Monday, December 10, 2018

Jolly Bar Meringue!!!!

Today I am excited to share my Jolly Bar Meringue quilt and I have to say right off the bat, I just love it!!    This quilt is a Shortcut Quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop and you all now how much I love these patterns.  (I just shared another one last week ;)  As always, this was fast and oh so much fun!!!  All you need are some Jolly Bars (5 x 10 precut ) and a Perfect Rectangle Ruler and away you go!!!


The original pattern is actually for an adorable baby size quilt, But I decided I wanted to make something a littler larger.  So I used Two Sweet Marion Jolly Bars and then cut 2 1/2 yards of  Gris Grunge yardage to make my 72 "solid" Jolly bars ;)     And I just love how awesome the Grunge looks with Sweet Marion!!!  So instead of the baby size, I made 72 blocks in an 8 x 9 layout which made for a 64" x 72" quilt, so it's perfect for snuggling with ;)


 And you can probably tell, I changed the layout a bit as well from the original ;)   I just loved the look of these "lightning" streaks going down the quilt.  It seemed to fit this more modern fabric pairing.   That is the great thing about basic blocks like this, there are an endless amount of layout options and they all look so great!!! 

    

When it came time to quilt it, I decided on an all over loose feather.   This design is really becoming a go to favorite of mine!!!  I learned how to do it from Rebeeca's little tutorial over here, and it is just so fun and fast, and gives a beautiful flowing look to any quilt.  It makes such a wonderful contrast to all of the sharp angles in this quilt ;)


And this is another quilt that has already found a new home.  I finished this up a few weeks ago, and last week had the wonderful opportunity to gift it to a family friend's son who just got married!!!  I just love being able to share these quilts especially at weddings. I just love getting to give quilty hugs as gifts, it truly makes me so Happy Quilting!!!


 And that is my Jolly Bar Meringue quilt!!!  If you would like to make your own Jolly Bar Meringue 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 Jolly Bar Meringue finishes.  It's always fun to see how many ways you can put together the same design.



Thanks for popping in today and sharing this fun finish with me :)   I just like to think that we are all wrapping the world in one quilty hug at a time!!!   So wonderful!!! 

I hope you all had a very Happy Quilting Weekend and have a wonderfully Happy Quilting Day!!
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Flowering Snowball Quilt

Today I am so excited to share my newest finish, a Flowering Snowball Quilt!!!   This quilt has been on my list to make for about as long as I have been making that list and I am just so thrilled to finally get to cross it off the list!!! 


And up, it is in classic Black, Red, and White again ;)   You will have to forgive me, I know that this is the third quilt in that color combination that I have shared in the last few weeks, quilt 1 being here, and quilt 2 behind here.   I was on a mission to finish up a secret sewing plan before Christmas this year with these, and I am thrilled to say, this rounds out that plan ;)  So we will be back to our usual variation of color now ;)    But honestly, you can't ever go wrong with Black, Red, and White right ;)  It is so striking!!!


The reason this quilt has been on my to make list for so long was because I knew the cutting was going to be tedious.   So when I got my new AccuQuilt  GO! Fabric Cutter  a few weeks ago that I shared about back here  the   Flowering Snowball die   was the first die I wanted to play with.  And it was so much fun, so easy, and so accurate!!!   And I have to say, having those little notches made lining up the curves to sew a breeze. I shared over here about the 3 pin method I use to sew curves, and I had these blocks together in no time.  


And you better believe, I have lots more Flowering Snowball quilts starting to percolate in my brain.  It really was so easy and fast, and I just love the finished look of this design.   The circles in the red are my favorite part, they just pop!!!


When it came time to quilt mine, I choose to quilt an all over echoed paisley design.  This is one of the first things I learned to quilt and is still an all time favorite.   I did a little Video Tutorial over here of how I quilt this, just in case you want to check it out.     And I know I said it in the other quilt posts as well, but I just love the red quilting on these!!!  It just pops on the white and black and really ties the color scheme together.  So fun!!!


And that is my Flowering Snowball Quilt!!!  It measures 56" x 68" so it is a great lap size to cuddle up with.   It's going to have a little applique added to it this afternoon and then it will be all ready for giving ;)   Which of course, is another reason why I want to make some more, with at least one to stay at home for me to snuggle with, tee hee hee ;)


Thanks so much for popping in today and every day!!!  I am so very grateful to get to share my love of quilting with you all in my little corner of the internet.   

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!!

Linking this finish up to Amanda's, (which is her final linky, we will miss you Amanda!!!) Sarah's, and Myra's :) 
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

My Wish List came a Little Early :)

Okay, so there have been a few things that have been on my "wish list" and so when Fat Quarter Shop had their big Black Friday sale with 20% off the cart, my "wish list" became my shopping list ;)   I had the intention of putting the box under the Christmas tree, but then when it arrived, I somehow couldn't stop myself from opening it and going through all of the quilty goodness.   Please tell me I am not the only one that does that :)

At the very top of my wish list was some Pattern Boxes.  When Moda first showed these Bonnie and Camille Pattern Boxes, I knew I needed some.  My pattern stash was getting quite unruly and honestly, not very usable as they were just piling up in the corner.  And I love the little dividers!!  I need to print some cute labels for them, but for now, masking tape is working great.  And it was so wonderful to see all of my patterns again while I sorted them into their proper place.   So excited to have an easier method for finding what I am looking for ;) 


