Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Parade!!!

First off, if you are looking for the giveaway it is here.

It's here!!!  The Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Parade!!!  I want to start by thanking all those that quilted a long with me.  I can't believe how many we ended up with.  It was so fun to get to know you all through this little quilting trip.  Some of your have been sewing for years and some of you this was your first quilt-a-long, and some even their first quilt!!!  I just had so much fun doing this quilt-a-long!!! THANK YOU to all of you that participated and made it so very enjoyable!!!

I love all the different prints.  Isn't it just amazing how different a quilt can look when done in different fabrics.  Each top is individual to its owner and they all look amazing!!!  Congrats to all!!!   These are the finished tops but there are many more in various stages of completion.  (no, worries, we can always have another parade in the future for those :)   So, let get to the parade!! 

Amy's from Vermont


Christine from New York

jbird05001 from Flickr


 Karen Riddell 


 Karen Vail from NW Washington State


 Kelly Chilmark from Orange, Massachusetts


 Linda from Greeley, Colorado


 Lindsay Dunn from Ivins, Utah


 Marta Antoine from Florida


Sandy Rowe 


Sarah Johnson  from Texas


 Shannon from Idaho


 Sharon Vrooman from New York


Staci in Arizona


Wasn't that fun!!!  I just love everyone's finish!!!  Once again, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for quilting-a-long with me!!  We will have to do it again in the future :)

And now for the moment these ladies have been waiting for . . . The winner of the Burgundy Buttons Gift Certificate.  Your top had to be completed to be eligible to win these ladies above are in the running.  I put all of your names in a hat and my daughter drew one out.


And the winner is . . . .  Sarah Johnson from Texas!!!  Congrats Sarah !!!

And one final Thank You to all those that have been quilting-a-long with me.  It has been so much fun!!  And if you aren't finished keep those machines a running.  We will have another parade some time down the line :)



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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's another Giveaway.

First off, I want to thank those that left kind words and comments about my two newest tutorials.  I know it takes time to stop and say something and I want you to know that it really makes me happy to know that my tutorials are appreciated and liked.   ( I wish I would get as many comments on my tutorials as I do on my giveaways . . . but we all know it doesn't work that way, tee hee hee :)

So onto the 600 follower giveaway.  Let's keep this super simple.

Up for grabs . . .  A copy of Perfect for Precuts . . A brand new magazine full with yummy pattern goodness.




You remember when I posted how excited I was to have my quilt on the back of this magazine that I ran right out and bought one.  Well the lovely ladies at Moda were so excited for me as well that they also sent me a copy.  So sweet huh!!!  So now I find myself with 2 . . . so there is an extra for one of you :)

How to enter . . . Be a follower (or become a follower) and leave a comment.  Any comment will do.  That's it :)  Just one follower per person please.  And make sure I have a way to contact you.  

The giveaway will close on April 10th and I will announce a winner on April 11th.  (This is a little long but I am going to be offline next week so you have to wait till I am back on again :)


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Snuggly Squares II

So you might not remember, but my very first Moda Bake Shop tutorial was this super adorable little baby girl quilt called Snuggly Squares made with the adorable Lily and Will line.


So when I heard that Bunny Hill Designs was coming out with a second Lily and Will line I knew immediately that I wanted to make a "fraternal twin boy" quilt for Snuggly Squares. Something similar but slightly more boyish :)

So with that,  I am super excited to introduce my newest Moda Bake Shop tutorial Snuggly Squares II


I am so excited about this tutorial.  It is super easy, goes together quickly, and just turns out adorable!!!  I love the Lily & Will II line every bit as much as the original!!!  


I just love that little bunny backing!!!  I had so much fun making this project and hope your will love it also.  So take a second and head on over to the Moda Bake Shop and leave me a little comment love :)


And if you just love it, want it, and need it . . . You know where you can get it at.  Don't you just love Leah over at Burgundy Buttons!!!  She has put together a super adorable Snuggly Squares II quilt kit for this little tutorial!!  She has made kits for both color ways in the line so you can choose between the  blue or the yellow.  Sweet huh!!  And, the kit also comes with an adorable quilt label to add that finishing touch to your quilt.  Super Sweet!!!  So hurry over, as always, supplies are limited :)


And as a complete side note  . . but somewhat related . . . I am so super excited to announce that the owner of my original Snuggly Squares quilt (that super cute pink one at the top) arrived in the world late last night!!  Ya for my newest niece Nancy!!!  I wish I had a picture but hopefully I will get her parents to send me one soon :)  

Oh, and it looks like we made it to 600 followers . . . check back tomorrow for a giveaway :)
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Monday, March 28, 2011

A Stroll Down Penny Lane

It's here!!!!  My first Riley Blake Cutting Corners Tutorial.  I am so very excited to share this project!!



