Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun-Size Quilts & a Giveaway!!!

Martingale Publishing has a new compilation book compiled by my good friend Karen Burns that has just been released and it is all about Mini's!!!!!   It's called Fun-Size Quilts and it totally fits it's name.   I think the whole quilting world is finding out just how fun making a mini can be!!!  They allow you to try something on a tiny scale that you would never dream of wanting to do for a full size quilt.

My mini quilt contribution is called Quiltilicious!!  It is a fun basic geometric design that has a lot of movement and an almost 3-D effect.  I love how it turned out and had oh so much fun putting it together ;)  it is just so fun to play with tiny half square triangles and 1 inch rectangles.  Such great happy quilting times and it is so fun to finally be able to share it!!

For this hop, I thought it would be fun to share a fun little story about some of the inspiration behind the quilt.  The first day I was ready to start pulling fabrics for colors I was totally overwhelmed.  Of course, I could have done this quilt in any number of color combinations so I began making several piles of color combos trying to decide which way I wanted to go.  In comes my sweet 5 year old daughter. 

 Kami asked me what I was doing making my sewing room so messy and I told her I was trying to pick colors for a new quilt.  She insisted, (in her most matter of fact tone) that a perfect quilt would be made of Pink, Purple, Silver, and Gold because those are the favorite colors of Pinkalicious.  And of course, Pinkalicious is her favorite and so those are her favorite colors as well.  That would soon followed with how incredibly happy it would make her I used her favorite colors in this quilt.   It was so adorable, I couldn't resist (although I did draw the line on adding gold ;) .   And when it came time to name the quilt,  Quiltilicious just seemed to fit ;)

 I know you are just going to love this Fun-Size Quilts book.  There are so many incredible mini's made by so many incredible designers.  Seriously, I am so honored to be among these group of ladies.  Here's a quick peek at all 19 of the Fun-Size Quilt designs :)

You can see more about each Fun Size Quilts at each of the authors websites ;)  You will find a list of them all at the Martingale Blog right here :)  Have fun checking them all out and of course, at each site you will find more giveaway opportunities!!  But don't pop away just yet, because . . . 

I have a Giveaway here!!!! Martingale has graciously offered a Fun Size Quilts e-Book to one lucky Happy Quilting Reader and I will be sending out a paper copy of Fun Size Quilts to one lucky reader!!!  Yup, that's 2 winners!!!!

You have two chances to win, please leave a separate comment for each.  

1 - Leave a comment that has the word MINI in it.  I can't wait to see what you come up with ;)

2 - All Happy Quilting Followers can have a bonus entry, just leave a comment here of how you follow  i.e.  Bloglovin, Email, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter :) 

And that's it :) The giveaway will close on Wednesday, July 30th  and I will announce a winner Thursday Morning.    Good Luck to everyone ;)

Oh, and if you are visiting Happy Quilting for the first time, Welcome!!!  I am so glad you popped in and hope you come back often .  Please feel free to click on some of the tabs above and find some fun free tutorials, quilt-alongs, and all around fabric goodness ;)  And you are welcome to follow my blog to be sure and catch all of the Happy Quilting times :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekend Roll Haulted

Well, I was on quite a sewing roll last weekend ;)  I got quite a lot of work done on 2 projects and was so in the groove and loving every minute of it!!!

My first project was the Metro Rings quilt that I started at the Small Town Quilt show.  I am so loving this pattern and playing with the Quick Curve Ruler from the Sew Kind of Wonderful gals!!!  

 I got all of the setting triangles added to my quarter blocks.

And trimmed them all up.  Dont you love that pile of trim??  It reminds me of a cheerleaders pom-pom ;)

And I even got the quarter blocks sewn into halves!!!  Now I just need to sew the halves into blocks and then the blocks into a quilt top!!!  Eeekk, I can't wait to finish this one up :)  

I am also working on a new sample for some classes next year.  In Jan and March I will be teaching my Wonky Irish Chain pattern and am making a queen size version in Basic Grey's newest line Persimmon.  I am so loving these beautiful fall tones!!!    I have half of the blocks made and the other half of the blocks are half way done ;)  Comin along :)

But . . . That sewing groove came to an end.  Because as of Monday afternoon, I have been painting with my Mother who is visiting to help me paint.  And what might we be painting . . . Oh, just a new little space for the long arm ;)   Eeeekkk!!  I am so excited :)  Yesterday was all about ceilings.  My mother was getting quite a kick out of the drips in my hair, face, eyes, and even a few in my mouth, yuck.  

I am off to paint some more ;)  Have a Happy Quilting (and for me painting) Day!!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company and a Giveaway!!!

Today I am so excited to welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company as Happy Quilting's newest sponsor!!!  Bear Creek Quilting Company started twelve years ago by simply making beautiful quality quilts as gifts for family and friends.  As word of mouth spread, so did their custom designing of those handmade quilts,  and  Bear Creek Quilting Company grew from there.  Today they are located in Washington state and have a wonderful website that has been designed as a complete online store. They currently do not have a store-front but hope to include that in future plans. 

Bear Creek Quilting Company Offers a wide variety of  premium cotton, flannel and batik quilting fabric. And I love that you can shop for that yardage by color!!!  I love building my stash when shopping by color is an option, so much easier!!!   Along with all of that beautiful yardage, you will also find all of your favorite pre-cut  bundles (fat quarters, jelly rolls, charm packs and layer cakes) from your favorite manufactures.


Bear Creek Quilting also carries a wide variety of patterns, books, notions and tools.   Their book selection is amazing, I have so many on my wish list ;)  And they always have amazing prices on their everyday selection.  


