Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ugly Sweater Mug Rugs

It's never too early to work on a little Christmas project. I spent yesterday making some Ugly Christmas Sweater Mug rugs and thought it would be a fun project to share with you! I was able to make five mug rugs yesterday afternoon... I'm thinking I want to make some more to have on hand. They make quick gifts and are adorable paired up with a mug and some chocolate. My Ugly Sweater Mug Rug pattern is available as an instant downloadable PDF or as a packaged pattern. They can be found in my Etsy Store.
 My pattern can also be found in several local quilt shops. If it's not in your local shop, ask for it!
Pin your sweater body right sides together onto your batting. I like to use batting scraps for these types of projects.

Sew a 1/4" seam....

Remember to leave an opening so you can turn it right side out.


Don't forget to clip corners before you turn your sweater shape right sides out.

The super fun part is decorating your sweaters. Trace all your design pieces onto your heat n bond, iron onto the wrong side of the fabric scraps and cut out.

A Christmas Ornament ugly sweater. Isn't it cute and it's not even done yet!

I got one of each design put together. I'm now ready to do my applique stitch.

I used a dark brown thread from Aurifil. I use the same color thread for all of my mug rugs just for ease of getting them all done quickly without changing thread colors. What's great about this step is that you are appliqueing and quilting your mug rugs all at the same time. So easy!

After all my mug rugs are appliqued, it's time to camp out in front of the TV for some hand work. As you can see, I have lots of threads to clip. I've put together a button pack for you thru Just Another Button Company with all the embellishments for the mug rugs. The pack contains enough buttons to do one of each design plus some extras... I added some snowflake buttons too. This slick button kit is also available in my Etsy Store.

Shhhh, this one's my favorite... 





Another super fun thing you can do with these is make a bunch and sting them together to make a garland! I just used some red and white baker's twine and some decorative clothespins.

Hope you're staying cool this August afternoon! I'm off to take new little puppy outside for the ga-zillionth time. My gosh, Belvedere is so darn cute! If you follow me on Instagram you've seen a few pictures, it's been really hard to get much done but snuggle with puppy. 

Happy quilting!
Cindy



Thursday, August 10, 2017

August's Blocks Embroidered


As many of you know, I have been stitching along making two versions of this years BOM 2017. An appliqued one and an embroidered one. I am happy to announce both are currently getting quilted and I will be doing finishing touches on them soon. I am so looking forward to showing them both to you at the end of the year! If you follow me on Instagram you have seen many sneak peeks and have even seen the finished quilt layout.

I find, as I work on these BOM, my head is spinning with so many different ideas on how to finish and quilt the finished top. I have a really hard time sometimes to set myself on only presenting only one option for the pattern. With this in mind I have decided that both quilts will have different borders so that you have a couple of options on how to finish your quilt top. I have sent my quilts off to two different quilters with different 'instructions', again to show you options on quilting and finishing your BOM 2017 quilt.  I am looking forward to presenting this to you towards the end of the year.

Now onto this month's two blocks... embroidered instead of appliqued! I have to say, I have been enjoying stitching this summer. I did a lot of stitching at the lake with my mom. It's very relaxing and my stitches are improving with practice! Almost as pretty has my mom's handwork! I am using #12 pearl cotton to embroider with. Remember the designs are centered on a 12 1/2" square block and the design is set on point.

~Grandpa's Tractor~

I made my tractor red, you can make yours green, or any color.
My husband suggested that I embroider a 'H' on my tractor. I know nothing about tractors... nothing... my husband grew up on a farm and tells me his grandpa and dad had an 'H'. I have no idea what the 'H' stands for. 

~Canning Jars~
I remember one summer that we spent most of our time in grandma and grandpa's basement because of several tornado warnings. One I remember 'hopped' over their farm site and luckily they only lost some trees. I remember sitting with all my cousins among the canning shelves... wondering if I were safer sitting amongst the shelves or just hanging out upstairs.  I have a fear of thunderstorms and severe weather since that summer. During severe weather I can be found wrapped up in a quilt, sitting on the basement couch, huddled with the dogs, checking Doppler radar on my phone as the storm passes thru. 

My grandma on the tractor...I love this picture.
I wonder if she was bringing lunch out to the guys in this picture.

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.

Tag me on Instagram with your photos #quiltdoodledesignsBOM2017 #quiltdoodledesigns @quiltdoodles
Grandma with her sheep. Love this picture too!
Her hat is fabulous!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's canning jars and tractors.

 I hope that you have a wonderful week. I'm getting ready for quilt retreat and also a little Minnesota Shop Hopping.... all sorts of quilty fun with my mom and sister.

          Let’s have some quilty fun!
Cindy

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It's Our Anniversary!

