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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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Top

First off, a huge thank you to everyone that weighed in on their favorite layout for the 4th of July Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt.  The Stacked Squares was the overall favorite!!!  Isn't it just so much fun!!!  


After taking all of the original layout pics, I had to clean these blocks off the floor and finish up another project (more on that soon).  I always worry when I have to set something aside that doesn't have a deadline because I know that is how my WIP get numbered up.   So as soon as I finished the other mentioned  project done, I quickly laid these back out and got them all sewed up into a quilt top!!!


Don't you just love the way it looks from the angles.  So cool!!!  Now I just need to make up a quilt back and decide on some binding.   I am pretty sure I want to quilt it in wavy lines, so that it has kind of a "flat blowing in the breeze" kind of effect to it.   But, I have another project that has to be quilted first (deadlines) so this one will have to wait until next week.  But I am so gonna make sure it gets squeezed back in soon.


I can't wait to see it all done!!!   This has just been such a super fun swap!!!  I totally want to do another one now ;)
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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 Farmer's Wife 1930s book  from  Bear Creek Quilting Company is . . .   Number #175 . . . Congrats Tammy Hutchinson!!!   I have emailed you :) 
    

       

    
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts.  Along with sponsoring the giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts has just celebrated 7 Years of being in business !!!  Huge congrats to Judi and Clint!!!  As part of the celebration, they are having a Huge Anniversary Sale off their already low prices.   Just enter the coupon code 7YEARS and check out to get even greater deals!!!!    And Green Fairy Quilts ships free in the US and discounted to international.  Sweet!!!

And today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Green Fairy Quilts!!!!! One lucky winner is going to have a fun shopping spree with that!!!!  
  


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 Fairy Tale??

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Green Fairy Quilts love.   You can follow them on BloglovinTwitterPinterestFacebook, or Instagram.  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 Green Fairy Quilt Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, September 1st  when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Give It A Spin

One of my favorite things about designing quilts is seeing how little tiny changes can create an entirely new design.   This morning I was playing with some Half Rectangle Triangles in EQ7.  I started out with just putting them all in a line like this.

Start 


And then, I clicked on the Spin Tool (aka rotate tool, but I think spin sounds like more fun) and started to see what I could come up with.   And with just changing the orientation of the blocks, I found all these fun variation designs.

Variation 1


Variation 2


Variation 3


Variation 4

And of course, there are still a ton more designs that I could make!!  Isn't it just so amazing though how totally different they can look simply from spinning!!!  I always am just blown away how shapes work out that way.  So fun!!!  I could play for hours, but I really should start the laundry at some point, tee hee hee ;)

Incidentally, do you have a favorite layout from the options above??  It just might end up as a tutorial coming soon ;)
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Come Sew With Me in January!!!!

So, January just happens to be the month for retreats here in Utah.   I will be teaching 3 weekends at 3 separate retreats and I am so very excited!!!!  So if you happen to be in the utah area come January, maybe you want to come sew with me and some awesome quilting friends as well!!!

First up, January 6-9th is the Quilt St. George Retreat in beautiful (and still nice and warm in January) St. George!!!  I will be teaching 3 classes as well as doing a dinner Trunk Show all on friday the 8th ;)  It is going to be a super fun filled quilting day for sure !!!   Friday morning  I will be teaching my String of Pearls quilt from Irish Chain Quilts.   Then in the afternoon it's Two Paths Crossed, also from Irish Chain Quilts.   At dinner time, I will be doing an Irish Chain Quilts Trunk Show sharing all of the quilts from the book and having a super yummy dinner as well.  And finally, that evening I will be teaching my Summer Breeze quilt ;)  

        

         

Next, two weeks later, January 21-23  is Winter Quiltfest in Logan, Utah!!   This is my first time teaching at Quiltfest and I am so excited!!!!!!   Not only do I absolutely love teaching, but Jen Kingwell is one of their national teachers and I am hoping to squeeze in a class from her as well.  So fun!!!   On Friday, January 22nd I will be teaching 2 classes.  In the morning I will be teaching my Braided Irish Chain Quilt and in the afternoon I will be teaching my Petal Pop Quilt.   Both have lots of size options so you can totally make the project that fits you.



And finally, January 27-30th is the Cedar Chest Quilters Retreat in my home town of Cedar City!!!  I always love teaching, but there is something a little extra special about teaching at home ;)    I will be teaching 2 classes at this retreat.  On Thursday morning I will be teaching The Village Square from Irish Chain Quilts.   And then on Saturday afternoon, I will be teaching my In Your Neighborhood Quilt.   And I am so looking forward to the all-night sew, it is my favorite part of this retreat!!!



So ya, a whole lot of sewing fun come January!!!   Registration has just opened for all three of these retreats, so if you are interested, pop on over and check them out.  Ya, I am so looking forward to January!!!!


Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

First Day of School!!!

Well, the summer has officially ended and it's off to another year of school.   Things are awfully quiet around here at the moment.  Starting a new school year always has such mixed emotions to go with it, ya know ;)   But I don't want to get all into that, or I will just end up with more mixed emotion tears for the morning ;)  So let's do a roll call instead


Spencer, our oldest, is going into 7th grade and loves middle school.   Our elementary troop are first Jessica in 5th grade, and she is already looking forward to middle school next year ;)   Kristian is in 3rd grade this year and is all boy,   And finally,  Kamryn is in 1st grade and is so excited to be going school full day now, she couldn't wait to make a lunch this morning.   And not to forget, little Jocelyn, who will be mommy's big helper all year long.