This amazing line of fabric is called Penny Lane and designed by Deena Rutter for My Mind's Eye.  Isn't it just adorable!!!  And the quality of fabric is fantastic.  It was so enjoyable to work with!!



 It is really beginner friendly and a quilt that goes together quick.  So fun!!!



So, let's get right to how to make it!!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1 Penny Lane Rollie Pollie
1 1/4 yard of Sashing - I used Whisper White
1 1/2 yards of Backing - I used White Penny Lane Main
1/2 yard of Binding - I used Pink Penny Lane Candy Stripes
fabric needs
A quick side note before we start. I tried to make this tutorial very beginner friendly. If you are not a beginner feel fee to simply skim the instructions for what you need. If you are a beginner and you happen to have questions please don't hesitate to ask. You can email me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com. I will try to answer all of your questions asap.  
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STEP 1 - CUTTING

Start by opening your adorable little Rollie Pollie.  You will only need 20 of the 22 strips so pull out 2 and set aside for scrap.  I choose to pull out the solid white and green as white is my sashing.

cutting 1

Grab your first strip.  Keep it folded in half and lay it along any horizontal line on your mat.  Trim your selvage edge off the edge.  It will trim both selvages at the same time.

cutting 2

Now measure 4 1/2" into your strip using your ruler as a guide.  Cut along the edge of the ruler.  This will yield 2 (remember your strip is folded) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces.  

cutting 3

Now, measure over 15" on your strip (use your ruler long ways to measure).  Line up your ruler and cut along the edge of the ruler.  This will yield two 2 1/2" x 15" pieces. 

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Repeat this process for all 20 of your chosen Rollie Pollie strips.  Set the 4 1/2" strips aside to be used for the building blocks step and the 15" strips aside for the subcutting step.  You can throw the little scrap folded pieces into your favorite scrap pile :)

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Now it is on to cutting your sashing.  Grab your sashing yardage.  Make sure to press it first.  Now lay the folded edge along the 0 horizontal line of your mat.  Trim a nice clean edge to start.  Now measure over 2 1/2" and align your ruler along the marks on the top and bottom of your mat.  Cut along the edge of your ruler.  Without moving your cut strips, continue to measure over 2 1/2" and cut until your have 12 strips.

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Now we are going to trim these strips.  We need the strips to be 34" long so go ahead and align your ruler along the 17" horizontal line on your mat.  You won't be able to get across all 12 strips at once so fold down one so you can align the left side of your ruler.  Cut along the edge of your ruler.  Repeat for the remaining strips.  The top pieces can now be put in your favorite scrap pile :)

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Now cut three more 2 1/2" strips using the same method as above.  These will be used for your side borders. Trim the selvage edge off the top. 

cutting 8

Now take one of strips and measure 8" down from the top of the strip.  (the non folded end.)  Alight your ruler and cut along the end of your ruler.  The bottom piece can go in your scrap pile.  

cutting 9

Now just a quick bit of sewing to make your side borders long enough.  Grab the 2 1/2" strip x WOF and your little 8" strip your just cut.  Lay them right sides together aligning the ends.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the bottom of the strip to make your strip now 52ish" long.  Press.  Repeat once with the other 2 1/2 x WOF strip and 8" strip.

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Back to the cutting table for the last bit of sashing cutting.  Cut a 6 inch wide strip using the same method as described above.  Trim the selvage off the end.  Now measure 15" down from your trimmed selvage edge.  I use my mat to measure.  Align your ruler along the 15" measurement and cut along the edge of your ruler.    The bit left over under the ruler is scrap.  Go ahead and set these aside for a bit. They won't be used until we get to the backing :)

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And now to cutting up your backing fabric.  You will be using some of your backing fabric to make a border on the front of your quilt.  Using the same method to cut strips as you have done before, cut five 2" strips off of your backing fabric.  Trim the selvage edges off the top.  Your fifth strip your will subcut by cutting off the folded end leaving your with two 22ish" strips. 

cutting 12

Now just like we did with the sashing side borders, take your 2' x WOF strip and place your 22" ish strip along the edge of it with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge and press.  Repeat with your other set.  Now your two side borders are ready when you get to that step :)

cutting 13

And the last bit of cutting :)  Are you excited??  Lay your backing fabric out on your mat just like before with the fold line along the 0 horizontal line of your mat.  Measure 12" and line your ruler up along the marks on the top and bottom of your mat.  Cut along the edge.  Set these 2 pieces aside to be used in your pieced back.  And you are done cutting.  (for a bit :)

