Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Decembers Block - Winter Cardinals

December is here and so is the final block for this year's BOM. The year has flown by! I want to say thank you for following along and sewing along with me. I have enjoyed hearing from you and seeing your progress as we have stitched along together.

The final block features a couple of cardinals in winter. I have filled up the feeders with a fruit and nut blend and I have enjoyed seeing the cardinals show up. They are so beautiful against the white snow. Yes, it has snowed here in Minnesota, it's cold! Hubby has turned down the thermostats here to save on the heating bill. I'm freezing.... so cold.... glad to have my quilts to snuggle under. Sad part is we haven't even gotten to the coldest part of winter.... uggg. 

 So let me show you how I have made this month's block. Go on over to the Website and download the PDF pattern. The links are below towards the end of the posting. Make sure that your email is correct so that the link for the pattern is sent to you. Also, if you don't find it, check your trash or spam folder just in case it ended up in there....

Print up the pattern and gather your fabric for your applique block.


Trace the applique shapes onto the paper side of your fusible web. I use Flexifuse. I then group the shapes using the same color with the fabric.


Group the shapes with the fabric colors. Following the manufacturer directions, I then iron the fusible web onto the backside of my fabric

Cut all of the shapes out. Following the pattern placement sheet, position all the applique shapes on the cream background rectangle. Some of the shapes overlap. Iron everything in place. Your block is now all ready to be appliqued. I used dark brown thread and an applique buttonhole stitch to stitch around everything. 

~ Winter Cardinals ~

If you have been following along, you just need to download the assembly PDF once you are done with this month's block. You should have everything ready to sew together and then just add the border and your quilt top will be complete!
Feathered Friends BOM 2022 Quilt


Announcement!!!!
All of the block directions and the final assembly can be found on the website under the BOM tab. The border blocks and final assembly are all free downloads until January 1st. 

 The finished size of the quilt is 58" x 65" Each month's pattern is a free PDF instant download. If you miss a month, the patterns are available for $2.50 on my website and also in my Etsy shop.  

If you don't have a printer, you can purchase a PRINTED copy of the pattern

 There's also a Facebook Group, please join and post your progress! It's also fun to see everyone else progress too! Make sure to post your blocks so far! 
Post your pictures of your finished quilt top thru January 15th for a chance to win a few giveaways. 
 Make sure to stayed tuned for that!

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching! I've always got a long list of items I'd like to make for the holidays, I'm going to take some time to work on a few more projects. Let's see if Josephine lets me. Her new trick is to jump up on my lap to snuggle, even if I'm sitting at the computer or sewing machine.  

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine


Sashing Blocks - Feathered Friends BOM 2022

Our Feathered Friends quilt has sashing blocks in between each of the bird blocks. The sashing is a pieced sashing to give the quilt a fun scrappy look. I pulled fabrics that match the birds in the quilt. Using similar colors will pull the quilt together. All of my fabric is from Marcus Fabrics, that's what I have in my stash. The quilt block patterns will be available free until the end of the year.

 So let me show you how I have made the sashing blocks. Go on over to the Website and download the PDF pattern. The links are below towards the end of the posting. Make sure that your email is correct so that the link for the pattern is sent to you. Also, if you don't find it, check your trash or spam folder just in case it ended up in there....
Go on over to the website and download the pattern and print it up.

I went thru my Marcus Fabrics stash and found these fabrics for my scrappy sashing.


Cut 2- 2 1/2" x the WOF (width of fabric) from each of the four different fabrics.


Sew the fabric strips lengthwise using a 1/4" seam. Press. The width of the strip should measure 8 1/2".

Then cut 4 1/2" across the width of the strips to form a 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle. 

Make 16 sashing units total.

From five different fabrics cut 2 - 2 1/2" x wof strips. Sew the five strips together lengthwise to make a five pieced strip. Press. Make 2.

The width of the strips should measure 10 1/2".

Then cut 4 1/2" across the width of the strips to form a 4 1/2" x 10 1/2" pieced rectangle strips. Cut a total of 15 sashing units.


Announcement!!!!
I have released all of the blocks and sashing directions. Check out the website to download the PDF patterns, they will be free until the end of the year. Stay tuned, I will be releasing the finishing directions by December 7th.

It's an adorable quilt when it is done. The finished size of the quilt is 58" x 65" Each month's pattern is a free PDF instant download. If you miss a month, the patterns are available for $2.50 on my website and also in my Etsy shop.  

If you don't have a printer, you can purchase a PRINTED copy of the pattern

 There's also a Facebook Group, please join and post your progress! It's also fun to see everyone else progress too! Make sure to post your blocks so far! 

 There isn't much left to make for this quilt. I hope that you have enjoyed this year's BOM. I have had a lot of fun putting it together for you. I have a fun quilt planned for 2023!

