Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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  Under the Christmas Tree by Lecien Fabrics  Fat Quarter Bundle  from  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop   is . . .   Number #127 . . . Congrats Nettie!!!   I have emailed you :)    


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by June Tailor, Inc.  Each time I go to Market, I have a wonderful chat with the lovely ladies at June Tailor.  They are always coming up with awesome rulers and products for quilters :)    Some of my previous projects with them include the T-Shirt Memories Quilt, as well as Shabby Hexie Twist Quilt.   And I just might be cooking up something new from this market that I will be sharing soon!!!  

June Tailor Logo

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a Charming Circles ruler from June Tailor, Inc.!!!  I have always wanted to make this fun happy denim quilt using this ruler and have been saving up old jeans for it!!  Wouldn't it just be the perfect summer fun quilt!!!  It's like making cathedral windows but with your jeans, and it is so easy!!!  And one lucky winner is going to get to try it out :)

Charming Circles Ruler

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 have a favorite summer quilt or blanket you use for picnics and trips :)

 ENTRY 2 - Pop on over to June Tailor, Inc. and find a favorite product that you have either tried or would like to try.  Then come back here and leave a comment on it.  

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, June 7th 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, May 30, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

I am super excited to be a part of the adorable summer Little Ruby Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!!!   This quilt was designed by Camille Roskelley for Fat Quarter Shop and is going to be a biweekly quilt along over June and July.   Isn't it just so cute!!!

Today the Quilt Along kicks off over at The Jolly Jabber!!!!   And the assignment for this week is collecting your fabric and cutting!!!   So what do you say . . . Want to join in the fun!!!  Let's Get started!!!!

This quilt has lots of Jelly Roll fun tied up in it.   When I first saw the design it reminded me of peppermint candies at Christmas time, so I figured it was fitting to make my Little Ruby Quilt Along a La Christmas :)   I choose Juniper Berry by Basic Grey and then added some great Grunge's (I love grunge!!!)  for the background ;)    This Quilt Along makes a bonus quilt as well, so I will be using the green grunge for one background and the red for the other.  So fun!!!!

Kimberly has made this wonderful video to walk you through everything you will need to get started.  She goes over all of the fabric requirements and tools you will need.   And then she goes over the cutting and shares lots of great tips on how to make your cutting go nice and smooth with the specialty rulers you get to use for this quilt!!   

And here is my cutting all done!!!  I am just loving those beautiful grunge prints and can not wait to see them with all of the wonderful Christmas prints from Juniper Berry!!!

And of course, Fat Quarter Shop has lined up a great team of bloggers to share their versions of the Little Ruby Quilt Along with you!!!  Guaranteed to be some amazing eye candy!!!   So be sure to pop on over and check out everyone's fabric choices and cutting ;)

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Angie from Gnome Angel
Erin Cox from Why Not Sew
Andy from A Bright Corner
Pat from Pat Sloan
Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Heather from Quilt Story
Megan from Quilt Story
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts
Sherri from This & That Patterns
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Carrie from Moda's United Notions

 And that's it for today!!! 

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Splendid Sampler and Sew Sampler Saturday!!!

It's Saturday and today's Saturday is doing double duty!!!  Not only are we having a   Splendid Sampler Saturday Post but I also got my Sew Sampler Box and am so excited to show you!!!  So let's get to it.

First up, the Sewing Machine block designed by Pat Sloan. And I mean, how much cuter does it get than making an adorable little feather weight.  I just loved putting this little block together and of course, I love that it happened to be one of the purple blocks too ;)

Second is the Scrappy Happy Heart block designed by Christa Watson.  And I am so happy to report that this is the first paper piecing block of the entire sampler that I didn't make a goof on and have to fix.  I think the biggest key that I am learning for me and paper piecing is to not worry about conserving scraps so much and just cut the piece large so I know that it will cover the designated area.   And didn't this just turn out so cute :)

And finally is the Simple Surprises block designed by Amy Ellis.  And I have to say, I just love how Pat and Jane divided up the blocks to give us a mix a different techniques each month and I always love when one of these "simple" blocks pop up.  They are such a joy to make, and this one certainly does have a wonderful surprise, as it creates awesome stars when repeated.  So fun!!!

