Saturday, November 18, 2017

Working with Wool... Yes! Wool!

I am in awe with some of my friends wool work. Their even blanket stitches, all hand done... well, I decided to give it a try, using one of my patterns. I have been secretly collecting wool squares here and there as I visit different shops over the last year. Well, I think I have enough now to start my project. Using my friends new book, Just A Little Something, as a reference I tackled my project. (Roseann's stitches are so beautiful!) So I gathered my Christmas Delivery pattern, some wool, pins, pearl cotton, freezer paper, pencil and my Primo Plaid flannel from Marcus Fabrics. Using Roseann's book as a how to quide, I traced all my pieces onto my freezer paper. Then I ironed on the freezer paper onto the different colors of wool and cut my shapes out for my Christmas Delivery design.

Here I have all my pieces cut out.
I placed them on a 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" square of flannel.
All ready to stitch away!

I like to stitch a blanket stitch. I'm using a variegated pearl cotton from Valdini Threads.

This is my first attempt at wool applique. My stitches are a little wonky but I think it adds to the charm of the design. I added a couple of star and snowflake buttons.

I then added a patchwork square border all the way around the design.

I do enjoy doing handwork in front of the TV as many of you know. This was a fun project to work on but my ol' eyes needed really good light while working with these darker colors. It was a great car project to work on when I went on the Girls' Trip with my sisters! Stitching in the car really made the miles go by quickly. My sister's kept asking what I was going to do with my square. I couldn't really decide between a pillow or mini quilt. It wasn't until I made it home and added the borders that I decided it would make a really cute mini quilt! To make this cute mini quilt you need a 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" background square, 24-  2 1/2" squares for the pieced border, batting and backing and 2-  2 1/2" strips for the binding. Of coarse you will need wool pieces for the Christmas Delivery design and brown pearl cotton to stitch with.

I'm in love with how it turned out with the quilting. Working on this project made me pretty excited about all of the possibilities working with wool and using my designs. So next time you work with one of my applique designs, think outside the box and stitch it in wool. 

Happy quilting,

Sunday, November 12, 2017

100 Blocks Block Tour Road Rally!

First let me say Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Belvedere and I are thrilled you're here. We are excited to show you our block, Frosty's Sweater. First let me tell you I am so thrilled to be included in this issue. You should have heard me scream in delight when I received the acceptance letter for my block! So exciting!  Also, a big Thank you to Quiltmaker for hosting such a wonderful Blog Tour. I'm loving the 100 Blocks Block Tour Road Rally. I am so thrilled and honored to be included!
I explained to Belvedere that we're taking part in a road rally and Belvedere got all excited thinking he was going on a car ride. He loves car rides! But he also loves the sound of the doorbell ringing. He is happy to greet you with a big 'rooo rooo rooooo!' and also a few sloppy kisses. So come on in, let me grab you a cup of coffee and show you my adorable block,
  Now, let me show you my sweet block, Frosty's Sweater... I love Christmas and the whole holiday season so I drew up this whimsical snowman. He such a happy fellow, wearing his Christmas sweater. (Frosty's Sweater can be found on page 11.) The applique design pieces and layout can be found on page 66.
Frosty's Sweater
I have a 'Christmas Cheer' fat quarter bundle from Patrick Lose Studios, just screaming to be made into some fun items for Christmas. It's perfect for a Frosty's Sweater table runner. The basic pattern for my Pinwheel table runner can be found on my website. It's a free PDF download...

Let's make a fun table runner with my Frosty's Sweater block! Following the directions in the magazine, make two Frosty Sweater blocks. The Frosty Sweater blocks will be featured on each end of the table runner. (The blue squares on each side of the pinwheel block.)
The images are in reverse in the magazine since we will be tracing each section onto our fusible web. I like to use Heat n Bond Lite.

Then iron your fusible web onto the wrong side of the fabric, grouping together pieces that use the same color fabric.

