Thursday, August 16, 2018

Classic Christmas Quilt & Tutorial

Today I am super excited to be sharing a new Moda Bake Shop Tutorial!!!!  I originally made it for Christmas in July, but the Moda Quilt Along was going in July, so this is now Christmas in August, and that's just as fun right!!!  Here is the quilt . . . It's called Classic Christmas  and I just love it!!!!


You all now that I just love stars, and Christmas and Stars just go together so well.  So I set out to design something that just had that Classic Christmas feel to it, and simply patchwork mixed with stars was just the right fit ;)  And it is oh so much fun to  make and comes together fast with no-waste flying geese and fun four patches. 


And if your going to make a Classic Christmas quilt, you need classic Christmas fabric right.   And nothing says Classic Christmas like Fig Tree Quilt's new Christmas Figs fabric line for Moda.   It just has that wonderful classic red and green and the prints are just so great.  It really is just the perfect fit for this quilt ;)  


When it came time to quilt it, I decided on a favorite all over swirl.  I just love how it adds so much movement with all of that wonderful patchwork.  And of course, my favorite 402 So Fine was the perfect blend with all of these fabrics so that all that patchwork still pops!!


I truly had so much fun making this quilt :)  And you better believe I listed to Christmas Music the whole time I was making it,  So fantastic!!!  There's just nothing quite like a Christmas quilt to snuggle in and make you feel so warm and cozy.    And there's still lots of time for you to make your own!!! 



And that is Classic Christmas!!!  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 71" x 71" throw size 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 post it on social media with #happyquiltingwithmc or add it to my Flickr Group ;)  I can't wait to see all of your Classic Christmas quilts ;)


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!!!!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Seeing Stars Quilt-Along - Double Star Block

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Seeing Stars Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of three $75.00 Gift Certificate grand prizes sponsored by  Fat Quarter Shop you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule


August 15th - Double Star Block  (That's Today!!!)
August 22nd - Curvy Star Block
August 29th - Pinwheel Star Block
September 5th - Improve Star Block
September 12th - Basic Star Block
September 19th - Applique Star Block
September 26th - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
October 17th- Seeing Stars Parade and Grand Prize Winners



Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Fabric Gathering Assignment.   And great job to everyone on sharing their fabric.  It is so fun to see what everyone will be quilting along with!!!!  And we certainly have an amazing group of quilters quilting along!!!!

The fabric gathering assignment winner who gets a $20.00 Gift Certificate from
 Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is
#54 - Amanda Best!!! - Congrats :)

     



So here we are, ready to start sewing our first set of blockx , so let's get right to it :)  If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun :)



THE DOUBLE STAR BLOCK


STEP 1 - CUTTING

We will be making 3 Double Star Blocks.  I will give the cutting directions for 1 Double Star Block (for those that are making alternate layouts).  Then I will give the cutting directions for the Total Pieces needed for all 3 Double Star Blocks.    Each Print Fabric listed represents a different part of the star block.  Below the initial single block cutting list is an image of the Double Star Block just to clarify where each fabric is placed in the block.   


Double Star Block - For Each Block cut:

Print Fabric Large Star Points - (4) 6 7/8" x 6 7/8" squares
Print Fabric Small Star Points - (4) 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares
Print Fabric Center Square - (1) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square
Background Fabric - (1) 13 1/4" x 13 1/4" square
                                  (1) 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" square
                                  (4) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares
                                  (4) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares




So for all 3 Double Star Blocks you will cut:

Print Fabric Large Star Points - (12) 6 7/8" x 6 7/8" squares - 4 squares each of 3 different prints
Print Fabric Small Star Points - (12) 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" squares - 4 squares each of 3 different prints
Print Fabric Center Square - (3) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square - 1 square each of 3 different prints
Background Fabric - (3) 13 1/4" x 13 1/4" square
                                  (3) 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" square
                                  (12) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares
                                  (12) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares





STEP 2 - MAKING THE SMALL FLYING GEESE UNITS

This block has 2 sets of Flying Geese in it, a small and a large set.  We will start with the small set.   I use the No-Waste method to make flying geese.   The great thing about making flying geese this way is that, obviously, you don't waste any fabric and you never have to sew a triangle.  Double bonus!!  It also makes 4 flying geese out of each unit, so the flock grows quickly :)  If you have never made them this way you are in for a treat.   So, let's get to it :)

Gather the 7 1/4" x 7 1/4" Background Squares and the 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" Print Squares.  Now you don't have to decide which blocks these flying geese will be going in now, just be sure to use the same 4 print squares on each unit and you will be great.   Start by drawing diagonal lines on the back of all 12 of your print squares as shown.


