Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Grandma's Attic January Block!

January's Block
Welcome! There will be a new block design each month for a total of 12....  it will be a traditional sampler quilt. I'm planning it as a stash buster. It's based on two colors, a main color and a white/cream background color. You can choose any color for your main color, blue, red, green, anything....I'm making mine out of red fabrics. I have a lot of red Civil War fabric on hand, so that is what I'm using for mine. So go raid your stash for some fabric. You will need;

4 1/2 yards white/cream
4 yards red
1/2 yard red for binding
5 1/3 yard for backing

The finished size is 67" x 87"

Let's get started on this month's block, it's a spin off of a Greek Square. You will make four blocks and then sew them together to make a large 4 block square. So go to the website and download the directions, grab a cup of coffee or some pop and let's go sew!

To begin with, cut out all of your block pieces following the directions. The PDF pattern can be found on the Quilt Doodle Designs website.

  • Starting with the triangles labeled ‘A’, Sew the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ triangle pieces together. Iron.

  • Pair up ‘B’ rectangles, one of each color to form 4 pairs. With right sides together sew along the long end. Iron. Then following the block layout above, lay out your block pieces and start sewing 'rows' together.



  •  Then sew each row together matching up seams. Iron.

Make four Greek Square blocks total. Then sew the four blocks together to form a four block square.
~ January's Block ~
The monthly FREE pattern is available on my website. I have a special 2020 BOM section on my website. Each month the FREE pattern will be posted. But as soon as the new section or block is out the old block pattern 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 your finished blocks, feel free to post them on Facebook Group (Quilt Doodle Designs Grandmas Attic BOM 2020) and tag me or post them on Instagram tag Quilt Doodle Designs. I love to see everyone's progress as we stitch along together. 

Happy quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere

Monday, January 6, 2020

Grandma's Attic BOM

Coming January 15th
The Grandma's Attic BOM will begin January 15th and then the 1st of each month after that. There will be a new block design each month for a total of 12....  it will be a traditional sampler quilt. I'm planning it as a stash buster. It's based on two colors, a main color and a white/cream background color. You can choose any color for your main color, blue, red, green, anything....I'm making mine out of red fabrics. I have a lot of red Civil War fabric on hand, so that is what I'm using for mine. So go raid your stash for some fabric. You will need;

4 1/2 yards white/cream
4 yards red
1/2 yard red for binding
5 1/3 yard for backing

The finished size is 67" x 87"

The monthly FREE pattern is 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 the old block pattern 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 your finished blocks, feel free to post them on Facebook Group (Quilt Doodle Designs Grandmas Attic BOM 2020) and tag me or post them on Instagram tag Quilt Doodle Designs. I love to see everyone's progress as we stitch along together. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Wrapping up Garden Sunshine


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Happy New Year! I hope that you are have a relaxing day planned. I know I'm going to hang out with hubby and watch tv and I'm looking forward to the lazy day since we stayed up late to see the midnight fireworks! We hung out at home since Belvedere isn't a fireworks fan. We look forward to the midnight display that we can watch right from our front yard. We bundle up and watch the bursts of color with our glasses of champagne in hand. A great way to ring in the New Year!

 This month is the last installment of the Garden Sunshine BOM. We will finish up the last two blocks and then it's time to sew the quilt blocks together and add the borders. The final directions can be found on the Quilt Doodle Website I hope that you have enjoyed working on this quilt over the last year. I look forward to seeing your finished quilts. Keep on posting them to the BOM Facebook Group. 

I used the cream background fabric, and Aunt Grace 1930's fabrics in some pretty colors. Following the directions cut all of your block pieces out.

With right sides together, align one cream square with one edge of the 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle as shown and stitch corner to corner.

Trim away the excess fabric.

Press.

Repeat on the other edge. This will form a flying geese rectangle. Make one red, orange, yellow and blue. You can also use any colors of your choice too.

Stitch the four flying geese rectangles together. This should measure 12 1/2" x 6 1/2". Then with right sides together stitch the cream/background rectangle to the flying geese rectangle sewing along the long side. Press. Finished measurement is 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" square. 
Following the instructions provided by the fusible web manufacturer, trace 1 set of the design pieces grouping together pieces that will be using the same fabric. 

