Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Jack O Lantern!

I love that fall is right around the corner. I am looking forward to the cooler days and the sound of 
the leaves crunching under foot. I am already thinking about Halloween and have been having fun doodling... I cam up with this mischievous Jack-O-Lantern that's sure to make your trick or treaters giggle. I've put the design on a tea towel from Dunroven but this design would be wonderful on a 10-minute table runner, apron or made into a mini quilt.  I pulled some festive fabric from my fabric stash, this is a great project to use up some bits and pieces you may have in your sewing room.  Let's get stitching! You will need a copy of the pattern... Jack-O-Lantern can be found in my Etsy Shop... Fabrics in the following colors, orange, orange print, black, black print and gold. I used Heat-n-bond lite, and Lana Wool in black from Aurifil. For cutting my pieces out, my applique scissors from Olfa work wonderfully.

I've traced all my applique shapes onto the paper side of the heat n bond. grouping together pieces that will be cut out of the same color.

I have all my pieces cut out and ready to iron onto my tea towel.

Using the pattern placement sheet as a guide, place your pieces onto your towel. Remember to peel off the paper on the back. 

Then using a buttonhole stitch on your machine, stitch along the edges.

To add a little extra detail, I 'drew' my star like I would as a kid. Sewing from point to opposite point.

Instead of using my regular thread, I used Lana Wool from Aurifil. This thread is a bit thicker and requires a bigger stitch size. I adjusted my machine stitches accordingly using a 3.5 width and 3. length. Play around on some scrap fabric and see what you prefer to use with your machine.
~ Jack-O-Lantern ~

Hope that you like Jack, I think he's adorable! Now I'm off to find some pumpkin spice coffee and do a little sewing. I hope you have a great day and find some time to do some sewing.

Happy Quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Welcome to My House Blog Hop!

Welcome to my house! Would you like a cup of tea or coffee while you're here? I've also got some cinnamon bread baking in the oven, it smells so good! I am happy to share with you a few houses I've been building. These little 4" squares have been in the works for longer then I want to admit. Let's just say, I've been working on them for YEARS. I thought this blog hop would be a great opportunity to pull them out and work on them some more. I really thought I'd be able to get my house quilt done. But alas, I need a total of 195 house blocks for my quilt. I have 76 done so far...
 I was inspired several years ago by a blog posting on the tiny house quilt... I jumped on board and started making houses. I challenged myself to use only scraps.... the concept of the tiny house quilt was great, make one a day, every day and then at the end of the year... then you'd have 365 house blocks. Needless to say.... I fell off the band wagon after about 20 houses.... I also changed up the size. The original block size was 2".... tiny, tiny, houses.... I settled on a 4" finished block instead... still tiny.  Using my Electronic Quilt software, I drafted up several different paper piece house designs to make my little village. I had also decided I would also only use fabric scraps. Many of the scraps have come from quilt retreats past. My family and friends would throw their scraps at me during retreat as they got their projects done. I loved it!
I have used just about every color fabric you can think of. To give the quilt some continuity, I always use a darker blue for the sky. I think it helps to pull all the blocks together.

I use my OLFA 4 1/2" square ruler to square my blocks up

It's so much fun to get some of the blocks I have done up on the design wall. I just love the look of all the scrappy houses together. I was going to put a sashing in between each house, but I decided I like the layout better with no sashing. I've got a cozy neighborhood. There's even a lighthouse block, did you find it?

It's fun to fussy cut little characters peeking out the windows.

My sister made me a couple houses in the original 2" size, I still wanted to use them so I added some fabric to them so that they would measure 4 1/2". These little houses blend right in with the rest. They're little dog houses with little puppies peeking out of the windows. 

One of these days I'm going to have an awesome house quilt. What I love about it is that it'll be made from scraps that represent a lot of fun memories and friends from Cozy Home quilt retreat.

Oh gosh, I've got to go and get the cinnamon bread out of the oven so we can enjoy some before you head out to visit the other great open houses today! I also need to thank Carol at 'Just Let Me Quilt' for another great blog hop!

Before you go, let me share my 'Home Sweet Home' tea towels I made last week. My home sweet home is in Minnesota.

I think they'll make really great stocking stuffers for a couple of special people this Christmas!

September 10

September 11

September 13

Quilt Doodle Designs (You are here!)

September 14

I'm so glad you could stop by and say 'Hi'. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Make sure to leave me a sweet comment for a chance to win a 60mm Endurance replacement blade from OLFA and two fat quarters. I will be picking a winner on September 15th.

Happy quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL - September

I know, I know, it's another tree, an 'Evergreen Tree'. I hope you don't mind another tree but I can't have a forest unless there are a few trees. I hope to someday have a cabin in the woods next to a lake, doesn't that sound wonderful. A quiet place to go with no traffic noise. A place to listen to the birds sing... Belvedere would love a place to run and chase balls. This month's block is the final block for the center section. It's a cabin in the woods.  I hope that you have fun with this month's section. In the pattern there are extra embellishments. A deer, snowman, wreath etc.  This way you can make your cabin your own!
 Again, everything is based on 2 1/2" squares, you will want to try to match this block with how you did the other blocks in this section so that it all goes together. Let me show you how I completed this month's block.

Following the pattern I cut out all of my 2 1/2" blocks, 2 1/2" strips etc.
Here I am sewing my triangle squares to form the
evergreen tree. I am sewing corner to corner on my paired
2 1/2" blue and green blocks.
I find it easier to sew the sections of the block
together if I have it all laid out by my sewing machine.
Sewing the blocks all together...
'Evergreen Tree'
 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 mystery quilt. It can easily be done in a weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's trees! Post those pictures to Instagram and tag me @quiltdoodledesigns and use the hashtag, quiltdoodledesignsqal. As you can see with the quilt layout that the quilt is coming along nicely. There's only one section left and then it's time to put everything together and have some fun quilting and embellishing this quilt. If you haven't yet started and want to join in on the fun, it's not too late. You'll have to do some marathon sewing but you can catch up! The pattern can be found here. I'll present the final section October 13th. Mark your calendars, I hope that you can join me.

Happy Quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September's Block Snow Much Fun BOM

September is here, it's hard to believe. This year is just flying by! This month's block will take you no time at all to make, it's a simple nine patch for in the center of the quilt and two pieced strips. That means we are all done with the applique blocks for this quilt. Yes, you've gotten all the hard parts done! I bet you are getting excited to see your finished quilt tops soon, I am too! 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 in December. 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.

So email me,

Your name
Your email address
Your Blog Name
Your Blog URL

The center Nine Patch
As you can see a nine patch will take you a few minutes to make, you just make one nine patch. The nine patch is made up of nine 5 1/8" squares, one of each color from the fat quarters. Remember I had you cut these way back in January?

Then after you make the one nine patch, you then make two strips using the 6 1/2" squares, again one of each color to form each strip. These will go on the top and bottom of your quilt after we get to the sashing. (That will be next month's task) Next month, October, we will do the sashing and borders, then your quilt top is all done! This will give you time if you want to quilt and finish it for the holiday season.
~Quilt Layout~

To finish this cute quilt, I embellished my design 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. The nine patch and strip directions are 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. 

Happy Quilting!

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