Friday, October 31, 2014

Smooth Sailing

I have a new finish to share today that was one of those secret projects that I didn't get to show anything of until now ;)  And I just so happens to align perfectly with Bloggers Quilt Festival so I am adding it to the Large Quilt Category!!!  Yippee!!!   So if you are popping over from BQF and visiting for the first time, Welcome!!!  So glad you stopped by :)

This quilt is called Smooth Sailing and I made it to hang in the United Notions booth at Fall Quilt Market.   The fabric is Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and the pattern is by Bonnie Olaveson of that amazing duo ;)  Isn't it just so fun!!!

This is a big quilt finishing at 83" x 91" :)   And oh my goodness, was it a fun one to put together!!!  It was like creating 16 little mini's and then putting all of those mini's into boats :)  It was so much fun picking the placement and colors of each boat and then making sure they were all facing the right direction, I had to double check a few times ;)  But really, oh so much fun to make, and it is all just traditionally pieced, no foundation or paper ;)   What an amazing design!!

When it came time to quilt this I really wanted to go all out ;)  For the background I went with a mixture of designs.  I wanted to create a lot of movement that just flowed so I quilted swirls, echoed paisleys, pebbles, and curls all interchangeably.   I used my favorite 402 Pearl So Fine Superior Thread so it blends just beautifully while still showing the quilting ;)  And can I just say I LOVE it!!!

For the boats, I quilted wavy lines in the sails, woodgrain in the boat, scallops in the water, and 1/4" straight outline on the block, flag, and mast ;)  I switched colors to match and blend with the color of the sail.  It took a minute more but was so worth it ;)   I don't consider myself a professional long-arm quilter by any means, but I have to say, I was pretty proud of this one ;)

Back to a little bit of the piecing . . . I just love how each of these little boats turned out ;)  I played with a lot of different color layouts and in the end I just loved the matching color sails look :) All of the water and masts have the same colors in all the boats to tie them all together ;)   And It is probably hard to tell from the big picture but I matched the little flag to each of the block, just a fun little detail that makes me smile ;)   

The backing is one of my favorite prints from the collection :)  These adorable sail boats which I was so happy to use as I stuck to basically the tone on tone prints on the front to give the overall look I was going for ;)  It's fun to see all of the quilting on it as well ;)

This really was such a fun quilt to make, and I am so glad to be able to share it now with all of you ;)  I also got to share it with one other special person . . . Bonnie Olaveson!!!   Wow, what a special moment ;)  She loved it and was super impressed with the quilting, yup, perma-grin all day ;)

 Thanks so much for stopping in today ;)  I hope you love the quilt as much as I do ;)  Be sure to pop back to the Blogger's Quilt Festival to see all of the other amazing quilting goodness!!  There are over 400 Quilts!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

Linking this finish to Sarah's and Amanda's ;)
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Off Kilter

Hello Sewing Friends!!!  I am so excited for another edition of Bloggers Quilt Festival!!  I so look forward to this event, it is just endless amounts of quilty goodness!!! If you are visiting Happy Quilting for the first time, welcome :)   I hope you browse around and come back often ;)  I love to share my daily quilting adventures here ;)

 This year, I am featuring 2 quilts for the event and today I am sharing the first.   Here is Off Kilter and I will be putting it in the ROYGBIV Category, big surprise there ;)

While at Spring Quilt Market last year I sat in the schoolhouse where Free Spirit Fabrics showed off this beautiful collection of Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt.  I knew I wanted to do something with that amazing box of goodness and started sketching in the airport on the way home ;)

After a few ideas, I came up with Off Kilter and it just clicked. Don't you just love when that happens ;)  I couldn't wait to get home and sketch it up in EQ ;)  One of the first things I did when I got home was sketch up this quilt and then I got all kinds of excited!!  

 2 months ago, working with the lovely folks at Free Spirit Fabrics, I was able to transform it from a sketch to a quilt.  And I can not tell you how happy I am with the results ;)   I wrote up a free Off Kilter tutorial to go along with the quilt so if you want to make your own Off Kilter Quilt you can ;) The tutorial has instructions for both a large lap and twin size.

I quilted it with just straight-ish lines about 1/2" apart across the entire quilt top ;)  Not only do I love quilting like this because it is fast and fun, it also has the added benefit of giving you lots of exercise walking back and forth across the quilt top so many times ;)

And Off Kilter and I had a pretty awesome experience last week. I was asked by the folks at Free Spirit Fabric to bring Off Kilter to Fall Market to hang in their booth.  I was so excited to see it there and then noticed Denyse Schmidt sitting near by.  Like a total fan girl I asked if she could take a picture with me and my quilt ;)  ,  Yup, total perma grin, what an amazing moment!!

