Friday, April 1, 2016

April's Block

Mittens, Mittens, Who's Got My Mitten!


Stripes or dots or sparkling white,
Mittens in winter fit just right.
Wool and cotton, maybe leather-
Mittens warm us in cold weather.
In rainbow colors and darkest black,
Mittens fit in a pocket or in your pack.
Thumbs alone, fingers together,
we love mittens in cold, cold weather.

This month we will start on our scrappy row of mismatched mittens. When my kids were young I could always find one of everything that came in pairs, be it mittens, boots, gloves or socks! To start out this month you will make ‘plain’ and or ‘checkerboard’ mittens. I made one of each, you can choose to do two of one kind if you would like.  Next month we will make 3 mittens with a star design to finish out this section of the quilt. I hope that you have fun with it!
The pattern can be found for FREE this month in my Craftsy Shop and also on my website. Also, if you ever need to find past blocks or tutorials, I have a tab at the top of my blog labeled 2016 BOM that you can click on to get links to all past blog postings for this quilt. A complete listing of fabric supplies can be found on my website, Craftsy Shop and also under the 2016 BOM tab on my blog. Remember to post pictures of your progress on Instagram #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2016 (you can also tag me at Quilt Doodle Designs) There is also a flickr group you can join and post pictures. Remember you need to post those pictures to qualify for the monthly drawing for the prizes.

Button packs are available in my Etsy Shop. I have packaged the button packs a couple of different ways. Either as one big pack with everything in it or individually for each design/row.

The Mitten row is a total of 3 different mitten designs, which will consist of 5 blocks...
 this month I am showing you two of the designs.

To make the 'plain' mitten cut our your pieces.
I have mine here on my cutting mat all laid out so I know
where they will go.... you'll follow the pattern directions and sew
corner to corner on some of the pieces to form the mitten shape.

To make the thumb... a little tricky, but this is the easiest method....
First you will make a triangle square using a background (white) and
a main color (red) square... then after that you will layer your triangle square
with a main color square....

You will then sew corner to corner... see how the blocks are lined
up to sew.

Here I am sewing corner to corner....
When you open the seam up, see... it makes the perfect
angle for the mitten thumb!

Then you sew all of your pieces together to make your mitten!

After following the pattern directions for cutting my pieces out, I lay them out on my cutting board to make it easier to construct my mitten block.

Making progress, I have my triangle squares completed and my thumb block done.
It's time to sew the block into sections and then all together!

Here's my checkerboard mitten, I'm in love with this block
even though I was not in love with the size of the pieces when it came to measuring and cutting out!

Instead of having just one winner this month I decided to have a little treat for everyone!

What is fun about this is you can embroider it, applique and embroider it... or even do parts of it in wool applique. I haven't yet decided what to do with this darling drawing yet. So I thought I would let all of you have fun with it! If you make up something sweet using the pattern, I would LOVE to see pictures! Send pictures to my email. I look forward to hearing from you!

There's also a handy dandy grab-able button to post on your blog to help me promote and get the word out about this fun Christmas BOM .  Please help to spread the word!
 Happy Quilting!
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  1. Thanks for the chickadee pattern Cindy! I think I may do it in wool.

  2. I have admired your for the past two years and I finally gotten to the place that I can accomplish some of it. I have added your badge to my blog. However, I'm going to make a banner out of some of your patterns for over my bed instead of a guilt. Thank you so much for sharing this row by row . And I will be posting each finish block and linking back to you.
    Thanks again

  3. Cute mitten :-) and Thank You for the chickadee pattern. Love the birds!

  4. Thank you for the mitten patterns and the chickadee pattern!

  5. The pattern is so warm and cheerful. I like to explore some cute details.

  6. I am doing all the blocks but when I get to the mittens I am so confused about the measurments. Can you help me. mschindlerstar(at)gmail(dot) com