Friday, October 19, 2018

Seeing Stars Quilt Finish!!!

Today  I am so excited to be sharing my Finished Seeing Stars Quilt!!!!   And I even finished it for the actual parade of the Quilt Along, and now it is all ready for Christmas ;)   I absolutely love making Christmas Quilts, and I had so much fun with all of these wonderful stars each and every week!!!

Just in case you are new friend visiting, the Seeing Stars quilt is the Quilt Along that I hosted over the last two months.  Each of the posts for the Quilt-A-Long will always be on my blog.  You can follow these links to walk you through each step,  week-by-week on how to make a Roundabout Quilt , just in case you want to make your own.

And as I said, this was such a fun quilt to piece!!!  Of course, it always makes it more fun to be piecing along with lots of quilty friends.   But you all know how much I love making Star Blocks.   And I had a great time designing this quilt to specifically work on lots of different techniques in creating different stars.   So ya, I loved every minute of curved, improv., applique, and of course, basic piecing!!!  I just love how the blocks pop and then a second later the secondary designs jump out at you :)    And I just love the way they all come together ;)

And ya know, you can never go wrong with making another Christmas quilt :)  I used a Fat Quarter Bundle of Swell Christmas by Urban Chicks for Moda for my quilt, and I absolutely love those jolly Santa Clauses, Beautiful Poinsettia's, and wonderful Plaids.  It is such a classically perfect Christmas line, and I just loved how it made each and every star shine in cuddly Christmas goodness!! 

When it came time to quilt, I had ideas of originally doing loopy stars, ya know, to go with the quilt design. But as I was loading the quilt on, I thought, how fun to match the Plaids instead!!!   So straight line quilting, and lots of back and forth in fun cream, red, green, and pink.    But ya, notice how there are no horizontal lines to finish this plaid look.   Ya, two problems.   One, I was having tension issues, which was causing me serious tension.   And two, somehow my leader was attached to the machine off centered, which meant my backing was off centered, which essentially left me 0" of backing left on one side of the quilt.   So while I had enough to cover the back, there was nothing left to pin it to the leaders in the opposite directions.   So long story short, the quilted plaid idea turned into quilted straight lines in opposite colors ;) 

But hey, it still looks awesome, even if it wasn't my original idea.  And I love the different color threads, it just adds a fun little pop!!!     Also,  I am happy to say that I figured out the tension problem, got the leader reset, and now I am all good to go for the next quilt ;)  Sometimes, I just have to adjust my plan to make sure I am still Happy Quilting ;) 

And that is my Seeing Stars Quilt Along Quilt!!!   And I am so, so, so happy with the finish!!!   Thanks again to everyone that quilted along with me, as that is what will always be the most special part of this quilt!!!  It truly is a wonderful reminder of so many great friends and each one of their beautiful quilts!!!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!

Linking this finish to Myra's, and Sarah's ;)
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Seeing Stars Quilt Along - Parade and Grand Prizes!!!

Wow, I can't believe it is here!!!   The end of the Seeing Stars Quilt Along!!!  It's just so exciting!!!!   First off,  I would like to say Thank You to all of you who quilted-a-long with me.  This has been such a fun Quilt-A-Long and that is because of each of you.  We have learned lots of techniques and for many of you, it was your first time trying some of these techniques, which is just incredible!!!   Truly, that is what quilt along's are all about!!! And wow, everyone kept up so well and I am just blown away by all the amazing quilt tops!!! 

And speaking of finishes . . . Did you see them???  They are all just so pretty and each one is absolutely unique and absolutely fabulous!!!    And there are 69 of them!!!  That is incredible!!!!  I had so much fun quilting along with each of you :)  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 #seeingstarsquiltalong on social media or visit over at the   Happy Quilt-A-Long Flickr Group.  It was so much fun to watch each of your quilt tops come together as we took this journey together :)

One more thing before we get to the parade, if you are just popping over and finding the Seeing Stars Quilt Along for the first time, or just want an easy reference for the future, you can find all of the Tutorial Posts for the Seeing Stars Quilt Along at any time under the Quilt-A-Long 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 got a little behind, the tutorials will always be available ;)   You can also reference the following links here to see each of the weekly posts :)

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

Lisa from Idaho

Mary Vest from Tennessee

and Melissa Corry, 
Yes,  I actually managed to finish mine as well!!    I'll share more on this quilt finish later this week on the blog :)

Way to go ladies, they are just beautiful and I hope you enjoy your Seeing Stars Quilt finishes and thank you so much for sharing them with all of us!!    And for the rest of the Seeing Stars Quilters,  good luck finishing up your quilts!!!  And please still share them once they are finished with #seeingstarsquiltalong or in the Flickr Group .  I would just love to see them all done!!!  