And that's Off Kilter :)  Thank you so much for stopping by today ;)  I hope you are enjoying the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and if you are just finding out about it, or just want a link back, you can click on the image below to take you to the main page of Blogger's Quilt Festival and enjoy an  amazing array of quilty goodness!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cottage Stamp Baby Quilt and Tutorial

Well it's my day again as a Riley Blake Design Team member and I have something super fun to share today ;)  And here she is . . The Cottage Stamp Baby Quilt :)  The full step-by-step tutorial can be found right here at the Riley Blake Blog ;)

I fell in love with The Cottage Garden by The Quilted Fish at spring market and knew I had to make a quilt with it.  The colors and prints are just fabulous.  Seriously, I loved reading the text print anytime I was sewing with it, the quotes are awesome!!!

I decided to do a spin on a postage stamp quilt, adding sashing and some applique to make it pop :)  The quilt really is easy and goes together in a snap with very minimal cutting ;)

A close up on the applique ;)  I quilted dense loops around it to really make it stand out and then added the adorable stitched button to give it that finishing touch ;)  Love it!!

And to add to the "postage stamp" concept, I quilted each of the blocks with a scallop border and a different flower in the center.  I think it turned out pretty cute ;)

The quilt finishes at 55 1/2" x 55 1/2", perfect for wrapping up a wee one or even a toddler ;)  I have one here that wants to claim this one ;)    So if you have someone special you want to make a Cottage Stamp quilt for just pop on over to the Riley Blake Blog for the full step-by-step tutorial :)

I hope you like the quilt and enjoy the tutorial ;)  It really was such a fun and fast quilt to make :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fat Eighth Frenzy with the Fat Quarter Shop!!!

NOTE - If you are looking for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day post you will find it here ;)

Okay, so it is no secret that I love the Fat Quarter Shop's Shortcut Quilt series.  They are so fun for making a quilt that really goes together in a snap.  They have covered every pre-cut except for the Fat Eighth Bundle and today is it's day to shine!!!   Fat Eighth Frenzy is here and it even comes along with a bonus quilt!!!

I was super excited when I saw this pattern and even more excited when I was trying to decide what fabric bundle to use and stumbled upon the Ann Kelle Remix Fat Eighth bundle.  Oh, I do love me some rainbow goodness!!!  And I knew that this pattern would just be so fun in a rainbow.

I started Fat Eighth Frenzy and had the quilt top done in no time.  I just love these short-cut quilts.  I just wrote right on my pattern where I wanted the colors placed.  And I was so happy when it was all done.  I mean seriously, you cant help but smile at a rainbow ;)

I quilted my Fat Eighth Frenzy with some large swirls.  I wanted to keep it pretty soft and love how the large swirls really tied into the large design :)

And then it was time to use the leftovers ;)   Yippee for some HST goodness!!!  I once again mimicked the rainbow layout with just a few changes to keep the colors balanced that I had. The fun thing about this bonus is that the layout possibilities are endless.  I mean, 2 in 1 projects are always fun but then getting to make it entirely your own, . .  double bonus!!!   I think this would make the cutest car seat snuggler ;)

And if you do large swirls on the large quilt, you obviously are going to quilt small swirls on the small quilt ;)   I just love quilting swirls!!!

And now I know you want to whip one up yourself, it is just so easy and fun!!!   You can find the free downloadable pattern here :)    And yes, like all the other shortcut quilts, Kimberly has done a wonderful video tutorial that walks you through step by step of each quilt.  Here is the Fat Eighth Frenzy Tutorial and here is the Bonus Quilt Video ;)  These are so great for all of us visual learners ;)

So pop on over to Fat Quarter Shop and get your pattern and a Fat Eighth Bundle!!!  Fat Quarter Shop has even marked down all of their Fat Eighth Bundles 20% Off just for the release of this fun new short-cut quilt!!  Yippee!!!

And be sure to stop by the Jolly Jabber to see all of the other amazing Fat Eighth Frenzy quilts made by some other awesome bloggers :)  Inspiration galore ;)

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

Linking up to Quilt Story :)
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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  Hearts Content Fat Quarter Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop  is . . .   Number 317 . . . Congrats PK Sews!!!!  I have emailed you :)



And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by The Intrepid Thread.  Julie carries an amazing variety of fabrics and has a fabulous Sale Section if you are looking for a great deal ;)

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for an adorable Good Natured Cool Bundle by Marion Sutton for Riley Blake Designs.   I just love those Foxes!!!

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 telling me if you have done any Halloween sewing, and if so what was it??

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Intrepid Thread love.   You can follow them on   Facebook, Instagram, or at their Blog.  You can Sign up for their Newsletter which will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales, or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Intrepid Thread Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, November 4th 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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