Saturday, February 17, 2018

FNSI


Last night was FNSI (Friday Night Sew In) It's easy for me to remember because it was the Friday before I go to quilt quild. I enjoy sewing with my virtual friends and I look forward to seeing what everyone worked on when I get back from my first quild meeting today. Well, maybe not my first meeting... I'm used to doing presentations for guilds and have sat in on many meetings. It's my first guild meeting as an actual member. My friend and I are joining a local guild today. I think it'll be fun to get together with a group of talented ladies who share their love for quilting! Now let me show you what I worked on for FNSI.

I had my good friend Lynn, over a few weekends ago and I started a table topper (mini quilt) using some leftover fabrics from a quilt I pieced together for me son. This project has been piled up sitting by my sewing machine for the last few weeks. So I thought it would be a great project to tackle tonight. It's going to be super cute when it's done. It's a winter themed table topper made out of small snowball blocks.
Finished size will be about 36" x 36"

It took forever to trim up my snowball blocks... I had 81 squares to trim. How do you like my pretty pink rotary cutter from Olfa? I love it! It's part of their new Splash line.

I then had all those lovely squares to iron, it took me a lot longer than I thought. The trick to this pattern is to make it look scrappy and alternate the light and dark blocks. So I took some time to sort the blocks arrange them in a scrappy stack for sewing.

I started to sew my topper together, but started to see cross eyed around eight pm. So I called it a night, put on my nighty nights and joined hubby to watch some TV.
Belvedere curled up on my lap and we both fell asleep in the recliner. I really wanted to finish my snowball table topper. I'm hoping to get back to it this afternoon, I am really pleased with the progress I made during FNSI even though I called it an early night.

Thank you again Wendy for an another awesome FNSI! I look forward to sewing along with everyone next month too!

Have a great weekend everyone!
Cindy and Belvedere

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February's Section Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL


February is here! I hope that you had fun with the Chilly Silly Snowman row.  The fun thing about this quilt is you can choose to do it scrappy or not scrappy, I'm doing a little of both. It's a great project to use up some of your stash.  This month we will work on a block that I have named 'Cozy Cabin'. Imagine, sitting in a nice cozy cabin with the fireplace going.... some chocolate, a good book, maybe a little glass of 'something, something'.... sounds perfect doesn't it. I love spending time at a cabin. It's so peaceful. 

I've added a couple of tone on tone fabrics with the
background blue I have picked out.
Here are all of the pieces and parts cut out for the Cozy Cabin block.
Here I am sewing corner to corner to form the triangle square 2 1/2" blocks
It took me an afternoon to complete this block, from
start to finish.

Trim away the excess and iron...
After you piece the triangle square blocks and rectangle square blocks, lay them out
to form the Cozy Cabin block. Take it slow to sew all of the pieces together
making sure to match up seams as you go. It's important to stay
consistent with your 1/4 inch seam allowance from the start to finish of your quilt.
The squares are all sewn together... I made my cabin
scrappy, but you can choose to make it all in the same brown.
Add the 2 1/2" x 22 1/2" cream/white strip along
the bottom of the block. Iron.
Cozy Cabin
(The snowflakes in the picture represent the cream~
white yo-yo's that will be added later on, I have a thing for yo-yo's!)
Minnesota Winter Wonderland Quilt Layout
 If you blog about it, please email me a link so that I can attach it to the Pinterest Board I have going for the QAL. I hope you have fun with this section of the quilt. It can easily be done in a weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's Cozy Cabins! We will work on the next section March 10th. It's not too late to join in on the fun with this QAL. The pattern can be found on the Quilt Doodle Website and also in my Etsy shop. Hope you can join us as we quilt along!

