Saturday, July 14, 2018

Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL - July

Cocoa, coffee, cappuccino, cookies and cake.... all good things start with the letter 'C'.  This month's block celebrates winter and our wintertime drinks. I love to sit in my favorite comfy chair, by the  fireplace with a nice hot cup of coffee, (or hot chocolate) on those cold, snowy Minnesota nights. A good book or a project to work on is an added bonus! This month's block is called 'Toasty Mugs'. It's a bigger section of the quilt. 

You can make all the mugs with the same fabric, or mix it up and make each mug a different color. My mugs are all red but I used different fabrics for each one. In November, instead of a block, I will be giving you some embellishment ideas to sew, add or applique onto your quilt. So keep that in mind as you work on your mugs. I have also given you two 'steam' designs, you can choose to use one or both. It's up to you. I have used both. I have also decided to make the background scrappy using several blue fabrics of the same hue. I must confess, when I first started this, I bought two different blues thinking I would use a light and dark. I have decided for mine, to use only dark snowy fabrics. Well, here's the dilemma.... I don't have enough.... so I scramble to stretch what I have originally bought with fabrics from my stash. The up side, I love the results I have so far.

Haven't joined in on the quilty fun we are having yet! You can still sew along with us and catch up in between. The complete pattern for Minnesota Winter Wonderland can be found
I have my pattern and my fabric chosen.
I have decided to make my block scrappy using fabric that
I have set aside for this quilt from my stash.
Sewing corner to corner to form my triangle blocks... 
Following the block layout for Toasty Mugs
I have one of the blocks laid out all ready to sew...
Sewing the block together using 1/4" seam. 
Tracing the steam for the mugs... 
Cutting out the mug handles...
Using dark brown thread I machine applique a buttonhole stitch
along the edge of the steam.

Toasty Mugs
July's section
Quilt layout so far!
 If you blog about it, please email me a link so that I can attach it to the Pinterest Board I have going for the Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL. I hope you have fun with this section of the  quilt. It can easily be done in a weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's mugs! As you can see with the quilt layout that the quilt is coming along nicely. I will be working on the next section of the quilt on August 11th. I hope that you can join me.

Happy Quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July's Block




July is here and boy is it hot!  Our air conditioner has crapped out so it is especially warm around here. I have every fan that we own plugged in and the dogs have discovered how nice and cool the ceramic tile is. I have not resorted to laying on the bathroom tile yet, but I can be found with my head in the freezer. Hubby is getting qoutes for a new AC and the resounding remark from everyone so far is 'Wow! That sure is an old unit. I've never seen one that old before."  Our guess is it's original with our house which was built in the 70's. One company wants our old AC to put on display in their showroom. It's that old, LOL. For all of the complaining I did about the cold last winter. I take it all back. As I melt here, I am dreaming of lying naked in a snowbank. 

This month's block is a fun one. A snowboarding snowman! Both of my boys snowboard. They loved hanging out with their friends on Buck Hill growing up. I loved it too because I knew where they were. 

John goofing around with Thomas' snowboard in my family room. Notice the pose? It's the same pose that I used for the snowman block this month.

John in Bozeman, Montana

The picture that inspired this month's design.
 Following the instructions provided by the fusible web manufacturer, trace 1 set of the snowman design pieces grouping together pieces that will be using the same fabric.    Cut pieces out.  Follow the pattern placement sheet, center on cream color block background.

 Iron in place. 


This is the layout for the on point square block. You will use the 4" ad 4 3/8" blocks that you have cut out of the 9 fat quarters. The key to this block is to make it scrappy looking.


This is the setting I'm using on my machine for stitch length and width for my buttonhole stitch.

  Using a blanket, zig zag or satin stitch on your sewing machine; sew along the edges of all the pieces. Following the design picture.  Practice on some scrap material if you are new to machine appliqué.  If you prefer hand stitching, you can do a blanket stitch using pearl cotton.  Referring to the picture Embroider the snowman’s arms. Using French knots and black pearl cotton, embroider the snowman’s eyes and smile. 

Sew on buttons following the pattern picture for placement.

~ Snowboarding Snowman ~
To finish this cute design, I embellished my square with some special buttons from Just Another Button Company. I do have these buttons available in my Etsy Shop. Pattern can be found on the Quilt Doodle Designs Website. It's a Free download this month only.  I will not be sewing my buttons onto my quilt top until after I have it all done and quilted. I will also be offering some extra postings for you wool workers out there too! This BOM will be offered the first of every month. Like always, it's FREE for the month that the block is out, then there's a small fee if you have to play catch up to get the block. To make sure that you don't miss any of it,  join my mailing list. Not only will you get all of the BOM 2018 postings and updates, but you will also hear about all sorts of other fun quilty goodness too! I do not sell or share my mailing list with anyone. Just an FYI since all this stuff on GDPR.

