Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July's Blocks Embroidered


I have been working on two versions of this quilt. An applique quilt and one done in embroidery. Doing one in embroidery has been a challenge for me since I am slow at stitching.  SLOW.... like a snail... turtle... sloth.

I do have to say my stitches are improving and I find embroidery to be relaxing and enjoyable. I had the pleasure of spending time with my family on vacation last week. Mom and I spent most afternoons sitting lakeside and stitching. It was so much fun to spend quality time with everyone. Mom is playing catch up on her Quilt Doodle BOM 2017. She's embroidering her designs. I oogled over her perfect stitches. Her stitches are so even... I'm trying to aspire to her perfect even stitches.


Now onto this months designs! I have two blocks for you to complete, my mom's green sewing machine and my Great grandparent's little house. Both of these designs will be put on the background white/cream fabric on point. 

Find the center of your 12 1/2" square...

On the pattern placement sheet I have marked the center with a little dot...
Mom traced her designs using a washable transfer marker and a light table. I also like to use this method too. But running out of time packing for vacation. I ran my designs thru the printer and printed my embroidery designs onto some Transfer Eze. (Transfer Eze is not paying me to say this) I just like using this product and for me, it was a huge time saver. 
I'm stitching away using a variegated #12 pearl cotton.
My stitches are improving... I'm pretty pleased.

Mom's Sewing Machine Block

Great Grandma and Grandpa's Little House Block
There is no right or wrong way to embroider these designs. Have fun with it if you are stitching them instead of doing applique. I have been adding lazy daisy flowers here and there to the designs. It's my own little inprov on the designs. I have been switching up my pearl cotton colors on each designs. But I think it would be adorable done all in one color. You could do red work if you would like and I think the finished results would be charming.

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.
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 houses and sewing machines.

My favorite picture of grandma and I, taken in front of her flower garden.
Wow, this month is sure flying by. I hope that you have a week. I'm still washing laundry from vacation, it's time to run downstairs and start another load... then get back to stitching.

          Let’s have some quilty fun!
Cindy

Friday, July 21, 2017

Laundry Day

 
I love this quilt, I call it Laundry Day because for one reason or another it reminds me of grandma and fresh laundry. There is nothing better then the fresh smell of clothes just in from the clothesline. Oh that fresh, crisp smell. It's snuggly and wonderful....

I gave the original quilt to my sister for her birthday a few years ago. It dawned on me I need to make another one for my trunk show. I also need one just for myself too! It's a quick and easy weekend quilt. It's a lovely lap quilt size. I featured 'dot' fabric while making this quilt. I have to admit, I'm a dot-o-phobic... sorta scared to buy dot fabric, use dot fabric.  I dug around in my fabric and found a fabulous collection of scraps that I actually bought on Etsy, there were some wonderful dot fabrics included.  I've been saving this fabric to make a quilt.... so I came up with this fun quilt square which is quick and easy to put together.  I hope that you enjoy my quilt.  The pattern for my quilt can be found on Etsy and Craftsy.... I have called it 'Laundry Day'.... the colors are fresh and bright, like clean laundry hanging on the clothes line.

Here is one of my blocks for my quilt.... it measures 12 1/2" (this includes seam allowance) I really like the green dot fabric.
Then there is this block with the blue dot fabric.... love this one too!
"What..... why can't I lay  down here?" A silly picture of Wilson
from years ago when I originally put this quilt together.
Here is a section of my "Laundry Day" quilt with my Dot blocks...
Here is 'Laundry Day' laided out on my kitchen table, all ready to be pinned for quilting....

Lime green with white dots...... I had so much fun free motion quilting!

A funky flower dot.....

More lime green....

A fun lime green and pink dot fabric!

Well, as a recovering Dot-a-phobic.... I quilted 'dots' too!  It was a lot of fun to do.

The finished quilt!
'Laundry Day'
44" x 56"
This is one of my favorite go to patterns because is whips together pretty quickly. It's scrap fabric friendly, plays well with jelly rolls and layer cakes. My quilts featured 'dot' fabrics, but this quilt is adorable in any fabric. Moda's Bonnie and Camille would be wonderful made up with this pattern too. This pattern could be easily adapted to make a bigger quilt by doubling the amount of fabric and make a quilt that would be 4 x 6 squares. You could even make a matching table runner for a dresser by just making 3 blocks in a row. Wouldn't that be cute for a guest bedroom. 
'Laundry Day' can be found HERE and HERE
  
Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you! 
Cindy

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Little Christmas in July

  I thought it would be fun to revisit a fun Christmas project. This was featured in a blog hop from several years ago and it's still one of my favorite projects. It's an adorable table runner made with applique quilt squares featuring my lovable, furry friend, 'Wilson'.  I hope that you enjoy Wilson's Christmas Table Runner as much as I enjoyed making it! It is made up with three blocks featuring Wilson.  So let's get started... to make Wilson's Christmas table runner you will need the three 'Wilson' quilt block patterns and....
1/2 yard background fabric (gold)
Wilson loved to dress up
for the holidays!
1/3 yard sashing fabric and red bow/hat (red)
1/4 yard for binding and for 'package' block/scarf (green)
1/2 yard for backing (color of your choice, I used cream)
40"x 17" piece of batting
fat quarter cream fabric (Wilson face)
fat quarter of light brown fabric (Wilson face)
2" x 2" scrap dark brown fabric (Wilson's nose)
2" x 4" scrap red fabric (Wilson's tongue and nose)
5" x 7" scrap brown fabric (twig antlers)
5" x 5" scrap white fabric (Santa hat)
seed beads for eyes
Heat n Bond
To make the table runner you will need 2   - 11" squares out of a background fabric of your choice.  Also cut a 11" x 7" background fabric and a 11" x 4 1/2 " green rectangle.  Set aside...

