Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March's Blocks! It's Laundry Day and Pie!

This month's blocks remind me of my grandma. I have such fond memories of visiting grandma and  grandpa on the farm. Remember the smell of pie just out of the oven? Love the smell of something baking. I remember helping grandma make pies for dessert. Apple pie, banana cream pie were two of our favorites to make on the farm. That summer I had graduated to being able to help in the kitchen, I felt pretty grown up rolling out pie crust. (I was about 15-16 years old) Grandma was pretty used to making these huge meals to feed all the guys, especially during harvest. My dinners pale compared to the feasts that grandma used to cook, not just once, but three times a day. There was always a dessert to enjoy after the meal with a big glass of milk, or cup of coffee.












I just had to have a block with grandma's clothesline... Who doesn't remember visiting grandma and crawling into bed with newly washed sheets. Remember how great they smelled, all fresh and outdoorsy. No fabric softener sheet can replicate that. I know, I've tried! The only way to get that true springtime fresh is from a set of sheets that were hung outside to dry on the clothesline.

This year's BOM is a very traditional design using 1930's fabrics. These fabrics remind me so much of grandma and her cotton dresses. I hope that you have fun with this pattern. March's pattern has everything you need to complete these two blocks. You will get the directions on how to make the Dresden plate block. Feel free to make all 12 Dresden circles if you would like. The left over fabric from the Dresden Blades will be used for the applique designs. Remember the blocks are set on point. The supply list can be found on my website along with this month's directions. March's directions are only FREE this month, then after that they will be found on my Etsy site for a small fee. You can also find the directions in my Craftsy Shop too. So let's get started....

HINT: I have been throwing all of my scraps as I cut 'plates' into this little bin on my cutting table.
Why? It's been very useful for some of my applique pieces. But also, we will use some of these towards the end of the quilt....

Using the blade template cut 1 blade for each fabric.
16 different fabrics total for each block.
You will make 12 blocks all together for this quilt.
Fold the blade in half lengthwise, right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam along the short straight edge (Top edge). This will form the 'point' when you turn it right side out.

Here I have all my blades pressed for one block.

Sew your blades together in pairs, right sides together. Continue to sew blades together along the long side until you form a 16 section plate.

I love the scrappiness of this 'plate'.

I ironed the circle in half, then in half again. And one more time so that I have 'markers' for lining up my circle with my plate section.

I line the seam up with the folded marking and ease my circle and plate section together.
I hold it all together with pins. A lot of pins...
I sew the two together with a 1/4" seam.

The center is the perfect spot for an applique!
HINT: The circle will 'lay down smoother if--- iron the Dresden plate from the back side and iron the circle seam out towards the points.  Then press the front side of the Dresden block.
I don't know what it is, but the block will iron out so much better when done this way.
I have all my pieces traced onto my heat n bond.

If you center your Dresden plate over the pattern placement sheet, you can see the lines thru the white material. It makes it so nice to line up where to iron on the pieces.


All of my pieces are ironed on and ready to be blanket stitched.

I set my machine for a 2.5 length and 2.5 width for my blanket stitch.

'Wash Day'

'Pie'

I have not appliqued my Dresden plates onto my 12 1/2" white squares yet.
Patterns can be found on the Quilt Doodle website and on Craftsy (Not until the 1st of the month):
Fat Quarter bundles of 16 fat quarters are available in my Etsy store to get you started.
Tag me on Instagram with your photos #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2017 #quiltdoodledesigns @quiltdoodles
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's pies and clotheslines.

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My favorite picture of grandma and I, taken in front of her flower garden.

          Let’s have some quilty fun!
Cindy
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Friday, February 24, 2017

A Touch of Spring...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/500857054/garden-bunny-applique-pdf-pattern-for?ref=shop_home_active_1It's hard to believe that just last week I was running errands in a light weight sweatshirt and actually had to ditch the scarf and hand warmers because I was too warm. Winter is back in Minnesota... just about 30 miles south of my home they are being bombarded with snow. 12 plus inches of the white stuff. Friends are posting snowy pictures all over facebook. Yesterday I was getting prepared for the storm of the year. My phone kept lighting up with alerts, storm warning... I was secretly thrilled with the idea of a snow day, hunkering down with my quilting by the fireplace. One last hurrah before spring. You would laugh, not a flake of snow at all here, just windy and cold. I stopped watching TV, the weathermen were coming up with all sorts of excuses why their state of the art weather tracking systems didn't work. It's hard to admit, but I feel like I was gipped. I was looking forward to that one big snowfall before spring would actually arrive.  I was so spoiled last week with the warmer weather that I have a horrible case of spring fever. I had the mindset, 'just one more big snow storm...' I'm dying to see bright colors and flowers. So I have been working on some springtime designs and have one done. I'm loving it! It's been awhile since I've added any new animals to my woodland themed patterns. Well, now there's a bunny. A sweet little bunny hiding among the flowers. It's a great project to use up some of those brightly colored scraps that you  have left over from other projects. If you are dying for a touch of spring, this is a fun project.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/500857054/garden-bunny-applique-pdf-pattern-for?ref=shop_home_active_1

For those of you stuck in the snowstorm, I'm secretly envious. As I look out my window, I see only gray suckiness... no sun, it's cold, no pretty white, frosted trees.
I am returning to my studio to play with some more pretty fabric, as least I can dream about spring.

