Friday, April 24, 2015

All In A Row Quilt - A MBS Tutorial

Today I am so excited to get to share with you a new Moda Bake Shop Tutorial.  The post actually went up on Tuesday but due to Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day and the ending of the Irish Chain Twist QAL, I am just now posting about it.  So here it is ;)   It named it All In A Row.




I designed this quilt for my Grandmother as a special 85th Birthday surprise.  I knew the moment I saw Ambleside by Brenda Riddle at Market that it would be the perfect fabric for this design.  My grandmother grew up in England and these beautiful prints completely capture the beautiful English countryside feel.   The colors are just so soft and the prints are beautiful.   I can't wait for this summer when we get to travel up to Canada for her birthday and surprise her with it ;)



All In A Row finishes at 57" x 70" making it the perfect size to snuggle up with a good book.  It is made in a row fashion and each of the block rows are oh so fun to make.   I especially loved making those itty bitty 9 patches ;)  They are chain pieced, so even though they are small, they go fast ;)



When it came time to quilt this one, I decided to try something new.  Feathered Swirls have quickly become a favorite, so this time I added some Feathered Paisleys as well.  Mixed together they created a beautiful all over design with wonderful movement that adds to the overall charm of the quilt.  So happy with it.   Because I was working on a cream background I tried out a new color to quilt with, #403 Putty in So Fine Superior Thread.     It was the perfect blend!!!




So, that is All In A Row.  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 All In A Row up for someone special in your life,  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 Ambleside fabric is out in quilt shops everywhere, including Fat Quarter Shop, Shabby Fabrics, Green Fairy Quilts, and Bear Creek Quilting Company,  just in case you want to make your own quilt with the same fabric. 


Thank you so much for stopping by today ;)  

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!

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



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long - Finish Parade and Grand Prize Winners!!!!

Today is the final day of the Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long!!!  Yippee ;)  First off,  I would like to say a huge Thank You to all of you who quilted-a-long with me.  I had so much fun doing this Quilt-A-Long and watching all of your progress.  I was so excited to read about so many of you stretching outside your comfort zone and trying new things, especially the applique!!  (wasn't it so fun!!)  You know I say it all the time, but that is what Quilt-A-Longs are all about!!   And it was so fun to see each of you take your own creativity to the design and really make your quilt your own.  Just fabulous!!   And what beautiful finishes you each have now!!!  



And speaking of finishes . . . there were 53 of them!!!   That is just incredible.  I know many of  you worked super hard over the last few weeks to get caught up and still finish!!  Way to go!!!     It was just so fun to Quilt-A-Long with you!!!  To see these 53 quilt tops just pop on over here and check out the links at the bottom of the post.  They are absolutely stunning!!!     And if you want to see everyone's progress along the way, you can check out the  Happy Quilt-A-Long Flickr Group or see it in other social media with #irishchaintwistqal.  It was so much fun to watch each one of your quilts come together :)

And one last tidbit before we get to the parade, if you are just popping over and finding the Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long for the first time, or just want an easy reference for the future, you can find all of the Tutorial Posts for the Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long at any time in the future under the Quilt-A-Long tab at the top of my blog.  You can also reference the following links here :)  They will always be there :)





Alright, Let's get to the Parade!!!!  You all did amazing!!!  Last week we had 4 finishes, and today, we have 30!!!  Nothing like a deadline to make us quilters move :)  And now we get to enjoy everyone's beautiful finishes!! We have 5 countries represented.  England, Hungary, New Zealand, 3 from Canada, and 24 from 14 different states here in the US :)  So Fun!!!   Now, just sit back and enjoy the Parade!!!  You can click on the picture or the name to go to that persons individual link site and see more about their project :) 
































































Aren't they just stunning!!   Enjoy your beautiful Irish Chain Twist Quilts ladies, and thank you so much for sharing them with all of us!!  

And with the parade complete, that leaves us with one last thing . . . we need to pick some winners!!!  

A huge Thank You goes out to Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop and Julie at The Intrepid Thread  and  for sponsoring our Grand Prize Giveaway's!!!  All 53 of you that have linked up your quilt top are eligible for the grand prize!!  There will be four grand prize winners that are going to have some serious shopping spree fun!!!! 


    


So, lets get to it!!   Good Luck Everyone!!!  Drumroll Please . . . . . . .

***The First Grand Prize Winner who will receive a $100.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop is

 . . .    Lynn



***The Second Grand Prize Winner who will receive a $100.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop is . . .

. . .    Cynthia


***The Third Grand Prize Winner who will receive a $75.00 Gift Certificate to The Intrepid Thread is . . .

. . .    Tracy


***The Fourth Grand Prize Winner who will receive a $75.00 Gift Certificate to The Intrepid Thread is . . .

   
. . .   Jyothi



Congrats Ladies!!!   I will be emailing you :)  Enjoy your shopping spree!!

Let me finish up today with one last thank you to all of you who participated in the Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long!!!  I had such a great time hosting and  I hope you had a fantastic time quilting-along!!!  It was so wonderful to see each and every one of your finishes.  I can't tell you how exciting it is to see your designs come to life in the hands of so many quilts.  It just makes me all the more excited to see my Irish Chain Quilts book come out next month so I can see you transform all of the beautiful Irish Chain Quilts within its pages into your own beautiful creations!!  It is just so fantastic to have so many wonderful friends to quilt-a-long with me!! Thank you!!!

 Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!!!


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My Irish Chain Twist Finish ;)

Well, Tomorrow marks the finish of the Irish Chain Twist QAL!!!  We will have the Grand Parade of all the finishes and of course, the drawing of the Grand Prize Winners!!!!   So, today, I thought it would be fun to share my Irish Chain Twist finish ;)  (That and I need a place to link it to in my quilt archive)   I am so loving how it turned out!!!  



I am so excited with how many of you have participated in this fun Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long!!!  If you are just now finding this, no worries.   Each of the posts for the Quilt-A-Long will always be on my blog.  You can follow these links to walk you through each step week-by-week on how to make your own Irish Chain Twist Quilt finish!!!

Teaser Post
Schedule, Fabric Requirements, and Prizes
 Cutting
Improvisational Piecing Units
Improvisational Piecing Block
 Twists on Tradition Units
Modern Patchwork Block
Appliqued Chains Block - Assembling
Appliqued Chains Block - Stitching
Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
Parade and Grand Prizes

As I mentioned at the beginning of this Quilt-A-Long, I really wanted the design to incorporate lots of technique and styles and show how they can all blend together ;)  I wrote my new book, Irish Chain Quilts, with the same concept.  I was so excited with how many of you stepped out of your comfort zone and really tried new things with this quilt!!  That is what Quilt-A-Long's are all about!!!


When it came time to quilt mine, I decided to do some custom quilting ;)  I used Magnifico by Superior Thread in matching colors on the prints as it has a little extra sheen to it that I just love.   I quilted curly cues in the petals, arches in the squares, and ribbon candy in the X''s,  And in the background I just quilted a simple meandering stitch.  It has been so long since I quilted meanduring, I forgot how much I love it, so relaxing!!!


I just love all of the beautiful texture the quilted created!!! And I just love the gorgeous colors from the bundle that Julie of the Intrepid Thread curated for this!!!  It just makes me want to take it out and lay under a tree with a good book, so happy!!!


And, I  will finish off with this favorite shot ;)  Don't you just love the way it highlights the beautiful chain!!  I hope you enjoyed the Quilt-A-Long as much as I did and thank you again for quilting with me.  I loved it and am so happy with this beautiful finish!!!


And one last quick note before I sign off.  This post also is serving as a last reminder that the QAL will finish tomorrow ;)  So get those last few stitches done and link up or email me ;)   I can't wait to see all of your beautiful quilts!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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