With right sides together, lay two small print squares onto your large background square as shown.   Pin both sides of each square adjacent to that drawn line.  Make sure to put the pins away from the drawn line so your presser foot has room to sew on by :)  Pin all 3 Units.   And you will notice, you should have an extra 2 matching print small squares for each unit.  We will get to those in a bit.
     We will be stitching a  1/4" seam along BOTH sides of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines) but to save time and thread, we will chain stitch these. 


Chain Stitching simply means not clipping the threads between units.  It saves time and thread.  So to start, stitch the 1/4" seam on the left hand side of the drawn line of your first unit.  When you get to the end of the unit, just start feeding the next unit in your machine.   Stitch 1/4" seam on all 3 units.  (and as we move to smaller blocks, chain stitching will be even bigger as there are a lot more blocks to make ;)   Then clip your threads between the Units.


Now, go ahead and stitch the 1/4" seam on the right hand side (or other side) of the drawn line on all 3 of your units.   Then clip the threads between the units and you ready for cutting.


Now move to your cutting mat and align your ruler along the drawn center line.  Cut along the edge of the ruler creating 2 large triangles.  I only ever cut these one at a time, as I worry that stacking them would shift and I might cut through my seams.  Takes a second more, but worth it to play it safe.  Cut all 3 units in half.


Now it's to your ironing board.  Press the seams up towards the 2 little print triangles.  I find it easiest to press these from the front.    Press all 6 Units now.   And you are half way there!!!  Now to use up those remaining small print squares. 


And it's just like starting over. We repeat all the same steps, it's just smaller and more units.  Take the little print squares (make sure they are matching fabrics) and align them on your stitched units as shown with right sides together.  Pin each piece then once again we are going to be stitching a 1/4" seam along BOTH sides of the drawn diagonal line.  



And again, we will be chain stitching to save time and thread.  So chain stitch along all the left hand side of the drawn line on all o of your units, clip your threads,  and then chain stitch along the  right side of the drawn line on all y of our units, and then clip your threads again :)  You know your right on if your 1/4" seam lands right in the ditch of the print fabrics.  


And again, place your units on your cutting mat, and using your ruler aligned along the drawn line cut your unit in half .  So now what started as 1 large square, is 4 units.   And that is where your 4 flying geese come from.  And with your 3 sets, you now have 12 units.



Press your seams up to match the other seam.   You can press from the front or the back, whichever your prefer.  (I still like the front here :)   Lastly, trim off the little dog ear corners at either side and the top of your unit.  Note, Just trim the dog ears, don't trim the tops to where the point is, you will need that 1/4" overlap for your seam allowance.  


And you are done!!!  12 Beautiful and perfectly precise Small Flying Geese Units, that should measure 3 1/2" x 6 1/2".   And if they aren't exactly perfect, no worries, and no need to trim, we will use the seams as our guide.   And if you do like to trim, just be sure to leave your 1/4" overlap at the top of the units!!!    And please pretend there is 1 more set of Small Flying Geese Units in this picture.  I forgot and made a test block before I made the tutorial pictures, so my other set was already all pieced in a finished block ;) 




STEP 3 - MAKING THE LARGE FLYING GEESE UNITS

And now, we can move onto make the Large Flying Geese Units.  We will use the exact same steps as the Small Flying Geese Units, only on a larger scale. 

So gather the 13 1/4" x 13 1/4" Background Squares and the 6 7/8" x 6 7/8" Print Squares. And again, draw a diagonal line on the back of all 12 of your print squares as shown. 


Now place two Large Print Squares onto the Extra Large Background square just like before.  The only thing I like to do different here is add a few extra pins to keep those larger squares in place.  Pin all 3 units and then Chain Stitch a 1/4" seam on either side of the drawn line on all 3 Units.  The Cut them in half and press the seam allowances upwards towards the Print Triangles.


And again, place your remaining 2 Large Print Squares onto your Matching Units and use a few extra pins to keep them in place.  Then chain Stitch a 1/4" seam on either side of the drawn line on all 6 Units.   Cut them in half and press the seam allowances upwards towards the Print Triangles and trim the dog ears. 


