Friday, February 16, 2018

Retreat Sewing!!

So last weekend I was able to go up to beautiful Bryce Canyon and teach at the Quilty Friends Retreat (more on that soon) and I had such a lovely time!!  And I even managed to get in a little of my own sewing.  Between classes and trunk shows, and general quilty goodness, I managed to get my butteries sewn from where they were back here, into pretty little rows.  Aren't they just so fun!!!  I was hoping to have them quilted by today, but I always forget that when I leave for a few days, it takes a good week to get caught back up :)



This adorable pattern is Flitter and it was in my January Sew Sampler Box. And kind of funny, I just cut up the entire 10" square bundle that came with the pattern not realizing that there were 21 squares and not 20.  So ya, I made an extra butterfly, but its all good, because now it is going to be the cutest little label on the back of the quilt ;)


And you might notice that my butterflies are aligned a little different than the pattern shows.  So the picture on the front cover of the pattern shows the "squarish" wings on the top (I am sure they didn't realize it was being photographed upside down) , and the pattern layout shows them on the bottom.  And when I was trying to figure out which way to put them, I realized I really liked both ways.  So I did both and alternated the layout of the butterflies.  So fun!!!


So now I am hoping to get it all quilted up and bound this next week.  I can't wait to see it all finished because it is just to cute for words!!!



And while at the Retreat, Barbara and I also got to do a little sewing in class!!!  Yes, I actually took a class at a retreat instead of teaching the whole time.  It was oh so much fun!!!   We took the Petitie Points class using this super fun French General pattern and the super cool Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool .

The class was a whole lot of fun and Barbara and I were both able to really crank out some blocks.   I know it doesn't look like a lot but with 1" finished strips, this was a whole lot of stitching to get 6 blocks done!!!  Barbara used wonderfully happy prints from Apirl Rosenthal and and her setting triangles are going to be a rainbow of  gingham, so cute!!!  I can't wait to see hers all done ;)


I managed to sew my 6 blocks and then add my setting triangles to put them into a row.   Only now I realized after looking at this picture that I flipped half of the blocks.  The red should be on the top of all the blocks.  So ya, looks like a little unpicking for me.  But I am still happy I got all 6 blocks made and hey, I finally get to rock my Lori Holt T-shirt in class so double bonus :)


So 6 blocks down and 27 to go ;)   I think I am going to chain stitch the remaining 27 blocks now to  speed things up a bit.  I really enjoyed making these blocks and the Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool makes it so much easier than it looks.   And in case you didn't notice, I am doing a much scrappier version because I so needed to bust some pink and red scraps!!!  Isn't this going to make the cutest "all girl" baby quilt.   Time to get some chain stitching on, that is after a little unpicking :)

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day Thowback!!!!

Happy Valentines Day!!!  Isn't this just a great day to think about the ones we love!!  And it's a super fun day for quilting because I  love getting to piece Hearts!!  I woke up and I was thinking about this little Lots of Love Mini that I made for Barbara two years ago.  I used the hearts from my Lots of Love Splendid Sampler block as inspiration and came up with this mini (that I did a tutorial for over here with all the math for different size hearts ;)   to represent Bob and Barbara, their 6 children and spouses, and their 24 grandchildren.  And it hit me,  it's time to make a new mini because we had two more wee ones join the family in the last year.  Looks like some more Heart piecing for me!!!


And all of those hearts had me surfing back through my blog to find all of the Valentines inspired projects I have made and I came across the Simply Charmed Blog Hop that I did in 2012  (wow, 6 years ago) and I knew I just had to share it again!!!   This was a fun little event that several of my good blogger friends joined me for.  I asked each friend to make a Valentine's inspired project and tutorial using a Charm Pack and the creativity was amazing!!!  How great are these projects for getting in the Valentines Day sewing fun!!!



Wow, this was so fun to go back and revisit this Valentines Event :)   And again, A huge thank you goes out to Heather, Angela, Amy, Natalia, Jessica, Katie, Jane, and Corey for doing this little event with me.   I am just so impressed with each of these projects and this has inspired me to make some more Charmed projects for next years Valentines day!!  And hopefully it has inspired you as well, especially if you are seeing these for the first time :)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Valentines (with maybe some Happy Sewing too :) Day!!!

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Tuesday, February 13, 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 Irish Chain Pre-Cut Quilt Kit from   Shabby Fabrics  is . . .   Number #65. Congrats Steven and GInger!!   I have emailed you :)      

 


  
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Four Peaches Fabric .    Did you know that Wendy curates goregous handpicked collections called Peach Blossoms!!  These are one of a kind bundles in Fat Quarters and Half Yards that are only available until they are sold out.  And right now they are all 50% off!!!   You are so going to want to Pop on over and these beautiful bundles out!!!   

And Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for one of those fun handpicked Peach Blossoms collections.   Four Peaches Fabric is giving one lucky reader a I've Got the Blues Fat Quarter Collection :)  Such a pretty selection of fabrics!!!! 



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 what you do to cheer yourself up when you have the blues ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Four Peaches Fabric Love!!!!   You can Sign Up for their Newsletter.    You can follow them on  Facebook or Pinterest.    Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Four Peaches Fabric Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, February 20th 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, February 9, 2018

Shine Quilt and Tutorial

I have been hinting that this was coming and today is the day :)   I am excited to be sharing a new Moda Bake Shop Tutorial today!!!!  It's called Shine and I just love it!!!!


The fabrics in Shine are the super soon to be released Ombre Confetti Metallic by Vanessa Christenson.  I am such a fan of Vanessa's goregous Ombre prints and when she added in fun Metallic Confettit dots I just knew I needed to make something up that would really pop :)  So I paired it with some Modifications Metallic in black and white to make this quilt Shine!!


And I just love the the way the Ombre looks in the design.  It really brings a whole new dimension to a wonderfully simple basic geometric design.   And it's hard to see in the lighting, but the subtle secondary designs created with the white Modifications is just so fun!!!


When it came time to quilt it, I decided on a favorite all over swirl in varying sizes.   I love the movement it adds to the quilt and it is always a fun and fast one to quilt.   402 So Fine thread was the perfect color to blend with all of those prints :)


And I absolutely love the binding!!!  There are enough pieces left in the Jelly Roll to make a scrappy binding and I did mine in rainbow order and just love how perfectly it finishes the quilt.  So cute!!


And that is Shine!!!  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 66" x 82" beauty at the Moda Bake Shop :)    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 or post it on social media with #happyquiltingwithmc ;)  I can't wait to see all of your Shine quilts ;)


I had so much fun making this quilt and I have to say, the best part was playing with the block placement.   I love that everyone can really make it original by just playing with that.  I tried so many fun layouts: rainbow order, light to dark order, and in the end, I was a fan of pretty much random.   But ya,  totally just have fun with it and make it your own ;)


Thanks for popping in today and each and every day!!!   I truly feel blessed each day to be part of such an amazing industry and to get to share it with so many wonderful quilty friends!!

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

Linking this finish to Amanda's, and Sarah's ;)
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Visual Guide to Free Motion Quilting Feathers

So if you have been following along with my blog for a time, you know that I love to Free Motion quilt!!!   But you also know that quilting Feathers still kind of scare me.  I have tried to add them into quilts, mostly in borders, to get more practice on them as I know that is how to gain confidence.   I am feeling better about a basic feather, although it still needs practice :)  But honestly,  I know that I have just scratched the surface of this beautiful design and I have really wanted to "up my feather game" .   I want more confidence in quilting the basic feather designs and then learn how to take the design to the next level.   So when my very good friend Natalia Bonner announced her newest book, Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers I was thrilled!!! 


Natalia is an amazing Long Arm Quilter!!  She actually quilted my very first published quilts back here ;)   I absolutely love her work, and a quick stroll their Natalia's Instagram feed will show you her mad skills.  And Natalia happens to live 40 minutes away from me, so it is super exciting for me to see when she quilts some of my quilt designs from folks in the area that have taken my classes.  So fun!!! 

The thing that I liked right off the bat about Natalia's  Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers is how neat and organized it is and how easy it is to use!!!  Natalia walks you through the basics, including lots and lots of tidbits on how to make your basic feathers great!!  (So need that!!)  And then, when you have that down, she has included 68 amazing feather designs to really add that wow factor to your quilts!!!  And I love that every design has a visual thumbnail in the Contents so you can find the exact design you want to try without having to flip through the entire book.     


Once you pick the design you want to try, you can flip to that page and find amazing step by step directions on how to quilt that particular variation of the feather.    The step outs are in great detail with lots of helpful tidbits.   They really are an easy to used guide that works for both Long Arm and domestic machines!!! 


But I have to say, I am just blown away by how many variations Natalia comes up with!!!    And each one is just as pretty as the next.  And she also includes ideas for different parts of your quilts including block centers with beautiful spiral medallions, what to do in those flying geese triangles, and ideas for borders, both large and small. 


So ya, I am just thrilled with Natalia's awesome Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers and am excited to use this wonderful guide to increase my free motion quilting feather confidence and hopefully take it to the next level ;)  Time to get quilting some feathers!!!


And if you are like me, and really want to get quilting some Feathers, whether you use a Long Arm or a Domestic Machine, I would highly recommend Natalia's Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers.  It is an awesome guide and we can all practice and gain that Fee Motion Feather goodness together!!!   

Happy Quilting!!!!
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