Monday, March 19, 2018

Dragonfly Dream Table Runner

I just know spring is right around the corner even though we have a ton of snow on the ground here in Minnesota. How do I know? The days are longer, the sun is brighter and most importantly, the birds are singing! Yes! There was actual singing this morning when I let the dogs out to do their thing. I actually braved the 31 degrees in a sweatshirt and listened to the birds chatter and sing this morning. It was glorious. It would have been perfect if I would have remembered my cup full of coffee. I have spring fever so badly... I'm dying for color.  I've notice lately that I an gravitating towards bright colors when I work in the studio. My fabric purchases this last week or two have been laden with flowers and bright at that!

One of my favorite patterns is my Dragonfly Dream Table Runner. I designed this pattern when I was a total newbie at pattern writing. It's written so that you can make two runners with the materials listed. My thought with this runner was to inspire the creativity in everyone. I have no concrete directions for placement of your coneflowers or dragonflies. You can play with the placement of the design elements and have some fun. I finished two of these runners this last weekend. Both have different design placement.

I used a dark brown thread to do a button hole stitch around the designs.

The brown thread adds an edge to the design.

On this table runner I didn't add the extra stitching. I am relying on the heat n bond to hold the design in place. I machine quilted an all over stippling design using a thread that blends in with the colors of the batik fabric. This will also hold the design in place.
Finished size is 12 1/2" x 36 1/2"
Here you can see how I placed the design onto each table runner.
My dining table is sorta big so I placed both table runners side by side for my centerpiece. This table runner makes a great hostess gift if you are visiting family Easter weekend. The pattern is available as an instant PDF download for $8.00 click on the link below to purchase your copy. It's a fun pattern to make and perfect to chase away those wintertime blues and celebrate spring!

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Minnesota Winter Wonderland QAL - March

March is finally here! Some of our biggest snowstorms have been in March. Just when you think winter could almost be over we get slammed with a huge snowstorm. When my kids were small, I loved those snowstorm days. I made hot cocoa and popped popcorn. We'd watch Disney movies and just hang out. Now when a big ol' storm hits, we text each other and ask 'how much snow do you have'.
This month we will be working on a big pine tree. It'll look great next to the cabin that we made last month. 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 'Big Tree'. A cozy cabin needs a big tree to shade it. The block is the same size as the Cozy Cabin block. One thing to keep in mind is to do the background the same or similar fabrics as you did for your Cozy Cabin block. This will also be true with the blocks for May and September. (We will get back to making 'strips' next month.) 
Here are my fabrics all cut and ready to go.
To form the triangle square blocks I sew corner to corner...

My stack of triangle squares, sewn... but I need to trim the extra fabric and iron.

I find it helpful to have a large work space to lay this block out.

Everything's in place and ready to be sewn.

All of my 2 1/2" squares are sewn, now just to add the bottom 2 1/2" strip.

'Big Tree'
Quilt Doodle BOM 2014 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 Minnesota Winter Wonderland 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 trees! You can post photos on Instagram and tag @quiltdoodledesigns or #quiltdoodledesignsqal

It'll be fun to see everyone's blocks! If you haven't joined in on the fun for this years QAL you can still join the party. All you need to do is purchase the Minnesota Winter Wonderland pattern. It can be found in my Etsy shop and also on the Quilt Doodle Designs website.  We will work on the next section on April 14th.

Happy Quilting,
Cindy and Belvedere

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by today to check out what I came up for this blog hop. Thanks to Carol too for organizing this fun hop and awesome group. Small, smaller, smallest...I have been thinking about this hop and thinking, geez what can I do.... ideas didn't come easily for this one. I thought of what I would do late one night. You know, those nights when it's hard to get to sleep. Well that's when it dawned on me what to do and share with you. Lately I have been doing a little catching up on UFO's. Those that follow me have seen my 'Snowball' Quilt that I finally finished piecing... well there were scraps, a few fat quarters, a little yardage, orphan blocks and a pattern for a smaller 'Snowball' quilt (table topper) so let me show you what I made to share with you today!