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I hope that you have fun with this month's design.
Happy Quilting!
Cindy


If you would like to post this image on your website or blog to spread the word. Please grab the image above and link it to my blog.

Button kits are available in my Etsy Shop too!

Fabric kits are available in my Etsy shop for the 2018 Snow Much Fun BOM! The kit includes your border and block fabrics. This year's quilt is a flannel quilt that will be super warm and cozy when it's finished. I am also working with Just Another Button Company for some adorable buttons to embellish your quilt with. These buttons are available in my Etsy shop.


I only have ONE fabric kit left in the Quilt Doodle Etsy shop.

I will not be selling anymore kits, when they're gone, they're gone. Please note that substitutions may be made when some fabrics 'run out' but the substitutions will be equally as cute! Fabric kit does not include backing or binding



Finished quilt measures 60" x 72"

Monday, June 18, 2018

Guess Who's One!


Well, we had a special birthday over the weekend. Someone special turned one years old. Our sweet Belvedere is now one... I even baked him a birthday pup cake. My hubby just shook his head and smiled. Yes, I have turned into the crazy dog lady in my neighborhood... I admit it. Belvedere has me totally wrapped around his little paw, and he knows it.  Now I didn't have the full blown puppy birthday party with puppy party hats... so I'm not totally off the edge or lost the cheese off my cracker... I have to admit it was fun just making a homemade muffin for my big ol' sloppy basset hound. I found the recipe HERE. I did leave the vanilla out, I just didn't think Belvedere would really mind. I also cut the recipe in half. He sure loved the treat but wasn't too sure about the birthday candle.

 I also had fun this weekend making a new design that features a sweet little basset hound going on a truck ride. He's on his way to the 4th of July parade! I have two versions of this pattern, one is on a striped tea towel and the other is an adorable mini quilt. It was a fun project to whip up to decorate for the 4th of July. I'm planning on leaving mine up... it's a cute patriotic design. I just love decorating with seasonal items. So here is how I made this summertime design featuring Belvedere the basset hound...

I was super blessed with a bundle of wool from Marcus Fabrics. I thought some of the colors would be perfect for this project. You don't have to use wool for these designs, you can also use fabrics from your stash! I traced the design elements onto my Wonder Under. I've trace two of everything because I am working on two projects.


I cut all the pieces out using my applique scissors from OLFA. Let me just say, my boys better leave these scissors alone! You all know what I mean.... the last thing I want this baby to cut is some insulation or oily old twine in the garage. These scissors are super sharp and perfect for cutting applique designs.

I have layered all my pieces referring to the pattern placement on the pattern. Notice how the flag pieces over lap. (I laided the white piece first, then the red strips, blue piece and gold flag pole) I carefully ironed everything into place.

Because I am working with wool, I decided to do my stitching with Lana Wool from Aurifil. But you can you a dark brown thread too. It's up to you.

I like to machine stitch my buttonhole stitch instead of hand stitching with wool. I'm not a great hand stitcher and am still practicing. But this can certainly be a hand stitch wool project.

I embroidered Belvedere's face using Valdini 12 wt pearl cotton.

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~Parade Day!~

I have ~Parade Day~ on display in my mud room off the entryway. I don't always put tea towels on display in the kitchen. I like to tuck them here and there around my home. Draped out of a basket, used as a table runner or as shown here, draped over the door of my pie safe.

I also decided to put together a mini quilt featuring the same design that is on the tea towel. I also used wool for my applique pieces but you could use fabric too. The flag design overlaps a little into the border. I think it looks cute so I left it. 
I machine appliqued around all of the pieces before I layered it with the batting and backing. 

My mini quilt is on display on a side table in my dining room. I added my basset hound salt and pepper shakers to the display for an added touch. If you look closely at my mini quilt you can see that I have quilted stars along with my meandering stitches. I also used yo-yo's for the truck's tires. I like the added dimension that the yo-yo's add to the design.

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~ I Woof the USA! ~
Both designs are currently available in my Etsy shop as instant downloads. The tea towel design is called 'Parade Day' and the mini quilt is called 'I Woof the USA!'.
I hope that you enjoy these designs as much as I have making them!

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June's Block Done in Wool....

