Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April's Block


This month's block is a sweet little bird and bird house. Spring is in the air, although it's still a bit chilly here in Minnesota. Easter is coming up this weekend and I hope that it will be a beautiful day so that the kids can have their Easter egg hunt outside. But we'll have to see, it might be way too muddy from the melting snow.  I haven't seen a robin yet but I'm really hoping they show up soon! It won't be long and little twitterpatted birdies will be flying about outside my kitchen window. My birdhouses are cleaned out and all ready for new little families to move in. I love hearing the little chirps as I walk by them in my yard.

I hope that you have fun with this month's block. I made my birdie's blue, but you could make your birds any color, they could be little red cardinals or little yellow finches. I am embellishing this month's block with buttons. But remember.... I'm not sewing any of the embellishments on until after I quilt the quilt. I find it helpful to put my buttons in a zippie bag and label what block the buttons go to. This will make it easier to know what goes where when you do all of the finishing touches later this year.

Here are have my pieces all cut and and ironed onto
my 10 1/2" square.
 
Here I am machine appliqueing, you can do this by hand
if you would like. I am using brown thread, but you can use
whatever color you'd like. 
I am using black pearl cotton to sew on the little
birdie's eyes. I'm embroidery french knots to form the eyes.
Here's what the finished block will look like
with the buttons put in place.
 


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 HERE!
This quilt can be done scrappy if you want to bust your fabric stash. Remember 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.... past blocks can be found in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. They are PDF instant downloads.
Quilt layout so far...

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! I'm looking forward to seeing all of the different bird houses! April's prize is pretty awesome... can't wait to tell you about it on the 15th.

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

The next block pattern will be posted on May 1st!  The winner for the April's block will be announced on May 1st also. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's bird houses! Now onto our winner...

Congratulations!
eahorgan!




Happy quilting,

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring?

Will my yard ever be green again? Will spring ever come? I'm so tired of the white stuff that I could just hurl. I'm sure in a few months I'll be complaining that it's tooooo hot outside. The only one truely enjoying the snow is Wilson. He loves romping around in it when he goes outside. Which I have to admit, I love watching him run around in it. The down side is he's one sticky, stinky, wet, snowball when he comes in.

Spring will come, or so I hope... but in the meantime I will spend my time getting ready for Market.  It's hard to believe I'm only six weeks from International Quilt Market. (Panic is starting to set in) I have never gone, Pattern Peddlers has always represented me.... I'm very excited to go but I have so much to do.  I have a giant list that I have been slowly crossing items off of.  I need to get my flooring ordered this weekend. My good friend Lynn will be over tomorrow to help me with my 'Going to Market' list. I'm printing patterns today to package tomorrow. I've got some samples that need to get done too. I also want to make a banner too for my booth.... so much to do. It's a good thing that I have some time off for Spring break. No trip to Mexico or Arizona for me.... I've got to get ready for Market! If you have ever been to Market, I would love to hear about it!

Now before I get back to my printer, I would like to announce my two winners from the Bird Tree blog hop. It was so much fun seeing everyone's bird projects. Congratulations to...

Material Girl
and
Vickie

They won a copy of my Bluebird applique pattern!


Happy Quilting,

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Worldwide Quilting Day!

It's Worldwide Quilting Day! So in celebration I have a 20% off coupon code for you to use in my ETSY store. I'm always am adding NEW things so pop on over to the Quilt Doodle ETSY shop and have some quilty fun! 

I'm going to celebrate and do some quilting and spend the day in my studio. I'm also taking care of Wilson and my little grand puppy Lola. I'm sure they will keep me busy and entertained too!
Not too mention I have plenty to work on. I started a few new things at retreat and it would be wonderful to get those items done! 

I hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to quilt or do some of your favorite things. The Tree Bird Blog Hop is still going on, there are some fabulous projects!

Happy quilting,

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop!

Thank you Mdm Samm and Lana for this fun Springtime blog hop. Perfect way to start spring... I love watching the birds outside my kitchen and 4 season windows. They keep me entertained as they flit and fly about. I have many wonderful visitors to my various bird feeders. I can count on the Chickadees and Cardinals  to stop by. The Robins like the birdbath. Occasionally a Bluebird or Wood Pecker stops by long enough for me to see them. Once my gardens are blooming then I am graced by the Hummingbirds presence. I especially like to look out for the Orioles in the spring. As soon as they show up, I know springtime is right around the corner. I am longing for spring, so tired of the cold and having to heat my house. I'm sooooo looking forward to opening the windows and enjoying some springtime freshness.  My sister has spotted her first robin at her house, that means in a week or two they will be appearing here. I can't wait!!! 

 I had a hard time finding this fabric, but I did track some of it down on ETSY. It was fun to work with. I got the panels and I wanted to make something to show the individual designs off. I of coarse waited until last minute to work on my projects, mainly because I didn't know what I wanted to make! So at two o'clock Sunday morning I knew what I wanted to make. I worked right up to the deadline!
I made two pretty mug mats...
(The birdhouse it a treasure, my dad made it,
I use it as display in my house now) My dad used to love

watching the birds, much of my love for our feathered friends
comes from my dad. 
I added a pretty border using a 'row' of fabric panels
onto a tea towel and made a matching handy heart
hot pad.  It's a pretty matched set.
I am looking forward to seeing this year's first robin! What kind
of pretty birds do you have visit? Leave me a sweet comment for a 
chance to win a PDF copy of my 'Bluebird' applique pattern.
I will pick out two winners at the end of the hop~

I hope that you have fun hopping around. I get to share today with these lovely ladies....

