Saturday, July 4, 2015

Recovering Items

Happy 4th of July! It is a total coincidence that the block I'm showing you today is red, white and blue. The block I'm showing you today is called 'Recovering Items '. I picked out fabric that matches what is in Rosemary's book. Red, white and blue! In this passage Emma writes about how much of their clothing they lost. She also writes about calico  being priced at $25 to $30 a yard. That's a fortune even in today's economy! How much would you pay a yard for fabric? I'll pay $12 a yard, but rarely do. It's gotta be pretty awesome for me to pay too much. But then again if you pay $4 for a fat quarter.... well that's $16 a yard. So I guess I'm guilty of paying that much a yard... don't let the hubby know.

I'm so glad I saved all of those little bits and pieces...
They sure came in handy for this block. I love how it looks scrappy!
'Recovering Items'
March 14, 1864
Have a wonderful week!  Remember to post your progress on the Civil War Diary Quilt Group on Flickr.

I will be working on 'Bolts of Fabric' out of Rosemary's book next. Hope that you have a great weekend! I love the 4th of July, I'm looking forward to watching fireworks tonight.

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July's Block ~


July's block is here! Another of my favorite things, our annual trip to the cabin. I am looking forward to a blissful week spent lakeside. A week spent with my family, lazy days spent fishing, laughing with my sisters, eating smores, and swimming. My favorite thing is spending time in the hammock reading. Hubby is cleaning the boat up, I'm thinking about what quick meals to make.  I always make a huge batch of monster cookies. (the kids love them!) The boys have taken time off... can't wait! This is our 25th year going to the cabin. John was three the first time we went. I had to include some pictures from the lake to share with you...





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 that month's prize! I'm looking forward to seeing all of the different cakes and gardens! July's prize is pretty awesome... can't wait to tell you about it on the 15th.

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The next block pattern will be posted on August1st!  The winner for the July's block will be announced on August 1st also. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's Cabin's! Now onto our winner...

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Celebrating Red, White and Blue!

I designed this for a blog hop a few years ago and it's still one of my favorite summertime designs!  It's called 'Flip Flops'.  When I think of summer and the month of July, I think of flip flops. Brings great memories of sand between my toes, lemonade,  fun in the sun and water while waiting for the evenings fireworks. I love flip flops! So why not make something fun with a flippitty floppy design. You can either place this design on a 10 1/2" or 12 1/2" block, or on a tea towel.  Let your imagination go! Wouldn't this be cute on an apron or  a 10 minute table runner...
To get a copy of the pattern for Free! visit my Craftsy shop.  It's a free instant download.  You can also find a copy HERE. A copy can also be found on my website too.
Here are the fabrics I choose to do my pattern....
Trace the pieces onto the heat n bond....
Iron onto the heat n bond pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric....
Cut your pieces out!

Peel off the paper backing... and lay onto your fabric following the pattern layout.

You can do just one 'Flip Flop' if you would like....
or two like the pattern shows!
I put one set of  'Flip Flops' on a 10 1/2" cream fabric square
 and on a red striped tea towel...
Sew around the edge using a blanket stitch...
Time to decorate your flip flops.... you could leave them plain with just the stars, 
or embellish with buttons...
I love yo-yos... so I embellished mine with yo-yos and buttons!
'Flip Flops' on a 10 1/2" cream fabric square.  I built around the square with 2 1/2" red strips and 4" blue stripe strips to make a quick and easy table runner!
I got this project done in an afternoon.  It was fun to do!  I now have a cute tea towel and table runner for on my patio table to celebrate summer, or the 4th of July!  Enjoy!

Another fun design for the 4th of July is my 'Flag That I Love' applique.
It's also a great tea towel design and can embellish any project that you
think up... Let's celebrate the 4th of July!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Guerrilla Warfare

Happy Saturday, hope you have a great weekend ahead that includes some quilting time too.  The block I'm showing you today is called 'Guerrilla Warfare '. I picked out the same colors as what is represented in the book. I am still using foundation paper that I am printing up from Rosemary's companion CD. It sure makes working on this quilt so much easier. I didn't 'flip' the image for the block so my block is a mirror image of what is in the book. But I still really like how it turned out. And besides.... no-one will know that it's backwards when they look at the quilt overall. I'm actually starting to think I will actually get this quilt done in my lifetime. I'm starting to think about sashing fabric and how I will quilt it.


