Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Card Frame Holder

I'm all excited about my DIY Christmas Card holder. I usually drape our cards across our pantry doors like a big swag hung on ribbons. This year I wanted to do something different. I get a ton of photo cards and love putting the pictures on display during the holidays. So off to the craft store I went this afternoon to gather supplies. It would have been an inexpensive project had I stayed with the list, but I bought a few thousand other things too! (I have big decorating plans)

I bought some twine and cute mini clothespins...

My oldest son left this huge frame... it's something he used for
his photo booth as a prop.... since it was left at my house I consider
it fair game.  Any big frame will do... I like the idea of repurposing something
that has just been laying around collecting dust in my basement.
I strung lengths of twine across the width of the frame and attached it on the back.
I used mini clothes pins to attach cards. I've only gotten one card so far....
I also wrapped some copper light string around the frame. I thought it was a
nice added touch.

I was going to take my Art To Heart quilt down and hang my frame above the buffet in the dining room, but I decided to 'lean' it against the quilt on top of my buffet. I think it looks cozy with the quilt peaking behind.

My sisters card is the first to arrive! I think it's adorable hanging on
my Christmas Card holder.
I am planning a busy weekend decorating the house for the holidays. I'm trying a few new ideas and switching things up a bit. A lot of my friends already have their houses all decked out. I'll be lucky to get it all done by Christmas Eve!

Hope you're having fun getting ready for the holidays too!
Cindy

Thursday, December 1, 2016

"Tis the Season to Finish Our Quilts!


We all have our long holiday to do lists, putting this quilt together for the holidays would be worth every sewing-quilting moment you take to finish it. It will be an adorable quilt for you to put out for Christmas, also a great quilt to decorate your guest room with. Your holiday guests will love being welcomed with this cozy warm holiday quilt. I find quilting to be relaxing and enjoy doing my hand sewing in front of the TV watching movies. so when you get to the binding and embellishment stage of this quilt. Turn on the Hallmark station, (there's bound to be some traditional Hallmark Christmas shows on) sit in your favorite comfy chair and enjoy finishing your Christmas, Tis the Season quilt. Oh, and don't forget a plate of Christmas cookies and a cup of hot cocoa, (or a glass of wine). A couple of Hallmark movies and some hand stitching will surely help you relax and enjoy the holiday season.


I have all of my blocks and sashing laid out by my sewing machine.
I'm all ready to sew together my quilt top.
Here I am sewing a sashing and pinwheel strip following my quilt layout diagram.
I have my quilt top all sewn together except for the borders.
Here I am sewing on the borders, making sure to match up the seams
to set the snowmen as the corner blocks.
Here my darling nephew is posing with my quilt top.
I think he really likes it too!

You still have time to catch up if you are a block or two behind. This quilt will be so much fun to put out for the holidays. It would also make an awesome gift for someone special. The pattern for finishing the quilt up can be found for FREE this month in my Craftsy Shop and also on my website. Also, if you ever need to find past blocks or tutorials, I have a tab at the top of my blog labeled 2016 BOM that you can click on to get links to all past blog postings for this quilt. A complete listing of fabric supplies can be found on my website, Craftsy Shop and also under the 2016 BOM tab on my blog. Remember to post pictures of your progress on Instagram #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2016 (you can also tag me at Quilt Doodle Designs) There is also a flickr group you can join and post pictures. I love seeing pictures of what you guys are doing with the Tis the Season patterns. It is soooo much fun to see the quilt made in different fabrics! Love it!

Button packs are available in my Etsy Shop. I have packaged the button packs a couple of different ways. Either as one big pack with everything in it or individually for each design/row.




I hope that you have fun making this block this month. Email me if you are interested in joining in on a blog hop show and tell. Send me you email address, blog address, and name. I will put together and email you a day to present your finished quilt. If you don't have a blog and want to participate, let me know and I will post  your pictures for you.

Our blog hop will be January  19th - 22nd.
There will be all sorts of fun prizes for our blog participants and visitors!  Remember to post those calendars! I can't wait to see everyone's finish quilts!

 Happy Quilting!
Cindy

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Puddin' Head Gingerbread Cookies

We celebrated our annual cookie day this last Saturday. It's a day full of fun and laughter and a ton of Christmas baking. My sister and sweet nieces made the cutest gingerbread men this year so I thought I would share the recipe...



Puddin' Head Gingerbread Men
  • 1-½ cup Butter, Softened
  • 1-½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 10-½ ounces, weight Butterscotch Cook-n-Serve Pudding (3 - 3.5 Oz Boxes)
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1-½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons Ginger
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 4-½ cups Flour
Royal Icing
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons Warm Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and pudding. Slowly add eggs and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture. When well-mixed, roll on a well-floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. My sister skipped the frosting and decorated the cookies with sprinkles etc. before she baked them.

Allow cookies to cool completely on wire rack. Decorate with Royal Icing.
To make icing, combine meringue powder, powdered sugar, and 5 tablespoons of water. Mix slowly, adding more water until desired consistency is reached. Mix on high speed with an electric mixer for 7-9 minutes. Icing may be stored for up to two weeks in a tightly lidded container. Cover with a dampened kitchen towel to avoid drying of the icing while you are working with it!