Cut pieces out.  Follow the pattern placement sheet, center on cream/white section on the block following the picture and pattern placement sheet. Iron in place. 

Using a blanket, zig zag or satin stitch on your sewing machine; sew along the edges of all the pieces. Following the design picture.  Practice on some scrap material if you are new to machine appliqué.


~Dragonfly Block~

Remember the blocks can also be embroidered.

Following the directions cut all your pieces out for the star block. You will make a total of 4 stars and then sew these stars together to form your final star block. To begin, pair together background rectangles with star fabric squares, with right sides together sew from corner to corner. Trim away the excess fabric. Press.

Repeat on the opposite end of the rectangle. Trim away the excess fabric. Press.

I find it helpful to lay the pieces out on my cutting board and then start to sew the block together.

First I sew the single star blocks together.

Then I sew the four stars together to form the block.
~Stars Block~

After all of your blocks are done then it is time to put your quilt together. Following the quilt layout page, sew all of your blocks together. Then add the borders. Quilt your quilt as desired and bind. Voila! Garden Sunshine is all done and ready for you to display!
~Garden Sunshine~

The monthly FREE pattern is 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 the old block pattern 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 your finished blocks, feel free to post them on Facebook Group (Quilt Doodle Designs Garden Sunshine BOM 2019) and tag me or post them on Instagram tag Quilt Doodle Designs. I love to see everyone's progress as we stitch along together. 
As a reminder... if someone asks for the PDF or where it is on the Facebook group, please do not post the PDF directly onto the site. I appreciate you referring them to my website or to the blog. Thank you!

 Hope you are having a great day, remember December's block is no longer FREE. It can be found in my ETSY shop and also on the Quilt Doodle Website for a small fee. To get this month's block, head on over to Quilt Doodle Designs... remember this block is only available this month as a FREE PDF download. 

Happy Quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere


After this month, this BOM will be all done and the previous blocks will no longer be free. The complete pattern will be available in my ETSY shop for those of you who didn't have a chance to join in on the fun.

Coming January 15th
The Grandma's Attic BOM will begin January 15th and then the 1st of each month after that. There will be a new block design each month for a total of 12....  it will be a traditional sampler quilt. I'm planning it as a stash buster. It's based on two colors, a main color and a white/cream background color. You can choose any color for your main color, blue, red, green, anything....I'm making mine out of red fabrics. I have a lot of red Civil War fabric on hand, so that is what I'm using for mine. So go raid your stash for some fabric. You will need;

4 1/2 yards white/cream
4 yards red
1/2 yard red for binding
5 1/3 yard for backing

The finished size is 67" x 87"

The monthly FREE pattern is 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 the old block pattern 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 your finished blocks, feel free to post them on Facebook Group (Quilt Doodle Designs Grandmas Attic BOM 2020) and tag me or post them on Instagram tag Quilt Doodle Designs. I love to see everyone's progress as we stitch along together. 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

BOM News!


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I hope that everyone is having a happy holiday season. The weather has been pretty nice here in Minnesota but that all changed this morning. We have glare ice and are forcasted for more rain and snow on Monday. I've been having a wonderful time with my mom, she's been staying a couple of days with me. We've been having fun visiting and sewing. We had a sewing day yesterday and we plan on quilting some more today! So much fun. I hope that you are also able to enjoy your family and friends during these lazy holiday weeks. 

I wanted to take time and update all of you. The last two blocks and finishing instructions will be out for the Garden Sunshine BOM on January 1st. The on January 15th we will begin the Grandma's Attic BOM 2020.


Let me tell you a little bit about this quilt, it will be a traditional sampler quilt. I'm planning it as a stash buster. It's based on two colors, a main color and a white/cream background color. You can choose any color for your main color, blue, red, green, anything....I'm making mine out of red fabrics. I have a lot of red Civil War fabric on hand, so that is what I'm using for mine. There will be twelve blocks all together. So mark your calendars for January 15th!