And that is the Splendid Sampler, so now lets move onto the Sew Sampler :)

Earlier this week,  I received the second Sew Sampler box in the mail!!!  You will remember this first one from here.   And this time, I didn't even hesitate to get right to the goodies.  And my goodness, once again, it was a box just full of amazing goodness at an amazing value!!!

I have been eyeing Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas for a bit now just trying to figure out something fun for Christmas so I could justify getting some, and then look what shows up.  Two adorable charm packs.  And those little buttons to go with it.  Truly, cute as a button!!!  Now I really need to make something adorable for Christmas ;)

And I am so excited about these little Bobbini's.  I had never heard of them before, but they are absolutely exactly what I needed for all of the Long Arm Threads.  I just love that now rather than having a bunch of bobbins loose and trying to keep them lined up with the thread, that I can actually just keep the two together.   Love these!!!

And do you remember last month where I mentioned that I needed to pick some fabrics for the Sampler Recipie Blocks that come with the Sampler Box . . . Well I remembered that I had all of these Bonnie and Camille HST's from a presentation I did, and thought, since these seem to be HST friendly blocks, how fun would it be to make a scrappy Bonnie and Camille HST Sampler!!!!   I am so excited.   Here is Block 1

And here is block 2!!!!   Aren't they just so adorable!!!  I can't wait to see what next month's block will look like!!!

I am just so loving my  Sew Sampler box and am already anticipating next month's to arrive.  And now it's summer time and so the month will fly by even faster.  Yippee!!!  To find out more about the Sew Sampler box, pop on over to Fat Quarter Shop and check it out. They have lots of frequently asked questions there that you might have if like me, you haven't tried a sampler box before.  

Sew Sampler Quilting Subscription Box

And now, Its time for some pool time with the kiddos and friends.   Yesterday was the last day of school and we are going to start the summer with a splash!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Quilt

Note - Just in case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out my Happy Quilting Hashtag Giveaway!!!

A little bit before Market I was asked by the lovely ladies at Moda if I could make a sample for them. I had no idea what I would be making, and I have to be honest, I was super nervous when I opened the box and saw the pattern for this Pumpkin Pie quilt by Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts using her new Pumpkin Pie Fabric as well as her Pumpkin Pie Batiks that will be shipping in November.  

So now you are wondering why I was nervous.  Well, this quilt had lots of Trying New Things for me.  First, (and biggest nervous worry)  It was all curves, and while I have made a bee block or two with curves, a whole quilt I had absolutely not done..  Second, I was using templates to cut out the blocks and that was new to me as well.  Third, (and I was excited/nervous for this part) I have never worked with batiks before.  I have always wanted to, but I was nervous of how they would play with the prints.  

And I am so very happy to say, there was absolutely no reason at all to be nervous.  This quilt was so, so, so much fun to make!!!  The curves went together like a breeze, and I only had to unpick once when I got a little crease in a curve.  I really feel like I can now say I have curves under my belt and am so excited to design more with them.   I ordered some of these Extra Thick Plastic Template Sheets to make the templates from and they worked fantastic.  And finally, (no surprise here as Edyta is an amazing designer) the batiks played just perfect with the prints and I really enjoyed mixing in the pops of bright from them. 

And just to show you a little close up on the curves.  Didn't they come together just so lovely!!!  The quilt is made in quarters and I will admit, I might have done a little happy dance every time I got to match up the quarters and make it more curvy.   Seriously, I just loved the beautiful crisp seams of these curves!!!

When it came time to quilt it I decided on one of my favorite all over designs, the Feathered Swirl.   I just love how it flows and all the beautiful curved lines in the feathers and swirls really add to the overall curvy flowy feel of the quilt ;)  

And of course, I always love the texture of it!!!  Wouldn't this just be so fun to snuggle up in!!  I also really loved this fun angle shot because it changes the focus of your design to lines instead of borders.  Almost looks like a chain links ;)

Moda sent me these main fabric prints from Pumpkin Pie for the backing and binding and they are just gorgeous!!!  Such a perfect way to finish off all of the curvy goodness!!  And you can really see how nicely the batiks and prints play together in this shot.  Just so lovely :)

And her is the funny part.  I was so excited to take a picture of it hanging at Market that I didn't even realize until I got home that this is actually not my quilt.  It is the other sample that was made of it.  To funny.  Mine was hanging elsewhere and I never noticed it because I thought this was it.  Just goes to show how much there is to see at market, it is easy to get distracted ;)

And that is Pumpkin Pie!!!  Honestly,  I can't even begin to explain how happy I am that this was the quilt I got to make for Moda.   It really forced me out of my box to try new things.  And I was so grateful.  It is such a wonderful reminder that we can really do anything if we just try.  I absolutely loved every second of making this quilt and I am so happy with how it turned out!!