Monday, March 16
Quilt Doodles (You are here!)

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March's Prize


March's giveaway is awesome! 

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.  You can post the current March block, or pictures of January and February's blocks if you are playing catch up. You can also post pictures if you are working on the square in a square blocks that surround each month's blocks. The directions can be found on Craftsy and also my website for free. (Links are below)

 If you won this month's prize what would you get from the Fat Quarter Shop???



Finished quilt measurement 57” x 82”
This isn't my mom's actual machine, but it sure looks
like this. Don't you love the color!


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!

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 April 1st!  The winner for the March block will be announced on April 1st also. I am loving everyone's sewing machines so far. Here's just a few...



Let's have some quilty fun!
Happy quilting,



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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Quilt Retreat...


I had such a wonderful time on quilt retreat. I really needed the break to get away from my everyday school job and work on some projects. Just getting away and having an extra day off from work was fantastic. I'm really hoping that my quilt designing will soon become my 'job'. I love my summers because then my quilt designing is my full time job.  My focus needed to be getting ready for International Quilt Market at retreat this year... (I'm very excited to be going, but, have a list as long as I am tall.) I packed all of my ideas, started projects and a sketch of what I want my booth to look like. I brought my laptop with my pattern drafts and I went to retreat with big plans. Why does the weekend go by so very fast? I know we lost an hour on Sunday..... but it felt like I lost a day. My sister was a sweetie and helped me cut out pieces for Sample Spree and appliqued for me.  But I woefully didn't get as much done as I envisioned... mom kept telling me to make a list. I should have made out a list before I went. At retreat I would stare at my bins of fabric and sewing machine and my mind would start to race and panic would set in as I fretted over everything I wanted to get done... then mom would say, "Cindy, make a list.... you will feel better if you could cross things off your list." She was right.... I needed a list. Since being back from retreat, I have made out my list and I'm happy to say I have crossed a couple of things off the list, even if it's while I'm sitting  at my desk at work. 

So let me share a few pictures from retreat....

All packed and ready to go... I left right after work...
On the first day I got up so early the moon was still shining.....
We had tons of space to work in....
I finally got all of my little do dad's sewn onto my Minnesota Winter Wonderland quilt.
Tessa was not impressed with my winter quilt, she sat and slept in her comfy chair
while I sewed on my little buttons and other do-dads onto my quilt....
Here's a sneak peek of a table runner pattern I'm
getting ready for market....
Mom got this beautiful five yard quilt done.
It features a lovely bird print.
Gracie enjoyed the warmth of the fireplace while
we sewed. I have to say it was pretty comfy cozy by the fire.
I also spent a fair amount of time sitting by the fire.
Laura got this lovely quilt top done.
She's planning on adding a silhouette of a couple
and a wedding date to the quilt. It's going to be fabulous
when it is finish.
Awesome shirt, if it's ever missing, it's at my house!
After her bird quilt, mom worked on this teddy bear quilt.
She used leftover scraps from past projects. 
I love the added borders! So cute!
It was so much fun to go on retreat and see Colleen and Ann, our gracious hosts. I can't believe it's our 10th year going to Cozy Home Quilt Retreat! We were their first guests. It's hard to believe that that much time has passed. We are looking forward to our visit in August. Well, I've got to go get back to my list, and try to accomplish something that I can cross off 'the list'.

Happy Quilting,

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March's Block


This month's block is a sewing machine, but not just any sewing machine, but the sewing machine from my childhood. It was quite a workhorse and made many dresses for my sisters and I when we were growing up. It's the machine I first learned on when I was a teen. Then mom got a new machine, but this one wasn't forgotten, it was the sewing machine mom started quilting on when we would first start sewing quilts together. We made several 'Trip Around the World' quilts together when we first started quilting in the 80's. Now we go to quilt retreat (or have quilt ins at mom's) with our fancy dancy machines and have just so much fun! I hope you have fun this month and make the sewing machine your own, it doesn't have to be green. 

Here are the sewing machine pieces all ready to be
ironed onto my 10 1/2" square.
After I was done with my buttonhole stitch I used a backstitch
to make the sewing machine needle. I'm thinking of going back and sewing
a line of pink thread to match the spool of thread.  I had a ton of fun
digging thru my button jar for some pretty buttons to sew on after I
get the quilt quilted.
I'm not sewing any of the embellishments on until after I quilt the quilt. I find it helpful to put my buttons in a zippie bag and label what block the buttons go to. This will make it easier to know what goes where when you do all of the finishing touches later this year.

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 HERE!
This quilt can be done scrappy if you want to bust your fabric stash. Remember 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.... past blocks can be found in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. They are PDF instant downloads.
Quilt layout so far...

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! I'm looking forward to seeing all of the different sewing machines! March's prize is pretty awesome... can't wait to tell you about it on the 15th.

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

The next block pattern will be posted on April 1st!  The winner for the March block will be announced on March 1st also. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's teapots! Now onto our winner...

Congratulations!
Kathy!


Happy quilting,

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