I think it is going to be another great year ;)   And now, I am off to do some sewing while Jocelyn sets up the Barbie Thread Cone Palace, Good Times!!!!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cutting, Cutting, and More Cutting

This last Saturday happened to be the first Saturday that I was home all day for what feels like the whole summer.   And you better believe I spent it starting up a whole lot of projects!!!  I know I have mentioned it before, but I really enjoy cutting out quilts!!  I just love the feeling of starting something new and seeing all of those little tiny pieces and just get so excited to see them all come together.

So I started off with cutting out the pieced backing and the finishing sashing for my Snapshots quilt.   The backing and finishing instructions came out quite a while ago and I have been wanting to get this all cut out ever since then, so they were absolutely first on my list ;)


Next up, I pulled out some beautiful Bella Solids for an upcoming Moda Bake Shop Tutorial I will be putting together.  This one is lots of strip piecing so the cutting went super quick.  And if you are thinking, Melissa sure makes a lot of Red, White, and Black quilts, you are so right on.   It's back to school time for my Alma Mater and I try and make them one or two quilts each year at this time to be used for Homecoming events :)   And yes, the next picture is the second quilt for good old SUU ;)


And the kids were still happy playing at this point and I was on a roll, so I grabbed these gorgeous Grunge Basics in 2 shades of Red and paired them with some Black and Whites from Zen Chic's new Modern Backgrounds Ink and Paper.   And can I tell you how much I love these Modern Backgrounds!!!   EEEkkk!!!  I think I will be hording these for sure ;)  And I am so excited to see it come together in this quilt.  


I was totally on a roll at this point, so I pulled out these absolutely gorgeous earthy toned basics from Blank Quilting.   Can you tell where I am going with these blocks just by the way they are cut ;)  Yippee for Log Cabin's!!!  But of course, there is going to be a twist and I will be sharing a fun tutorial for this next month for a special little Celebration Hop!!!   More to come ;)


And just as I was finishing up the above and thinking it was time to put away my rulers and cutter for the day, the door bell rang and it was the UPS man dropping off these so fun Fancy and Fabulous prints for my next Riley Blake Design Team tutorial.  I figured, might as well ;)   So a quick press and cut and before you knew it, lots and lots of pretty rectangles ;)


What a Saturday of cutting, cutting, and then cutting some more.   I had so much fun!!!!!!   And with all that cut, I haven't sewn a stitch in the last 3 days as we have been getting ready for school to start (which isn't near as fun as cutting out quilts)   But as of this morning, all I have left to do is grocery shopping for lunches and then school starts bright and early tomorrow morning!!   And yes, I plan to sew up a storm with my last little wee one left at home.  (okay, I might cry a bit first at how big they are all getting, and then I will sew)     I think I will start on all of the bindings ;)  Don't they look so cute all in a row!!


I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting  day!!!!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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 Hello Darling Layer Cake  from  Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop is . . .   Number #269 . . . Congrats Gene Black!!!   I have emailed you :) 
    

     


    
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Bear Creek Quilting Company.  Bear Creek has an amazing selection of fabrics and amazing deals on those fabrics!!  In fact, they just started their End of Summer Sale today and it will run through Friday.  Be sure to Check it Out for some awesome eye candy at fantastic prices!!!




And today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for the highly anticipated companion to The Farmer's Wife.  Yup, it is the brand new The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt book!!!!  I am so excited to start seeing blocks from this pop up all over blogland ;)  




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 had a farm, what would you grow/raise on it??  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Bear Creek Quilting Company love.   You can follow them on  PinterestFacebook (where they happen to be having a quilt kit giveaway right now as well) , 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 Bear Creek Quilting Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, August 25th 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 17, 2015

Happy Birthday!!! Happy Sale!!!!

So yesterday was my 36th birthday and it was a fabulous day spent with family, Yippee!!!!  In fact, it  was such a great day that now I want to continue the celebration!!!  So, I decided to do a little Happy Birthday Happy Sale!!!!!  So for this week only, all of my patterns will be 36% off!!!!  That is just $5.44 a pattern, so fun!!!  So if you have had your eye on a pattern for a bit, now is the time to snatch it up.   All 14 of my Happy Quilting PDF Patterns can be found in my Craftsy Shop or, they can be found in my Etsy Shop.





And, I also happened to miss another Happy Birthday in all the summer craziness.  Last Month, Happy Quilting turned 5!!!!  I seriously can't believe I missed my 5 year Blogiversary.  That is kind of big ;)  I can't believe how far it has come and am so just loving every minute of it!!!  So, to celebrate  Happy Quilting's Happy Birthday, for this week as well, I am marking my already Sale Priced Irish Chain Quilts another 5% off :)   That makes a signed, personalized copy just $20.42 :)  You can find Irish Chain Quilts in my Book Shop here ;)



Thanks for joining me for the last 5 years!!!  They have been tremendous and I can't wait to see what the next 5 hold!!!!

Have a  Happy Quilting Day!!!!

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