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere





Friday, December 13, 2019

Gnomies

I have always loved gnomes and have them tucked all about my home. I love them just as much as snowmen, shhhh maybe more. Gnomes remind me of my dad who had a large set of garden gnomes that used to decorate the front of our house, (until some scrooge took them. I hope those mischievous gnomes play many tricks of whom ever has them now.) What I love about gnomes is that you can leave these guys up all year round! I drew up a set of three that I put on a tea towel. They turned out adorable but I'm also thinking they would be cute on a l-o-n-g pillow or table runner and repeating the design 3-5 times and having a whole row of gnomie friends. It would be fun to mix and match their hats and bodies with different colors. 

Happy Quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere  

Gnomies can be found in the Quilt Doodle Etsy Shop as a PDF pattern.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Let's Do Some Holiday Baking!

~ Holiday Baking~
It's that time of year that my mixer is working non-stop making all sorts of goodies for the holidays. My favorite recipe is sugar cookies and I always whip up a batch of sweetly decorated ones for Christmas. It's a recipe that I got from my best friend years ago.... many years ago, but it continues to prove to be the best recipe ever!

Extra Good Sugar Cookies
        • 2/3 cup soft shortening
        • 3/4 cup sugar
        • 1 egg
        • 1/4 tsp almond extract
        • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
            • 2 cups flour 
        • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
        • 1/4 tsp salt
        • 4 tsp. milk

Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat. Add vanilla and almond extract. Mix thoroughly. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt and milk into sugar-shortening mixture. Chill dough 1 hour. Bake at 375 degrees on greased baking sheet 8-10 minutes. This is a small batch and I typically double it for the holidays. 

I frost my sugar cookies with a powder sugar glaze and decorate with sprinkles. 


Wishing you a wonderful day!
Happy Baking!
Cindy and Belvedere

My new design, 'Holiday Baking' can be found in my Etsy Shop as an instant PDF download. It's adorable stitched onto a towel and would be a fun accent in your kitchen for Christmas.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Short On Time?

It's that time of year that we are busy running around getting ready for the holidays. If you are like me, time is short and you are trying to cram as much as possible into your days. Well I've got a quick gift for you to make and I bet you already have what you need to make it in your fabric stash! Plus, spending some quiet time in your sewing room stitching will help you destress. So grab a cup of coffee and lets go do some sewing.

After you set your coffee down, go dig thru your fabric for a Charm Pack. Don't have a Charm Pack but lots of cute fabric, cut out a bunch of 5" squares. What? you say... no pattern. No not really, this is what I call mindless sewing. For my table runner I used a cute Christmas Charm pack that I've been hoarding for a few years. I used 30 squares from the package. I separated them out between light and dark so my table runner would be scrappy. I decided I would make my runner 3 x 10 squares. You can make yours longer or shorter, it's up to you!
I did not preplan how to sew my squares together, I just started sewing. I like to listen to audiobooks while I sew. I'm currently listening to a Stephen King book. Take this time to relax and stitch. Put on some Christmas music if you'd like. 

I like to chain sew... here I have my squares stitched together going 'one direction'.  I will then sew the 'rows' together, nesting my seams.

All ready to give my table runner a good press.

Now go back to your stash and dig around for something that can be used for the binding. I found this adorable fabric that worked well with the Charm Pack I used it even though they were from different designers. I then cut 2 1/2" strips for the border of my runner.

I sew the borders onto the long sides, then trim and iron. Then sew the border onto the two short ends, trim and press. Then layer your table runner top with the batting and backing and quilt. Scrap batting works well for this! I bet you have some left over from another project! I used my embroidery machine and quilted a cute holiday quilt design to the center. While that quilted I worked on binding another Christmas gift. 

After you are done quilting it's time to rummage thru your fabric stash again and find some fabric for the binding. I found a fat quarter that would work well with mine. I cut  2 1/2" strips for the binding, sewed them end to end then irons in in half lenthwise for the binding.

Sew the binding on using a 1/4" seam, remember to miter your corners.

Since I'm short on time, I just flipped the binding to the back and stitched in the ditch making sure to 'catch' the binding on the back side. In this picture you can also see the free motion quilting I did on the border, a holly leaf garland.

~ Charm Pack Table Runner ~
I hope that you find some time to make this fun table runner. Take some time for yourself and stitch! I'm really pleased with how mine turned out. I'm thinking I will be keeping this for myself. It looks so cute on my kitchen table with my snowflake lantern and gnome!

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere