Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!! Let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the Chantilly Jelly Roll from Fat Quarter Shop is . . .   Number #286 . . . Congrats bmocy5  !!!  I have messaged you :)    

   

 
   
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts.  Green Fairy Quilts is your home for pre-cut goodness and they always have amazing sales going on every weekend on a selected pre-cut or notion!!!   And did you know that Green Fairy Quilts has a Deal of The Day, I just love these!!!    Right now, you can save big on Moda Print Yardage, and Bella Solid Yardage!!!!  Awesome!!!

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts will be giving one lucky reader a  Shimo Layer Cake by Debbie Maddy for Moda!!   Isn't that just so fun!!!! Someone is going to be very lucky this week ;)  
You have two entry chances here on the blog, 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 what Foreign Language would you like to learn??  (I am currently working on Portuguese :)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Green Fairy Quilts love.   You can Sign up for their Newsletter which I highly recommend as it will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales!!  You can follow them on Instagram or Facebook,  or you can visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Green Fairy Quilt Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, June 9th, when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

You can also pop over to my Instagram and/or Facebook to enter there as well :)  

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, June 1, 2020

Bloom-Topia Quilt Along - Release 9

Well it's June 1st, can you believe it??   Summer is in full swing at our place ;)  And with a new month comes the Ninth Block Release of the Bloom-Topia Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and I am super excited :)   These blocks are both a lot of smaller piecing, and you just know how I love that!!!  


So for Block 14, (which is actually 13A, whoops)  We are going to make 4 stars in a block, and then make 2 blocks total.  For the Star Points, If you want to make these the same way as the instructions you will need to cut 32 C rectangles from your background fabric, and 64 F squares for your 6 Print fabrics.    I choose to make the star points with HST's instead of flying geese to eliminate waste so if you want to do that you will need (32) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Background and Print Squares and trim the HST's to 2".   Whichever method you choose above, you will also need to cut 8 B Squares from Print Fabrics for the star centers, and 32 D squares from Background for the corners.      Then sew them into blocks with the below layout.  Make 2 blocks ;)  


And  for Block 15, (which is actually 13B, whoops again) we are again going to make 4 dragonfly units in a block, and then make 2 blocks total. And I changed the layout of my dragonfly blocks to not alternate the background and print pieces.   So for my version, you will need to cut 4 A strips and 32 E squares from the Background fabric.   And from the Print fabric you will need to cut (16) 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares and will cut 2 fans from each of those squares.  And then just piece it like the instructions and make 2 blocks.  


So are you joining in the Bloom-Topia fun???  If so, you can download the block pattern  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 that is raising funds for an amazing organization.  What a wonderful way for us all to make a difference!  And wow, so much has been raised!!! 



And just as a reminder, if you are new to finding the Bloom-Topia Quilt Along, this is the layout I will be making and are the alterations referred to above ;)     I am using a Breeze Fat Quarter Bundle by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics with Gris Grunge as the background!!! And there are still a few Bloom-topia Quilt Kits and Backing Sets available if you want to make your's like the original ;) 


And like always, Fat Quarter Shop has made an awesome  You Tube video tutorial that walk you through making the blocks.  There are some great helpful hints and you can see it put together step by step!!!   




Be sure to share all of your Bloom-Topia progress on social media with #bloomtopiaquiltalong and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Release 9 for lots more Block Inspiration!!!

And that's it for the ninth release in the Bloom-Topia Quilt Along!!!!   I will continue to share a new set of blocks on the 15th and 1st of each month. So what do you say, want to come Bloom-Topia Quilting Along??  You are going to have so much fun!!!

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Decades Past - A New Happy Quilting Pattern!!!!

I am super excited this morning to share my newest Quilt Pattern in the Happy Quilting pattern lineup ;)   It is called Decades Past and I just love the updated vintage feel to it!!!     And with big blocks and easy piecing, it will go together in no time and is perfect for beginners and experts alike!!!


Both the Hard Copy and the PDF patterns can be found  found in my Etsy Shop, and like all my new Pattern Releases, It is on Special!!!!  This week Decades Past will be marked down!!! The PDF Patterns are just $5.50 and the Hard Copy Patterns are $8.00!!!!


Decades Past uses some basic piecing units along with a fun technique for making the center squares.  You use triangles so there isn't near as much waste, but don't worry, I have left a little wiggle room so piecing is still super easy and a quick trim ensures perfect piecing every time.   And I even included a tiny bit of background overhang on the center of the block, so you don't even have to worry about matching up points when you sew the block together.  So great!!!!


