Saturday, February 14, 2015

February's Prize


 
Guess what I'm doing today! Lynn and I are having a quilting day at my house. I'm so excited! The tables are set up, power strips are plugged in and ready to go. I've made a big pot of chili and have put out a snack table for us. The teapot is ready to make some tea.  I know we will have a fabulous time! It's super cold outside so the fireplace is going. It's a perfect day to get together and sew. I hope to have some fun to share with you in a day or two. 

We are only a few block into the BOM 2015 and I hope that you are having fun with it so far.  I'm loving the blocks that have been posted so far in the flickr group. So let me tell you all about the giveaway for this month... Thank you Nothcott Fabric for your generous donation for this month's prize. A  Stonehenge fabric pack! Dark Neutral Stone Strips includes 40 2 1/2" x 42" strips of fabric. Stone Strips includes one duplicate of each print.To enter to win you need to post this month's finished blocks to the
Quilt Doodle BOM flickr group




It's not too late to start and join the fun. Last month's pattern is available on Craftsy and Etsy for a small fee and this month's pattern is available for FREE HERE! and also HERE 



Here are some of the great teapots that have been posted so far. Aren't they cute!



Something to keep in mind.... if you are planning on sending your quilt off to be quilted or if you are doing the quilting yourself, you aren't going to work around the buttons. When I photograph my blocks, I lay the buttons in place on the block. After I take my picture, I put the buttons in a little baggie until after my quilt is done and quilted. What's nice is I have a photo for reference for where I wanted the buttons sewn. In fact, any embellishments go in the baggie until the quilt is quilted.... yo-yo's, buttons, beads etc....
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!

The next block pattern will be posted on March 1st!  The winner for the February block will be announced on March 1st also.

Happy quilting,



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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine's Day Projects


Looking for a cute project for Valentine's Day?
These are quick and easy mug rugs that
will be fun to give to your family and friends!


Happy quilting!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February's Block 2015


This month's block is a pretty teapot. It is one of my favorite things, but actually it represents a great friendship I have with my dear friend Lynn. I've known Lynn since high school. We had a lot in common, we were both teenagers that had dad's that were transferred from out east to the midwest. A very different life the we were used to. Soda was now called pop, a hero - a sub. I didn't understand the whole creamed tuna on potato chip school lunch. I thought it looked soooo disgusting. She helped introduce me to a great group of friends, one of them being my husband. We've been great friends forever... we've giggled, cried and have shared many things. She's been there to help celebrate the good times and has offered a shoulder during the really crappy times. She's like a sister to me. We've been pregnant together which was fun, our youngest sons are 3 weeks apart... and now they are grown. We are both empty nesters... well almost... When our kids were little, we would get together, giggle and gossip  visit over cups of tea. When the kids were young, they would play and Lynn and I would sit at the kitchen table drink tea and visit. Sometimes we would work on crafts while the kids played away. These days we stop at Starbucks or Caribou for our tea and then make our way to our favorite shops and look for treasures to share with our families. I now pull my special teapot out for our quilting/sewing days. It's such a blessing to have such a great friendship.

I've traced all of my pieces onto the paper side of the heat n bond.
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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.


Trace all of the pieces onto the paper side of the heat n bond.


The pieces are ready to go to the ironing board and be
ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric.


Cut the pieces out....


Remember the design will be a mirror image from the
design that you traced... all ready to go back to the ironing
board and fuse all of the pieces in place.


To get nice sharp corners I stop with the needle down,
lift up the foot and pivot the square.


February's Block... love the 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 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.



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!

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

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

Congratulations!
Rhoda Janes


Rhoda, please email me...
Happy quilting,

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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.