Friday, October 31, 2014

Smooth Sailing

I have a new finish to share today that was one of those secret projects that I didn't get to show anything of until now ;)  And I just so happens to align perfectly with Bloggers Quilt Festival so I am adding it to the Large Quilt Category!!!  Yippee!!!   So if you are popping over from BQF and visiting for the first time, Welcome!!!  So glad you stopped by :)

This quilt is called Smooth Sailing and I made it to hang in the United Notions booth at Fall Quilt Market.   The fabric is Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and the pattern is by Bonnie Olaveson of that amazing duo ;)  Isn't it just so fun!!!

This is a big quilt finishing at 83" x 91" :)   And oh my goodness, was it a fun one to put together!!!  It was like creating 16 little mini's and then putting all of those mini's into boats :)  It was so much fun picking the placement and colors of each boat and then making sure they were all facing the right direction, I had to double check a few times ;)  But really, oh so much fun to make, and it is all just traditionally pieced, no foundation or paper ;)   What an amazing design!!

When it came time to quilt this I really wanted to go all out ;)  For the background I went with a mixture of designs.  I wanted to create a lot of movement that just flowed so I quilted swirls, echoed paisleys, pebbles, and curls all interchangeably.   I used my favorite 402 Pearl So Fine Superior Thread so it blends just beautifully while still showing the quilting ;)  And can I just say I LOVE it!!!

For the boats, I quilted wavy lines in the sails, woodgrain in the boat, scallops in the water, and 1/4" straight outline on the block, flag, and mast ;)  I switched colors to match and blend with the color of the sail.  It took a minute more but was so worth it ;)   I don't consider myself a professional long-arm quilter by any means, but I have to say, I was pretty proud of this one ;)

Back to a little bit of the piecing . . . I just love how each of these little boats turned out ;)  I played with a lot of different color layouts and in the end I just loved the matching color sails look :) All of the water and masts have the same colors in all the boats to tie them all together ;)   And It is probably hard to tell from the big picture but I matched the little flag to each of the block, just a fun little detail that makes me smile ;)   

The backing is one of my favorite prints from the collection :)  These adorable sail boats which I was so happy to use as I stuck to basically the tone on tone prints on the front to give the overall look I was going for ;)  It's fun to see all of the quilting on it as well ;)

This really was such a fun quilt to make, and I am so glad to be able to share it now with all of you ;)  I also got to share it with one other special person . . . Bonnie Olaveson!!!   Wow, what a special moment ;)  She loved it and was super impressed with the quilting, yup, perma-grin all day ;)

 Thanks so much for stopping in today ;)  I hope you love the quilt as much as I do ;)  Be sure to pop back to the Blogger's Quilt Festival to see all of the other amazing quilting goodness!!  There are over 400 Quilts!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

Linking this finish to Sarah's and Amanda's ;)
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Off Kilter

Hello Sewing Friends!!!  I am so excited for another edition of Bloggers Quilt Festival!!  I so look forward to this event, it is just endless amounts of quilty goodness!!! If you are visiting Happy Quilting for the first time, welcome :)   I hope you browse around and come back often ;)  I love to share my daily quilting adventures here ;)

 This year, I am featuring 2 quilts for the event and today I am sharing the first.   Here is Off Kilter and I will be putting it in the ROYGBIV Category, big surprise there ;)

While at Spring Quilt Market last year I sat in the schoolhouse where Free Spirit Fabrics showed off this beautiful collection of Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt.  I knew I wanted to do something with that amazing box of goodness and started sketching in the airport on the way home ;)

After a few ideas, I came up with Off Kilter and it just clicked. Don't you just love when that happens ;)  I couldn't wait to get home and sketch it up in EQ ;)  One of the first things I did when I got home was sketch up this quilt and then I got all kinds of excited!!  

 2 months ago, working with the lovely folks at Free Spirit Fabrics, I was able to transform it from a sketch to a quilt.  And I can not tell you how happy I am with the results ;)   I wrote up a free Off Kilter tutorial to go along with the quilt so if you want to make your own Off Kilter Quilt you can ;) The tutorial has instructions for both a large lap and twin size.

I quilted it with just straight-ish lines about 1/2" apart across the entire quilt top ;)  Not only do I love quilting like this because it is fast and fun, it also has the added benefit of giving you lots of exercise walking back and forth across the quilt top so many times ;)

And Off Kilter and I had a pretty awesome experience last week. I was asked by the folks at Free Spirit Fabric to bring Off Kilter to Fall Market to hang in their booth.  I was so excited to see it there and then noticed Denyse Schmidt sitting near by.  Like a total fan girl I asked if she could take a picture with me and my quilt ;)  ,  Yup, total perma grin, what an amazing moment!!

