Sunday, April 2, 2017

Grandma's Mixing Bowl and a Purple Cow...

First I must apologize for the delay of this month's blocks. If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you know that I have the mother of all colds. I haven't been this sick in years. I find it funny because working at a school, I was swimming in a petri dish and was hardly ever sick. Now that I no longer am working at school, I catch the crud from my hubby and I've been hacking the last two weeks. I have been living on cough drops and chicken soup. I visited mom a couple days ago and I instantly felt better when she made me tomato soup and grilled cheese, and she even cut my sandwich in triangles. I felt instantly five again and it was like being wrapped up in my favorite blankie. Thank you mom! Now onto this month's blocks... grandma's mixing bowl and a purple cow! Visiting my grandparent's farm, mom and grandma spent a lot of time in the kitchen whipping all sorts of yummy recipes. There was always a plate of fresh baked cookies on the counter, a pot of coffee brewing and loaves of fresh bread rising for dinner. Grandma's kitchen always smelled so good.

Several years ago we put together a family cookbook, here's grandma's bread recipe from our cookbook. The sweet little toddler in the picture is my mom.


I decided to make a purple cow... why not! My grandparents had dairy cows when my mom was young. Mom talks about milking cows and 4-H. When I was growing up, grandpa no longer raised cows but I had to have a cow on my quilt. Purple cows from what remembered was a grape soda float. But then there was also this fun saying too that I remember ...

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

Then there's also cow tails, that yummy rope of caramel that I used to buy from the five and dime when I got to go to town with grandma and grandpa. I used to love buying cow tails!

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. April'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 blocks are set on point. The supply list can be found on my website along with this month's directions. April'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.

Tracing all of my shapes onto my heat n bond for iron on applique.

Here my shapes are all cut out and ready to be ironed on the the circle centers.

All ready to machine applique...


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

Grandma's mixing bowl block

Purple Cow Block

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 bowls and cows.

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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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Still Waiting for Spring

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Fluffy Bunny Tea Towel
My snowmen around my house are starting to look a little out of place.  Really out of place since it's almost April. I'm starved for some color...splashes of spring here and there.  The problem is, I lack motivation to dig the bins out of my crawl space to make the big switch... but today is the day that I force myself to pack away all of the snowmen that are still hanging out around my house.

I've pulled out my bunny tea towels and put them up in my kitchen.  Ahhhh pretty colors, even though there's still gray and dreary outside, I can smile at the cute bunnies in my kitchen. I made these designs several years ago and they still make me giggle. I love the long whiskers on my fluffy bunny design. He's so cute. It's a fun design for Easter and these designs make such cute hostess gifts.

You can add bunnies to your home too!  All of my patterns are available at Etsy and Craftsy I have both PDF's and packaged patterns.  A new batch of tea towels are on their way to my Etsy shop too from Dunroven House. Happy quilting!

Mr. Cottontail Applique Design on a tea towel...

Mrs. Cottontail

Fluffy Bunny Table Runner 
finished size 17" x 38"

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Sweet Leprechaun

St. Patty's day is right around the corner, and I love applique so I came up with a cute little Leprechaun to decorate my kitchen with.  I was surprised as to how quick and easy it was to sew together.
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I first appliqued St. Patty on a tea towel...
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I gathered some left over green fabric and made a cute ruffle for on the bottom of my towel...
I then used some left over binding and used it to trim off the ruffle and make a tie at the top of the towel, (it's sorta ruffles too) I tied it to my fridge...
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I like it tied to the handle of my microwave, it's such a festive
addition to my kitchen. Isn't it so cute!
I do like to decorate a little bit for St. Patty's day even though I'm not even a little bit Irish. But I think on St. Patty's day everyone can celebrate and wear a little bit of green and exclaim,
'Kiss me, I'm Irish!'

Happy Quilting,
Cindy

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Embroidery...


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I am still trucking along with my embroidery. I have noticed that my backstitch is starting to look a bit better. I guess practice makes perfect. I am on my way to quilt retreat this weekend. As I write I am wondering what in heaven's name am I going to work on. I have a list of things that I want to do. As you read this, I should be all snuggly warm in front of Colleen's fireplace stitching away listening to the hum of everyone sewing on their projects. I am really looking forward to spending the weekend with my mom and sister. I know I'll be bringing my Mystery BOM that I'm doing in embroidery. I'm happy to report that my stitches are starting to look better. Not quite as nice as my mom's or Colleen's but I'm pleased with my progress.  My mom will be starting the Quilt Doodle BOM this weekend. She's never made a Dresden plate so she's asked for me to help her out. I'm sure she'll buzz along and get all caught up this weekend to where everyone else is at. It's fun to watch my mom follow along with the BOM. I think she enjoys it. My mom is doing embroidery for the designs since she's not a big fan of applique. So here are my embroidered plates for this month... shhhh don't look too close....

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Soft Ginger Cookies ~ Grandma's recipe
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon ginger
 1/2 teaspoon cloves
4 1/2 cups flour
1 cup molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix soda in buttermilk. Then mix all ingredients together. Roll our and bake at 350 for 6 to 8 minutes. Frost with the following recipe...
Frosting: 1 package gelatin, 1/2 cup cold water, mix and set aside. Boil 3/4 cup water and 2 cups sugar, boil until it spins a thread. Add to the gelatin mixture and whip until stiff enough to spread on cookies.

Grandma made several dozen of these for my wedding. They are still one of my favorite cookies. I have been searching high and low for this recipe and then remembered, it's in the old church cookbook. I thought it would be fun to share with you. It's one of those old timey yummy recipes.

Remember this month's blocks can be found HERE. Past blocks can be found in my Etsy shop as an instant PDF download.
Hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching.

Happy quilting,
Cindy


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I have Spring Fever....


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I have spring fever sooooo bad. I know just a week ago I was boo hooing over the big snow storm that missed us. Well, I'm fickle... I have spring fever so bad, I'm wearing capris and freezing to death today. Want to run errands but don't want to wear a coat, so I'm staying home. Staying home and working on some pretty springtime projects! I'm hooked on bunnies and flowers right now. Love the springtime look of the mini quilt, or wall hanging I just completed. It reminds me of all the Easter egg hunts my boys did over the years with the cousins. Running around grandma and grandpa's front lawn looking for those brightly colored eggs. Buckets and baskets overflowing by the time they were done. I hope it's a nice day for our Easter egg hunt this year. It's so nice to get outside...

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I'm gonna go eat that piece of cheesecake for lunch and then head back down to the studio and sew up some more springtime.

Happy quilting!
Cindy

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hate Curved Piecing???

Is the curved piecing on the Dresden block driving you nuts? As I have learned over the years, there is usually more than one way to create a block. From my point of view, there is no right or wrong way as long as it gives you the same results as what the pattern is trying to achieve. Well my friend, Lea at Podunk Pretties has taken my Dresden BOM directions and shown a great tutorial on an alternative way to do the center circle. For those of you who hate curved piecing this is a great alternative method for you! I have gotten several emails on sewing the center circle so I thought it would helpful to share with you this method of doing the center circle. It may make some of your lives easier and make piecing a Dresden plate more enjoyable. You can find Lea's tutorial


To add a little extra sweetness to this little posting, I thought I would have a give away too! Post your pictures to Instagram, add the hashtag quiltdoodlebom2017 and tag me @quiltdoodledesigns for a chance to win! I am giving away a set of three of my brand new patterns to two winners! I will pick my winners at the end of the month. So remember to post your finished Dresden plates to Instagram and use the #quiltdoodlebom2017 @quiltdoodledesigns so that I can find your pictures!


Happy quilting!
Cindy

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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