We all have ophan blocks. You know the blocks that didn't quite work out right, extra blocks left over when finished with a project and sometimes a block we make that we have decided we don't ever want to make again...Well, these blocks make great mini quilts and mug rugs. Just add some borders and voila! A cute mug rug.... it's also a great way to use up batting strips.  I had extra blocks left over from my Snowball quilt so I made a cute mug rug. 

I just love how it turned out! 

I then made a smaller snowball block... using all the extra fabric I still had left over I made a blue-tiful table topper. In this picture you can see how large my quilt block was compared with the table topper block. It's smaller...

The finished size of my snowball table topper is 36" x 36"
When I made my original snowball quilt, I saved all of my triangle scraps that I trimmed off my snowball blocks. What's great about saving these is they are perfect for triangle squares! Don't throw those scraps away, let me show you some wonderful uses for these little scraps. It's great for a smaller project!

I turned my pile of half square triangles into a healthy stack of  2" triangle blocks.(with the seam allowance) These little beauties will be 1 1/2" blocks when finished.
One thing I really like to do is make matching pillowcases for quilts that I make. So I thought these little blocks just screamed pillowcase border!
It took a ka-zillion triangle blocks to make a pieced strip for my pillowcase. 

I just love how the border turned out on my pillowcase. I used the burrito style pillowcase pattern that can be found FREE online and I inserted my pieced border in for the coordinating pillowcase hem. It took a little thought when pinning it together so that the pieced border would end up on the outside of the pillowcase and not on the inside.
Here's a close up look at the hem of my pillowcase.

I still had a stack of triangle squares leftover. So I pieced them together to make some pinwheel squares.
I then used these pinwheel squares to make some simple chicken pincushions! 
So the next time you finish a project. Look at the fabric you have left, even the little bits. Think of the fun possibilities you have for small projects. I will never look at those triangle trimmings the same way again. Just think, out of an couple orphan blocks, my leftover fabric and my 'trimmings' I was able to make a table topper, mug rug, pillowcase and a bunch of little chickens. Can you believe I still have some fabric left over! 

I hope that you have fun hopping around, I have included the entire blog list. Just in case you missed yesterday and want to join us for the rest of the week. I'm joined by a bunch of talented ladies! Oh, I'm also having a little giveaway... leave a sweet comment for a chance to win a fun little Quilt Doodle Gift bag... it includes a mug, Snowman Trio pattern, some handy clips and three carrot noses.

March 5

March 6

Quilt Doodle Designs (You are here!)

March 7

March 8

Happy quilting!
Cindy and Belvedere

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March's Block is Out, Let's Go Ice Fishing!

Happy March everyone! As many of you know I am a mom to two boys. They are all grown up and are typical Minnesotans. They love the outdoors and love to fish. It doesn't matter what time of year it is, they love the outdoors. This is especially true about my oldest son. When he's not working he's either on a lake fishing or building fishing rods and dreaming about catching that big ol' fish. In fact you can check out his custom built fishing rods at Finding Walter Custom Rods. These fishing rods are beautiful and hand built one by one. It's quite an art. These rods are hand tested by friends and family. I've have caught a few keepers with his custom built fishing rods while up at the lake. (I'm a fair weather fisherman, on a boat in warmer weather)

  The cold weather doesn't stop John from fishing. He enjoys ice fishing. Both my boys were recently up north ice fishing staying in an Ice Castle for a few days (glorified fish house) Sounds like they had a wonderful time but I am pretty sure it's not for me. I don't think my nerves could take the booming sounds of the ice cracking. I'm more of the summertime, reading on the boat type of girl. Now that March is here, Ice fishing is coming to an end. All fish houses and shelter must be off the ice (lake) by March 15th (in Northern Minnesota).  I'm sure my oldest is still thinking about that next big catch and designing a rod to make it a little easier.

For this month I came up with an ice fishing snowman.  The design is placed on one of the snowball quilt blocks. If you made all four blocks, 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 January, February, and April blocks.
All of the design elements are in place and ready to be ironed in place.

Here I am machine appliqueing around all the pieces.

I have marked the eyes and mouth with a pencil so I can embroider French knots.

I also use a pencil to draw the fishing line and snowman's arm. Using pearl cotton I embroider it using a backstitch.

~Ice Fishing Snowman~

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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Button kits are available in my Etsy Shop too!

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"