Saturday, February 18, 2017

February Aurifil Designer BOM

The February Aurifil Designer Block of the Month was released a few days ago and I had so much fun sewing it up this morning!!!   February is all about Blue-Purple and  Maureen Cracknell's super adorable Dutch Treat block  has me hoping for spring soon :)  Isn't it just so fantastic!!



I had such a good time really digging through my scrap drawer to find the perfect blue-purples ;)   It is such a fun color because it really does look blue sometimes and other times it looks more purple.   So fun!!!  And I love how well the prints play with that fun white/grey background.   Sometimes even it reads a little blue-purple in the right light.  


This block went together fast.  I truly think I spent more time looking for and cutting up the right fabrics than actually piecing the blocks, not that I am complaining about that, it is always fun to look through pretty fabric scraps!!  I am debating adding some stitching in that gorgeous Aurifil 1200 Blue Violet .   It is just such a perfect match, I just need to decide what to stitch ;)  



So that is my Aurifil February Block!!!  You can find the Maureen's fantastic pattern for this block right over here and then be sure to pop over here to read Maureen's interview.   She is such an amazing fabric designer and it was so fun to get to read all about what inspires her!!!  

I am so looking forward to March because it is my month and I can't wait to share my block!!!  

Have a Happy Quilting Saturday!!!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along - Diamond Panes Block

It's the 15th and that means it's time for the second set of  Patchwork Quilt Along Blocks hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!  Today's Patchwork Quilt Along blocks are the Diamond Panes Blocks and they are just so fun!!!


You can totally see where they get their name from, and seeing them next to each other makes me want to make an entire quilt with them.  I just love how it creates that secondary diamond in the backgrounds as the blocks come together ;)  


If you are quilting along with all of this Patchwork fun,  you can download the block pattern right here and be sure to donate $5.00  to the Make a Wish Foundation for your download  ;)  I am blown away by how much has already been raised, Quilters are the best!!!   


And don't forget to watch the super cute  You Tube video that walks you through making the block with some super peppy tunes!!!   




And be sure to share all of your Patchwork progress on social media with #patchworkquiltalong and pop over to all of the fabulous bloggers who are quilting along for some Diamond Panes block eye candy :)  

*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

And if you have any questions, you can pop on over to the Patchwork Quilting Along page and your pretty sure to find your answer ;)  And weve just started, so if you haven't started yet, today is a great day to start quilting along!!!! 

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day & Splendid Sampler Celebration!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!    And, it also happens to be the Splendid Sampler Celebration!!!   So it's going to be double Giveaway's Today!!!

One Year ago today the first Splendid Sampler block was released, and now, all 100 Blocks from 80 Designers have been shared!!!   And as part of the celebration, I am super excited to share my 72 blocks all together ;)  Here they are in their yummy rainbow goodness :)    And now it's time to Celebrate, and of course, we quilters Celebrate with Giveaways!!!



But  before we get to today's giveaways . . . First,  we need to announce the winners from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!   The winner of a  Bunny Tales Quilt Panel's from The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  is . . . Number #65. . . Congrats Kathy S. !!! I have emailed you :)    


  


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    There is so much wonderful fabric variety over at Lou Lou's and did you know she also has an amazing Daily Deal!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is having a Huge $6.00 A Yard Sale!!!!  And Jamie has a special Valantines Sweetheart Sale of 14% off Store-Wide  with the code bemine!!!  Oh, so much fun shopping!!!



Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for Gift Certificate goodness!!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a gorgeous Rustic Elegance Fat Quarter Bundle by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs!!  Just perfect for Valentine's Day!!!!





And then of course, we need to have a second Splendid Sampler Celebration Giveaway!!!  For one lucky winner, I have a copy of my Irish Chain Quilts . . . and since my blocks are all about rainbow goodness, I will add a rainbow goodness fabric surprise to go along with my book!!!  

  


You have three entry chances, the second and third being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  And all entries will enter you both giveaways :)  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 what you are Celebrating on this Valentines Day ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Lets show Lou Lou's Fabric Shop some Love!!!!   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram.  Or you can follow their blog or  visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Lou Lou's Fabric Shop Love!!!

ENTRY 3 - Show your Happy Quilting love. You can follow Happy Quilting on BloglovinEmail Updates, or RSS to get daily updates.  Or you can like Happy Quilting on InstagramFacebookPinterestTwitter or Flickr  Any one way will do . . . Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Happy Quilting Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, February 21st  when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

And be sure to pop on over to the Splendid Sampler Celebration for Lots more Giveaway Celebrations!!!!

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Scrappy N Happy Quilt Cruise!!!!

