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!


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Quilt Doodle Designs (You are here!)

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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

Giveaway is closed
Congratulation Karrin!!!

54 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that's a lot of little houses! Really cute quilt!

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  2. Wow and wow!! Super cute quilt, especially with the animals looking out through the windows ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. Hi Cindy! Wow, 4 1/2"?! That is so small! Not to mention the 2 1/2". I love having quilts that grow over time made with scraps. It gives me a project to stitch when I need to sew, but not think too much, just enjoying the process. Your houses are great and I agree with no sashing. It looks like a big friendly neighborhood.

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  4. That's a whole lot of houses! I think you made a big city of houses.

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  5. Fantastic scrap quilt! I did spot the lighthouse block...very cool! Your pot holders will definitely make great gifts.

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  6. I love your houses. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Your little houses are awesome! They're so tiny!

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  8. I love your little houses, especially the ones with the fussy cut windows, what a neat idea!

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  9. Cute houses! Great idea for the tea towels!

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  10. This is such a cute way to use up scraps and adding the lighthouse mixes it up a bit. I love this idea and how amazing yours looks...I want to make one! Sweet tea towels, too. You always inspire me with your creations and make me smile. Thank you for hopping with us! Oh, and I'll be right over for a slice of that cinnamon bread. Yum!

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  11. Love the houses with fussy cut novelty fabrics featured in the windows. Perfection tea towels. rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

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  12. What a cute way to use up scraps! I love the little dogs, cows, and others peeping out of the windows. My current ongoing project is Gypsy Wife; it's a sew along with two other friends, so it will be done at some point. Haha! Those MN towels are darling!

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  13. Love the tiny house quilt. I'm thinking a 6" block might fit better for me. I'll have to get the graph paper out. LOL. BTW, love love tour snowmen designs.

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  14. Those look fabulous. I love how you are using such memorable scraps for them.

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  15. Cindy I love your houses!!! So cute and small, but I am with you 4" is small enough. No way I would do 2" blocks! I love how scrappy it is and even a lighthouse (yes I found it). When I was in college art class I drew all kinds of house from teepees to igloos. That would be fun to make a quilt in all different house styles like that. Since I live in New Mexico there are a lot of adobe houses and nearly all the homes here are stucco if not adobe. You have inspired me to make a few house blocks a week with my never-ending pile O Scraps!

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  16. Your houses are really cute! And your quilt will be awesome when you complete them all. Such a fun idea!

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  17. Love your scrappy house quilt, especially the dogs in the window! Good luck making the rest of the houses!

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  18. So adorable!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— I may have a few little houses that I made quite a few years ago ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  19. I love all your tiny houses and the fact you are using only scraps. I have always wanted to make a tiny house quilt since I saw that same website a few years back. I like how you designed your quilt yourself on EQ. I really want to start making tiny houses now. Thanks for the inspiration ... :-) Pat

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  20. such a great village you are constructing. It looks like it will be a lovely place to live. All those glimpses into the houses are very special.

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  21. You had me at cinnamon bread!! With all the house quilts I have seen, I may have to rethink my next quilt. Thank you for the nudge.

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  22. Holy smokes...that's a lot of houses and I can't even imagine your sister doing a 2" square one! LOL!! This is just too cute with all your fussy cutting. I think I might like to live in your neighborhood!

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  23. These little houses are so unique and I'm sure that you will enjoy the quilt, once completed, for many years to come. So lovely!

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  24. WOW! That's a lot of houses! What a wonderful quilt it is! Memories are the best! Thank you, Susan

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  25. Wow, that house quilt is going to be fabulous! I made a scrappy house quilt once and liked it so well that I want to make another.

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  26. What fun! That will be quite a town someday! Love all the fussy cut details. Thank you for sharing it.

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  27. OM goodness, this is going to be a darling quilt with all it's scrappiness. Love how you're fussy-cutting for the windows and doors. Yes, I found the light house though I did need to enlarge the picture. Glad you went with 4" finished because 2" is just toooo tiny.

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  28. Lots of work in those little houses. Looking great. Keep at it, you can do it!

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  29. Thanx for your generosity in sharing your talents with us through the BOM. I love the mini houses quilt and I was wondering if there was someplace to get the paper-piecing template cause I think that is the only way that I will be able to do it. Again, thanx for sharing your amazing talents

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  30. I can't believe how many tiny houses you have made! They look fantastic

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  31. All those houses! Wow! and I love your labels. MMMM wanting some of those cinnamon rolls!

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  32. Lovely houses, this will be a wonderful scrappy village!
    My houses looks very much like yours, you´ll see it tomorrow ;-)

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  33. Oh, my gosh, those are the cutest little houses! So fun to turn your sister's blocks into homes for puppies. Love it, hope you will show it when all finished.

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  34. Very cute house quilt--Thanks for a chance at the give-away also.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  35. I adore house quilts and yours is going to be amazing. You have a wonderful start. The fussy cut characters add quite a charm to the houses to make them homes. I've yet to get started on my house quilts and have a few in planning stages and have fabric purchased for one and in the stage of purchasing fabric for a scrappy look one since I don't have many scraps. I've made most of my quilts from kits and there just is not much fabric left over. Thanks for participating in the hop. I slacked off yesterday, so I have two days of fun projects for today. What fun for me. Thanks for including a giveaway. You are always generous.

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  36. Two-inch houses? Oh my word! That was ambitious! I'm glad to hear you sized it up a bit. Even at four inches you've given yourself enough of a challenge. Your quilt is a charmer.

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  37. I love these little quilt blocks. Thanks so much.

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  38. What an awesome idea for your quilt, and I love your tea towel idea also! Thanks!

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  39. What a cool quilt! I love the scrappiness of it, yet it all goes together very well!

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  40. I would love to make a scrappy house quilt like this one day too. Yours is going to be amazing. And I especially love the light house, terrific! :)

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  41. This is going to be an awesome quilt. When you look at it, it will bring good memories of all the scrapes flying at quilt retreats. One Happy quilt!
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  42. I love your scrappy houses, Cindy - and look forward to watching your quilt grow! <3

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  43. What a colorful quilt! I especially like the doggies in the windows!

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  44. I love the ideal of using some scraps to make all these cute houses!

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  45. How fun! And what a great stash buster. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  46. What a fantastic scrap neighborhood you've created - too fun!

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  47. Aww, your houses are too cute. Great use of scraps for sure.

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  48. You sure will have a great quilt full of memories when you finish. A great fun project.

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  49. Thanks for sharing your "house" quilt with us. It is adorable.

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  50. Thanks for sharing! I've always loved scrappy quilts- fun to reminisce about each piece of fabric and the project in which it was used.

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  51. I was on vacation and missed the rest of the hop, but I love your house quilt. What a great idea and a good size. Someone donated a lot of 6.5" ones to me for American Heroes, and I made some cute quilts for children who had lost a parent in the wars. I love being able to do that, and houses seemed perfect for it.

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  52. Cute scrappy house neighborhood. Cinnamon bread sounds good too!

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