And just like that . . . 12 Beautiful and perfectly precise Large Flying Geese Units, that should measure 6 1/2" x 12 1/2".   And again, please pretend there is 1 more set of Large Flying Geese Units in this picture as the other set was in the test finished block ;)


 Oh, and on a Side Note - For those of you that are new to this method of No Waste Flying Geese,  I wrote a previous tutorial on  No Waste Flying Geese that also goes over the math of making them so you can make any size Flying Geese you like.  Thought you might like it :)


STEP 4 - MAKING THE DOUBLE STAR BLOCK

And with your units all done you can now make your Double Star Block.  Layout a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" Center Square, 4 matching Small Flying Geese Units, and 4 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Background squares as shown below.  I like to stack up all 3 of my blocks on top of one another so I can Chain Stitch each of the following steps.  You can choose to do this or just make 1 at a time, whatever you are comfortable with.    The tutorial will just go over making 1 block at a time though so it is less confusing.


Place the Outside Units in each column onto the Center Column units with right sides together.  Align and chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the units in each of the 3 rows on either side of the center units.


And when you are stitching the Center Row units, be sure and stitch directly through the center of the Thread X made at the top of the Small Flying Geese Unit, even if that means you need to deviate a bit from a 1/4".  This will ensure that your star points are perfect!!


Then press your seams in the top and bottom rows outwards towards the Background squares and press the seams in the center row inwards towards the Print Center square. This will allow you to nest them in the next step.


Place the Top and Bottom rows onto the Center rows with right sides together.  Align and Pin the seams.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the two pinned edges, once again, ensuring that you stitch directly through the center of the thread X at the top of the Small Flying Geese Units.


Press the seams Open.  And now your Small Center Star is complete and you are ready to add the Double Star.   Layout the Small Center Star, 4 Large Flying Geese Units, and 4 Background 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares as shown below.


And again, this is just like making the Center Star only on a larger scale.  Place the Outside Units in each column onto the Center Column units with right sides together.  Align, Pin, and chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the units in each of the 3 rows on either side of the center units.   And sew through the center of the thread X.


Then press your seams in the top and bottom rows outwards towards the Background squares and press the seams in the center row open so it lies flat.


And one last set of seams.  Place the Top and Bottom rows onto the Center rows with right sides together.  Align and Pin the seams.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the two pinned edges, stitching through the center of the thread X.


 And just press your seams open and you are done!!!!  3 Fantastic Double Star Blocks that measure 24 1/2" x 24 1/2" and are all ready for your Seeing Stars Quilt!!!  And another side note, I don't trim my blocks, but if you like to, just be sure to leave yourself the 1/4" seam allowance at the end of your star points ;)


So now it's your turn, get your Double Star Blocks made and your assignment is complete!!!  And then you can enter to win the weekly prize :)


The Weekly Prize is sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts and a huge thanks goes out to them for their support of the  Seeing Stars Quilt-Along.



This weeks prize is a brand new Smitten Jelly Roll by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  This is such a fantastic line and what a fun way to kick off our first week of block making!!  So fun!!!

    
So what do you have to do for a chance to win the jelly roll?  Simple . . . Just link up your Double Star Blocks at the end of this post :)  You can link to a blog post or a social media picture, or whatever.   If you are still not sure how to link up, I wrote a little Linky Tutorial over here, that might help ;)  Just make sure to link up by the early morning of August 22nd as I will be announcing a winner in next quilt-a-long post :)

If you don't get your Double Star Blocks done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-Along.  

And Don't forget to add your beautiful Double Star Blocks to #seeingstarsquiltalong on social media or at the  Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group.   I am so excited to see all of your amazing Double Star Blocks  ;)

 Have a Happy Quilting Day!!  

And remember, any questions, just email me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com ;)



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Tuesday, August 14, 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 3 Happy Quilting PDF Patterns is . . .  Number #31 . . .   Congrats Jen!!!   I have emailed you :)      

    

     
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    Did you know that Jamie makes a new Lou Lou Bundle every Tuesday . . . here is the latest called Woodsy, isn't it just stunning!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is also offering all Happy Quilting readers has a special discount of  20% off  Your Entire Order with the code happyquilting good until Friday!!!  Oh, so much fun shopping!!!


Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some shopping goodness!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate perfect to use on anything in the store, including the awesome Lou Lou Bundle pictured above!!  Just perfect!!!!



