Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

I think it would be fun to show off our finished quilts! So I'm going have a little blog hop so we can share them January 21st. If you don't have a blog I can share your posting on the Quilt Doodle Blog. I have some fun prizes to celebrate! To post your quilt, they don't have to be quilted, just the top pieced. Only have a few blocks done, come and join the fun and show what you have done so far! I would love to see everyone's progress!

So email me,

Your name
Your email address
Your Blog Name
Your Blog URL

Did I tell you there are prizes? Well, there are some great prizes! Here's a list of some of our sponsors and what they have graciously donated for prizes.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Garden Sunshine Facebook Group!

It has been fun to see the blocks that have been made so far for this years BOM. I have decided to make a Facebook group for us so that we can share our progress. This group is meant to be a positive space where we can support each other while we work on this years 'Garden Sunshine' quilt. I am hoping that we can inspire each other with our progress. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's blocks each month. When I first started sharing a BOM I used to set up a Flicker Group. Over the years this site has been difficult to manage, especially when I loose or forget my password, or it gets hacked into etc. I miss sharing our progress so thought I would give a Facebook group a try. You can find the Facebook Group for 'Garden Sunshine' BOM 2019 HERE

I have also been asked about a supply list... here it is again. Remember this is merely a guide... if you are using 1930's fabrics or fabrics from your stash, you will need two yellows.... hint..... hint.... there's a 'beehive' block in the quilt..... but this is only a guide, remember no quilt police will come and get after you if you use different colors. I've been asked if it can be done all in reds or blues... I don't see why not.... I create these designs to inspire you... your finish quilts also inspire me! I love to see my designs interpreted in different fabrics and colors.
I've also given you the freedom to either applique or embroider the designs.  I'm doing one of each... 

I hope that I was able to answer a few questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone's blocks as they get them done.

Happy quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! January's Block is Out!
Happy New Year! It's time to start a new BOM and I have a sweet one for you. It is called Garden Sunshine. It's a bright sunny quilt out of 1930's reproduction fabric but you can use anything from your stash. Let's have fun with it! It's a mystery quilt. Before we start, let's do a couple of things to make this BOM go easier. First pick out the fabric listed below, and number the fabric 1 to 16 excluding the background fabric and binding. Colors 4 and 15 need to be a yellow or gold color, all of the other colors are negotiable. I have fabric kits available in my Etsy shop. I also have yardage of some 1930's prints if you need to add to your stash. Now another decision.... if you are going to applique or embroider the added designs to some of the blocks. If you applique, you can dig thru your stash for the applique pieces, I am using a combination of 1930's fabric and solid fabrics. If you choose to embroider the designs you will need pearl cotton or DMC floss in several coordinating colors for the designs. This is a scrappy quilt with many different blocks.

Each month we will work on a different section of the quilt. This quilt will take us all year to do. Sometimes you will have one block, sometimes two. Some blocks stand alone with no further applique or other embellishments, some will have extra design features. I am no longer posting monthly patterns on Craftsy. The monthly FREE pattern will be available on my website. I have a special 2019 BOM section on my website. Each month the FREE pattern will be posted. But as soon as the new section or block is out it will no longer be a freebie. But it will still be available for a small fee on my website or in my Etsy shop. If you want to share you finished blocks, feel free to post them on Facebook and tag me or post them on Instagram tag Quilt Doodle Designs. I love to see everyone's progress as we stitch along together. 

Now let's begin! This month's blocks are called Birds in the Air. You will make two of the basic block, each will have a different applique design. You will use color number 16 and the cream/white background fabric. One block features a birdhouse and the second block features a couple of bluebirds. 
This is the fabric I am working with, I am making two versions. An appliqued one and an embroidered one.

Following the pattern I have my pieces all cut out and ready to sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Here I am sewing a small background triangle and pink triangle together right sides together. I am sewing along the long diagonal edge. This will form a triangle square block. You will make three for each block.

I find it helpful to lay my block pieces out on my cutting board before I sew everything together. During this step you will sew together the triangle square to the pink triangles to form a large triangle section.

Then you sew the pieced triangle section to the large background triangle along the diagonal edge using a 1/4" seam.
Make 2 blocks. This is the base for the applique designs.