This version of Decades Past is made using Prairie Sisters Fabric by Jina and Lori for Poppie Cottons.    I love these prints and how they perfectly matched the vintage modern feel I was going for!!!     But of course, it looks amazing in any fabrics!!  The small size quilts are Fat Eighth Friendly, and the large size quilts are  Fat Quarter Friendly, so you can just grab a bundle and get cutting!!!!


And when it came time to quilt it I went all out.  I quilted Wishbones in the sashing, Straight echoed lines in the X background, tiny swirls in the background, and echoed arches and pebbles in the center x.   It really was so much fun to play with all of these different quilting designs and it really made the design stand out all the more.   I used my favorite Pearl 402 So Fine thread which blended perfectly in all the prints and is just a lovely color on the background white !!!  This one really was so super fun to quilt!!!! 


And that is my new Decades Past quilt!!!!  I am just  so excited to be able to share this design in pattern form, it has been a long time coming but it was worth the wait ;)  So let me tell you a bit more about the pattern ;)


Like all my patterns, Decades Past has size options so you can make the quilt size that fits you ;)  You will find 5 size options, a Baby, Lap, Picnic, Twin, and a Queen size.  For the Baby and Lap size, you use a 12" block and it is Fat Eighth Friendly.   For the Picnic, Twin, and Queen sizes, you use a 16" block and it is Fat Quarter Friendly.   I just love using multiple size blocks so you don't have to piece a million tiny blocks for a queen quilt ;) 


And I had so much fun making the first quilt, I just couldn't stop and decided to make up a lap size version as well :)   I had to check out those 12" blocks right ;)  And isn't it just to cute for words!!!!
  

I used Nova by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics and you all know I just love the purples in this line.   It really has so many beautiful colors that just pop and the prints were the perfect scale for these smaller blocks!!!    I just love this and have already decided it is going to be one of those that I keep just for myself :)  


And I already have a baby size version planned as well.   You only have to make 9 blocks for a baby size, so it goes together pretty fast, but you still totally learn the techniques of the quilt!!!   So this is the Lap version and I can't wait to start on that baby size ;)


 So let's have a few reminders to sum it all up ;)  Just  like all my patterns, this is a full color pattern that can be printed in either page format or book format.  It is filled with lots of wonderful illustrations to guide you along each step of the way.   You are going to have so much fun putting this together ;)  And of course,  if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me ;)  




So that's all of it!!!  My two new Decades Past quilts and the new Decades Past Pattern !!!!  Again, the Decades Past Pattern (both PDF and Hard Copy) can be found in my Etsy Shop

And everything is on sale for the release of Nordic Nights!!!!   The PDF Pattern is just $5.50 and the Printed Pattern is $8.00,!!!!  

Be sure to pick up your patterns and templates this week, as they will go back to regular prices on June 5th :)  

Thanks for popping in today and sharing these new finishes with me.  I am so very excited to be releasing this new pattern and hope you like it as much as I do.

 I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tutorial Throwback Thursday - Florabelle Bloom

My perennials starting blooming this week, and what a wonderful heart warmer that was!!!  I don't have much of a green thumb, so when anything comes back the following year I am thrilled ;)   So, . I just knew we needed to do another fun flower quilt for our  Throwback Thursday , And I thought going back  be perfect to go back 3 years to the Florabelle Bloom quilt would be just perfect!!!    Isn't it just so happy with those petals popping from the centers!!!


Florabelle Bloom really is a fun quilt to make and looks harder than it is.  It really is just sewing some HST's and some Squares, and you can whip whip this up in no time.    And it is just so fun to mix and match the prints in the flowers, making up a new combo of colors for each one!!!  Andthere is also some sashing, which is great to learn if you haven't tried that before ;)    It finishes at 66" x 82" so it makes a great size for snuggling up in or lying out in the sun!!    


Florabelle Bloom is a Fat Quarter Friendly quilt and uses 21 Fat Quarters.  So you can easily grab a bundle and get stitching.   And I used some larger prints, but they got a little lost in the design, so I would recommend using medium to small scale prints for this design ;) I have even seen this done in Red, White, and Blue, and it makes for a great Americana design :)  Just grab a fun colorful bundle that speaks to you and is just waiting to be made up into blooming flowers!!!     