 And I can't wait to make another curve quilt!!!

Have a Happy Quilting (and maybe curvy) Weekend!!!

Linking up this finish to Amanda's and Sarah's ;)

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Quilting Hashtag Giveaway!!!!

Okay, so this is going to sound sort of silly, but a little while ago I realized that I sort of missed the bus on giving Happy Quilting a Hashtag.   I know right, I share all of these tutorials and patterns and projects, and while I have always given you the option to send me pics via email or flickr, I hadn't really got with the times and added a Hashtag.   So today . . . we are going to remedy that.  And I purposely waited until after Market so I could do a super special Hashtag Giveaway along with it!!!

So . . . let's get to the hashtag.   You know, it is harder to pick a hashtag than you realize.  At first I wanted it to be just happyquilting  but after looking it up, I found it is a pretty common hashtag.  So then I thought of just using my handle happyquiltingmc (which you can always still tag me at) , but I thought it would be a little funny if you wanted to tag me as well and then it would be repeating itself . . . (I know, I totally made this way harder than it needed to be.)  SO finally, I found just the right fit.  So, without further ado, the new Hashtag for Happy Quilting is . .  .


As in, you are all so super Happy Quilting With Melissa Corry ;)  Oh, I just love it!!!   

So, now that Happy Quilting has a hashtag, let's all start using it!!!!!   You can use the #happyquiltingwithmc to share photos of your finished projects and/or the process that you are making using any of my Quilt Tutorials, Project Tutorials, Quilt A-Longs, Patterns, or Published Quilts (including from my book :)   And if you aren't sure of those, you can click on the tabs at the top of my blog to scroll through over 75 tutorials, 6 quilt-a-longs, 17 patterns, and lots of published quilts ;) It has just been so fun sharing 6 years worth of happy quilting goodness and now I want to see all of your creations that were inspired by happy quilting with me :)

And, to help add a little incentive to start tagging pics . .  . I have a special Happy Quilting Hashtag Giveaway!!!!  I tallied all the votes from Monday's post, (and thank you so much everyone for voting!!)  and the favorite bundle was . . .  Paintbox Basics by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman!!!

Here's how to enter to win!!!  I kept the easy comment entry just in case you don't use social media, you still have a chance to win.   Which reminds me, if you don't use social media, I would still love to see your finished projects!!!  You can email me pics at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com  Okay, back to the giveaway now :)

ENTRY #1 - Simply leave a comment of any project you have made that you found here at Happy Quilting, or if you haven't made one, any project you would like to make ;)  (Again, you can scroll through the tabs at the top of the blog to see all of my tutorials, quilt-a-longs, patterns, and published works.)

ENTRY #2 - Which are Endless - Use the #happyquiltingwithmc Hashtag!!!  YOu can use new photos or old photos.    Simply add pics to your social media or scroll through your social media feed (facebook or instagram, is there another picture one I am missing?)  and show any quilts or projects that you have made that were inspired from Happy Quilting.  Add the #happyquiltingwithmc hashtag to the posts.  Simple as that!!!!

I am so excited to see all of your wonderful projects and am looking forward to doing fun posts in the future highlighting all of your wonderful happy quilting inspired creations!!!  This giveaway will remain open until May 1st when I will announce the winner.