We have one item of business left . . . we need to pick some winners!!!  

A huge Thank You goes out to  Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our Grand Prize Giveaway's!!!  All of those that have linked up their quilt top are eligible for the grand prize!!  There will be three grand prize winners who will each receive a $75.00 Gift Certificates to Fat Quarter Shop!!!     So fun!!!!!



So, lets get to it!!   Good Luck Everyone!!!  Drum Roll Please . . .

***The First Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . .
 . . .  Amy M.

***The Second Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . .

 . . .  Althea

***The Third Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . . 

  . . .  Lisa S.

Congrats Ladies!!!   I have emailed you :)  Enjoy!!

Let me sign off with one last thank you to all of you who participated in the Seeing Stars Quilt 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 quilting-along!!!

Now to start thinking up a new Quilt-A-Long :)  I can't wait for 2019 to get her :) 
 Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!!!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

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

But first, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the Twilight Jelly Roll from Fat Quarter Shop is . . .  Number #287 . . .   Congrats Southern Gal!!!   I have emailed you :)      

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!!   Shabby Fabrics have added a bunch of great new Autumn and Halloween Themed projects!! And each one is just more festive than the next!!    And don't forget, Shabby Fabrics  also has an amazing  Clearance Section, you are sure to find some amazing deals, and have also just added a whole bunch of Quilt Kits on sale as well!!  Super fun!!!   


And speaking of cute Autumn/Halloween projects . . . for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway  Shabby Fabrics is giving one lucky winner a Little Halloween Pillow Kit of Stitched Pumpkins!!!!!   How adorable is that pillow, and how perfect would it be to add to your Halloween Decor ;) 

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 your favorite thing about Autumn :)  (I love to watch the changing leaves up the mountain :)   

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Shabby Fabrics love. You can follow them on FacebookTwitterYou TubePinterest, or Instagram.  You can Sign up for the Shabby Fabrics Newsletter (top right hand corner) or Follow their Blog,  or you can Visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Shabby Fabric Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, October 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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Monday, October 15, 2018

Double Plus Bee Blocks

The Bees Knees are back in full swing again, and this month Nedra asked us to make some adorable Double Plus Blocks.    And my goodness, they were so fun and so fast.   And you know, I totally love those low volume backgrounds!! 

And like most bee blocks, I now totally want to make an entire quilt of these!!!  It would be a great way to burn through some scraps.  And truly, so much fun to make!!!   They are in the mail Nedra and I can't wait to see how your quilt comes together!!!

And speaking of quilts coming together, September was my month for the Bees Knees, and I asked my amazing bee mates to make blocks from my Moroccan Lullaby pattern, but this time, with low volume backgrounds!!!  I am just so loving the low volumes right now, and these prints a combination of fabrics from 3 different Corey Yoder lines, and it is so fun to see it coming together.  I can't wait for the last few blocks so I can get this all sewn up!!!

So how about you??  Have you sewn in a Bee???  And if so, are you like me and keep adding to the "to make someday" list each and every month :)

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dessert Sampler - Block 3!!

I have been working on quilting and binding a stack of quilt tops over the last few days, which is always so fun!!!  And since I still wanted to do a little piecing in all of that quilting time, I squeezed in a little Dessert Sampler block goodness and made block 3!!! And this block has purple!!!!   Love it!!!

And, thanks to the super fast cupcake papers,  I already have a good amount of piecing done on the 4th block!!  It should be pieced together soon :)  , It is just so fun to have  this project  that I can work on here and there ;)  I am so loving it!!! 

Although I have to admit, I keep getting tempted to sit down and cut out all the blocks so that I can sew them together assemble line and see all of this figgy goodness come together.   But I keep reminding myself that this is not that kind of project.  Well see if I can hold out to this one block at a time for the entire project ;)  
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