And that's Off Kilter :)  Thank you so much for stopping by today ;)  I hope you are enjoying the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and if you are just finding out about it, or just want a link back, you can click on the image below to take you to the main page of Blogger's Quilt Festival and enjoy an  amazing array of quilty goodness!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cottage Stamp Baby Quilt and Tutorial

Well it's my day again as a Riley Blake Design Team member and I have something super fun to share today ;)  And here she is . . The Cottage Stamp Baby Quilt :)  The full step-by-step tutorial can be found right here at the Riley Blake Blog ;)

I fell in love with The Cottage Garden by The Quilted Fish at spring market and knew I had to make a quilt with it.  The colors and prints are just fabulous.  Seriously, I loved reading the text print anytime I was sewing with it, the quotes are awesome!!!

I decided to do a spin on a postage stamp quilt, adding sashing and some applique to make it pop :)  The quilt really is easy and goes together in a snap with very minimal cutting ;)

A close up on the applique ;)  I quilted dense loops around it to really make it stand out and then added the adorable stitched button to give it that finishing touch ;)  Love it!!

And to add to the "postage stamp" concept, I quilted each of the blocks with a scallop border and a different flower in the center.  I think it turned out pretty cute ;)

The quilt finishes at 55 1/2" x 55 1/2", perfect for wrapping up a wee one or even a toddler ;)  I have one here that wants to claim this one ;)    So if you have someone special you want to make a Cottage Stamp quilt for just pop on over to the Riley Blake Blog for the full step-by-step tutorial :)

I hope you like the quilt and enjoy the tutorial ;)  It really was such a fun and fast quilt to make :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fat Eighth Frenzy with the Fat Quarter Shop!!!

NOTE - If you are looking for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day post you will find it here ;)

Okay, so it is no secret that I love the Fat Quarter Shop's Shortcut Quilt series.  They are so fun for making a quilt that really goes together in a snap.  They have covered every pre-cut except for the Fat Eighth Bundle and today is it's day to shine!!!   Fat Eighth Frenzy is here and it even comes along with a bonus quilt!!!

I was super excited when I saw this pattern and even more excited when I was trying to decide what fabric bundle to use and stumbled upon the Ann Kelle Remix Fat Eighth bundle.  Oh, I do love me some rainbow goodness!!!  And I knew that this pattern would just be so fun in a rainbow.

I started Fat Eighth Frenzy and had the quilt top done in no time.  I just love these short-cut quilts.  I just wrote right on my pattern where I wanted the colors placed.  And I was so happy when it was all done.  I mean seriously, you cant help but smile at a rainbow ;)

I quilted my Fat Eighth Frenzy with some large swirls.  I wanted to keep it pretty soft and love how the large swirls really tied into the large design :)

And then it was time to use the leftovers ;)   Yippee for some HST goodness!!!  I once again mimicked the rainbow layout with just a few changes to keep the colors balanced that I had. The fun thing about this bonus is that the layout possibilities are endless.  I mean, 2 in 1 projects are always fun but then getting to make it entirely your own, . .  double bonus!!!   I think this would make the cutest car seat snuggler ;)

And if you do large swirls on the large quilt, you obviously are going to quilt small swirls on the small quilt ;)   I just love quilting swirls!!!

And now I know you want to whip one up yourself, it is just so easy and fun!!!   You can find the free downloadable pattern here :)    And yes, like all the other shortcut quilts, Kimberly has done a wonderful video tutorial that walks you through step by step of each quilt.  Here is the Fat Eighth Frenzy Tutorial and here is the Bonus Quilt Video ;)  These are so great for all of us visual learners ;)

So pop on over to Fat Quarter Shop and get your pattern and a Fat Eighth Bundle!!!  Fat Quarter Shop has even marked down all of their Fat Eighth Bundles 20% Off just for the release of this fun new short-cut quilt!!  Yippee!!!

And be sure to stop by the Jolly Jabber to see all of the other amazing Fat Eighth Frenzy quilts made by some other awesome bloggers :)  Inspiration galore ;)

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

Linking up to Quilt Story :)
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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  Hearts Content Fat Quarter Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop  is . . .   Number 317 . . . Congrats PK Sews!!!!  I have emailed you :)



And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by The Intrepid Thread.  Julie carries an amazing variety of fabrics and has a fabulous Sale Section if you are looking for a great deal ;)

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for an adorable Good Natured Cool Bundle by Marion Sutton for Riley Blake Designs.   I just love those Foxes!!!

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 telling me if you have done any Halloween sewing, and if so what was it??

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Intrepid Thread love.   You can follow them on   Facebook, Instagram, 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 Intrepid Thread Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, November 4th 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 27, 2014

There and Back Again . . .

