Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Snapshots Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

I am getting so excited for the Snapshots Quilt Along in 2015!!  I can't wait to sew along with Fat Quarter Shop and today they are sharing their Introduction Video, the first video in a year long series of Snapshots Quilt Along Videos ;)



On the 15th of each month Kimberly will release a new free block pattern along with a how-to video.  These blocks are so adorable and each represent candid moments in life that makes us happy.  To benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Fat Quarter Shop is asking that you make a $5 donation each time you download a block pattern.  You can make Donations Here ;)    And at the end of the Quilt Along, Fat Quarter Shop & Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000.00!!!!  

Ive got my Daysail Fat Quarter Bundle all ready to go!!!  I loved working with this line when I made the Bonnie's Smooth Sailing Quilt for Market, so I am super excited to be playing with it again!!    If you want to Quilt Along using Daysail as well, Fat Quarter Shop has Quilt Kits and Baking Kits available that will ship out in February ;)  



You can see more detailed information about the Quilt Along at the Snapshots Page on Jolly Jabber or you can check out the Jolly Jabber Intro Post that went live today ;)    If you are Quilting Along, be sure to share your progress on your favorite social media using the hashtag #fqssnapshots.  And you can also follow along with some favorite bloggers that will be sharing their progress on the 15th of each month, so there will be lots of Snapshots Eye Candy along the way ;)  


Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios

Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse

I am so honored to have been asked to be a part of such an amazing cause.  Won't you join us this year and with small donations and stitches of love, we can make the world to children battling against cancer.  Check out the video and come Quilt Along.  




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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 the $30.00 Gift Certificate to Shabby Fabrics  is . . .   Number 192. . . Congrats Jeanie!!   I have emailed you :)
    
    


    
And on to today's


Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Discover Fabric!!   You will find a wonderful selection of fabrics from a large variety of manufactures at Discover Fabric :)
   


And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Discover Fabric!!!   One lucky reader is going to get a Christmas Shopping Spree!!!  


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 one of your quilting discoveries this year.  What new thing did you try :)   

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Discover Fabric love. You can follow them on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.  You can Sign up for the Discover Fabric Newsletter (middle of the page) ,  or you can Visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Discover Fabric Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, December 23rd 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, December 15, 2014

It's Up and Christmas Chocolates

I wanted to update you all that the ABC . . . Read With Me quilt tutorial is now up on the Moda Bake Shop.  So if you were wanting to download the free tutorial you can find it here :)  Thanks again for all of your sweet comments on this quilt and patience with the tutorial link :)


And now . . . on to the weekend happenings.  Nope, no quilting this weekend . . .   my machine is still getting it's annual checkup so it was the perfect time to crank out some Christmas Chocolates.   I started making Christmas Chocolates with my mom 15 years ago.  Now I make them with my family.  
It is so fun when all of the kids get involved.  The little ones throw centers in the chocolate for dipping and the older ones help decorate them.  I do all of the dipping and most of the filling making. And the sweetheart is the all around helper to everyone.  So fun!!!


We make Chocolate Truffles and Mint Truffles, that my sweetheart insists on having football shaped so he can decorate them with his favorite college teams.  We also make Caramels, Almond Joys, Pecan Turtles, and English Toffee.   


It was a super productive weekend and we managed to get everything dipped and put into tins ;)  Now it is time to start making up some plates for friends and family ;)



Wish I could send chocolates through email.  But if you happen to be in the neighborhood of Cedar City Utah, stop on by and come try some ;)

Have a Happy Quilting  (or chocolate making, in my case) Day!!
  
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Update and Sew Mama Sew Winner

First off, let me say a huge thank you to all of the sweet comments left on my ABC . . . Read With Me quilt I posted yesterday.   I can never say thank you enough for your comments, they just mean so very much to me.  And as an update:  I know you are all wondering why you can't find the tutorial.  Don't worry, you aren't looking in the wrong place.  You can't find it because it hasn't been posted yet.  I am so sorry.   I am trying to get ahold of the posting gal at MBS and hopefully it will be up real soon ;)    So for now, just keep checking back and thanks for your patience with this hiccup.  You don't have to search or anything, when it is posted it will be right at the top of the Moda Bake Shop.

Update - The Post is now up and can be found right here :)


And now . . . We need to pick a lucky winner of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!!   Thank you so much for all of your entries and comments on my patterns!!!  That was a lot of comments and they were so fun to read!! 

The Lucky winner who will get this lovely Quarter yard Bundle of Denyse Schmidt's awesome Hadley is . . .   #4 . . . Congrats to Wobblybobbin!!!  I have sent you an email ;)


  


Thanks again friends.  I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!

Melissa



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Friday, December 12, 2014

ABC . . . Read With Me Quilt and Tutorial

Today I am so excited to share a finish that I have been keeping secret for a little while.  You might remember me showing letters clear back in March  and having a special little plan for it.  Well those letters made with Me and My Sister Designs Hubba Hubba line ended up in a different quilt.  So when I saw LOL by Me and My Sister Designs at market, I knew it was time for the plan to resurface.

And here it is all done!!!!   ABC . . . Read With Me!!!!   And because you all loved the idea so much back in March, I wrote a tutorial to go along with it!!  It can be found over at the  Moda Bake Shop ;)  It has easy step by step instructions for the entire quilt including the links for the free letter downloads, in case you don't have the pattern book ;)




ABC . . . Read With Me finishes at 80" x 84" :)  Yup, its a big one, perfect for the reader in your family or for a special gift to a school or library.  This one is hanging in the school my Twin Sister administrates ;)  She says the kids just love it and I can't tell you how happy that makes me ;)


When it came time to quilt this one, I opted for a little custom work.  I outlined the letters and the books using my straight line ruler.   Then I did curly cues in the letter backgrounds and swirls in the white background ;)   I used my all time favorite 402 Pearl So Fine Superior Thread.  It really is the perfect blend on white ;)


I love all of the happy texture it created.   And I left the books blank because the kids at my sisters school get to write their favorite book title on a spine when they achieve their reading goal for the year   isn't that just so awesome!!  I know the next time I get to go visit I am totally going to cry.


Doesn't it just make you want to curl up with a good book and read under a quilt ;)  I sure hope so.  I hope you love this quilt as much as I do.  It will always be a special one for me because it was made for someone very special to me ;)    If you make ABC . . . Read With Me up for someone special I would love to see it!!!  You can add it to my Flickr group here or email me a picture to happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com :)


The step by step free tutorial can be found at the Moda Bake Shop so pop on over.  They even have a downloadable version of it ;)  And LOL fabric is out in quilt shops everywhere, just in case you want to make your own quilt with the same fabric. 


Thank you so much for stopping by today ;)  I can't tell you how much I appreciate my readers.  I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for you :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

Linking this finish up to Amanda's and Sarah's :)  





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