Trace the bird house design onto your heat n bond and iron the shapes onto the wrong side of you fabrics. I'm using a combination of fabric scraps and solid fabrics.

Then cut the shapes out, peel off the paper and arrange them on the large triangle section as shown. Then iron in place. Remember to keep the design within the 1/4" seam allowance.

I am using dark brown thread to stitch around all of the raw edges of the applique design.

For the flower center and birdhouse opening, I have decided to use buttons. I dug thru my button jar and found a couple that work perfectly. You could also make a couple of small yo-yos too. 

Trace the bird design onto your heat n bond and iron the shapes onto the wrong side of you fabrics. I'm using all solid fabrics.

Cut your pieces out and arrange onto the large triangle section of the block. Notice the block in laid out differently for this design. It takes a little fenagling to get everything to fit.

Here's a handy dandy tip to transfer your block to your ironing board after you have everything placed just so..... gently slide your 12 1/2" square OLFA ruler under the block and voila! An easy way to transfer your block safely. Remember to gently remove the ruler before you iron your design in place.

Notice that the tip of the birds wing and the branch overlap onto the 'other' half of the block.... it's okay.... 

I am using dark brown thread to stitch around all of the raw edges of the applique design.

The leaves are a bit of a challenge to stitch around, just go slow and remember to pivot the design. This is the most complicated applique design out of all of them.

I hope that you enjoy making these two blocks. It was a pretty long posting today for being New Years Day. Happy 2019 everyone! I'll see you February 1st for the next block. Remember to have fun and feel free to share with me your finished blocks. I will make a suggestion. Store your finished blocks in a scrapbook container or bin. There's no sewing blocks together until the very end....

I'm still working on the embroidered blocks for this month. I will post them in a day or two. They are equally as cute!

Happy quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere

Monday, December 24, 2018

A Quilter's Dream come true!
'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.

Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.

She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!
Author Unknown

Hope that you have a wonderful holiday filled with all your favorite things and surrounded by your family and friends! I am looking forward to spending time with my family, some good food and lots of laughs as we celebrate. For those of you still working on holiday gifts, I hope that your sewing goes smoothly without any glitches. I actually am on my way downstairs to the studio to do a last minute project or two! After I finish my Christmas cookie breakfast and cup of coffee....

Merry Christmas!
Cindy and Belvedere

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Some Changes at Craftsy

Some of you may have heard that Craftsy will be making some changes. I recieved an email a couple of days ago informing me that the pattern site will be undergoing an overhaul and that my store will not be closed but they will be deleting some of my patterns. I will no longer have a say as to what will stay or go. I also loose the ability to post my patterns to the site on my own. Many designers were told their stores will be closing.... period. Many independent designers will be left with no store and no income. Given only a short time to ponder what to do (10 days) I have decided to go with it and see what they keep and delete from my pattern site. Given such a short heads up during the holidays no less has left me frazzled. I have to admit, I have not been posting as many PDF patterns to my Craftsy site over the last year. I have been working on offering PDF downloads on my website as an alternative. I did like using the Craftsy platform to post my monthly BOM patterns but have decided that for 2019, all of the BOM information and pattern links will be on my website and blog only. I will not be posting the 2019 BOM on Craftsy. This is a bummer for me since I have a huge following on Craftsy and I'm not sure of any other way to reach them. So please help me out and spread the word about the 2019 BOM from Quilt Doodles. I have a tab on the top of the blog with all of the current information. 

Now back to Craftsy…. Craftsy has assured us that the patterns will remain in your pattern library but I would strongly suggest you download any files to your computer as soon as possible as a precaution.  Any patterns that you have on file with them. I also plan on printing off the patterns I have purchased over the years and stashing them in my pattern notebook. Better to be safe then sorry...

I want to thank you for your support. I truly appreciate you! Without you, I would not be doing what I do. I appreciate every comment, every purchase, every suggestion, all your kind words. Do know, I read every comment even though I don't always take the time to respond, something I need to get better at.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holiday Seasons!