Florabelle Bloom was so fun to make and I am so wanting to make it again, but I am thinking of doing it in a rainbow layout of flowers with the secondary corners being all green.  And who knows, maybe I will even do some scrap busting instead of using Fat Quarters.  I seriously need to bust some scraps ;)   Wouldn't that be just to cute!!   


And that is my Florabelle Bloom Quilt!!!     I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday as much as I have!!!      To make your own Florabelle Bloom quilt  just click on any of the project name links for the free step by step tutorial.    And when you are done,  I would love to see your Quilts!!  You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  :)   I can't wait to see your Florabelle Bloom Quilts!!



Thanks for popping in today and sharing this throwback with me!!! 

  I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Charming Baby Sew Along - Parade and Grand Prize Winner!!!

Well, today is the big day!!!  It's the finale of the Charming Baby Sew Along!!!  It's just so exciting!!!!   First off,  I would like to say Thank You to all of you who sewed along with me.  This has been such a fun Sew Along and that is because of each of you.  I am just thrilled with how many of you have finished your adorable Charming Baby Sew Along Sampler and each and every one is just so fantastic!!!   I just love sewing along with each of you!!!



And speaking of those finishes . . . did you see all of the beautiful finished quilt tops???   I love that each one is so unique and wonderful!!!   To see all the finishes just pop on over here and check out the links at the bottom of the post.  They are absolutely amazing!!!     And if you want to see everyone's progress along the way, you can check out the #charmingbabyquilts on social media   It was so much fun to see all of your blocks each week :)

One more thing before we get to the parade, if you are just popping over and finding the Charming Baby Quilts Sew Along for the first time, or just want an easy reference for the future, you can find all of the Posts for the Charming Baby Sew Along at any time under the Quilt-Along's tab at the top of my blog.   These posts will always be on my blog, so no worries if you want to start now or if you got a little behind, the links will always be available ;)   






 PARADE

Alright, Let's get to the Parade!!!! So Fun!!!   A huge round of applause for these amazing finishes!!!    So here is the Charming Baby Sew Along Parade of Finishes!!!!       You can click on the name to go to that persons individual link site and see and read more about their beautiful finishes :)















Jean H-S from Wisconsin
















Way to go ladies, they are just beautiful and I hope you enjoy your Charming Baby Quilt Sew Along Sampler's and thank you so much for sharing them with all of us!!    And for the rest of the Charming Baby Sew Along quilters,  good luck finishing up your quilts!!!  And please still share them once they are finished with #charmingbabyquilts or email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com .  I would just love to see them all done!!!  



QUILTS FROM BLOGGER FRIENDS

And for more beautiful Charming Baby Quilt finishes, be sure and pop over and see all of my blogger buddies that quilted along with me and shared inspiration throughout the entire quilt along ;)

      Amanda Castor - Material Girl Quilts
      Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner
      Beverly McCullough - Flamingo Toes
      Melanie Call - A Bit of Scrap Stuff
      Pat Sloan - Pat Sloan's Blog
      Fat Quarter Shop Friends - The Jolly Jabber

And you can see my Finished Quilt here :)



GRAND PRIZE

 And last but certainly, not least . . . It's time to award the Grand Prize sponsored by Moda Fabrics !!  One lucky winner will receive this huge assortment of 18 Charm Packs with this exclusive zipper pouch and sewing tins ;)  Everyone that finished their quilt top was entered to win this Grand Prize :)  So exciting, let's choose that lucky winner.


The winner of the Charming Baby Sew Along Grand Prize is . . .

 Number 12 which is . . . 



Congrats Cindy Garaas!!!!  I have messaged you!!!   And a huge Thank You to Moda Fabrics for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway!!!!  It sure was a great motivation to get those quilt tops done!!!
 
  


SHARING

And just because the Charming Baby Sew Along is finished, doesn't mean you can't finish those Charming Baby Sampler Quilts!!!   The instruction downloads will always be available and if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to email me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com.    Share your progress using Hashtag #charmingbabyquilts  or email me a picture :)

I can't wait to see all your quilts!!!

Let me sign off with one last thank you to all of you who participated in the Charming Baby Sew Along!!  I am so excited to have so many wonderful friends to quilt along with me and I so appreciate all of your sweet comments on the quilt along, they mean a lot!!  I had such a great time hosting and I hope you had a fantastic time sewing-along!!!

Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!!!
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