Monday, July 27, 2015

The Buttons are Here! The Buttons are Here!


I am very excited to be working with Theresa and Janet at Hillcreek Designs. These sweet ladies have been packing up buttons for Quilt Doodle DesignsTheir buttons are wonderful and the colors are fabulous. Hand dyed and packaged in the USA. All of the button shapes and colors were hand picked by me for the Quilt Doodle button packs, just for you! (Wilson helped too...) I am thrilled to be able to offer them to you and quilt shops! I think they are a wonderful compliment to my applique patterns. Don't want to search for buttons or don't have small enough ones for noses or eyes, well we've saved you the time that you would use to search. That means more time to quilt! (...and that's a wonderful thing!) Button packs can be found on the Quilt Doodle Website and also thru Hillcreek Designs. I will be adding more button packs as I add new patterns, oh gosh I love buttons! 

Happy Quilting,

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Cup of Coffee and a Jelly Roll

I love the videos from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company some awesome quilt ideas. I love her videos.... I have decided on doing the Jelly Roll Race II quilt. It has little 2 1/2" squares in between the strips. A really cute twist on the jelly roll race quilt. Now that I have had several cups of coffee,  I am ready to sew away! A couple of gals one year at retreat had a jelly roll race, it was fun to watch them sew along. This should sew up in no time.... I want to say I should have it done in an hour.

I have gotten over that the jelly roll has pink, I love the color combo so  much that sometimes you just need to sew with happy colors. Color therapy is a wonderful thing... it brightens your day and is good for your soul. Sewing is my happy place.... I have also decided since 'George' has a new belt I will sew with him to see how he sews. I'm sure it's been a long time since he's made a project. This will be a good quilt to put him thru the paces.

I Love this color combo...

For this jelly roll race pattern you keep all the fabric strips
in the order that they are in their jelly roll. I unrolled it and layed
it down by my machine. I cut a bunch of white 2 1/2" squares.
You then chain sew a 2 1/2" square to an end of each strip. 
Keeping your strips in order.... sew the strips end to end.
There will be a 2 1/2" white square in between each strip.
 
Holey Hannah I have a pile of strips... wonder how tangled it is.... 
Then you start sewing, remember to cut  18" off one of the ends. I eyeballed this...
fold the 20 zillion mile strip in half lengthwise and start sewing...
and sewing.... sewing...... still sewing...
Then you fold and sew some more....
and fold and sew again.....
 keep folding and
sewing until it's a nice dimension for a quilt.
sew....sew.... sewing..... 
It's pretty isn't it... not as pink as I thought, there's enough of the other
colors to balance it out. It's not quilted yet, I couldn't wait to show it
to you. I probably didn't cut the 18" right since some of my white squares are
'touching'. But I still love it, has a modern charm about it. Planned, but not really.
This quilt took me a lot longer than an hour or so. I did get it sewn in a
day... but it was several hours. George did a good job sewing away. He sews fast
but not as freaky fast as Lucy or Ethel. There was something so basic and fundamental about sewing with George, it was soothing to use this vintage machine. As I sewed away I wondered how many
memories this machine held. How many overalls did it mend, how many Sunday dresses did it make. Did any young ladies learn how to sew with this machine. Did she fall in love with sewing too, like I did when I was introduced to mom's green machine back in the 70's.

The Jelly Roll II quilt is a fun quilt to make. I don't think I would race anyone with this pattern, but it's a great pattern to whip up a quilt out of a jelly roll. I'll make this pattern again. I'm debating over a border. I may just quilt and bind it. Use flannel for the backing...

Happy quilting,

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Glass of Wine and a Jelly Roll....

Ever have a day you just need to totally de-stress from? Who doesn't.... we all do, right? I don't even really live a very stressful life. I get to spend my summer doing my favorite things, quilting and gardening. Wilson naps all day and doesn't really bark for too much. Boys are all gone working... But sometimes I just want to lock myself in my sewing room and feel like I can accomplish something, from start to finish. Which I don't feel like I've been very good at lately. I'm really good at drawing ideas up, starting project, but finish a project. Humpf.... haven't finished anything lately. What started this silliness? Well, I went to the fabric store to buy some fabric to kit up some more Quilt Doodle kits and the sweet sales clerk tells me that they have a Moda Jelly Roll marked down to $20. Twenty bucks.... twenty buck a roos.... super cheap.... super duper deal and super cute. I can't resist. But then I get home and have total buyers remorse since I don't know what I'm going to do with it! It's pretty, is full of pink.  PINK... so pretty, so girlie.... sooooo pink.... Now this is a delimma. I have a family of BOYS... aka... now MEN. Anti pink at our house.... my hubbie prefers neutral.  I've made a couple of pretty pink-ish quilts.... they are rolled up gathering dust in my quilt basket. I love them... but no one uses them. Pink.... too pink.... manly men can't won't use a pink girlie girl quilt. Time for wine and some you-tube quilt videos... Jelly Rolls, I never really know what to do with jelly rolls.... more wine.... Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company will know what to do. I love her videos.... so I watch a few Jelly Roll Race videos... and drink more wine....

