Sunday, May 19, 2024

On The Road Again Blog Hop

Welcome! Today is the first day of the On The Road Again Blog Hop! I have several fun designs that come to mind for this fun road trip! Let's start with one of my favorites, Belvedere's Bel Air... I was fortunate to get to know my great grandparents growing up. They were the sweetest couple. I know they had what I thought was a 'cool' car for the time, but I really don't know what kind they had... I don't know if they ever owned a Bel Air, but it's the kind of car I imagine them driving so I thought it would be fun to draw a Holiday design with Belvedere at the wheel. He was such a sweet goofy dog I certainly can imagine him bringing home a Christmas tree. There might even be some gifts boxes in the trunk including some squeaky toys for his doggie friends, Lola and Maddie.
When I do machine fusible applique I play around with stitch length and width on scrap fabric before I begin to make sure I like the stitch setting for the design I'm working on. For this design I used a 2.5 x 2.5 setting for stitch width and length. You may like a different setting based on your machine so play around and stitch on some scrap fabric and see what you like.

On the Belvedere's Bel Air design, I used a dark brown thread to stitch around the tree, Belvedere, tires, windows, bumpers, and the turquoise section of the car.

I used white thread to stitch around the bottom white section of the car.

~Belvedere's Bel Air ~

The car can be any color, red, blue, green. I made my car turquoise; I thought it was a fun retro color for an old car. I then sew on buttons for the car's hubcaps using a matching car color. The tree can be left plain but I like the added red button decorations. I used a black pearl cotton to stitch a French knot for Belvedere's eye. I used a satin stitch for his nose. I think this design would be super cute on a table runner or made into a pillow for the holidays.

 I made an adorable Farm Delivery table runner. This basic runner pattern without the applique can be found on my website as a free download. I really like how versatile this table runner pattern is... I love the 12" plain block to feature any applique design in. I love that I can switch up the fabrics and have a totally different look for a different occasion. 

For this table runner I used scraps from my scrap basket and found the perfect fabrics for the applique design. For the table runner I used my Bonnie and Camille fabric. 
Here I am sewing on a scrappy binding that I made out of all my little bits that were left over from a quilt I made. 

It's not often that I actually use any of my creations. Many of my items end up in the trunk show to never be used since I can't risk getting them stained or mucked up. But I actually made this runner for myself!
You can see how I just did a meander for the background quilting.

In the plain square blocks, I quilted a sweet little flower. I'm very pleased with the results.

It just tickles me pink knowing I was able to whip this project up with just bits and pieces I had left over from other projects! This design can also be done with wool for you wool workers out there. I think it would be adorable!

Free Table Runner Pattern can be found

 I hope that you enjoy my fun appliques. They are available on the Quilt Doodle Website and also in my Etsy storeor a quilt store near you!

Hope you have a great day! Below is the complete listing for the blog hop, I hope that you have fun visiting everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creations!

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine

MAY 20


  1. How sweet are your projects! We had a Bel Air, when I was a kid too. A copper color one, but we did not have a chauffeur as cute as Belvedere. LOL!! Sweet table runner too and it looks fabulous on your table.

  2. Sweet runner and Belvedere applique! Thanks for sharing your runner pattern!

  3. Belvedere is having a wonderful time. Cutting a tree in the woods and then tying it to the roof of the car along with a ride home is magical. The runner is great, too; love the cheater cloth as the border. LJ here at bulltulip69 at gmail dot com.

  4. Adorable table runner. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I love your Belvedere in the Bel sweet! That is such a cute runner and it looks great on your table. Thank you for sharing and the free pattern!

  6. Love the Belair! It reminds me of the 57 BelAir sitting in the garage at what was my parents house (now mine) =)

  7. Both your truck and the car are very sweet!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Love your projects. I need to do some applique again. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Cute designs! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oh my goodness....I just love this! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Love the doggy in the truck, but OMG a cow!