'Guerrilla Warfare'
March 10, 1864

Have a wonderful week! Remember to post your progress on the Civil War Diary Quilt Group on Flickr.

I will be working on 'Recovering Items' 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!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Winner... Winner.... Chicken dinner....


Winner, winner, chicken dinner.... we'll not a chicken dinner but I have winners for my 'Spring Blooms' pattern. Thank you to everyone who left sweet comments about their favorite coffee or tea. So many yummy ways to drink coffee and tea. I meant to post this sooner but I was determined to read all of the sweet comments and try to email everyone back. If I missed emailing you, do know that I appreciate your lovely comments and am so grateful for all my followers. 

And the winner's are...... drum roll please....... (Wilson is pawing throught the 
entries......) The winner's are...... (Thank you Wilson!)

I like my coffee with a single cream, but my tea has to be black or with lemon. Thanks

I collet Bee's. I like a little coffee with my cream, LOL
I love loose tea, with honey, when it cool enough to drink it. 
I love your pattern.

Winner's have been emailed, Congratulations!!!

There are more chances to win goodies from Quilt Doodle Designs... remember if you are working on the BOM 2015, post those blocks for monthly chances to win all sorts of quilty fun! Such as gift certificates to the Fat Quarter Shop, Fat quarter bundles etc.....

Happy quilting,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dear Jane


Dear Jane,
I am trying once again to start my Dear Jane quilt. I originally thought I would use my leftover Civil War scraps from my Civil War Diary quilt for this project. Well, I've abandoned that idea. I want to make something a little different..... Jane, I don't know if I will ever get this quilt done, but I am giving it another try. I have been inspired not only by your beautiful quilt, but by images of finished 'Baby Janes' that I see on Pinterest. I know that you only used fabric that you had on hand to complete this masterpiece. In the spirit of your quilt, I am only going to use bits and pieces that I have. To add to my challenge, I want to make it only with blues. In my mind, I see a beautiful blue and white 'Baby Jane' quilt. 

In humble adoration,

When I first tried to do my first block for a Dear Jane quilt... I was thinking I would only piece the blocks by hand. Well, lol, my first block never got finished. I only got as far as pictured in my blog from 2011. Four flipping years ago, that's how long it took me to brave this project again! I have invested in the Dear Jane software. It will make all the difference... this quilt seems do-able now... or so I think. Here are three blocks that I have done so far...

Blocks A-1 and A-7I paper pieced block A-1. A-7 was a little trickier... I used paper templates
to make the melon shapes to hand stitch onto the four patch block. 
Block A-2
 I made this block 'two' toned. The little peeking kitten was
totally a fluke... but I will say it's planned since it's so stinkin' cute!
Here's the story, I only had a 2 1/2" square of blue fabric. So I cut it
into four triangles hoping it would 'cover' the center spaces while
I paper pieced. I knew the cute kitty was in there, but had no
idea how he would be placed in the block.
The quilting gods were shining down upon me!

Have you started a Dear Jane quilt? How far are you on your's?
I would love to hear your story! If you would like to follow my progress, I post pictures all the time on Instagram. I do sneak peeks, my Dear Jane blocks.... fabrics that I've gotten to work with etc. All sorts of quilty fun. (Just search Quilt Doodle Designs, #quiltdoodledesigns)

Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you!


Monday, June 22, 2015

I'm So Clever....

It's more like, I'd like to think I'm so darn clever. While running around on errands today I found a great deal at OfficeMax. While standing in line, (there's always a line when you want to just go home) I spotted a letter holder on sale for dirt cheap. I kept thinking, I really don't need a letter holder. What in heavens name would I do with it.... no one writes letters anymore... I don't want to put my bills on display.... hummmm 

But it's a pretty pink and it has flowers all over it. I love
the color, the flowers are fabulous...
It was screaming 'Cindy's!' and then it dawned on
me what I could use it for...
A ruler holder!
  
O-M-G, it's awesome!
I just love using items in unexpected ways. Like my tea cup bird feeder and library card catalog for fat quarters. My new letter holder is perfect for the rulers that I have scattered all over my studio... hopefully it will help me stay more organized. 
No more lost rulers or squares.

Happy quilting!