessed....
 
The fabric lines I'm using is called 'Sweet Daisys' , 'You & Me Blossom', 'You & Me Wordplay' and 'You & Me'
 
I am looking forward to sharing with you a sweet quilt shortly made with this delightful fabric. I am staying up late tonight to sew some more. My goal is to have it ready to quilt this weekend. Write the pattern up for a few testers to test and have it ready for market!  Like I said before, I wouldn't be getting things done without a little help from my friends....
 
Happy Quilting,



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Kindred Stitches







 
 
 
I am thrilled to be part of the Friendship issue of Kindred Stitches. It has been such a pleasure to work with Lenna and Janice and it was so much fun to contribute to this issue! I've had a chance to peek at all the awesome projects and everything is sooooo cute! A great issue if you're looking for projects to make for your friends...
 
Happy quilting

Here's a little sneak peek of the issue...
 

Friday, April 1, 2016

April's Block

Mittens, Mittens, Who's Got My Mitten!

Mittens


Stripes or dots or sparkling white,
Mittens in winter fit just right.
Wool and cotton, maybe leather-
Mittens warm us in cold weather.
In rainbow colors and darkest black,
Mittens fit in a pocket or in your pack.
Thumbs alone, fingers together,
we love mittens in cold, cold weather.

 
This month we will start on our scrappy row of mismatched mittens. When my kids were young I could always find one of everything that came in pairs, be it mittens, boots, gloves or socks! To start out this month you will make ‘plain’ and or ‘checkerboard’ mittens. I made one of each, you can choose to do two of one kind if you would like.  Next month we will make 3 mittens with a star design to finish out this section of the quilt. I hope that you have fun with it!
 
The pattern can be found for FREE this month in my Craftsy Shop and also on my website. Also, if you ever need to find past blocks or tutorials, I have a tab at the top of my blog labeled 2016 BOM that you can click on to get links to all past blog postings for this quilt. A complete listing of fabric supplies can be found on my website, Craftsy Shop and also under the 2016 BOM tab on my blog. Remember to post pictures of your progress on Instagram #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2016 (you can also tag me at Quilt Doodle Designs) There is also a flickr group you can join and post pictures. Remember you need to post those pictures to qualify for the monthly drawing for the prizes.

Button packs are available in my Etsy Shop. I have packaged the button packs a couple of different ways. Either as one big pack with everything in it or individually for each design/row.
 

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/quilting/home-decor/bom-2016-april-blocks/199483
 

The Mitten row is a total of 3 different mitten designs, which will consist of 5 blocks...
 this month I am showing you two of the designs.

To make the 'plain' mitten cut our your pieces.
I have mine here on my cutting mat all laid out so I know
where they will go.... you'll follow the pattern directions and sew
corner to corner on some of the pieces to form the mitten shape.

To make the thumb... a little tricky, but this is the easiest method....
First you will make a triangle square using a background (white) and
a main color (red) square... then after that you will layer your triangle square
with a main color square....

You will then sew corner to corner... see how the blocks are lined
up to sew.

Here I am sewing corner to corner....
When you open the seam up, see... it makes the perfect
angle for the mitten thumb!
 

Then you sew all of your pieces together to make your mitten!

After following the pattern directions for cutting my pieces out, I lay them out on my cutting board to make it easier to construct my mitten block.

Making progress, I have my triangle squares completed and my thumb block done.
It's time to sew the block into sections and then all together!

Here's my checkerboard mitten, I'm in love with this block
even though I was not in love with the size of the pieces when it came to measuring and cutting out!


Instead of having just one winner this month I decided to have a little treat for everyone!


What is fun about this is you can embroider it, applique and embroider it... or even do parts of it in wool applique. I haven't yet decided what to do with this darling drawing yet. So I thought I would let all of you have fun with it! If you make up something sweet using the pattern, I would LOVE to see pictures! Send pictures to my email. I look forward to hearing from you!


 
 
There's also a handy dandy grab-able button to post on your blog to help me promote and get the word out about this fun Christmas BOM .  Please help to spread the word!
 
 Happy Quilting!
 
 
 
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Finally... The Winners!!!


 
 
Today is the last of the last for the BOM 2015, I have enjoyed seeing everyone's quilts. Everyone did such a beautiful job and put their own personalities into their quilts. Everyone.... amazing job! Super amazing job! Thank you to everyone that followed along and sewed along with me.

Now onto picking the winners.... hey Wilson! Come on over and bring the bucket of entries.... Maddie, let Wilson bring me the bucket...... I know you want to help too! Ok... let's pick the winners, you guys can take turns. The winner's are....

 
 
Judith won the $75 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

Lori won the Stonehenge Stone Strips!
Sherry won the Bali Crackers!

And from our sweet followers....
Dody won the Bali Snaps
Dody had these sweet words to say...

All the quilts are great! I look at them and think about how fun it must of been to make them. Quilting is just most awesome hobby! Quilt on ladies!
 

Winner's please contact me and give me your snail mail addresses so that I can get these packages out to you! Congratulations!!!!

I also want to take a moment and thank everyone who participated in last years BOM. I had a great year watching everyone's progress. Thank you! Thank you! You can see more pictures on the Flickr Group.

Happy Quilting,

 
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Monday, February 29, 2016

March's Block

Cabin Sweet Cabin!
Love this little cabin. It will be set among the pine trees. I can imagine sitting by the fire, with a good book and a cup of tea, watching the snow fall outside. I'd be all cozy warm under a snuggly quilt in my favorite chair. Wilson curled up on a braided rug by the fireplace.
 
This month’s block is cabin block. You will make a total of two blocks and the pattern can be found for FREE this month in my Craftsy Shop and also on my website. Also, if you ever need to find past blocks or tutorials, I have a tab at the top of my blog labeled 2016 BOM that you can click on to get links to all past blog postings for this quilt. A complete listing of fabric supplies can be found on my website, Craftsy Shop and also under the 2016 BOM tab on my blog. Remember to post pictures of your progress on Instagram #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2016 (you can also tag me at Quilt Doodle Designs) There is also a flickr group you can join and post pictures. Remember you need to post those pictures to qualify for the monthly drawing for the prizes.

When the quilt is pieced together and you are finished quilting, you can sew a star button on the top of each tree. Button kits are available from
 Hillcreek Designs! The button packs are available in my Etsy Shop. I have packaged the button packs a couple of different ways. Either as one big pack with everything in it or individually for each design/row.
 
This month’s winner is
Wendy!
Wendy has won a set of Star Buttons to go with her tree blocks!
Wendy, please email me your address.

 
Congratulations!!!
 
I've added a wreath on the door. Although it's not on the pattern I thought it could be a really cute embellishment. Make a yo-yo out of green fabric and then sew a red button in the center.
Here all of my pieces all laid out and ready to be pieced.
 
 
To make the 'roof line' I sew corner to corner to make the angle of the roof.
 
Here I am piecing the sections together to complete the block.
 
.... still piecing but getting closer to a finished block.
 
 



 
 
There's also a handy dandy grab-able button to post on your blog to help me promote and get the word out about this fun Christmas BOM .  Please help to spread the word!
 
 Happy Quilting!
 
 
 
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