Good Luck to you all and Happy Quilting (with mc)!!!!!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring Quilt Market Wrap Up

Oh my goodness, how time flies when you are having fun :)  Yup, it's the last week of school here, so we have awards, presentations, concerts,  field days and so on.  Which means, I still haven't managed to put away any of these lovely Quilt Market Goodies.  Although, I did at least move them down to my sewing room so we could eat on the dining room table . . . That counts for something right ;)

And with my crazy attempt to do some Market Catching-Up  I figured we also needed a Market Wrap-Up!!!  I can't even begin to explain how much there is to see, and how many wonderful friends I got to chat with (and I should really remember to take more pics with these amazing ladies) over the course of the three days in Salt Lake.  This is my 6th market, and I loved it every bit as much as the first.  It is just so wonderful  to be a part of such an amazing industry like this!!!   So, rather than share all of the same pictures of all of the amazing new fabrics coming again  (see my social media for more fabric pics from the weekend)  I went through and tried to grab a few pics that made sort of a chronological time table of some of the fun things that happened to Barbara and I at Market ;)    So here it goes . . . .

We started our trip with a stop at the Riley Blake Warehouse in Sandy Utah.  Rows and rows of wonderful fabric goodness!!!  We got 4 rolls of batting (which I totally wish I would have gotten a picture of, it looked hilarious stuffed in the backseat of the car) and then found the flat fold section.   30 lbs of fabric later :)   Those are going to make some great quilt backs!!!  It was so lovely to visit with the ladies of Riley Blake as well, such fun!!!   (And yes, just in case you are wondering, you do have to have a wholesale account with Riley Blake to purchase here ;)  

From there, we drove the last little bit to Salt Lake, checked into the hotel, dropped some quilts off on the floor, and ran into Jane and Franny in the lobby.   From there we found ourselves having a lovely dinner with a whole slew of amazingly talented women!!   And I have so say, I could listen to those lovely Australian accents all evening, love it!!!

The next day was schoolhouse.   This is where everyone can share what they have coming out in the next 6 months.  Lots of wonderful presentations on new rulers, books, and of course fabric!!!  This day always goes by in a blur as you move from one presentation to the next from 10 am to 5:30 pm.  So much quilty goodness to see!!!!  And Barbara even got to see some quilty goodness up close when she helped hold quilts in Franny and Jane's schoolhouse!!!

Then it's a quick bite to eat before Sample Spree.   And I was so excited to get in and look at the fabric, that I didn't ever take a picture of the crowd.  But just trust me on this one, it is crazy crowded!!!   Barbara and I tend to shuffle in at the very back of the line when some of the initial commotion has worn off, so you can imagine how excited I was when I still managed to score these amazing bundles!!!!   (and thank you for all of your wonderful help in picking a favorite from the other day's post.  I will announce the giveaway event tomorrow :)  

 Friday Morning is the first day the show floor is open.   This is where there is so, so, so much to see, and there is no possible way to sum it all up.  So here are some of my personal highlights.   Right away I was super excited to see that Moda brought back the Grunge Bar from Quilt Con.  If you have been around here for any time you know that I totally love Grunge!!!!!  I think I can safely say it is my favorite basic.    And to see it all lined up on the shelf together, eeekk!!!

From there it was just a hop skip and a jump over to the Martingale Booth.  They are the publishers of my book Irish Chain Quilts.   And you can imagine how excited I was to get to flip through a copy of their newest compilation book, 180 Doodle Quilting Designs: Free-Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders, and Beyond !!!  I have 5 designs in this book and it is just filled with so much free motion quilting goodness.   So excited for it's release in July!!

And then it was off to see more quilts.   There were so many amazing quilts hanging at Market and I wish I could share every single one of them, but alas, then this would be the worlds longest blog post ever ;)   But I think this is the one that really caught my attention.  And probably because I was fortunate enough to see its predecessor,  pre-market.   This quilt using beautiful Allison Glass fabric was made by my  friend Kimberly Bourne from Main Street Market Designs.    Kimberly and I met in January when we were both teaching at Quilt St. George and she was teaching Eclipse.   This is Eclipse 2.0 and it really was the show stopper.  There wasn't I time I walked by that someone wasn't taking a picture of it!!  I am so happy that Kimberly and I met in January and became fast friends, she is such a sweetheart, and may I say . . . She  has crazy amazing Paper Piecing Skills!!!!