Wow, Wow, and Triple Wow!!!  This post has been a few days coming because I just keep trying to figure out how to put such an amazing week into words ;)   I can't even begin to explain how much fun it was to quilt and cruise with such an amazing bunch of gals!!!!   Let's just say that the Scrappy N Happy Quilt Cruise was indeed very, very Happy!!!


So in case your wondering, here is how it works ;)   Each day you are "at sea" you get to take a class that runs from 9 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon.  There are 3 days "at sea" and three teachers that rotate around to your class . . . so by then end of the cruise you have taken 3 Scrappy N Happy Classes and have lots of progress on 3 Quilts!!!


Now let me tell you, these gals in class were so amazing!!!   They were determined to make the most of every sewing minute ;)   They came back late at night and sewed into the wee hours of the morning.   They squeezed in some pressing between evening shows, (which were amazing!!!)  came back from ports and went right to their machines,  some didn't even break for lunch ;)   In fact, we even had a few little naps in the afternoon right at our sewing machines we worked so hard :)


 And yes, we even had an entire quilt top finish!!!!   And isn't it just so Scrappy and Happy!!!    I just love it!!!   Really, these gals were just incredible and I was so blessed to get to spend the week with them all ;)


And oh my goodness, what a fun filled week it was!!!  Right along with the sound of machines humming away was plenty of laughter and smiling and hugging ;)   Most of the gals came with a friend or family member and it was so wonderful to see everyone getting to know each other throughout the week.   Isn't it amazing the common bonds we share through quilting!!!


And speaking of bringing family along . . . I was so blessed to have Barbara and my two Sister-In-Laws, Charlotte and Becca come along!!!   Becca has done a quilt or two in the past and this was all new to Charlotte and it was so fun to see them both gain more and more confidence as the week went on ;)   Here are their starts from the 3 Classes, aren't they just so happy!!!


And we also brought some good friends along ;)  A huge thank you to our wonderful friends Becca and Clint Larsen  who agreed to come cruise along and keep my sweetheart entertained while I was teaching ;)


And boy oh boy, did they stay plenty busy on the boat.  There are no shortage of activities on Oasis of the Seas.  That is one big boat!!!!    That's Jacob in the red shirt climbing the rock wall ;)  And they even got my husband to agree to an 80's Dance Party!!!  (which some of the gals from Stitchin' Heaven might have gotten video of and if it surfaces at some point, let's just say we might have lost some of our moves over the last 20 years ;)  


And on the Port Days, Jacob, Clint, and Becca had some amazing activities planned as well ;) We played just as hard off the boat as we did on the boat!!!  Here we are hiking up the Dunns Water Fall ;)

And getting ready to go down the longest Zip Line over water in the world!!!  It took us a full minute to go down and boy were we humming along, so fun!!!


And of course, we took advantage of lots of Sun and Sea :)   The water is just so gorgeous and I think I could have stayed in there all day.   Seriously, some of the prettiest beaches I have ever seen ;)


It truly was just an absolutely amazing week!!!  A huge, huge, huge, thank you to Stitchin' Heaven for inviting me along ;)   I loved every minute of it!!!


 And one last picture, just because I can't help laughing every time I look at it  ;)


Good Times!!!!


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Splendid Sunday!!!

Wow, can you believe it!!!!  Today the 100th block of the  Splendid Sampler is being shared!!   It certainly is a Splendid Sunday!!!   So, let's get to those last 3 blocks that I have left to share ;)

First up, is the Fleur de Lei block designed by Lynn Harris.  I had so much fun with this block.  It reminded me of taking a class with a local Hawaiian to try to teach me their needle turn applique method used to make gorgeous Hawaiian quilts.   Ya, this machine applique was a bit easier for me to do ;)  


And next up is the Four Corner Spinwheel block designed by Kimberly Einmo.   Doesn't this just remind you of those fun little pinwheel that you used to make as a kid and pin to the eraser of a pencil.   I used to play with those for hours ;)   And of course, I just love putting this together with all of those fun flying geese and wonderful points.  So fun!!!


 And finally, the final blocks to share is the Centered block designed by Kate Spain.   And so of course, I had to make it purple!!!   Another wonderfully fun block to make with lots of fun points and plenty of purple prints.  


And wow!!!  Just Wow!!!!   It still kind of seems surreal that it has been a year and we have gone through 100 Block!!!   Amazing!!!!

But of course, there will still be more Splendid Sampler fun to share ;)   I mean, I still have to put the top together right ;)    And . . . There just might be a giant celebration on the 14th and there just might be  lots of giveaways to go along with that celebration.  And that just might be Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day, so there just might be double giveaways . . . Just maybe :)   

I hope you all have a very Splendid Sunday!!!
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