Happy Quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere




Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ice Skating Snowman, February's Block

Happy February everyone! I am still hibernating like a bear. Belvedere and I are not fans of the cold so we have been enjoying relaxing by the fireplace. Growing up I was more of the make a snowman girl, I was not very good at ice skating. Believe me, I tried. I should have been good at it since I loved roller skating as a kid, but put me on ice with skates and it was a whole different story. I even took an ice skating class in college. Epic fail... so humiliating... when I signed up for this class I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn to ice skate. I lived in Minnesota for crying out loud, everyone knows how to skate! I should've taken the clue that the class was taught by a past Olympic skater. Whaaaa ha ha.... can you imagine! I talked with the instructor and wanted out of the class but she encourage me to take the class promising that if I tried she would pass me. Worse grade ever.... but I passed after having to skate a three minute program to music. Whaaaa ha ha ha.... It was like a three year old preforming for her parents.... I skated around the rink forward only.... bunny hop..... bunny hop...... ta da! I never put skates on again.


I envied my sisters who loved to ice skate at the outdoor rink at the park. They were graceful and would glide effortlessly across the ice. I spent more time hanging out in the warming house waiting for my sisters and friends to be done skating and then would join them on the walk home for hot chocolate and popcorn.

For this month I came up with an ice skating snowman. Notice, the snowman is carrying his skates, just like me! The design is placed on one of the snowball quilt blocks. If you made all four blocks last month, all you will need to do is applique this adorable design onto one of the blocks. I have recapped on how to make the snowball blocks for those of you who may just be joining us this month. If you are still looking for fabric I do have some fabric kits available in my Etsy shop.  With just a few clicks in my Etsy Shop, I will ship you a fabric kit for this years quilt. The info and links can be found below. Buttons are also available in my Etsy Shop too. 
The snowball blocks will be used for the January thru April applique designs. So let's get started.... First go to my website and download this month's free directions. Remember it's only FREE this month, then there will be a small 2.99 fee after that. So download and print it up NOW even if you don't expect to get to it yet.
Then following the Snowball Block directions, cut out your pieces out of dark green border fabric and your cream background fabric.

Here I am cutting my 5 1/2" blocks in half diagonally.

Pair together 1 cream triangle and 1 green triangle and sew a scant ¼” seam along the diagonal edge. Iron. Make a total of 4 triangle square blocks.

Following the Snowball block diagram sew the triangle blocks onto the 5 ¼” cream blocks to make a triangle block, 5 ¼” block, triangle block strip. (Make two)  Then sew the triangle block strips to the 5 ¼” x 14 ½” cream rectangle following the Snowball block diagram.

Make a total of 4 snowball blocks. You will only use one block this month and save the other blocks for the February, March, and April blocks.




~Let's Go Skating~

To finish this cute design, I embellished my square with some special buttons from Just Another Button Company. I do have these buttons available in my Etsy Shop. Pattern can be found on the Quilt Doodle Designs Website. It's a Free download this month only.  I will not be sewing my buttons onto my quilt top until after I have it all done and quilted. I will also be offering some extra postings for you wool workers out there too! This BOM will be offered the first of every month. Like always, it's FREE for the month that the block is out, then there's a small fee if you have to play catch up to get the block. To make sure that you don't miss any of it,  join my mailing list. Not only will you get all of the BOM 2018 postings and updates, but you will also hear about all sorts of other fun quilty goodness too!

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Happy Quilting!
Cindy


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Fabric kits are available in my Etsy shop for the 2018 Snow Much Fun BOM! The kit includes your border and block fabrics. This year's quilt is a flannel quilt that will be super warm and cozy when it's finished. I am also working with Just Another Button Company for some adorable buttons to embellish your quilt with. These buttons are available in my Etsy shop.


These are the colors that are in the fabric kit available in the Quilt Doodle Etsy shop.