I love gingerbread men... for a cute gift you could whip up a batch of these adorable little guys and pair them up with my Gingerbread mug rugs. Wouldn't that make an adorable gift. A little sweet something for your family and friends! My Ginger and Nutmeg Gingerbread Boy and Girl can be found in my Etsy Shop. Both are instant PDF downloads.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/quiltdoodledesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Happy Quilting!
Cindy

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

100 Blocks Winner!


Congratulations Patsy Cash!
Patsy will receive their magazine directly from Quiltmaker. Congratulations!!!

C Murphy Congratulations !
C Murphy will receive their magazine directly from me! Congratulations!!!



Congratulations Siouxzq64!
  

Siouxzq64 has won a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop! Congratulations!!!
For more patterns from Quilt Doodle Designs check out my website;

(15% off with coupon code 100blocks in my Etsy Shop)

I also have a limited supply of signed Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol.14
 for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Thank you again for stopping by! I also want to thank everyone who stopped by during the blog tour, I read everyone's sweet comments and I loved hearing from you all.
 I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Quilting!
Cindy

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tis the Season BOM Blog Hop


Mark your calendars for Janaury 19th - 22nd for a virtual show and tell. A group of us will be showing off our Quilt Doodle BOM 2016 blocks and finished quilts! Won't it be fun to see the quilts in different fabric choices. I'm really looking forward to it. Not only will it be fun to see everyone's projects but there is also some swag to giveaway to our lucky blog hop winners!

Even if your quilt top isn't finished, please join and show off your blocks. At the end of the hop I will announce the GRAND PRIZE winners for the BOM 2016. But to win you need to join the hop. To join, please EMAIL ME 

your name and email 

your blog if you have one
 ( if you do not have a blog)  I will host for you..

your url of your blog

More details to follow soon!
I will email a listing to all of our participants soon!



Mark your calendars for January 19-22th and post the BOM 2016 button on your blog or website. I have some wonderful prizes to give away at the end of the Quilt Doodle BOM Blog Hop. (Remember you need to participate to win)


You still have time to catch up if you are a block or two behind. This quilt will be so much fun to put out for the holidays. It would also make an awesome gift for someone special. The pattern for finishing the quilt up can be found for FREE this month in my Craftsy Shop and also on my website. Also, if you ever need to find past blocks or tutorials, I have a tab at the top of my blog labeled 2016 BOM that you can click on to get links to all past blog postings for this quilt. A complete listing of fabric supplies can be found on my website, Craftsy Shop and also under the 2016 BOM tab on my blog.

Button packs are available in my Etsy Shop. I have packaged the button packs a couple of different ways. Either as one big pack with everything in it or individually for each design/row.




 Happy Quilting!
Cindy

Monday, November 14, 2016

100 Blocks Blog Tour Volume 14


First let me say Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I am so thrilled to be included in this issue. You should have heard me scream in delight when I saw that my design made the cover! So exciting!!! I'm a covergirl!  Also, a big Thank you to Quiltmaker for hosting such a wonderful Blog Tour. I'm loving the 100 Blocks Blog Tour. I am so thrilled and honored to be included!

  Let me show you my sweet block, Snow Juggler... I love Christmas and the whole holiday season so I drew up this whimsical snowman. He such a happy fellow, juggling snowballs. Of coarse I had to find a way to use my favorite embellishments, buttons and yo-yo's...
(Snow Juggler can be found on page 13.) The templates for the applique designs can be found in the pattern sheets inserted in the center of the magazine. 

Snow Juggler


Let's make a fun table topper quilt with my Snow Juggler block! Following the directions in the magazine, make a Snow Juggler block. When I sew around my applique snowman, I use dark brown thread and a buttonhole stitch found on my sewing machine. I use a 'small' stitch setting on my machine. ( width- 2.5mm length- 1.2mm) I use white thread to stitch around the snowman's head and body. I then use dark brown thread to go around everything else.

The Snow Juggler block will be the center block of our table topper. I wanted my table topper to be scrappy so I decided to use a Cozy Christmas Jelly Roll from Riley Blake. I just love this fabric line! Makes me think of baking cookies with grandma! I open up the jelly roll and layed all of the fabrics out next to my machine. Grouping together similar colors... I used two light colored strips to frame my snowman block. Your center block should now measure 16 1/2" x 16 1/2".

I then made eight log cabin blocks using the 2 1/2" strips. It's a challenge for me to make something 'scrappy' I tend to over think things. Don't over think it... your blocks will turn out great! Use the photo above as a quide for your log cabin block layout. In order to get a 16 1/2" square, my center square is offset. I think it adds a bit of charm and actually enhances the scrappy look of my 'table' quilt. Finished blocks should also measure 16 1/2" x 16 1/2" square. Again, try not to fuss too much about planning out a scrappy block. Make a total of 8 log cabin blocks. Now the fun part is the layout. Again, I tend to over think layout... so have fun and arrange your quilt blocks out with your Snow Juggler block in the center. Sew your quilt top together. If you want to add an additional border onto your quilt top, you sure could at this point. I did add a 2 1/2" border using the same fabric that I used for the background for my Snow Juggler block. Then layer your quilt top with batting and backing and quilt it. Instead of embroidering the snowdrift on the snowman block, I quilted it. Leftover strips and scraps from my jelly roll make a wonderful scrappy binding for my quilt. I love scrappy bindings. This table top quilt is also a great size for a lap sized quilt. I was able to get project done in a weekend and it would make a wonderful gift for someone special.

