We’re delighted to introduce you to designer Cindy Staub, owner of Quilt Doodle Designs , a pattern design company located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Whether she’s designing applique projects or quilts, Cindy’s whimsical look will bring a smile to your face! This month she’s created a beautiful Doodle Days Lap Quilt to share.
O: Do you specialize in a specific look or technique?
C: I mainly create whimsical applique designs that are perfect for tea towels or table runners. Most of my applique designs are fusible applique that I machine stitch with a buttonhole stitch. But, I am starting to play around with wool with many of my designs. It’s a whole new look and I love the results.
O: How did you choose your business name?
C: I chose the name Quilt Doodle Designs for a couple of reasons. At the time I had a silly dog, Wilson. Whenever we went to the dog park people would ask if he was a doodle. No he was actually a Lhasa Apso, Britney Spaniel mix that I rescued. He was my blog’s mascot for many years, even got fan mail! He is now immortalized as my logo. I also chose the name because most of my designs start as doodles. I’m always doodling on paper, napkins, whatever is handy when I have an idea.
O: How have your quilting and sewing tastes changed over time?
C: I used to do a lot of garment sewing when I first learned how to sew. I used to sew items for myself and when my kids were small I did a lot of sewing for them. Now, I hardly ever sew garments. I would like to get back to it but I prefer quilting. When I first started quilting I stuck to a red, hunter green and navy blue palette. Those were like my ‘safe’ colors. I am more adventurous now and dabble in all colors. Although I am ‘purplephobic’ … I really have a hard time working with the color purple. I think everyone has ‘that’ color that they aren’t fond of and having troubles sewing with.
O: What craft or hobby did you do prior to sewing?
C: I’ve always been a crafty person… even as a child. The first craft I remember doing is crocheting. My mom would buy me a skein of yarn whenever she went to the store. I started out making granny squares and preceded onto crochet bags for each of my sisters and full sized afghans for my mom and dad. I also remember making amigurumi animals with my scrap yarn. I don’t crochet nearly as often anymore. Around the holidays I get the bug to do some crocheting. Last year I made some hand warmers for myself.
O: How do you organize your fabric?
C: I organize my fabric by theme and manufacturer in plastic bins, so it’s not really color coordinated. Although, I do sort scraps by color and store them in small bins. This is super useful when I’m working on an applique and just need a ‘bit’ of a certain color.
O: Where are you from?
C: As a kid we moved around a lot, my dad worked for IBM. Growing up the joke was ‘I’ve been moved’ amongst my friends. I was born in Minot, North Dakota. Moved to Houston Texas when I was not quite a year old. When I was 7 we moved to New York. (Not the city, a very peaceful farming community 45 minutes from NYC) Our last move was to Kasson, Minnesota when I was 15. I’ve lived in Minnesota the longest and consider it my home.
O: What is your community like?
C: I live in a southern suburb of the Twin Cities. It’s was a great place to raise my boys since we were so close to all the ‘fun’ stuff. We used to visit the Minnesota Zoo weekly, the Science Museum monthly, and spent a lot of time at the local lakes fishing.
O: What is your favorite holiday?
C: Everyone loves Christmas but my favorite holiday is Halloween. When the kids were small, I used to host a Halloween party with my boys and all their cousins. It was so much fun and the kids loved wearing their costumes! Now, I dress up to hand out candy. My puppy, Belvedere, also gets to don a Halloween costume and answer the door, too. My husband and I also love carving pumpkins.
O: How do you spend your free time?
C: I like to spend my free time in my sewing room quilting for myself. I usually find a good movie on Netflix or listen to an audio book while I sew. There’s also diet coke and chocolate involved.
O: What is something people don’t know about you?
C: I once worked at a raceway. It lasted one weekend…. I worked in the food court serving pop, popcorn and hot dogs.
O: What are your go-to quilting tools?
C: I want to say my seam ripper, I call him Jack. I’ve usually goof up really big when I need ‘Jack’ the (seam) Ripper. I cut all the pieces out using my applique scissors from OLFA. Let me just say, my boys better leave these scissors alone! These scissors are super sharp and perfect for cutting applique designs.
O: Give us a quick tip.
C: My biggest tip to beginners is, if you can’t see it from a galloping horse, it’s ok. I feel we are way too hard on ourselves when we make a quilt and have a tendency to point out every little misaligned seam. Quilting also can hide a multitude of sins. When we gift a quilt, the lucky person to get that quilt doesn’t see any mistakes, they only see the love and time that you put into their quilt. They are usually thrilled to receive such a treasure. So let’s not be so hard on ourselves!