Happy quilting,
Cindy

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Love These Blocks!

I just love the Quilt Doodle BOM 2017 blocks when they are done with embroidery instead of being appliquéd. While you guys are following along month by month, I am attempting to make two quilts! One that is done with fusible applique and one that is embroidered. I know that applique isn't  everyone'should cup of tea so by showing the blocks can be embroidered presents another sweet option for doing this quilt. I want to show you how easy it is to do! I am not the best hand stitcher, my mom, grandma and friend, Colleen are awesome at it! I always marvel at their perfect tiny stitches. They do such beautiful work.  My stitches are not so even and perfect... but I still enjoy the hand stitching. There is just something about it that is so calming and peaceful. I also love that I can sit in my favorite chair and watch a chick flick while stitching... oh wait, maybe that's why my stiches are so perfect.... it's the TV distracting me!

I have a light tablet that I love! It so portable and easy to use.Here you can see I have my design
sheet laying under the fabric, ready to be traced. I use a pencil normally.

Here's my chicken design, all traced and ready to go. I am
using #12 pearl cotton.

I love using the orange for the outline on the dog.
Just am loving this puppy design.
Here are three of my embroidered blocks...
I don't included a stitching guide for doing this in embroidery. Have some fun with the pattern and stitch the designs using a variety of colors that match your fabric and it will turn out wonderful. I am using a #12 pearl cotton. I mainly have been doing a backstitch, but every so often I do a lazy daisy stitch to make my flowers. My grandma was big into embroidery. I am blessed to have a set of dishtowels and pillowcases that she made for me when I go married. They are sitting in my linen closet. I hardly ever use them because I want them to stay 'nice' since grandma is no longer with us. I remember sitting at the kitchen table talking over coffee while she embroidered. I was so lucky to live close to her and grandpa when Mark and I were first married. I loved visiting with them whenever I could. So many wonderful memories.

Have a wonderful day!
Happy stitching,
Cindy



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February's Blocks, A Cute Puppy and Chicken!

This month are a couple of cute blocks, a puppy and chicken. I can't even count how many dogs my grandparents had over the years while all of us were growing up. I can say my least favorite dog was Barney, a St. Bernard. Barney was a sweet dog and I probably would have loved him if we would have started out on a better foot. Here's my version of the story.... Imagine a thirteen year old who, well was a typical thirteen year old girl, fussy about her hair and outfits. When I first met Barney he was all excited to greet a car full of kids. I'm sure he saw our arrival as a litter of playmates. Being the oldest, I was the first one out of the car... it had rained... it's the farm.... mud everywhere... mud puddles EVERYWHERE....  I'm foolishly wearing all white.... I was styling the hippest 70's look not realizing that I would be greeted by a two hundred pound bundle of love and mud.... everyone had a pretty good laugh as I stomped my way into the house full of paw prints the size of my head. I do think of Barney fondly now, I'm sure he was a sweet dog. I don't remember chickens on grandma and grandpa's farm, but my mom talks about when they had chickens when she was a little girl. I love farm fresh eggs! My sister in law has chickens on her farm and it's always a treat to get a dozen of eggs from her. Someday I would love to have a few chickens. Just love them!

This year's BOM is a very traditional design using 1930's fabrics. These fabrics remind me so much of grandma and her cotton dresses. I hope that you have fun with this pattern. February's pattern is chock full of info. You will get the directions on how to make the Dresden plate block. Feel free to make all 12 Dresden circles if you would like. The left over fabric from the Dresden Blades will be used for the applique designs. Remember the blocks are set on point. The supply list can be found on my website along with this month's directions. February's directions are only FREE this month, then after that they will be found on my Etsy site for a small fee. You can also find the directions in my Craftsy Shop too. So let's get started....

Using the blade template cut 1 blade for each fabric.
16 different fabrics total for each block.
You will make 12 blocks all together for this quilt.
Fold the blade in half lengthwise, right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam along the short straight edge (Top edge). This will form the 'point' when you turn it right side out.

Here I have all my blades pressed for one block.

Sew your blades together in pairs, right sides together. Continue to sew blades together along the long side until you form a 16 section plate.

I love the scrappiness of this 'plate'.

I ironed the circle in half, then in half again. And one more time so that I have 'markers' for lining up my circle with my plate section.

I line the seam up with the folded marking and ease my circle and plate section together.
I hold it all together with pins. A lot of pins...
I sew the two together with a 1/4" seam.

The center is the perfect spot for an applique!
When tracing your shapes onto your heat n bond, group the same colors together.
Also remember the shapes appear reversed until you iron them onto your fabric.


Use the pattern placement drawing to lay your pieces onto
the fabric circle. Remember some of the pieces overlap.

This puppy is so adorable when done! Reminds me of a
friendly golden lab! (Doesn't really look like a Barney)

Chicken is adorable sitting on her nest... wonder if she has any eggs for me!
I made my chicken blue, what color will your chicken be?

I have not appliqued my Dresden plates onto my 12 1/2" white squares yet.
Patterns can be found on the Quilt Doodle website and on Craftsy (Not until the 1st of the month):
Fat Quarter bundles of 16 fat quarters are available in my Etsy store to get you started.
Tag me on Instagram with your photos #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2017 #quiltdoodledesigns @quiltdoodles
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's little puppies and chickens.

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          Let’s have some quilty fun!
Cindy
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