Tracing Wilson pieces onto the paper side of heat n bond.  I group pieces that will use the same color fabric....

All of my Wilson pieces are traced....

After ironing heat n bond pieces onto the fabric, I cut them out and lay them on the 11" blocks.  'Is This Gift For Me' pieces are placed on the 11" x 7" background fabric....

To make "Is This Gift For Me", iron on the face pieces onto the rectangle, lining up the bottom edge.  Make sure it's centered too.

Sew the green 11" x 4  1/2"  rectangle to the bottom edge of the
 "Is This Gift For Me" block, right sides together.

Iron the seam, then iron on the red bow.... (and the tag)

"Is This Gift For Me".... This will be the center block for our
table runner.  Isn't it cute!  Love it!!!

Continue to sew a blanket stitch around the edges of the Wilson pieces... If you prefer a satin stitch, zig zag or a straight stitch along the edge, that is fine too!

"Santa Wilson"

"Wilson Deer"

Cut 2    2  - 1/2"x 11" strips out of red fabric.  This will be the sashing for in between the three blocks.  Sew the blocks together with the sashing. Iron.

Cut  2  -2  1/2"x 35  1/2" out of red fabric, then sew to the sides of the table runner.  Iron.

Cut  2 - 2 1/2"x 15" red strips and sew to the ends of the table runner. Iron.
Layer with batting and backing, quilt as desired.  Bind.

I felt like the "Is This Gift For Me" block was missing a tag.  So I made one and ironed and stitched in on.  It helped complete the block. (The tag is included in the directions)


The finished table runner using all three Wilson quilt blocks....
finished size 38  1/2" x 14  1/2"
'Is This Package For Me?' pattern can be found HERE for free
☆If you are unable to download the pattern it can be found on Craftsy for free. The pattern name is 'Is That Gift For Me' by Quilt Doodle Designs ☆
'Santa Wilson' and; 'Wilson Deer' can be purchased at Craftsy as an instant PDF download or on ETSY as a PDF pattern. I hope that you give my table runner a try.  The table runner would make a cute gift for the dog lover in your life.  Mix up the colors to match your poochie poo!

Happy Quilting and Perfect Stitches to you,
Cindy

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bed for New Puppy...

Since the loss of our sweet Wilson last winter, the house has been not quite the same. I miss our goofy boy and Maddie could use a companion too. Although I know that we can't replace Wilson, our family has gotten used to being a two dog family.  We miss juggling two dogs for our morning walks. I miss Wilson talking to me like Scooby doo when he needed something. Our home just isn't quite the same. So.....we have decided to get a new puppy and have been on a waiting list for a basset hound since April. Our family has been waiting patiently for a new puppy to join our family. I've become a bit of a stalker with the breeders website... looking for birth announcements and pictures. We hope to be able to pick out our newest family member in a couple of weeks and a new four legged friend will join our family mid August. I feel like an expectant mommy and have been thinking about our new little puppy constantly. To pass the time I've been buying basset hound memorabilia, I have a new basset hound mommy mug, a couple sets of salt and pepper shakers and even a cookie jar. My husband just smiles. Oh yeah, hubby got a basset hound themed t-shirt for his birthday. We've even picked out names.... Belvedere, being at the top of the name list. My hubby likes the idea of yelling...." Belvedere... come here boy...." Remember the looney toons cartoon.... Why a basset hound? Well, my hubby has always been fond of them and it's his turn to choose since I picked out (rescued) the last two family dogs. Basset Hounds are adorable with their floppy ears and wrinkles. I am charmed by their long ears, sad eyes and wrinkles... this is going to be one spoiled rotten puppy. (Or well loved...)

To pass the time I even made a doggy bed for the new puppy. It was super easy to do and it turned out adorable! All it took was an old pillow, a charm pack and a couple of accent fabrics... and just a free afternoon. I put a spin on a burrito pillowcase to make the dog bed.

This is the perfect fabric charm pack for my
pillowcase - dog bed...

These are my accent colors... the dark is the trim and the
light color is the cuff...

Sew the 5" charm pack squares together, remember to mix the fabrics up a bit...

I made a 5 square by 8 square rectangle...

Lay the 1/3 yard cuff fabric out right side up.
Then lay a 2" strip wof (folded in half and ironed) on top...

Lay your rectangle sheet on top right sides and 'long' side together.
Pin in place....

Trim excess cuff and trim fabric....

Tightly roll up the body of the pillowcase.
(Pieced rectangle)

Fold the cuff up around the rolled up 'body' and pin in place
matching up the edge.

Sew a 1/4" seam.... 

Turn your pillowcase inside out...

Iron.

With wrong sides together sew the side and bottom seam
of the pillowcase.

Turn inside out and then sew a 3/8" seam along the side
and bottom of pillowcase. Turn right side out, iron.
You're done!!!

"This isn't quite big enough for me... are you making another one?"

The perfect little dog bed... waiting for a perfect little puppy...
Its a great way to repurpose an old pillowcase and this way the pillow and doggie themed pillowcase are washable. It is a puppy after all. A sweet little hound dog... 

A pdf copy of this adorable pet bed, pillowcase can be found in my Etsy shop and also in my Craftsy shop. This is a great project for a beginner or young quilter. A really fun project for the experienced quilter too! Now I'm off to check the breeder's website and do some more nesting... The puppies are about 3 weeks old now and completely adorable!

Happy Quilting,
Cindy