While drinking my coffee this morning, I have been thinking about all of the blessings this little business has brought me. It's inception happened years ago, every time I doodled myself a pattern because I couldn't find what I was looking for. But the ceremonial beginning of Quilt Doodle Designs was eight years ago at quilt retreat when I started to formally draw up designs to share.  I've been officially designing patterns ever since.... it's been such a fun journey so far. I've learned a lot, met so many wonderful quilters so far. I am certainly looking forward to all that is to come! I vow to continue to design and share with you as long as I can hold a pencil and work with needle and thread. Maddie and I have decided to celebrate today with a nice long walk to the park and pass some savings onto you, our wonderful quilty friends. 25% off with coupon code CAKE4, in my ETSY shop only.

Maddie and I are also getting the studio ready for little Belvedere. Our family's newest member will be officially arriving home this Sunday. I've got lots of puppy proofing to do before then! (Along with packing for quilt retreat!)

Happy Quilting,
Cindy


Monday, July 31, 2017

August's Block


As soon as I'm finally unpacked from our family vacation that we take every July, it's August.... August has a way of creeping up on me every year! It usually signals it's time for me to get ready to get back to school, but this year... I don't have to worry about that! It's very strange for me not to worry about meetings and getting the library ready for the kids. I'm a little out of sorts about it and need to set some goals for Quilt Doodle Designs... One thing I know for sure is I will have more time to spend in my garden. I also look forward to having time to do some canning when my tomatoes are ready. You are wondering what this all has to do with the BOM. Well, I learned all my canning skills from my mom and grandma. I remember the huge garden that grandma used to plant on the farm. I have spent plenty of time helping her husk corn and shell peas. I have fond memories of all those gardens past. I smile when I think of my dad, uncle and grandpa working night and day to get the wheat harvest in. August was a golden time of year that we got to spend on the farm in North Dakota. The red river valley back in the 70's was a sea of wheat and sunflower fields. This month's blocks are inspired by those memories... now let me share a few old photos before I present this month's blocks. I had fun and dug through mom's old pictures... these are well before my time, but fun pictures to share!
My grandma Gena, I think she's hoeing beans, but I'm not really sure.
She had a green thumb, which she passed onto my dad.

Here's a picture of my Grandpa Huard when he was in 
the army serving during WWII. (he's the fellow with the lighter colored cap)

While grandpa served, my grandma Huard kept the farm running.
I spent many summers on their farm (many years later).
My grandma on the tractor...I love this picture.
I wonder if she was bringing lunch out to the guys in this picture.

Thrashing in the 1940's

Now onto this months designs! I have two blocks for you to complete, a tractor and canning jars. You can make your tractor any color, I decided to make mine red. But if you are a John Deere fan, you can make your's green.

Both of these designs will be put on the background white/cream fabric on point.

Find the center of your 12 1/2" square...
The tractor all centered on my block and ironed in place. all ready for stitching.

Here I'm machine appliqueing with a small buttonhole stitch.

Here my pieces for the canning jar and tomatoes are all in place, centered on the background square. 

I made my canning jar red because it's filled with homemade pasta sauce.
My family's favorite.

A close up of how I stitched the 'Ball' lettering.

~ Canning Jar ~

~ Grandpa's Tractor ~

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 canning jars and tractors.

My favorite picture of grandma and I, taken in front of her flower garden.
 I hope that you have a wonderful week. I'm gonna go run out to my garden and pick some beans, if I'm really lucky, I might have a zucchini and cucumbers too!

          Let’s have some quilty fun!
Cindy

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Meeting Belvedere

While on vacation we had a chance to visit the litter of Basset Hounds that we will be choosing our puppy from. Many of you know that I lost my dear sweet Wilson last winter and I sure miss him, but it's time to fill that void with a new little puppy. It was so much fun visiting these little guys. Oh my gosh, puppies are little bundles of sunshine! God made them adorable so that you forgive them when they pee on the rug or chew up your favorite shoe!  
Total puppy heaven... so much fun to be surrounded by puppies.
Notice the little guy that kept nudging my leg.... that's Belvedere
trying to get my attention during our puppy visit.... of coarse I had to pick him up!

Here's my mom holding him, doesn't he have a sweet face.
Here's blue collar boy and green collar boy (Belvedere)...
When our turn came up, we had such a hard time choosing. We were stuck between two puppies... blue collar boy and green collar boy... they were almost identical! Well, we laugh because Maddie, our son's dog, broke the tie.... she came up to us and whipped her green toy on our laps. We laughed so hard, Maddie had voted.

Looking back at the photos that I took, this little puppy choose us too! This sweet puppy was meant to be ours.
Belvedere
In just a couple of weeks we will be taking a little road trip to pick up our newest family member. My husband and I are so excited to add this little guy to our family! We have fallen in love with those sad dopey eyes and long ears. It's been a long time since we've had a puppy at our house, I need to do some puppy proofing! 

Have a great day!
Cindy

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