  


I have been enjoying working with wool for my second version of this year's BOM. I've been having Snow Much Fun! This month's block is a skiing snowman. As some of you may know, I live very close to Buck Hill Ski Resort. My boys spent a lot of time there skiing and snowboarding. I always knew winter was right around the corner as soon as the snow making machines were put in place on the slopes. When it's cold enough, snow is being made and if the wind is just right it will snow in our neighborhood on a starry night. By the time it starts getting colder, I'm ready for snow. I'm like a little kid and just can't wait! I have been known to drive by Buck Hill just to see the snow and get a taste of winter again. I know our little hill is nothing compared with the snow covered mountains out west. But I do love when it's covered with snow. After the kids would spend the day playing at Buck Hill, I would greet them at home with hot chocolate and popcorn and sometimes I would make a batch of Buck Hill Cookies for them.

Buck Hill Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup veggie oil
2 tsp vanilla
 3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp. cream of tartar
12 oz bag of chocolate chips
1 cup rice krispies

Mix sugars, egg, oil, butter and vanilla thoroughly. Stir in flour, oats, baking soda, cream of tartar, chocolate chips and rice krispies. Cover and chill the dough. Drop by teaspoons 2 inches apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Makes 5-6 dozen cookies. At Christmas, I usually put in red and green M&M's into the cookie dough.
Enjoy!


I thought I had taken more pictures of this month's block and the process using the wool, but I was lax.. Making the block is the same as for with the flannel quilt, I am using Primo Plaids from Marcus Fabrics and wool from my 'wool' stash.

Trace all of the applique shapes onto freezer paper and iron it onto your wool pieces. Then cut all the pieces out. 
Use a button hole stitch to machine stitch the wool pieces onto the background block. I am using 12wt Lana Wool thread from Aurifil. (color - 8087 brown) I'm using a regular 50wt in my bobbin thread. I'm using a 75/11 needle... 

I really like the combo of the wool with the Primo Plaids.   To finish these cute designs, I embellished my squares with some special buttons from Just Another Button Company. I do have these buttons available in my Etsy Shop. Pattern can be found on the Quilt Doodle Designs Website. June's block is a Free download this month only.  I will not be sewing my buttons onto my quilt top until after I have it all done and quilted. This BOM will be offered the first of every month. Like always, it's FREE for the month that the block is out, then there's a small fee if you have to play catch up to get the block. To make sure that you don't miss any of it,  join my mailing list. Not only will you get all of the BOM 2018 postings and updates, but you will also hear about all sorts of other fun quilty projects.


Happy Quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL - June

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So with this month's section, I am dreaming of the cold days of winter and thinking of our Minnesota boys who dream of hockey. Watching hockey, playing hockey.... be it on skates in an arena or on the lake in boots, Minnesota boys love hockey. Being the good mom I am, I tried really hard to get my boys into hockey, but neither one liked it. But now that they are grown, they love going to a Minnesota Wild game to cheer the local team on. They both have also been known to play a game or two of 'boot' hockey. I love my Minnesota boys.
I am using the same background fabrics as I did for my Cozy Cabin and Big Tree and Fir Tree block. There is some flexibility with this strip if you are making it scrappy. The background can be a little different if you choose to do that. You could use a different blue. But do keep in mind the over all color choices you have used so far on your quilt. I have also used two different grey fabrics for my block, but it's ok to use just one if you want. A fat quarter of grey is more than enough for this section. 

Have you ever wondered??? ... how many 2 1/2" squares can you cut out of a fat quarter?
This is handy to know since we are working with 2 1/2" squares.



I have my pattern and my fabric chosen.

I have decided to make my block scrappy using fabric that
I have set aside for this quilt from my stash.

Sewing corner to corner to form my triangle blocks...

Following the block layout for my Northern Hockey Skates
block I sew my squares together...

Here I am tracing the skate blade onto my heat n bond...

Lay your blade onto your block and center along the
bottom of the skate boot. I have sewn the 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip
to my block since the blade overlaps onto that area. 

Using dark brown thread I machine applique a buttonhole stitch
along the edge of the skate blade.

Northern Hockey Skates
June's section

 If you blog about it, please email me a link so that I can attach it to the Pinterest Board I have going for the BOM 2014. I hope you have fun with this section of the mystery quilt. It can easily be done in a weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's skates! As you can see with the quilt layout that the quilt is coming along nicely. We will be working on the next section on July 14th, mark your calendars. Remember you can share pictures of your quilts so far thru Instagram... tag me @quiltdoodledesigns with the hashtag quiltdoodledesignsqal
If you don't have an Instagram account, feel free to send me the pictures, I'll make sure to share with the group. You can also post them to the Quilt Doodle Designs Facebook page.

Happy Quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Block layout so far.... I'm lovin' the skates!
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