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STEP 2 - STRIP PIECING

Strip piecing is a great way to save time in piecing.  Remember those 15" strips your cut out of your jelly roll.  Grab them.  Choose two.  Don't worry to much about what you are matching up, you want to keep it random.  

strip piecing 1

Lay your top piece onto your bottom piece with right sides together.  

strip piecing 2

Now sew a 1/4" seam along the long side of the pieces.  No need to pin.  Just align the edges as your go and sew away.  If the edges don't line up perfect no worries.  There is a little wiggle room for that :)

strip piecing 3

Once you have finished your first set, grab a second set and feed it right into your machine without clipping any threads.  This is called chain stitching and it saves a lot of time.  Continue chain stitching until you have stitched up 20 sets.  You won't have any 15" strips remaining.

strip piecing 4

Now go ahead and clip your threads between pieces separating them.  Press your pieces.  I like to press to one side.  

strip piecing 5


STEP 3- SUB-CUTTING PIECES

So now we are going to sub-cut those 15" strip sets that we just chain pieced.  Lay your first set out aligning the bottom along any horizontal line on your mat.  Measure in 2 1/2" with your ruler.  Align your ruler and cut.

subcut 1

Now measure in an additional 2 1/2" align your ruler and cut.  Repeat this process for all 20 of your strip sets cutting two 2 1/2" wide sets out of each set.

subcut 2

So now your have a pile of 40 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces and 20 10" strip sets.  Separate your 20 sets into 2 piles of 10.  (Make sure there are 10 in each pile, I miscounted and had mine in piles of 9 and 11 and had to do some adjusting, oops )

subcut 3

Grab your first set of 10.  Align your first piece along the horizontal line on your mat.  Measure in 2 1/2", align your ruler, and cut.

subcut 5

Now measure in 7", align your ruler, and cut.  The remaining is scrap and your wiggle room for uneven edges :)  Repeat these last 2 steps for your remaining 9 pieces in the set.

subcut 6

Now grab your second set of 10 pieces.  Align the first piece along the horizontal line on your mat.  Measure in 4", align your ruler, and cut.

subcut 7

Now measure in 5 1/2", align your ruler, and cut.  The remaining is scrap and your wiggle room for uneven edges :)  Repeat these last 2 steps for your remaining 9 pieces in the set.

subcut 8

And now your have all of the pieces your need.  Make sure to keep your 40 2 1/2" sets separate form your 10 2 1/2" sets.  We will be using the 40 in the next step of building blocks.  Your other pieces can be set aside for now. 

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STEP 4 - BUILDING BLOCKS

Remember those 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces you cut clear back in step 1.  Grab them now and also get your 40 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces sets you just finished cutting in step 3.  Go ahead and match up your sets so that you have the solid block matching the pieced block in each set.  (It is much easier to just look at the picture than describe this :)

blocks 1

Continue matching sets and stacking them in a pile until all of your pieces have been matched.  You should have a pile of 40 blocks sets to be pieced together.  

blocks 2

Take the first piece from each pile and place them right sides together.  This is where you stitch together your little building blocks :)  Sew a 1/4" seam along the side.  Where these are such small pieces I did not bother with pins but if you like you are welcome to use them.  Continue chain stitching a 1/4" seam along the edge of all 40 of your sets.

blocks 3

When finished, clip the threads between pieced sets and press your seams towards the solid piece of fabric.  They just lay nice that way :)

blocks 4

So now you have your building blocks completed and everything you need to put your rows together.  I found it easier to separate my "building blocks" into 4 piles of 10. Now grab your subcut pieces.  This is what you should have for your rows.  You will use one piece from each pile for a row (or 8 pieces per row.) 

blocks 5


STEP 5 - PIECING ROWS

Grab one piece from each set above to make a row.  Mix up the pattern your have for variation.  Now just lay them into a row.  This is where the fun comes in, there is no set way to lay these out.  You want each row to be different.  I visualized these as a street with buildings and no 2 streets are alike.  (Hence the name, a Stroll Down Penny Lane.)

rows 1

Here are a few examples of different layouts.  You don't have to separate the building blocks, they can be next to each other, they can spin, get creative and have fun with it :)   Lay out 10 rows.  (And with that said, if you like order, you are welcome to layout all 10 rows the same way.)

rows 2

Now, to sew your rows together.  This is super easy.  Just grab the first piece in your first row and flip it over onto the second piece with right sides together.  Make sure to match up the seam.  It is more important for the center seam to line up then for the edges.  Put a pin in the seam and then sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned line.  Make sure to remove your pin as your get close.  Don't sew over pins, it is a bad habit and brakes a lot of needles :)

row 3

No need to press at this time.  Just keep adding the next piece in the row, pinning the center seam, and stitching the 1/4" seam along the pinned line.  (Note - Every once in a while there won't be a center seam to pin because of the solid blocks, in that case just pin it to keep it even.)