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 subject in school???  Yup, it's first day of school today and for the first time, all my kids are in all day school.  I have very mixed emotions :)  Half of me is thrilled to be able to get so much done (read sew) every day and half of me wants to cry because it is way to quiet around here and the kids are growing up way to fast.  

 ENTRY 2 - Lets show Lou Lou's Fabric Shop some Love!!!!   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram.  Or you can follow their blog or  visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Lou Lou's Fabric Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, August 21st  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, August 13, 2018

Linking Up Helps


I am so excited about the Seeing Stars Quilt Along!!!  There are so many of you linking up and that just makes me smile ear to ear!!!  It is always fun when more of us quilt together ;)  So a few of you have had a few questions on "Linking Up".  So if you are new to "Linking Up" I thought I would share a basic run down here of how to do that.

Start by going to the Blog post you want to link up to.  So for example, our Seeing Stars Quilt Along, the first post to link your fabric picture to can be found by clicking on here ;)   Then, at the bottom of the post there will be a blue button that says Add Your Link.  Click on that blue button.
The first thing you will need to fill out is your Link.  This is probably the trickiest part.   But what will make it easier to do, is understanding what a Link is.  The whole idea of a "Link" is so that when people click on your little thumbnail image, they are sent to where you talk about and show a picture of whatever your linking up for (in our case today fabric).   So this is where you are "hosting" your image.
 What you are filling in is the URL (or location) of where that picture and talk can be found.   So remember it will be specific and it won't be facebook.com or instagram.com or your blog name.com.   It should be exactly where you can find the picture.   So to find the URL, simply go into your Social Media account or blog where you posted your picture and click on the picture.  Then copy and paste the URL into the link line.    The URL is that long list of letters and numbers in the white rectangle at the top of the screen that stars with https://      And if you are linking to a blog post, just open the specific blog post where you talked about and posted your picture and then copy the URL.    Just to give you an idea of what the links will look like.

This is the Instagram Seeing Stars original Link
            https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl3O-77jFOI/?taken-by=happyquiltingmc

And this is the Seeing Stars Facebook                                                        https://www.facebook.com/happyquiltingmc/photos/a.433724223327452.105066.181660825200461/2026756174024241/?type=3&theater

And this is the Seeing Stars Original Teaser Blog Post
          http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/2018/07/seeing-stars-quilt-along_30.html


You will know that your link is correct if you see a bunch of thumbnail images pop up under the Image Source Section ;)

And if you do not use social media you can still link up!!!!   If your plan is to just download a picture directly from your computer - just type No Link and your Name on the Link line.  Ie . . No Link Melissa or No Link Melissa Corry


The Second and Third part is easy.  The Link Title is simply your name and a description of what you are linking.  There is no right or wrong here.  And you can type over whatever automatically pops up from your link.    I normally just put something like Melissa's fabric, or Melissa's blocks, or Melissa's quilt.  Just your name and a description.      And the Email, well that's easy, just type your email address.   And you want to make sure to add this so if you win a weekly giveaway I have a way to contact you ;)



The Fourth and Final Part is the Image Source.   And if you have done everything right to this point, it is pretty easy.   If you have a correct URL then you will already have a bunch of little thumbnail images.  Just click the blue Select button under the image you want to have on your thumbnail (small image) of the linky. 
And if you put No Link earlier because you don't use social media, this is where you can still add your picture.  Simply click on the Upload Tab and then click on the Click To Upload a File button.   This will take you to your computer browser where you can find where you saved your image on your computer and double click the image.  Then when the image is uploaded press the blue Select button.


All that is left now is to click on the giant blue DONE button.    And just like that you are linked up!!!



I hope you find this helpful.  I know it can be a little tricky the first times you are trying to link up, but it will get easier and easier each time you do it and it is a wonderful way to people to come and visit and chat with you about your progress in the quilt along ;)



And since this is a super long post with no quilty pictures, I thought I would just share a few of the Seeing Stars sketches that I have been doing for some of our fellow quilters who wanted to get an idea of their fabrics in this layout :)   This sure is making me excited to start sewing stars!!!

Fabric is Regency Blues by Christopher Wilson Tate for Moda


Fabric is Sweet Prairie by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake Designs

Fabric is Geogram by Samarra Khaja for Lecien Fabrics

Looking forward to Wednesday for the first Seeing Stars Block Release!!!!
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