I Love this color combo...

I really like the Jelly Roll Race II quilt. So cute! Love the little squares. A good twist on a jelly roll race quilt. Yes, this will work with my cute jelly roll... I can whip this quilt top out in no time. But wait, I don't think I can sew a straight seam right now. Oh succotash! No drinking and using a rotary cutter or sewing machine... time to make some coffee...

Happy quilting,

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Old Abe Lincoln

 The block I'm showing you today is called 'Old Abe Lincoln '.  I forget quite often that not everyone thought Lincoln was a wonderful president during a very dark chapter of American History. It is clear in Emma's diary entry how the southern states felt when  President Lincoln was assassinated. During the Civil War, Lincoln supported the Union, which opposed slavery. Lincoln did not support the Confederacy or slavery. Remember when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation it did not pertain to the southern, Confederate states or to the border states. During the war, it only was upheld in the Union.

I am pleased with how my block turned out. I used the pre-printed Lincoln panel for the block. It was so nice of Rosemary to send me the pre-printed panel. I was thinking, if you don't have the panel, you could  print Lincoln's picture on fabric using an old photo that can be found online.  

Here is the fabrics I picked out for this block. 
'Old Abe Lincoln'
April 21, 1864
Have a wonderful week! Remember to post your progress on the Civil War Diary Quilt Group on Flickr.

I will be working on 'Declaration of War' out of Rosemary's book next. Hope that you have a great weekend!

Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you!
Check out Rosemary's website.  Her books and Cd's can be ordered there too!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July's Prize


I can't believe it's already July 15th.... summer is just flying by isn't it! It seems once we have our family trip to the cabin the rest of the summer goes by with just a blink of an eye. I was surprised yesterday while shopping I noticed they are moving all of the fun summer stuff to clearance and the school supplies are moving in. I really think this happens earlier and earlier every year!

This month, I have a wonderful prize from Robin at Quilters' Studio. This is often where I buy my tea towels at. She has a wonderful selection of towels and is always wonderful to work with. I hope that you take some time to check out her website, you will discover she has so much more too! I have been purchasing towels from her for years. Along with two beautiful towels you will also have a chance to win my 'Christmas Delivery' applique pattern. I think this design would be adorable on these towels.


 To enter to win this month's prize all you need to post this month's finished blocks to the Quilt Doodle BOM flickr group.  You can post the current July blocks, or pictures of past 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)

This month's pattern is available for FREE HERE! and also HERE
If you missed any of the blocks they can be found in my Etsy store for a small fee.
A printable supply list can be found HERE!

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

If you want to be added to the email reminder list... send me your email. Also if you have a blog and blog about the BOM please email me a link so that I can add you to the BOM Pinterest board.

The next block pattern will be posted on August 1st!  The winner for the July block will be announced on August 1st also.  Here's just a few of the cabin blocks made so far...

Let's have some quilty fun!
Happy quilting,


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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Bolts of Fabric

Happy Saturday! I'm still having fun getting my Civil War Diary Quilt blocks done. I'm actually on a roll, I see the end in sight! I'm about three quarter done! This block, I am in love with, love the colors and really like how the fabrics worked out together that I used. After reading Emma's diary entry again this week, I think how fortunate we are to have such beautiful fabrics to work with on a day to day basis. Remember last week Emma was worried about how to replace their clothing. Well in this diary entry she writes about how her father returned and brought back all sorts of provisions. (flour, corn, bacon and fabric) Yes fabric! 6 bolts of 'factory cloth'. Factory cloth is heavy, unbleached homespun, which they will be using to make clothing. Not ideal because it's heavy.  Remember in Gone With the Wind when Scarlett had Mammy make a gown out of green drapes. Fabric was so expensive and hard to come by - it's no wonder that they got imaginative with their dressmaking. Thinking about this, my curtains in my bedroom could make a nice blouse.

I choose fabrics from my Civil War stash... 
'Bolts of Fabric'
April 1, 1864
Have a wonderful week! Remember to post your progress on the Civil War Diary Quilt Group on Flickr.

I will be working on 'Old Abe Lincoln' out of Rosemary's book next. Hope that you have a great weekend!

Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you!
Check out Rosemary's website.  Her books and Cd's can be ordered there too!

Important note.... my email crashed last weekend. Very sad and upsetting. I lost all of my emails in the inbox.... this includes my pattern testers and if you sent me a any recent email giving me your address so that I can send you a prize you may have won. Please feel free to send me a friendly little 'hello' so that I can restore some of what I lost..... Thank you!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Christmas In July!!!

Wilson and I are celebrating Christmas a little early and offering a 25% off coupon code to help you get going on some of those Christmas projects! It's only available in the Etsy Shop.
I hope you have fun checking the shop out... there's kits and patterns that are all fun to do.  Enjoy!

Important note.... my email crashed last weekend. Very sad and upsetting. I lost all of my emails in the inbox.... this includes my pattern testers and if you sent me a any recent email giving me your address so that I can send you a prize you may have won. Please feel free to send me a friendly little 'hello' so that I can restore some of what I lost..... Thank you!

Happy Quilting,