Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Double Take - A Moda Bake Shop Quilt Tutorial

I am super excited to be sharing a new Moda Bake Shop Tutorial today as part of their Summer of Solids!!!  It's called Double Take and I have to say, I so just love it!!!!


Double Take is all about bold colors and a strong graphic design.  This is because it will be used for my Alma Mater's Homecoming celebration (once I add a custom layered applied logo to it)  and so I wanted to make sure it would appeal to college kids.  And I just love the way it turned out.


Double Take might look a little complex, but trust me, you are going to be amazed at how easy it is to put together!!!   Using lots of strip piecing and then a lattice template to trim, this quilt top goes together in a jiffy!!!  And it is so fun and easy to make!!!!


When it came time to quilt it, I decided it needed straight lines to add to the graphic nature.  So I loaded it in the long-arm and used the channel locks on the machine to keep the lines nice and straight ;)   I just randomly spaced the lines for a fun little effect.  Once I did all the horizontal lines, I reloaded the quilt the other direction, and once again, quilted random straight lines to give it the crosshatch effect ;)   Oh ya, 2 miles worth of walking back and forth on this one!!!


The backing of Double Take is a beautiful black and white print from Half Moon Modern.  I love that the quilting just blends away with it.  I bound it in my leftover red jelly strips and I just love its little pop on the back!!


So that is Double Take!!!  I hope you love it as much as I do!!!  You can find the complete and free Step by Step Tutorial on how to make this 80" x 80" stunner at the Moda Bake Shop, right here ;)    And if you make your own, I would love to see it!!!  Send me an email at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or add it to my Flickr Group ;)  I can't wait to see what color combo's you use ;)


Thanks for popping in today!!!  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!!
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop!!!

I am so excited to be part of the 85th Anniversary celebration of Jaftex Corporation that will be going on all this month!!!  . Each day in September, a super talented and amazing blogger will be sharing a project and a prize!!!!   And I can't wait to share my little project, I am so excited for it and it is also coming with a tutorial ;)

Here is the line up and you won't want to miss a single post :)  Inspiration is going to abound this month!!
September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

And of course, along with the prizes offered on each blog hop stop, there will also be some incredible prizes offered as a grand prize!!!!  You can read all about those prizes and enter to win them at Henry Glasses Blog Here!!!!  Did someone say Sewing Machine Giveaway!!!!

This is going to be a super fun month for sure and I am just so very excited to be a part of it!!!! 

Have a Happy Quilting Day and Month!!!!



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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 Green Fairy Quilts $50.00 Gift Certificate is . . .   Number #136 . . . Congrats annemarie!!   I have emailed you :) 
    

 



    
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop has everything you could ever want and then some!!!   They always have amazing deals and amazing tutorials.  Have you checked out their You Tube Channel yet??  Daily awesome eye candy!!!!



And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is bringing back a giveaway favorite!!!!   Fat Quarter Shop is letting you Pick A Bundle!!!!   That is right, the winner will get to choose any Fat Quarter Bundle that Fat Quarter Shop has in stock!!  Oh my, oh my, how will you ever decide!!!!   What fun the winner will have this week!!!  




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 if you could have a "bundle" of anything, other than fabric, what would it be?

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube 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 Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, September 8th, 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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Friday, August 28, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along!!!

Yup, today is my day to share my block from the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!!  But you know I couldn't stop at just one block, right!!  All that adorable scrappy goodness just had to be made into this adorable Scrappy Strawberry Table Topper!!



I just love this fabulous Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt!!!   The blocks are so much fun to make and how totally cute are they!!!  I love all of the fabulous layouts that Lori came up with too for all of these adorable blocks!!   Seriously, check out the Sew Along and see all of the fun blocks!!


Seriously, like I said, the blocks are so much fun to make!!  And I just loved using up some of my fabulous "candy" squares that I had from Market to make these strawberries super scrappy!!  There are so many fun lines represented in these 4 strawberries ;)


When it came time to quilt this I decided I wanted to do something fun in the middle of the table topper.  I used a compass to draw this fun little flower design and then filled in the rest of the background with cute Curly Q's.  I think they look like the vines that strawberries grow on.  So fun!!


And then to bind it, I used some binding bits left over from other projects.  I had never done binding on an angle that wasn't 90 degrees before so I was kind of making it up as I went, but it actually came out great, and I only had one corner that gave me a little issue.  Not to shabby ;)


And so now I can just enjoy this adorable Scrappy Strawberry Table Topper on my table.  I need to find a cute pink and green bowl to put in the center of it and fill it with fruits and berries ;)  Adorable!!


So, if you haven't checked out Farm Girl Vintage yet, go for it!!!.   It is 45 blocks of so, so, so much fun!!!!    And when you make your blocks, be sure to share them on social media with #farmgirlfridays.  I can't wait to see what you make up ;)



Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!

Linking up this super fun Scrappy Strawberry Table Topper to Amanda's and Sarah's ;)
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

I'm Happy Quilting Today!

This morning I have been quilting away, and I probably will be this afternoon as well.   I just love days of quilting, quilting, and then some more quilting!!!  (although, I do admit, my wrists get sore, but it is worth it ;)  I started off with some Curly Q's this morning.  These are such a fun little design to do.  And they make a great little background filler.  So cute!!!


I finished up this little project this morning and I now I just need to add this adorable scrappy binding!!!  These are all leftover bits from binding other quilts.  They just make the cutests bindings for scrappy quilts ;)   I will be sharing this finished project tomorrow.  So excited!!!  Think Farm Girl Fun ;)


And then, it is off to do more quilting!!   I am thinking some straight lines for the next quilt.   Lots and lots and lots of straight lines.  Thank heavens for the Channel Locks on the Long Arm ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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