Sunday, January 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along - Souvenir of Friendship Block

It's the 15th and that means it is the start of the Patchwork Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!  Today I am so excited to share the first set of  Patchwork Quilt Along blocks.  These first set of blocks are called the Souvenir of Friendship Blocks and they are just so much fun to piece in all of their tiny goodness!!!!




I just love the way these blocks are a plus inside a plus.   And when I said tiny I wasn't kidding.  All of the blocks in this Patchwork Quilt Along will finish at 5".   EEEkkk, so cute!!!   There will be 72 blocks total in the quilt and we will be making them up 6 each month.  



So if you are joining in the Patchwork fun,  you can download the block pattern right here and it is requested for each pattern you download to donate $5.00  to the Make a Wish Foundation  ;)  This QAL is raising funds for this amazing organization that grants wishes to children faced with life threatening medical conditions.  What a wonderful way for us all to make a difference in a special child's life!!   And Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match up to $20,000 of the donations raised.  So let's help them reach that goal ;)  



This year I am doing something a little different and not using the same fabrics as the Fat Quarter Shop's original quilt.   I decided to use Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda and I just love how those happy colors just pop!!   If you are quilting along and want to use the original Bonnie and Camille Basics you can find a Quilt Along Kit right over here, or if you want to pick a different fabric like me, you just need (2) Jolly Bars or (1) Layer Cake cut in half and then some background fabric and borders.    



And like always, Fat Quarter Shop has made up a super fun little  You Tube video that walks you through making the block step by step!!!   



Be sure to share all of your Patchwork progress on social media with #patchworkquiltalong and check out these fabulous bloggers who are quilting along for some Souvenir of Friendship block inspiration :)  

*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)  (that's me :) 
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

So that is the first block in the Patchwork Quilt Along!!!!   I will continue to share a new set of blocks on the 15th of each month.  So fun!!!  So what do you say, wan't to come Patchwork Quilting Along??  You are going to have so much fun!!!

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Jelly Roll Twist

So do you remember when I  started a new Shortcut Quilt last month, Well I  am super excited to get to share the finish today!!!   This is Jelly Roll Twist and I had so much fun making it.  I just love the Shortcut Quilts because they are so fast!!  I actually had it all finished sans the binding in December.


I used a combination of Sweetwater's First Crush fabric line and Sandy Gervais' new #love line.  Don't they play so perfectly together!!   I just love all of those happy hearts and flowers in beautiful bold red, black, and white :)


And I varied from the fabric layout in the pattern a bit.  I opted to  just do the squares and strips totally random and I have to say, I just love it!!!   Don't you just love getting that "looks like super scrappy" look when really it is just a basic block rotated.   So fun!!!



When it came time to quilt it, I decided on a simple all over echoed paisley design.  This is such a fun and fast filler and I love all of the happy curves.  I have a video tutorial for this free motion design over here if you want to see how I do it ;)   It was hard to decide what color to quilt in as regardless what I choose it was going to pop on some fabrics and blend with others.  In the end, I went with red :)  

And that is my Jelly Roll Twist quilt!!!   And it is ready just in time for Valentines day!!!   I have never made a Valentines quilt before and I am excited to have this draped over the couch ready to snuggle up in front of the fire place with the special people in my life ;)


Oh, and if you want to make your own Jelly Roll quilt, you can pop over to the Jolly Jabber and get the free pattern as well as check out the video tutorial for making it ;)  You are going to have a blast with this one, so fast and fun!!!


I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up this finish to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;)  



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Year equals New Quilt Along's!!!

One of my favorite things about each January is that it means the start of so many amazing new Quilt Along's!!   But real quick, before I get into some of these amazing Quilt Along's, I know several of you have asked when I will be hosting my next Quilt Along, and the answer is, I don't have it planned yet.  But, the good news is that I have ideas starting to swirl and am tentatively thinking early Spring would be a great time to start :)     And if you have any ideas of what you would most like to learn in our annual Happy Quilting Quilt Along please leave a comment letting me know ;)


Alright, with that said, back to January's Quilt Along's!!!  I am super excited to be able to participate in 3 new Quilt Along's !!!!  I will be making all into full quilts so lots and lots of block making this year!!   It is going to be so much fun and I would love it if you wanted to quilt along with me in one, or two, or however many you can squeeze in ;)