After you iron on the heat n bond onto your fabric, it's time to cut all the pieces out. I am using the Pattern Elements page in the magazine for the general layout. Remember everything will be in reverse. When you get everything placed just so... (don't forget to peel off the paper) it's time to iron the design in place on your 12 1/2" block.

All ready to stitch around!
When I sew around my applique snowman, I like to use the buttonhole stitch found on my sewing machine. I use a 'small' stitch setting on my machine. ( width- 2.5mm length- 1.2mm) I use white thread to stitch around the snowman's head and body. I then use dark brown thread to go around everything else.

Following my Pinwheel Table Runner pattern, I made the center pinwheel block..

Here I have the table runner top layered with the backing fabric and batting. All ready to quilt. I find machine quilting to be so relaxing. I loose time in my sewing room when I quilt. After your table runner is all quilted, bind using your favorite method. Then embellish the snowman with some snowflake buttons. Using pearl cotton, embroider the snowman's eyes and smile using French knots. 
I am so pleased with how my table runner turned out. It's perfect for on Grandma Eva's trunk in my coat room. Very cheery and festive! Just perfect to greet visitors as they stop by this holiday season.
Want a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 16 from Quiltmaker Just leave me a sweet comment for a chance to win. (Make sure to leave me an email so that you can be contacted if you win!) Winner will receive their magazine directly from Quiltmaker.

 I am also having a little giveaway! I will also be giving away a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 16 to one luck winner too.  If you stop by Quiltmaker's blog you will have a chance to also win my 'Ugly Sweaters' Mug Rug Pattern and all sorts of other goodies!

Remember to just leave a sweet comment for a chance to win. If you want extra chances to win, follow me too, and leave a comment that you do. Make sure to leave me your email address if you are a no reply blogger.  I will announce winners on Monday, November 21st.

For more patterns from Quilt Doodle Designs check out my website;

I also have a limited supply of signed Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol.16
 for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Thank you again for stopping by! Hope that you have fun visiting everyone during the Road Rally! Here let me send you off with a couple of ginger cookies to munch on as you drive to your next destination.

Happy Quilting!
Cindy & Belvedere

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Barn Quilt Love

I'm not real sure when my love of barn quilts began, but I know I usually scream out 'BARN QUILT!!!' every time  I spot one on a road trip. I even see them around the suburbs here in the cities, like when I drive out to my son's place in Chaska, I spot a few here and there and I love them! And now that I know where they are, I look out for them. On our way to St. Louis last spring, our drive to market went a little quicker with the spotting of some barn quilts. So when my friend Lynn asked if I wanted to take a barn quilt class, I jumped at the opportunity to make one! The instructor offered three size boards to work on, and 8' x 8', 4' x 4' and a 2' x 2' . We opted for the 2' x 2' board. A two foot board is pretty frickin big..... I must have had a one foot board in my head because when I arrived at the class, I thought the instructor made a mistake.  No... it's a big board.... a couple of brave classmates made the four foot boards... they were just huge.  Lynn tells me that the eight foot board is actually two sheets of plywood... I can't imagine doing one that big. Someday we hope to have a big ol' shop for the hubby. I imagine making four, two foot barn quilts and then put them 'together'. I think that would be adorable. The class was four hours long... and let me tell you, you need four hours to complete a smaller barn quilt. This includes speeding the paint drying process with hair dryers. There was no time to dink around... especially if your barn quilt used several different colors.

Our instructor took time to draft out our designs that we sent her for the class onto graph paper. This I'm sure saved tons of time and gave us more time to draft our block onto our board. She also painted all of our boards with a basecoat of white beforehand.

I took a few pictures to show you the process. Using frog tape, we tape off sections to paint the different colors. This gives nice crisp lines. 

Here you can see how I taped for each color... I have the cream, white and green sections painted. I'm taping off now my red areas. 

Lynn is working away on her design... can't wait to see it complete!

My Barn Quilt

Lynn's quilt

Mom's quilt

Ann's quilt...

