Thursday, November 30, 2017

Busy Bee Blocks

It's November 30th and I am excited to say that my November Bee Blocks are going in the mail ;)  Whew, just finished those in the nick of time!!!  This month Shannon asked us to make some Simple Stars in blues and green's for her son's beds.


I just love making Star Blocks and these two blocks went together super quick ;)  Even if I messed up the first time around because I tried to make my star points with the wrong size square.  Gotta love it when you get going a little to fast ;)    Luckily, I had some of the same Grunge in my stash, and an endless supply of blue and green scraps!!!


And somehow, I never posted September's bee block but I did indeed make it on time ;)  Calli had us make some adorable Bear Claws!!  These are such a classic block and I just loved making it in these adorable 30's fabrics.


And did you notice that I skipped October?  We'll that just happened to be my month in the bee!!!   I asked my bee mates to make a True North block this time around.  I just love this block design but have wanted to do it in non Christmas fabrics for a while.  


So I sent the amazing gals in my group prints from Raindrop by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel.   And a few blocks have returned and can I just say, they are amazing!!!  I can't wait for all of the blocks to come back so I can put this one together.  It is going to be so fun ;) 


I will be sure to share more on this one as the blocks come back home ;)

Hope you are having a Happy Quilting Day!!! 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's a little late, but it's still 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 $50.00 Gift Certificate from Olie and Evie is . . .   Number #195 . . . Congrats Claudia!!!   I have emailed you :)        

      

  
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!!   Shabby Fabrics has so many fantastic Kits and Projects and I absolutely love their Laser Cut Kits!!! Shabby Fabrics  also has an amazing  Clearance Section, you are sure to find some amazing deals here :)



And for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway  Shabby Fabrics is giving one lucky winner a Flower Mill Fat Quarter Petal Set  by Corey Yoder for Moda.    How beautiful are all of those pretty petals, and those gingham stripes are just to cute!!! 



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 made any fun Black Friday - Cyber Monday purchases (I might have gone a little pre-cut crazy, but ya know, I just love em!!!) 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Shabby Fabrics love. You can follow them on FacebookTwitterYou TubePinterest, or Instagram.  You can Sign up for the Shabby Fabrics Newsletter (top right hand corner) or Follow their Blog,  or you can Visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Shabby Fabric Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, December 5th 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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Spool Souffle Quilt

Today I am excited to share my newest finish, the Spool Souffle quilt and isn't it just so cute!!!    This is the newest Shortcut Quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop and I absolutely love these patterns.  They are so fun and fast to make!!   And these little spools are no exception, they go together in a blink of the eye and really are a whole lot of fun to make :)  And how perfect is this design for all of us quilters!!


For my quilt I decided to use a Tuppence Layer Cake by Shannon Gillman Orr.   I just love the beautiful floral prints and the wonderful colors.   They really made the spools pop!!  And as you can see,  this is a great design to really show off  those gorgeous medium size prints in the spool centers :)  Aren't they just so pretty!!!


I love the little cornerstones that break up the spools and decided to add those into the outer border as well, which is a slight variation from the original pattern :)  And I just happened to have a little bit of leftover yardage from V & C that matched perfect for the outer border and binding.   Isn't it just so fun when it works out like that!!!


When it came time to quilt it, I decided on an all over open center swirl in my favorite 402 Pearl So Fine thread.  I was thinking more custom quilting but time ended up being the deciding factor on this one and these swirls quilt up super fast ;)   And like always with swirls, I just love it!!!  The texture is so great and the swirls give that extra movement that is just so fun :)


 And that is my Spool Souffle quilt!!!  If you would like to make your own Spool Souffle quilt you can find the free pattern here and the accompanying You Tube Video right here that walks you through putting it together ;)   And be sure to pop on over to the Jolly Jabber for lots more Spool Souffle Quilt finishes and inspiration!!!  You are going to have so much fun making this quilt!!!


Thanks for popping in today :)  I just love having this wonderful little corner of the internet to share my love of quilting with each of you and am so grateful for your visits each and every day!!!

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Day!!
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Monday, November 27, 2017

November Sew Sampler Box!!

Can you believe November is almost over.   I hope all of my US friends had a Happy Turkey Day ;)  I know I ate way to much pie, but it was oh so yummy.   And with November coming to a close, it means happy mail arrived over the weekend in another wonderful Sew Sampler box :)  This month's theme is Fall in Love and I indeed have to say that I fall in love with my Sew Sampler box each month!!



I have shared a few projects using Farmer's Daughter, and I just love this line!!!!  So I was so excited to find a Fat Quarter pack of 6 beautiful Farmer's Daughter prints, and the gorgeous Autumn Stars pattern.   And I even have a few extra Fat Quarters that I can use to make the Bonus Size, so excited!!!  



And these little Clothespins from Moda are just to cute for words!!!  I don't know what I am going to use mine for yet, but I just love them!!!   I mean those tiny strips, polka dots, and gingham, how can you not just love them!!!