The first quilt along (which I originally mentioned here ;)  is the Aurifil Designer Block of the Month!!   And I am so super excited about because I got to design one of the months blocks!!!!   The BOM this year is being done in a color wheel and you just know how I love rainbow quilts!!!  It is going to be so great!!!  A new designer will release a block on the 15th each month and I can't wait to start using up some more rainbow scrappy goodness!!    You can see all the details for this quilt along right over here at the Aurifil Buzz :)



Next up is Fat Quarter Shops annual Charity Quilt Along and this year it will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation!!    This is the third year I will be doing this Charity Quilt Along and I am just so excited to be a part of such an amazing cause :)  I just love when this love of quilting allows me to give back in some way!!   And the Quilt Along is going to be oh so much fun!!!!   This year it is all about tiny patchwork in classic blocks, I can't wait !!!   I am planning on using Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda and can't wait to see those beautiful colors pop in tiny patchwork :)   The blocks will be released on the 15th of each month so the first block will be released in just 3 Days!!!  Yippee!!!  You can find all the details for the Patchwork Quilt Along right over here :)  



And finally, the Bella Skill Builder starting on February 1st and running the 1st of each month.  My good friend Sherri McConnell has designed this goregous sampler quilt in beautiful Bella Solids.  Each month a free block pattern will be released at the Jolly Jabber teaching you lots of cool new techniques.  I totally had to jump on this one because there are so many blocks in this quilt that I have wanted to try, and now I can try them all in one awesome project!!!  And ya, I plan to do a rainbow of solids, because I just can't get enough of rainbow quilts right now :)  You can find  details and a Bella kit for this quilt right over here ;) 



So ya, lots of Quilt Along fun which equals lots of quilt block goodness to share all year long!!!  So if you are looking for a new quilt along for 2017 here are a few options,   And if you do quilt along, I can't wait to see your pics.  It is always fun to quilt together ;)



Have a Happy Quilting (Along)  Day!!!


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!   Let's have some fun!!!

First,  we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of Texas Trail Fat Quarter Bundle from Green Fairy Quilts is . . . Number #231. . . Congrats Tina Jeo!!! I have emailed you :)    

  



    
And on to today's


Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Kimberly's Fabric Stash.    You will find so many amazing fabrics over at Kimberly's and everyday low prices on pre-cuts!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Kimberly is offering Free Shipping  on your orders over $20.  Just use the code IMAWESOME!!  



Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some Winter Goodness!!!  Kimberly's Fabric Stash is offering one lucky reader  2 yard of  Moda's White on White Snowflake!!!  This is just perfect for backing any hand embroidery pattern or as a background in piecing



You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment that tells me your favorite kind of soup.   ( It's been snowing and I just love making homemade soups to warm up)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Kimberly's Fabric Stash  Love!!!!   You can Sign Up for their Newsletter (which will get your more coupon codes :)  You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterPinterest, or You Tube.  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Kimberly Fabric Stash Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, January 17th when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Starting means Cutting!!

I know I have said it before, and I know it still  probably sounds a little crazy, but I just love the cutting part of starting a new project.   Really, I truly do.  I don't know what it is about taking a stack of pretty fabrics and cutting them all into just the right sizes that I enjoy so much, but it sure makes me smile every time.  (I think some of it has to do with the math, I am a geeky accountant that way :)  And I really love seeing the pretty little stacks of squares, rectangles, and triangles when I am all done cutting out a project.  Oh, and the little leftover strings are pretty awesome as well ;)  Especially when they are a sea of beautiful blues and greens from Karen Lewis's Blueberry Park!!!


I cut the above little project out on Saturday afternoon and I am super excited because this morning I have two more fun projects to cut out!!!    Super classy Maven by Basic Grey   and then totally adorable Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique, both for Moda.    And yes, neither of these 2 lines are available quite yet (release in March) but this is some more of that "secret sewing" so I was fortunate enough to get a jump start with these fun fabrics :)   But one of these two won't be a secret for to long :)


And with that, I am off to the cutting table!!!!  What a fun way to spend Monday Morning ;)

Are you by chance cutting out a new project this Monday Morning??

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