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine


Saturday, November 26, 2022

Gnome with Sled

 

 It's the time of year that I start to pull out all of my gnomes and put them all on display. I just love gnomes because they remind me of my dad and my Norwegian family heritage from my dad's side. My grandparents were Norwegian. Dad would joke 'I'm an American made with Norwegian parts', lol!   I'd love to show you a festive gnome for the holidays. It's so cute! It's a sweet little gnome in Santa's sleigh, or it could be Santa... wink, wink.... Instead of putting this applique on a tea towel, I made my own using some green shirting fabric which I thought would make a great background. For the applique I am using scraps from my fabric line, Season Sampler by Marcus Fabrics.  

Trace the applique shapes onto the paper side of your fusible web following manufacturers directions.

Rough cut the shapes out and pair with your fabric colors. Then press onto the wrong side of your fabric.


Cut all of the shapes out and following the pattern placement sheet, arrange the pieces onto your towel, remembering to peel the paper off. Notice how some of the pieces overlap. Following the manufacturer's directions, iron in place.

Using a buttonhole stitch, I stitch around the gnome's nose, beard, mustache and sled rail with white thread. I use a brown thread to go around everything else.

~ Gnome and Sled ~

This cute new design can be found HERE and HERE.

This towel would be adorable put on display hanging out of a gift basket, wrapped around a bottle of wine or draped on a cabinet or oven door. This design would also be cute stitched onto a 10 minute table runner or turned into a quick candle mat or mug rug. There are just so many possibilities! Have fun with it!

Happy Quilting,

Cindy and Josephine



Friday, November 18, 2022

Double Monkey Wrench Block - Feathered Friends BOM 2022

Our Feathered Friends quilt has two rows of blocks to frame the quilt. Today we will make 6 Double Monkey Wrench blocks. This is a fun traditional block. This is the last of the block series for this quilt. I am using a purple and blue and cream fabric for my blocks. If you are making your quilt out of your stash, find fabrics colors that can be found in your applique blocks. This will help to pull your quilt together. For my cream fabrics, I choose a different fabric for each block to make it scrappy.  The quilt block patterns will be available free until the end of the year.

 So let me show you how I have made the Double Monkey Wrench block. Go on over to the Website and download the PDF pattern. The links are below towards the end of the posting. Make sure that your email is correct so that the link for the pattern is sent to you. Also, if you don't find it, check your trash or spam folder just in case it ended up in there....
Gather your fabric and print up your pattern.

From dark fabric cut-

24- 2 5/8” x 2 5/8” squares (A)

6- 2 5/8” x 2 5/8 squares (C)

From coordinating fabric cut- 24- 1 5/8” x 2 5/8” rectangles (B) 

From light fabric cut-

24- 2 5/8” x 2 5/8” squares (A)

24- 1 5/8” x 2 5/8 squares (B)


·         Pair together light A square with dark B square right sides together. Sew corner to corner diagonally. Trim to a ¼” seam on one side to form a triangle square. Press to the dark side.  Make 24 triangle squares total, 4 for each block.


·         Pair together light B rectangle with coordinating B rectangle right sides together. Sew along the long edge using a ¼” seam. Press to the dark side. Trim up to measure 2 5/8” x 2 5/8” squares. Make a total of 24 rectangle squares. Four for each block.


     Following the block layout, stitch the block together using a scant ¼” seam.

I find it helpful to lay the block out next to my sewing machine. Make 6 Monkey Wrench blocks total.
Now this is exciting, go gather your nine patch, friendship star and double monkey wrench blocks. If you have all of the blocks done you can sew together the top and bottom border for the quilt. The order is above.... You will make 2 - 8 block strips for the top and bottom border for the quilt.

Announcement!!!!
I will be releasing the other pieces and parts that you need to complete this quilt throughout this month. Stay tuned! Visit the Quilt Doodle website for the free PDF downloads for the quilt blocks and sashing directions.

It's an adorable quilt when it is done. The finished size of the quilt is 58" x 65" Each month's pattern is a free PDF instant download. If you miss a month, the patterns are available for $2.50 on my website and also in my Etsy shop.  

If you don't have a printer, you can purchase a PRINTED copy of the pattern

 There's also a Facebook Group, please join and post your progress! It's also fun to see everyone else progress too! Make sure to post your blocks so far! 

 There isn't much left to make for this quilt. There is one more bird block that will be available December 1st. I will also release the border and assembly directions at that time too. I hope that you all have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching! I'm off to spend some time in my sewing room, I have a stack of Christmas projects.

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine


Monday, November 14, 2022

Mark Your Calendars!


 Come and join the fun January 1, 2023! Help spread the word and tell all your quilting friends about this fun wintery block of the month! Each month we will work on a new section of this mystery quilt. There's basic piecing, some applique and other fun embellishments. As always, the monthly directions will be free during that month and then available for a small fee after that.
Finished measurements of the 2023 BOM quilt is 60" x 70"


Quilt kits will be available, make sure to pre-order yours now so you have your fabric in time for our quilty adventure. Kits will begin shipping out by December 15th (if not sooner) USA only. Kits include a total of 8 yards of fabric of all the fabric you need to complete the top and binding for the quilt. Fabric is 100% cotton and from Marcus Fabrics by Quilt Doodle Designs.