What a whirlwind of a weekend!!!  Barbara and I spent the last 3 days at Quilt Market and we had such a wonderful time.  I can't believe how fast it all went!!  And this post is going up a little late as our flight home was delayed by several hours so we got in at 3am.  So I took a nap :)

I know, you have all seen tons and tons of Market photos on Instagram and I know can't show you any new fabrics or booths that you haven't already seen.   So rather I am going to share my Highlights from the weekend. I went because I had 2 compilation book signings and schoolhouses, and a few projects.  So here are some of the highlights from those ;)   I just love how each of these pics reminds me of how Happy I am to be a small part of such an amazing industry with such amazing people :)

So a favorite moment . . . Getting to do a Schoolhouse with just me and Angela Walters!!!    I can not tell you how much I admire Angela and what a wonderful friend she is!!!
Here we are before the schoolhouse, just having a good time ;)

Here we are just finding out that we are the only contributors to the book that were able to make it to market,  There was a bit of a mix-up and we found out right before it started that we were it and were running the show.  Eekkk!!!  I was ready to hyperventilate.  Can you see the wheels turning as we both smile but try to figure out what we are going to say.  Lucky for me, Angela is a seasoned pro and a master of  improv and we had a great time bouncing off one anothers remarks making it look like we totally knew what we were doing ;)

And this last pic is just for fun.  They wanted me to wear a headmic . . . I told them I had 5 kids and a mom voice, I was just fine without a mic,

For the rest of the weekend we were dubed the Dynamic Duo and argued over who was Batman and who was Robin :)  Crazy fun and a cherished memory!!!!   More on the book Optical Illusions that we were doing the school house for next week when we do a fun blog hop for it :)  And no, I wasn't sleeping, this is just the only shot I got of me holding the book, just think of it as my one with Optical Illusions image ;)


My favorite Schoolhouse . . . was the session that was the very  last one of the day.  We were all super tired but not Elanor Burns.  She had as laughing and rolling, even though the video wasn't working and everyone hadn't eaten all day.  You just couldn't help but smile along as she presented her Mystery Quilt in a Sherlock Holmes theme.  The more I get to see and be around this women at Market, the more I love and admire her!!  She truly is amazing!!!

A Favorite Share . . .  getting to show Bonnie Olaveson the quilt I made for the United Notions booth using her Smooth Sailing pattern and her and Camille's new Daysail fabric.  This quilt was so much fun to make and it was a real treat to get to share it with Bonnie :)  I will be sharing more about this quilt later this week for Bloggers Quilt Festival ;)

A Favorite Geek Out Moment . . . I got to take a picture with Denyse Schmidt and my Off Kilter quilt that I made using her solids ;)  She was so sweet and kind and had nothing but nice to say about my quilt. Ya, I was total permagrin for the rest of the day ;)

Favorite New Meets . . . Getting to do a Schoolhouse and book signing with this group of ladies was amazing!!!  Some I already knew and some were new to me, but we were instantly friends.  That is what I love about this industry ;)   We chatted, and signed, and chatted and laughed.   So much fun!!! In the schoolhouse we played 2 truths and a lie and everyone thought that I was color-blind rather than having 5 children ;)  What a hoot!!!  Fun Size Quilts is a compilation book from Martingale that is made of nothing but mini's!!  So fun!!!


Favorite slow down moment . . . walking around the festival of quilts.   The Market Floor is so fun, but there is something about taking a moment out and just slowing it down to enjoy the amazing beauty of the quilts on display there.  I am sure you have seen tons of pictures of the red and white quilts but seriously, they were stunning!!!!   I totally want to make a Dear Jane quilt after seeing so many of them in the show!!!  Oh, and I happened to stumble on this little ol one of mine too in the MQG section ;)  So fun!!

All in all, it was an amazing weekend!!!!  I can't believe how fast it went by and I am already looking forward to Spring Market ;)

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

To Market!!!

So I finally got my bag packed this morning, and I think it is quite possibly the largest suitcase in the house ;)  I had a few little extra thins (2 quilts) to take along with my clothing so I needed a little more space ;)  But one of them won't be coming back so that will leave lots of room for fabric from Sample Spree, win-win :)

I will try to share some pics while I am at Market, but I am not as technologically advanced as most, so they will most likely come in the evening when I get back to the hotel ;)  Houston, here I come!!!!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Big Swirl, Little Swirl

So this morning I have been free motion quilting away.  (yes, I should be packing, but I will procrastinate that until tomorrow morning ;)  Anyhow, this morning I have been doing swirls ;)  When ever I start quilting swirls, I tend do automatically quilt a small (but not micro) swirl.  I think this is because it is how I learned.  When I was quilting swirls on my domestic machine I would do what was comfortable without having to move out of the range of my two hands, which automatically equalled a small swirl.

So after quilting some small swirls this morning, I decided it was time to play with the scale a bit.  These are a set of matching quilts and the larger of the 2 is going to get snuggled a lot, so I wanted it to stay soft and cozy to snuggle in . . . . so I needed to quilt Big Swirls.  I can't tell you how many times I had to remind myself Big, Big, you are quilting Big ;)  I just keep wanting to go back to that small swirl ;)

Side by side gives you a better idea of the difference of scale ;)  Fun huh!!!  It was a good reminder this morning to play with scale more often in my quilting.  It can really add such a fun dimension to your quilting and it is so fun to quilt ;)   I really need to incorporate it more often ;)  

And now, I am off to bind these 2 quilts and I promise to share more of them next week when I get back from market.   That is if I ever get packed to go ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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