I love how my barn quilt turned out. It was a lot of fun to do. I plan on making a couple more for gifts this Christmas. I've got the designs all picked out... just need to make the time to do them! My quilt will eventually be mounted on our garden shed this spring. But for right now I am enjoying it in the house. They're not just for barns!
My barn quilt fits nicely on my fireplace mantle... the colors are perfect.
To find out a little about the history of barn quilts Click HERE.

The next time you are out and about, be on the lookout for barn quilts! They are making a comeback!

Hope you have a great day!
Happy quilting,

Monday, November 6, 2017

Snow Much Fun!

I've been busy, busy, busy.... not only have I been sewing for the holidays, but I have also been planning next year's BOM. It's really hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! It is closer then we think,  it'll be here before you know it!  It's so hard to keep secrets, but I can tell you I have SNOW much fun planned for 2018! Ha... ha.... ha.... do you like my hint.... SNOW Much Fun! I hope that you are able to join me for the 2018 block of the month quilt! Let me tell you a little bit about this FUN BOM. Well, as you can see from the logo above, I'm using 'jewel tones' for this quilt. I am also using flannel so it'll be so warm and snuggly when it's all done. There will be some applique. I am doing my usual heat n bond method. 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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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November's Here! Time To Sew It Together!!!

I don't know about you, but I was up late watching spooky movies eating leftover Halloween candy... to much Halloween candy. I'm still buzzing from too much caffeine and sugar. Belvedere sure enjoyed running to the door every time the doorbell rang! He's one tired out puppy today! November is here and it's time to put our BOM for this year together! Wow- this year has flown by so quickly! I have enjoyed reminiscing about the farm and remembering my grandparents. I have so many wonderful memories and now it's time to sew them all together in a special quilt!

A few notes to remember, this quilt is set on point... I hope everyone's designs are set on point too. What is on point some of you may ask.... Well, instead of the block being sew straight... it will be set on an angle.

Hopefully you have enough background fabric left for the setting and corner triangles along with the border strips. From your background fabric you will cut the following...

To Make Corner Triangles
From background fabric (cream) cut:
                1 – 9 ½” x wof strips
                                Then cut:
                                                2– 9 ½” x 9 ½” squares
                Then cut the squares on the diagonal to make corner triangles. You will have a total of 4.
To Make Side Triangles
From background fabric (cream) cut:
                1 – 18 ¼” x wof strips
                                Then cut:
                                                3 – 18 ¼” x 18 ¼” squares
                Then cut the squares on the diagonal, twice, to make side triangles. You will have a total of 10.
Now, following the diagram below you will start sewing the quilt together. This diagram is also included in this month's printable pattern.

I am sewing away and pressing each row as I sew along. After all of my blocks were pieced to form the top, I added on the border.

Here is the finished quilt top before I sent it off to be quilted...
Once you have your quilt top done, you can call it done if you would like. The embroidered version of this quilt I left the border plain. As you can see, in the appliqued version of this quilt I have a bias strip that runs along the border to frame the design. I made mine scrappy, but in the list of supplies, I mention some green fabric. That was what I intended to use here. I did not like the green fabric I had picked out... sooooo I made it scrappy. Next month I will be writing how I made this edging and showing you how I finished off my quilt. Like I said before, this is totally optional, the quilt looks lovely with a plain border too! I will be displaying both quilts next month, can't wait to show you!

Patterns can be found on the Quilt Doodle website and on Craftsy (Not until the 1st of the month). Did you miss a pattern along the way? The past monthly patterns can be found in my Etsy and Craftsy shops for a small fee.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's BOM 2017 quilt. I'm still struggling with a name for this beautiful quilt, so if you have an idea, please leave me a comment!

I am also planning on writing this up into a complete pattern set, it should be out in a month or two. I hope that you all have had fun with this years quilt! Do stayed tuned and mark your calendars, a NEW BOM will be on the way January 1, 2018!