Bear Creek Quilting company is continuing to expand weekly with the arrival of new product shipments.  You can always check out what is on it's way in their Coming Soon section.  Here's my list that I am watching that will be coming soon :)


And you always have to be making room for those coming soon items and that means you will also find an incredible Sale / Clearance shopping section  at Bear Creek Quilting Company.  You better believe you will find all kinds of yummy yardage, bundles, and notions at stellar closeout prices here!!


Bear Creek Quilting Company understands that you have choices in purchasing your quality quilting fabric and supplies.  They believe that the more quilting fabric and supplies they  have available to them the greater ability they have to create their beautiful custom designed quilts.  And so they want to pass that along to you and include savings to you with your every order.  

Welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company!!!  I am so excited to have them as part of the Happy Quilting Family!!!

 And as part of their welcome debut here at Happy Quilting, Bear Creek Quilt Company is giving away a $50.00 Gift Certificate to one lucky reader!!!   Now that will be some fun shopping!!!

You have two chances to win, please leave a separate comment for each.  And since Bear Creek Quilting Company is new here, I thought it might be nice for your entries to allow you to get acquainted :)

1 - Pop on over to Bear Creek Quilting Company and find a favorite item that you might like to spend the gift certificate on if you won ;)  Then pop back here and leave a comment of that favorite item.  

2 - Sign up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter  (in the top right hand corner) and leave a comment here that you did so or already do.  

And that's it :) The giveaway will close on Sunday the 27th  and I will announce a winner Monday Morning.    Good Luck to everyone ;)

 Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

July Bee and A Winner

First off, thank you so much for all of the sweet comments on my O Christmas Trees Quilt!!!  You all sure know how to make a gal feel great!!

I worked on some bee blocks this weekend and had so much fun with them.  I so enjoy being part of these bees!!  It is always fun to have an excuse to try new blocks each month.

This months, Jan  had us make these adorable tulip blocks using this tutorial ;)  These turned out so cute and I totally want to make a quilt of these some day ;)  Another added to the list!

Then Shari had us playing with some fun Halloween prints.  I love that little ghost one!!!  (probably because it is purple ;) .  These little 9 patches went together in a snap :)

So now they are off in the mail and I am excited to see what I get to put together next month for the Bees Knees.   And a bonus . . . next month is my month for the Beejeebers.  I need to decide what block I want my fabulous bee mates to whip up :)   Decisions, Decisions??  Any suggestions on a great scrappy block??

And last, but not least,  I need to choose a winner for the Superior Threads giveaway.  Thank you for all of those who commented.  I am sure you found that Superior Threads is just amazing and thank you to them for sponsoring this fun giveaways!!

So . .  .Without further ado, the winner of the $30.00 Gift Certificate to Superior Threads is . . .

#102 . . . Congrats to Lorraine!!!!!   

Thanks again to everyone who played along ;)  And be sure to check back in tomorrow, we will be having another wonderful sponsor introduced and another fun giveaway ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

O Christmas Trees - A Finish

**Note - If you are looking for the Superior Threads Giveaway you will find it here ;)

Yippee!!!  It's more Christmas in July!!!  Wednesday I shared my new Simply Modern Monochromatic Stockings tutorial  (and thank you for all of your sweet comments) and today, I get to share my new O Christmas Trees lap quilt!!!

Last September Christa from Christa Quilts hosted a Modern Trees Quilt-A-Long and I loved the design, but A) didn't have time to quilt a-long and b) wanted to change it up a bit for a little scrappier look and a larger quilt size.  In come my fabulous Bees Knees mates :)  I whipped up this Improv Tree Paper Pieced Block Tutorial and over the next bit received these beautiful Improv Tree blocks from all of my friends.  Thank you so much ladies, I love these trees!!!

The blocks got set aside, but at the end of June, I pulled them back out and in between other projects pieced the top, quilted it, and yes, even finished getting it bound.  Yippee!!!!  I love Christmas in July!!!!   The fabrics are Blitzen by Basic Grey.  And can I just say, I love Basic Grey's Christmas Lines, seriously, I haven't come across one that I don't like ;)

I had a lot of fun quilting this one.  Even though it did make the long arm wig out and was the start of it's downhill motion that has now landed it in the shop, le sigh.  Total side note there, back to the quilting.    I did some pebbling between the trees.  I wanted it to look like snow building up on them.  Ahh, I love pebbling, it is so relaxing :)    On the trees, I did some red and green loopies and zig-zags.  I kept that fairly simple as the improv scrappy of them is already quite a lot :)  Oh, and the trunks are done in a wood grain look, it fit ;)

And I had so much fun quilting the background of the quilt.  I really wanted it to look like snow flurries, so I played around with the concept of swirls with tails, but instead of doing the swirl, I did a little snowflake in the center of the swirl start.  It really did come out the way I had hoped and it was just so exciting to try a whole new design concept twisting on what I feel comfortable with and have it turn out :)

And now I have a new Christmas quilt ;)  Seriously, I don't think I can ever have to many Christmas Quilts.  They just make me smile!!!   This quilt finished at 63" x 74" so it is going to be just perfect to throw over the couch come December (or November, you know I pull out my Christmas stuff early :)  and curl up with while I watch White Christmas ;)

If you would like to make your own O Christmas Trees Quilt, I have added the Quilt Tutorial directions to the end of the Block Tutorial Directions. (just surf down through the block tutorial to find them ;)   It has all of the yardage and quilt top piecing directions you will need to whip up your own ;)  It really is such a fun quilt to put together ;)

Have a Happy (and Merry) Quilting Day!!!

Yippee for 2 finishes in a week :)  Linking O Christmas Tree up to Sarah's, Amanda's and Fort Worth Fabric Studio :)

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