Pre-order your kits HERE

Grab the button and link it to the Quilt Doodle Blog and help spread the word! 


Happy Quilting,

Cindy and Josephine

Friday, November 11, 2022

Friendship Star Block - Feathered Friends BOM

Our Feathered Friends quilt has two rows of blocks to frame the quilt. Today we will make 4 Friendship Star blocks. This is a fun traditional block. I am using a green and cream fabric for my blocks. If you are making your quilt out of your stash, find a 'dark' color that can be found in your applique blocks. This will help to pull your quilt together. I used a dark green in many of my blocks. You will make 4 of these blocks for your quilt. The quilt block patterns will be available free until the end of the year.

 So let me show you how I have made the Friendship Star block. Go on over to the Website and download the PDF pattern. The links are below towards the end of the posting. Make sure that your email is correct so that the link for the pattern is sent to you. Also, if you don't find it, check your trash or spam folder just in case it ended up in there....

Gather your fabric and print up the pattern....

Cut 32 - 2 5/8" squares out of the cream fabric.
Cut 20 - 2 5/8" squares out of the green fabric.

·         Pair together light B square with dark B square right sides together. Sew corner to corner diagonally. Trim to a ¼” seam on one side to form a triangle square. Press to the dark side. Make 16 triangle squares total, 4 for each block.


I find it helpful to lay the block out next to my sewing machine.

Following the pattern sew your Friendship Star block together. Make sure to sew a scant quarter inch seam. Press to the dark side.

Make a total of 4 Friendship Star blocks for your Feathered Friends BOM quilt.

Announcement!!!!
I will be releasing the other pieces and parts that you need to complete this quilt throughout this month. Stay tuned! Visit the Quilt Doodle website for the free PDF downloads for the quilt blocks and sashing directions.

It's an adorable quilt when it is done. The finished size of the quilt is 58" x 65" Each month's pattern is a free PDF instant download. If you miss a month, the patterns are available for $2.50 on my website and also in my Etsy shop.  

If you don't have a printer, you can purchase a PRINTED copy of the pattern

 There's also a Facebook Group, please join and post your progress! It's also fun to see everyone else progress too! Make sure to post your blocks so far! 

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching! I'm off to hang out with my mom and work on some Christmas Projects.

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine


Friday, November 4, 2022

Nine Patch Block - Feathered Friends BOM

Our Feathered Friends quilt has two rows of blocks to frame the quilt. We will begin and make 6 Nine Patch blocks. Super easy and quick to make. I am using a gold and cream fabric for mine. If you are making your quilt out of your stash, find a 'dark' color that can be found in your applique blocks. This will help to pull your quilt together. I used a gold color in many of my blocks. You will make 6 of these blocks for your quilt. The block quilts will be available free until the end of the year.

 So let me show you how I have made the Nine Patch block. Go on over to the Website and download the PDF pattern. The links are below towards the end of the posting. Make sure that your email is correct so that the link for the pattern is sent to you. Also, if you don't find it, check your trash or spam folder just in case it ended up in there....

Gather your fabric and print up the pattern....

Cut 30 - 2 5/8" squares out of the cream fabric.
Cut 24 - 2 5/8" squares out of the gold fabric.

Following the pattern sew your nine patch block together. Make sure to sew a scant quarter inch seam. Press to the dark side.

Make a total of 6 Nine Patch blocks for your Feathered Friends BOM quilt.

Announcement!!!!
I will be releasing the other pieces and parts that you need to complete this quilt throughout this month. Stay tuned! Visit the Quilt Doodle website for the free PDF downloads for the quilt blocks and sashing directions.

Each month will feature an applique design, I have a stash of basic colors that I use for applique, I bet you do too! You will also need a basic cream or white for the applique blocks. You will need 1 3/4 yards of a cream/white background fabric. It can be a tone on tone or neutral print. This cream fabric will also be used for the top and bottom boarders along with some pieced cornerstones. You can also get scrappy with your cream fabrics! The applique blocks will measure 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" (this includes the seam allowance).

It's an adorable quilt when it is done. The finished size of the quilt is 58" x 65" Each month's pattern is a free PDF instant download. If you miss a month, the patterns are available for $2.50 on my website and also in my Etsy shop.  

If you don't have a printer, you can purchase a PRINTED copy of the pattern

 There's also a Facebook Group, please join and post your progress! It's also fun to see everyone else progress too! Make sure to post your blocks so far! 

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching! I'm off to do some Christmas Cookie planning and making a grocery list for Thanksgiving.  

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine