Monday, April 22, 2019

Spring Break aka Why I haven't Sewn for a Week ;)

Yup, it has been a little quiet around here the last few days . . . and that is because last week was Spring Break!!!  An entire week with the kids out of school just itching for something fun to do.  And we sure had fun and got a lot done as well, double bonus!!!  We started the week off in Salt Lake visiting Grandma and Grandpa (my parents :)   My kids love the beach, and since there are no beaches in Salt Lake, we went to the next closest thing, the Aquarium ;)    The kids loved it!!!  But seriously, try to take a picture of 5 kids, standing still in a dark building when there are a million things to see . . . this is the best I got :)

The next day we did a little window shopping :)  Gardner Village was one of my favorite places to go growing up because I just loved how every little house (shop) was like a whole new world when you stepped inside.  Each place is unique and full of character and oh so much fun to find lots of hidden treasures inside. The girls loved that they were just starting to put out all the fairy homes for the woodland fairy festival!!!    But ya, my big kids favorite find . . . an elevator with furniture in it.   I think they could have ridden that elevator all day and been happy.   Well, that and feeding the ducks would have been a close second ;)

And then it was time to come home to Cedar City, and we just happened to bring Grandma (my mom pictured above) with us.   And when Grandma comes to visit, it always means big projects!!!  She is so amazing in that way.  Things that I have been procrastinating forever, she helps me whip out in a few days.   And this time, it was painting!!!  Kamryn and Jocelyn had gone through a paint peeling phase a while back (read mom gets really frustrated) and their walls were still showing the effects of that phase.   So it was time for a fresh coat.   And Kamryn picked (read with some persuasion from mom :)  this beautiful soft pink for her walls.  The color is called Rosy Outlook by Sherwin Williams, just fyi. 

And we leaned towards this soft pink, because I started working on a new quilt at a retreat (yes, I actually got to take a class!!!)  for Kamryn's bed called Sweet Blend and I am using the beautiful bold colors of Amy Ellis's Wanderlust fabric for it.  I think that soft pink would be the perfect compliment to it ;)   And as much as we loved the Sunkissed by Spring quilt that has been on her bed for some time, it has been well loved, and is ready to be changed out for something a little more young lady than young girl ;)  I think this is going to work perfectly!!!

And after finishing up Kamryn's room, we moved into Jocelyn's room.   And she loves purple!!! Wonder where she gets it from ;)    So we choose two beautiful shades called Teaberry and Rosebay and went to work.   And remember how I said my mom is amazing at doing things I have procrastinated . . . Ya, it has driven me nuts that their beds were ivory and their moldings were white, but I wasn't about to tackle painting two bed frames.   Mom to the rescue, not only did we paint two rooms we also painted two bed frames.   And they are so pretty and perfect!!!!

And even though Jocelyn Sister's Choice  quilt still matches these walls, I think it is only fair she gets a new quilt as well.   And I am thinking these gorgeous prints from Bungalow by Kate Spain.   Won't that just make the softest quilt to go with these more bold colors on the wall.   And then a new curtain in one of those floral prints . . . It's gonna be so good. 

Now I just need to decide what quilt pattern to make for Jocelyn's bed . . . so many choices ;)   Anyone have a favorite Fat Eighth pattern that would be perfect for a 8 into tween years ???

So ya . . . all in all, an amazing spring break with lots of fun and oh so much productivity in the home, which of course, makes me so very happy.   But today, it's time to get back to some sewing, I have missed my machine and it is calling my name ;)

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!1
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Threadology QAL - Fair and Square Block

It's the 17th of April, and ya, I am two days late posting this.   I went out of town for Spring Break and realized a little late that my block pictures were still home on my laptop (that I didn't think to bring, tee hee hee :)   So here it is, better late than never, the sixth block  release of the Threadology Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!  And the blocks are the Fair and Square Block, and they are just so fantastic!!!! 

So here are my 3 of the large blocks.  You might recall from my first post, I am doing a different setting that will use 3 Large an 6 Small blocks of each.   These blocks were a lot of fun to make, and went together in a snap!!  And I had so much fun choosing all of the fabrics for the large and small blocks :)  

So are you joining in the Threadology fun???  If so, 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 is Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL and they are so close to the stretch goal of  $20,000 that Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match.  So let's help them reach that goal ;)  

And while making your blocks . . .  like always, Fat Quarter Shop has made an awesome  You Tube video tutorial that walk you through making this month's blocks and Kimberly will share some awesome some helpful hints  :)

Be sure to share all of your Threadology progress on social media with #threadologyquiltalong and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Block 6 for lots more Fair and Square Block Inspiration!!!

