Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Enter If U Dare Blog Hop

I love Halloween and find it so much fun to decorate for this fall celebration. So I have a few things to show you which I think you will have fun with to decorate your own homes with. Some are quick and easy and can be whipped up in an afternoon! But first I want to thank Marian at Seams To Be Sew You will have to make sure to check out all the cool giveaways that Marian has in store for this hop! Today's giveaway can be found at the end of my posting... I love to do blog hops and it's been awhile since I've participated in one. I've got a few tricks, I mean projects to show you. My first project that I would like to share with you is a flag to hang outside to greet your trick or treaters with... it's an oldie but goodie.

I decided to use my witch paper piecing pattern for the main design.
This pattern can be found
free on my website and also on Craftsy.

I added some borders and rick rack. Prairie Points finish off the bottom edge.
I'm holding my finished flag on a dowel. It'll look really cute hanging on the flag stand at home.

The finished measurements are 12" x 18", perfect for
my garden flag holder at home.
I then worked on a set of placemats using 'Something Wicked' from Wilmington Prints. I loved the preprinted fabric placemat panel. I fell in love with the skull and Edgar Allen Poe saying. I'm not usually a fan of 'panels' but I totally fell in love with this spooky panel! The directions on the panel was for either placemats or pillows. I decided to make some spooky placemats. I quilted them using a spider web design that I free motioned.

I didn't just stop there! Oh no... I also made some spooky Pumpkin Heads mug rugs. They are super quick and easy to make. The pattern can be found in my Etsy Shop. These sweet little mug rugs are fun to make for co-workers or for the kiddos. Make a bunch and string them together for a delightful garland. They are so versatile. So here is how I made them...

Cut out the pumpkin template and layer on batting and fabric. No need to cut the shape! All you need is some batting and fabric for the size of the template plus a seam allowance. (You have two fabric pieces, right sides together on top of the batting.)

Pin the template in place and sew around it using it as a guide, sewing thru all three layers.

Remove the paper template, see the pumpkin shape. Remember to leave a 1-2 inch opening at the top for the stem. Trim the pumpkin shape to a quarter inch seam and turn right side out. Iron.

Pop your pumpkin stem in place.... 

Then sew in place, closing up the top of the pumpkin. Iron.

At this time if you want to quilt the pumpkin shape you can, but it is totally optional.

Iron on your pumpkins face! Isn't it adorable! I have one pumpkin with the quilting and one without. Now it's time to do a blanket stitch around the pumpkin's face pieces. Then they're done!

My spooky table! Complete with skulls and candles.
I'm all ready for Halloween!

No onto the giveaways! Marian has some awesome sponsors for this Halloween blog hop. The Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $75 gift certificate to one lucky winner. To enter use the entry form below.

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Timeless Treasures is giving away different fabric bundles EACH day of the blog hop! So make sure to visit each day to see everyone's Enter If U Dare Blog entry and take time to enter the daily giveaways. I have a complete listing posted here for each day!

Todays Giveaway!!!
I am also hosting a fun little giveaway! Leave me a sweet comment on what project you loved in my posting. Make sure to leave me a way to contact you if you are a NO-REPLY blogger. For a second chance to win, follow me too and let me know that you do. Belvedere and I will pick out three winners at the end of the hop! You have a chance to win a PDF copy of my 'Frankie Mug Rug pattern.

I'm also having a little sale on KITS in my Etsy Shop ~ NO Coupon required!

Have fun hopping around. There will be all sorts of quilting treats for you!
I get to share today with all of these talented quilters;

Happy quilting!
Cindy & Belvedere

All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.
You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways.
Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.
You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Black Cats and Pumpkins

As many as you know, I love Halloween. I love the cooler days and crisp nights, the changing of the leaves and pumpkin spice everything! It's time to pull out some of my favorite projects and put them on display. All of these cute patterns can be found in my Etsy shop, website or on Craftsy.
I enjoy putting this table runner featuring a black cat
waiting for the Trick or Treaters... (I love the tiger striped pumpkins I found at the market last week!)

 I made a cute wall hanging featuring an adorable
black cat peeking out of a Jack o Lantern.... I'm

in love with the striped binding!

Out of some of my scraps I made this
wonky pumpkin coaster, or mug rug. I used
different sized buttons to add to the wonky-ness.
To make this wonky little pumpkin, I started out with a 6" square of orange fabric. Then I did a flip and sew with black fabric to make the 'corners'. I didn't pay attention to keeping it even, this adds to the wonky shape! I used heat n bond light and yellow fabric for the pumpkin's smile and nose. For his goofy little eyes I used two mismatched yellow buttons. A yo-yo embellishes his head for the stem. I used a 6" square of black fabric for the backing, and a piece of scrap batting. I had just enough left over binding for my mini coaster. It's a fun quick and easy project that uses up those little bits you may have left over from you fall, Halloween projects!

Halloween isn't complete without Witchy Poo's Shoe....

Thank you for visiting. Now.... it's been a long time since I've done a giveaway!  Leave me a sweet comment, become a follower, etc for chances to win a PDF copy of my 'Witchy Poo's Shoe' applique pattern. Make sure you get your email address to me if you are a no-reply blogger etc. or I won't be able to contact you if you won! Belvedere and I will pick 3 winners on October 15th.
Update- Winners have been choosen! Congratulations to Ellee, Joolz and Pauline!
Happy quilting,

I also have a little sale going on in my Etsy shop, no coupon needed.
packaged patterns, kits and samples are on sale...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October's Block!