I love how my table topper quilt turned out... I'm
ready to serve some tea and Christmas goodies.
 
Snow Juggler is such a happy snowman design.


Want a chance to win a copy from Quiltmaker Just leave me a sweet comment for a chance to win. (Make sure to leave me an email so that you can be contacted if you win!) Winner will receive their magazine directly from Quiltmaker.

 I am also having a little giveaway! I will also be giving away a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 14 to one luck winner. In addition to that a I also be giving away a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop! If you stop by Quiltmaker's blog you will have a chance to win my 'Tis The Season BOM Quilt Pattern and all sorts of other goodies!


Remember to just leave a sweet comment for a chance to win. If you want extra chances to win, follow me too, and leave a comment that you do. Make sure to leave me your email address if you are a no reply blogger.  I will announce winners on Monday, November 21st.

For more patterns from Quilt Doodle Designs check out my website;


I also have a limited supply of signed Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol.14
 for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Thank you again for stopping by!
Happy Quilting!
Cindy


Monday, October 31, 2016

November's Block ~ A Kazillion Pinwheels!


Or many tiny blocks…
Please don’t hate me too much after you get done with this month’s section of the ‘Tis The Season’ BOM quilt.  You get to make what will feel like a ka-gillion pinwheels…. Tiny pinwheelsteeny... tiny pinwheels. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I drew up the pattern. In theory it was adorable. I was shooting for adorable… I did a lot of chain sewing to get these little pieces done and even contemplated drinking (not pop) by the time I got to the end, I was also ready for the pretty white jacket that ties in the back. So plan on taking breaks while working on these. Lots of breaks, watch a movie, grab a pop... (or a drink) Whatever helps you get these blocks done. Also your ¼” seam allowance is super important with this block, so make a ‘test’ block and adjust accordingly. You want these to be 2 ½” squares when you are done (this is including the seam allowance.) If after you do a few of these you are going insane and want to choke the designer. Feel free to substitute 2 ½” red blocks, or make a ‘four patch’ using red and white (or green) using 1 ½” squares. Your quilt will turn out just as cute. If you are having fun making these pinwheels, (And I have to admit, I did fall in love with my stack of double pinwheel blocks when I was done.)  make a bunch extra and set them aside for a special project that I will present this month to go with your ‘Tis The Season’ Quilt. You’re gonna love it!


Following the directions, cut your red square and then cut the square diagonally from corner to corner and then corner to corner again to form four triangle pieces. I like to chain sew, so I cut a ton of them... repeat with the white squares of the same size.
Following the pattern... I cut the squares and cut these in half diagonally corner to corner.
I find it easier to show how this block goes together by showing you the layout.
I chained sewed the small triangles together... It took some time... but it will certainly be worth it in the end. Make sure you stay consistent with how you sew the red and white triangles together. You want your pinwheels to all spin in the same direction.

Iron your triangle sections, to the dark side and trim the 'dog ears'.
Now it's time to sew your white triangles with the red and white triangles together.
I also chain sewed these.

To form the double pinwheel block you will sew these four blocks together.
Make sure your pinwheels are spinning all in the same direction!
An adorable tiny, double pinwheel block. Make sure to square them all up to measure 2 1/2".
I love my stacks of pinwheel blocks. They are so pretty!

You still have time to catch up if you are a block or two behind. This quilt will be so much fun to put out for the holidays. It would also make an awesome gift for someone special. The pattern for the pinwheels can be found for FREE this month in my Craftsy Shop and also on my website. Also, if you ever need to find past blocks or tutorials, I have a tab at the top of my blog labeled 2016 BOM that you can click on to get links to all past blog postings for this quilt. A complete listing of fabric supplies can be found on my website, Craftsy Shop and also under the 2016 BOM tab on my blog. Remember to post pictures of your progress on Instagram #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2016 (you can also tag me at Quilt Doodle Designs) There is also a flickr group you can join and post pictures. I love seeing pictures of what you guys are doing with the Tis the Season patterns. It is soooo much fun to see the quilt made in different fabrics! Love it!

Button packs are available in my Etsy Shop. I have packaged the button packs a couple of different ways. Either as one big pack with everything in it or individually for each design/row.




I hope that you have fun making this block this month. We are all done making blocks... next month we get to sew everything together with sashing and then put on our borders. I'm sorta amazed at how quickly this year went by and I can't believe we are almost at the end of our BOM. Remember to post those pictures! I can't wait to see everyone's finish quilts!

 Happy Quilting!
Cindy
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