And that's it for the Sixth block in the Threadology Quilt Along!!!!  There are only two more sets of blocks to go, this QAL is going by so fast!!!  But it's never to late to join in the Threadology Quilting Along?? We are having so much fun!!!

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day so let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)

The winner of the Susannas Scraps Jelly Roll from Green Fairy Quilts is . . .  Number #202 . . .   Congrats Barbara!!!   I have emailed you :)     


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    Did you know that Jamie makes a new Lou Lou Bundle every Tuesday . . . this is a recent bundle that I just fell in love with!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is launching a sale next week but is giving all  Happy Quilting readers an early bird special sale!!!   Take  20% off your entire order with the code happyspring good until Friday!!!  Oh, so much fun shopping!!!

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some shopping goodness!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate perfect to use on anything in the store, including the awesome Lou Lou Bundle pictured above!!!!

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 if you are experiencing "happy spring" in your neck of the woods???  (we are supposed to get snowed on today, le sigh :)  

 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!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, April 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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Friday, April 12, 2019

Sew Sampler Barn Quilt Finish!!!

Each year, as part of the Sew Sampler Box, you recieve a monthly block pattern for a Sampler quilt.   The first year of Sew Sampler was some fun HST blocks, that I finished up back here, and the second year was Basket Blocks, that I finished up here.    And this year we have been making Barn Blocks, one new pattern a month.   Last month marked the 12th block and it has been my goal to get the blocks finished in a quilt before next month's new 2019 Sampler quilt is announced.   And I am thrilled to say, My Sew Sampler Barn Quilt is finished and here it is!!!! 

 I have had so much fun over the last year making these Barn Blocks each month.   The piecing of each Barn Blocks had so much variety, and often included a lot of tiny piecing, which you all know I love ;)  It was fun to watch the pile of Barn Blocks grow and wonder how it was all going to come together.   And when Fat Quarter Shop shared the finishing pattern with the tiny star cornerstones, I was over the moon!!!  Aren't they just the perfect way to finish this quilt up ;)   

And the fun part, this quilt is all from my scrap drawers!!!!   Yup, 100% scrappy quilt, which just makes me smile from ear to ear.  The Whites are all solids, but lots of different shades of white (and none of them look yellow, that is just the lighting ;)  The crazy thing is, you sure can't tell by looking at my black and grey scrap drawers, I barely made a dent.    Ah well, looks like I will be able to make another black, white, and grey quilt soon, which is so great because I found I really love this color scheme!!!  It is not one that I would have thought to use, but I love how sleek and ultra modern it turned out ;) 

When it came time to quilt it, I decided on a current favorite on an all over  Loose Feathers design.   I just love how it flows across the quilt.  I also used a favorite thread, 402 So Fine Pearl, which blended perfectly with all that white, and even blended in with the black prints as most of them have a little white on them.   And it pops so great on the cornerstone black stars!!!  I just love it!!!  

And you can't tell from the picture, but this is also a Scrappy Binding!!!!  I dug through my little case of binding scraps and was able to find enough solid black leftover pieces to make an entire black binding.   Ya, I make a lot of solid black bindings :)  So yippee for using up all the scraps!!! 

And that is my Sew Sampler Barn quilt and I just love, love, love it!!!!  Mine finishes at 52" x 68" so it will make a great lap quilt, just perfect for a wedding present.    I can't wait for the next wedding that is held out at a local barn in town.   Wouldn't this just make the perfect gift for a couple who has their reception at a barn!!!   It makes me just giggle to think about it ;)  

And now, I can't wait to see what the new 2019 pattern will be for the Sew Sampler Box!!!  2018 is officially all wrapped up now, and I am just waiting (not patiently) by the mailbox to see what 2019 will bring.   So excited!!!

Linking up this finish to  Sarah's, and Myra's ;) 
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lots of Tiny Stars!!!

I tell you what, I just love tiny piecing!!!   There is something so fun about it ;)   I have been working on 20 of these little 4" stars to use as cornerstones and they just came out so cute!!  And 4 inches means I just made 80 flying geese that finish at 1" x 2".  I used the No Waste Method of Flying Geese and they came out so good and so fast!!!   And now, they are going into the quilt top :)

These are for my Barn Blocks quilt that I have been making along with the Sew Sampler Box.  I mentioned last month that it was finishing up another year with the 12th block,  meaning it's time to make the quilt.   So I gathered my black scraps and TaDa . . . Stars ;)  

I have just about got these all put into the quilt top, just 2 seams left or I would have shown a pic of it all sewn together.  But my goal is to get it on the long arm today and then machine bind it real quick so that I can hopefully share the finish tomorrow!!!   So it will be a surprise, and you don't even have to wait long to see it all done ;) 

So I best go get quilting!!!   I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!!
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