          Let’s have some quilty fun!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

100 Blocks Volume 16 Blog Tour!

I am so thrilled to be part of the up and coming Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16.
As a designer, I submitted my block month's ago with hope that it would be picked. I was so thrilled when I received the acceptance email a month or so ago! It's so hard to not be able to announce it to the world right away! Well, I can finally let the cat out of the bag and announce that I have a block in this upcoming issue!!! Sooooo excited!

So mark your calendars for the Quiltmaker's 100 Block Vol 16  Blog Tour! There'll be lots of fun and prizes and I can't wait to present to you my block. It's sooooo cute! I have a special project that I have been working on using my sweet block. It'll be something you will love to make for the holidays! I present my block on November 13th, so make sure to mark your calendars and stop back!

I also have ordered a box full of the 100 Blocks Volume 16 edition. I am having a little presale in my Etsy shop for signed copies. Reserve your copy now!

Now in pre celebration I'm going to have a little giveaway! A bag of 20 Wonder Clips. I just love these handy dandy little clips.  They are so awesome and useful in so many ways.

All you have to do to have a chance to win is leave me a sweet comment. If you are a no-reply blogger please leave your email address. For a second chance to win, follow me and leave a comment that you do. Belvedere and I will pick out a winner on Saturday, November 4th.

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Double Magic Binding

While out doing my trunk show at different quilt groups this summer, I noticed that everyone was drawn to my machine binding on a few of my quilts. They all had my decorative binding on them. It's what I call my Double Magic Binding. I discovered the technique a few years ago, it's a fun way to bind a quilt.  I can't take credit for coming up with the idea, there are several tutorials out there describing the same or similar process... but I want to share this wonderful technique with you again. It's a nifty way to bind a quilt and it finishes the edge off so nicely and it's all MACHINE DONE! (SCORE!!!-HAPPY DANCE....) As you may have all heard me whine before, I hate hand binding a quilt. Well maybe hate is too strong a word, but it's not my favorite part of finishing a quilt. No... now that I think of it, I really do dislike hand binding a quilt, it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r...... my sister loves it, and will do binding for me when we are at retreat together. But unfortunately she lives an hour and a half away, and I don't always have the time to run a quilt to her. Plus she has a busy preschooler at home! Her time is limited too,  so this method is perfect for me! So here is my little tutorial on how to do this wonderful binding to finish your quilt...

For this binding method you will need two 'colors' a main binding color and an accent color.
Here are the two fabrics I'm using for this quilt. Measure your quilt edge to bind and add another 12" or so ... Then cut enough strips from your main color to piece together a binding strip long enough to go around your quilt. You will then cut your strips 1 1/2" x wof (44-45")

Then cut enough strips for your accent color. These strips will be 1 3/4" x wof.

Sew all the strips together end to end using a mitered seam to reduce bulk. You will then have a super long strip of your main color and a super long strip of your accent color.

Sew your main color strip and your accent color strip together
long sides together using a 1/4" seam.

Iron your seam to go towards the 'main' fabric.

Then iron lengthwise with wrong sides together to make
your binding. See it makes a narrow decorative edge. Looks like piping!
So cool!

Sew the binding onto the back side of you quilt with your 'accent' color facing up using a 1/4" seam. The decorative piping edge is facing down on your quilt. Miter the corners like in my Machine Binding 101 Quilt Tutorial. Sewing your binding on is the same process as 'usual' at this point.

Here's where the magic happens.... Wrap the binding around to the front side of your quilt and stitch in the ditch between the main fabric and accent fabric. I used an 'invisible' thread to sew my binding on. You can also use a thread that matches your fabric. Miter the corners matching up the 'piping' seam. Sew all away around your quilt.

Doesn't it look like piping? I love how this finishes off the quilt edge.
Makes it special... to make a wider accent on the quilt binding you could add 1/4" to the width of the accent strip when cutting your strips out for the binding.

It also looks fabulous from the back!
 I love this method! It takes a little extra prep work but it's totally worth it in the end!
 I have been working on a few quilts for Christmas gifts and this technique adds a little special touch to your finished quilt. It's really worth the extra time making the binding strips.
Let's bind some quilts!!!

Happy quilting,