Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Hi everyone, welcome to Block 19 of our Glorious Autumn Block Party. Today Cindy Staub is our featured designer.

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Featured Designer: Cindy Staub

Cindy Staub

How/when/why did you transition from a quilter to a designer?

I started sewing at a young age and sewed many clothes for myself with my mother’s help. I was so excited when I was given a sewing machine for my 16th birthday. I still have my first machine even though I no longer use it. My first quilt was a quilt that I made for my grandparents for Christmas. I had it laid out on my parents ping pong table as I sewed along on it. I had to hide it whenever my grandparents came to visit. I was in college at the time. You can read about my grandparent’s quilt here.


I hand quilted flowers and butterflies on this quilt because of my grandparents love for gardening. My stitches were big and crooked, but I was so proud of this quilt. As I look at the ruffled edge, I’m not sure how I did it. I didn’t know how to bind a quilt at the time and this is how I finished it off, a difficult ruffle and purchased seam binding. This quilt now graces my Christmas tree as the skirt. It’s a treasure.


How/when/why did you transition from a quilter to a designer?

I have always enjoyed sewing and quilting. Quilt Doodle Designs started as a few sketches in a notebook one afternoon while getting ready for a quilt retreat. With the encouragement of family and friends these ideas have blossomed into a line of quilt patterns. I have been designing ever since.

Which quilt is your favourite? Did you design it? Why is it your favourite?

Right now my favourite quilt is my newest quilt ‘Laundry Day’. I love the way it turned out. I developed the block a couple of years ago but hated the layout of my first attempt and wasn’t fond of how it turned out. So I tried again and switched up the layout and changed the fabrics. Love it!


How many UFOs do you currently have? Oh my, I’m not even sure if I can count that high! I have a bin full of UFO’s…. a ton a quilt tops that need to be quilted, I will get to them someday.

What size of quilt do you prefer to make/design? I have never really thought about what size quilt project I prefer. I enjoy making smaller items because of the instant gratification of getting something done. But I also enjoy making larger items too!

What colour do you use most often in your quilts? For a very long time I used only reds, greens, blues and golds. I have since conquered my fear of purples and have been using a wider variety of colors. But my ‘safe’ colors are still, red, green, blue and gold.

Favourite one-sentence tip for a new quilter: Measure twice, cut once.

Favourite size and brand of rotary cutter: 45mm Olfa Rotary Cutter… but, if the blade is sharp, I’ve been known to use any rotary cutter that’s available while on quilt retreat!

Favourite quote or mantra: “If you can’t see it from a galloping horse, it’s fine.”

Block Party #19 – Oak Wreath

Here’s Cindy’s block, Oak Wreath. It’s an easy block to put together and you can whip up a table runner in no time in your own fabrics. Head over to Cindy’s blog to download the tutorial.

Oak Wreath

Designer Give-Away

The Fat Quarter Shop has donated an awesome prize for Cindy to give-away on her blog, a fat Quarter bundle of Heather Bostic’s Bloggers Choice. Visit Cindy’s blog to enter the give-away. Lucky winner announced October 23rd.


Glorious Autumn Block Party – Cindy Staub