And the booth that really blew me away at Market was the Sew Kind of Wonderful Booth and I wish I would have gotten a better pic.   I just loved how it was such a calming and relaxing place among all of the chaos.  I mean, how can you not be zen sitting on a comfy couch under a wood pergola with live plants!!  And with all of those amazing curvy quilts . . . stunning!!!  And if you noticed in my market haul picture above, I brought home a Mini Quick Curve Ruler and I can't wait to try it out.  I have to say, the original really was the best intro to curves I could have ever had, and I am so excited to try the mini!

And of course, we saw so many amazing quilts and booths, and as mentioned, you can see more of them on my social media, which honestly, still doesn't even scratch the surface of all there is to see.   But moving on to Saturday ;)  Saturday Morning I was fortunate enough to get to meet up with 25 of the amazing Splendid Sampler Designers!!!  It was so fun to get to chat with these ladies, talk about a whole lot of amazing talent in one little picture.   I am just loving this entire Splendid Sampler experience and am so incredibly grateful to be a little part of it!

And of course, I made a few quilts to hang in a few booths at Market for some amazing industry friends.   But I want to share more about them in individual posts.   But there were a few that I have already shared.   I was so excited to look up at the United Notions booth and see my Frivols Quilt from last market.   Doesn't it look so cute hanging there!!!

And you might remember me sharing the tutorial for this fun King's Crossing quilt a few weeks ago.  I was so excited to find it hanging right in front of the "rest and relaxation" area of market on the Ink and Arrow booth.  Everyone that sat down to put their feet up for a minute got to check it out.  So fun!!!

And I will be sure to share the other 2 quilts I made soon!!!    And I wanted to finish this little Spring Quilt Market Wrap Up with this incredible wall made by RJR Fabrics.  I walked by this wall at least 20 times and every time I did I stopped and smiled.  I just couldn't help by light up inside thinking about all of the love put into each quilt made across the entire world.   And I am so grateful to be able to spend a part of every day Quilting With Love!!!!

Thank you so much for sharing this Quilt Love with me!!!  

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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  15 Fat Quarter Bundle of Spooky Delights  from  Kimberly's Fabric Stash   is . . .   Number #99 . . . Congrats Erika!!!   I have emailed you :)    


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    There is so much wonderful fabric variety over at Lou Lou's and did you know she also has an amazing Daily Deal!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Kimberly is offering 15% off Store-Wide until Friday using the code happyquilting!!!  Oh, so much fun shopping!!!

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some Christmas goodness!!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader some holiday fun with this classic Under the Christmas Tree by Lecien Fabrics  Fat Quarter Bundle!!  Its just about summer, which means it is time to start thinking about Christmas Sewing!!!

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 a favorite decoration that you put on your Christmas Tree.  (mine is a wedding bell from my sweetheart for our first Christmas together :)

 ENTRY 2 - Let's welcome Lou Lou's Fabric Shop with lots of 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, May 31st 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, May 23, 2016

Unpacking and Picking

I got back from market Saturday Evening and what a fun trip it was!!!!  You can see lots of fun pictures from Market at either my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter page, depending on which social media your prefer.   And if you don't follow any of those, I plan to do a little write up on Wednesday.  I just need a few days to get all caught up first.    And the first thing to catch up on is unpacking.   But I have to admit . . . Unpacking fabric is way better than unpacking clothes ;)

This is my little haul from my Market Trip.  Some was Sample Spree, some was a little more shopping on the show floor, and all of those lovely flat fold yardage is from out little stop at the Riley Blake Warehouse.   Stopped to get batting and that fabric just sort of jumped in to the cart ;)  So fun!!!  So now it's time to find a place for everything!!

But . . . Before I put everything away, you might have recalled, if you followed along this weekend, me sharing this little picture.   I picked up a few bundles at Sample Spree and I have a special little event giveaway planned for later this week and want to know . . . which bundle should I use for the prize????

Paintbox Basics by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

Grand Canal by Kate Spain's for Moda

Raindrop by Rashida Coleman Hale for Cotten + Steel

Or lastly, a mix of Cotten + Steel from Fall 2015

So tell me in the comments, which is your favorite bundle???  I will announce be announcing this little giveaway fun on Thursday  and the bundle with the most votes will be the prize!!!

And now, I best get back to unpacking, because my suitcase of clothes kind of got skipped over in favor of the fabric ;)

Happy Quilting!!!

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