Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May's Block, Snow Much Fun!

No one is happier to welcome May than I. It sure has been a long winter here in Minnesota. I'm loving that the days are a little warmer and the trees are thinking about budding, a little later than normal but that's ok. I have crocus that are finally blooming, I was afraid that they bloomed during the last snow storm and I had missed seeing them bloom. I was thrilled to see little pops of purple poking up thru the mulch. The robins were confused with the last snowfall, but are back to building their nests and singing joyfully in the morning. Our last snow pile by the back door hung on for the longest time, but finally disappeared yesterday. Now the cold of winter is just a memory as Belvedere and I bask in the sun's warmth on the deck. So while we enjoy the longer days and sunshine, let's remember those snowy days of winter and continue to work on our Snow Much Fun BOM.... it'll be so cozy to snuggle under next winter!

We will be changing up the block design this month. In total you will make four of these on point pieced blocks.
These blocks will be used for May, June, July and August. So let's get started.... First go to my website and download this month's free directions. Remember it's only FREE this month, then there will be a small 2.99 fee after that. So download and print it up NOW even if you don't expect to get to it yet. May's block is a sweet little snowman with his adorable hound dog. He's got a treat and his little dog needs to sit to get his treat!

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.

To start out you will cut the 4 3/8" squares in half corner to corner to form triangles.

As I mentioned, the key is to make these blocks scrappy looking. So to make it easier, I form 4 stacks of triangles (one for each block) making sure to evenly disperse the different colors amongst the 4 piles. You will use 8 triangles for each block.

Line up the 'straight' side of the triangle with the 4" block right sides together as shown.
Sew a 1/4" seam.

Then line up the second triangle the next side of the square block, right sides together as shown.
Sew a 1/4" seam. This will form a pieced triangle section. Make 4 for each block.

Line up the diagonal edge along the side of the 10 3/8" background square, right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam. Sew a pieced triangle then to the opposite side.

Sew the pieced triangles to the remaining two sides.

'On point block' 
You will need a total of four of these blocks for May, June, July and August blocks.

Trace the snowman block design pieces onto your fusible web (Heat n Bond or Wonder Under) and the iron onto the wrong side of the fabric and cut the shapes out.

After the pieces are cut out follow the placement sheet and center the snowman and dog design onto the block. Iron in place and then applique around the shapes with dark brown thread using a buttonhole stitch.

I find it helpful the place the carrot nose on the snowman to draw in where the French knots will go to make the snowman's eyes and smile. I use a brown pearl cotton from Valdini to do the hand embroidery for the snowman's face and arm.

Can You Sit?

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!

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I hope that you have fun with this month's design. I pretty fond of the little hound dog.
Happy Quilting!
Cindy


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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.


These are the colors that are in the fabric kit available in the Quilt Doodle Etsy shop.

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"

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