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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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simply Modern Monochromatic Stockings - A Tutorial

It's Christmas In July!!!!!!   I am so excited to share a new tutorial I have been working on. These have been on the "to do" list for about 3 years now and I think they were totally worth the wait :)  So without further ado . . .  Let me introduce my latest Riley Blake Design Team Tutorial . . . Simply Modern Monochromatic Stockings!!!


I had the idea to make monochromatic stocking a while back and have just been waiting for the right basics to come along.  When I saw some of Riley Blakes New Basics, I knew it was the perfect fit!!


I used Medium Damask Reversed for the stocking, Houndstooth for the lining, and Swiss Dots for the cuff. Don't you just love all of the colors together ;)  And the kids had so much fun browsing through all of the different color options and picking their favorite, which makes their stocking all the more special to them :)


These stockings are very generously sized.  Not to big, but for sure large enough to stuff a lot of goodies in ;)  And they really are so very easy to make.  You could easily put one together in an hour.  (and since it is July, you have lots of hours :)  And I have instructions for embroidering or appliqueing the name, so if you don't have access to embroidery, there us another option ;)


Eeekk!!!  I can't get over how much I love seeing each stocking match the next but just in a different color.  I think this is going to be such a fun fun way to add some pop to my traditional Christmas colored decorations :)


So, do you want to make some Simply Modern Monochromatic Stockings??   Just click on over to Riley Blake Designs to see the free step-by-step tutorial :)   Just be sure to turn on the Christmas tunes while working on them.  I had so much fun the last few weeks singing along with Bing :)


I hope you enjoy the tutorial and if you make your own Simply Modern Monochromatic Stockings I would love to see them!!!  You can add them to my Flickr Group here ;)   Make 1, Make 2, Make any number you like.  Once you start, there is always another color you will want to play with :)

Have a Happy (and Merry) Quilting Day!!




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Welcome Superior Threads and a Giveaway!!!

Today I am so excited to welcome  Superior Threads as Happy Quilting's newest sponsor!!!  Superior Threads began part-time in St. George, Utah (yes, a mere 40 minutes down the free way from me, see my all about my latest visit here ;) by Bob and Heather Purcell  in 1998.  However, the folks there consider 2001 to be their serious start date.  The first product they introduced was Superior Metallic. They now produce and sell over 40 different thread lines with more on the way.



Superior Threads seeks out out the highest-quality raw materials and use the latest technology in manufacturing and processing to create superior threads for all types of sewing.  They really do create a thread for every application you might need.  They have just the right thread for  hand quilting, piecing, embroidery, upholstery, apparel sewing, or free motion quilting, and the list goes on and on.  And every one of those threads come in just about every color under the sun!!!  


One of my favorite things about Superior Threads is their dedication to Education.  If you have a question about thread, they will have the answer, guaranteed!!  I had the wonderful experience of attending one of Bob Purcell's Threadology lectures last January.  I learned so much and I have drawn on that information several times since!!  



     
Superior Threads has so many videos, just like this one, on their You Tube Channel or they can be found here on the Video Section of their website.    They really do cover everything you could ever need to know about thread, needles, tension, ect.  Superior Threads also has an amazing selection of educational articles.  I can not begin to explain how helpful the Tension articles were when we first got the long arm!!!



Now of course, Superior Threads is obviously know for their amazing quality and variety of threads, but did you also know they have a Fabric store as well!!!  It's called Mother Superior's Fab Fabrics  (Love the name!!) and is ran by Heather Purcell.  They carry a vast array of manufactures and they even help you to choose the threads that go with the fabric.  Bonus!!!
  
      


And of course, with all of that Thread and Fabric, you are going to need some needles to go along with it!!  I have been using Superiors Needles for the Long Arm for a year now but just recently started using Superior Needles for my home machine and and I have to say, I love them!!!  They are a top stitch needle that is titanium coated so it stays sharper longer and will way outlast the basic universal needles.  
  
             



I love my Superior Threads and am so happy to Welcome them as my newest sponsor here.  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, Superior Threads is giving away a $30.00 Gift Certificate to one lucky reader!!! 




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

1 - Sign up for the Superior Threads Newsletter and leave a comment here that you did so or already do.  


2 - Follow Superior Threads.  You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or their Blog.   Pick one or several and then leave a comment of where you are following.

And that's it :) The giveaway will close on Sunday the 20th  and I will announce a winner Monday Morning.    Good Luck to everyone ;)


 Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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