It's hard to believe that October has arrived! The leaves are turning, pumpkin spice can be found everywhere! It's my favorite time of year. The stores are displaying mums for sale, love the bright colors. With the arrival of fall we are reminded that the holiday season is just around the corner! Yes, I mean Thanksgiving and Christmas! My last block celebrates all of the holidays that we spent with my grandparents. Growing up, we lived miles away from our grandparents. I mean many, many miles. No matter how far away we were, grandma and grandpa would pack up their car and make sure they were with us for the holidays! (and many trips were also made by my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Steve too) They made trips to Texas and New York from North Dakota, always by car. I don't know how they got everything packed into their car, but it was always full of Christmas gifts! Several trips to the car to bring them in... Christmas gifts and baked goods...  Mom and dad would have a houseful at holiday time. It was always so much fun and we loved their visits! So this month's block, the final block celebrates all of the trips they took to see us and that we took to see them!
Christmas many years ago...
There were three santas that year putting together a Wonder Horse!

Now onto this months design! I have one block for you to complete, this is the last block for the quilt. It is probably my favorite (although, they all are my favorites!) it's grandma and grandpa's car all packed for the holidays! 
This month's design will be put on the background white/cream fabric on point.

Find the center of your 12 1/2" square...
Trace the shapes onto your heat n bond, then iron them onto the fabric. Cut them out then lay your fabric pieces onto your fabric... some of the pieces will overlap. Iron in place.

Machine applique using a small button hole stitch. I used black thread.
~ Holiday Car ~

Remember you can embroider the design if you are not a fan of machine applique.

Patterns can be found on the Quilt Doodle website and on Craftsy (Not until the 1st of the month). Did you miss a pattern along the way? The past monthly patterns can be found in my Etsy and Craftsy shops for a small fee.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's Holiday Car.

With all of this talk about trips.... I'm pretty excited, I have an all girls trip with my mom and sisters all planned! It was mom's birthday gift from my sisters and I. We are so excited to go to Branson, our tickets are bought for some fun shows, hotel is reserved, we made special t-shirts to wear. I'm hoping to find a quilt shop or two. I've gotta go and pack my suitcase. I'm looking forward to lots of laughs and fun with the women I love most. I Hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

          Let’s have some quilty fun!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Taming your UFO Pile

Who doesn't have a pile of UFO's in their sewing rooms. I visited a lovely group of quilters a few weeks ago and they presented this lovely idea of how to tame your UFO pile during their meeting. I had never heard of the idea and I absolutely loved it! So here's what you need to do... Print up the handy dandy UFO sheet I have made for you. (It can be found on my website under my Quilting Fun Tab on the Quilt Doodle Website. (Click on the 'My List of UFO's' next to the UFO graphic and then you can print off your UFO sheet to fill in.)  This is a great project to do with your quilting girl friends or with your guild!  To make it extra fun, bring it to a quilt retreat or gather you friends for coffee. Fill in each line with a UFO you would like to tackle. (If you don't have enough UFO's to fill in the spaces, add a few projects you'd like to do.) Now after you've filled in the six spots.... pull out a dice and roll.  I rolled a 3... lucky number 3, so my goal is to finish my Confetti Quilt this month. I'm thrilled with this roll since I've only got a border to put on this quilt and then quilt it. It's a 'easy' roll.  Now my list has some 'huge' projects. I already know I won't be able to finish let's say my Dear Jane Quilt, but this method will block in time for me to focus on this project which will ultimately help me complete it. 
Doesn't this seem like an awesome idea! Wanna join me? Print up your sheet and work on your #3 item... have some fun... I'll check back in with everyone in a couple weeks and roll the dice again. Hopefully I will have a Confetti Quilt to show you too! Leave me a comment on what UFO you will be working on!

Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy Haunting!

The leaves are starting to fall at my house. It's an added reminder that autumn is here and before I know it, Halloween will be too! I love decorating for this spooky season. One of my favorite things to put out is my Happy Haunting mini quilt. It features a haunted house with a ghost and of coarse a few bats flying around. Imagine the little ghouls and goblins that go trick or treating here! I enjoy to embroider and this was a fun project to work on in front of the TV. This pattern also features a no-waste flying geese border... it's not a new technique, and I certainly can't take credit for it. But it sure makes tiny flying geese blocks easy and accurate to do! For my mini quilt I used 3 fat quarters from Thimbleberries to do my block. But any small print Halloween or fall fabric will work nicely.

Here's how I put my mini quilt together!
I began by cutting 32  ~  1  7/8" black squares and 8 ~ 3  1/4" orange squares

Lay two black squares on one orange square right sides together and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, you will sew a 1/4" scant seam on each side of the diagonal line.  (I have the diagonal marked here)

Sewing on the lines....

Then cut apart....

Iron... to the dark side....

Then lay a black square on your triangle section, again mark 1/4" seam on each side of the diagonal.

I have a stack of them to do to make a border!

Sew on the 1/4" seam line....

Cut apart....

iron... iron to the dark side....this will make 1" x 2" flying geese (1  1/2" x 2  1/2")

Then I trim my embroidery piece down ....

8 flying geese blocks will form the border on each side....

I fussy cut the corner blocks for the border.

Border is all pieced and the block is now ready to quilt.
All quilted
Sewing on the binding....
It's time to welcome the Trick or Treaters!!!

There's still time to put this fun mini quilt together for this Halloween. The pattern can be found in my Etsy shop either as a packaged pattern or an instant PDF download. Let's get our homes ready for the spooky season! I can just smell the pumpkin spice lattes and hot cider in the air. I love fall!

Happy Halloween!

PDF instant downloadable patterns are on sale in my Etsy shop thru the end of the month. No coupon code needed!!! An early treat for you!