row 4

When you have all 8 pieces sewn together in your row, go ahead now, and press it.  Doesn't it just look adorable!!  Repeat this process for all 10 of your rows.  

row 5


STEP 6 - ASSEMBLING TOP

And now that your rows are all sewn you are ready to put the top together.  This is where things really start to come together fast.  Grab 8 of your pieced rows.  The remaining 2 can be set aside as they will be used for the pieced back.  Now grab 9 of your 32" sashings.  Lay your pieces out as follows.  Play with your block rows until your get a layout that is just right for you :)

top 1

Once you like your layout you are ready to attach the sashing.  Lay your sashing along the top of each row with right sides together.  Your last row will have a sashing along the top and the bottom.  Starting with the first row, stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge of the row.  Once again, you don't need pins, you can just align as your go.  

top 2

At the end of the row you will have a little bit of sashing left over. (wiggle room :) Go ahead and trim it even with the pieced row and then press to the sashing side.  Repeat for all 8 rows.  Your top now will look like this.  

top 3

Now you are ready to sew your rows together.  Lay your first Row with now attached sashing onto your second Row with now attached sashing.  Go ahead and pin along the seam line to ensure your ends will come out even.  Repeat for Row 3 & 4, Row 5 & 6, and Row 7 & 8.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned line (removing pins as your go) and press.  Then repeat sewing your now sewn together Row 1 & 2 to your now sewn together Row 3 & 4 and your now sewn together Row 5 & 6 to your now sewn together Row 7 & 8.  And you guessed what is last.  Sew Row 1, 2, 3 & 4 to Row 5, 6, 7 & 8.

top 4

Now your top looks like this and you are ready to add your side sashing.  Now you are glad your sashing are all ready to go.  Grab the 2 52ish" long sashings and lay them right sides together along the 2 sides of your quilt top. Make sure they are right sides together, so the seam of your sashing should be on top.  Now you just sew a 1/4" seam along the edge, aligning as your go, and trim the excess at the end.  Press towards the sashing.  Repeat for the other side.  

top 6

And now your quilt top looks like this.  Only have to add your border now. 

top 7

Grab those 2" strips we cut from the backing material at the very beginning.  Lay the WOF strips along the top and bottom of your quilt.  Place them right sides together along the edge and sew a 1/4" seam, clip the excess (a little more than usual) and press.  

top 8

Now grab those longer 66"ish long strips we made earlier and lay them right sides together along the 2 sides of your quilt.  Sew your 1/4" seam and press.  Oh yes, you are a master at this now!!!  And your Quilt top is Done!!!  Isn't it just fabulous!!

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STEP 7 - MAKING THE PIECED BACK

And now not the back.  I always love just a little bit of fun on the back of a quilt.  It just gives it a bit more character I think :)  So grab those 2 pieced rows you set aside and your remaining 3 34" long sashings.  Lay them out as follows.

back 1

Stitch them together the same way you did the front.  See the beginning of step 6 if your forgot how.   Your piece should look like this.

back 2

Now grab those 6" x 15" pieces your cut at the very beginning.  Those will be added to the sides.  The reason they are wider than the front is to give your the extra room you need when making your quilt sandwich and quilting.  Lay the pieces along either sides with right sides together.  As always, stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge, trim the excess and press.

back 3

Now your are ready to layout your back.  Grab your remaining 2 backing pieces and lay them out as follows.  

back 4

Lay your bottom 12" wide piece onto your pieced piece with right sides together.  Pin along the edge.  Now stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge and press.  Now lay this piece your just finished putting together along your remaining backing piece, pin, stitch 1/4" seam and press.

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And your back is complete!!!  Isn't it just the perfect finish!!

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STEP 8 - FINISHING UP

So now you are ready to put it together now.   Baste it, Quilt it, and Bind it ;)  If this is new to you, you can see my video tutorials here that walk you through all these steps.  

And you are done!!  Way to go!  Don't you just love it  An adorable A Stroll Down Penny Lane measuring 38 x 48 perfect to snuggle up a little one with!!!!


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If you make this quilt, I would love it if you would email me (happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com) a picture of your quilt or add it to my Flickr Tutorial Page, or post it on social media with #happyquiltingwithmc.  I just can't wait to see your quilts :)

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I hope your enjoyed this tutorial I know had some fun putting it together for you all.  And Happy Quilting your own Stroll Down Penny Lane :)

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