Please note that substitutions may be made when some fabrics 'run out' but the substitutions will be equally as cute! Fabric kit does not include backing or binding



Finished quilt measures 60" x 72"

Saturday, January 20, 2018

FNSI

Last night was Friday Night Sew In. I was so thrilled to see that it was still going on. Thank you Wendy for hosting!  I used to join Heidi when she ran it. I always found it to be a great time and I usually got something done that I had been planning to do. Last night was no exception.... I am a quilt pattern designer and my love is applique. I've had a couple of designs for mug rugs sitting on my table for months. I finally got around to making them up into mug rugs. I love making mug rugs. Let me share with you what I worked on.
Here are some of the pieces I had cut out...

I'm making a cute birthday cake design on a mug rug...

I used a cream variegated thread to blanket stitch around my design.


To add a little something special to my birthday mug rug, I am adding a free floating banner. I cut out tiny little flags out of scrap fabrics then I stitch them in place using a small zig zag stitch. I'm using baker's twine for the 'rope' for the banner. I tuck each flag under the twine as I sew everything in place. 

It's the same technique that I use for my Camper Celebration pattern.

About an hour into FNSI... this little fellow showed up and thought I should be done sewing. It's really hard to resist this sweet little face. I told him that mama wanted to sew some more. So he decided to lay on his pillow and sulk.


Here's my finished Birthday Mug Rug... I haven't named it yet, but it'll be showing up on the website and Etsy store soon... I love how it turned out.

My mug rugs usually run horizontal, but I thought I'd switch it up with my Latte Love design.

I'm all ready to stich... everything is ironed in place. I love this fabric but I'm not too sure about the color choices for this design....

I decided to use a brown thread to define the design better.

~Latte Love Mug Rug~
I plan on making another one and switching up the background color...
I had a great time sewing with you all last night.  I would have loved to sew a little more but Belvedere wasn't happy by the time I finished my second mug rug. He is so used to curling up on  my lap to watch tv at night that he wasn't happy with me sewing last night. I look forward to sewing along next month! Check out the FNSI button above for more details! Now I'm off to see what everyone else worked on.

Happy Quilting and have a great weekend.
Cindy and Belvedere

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Llama Love and Brownies!


We've had some really cold days here in Minnesota, I'm so happy to see a warm up in the forecast. With the cold temps, Belvedere and I are still boycotting the weather and staying inside. I have been busy doodling and sewing in the studio. It's been very relaxing. Belvedere, being the puppy that he is looses interest with my sewing space and let's me know quite loudly that he's had enough and wants to go back upstairs where his favorite window and sunny spot is. During one of these breaks I discovered a long lost (aka misplaced) cookbook that I have been searching for years for. It was in the guest room/office on the bookshelf. Who'd guess it was on a bookshelf.... oh well, to continue on with the story.... it was a treasured gift from my grandparents. I've cooked just about every bar and cookie recipe in this Cookie Cookbook from Better Homes and Gardens. But I have some favs that I love. I've been craving Tri-level Brownies. My absolute favorite brownie recipe! I've been making these since 1983 when I first was given this book.



So while Belvedere was napping in his sunny spot by the fireplace, I whipped up a batch to share with you along with the NEW mug rug design I've come up with. 

I have a niece who is in love with llama's so I certainly had her in mind when I drew this design up. My dad- way back in the day worked for the Llama Registry in Minnesota after he retired. He loved it, he also worked with my sister there. Another reason why he loved working at the registry! I thought of the sweet memories and stories he'd share when I stitched this up. It's a fun design to make. I was able to get it done in an afternoon. I made my llama's white and cream, but you can have fun and make your's any color combo! There are so many different types and colorings for llamas.
Something I wanted to share that is a little different then I normally do is, instead of sewing with brown or black thread. I used a cream/tan variegated cotton thread for a softer edge on the design. I really like how it turned out.



I hope that you have fun with this pattern. I sure had fun making it. I have PDF patterns available in my Etsy shop and also on the Quilt Doodle website. You can also buy the PDF pattern instantly by clicking the 'Buy Now' button above. It is a great project to work on for Valentine's Day. Well, I'm off to grab a brownie and a cup of coffee and go back to do some more stitching. 

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Cindy and Belvedere