And the other Notions in this month's box were just great!!!  I love this Rotary Cutter case.  I am always throwing my cutter in the bottom of my bag when I go to teach and then worry I am going to slice my finger open when I reach in my bag.  Problem solved :)  And those quilting needles are going right to Barbara, as I owe her some new ones for all the binding she does for me ;)    And that beautiful Christmas card is going to someone very special!!



And last, but certainly not least,  this month's Basket Block!!!   I really loved the 3 print fabrics in this month's block.  The red, white, and black really pop off of that white on white background ;)  I can't believe we have already made 8 of these.  Only 4 more to go!!!



And that is my November Sew Sampler Box  . . . and I just have to say, it was so nice to come home to this in my mailbox.   It's always hard to leave family time and get back to life, but happy quilty goodness in your mailbox makes it a little easier to come home for sure ;)

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!!  
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Quilting Pattern Sale & Great Weekend Deals!!

We'll It's the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and Happy Quilting is jumping in with an amazing Pattern Sale!!!   From today until Cyber Monday , all Happy Quilting Patterns will be marked down from $8.50 to $4.75!!!  

And as a special bonus, if you order three or more patterns, you will receive a free pattern.  Just leave me a note of which pattern you would like free in the comments of your order and will email it to you directly :)

Patterns can be purchased in my Craftsy Store or my Etsy Store :)



And while your doing some fun quilty shopping, be sure to check out all of these amazing deals from my fantastic sponsors!!!


Fat Quarter Shop is offering 20% off storewide for 2 days only!!!  No coupon necessary :)  They are also have multiple amazing Flash Sales and Free Gifts with qualifying purchases!!!



Four Peaches Fabric is having a Giving Thanks Sale with lots of amazing deals.  Details in the image below ;) 




Green Fairy Quilts has a special sale for each day from Black Friday, to Small Business Saturday, to Cyber Monday!!!   Details in the image below ;)




LouLou's Fabric Shop  has  30% off many bundles,  35% off Precuts, and  Yardage marked down as low as  $6.00/Yard!!  And some Surprises!!! 



Olie and Evie  is doing a Happy Quilting Special with 20% off your entire purchase , good until Saturday with coupon code HQM20.


Shabby Fabrics has been celebrating the 5 Days of Black Friday with a special deal each day!!





The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. has $5.00 off a purchase of $25.00 or more with code THANKS17 !!





Happy Quilting Shopping!!!!!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Roundabout Quilt Along - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky!!!!

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Roundabout Quilt-Along.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of three $75.00 Gift Certificates from Fat Quarter Shop ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule


  

Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Building Blocks Assignment.   And great job to everyone on getting their blocks put together!!!   They look amazing!!!!

The Building Block assignment winner who will be receiving 3 Moda Treats of their choice from Olie & Evie is . . .

#4 - Linda Massey!!! - Congrats :)


And here we go!!!  Its time to finish up our Quilt Tops!!!  (And hopefully, get them quilted up :)  So very exciting, it's our 

LAST ASSIGNMENT - PIECING PROJECT TOP!!!

 Now that your blocks are all made you can piecing your quilt top together!!!    So fun!!!!



So there is no way I can get all of my blocks laid out and still in a picture,   so  I am going to use digital pictures from here on out to make it a little easier to work with each layout and so you can see all parts of the instructions.

Start by laying your blocks out in your chosen layout.  Play with the placement of the blocks until you get a color layout that is pleasing to the eye.


SEWING THE ROWS TOGETHER

So first, we need to sew the individual rows into blocks.  Start with your first row.   Place your second block in the row onto your first block with right sides together.  And just like building the blocks, we are going to use some Pin Tricks to help get perfect points!!!


Where the two Goosed HST units meet up (black arrows) you can use the pin trick, and where the two Flying Geese units meet up (white arrows) you can use the pin trick as well.  


So with right sides together, place the pin through the bottom of the Print Fabric V in the Goosed HST unit, and then through the bottom of the Print Seam allowance in the other block.  Straighten the pin and then pin to the side of it.   Repeat for the second Goosed HST unit in the block.  


Then in the center of the block, place a pin directly through the center of the thread X  in the top block and then through the top of the Flying Geese in the second block.  Straighten the pin and then pin to the side of it. 


So now your points are all aligned (white arrows), and you just want to align and pin a few more places.   The center of the HST blocks will align directly on top of one another, and pin them in place.  Then align the edges of the block and pin them in place.   
Now you are ready to sew your 1/4" seam along the edge.  And just like you did when making your blocks, be sure to sew directly along the bottom of those print V's  and through the center of the thread X that you used to align your pin tricks ;)


So now Block 1 and 2 are sewn together and it's time to add block 3 (if you have one).    Place Block 3 onto the now sewn together Block 1 and 2.  Align and pin using the Pin tricks and then sew a 1/4" seam along the edge taking care to sew along the bottom of those print V's and through the center of the thread X.   

