Friday, April 17, 2015

Square in a Square Block...

This is gonna be sorta a long blog posting when it comes to pictures so let me apologize first off for the l--o--n--g posting. It will be worth it in the end. I'm posting this early but based on the picture I'm sure you have figured out there will be a square in a square block. And if you have downloaded the write up I have available for borders and sashing, you have the directions to make this section of the quilt. The great news is, you can work on this part of the quilt anytime. Now or later, whatever you choose. You can make it scrappy or follow the two color scheme (red and blue) like I have done. It's your quilt, so have fun! The directions for the BOM 2015 cutting instructions and quilt layout can be found for FREE on my website and also on Craftsy.  It's not too soon to work on this section, that way you won't have a ton to do in December. (Especially if you want to have time to quilt it and have it finished in time for Christmas.)

Out of your background fabric, cut 82 - 5 1/2 " squares.
Cut 204 Blue 3" sqaures
Cut 124 red 3" squares
Step 1- line up 3” square on 5 ½” square lining it up right sides together in the corner. 

Sew corner to corner on the 3” square

Then do the same on the opposite corner.
Trim...
Iron....
Steps 3 & 4- repeat step 1 on one of the remaining corners.
(Here I'm sewing the squares on one corner)
Then the opposite corner.
Press. Square the block up to measure 5 ½” square.
Block A in the directions have blue on all four corners.
I spent the afternoon chain sewing my square in a square blocks.
I continued to sew my blocks following the directions for Block B

Here you can clearly see I am constructing a square in a
square block using the red and blue 3" squares.
This is what block B looks like when finished.
The BOM 2015 uses 20 of Block A (all blue)  and
62 of Block B (red and blue)

The directions for the BOM 2015 also has the quilt layout for the quilt and as you get blocks done you can start to piece sections together. Then remember to post your finished sections on the flickr group for the BOM 2015.

I hope you are having fun sewing along with me!

Happy Quilting,

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April's Prize!


Spring is finally here!
Even though it's early, I've uncovered some of my perennials in hopes that an early spring is here to stay. I'm still searching for a robin... there doesn't seem to be any in our neighborhood yet! I'm sure it won't be long and the little birdies will be making their sweet little nests. Well, I have been saving some tiny thin strips that I fussy cut off some of my blocks this winter and have filled a suet feeder with the colorful strips. I'm hoping the birds will think it's great nesting materials. It would be fun to see some of the bright colors show up in the birds nests.

Now onto this month's prize. I picked up a couple of goodies that are just fun to work with. 3 fun bright fat quarters and a pack of 100 hexies. But these just aren't any hexies, they have fun sayings that make English paper piecing even more fun! These 'Hexie Talk' hexies for paper piecing are from the Amateur Quilter. 


 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 April block, 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)

 



Finished quilt measurement 57” x 82”


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!

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 May 1st!  The winner for the April block will be announced on May 1st also. I am loving everyone's birdhouses and little birdies so far. Here's just a few...



Let's have some quilty fun!
Happy quilting,



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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Celebration!


Let's celebrate Spring!
Winter has been long and I'm celebrating the fact that my daffodils are starting to grow!   Mind you they are only two inches tall and I'm far from seeing them bloom but at least it's a touch of springtime. It's a little bit of green and the sun is shining today... I still haven't seen a robin yet. I have been looking too! But I'm taking a friend's word that they have arrived.... she saw several right outside her classroom window. Please mother nature.... no more snow.....

I'm offering 25% off in my ETSY store, no minimum purchase.... Just enter to coupon code ~TULIP~ whenyou check out!

Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

T-shirt Quilt

If you're a quilter, it's only a matter of time before you are asked to make a t-shirt quilt. I was apprehensive at first to make one, working with stretchy t-shirt fabric scared me. It scares me about as much as backing a quilt with minky fabric. I had nightmares about a stretchy, bungled mess. But I did my research, gosh I love google.... and I made my first t-shirt quilt several years ago. I just finished making another one last weekend. T-shirt quilts make wonderful graduation gifts.  Let me share with you how I made a t-shirt quilt.... You will need the following items, (this is what I gathered to make one);

20 or so t-shirts (you may want to piece more than one shirt together to form the block)

8 yards fabric for sashing, borders and backing
1 yard contrasting fabric for contrast corner blocks and binding

7 yards iron on interfacing
rotary cutter & cutting mat
12 1/2" square quilting ruler
thread
sewing machine.... etc.etc.

Now before you even begin... have all your shirts picked out and ready to go, wash them etc. The hardest part of this whole project is picking out your shirts and cutting them apart. This is where you need to be fearless. Have your iron ready... I cut my interfacing into 14" squares.... I don't have pictures of this process but I think you'll understand what I'm doing. Now, remember I said you need to be fearless, it's time for the HARD part, cutting the t-shirt. I cut the shirt down the sides, then across the 'top'. My t-shirt fabric piece looks like a 'one' sided shirt. I then put it face down onto the ironing board and iron it lightly, then I iron on the interfacing to the back side. Let the shirt cool before you move it over to your cutting board. Remember, be fearless when cutting... it's okay to cut the shirt apart. Another thing to think about is, some t-shirts might have a cool design on the back too and you might want to use that also....

I then center my 12 1/2" Square on the t-shirt 'fabric' and
then cut around the square forming a 12 1/2" block. Large
designs are fabulous for 12 1/2" blocks.
If your design is small or narrow, you might want to
piece the two designs together and then cut your 12 1/2" block.
In this block I used 'shirts' from the gal's childhood.
Tweety bird is actually from an infant romper!
I just pieced the items together until I had a big enough section
to cut my 12 1/2" block.
Remember, you can think outside the box on this project.
This quilt has a hanky from Grandma....
and here is Grandpa's shirt....
Keep making blocks until you have 20 - 12 1/2" blocks.
I then sew the blocks together with sashing.
The sashing is 3" x 12 1/2"rectangle... there are also 3" 'corner' blocks
To sew your blocks together you will need 12 - 3" squares from your contrasting fabric.
From you sashing fabric you will  need 31 - 3" x 12 1/2" rectangles

Now it's time to add your borders. I cut 8 - 6" x wof strips and
sewed them end to end for the border sections. 
After you finish the quilt top, using what fabric you have left for the backing, piece the backing to have a big enough section. Then layer it with you batting and quilt top. It's time to have fun and do the quilting. I quilted in the ditch for most of the quilt and lightly quilted the t-shirt squares. Even with the interfacing the t-shirt material does shift a bit, so go slow.



From your binding fabric, cut 8 2 1/2" strips for the binding.
Sew them end to end and then iron in 'half' lengthwise.
Sew your binding onto your t-shirt quilt. Using a 1/4" seam.
Hand sew your binding, this is a great 'in front of the tv' project.
When I was done with the quilt, I had enough fabric to make a matching pillowcase. I used a handy dandy burrito style pattern. I hope that you have a chance to make a t-shirt quilt, they make wonderful graduation gifts. I know cutting apart usable clothing is hard, but's it's certainly worth it for the quilt that you will get in the end. The hard part is prying those t-shirts from your loved one's hands, or sneaking them out of their drawers without them noticing! 

Happy quilting!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter


It's time for the Easter Bunny to hop around and hide those pretty eggs. It's a peaceful weekend here at my home. I will be busy making sugar cookies, little bunnies and chicks. My husband and I will color some eggs. Tomorrow we spend the day at my sister-in-law's home. She is hosting Easter for my hubby's family. It's a huge crew, aunt's, uncles, cousins... I'll be stuffing plastic eggs today for the egg hunt for all the little ones. Then Sunday will be a quiet day for us. I plan on making a ham and Grandma Eva's famous potatoes. I will probably spend a little time sewing and watching some TV. It will be a relaxing Sunday before we start another work week. 

I wish you a Happy Easter and hope you enjoy the Springtime inspiration!




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 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.

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.

Quilt layout so far...

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!




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