Merry Christmas!
Cindy and Belvedere

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

12 Days of Christmas,Day 12

Day 12

Today is the last day for the 12 days of Christmas. I am amazed at how quickly it went! I have a sweet marshmallow snowman to share with you. He's taking it easy in a mug of hot cocoa. Soaking in his own chocolate hot tub. When the boys were small I always greeted them with mugs of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and a heaping bowl of popcorn when they would come in from playing in the snow. Sometimes, I would bring the treats outside to them if they were having too much fun building snow forts, snowmen or sliding ramps for their plastic sleds. Such fond memories.

The pattern is written for putting the design on a tea towel but I have decided to turn it into a mini quilt or mug rug. I just love these little projects. This one took me a couple of hours this afternoon to put together.

Trace all your shapes onto the paper side of the heat n bond and iron onto fabric scraps.

Then cut fabric for your front and back if you are making a mug rug. I cut my fabric rectangle 9" x 10 1/2"

Cut all your applique pieces out.

Layer a piece of batting in between the front and back of your mug rug.

Layer all your applique pieces in place and iron.

For the mug rug, I am stitching thru all of the layers with a buttonhole stitch.
Quilting it as I go...

When you are done stitching, square up the edges of your mug rug.

For the binding cut a piece 2 1/4" by the WOF (44")
Fold in half wrong sides together lengthwise and iron.

I like to then sew it from the back side using a 1/4" seam. Remember to miter your corners. For this mug rug, I then folded the edge over to the front and did a decorative stitch to sew then binding down. It's a quick and easy finish when you are short on time and don't want to hand stitch.

I used three 1/4" buttons for the holly berries.

This snowman's eyes are embroidered on using French knots. Isn't he a happy little fellow.

~Marshmallow Snowman~

This is a bright and cheerful design. I made it into a mug rug but it would be equally as cute on a tea towel. It would also be cute on a corner of a flour sack towel too! Put him on a pillow, an apron.... the possibilities are endless!
Marshmallow snowman can be found in my Etsy shop as a PDF download.

I hope that you have enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas this year. It's the first time I have done one on the blog. I had a lot of fun sharing with you a couple of my favorite recipes and my designs. I hope that you find the time to make some of these for gift giving. I know doing the series helped me get a few gifts done for this Christmas!

 I wish you all a happy and blessed holiday season. Enjoy the time with your family and friends! I hope that you are able to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and do some quilting. Remember, don't forget the marshmallows and candy cane! Make sure to pop some popcorn too! (and don't forget the butter!)

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

If you missed anything, I have put together a Pinterest board for the 12 Days of Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

12 Days of Christmas, Day 11

Day 11

Welcome to the eleventh day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you!
A couple of fun snowman projects for you today. They are both mini quilts that can be hung on a split wire hanger from ackfeld or displayed on a tabletop. Living in Minnesota, I have my snowmen on display thru March, no kidding. We have snow for that long, in fact I remember a snowfall in May! (Back when I was in high school!) It was one of those wet, heavy snows. I went to school in a windbreaker and froze on the way home!  Crazy! Anyway, these sweet snowmen are fun to put out for the holidays because they are decorating a Christmas tree. Just like I did a couple of weeks ago. I love doing applique on my machine using heat n bond. I usually use a dark color thread for all of my machine stitching. It's also a great way to use up little bits and pieces from other projects that I have completed.

I've got all of my machine stitching done here in this picture. I just pulled fabric from my stash at home. I used a light blue polka dot for the background fabric. It reminded me of snow falling. A snowflake fabric would be cute too! 

None of my hand stitching is done yet, I wait until I have all of my machine applique and quilting done. It's just a personal preference. 

You can see my machine quilting well in this picture. I free motion quilted a holly design on the border for each mini quilt. The string of lights are made with an embroidered 'string' with mini buttons for the Christmas lights. I think these are so cute shown together as a set. I just love how all these snowmen are working together to get the Christmas tree decorated in time for the holidays.

~Snow Much Decorating!~

~Topping the Tree~

Both of these patterns can be found in my Etsy shop and also on the website. They are available either as PDF instant downloads or packaged patterns.

I hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to do some sewing! I've saved today to spend in my sewing room. I have so many projects to work on I'm not even sure where to begin! I've spent the last several days getting ready for my husband's family Christmas that I haven't had any down time to stitch. Now that is over, and my house is clean, I'm going to hibernate in my studio for the day. I am so looking forward to listening to an audio book and sewing. 

Happy Quilting,

Cindy and Belvedere