Repeat this process until you have sewn all of the blocks in the row together.   Then repeat the Row process for each of the Rows in your Quilt top.  


SEWING THE QUILT TOP TOGETHER

With the rows all sewn, you can now sew them into a quilt top!!!  This is the exact same process of sewing the blocks into rows, just on a much longer scale.


Place Row 1 onto Row 2 with right sides together and use the Pin Tricks to align all your points.  Then align and pin the rest of the row.   Sew a 1/4" along the pinned edge, again taking care to sew along the bottom of those print V's and through the center of the thread X.   

If you have multiple rows, I like to sew them into sets of 2 rows and then sew the sets together as shown below. Or you can just keep sewing the rows together until you have sewn them all together.  



And with all your rows sewn together, you can just sit back and enjoy your beautiful Roundabout Quilt Top!!!



And while your enjoying,  don't forget to add your beautiful Roundabout Quilt Top to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and to post it on social media using #roundaboutquiltalong.  I am so excited to see all of your beautiful Roundabout Quilt Tops!!!

And while you are adding your pictures above . . . .

You also need to be sure and and your completed Quilt Top to the Grand Prize Linky!!!!  Yippee, we have made it to the Grand Prize!!!!


GRAND PRIZE LINK UP

Remember this from the start??  All those that finish their quilt top will be eligible for the 3 Grand Prizes.  The Grand Prize's are sponsored  Fat Quarter Shop and huge Thank You goes out to them for the generosity of these prizes.

The three Grand Prize Winners will each receive a $75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!!!   That is going to be some awesome fabric goodness!!!!

  
         
           
   


In order to be eligible to win the Grand Prize you need to Link Up your completed quilt top (not quilted yet, just the quilt top) at the end of this post!!!  You have until the early, early morning of December 13th to get your quilt top sewn together and linked to be entered :)   Remember, You have to have a link at the end of this post to be entered to win one of the Grand Prizes.  


ROUNDABOUT QUILT-A-LONG PARADE

Now, as just mentioned, you only have to have your quilt top done to enter into the grand prize link up . . . However,  I wanted to encourage you to finish these quilts and not set them in a pile of "to be quilted" so I am planning a Parade for the 13th of December :)  The parade will show off all quilted and bound Roundabout Quilts!!  

So, how do you finish up those quilts??? 

Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!  I know, I make it sound all so simple.  If you are new to quilting, and need some help with these last few steps, you can see my Video Tutorials that go over the basics of how to do this ;)  Also, there are some helpful free motion quilting tutorials if you are stuck on how you want to quilt your project ;) 

Once you have your project Basted, Quilted, and Bound it is ready to be showcased it in the Parade.  In order to have it in the parade, I need you to please send me an email  at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com  with your favorite finished Roundabout Quilt picture attached as well as the your name the way you would like it listed with your photo, where you are from, and a blog, instagram, or flickr photostream link if applicable.  You can email me anytime from now until the evening of December 12th and I will get you added to the Parade!!!  

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's finishes!!!  You can decide if you would like to add your finish picture to the Flickr group  and Social Media now or wait until after the parade to keep it a secret :)  Grand Prize winners will be announced on December 13th along with the amazing parade filled with all of your beautiful quilts.!!!  I can't wait!!!  I know this is just going to be an awesome parade!!




So, in summary, Link up your finished quilt top (not quilted) at the end of this post by early morning December 13th to be entered for the grand prize linky :)  Email me a picture of your finished quilt (quilted and bound)  with your name, where you are from, and a place to link your picture by December 12th to be part of the parade :)  

Alright, I know that was a lot.  If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com, I don't want any one to miss out on the grand prizes or parades because of confusion ;)

I can't wait to see your finished quilts!!!  Thank you so much for quilting-a-long with me, it has been so much fun and I have loved watching you all stretch and try new things!!!!  Now, off you go to finish up :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!



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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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 Farmer's Daughter Jelly Roll  from Fat Quarter Shop  is . . .   Number #27 . . . Congrats Sherry VF!!!   I have emailed you :)        

      

  

  
And on to today's


Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Olie and Evie.  Rhonda new site!!!!  The new site is hoping with the fabric shop we all know and love along with longarm quiltinggift certificatespreorders, and a destash page!!    And along with the giveaway, Rhonda is offering a special treat to all Happy Quilting Readers ;)   20% off all items in the shop with the coupon code HQM20.  So be sure to pop on over and check it out!!!



And Rhonda's has a fantastic Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!!       Olie and Evie  is giving one lucky winner a $50.00 Gift Certificate to use in her shop!!!    So awesome, someone is going to get a wonderful shopping spree :)  



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 what you are Thankful For ;)   

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Olie and Evie love.   You can follow them on  FacebookInstagram  or Pinterest or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Olie and Evie Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday,  November 28th 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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