And with those pattern boxes, I have really been wishing for the "Ville Patterns" by Thimble Blossoms.   I want to make each one and then hang them at the Corry Family Cabin and change them out for the season.  How perfect would that be.   So ya, 4 more quilts on the "to make" list ;) 


And ya know, as soon as I start shopping, I can't help but add a little fabric to the cart ;)  I have always loved the Henna Garden Prints by Sandi Henderson and wished that I would have gotten some at the original release.  So when I saw that the Strawberry Moon Fat Quarter Bundle was on sale plus the extra 20% off, well, that's just a no brainier :)   And  the FQB sold out during the sale, so now I am even more happy I got to snatch one up :)    And then I added some Modern Backgrounds Luster Jolly Bars, because I loved them in this Alma Mater quilt and I know I will be making more of those in the future, so I might as well stock up, and they were already on sale too ;)    And finally, I don't think I can ever check out without a Charm Pack, I just love them!!!


And then, ya have to check out the Flash Sales, right!!!!    Scissors, a cute Moda Tin, and another Charm Pack, all at super slashed prices, super shopping fun!!!   And the yard of Wanderlust was for a binding, so at least one thing in my cart was more for "Need" than "Wish" ;)  


And Fat Quarter Shop sent me a Mystery Bag of surprises to go along with my order that just made me grin ;)   How awesome is that!!!!  And honestly, I can't get over how cute those red polka dot thread snipers are!!!


So can you see why I was too excited to wait for December 25th to open this box!!!!    So much quilty goodness, it just had to be un-boxed.   And now that I have smiled, and grinned, and gotten all kinds of quilty excited about it, maybe I will put it under the tree ;)   

How about you, anything you have on your quilty Wish List???  And are you better than me and actually waiting for the big day to reveal it????

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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  $25.00 Gift Certificate from  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . .  Number #165 . . .   Congrats Amy!!!   I have emailed you :)     

   

        
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts.  Green Fairy Quilts is your home for pre-cut goodness and they always have amazing sales going on a selected pre-cut and this week it is Charm Packs and Mini Charms.   They are all marked down to Employee Pricing until Wednesday.   You know how I love Charm Packs!!!  And Green Fairy also offers free shipping on all orders over $20 in the USA, so some extra savings there too ;)  Be sure to pop on over and check it out!!! 


And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts will be giving one lucky reader a brand new All Weather Friend Jelly Roll by April Rosenthal for Moda!! How pretty are these prints, and in such happy colors.  I love to see that rainbow all rolled up :)



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 is your favorite color in the rainbow??  (we all know by now, mine is purple :) 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Green Fairy Quilts love.   You can Sign up for their Newsletter which I highly recommend as it will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales!!  You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook,  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, December 11th 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, December 3, 2018

Fat Eighth Fruit Cake!!!

Today I am excited to share my Fat Eighth Fruit Cake quilt and isn't it just so fun!!    This quilt is a Shortcut Quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop and I absolutely love these patterns.  They go together super fast and always make a spectacular finish!!!    And I am so glad I got to quilt along on this one, because I just love it :)


The original pattern uses Fat Eights, obviously by the name and it is so great ;)   But I decided to make another Alma Mater quilt and used Kona Red, White, and Black in yardage.  But of course, you could use any 3 Kona Solids.   And the fun thing about the yardage meant that I was able to do an extra step of strip piecing, which sped things up even more ;)   And that is always great!!!   Just FYI, I used 3 Yards of Red, 1 1/2 Yards of White, and 1 1/2 Yards of Black and then 5/8 Yard for binding ;)


 And I just love the secondary design created from the alternating white and black blocks.   So pretty!!!  They look like a pretty box flower made from other flowers.   Awesome!!   The quilt finishes at 64" x 75" so it is a wonderful size to cuddle up in :)


When it came time to quilt it, I decided on an all over open center swirl in red.  I tell you what, I just love quilting these Alma Mater quilts in red, I just love the way it stands out on the black and white and then blends away into the background.   I know I just said that the other day, but it is so true ;)


And the fun thing about this quilt is that it has already has a new home.  It actually finished it back in September so it could be raffled off at the Homecoming parade and it raised some amazing funds for scholarships.   And being able to use my love of quilting to help raise funds for students to go to my Alma Mater, well that just brings a huge smile to my face :)  Ya I love SUU, Once a T-Bird, Always a T-Bird!!!


 And that is my Fat Eighth Fruit Cake quilt!!!  If you would like to make your own Fat Eighth Fruit Cake 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 Fat Eighth Fruit Cake finishes.  They are always more quilting 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 Weekend!!
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Friday, November 30, 2018

BasiX Quilt Finish!

I am so excited to share my BasiX quilt!!!    This has been on my To Do list for so long,a ndn ow I get to cross it off, and it's just such a happy finish which makes crossing it off the list all the more fun!!!   And of course, you know when it is in Red, White, and Black it means it's another Alma Mater  quilt,  yippee!!!


So about the BasiX, You might recall from back here,  that there was a BasiX Ruler in the October Sew Sampler box.   And as I mentioned, I have wanted to make one of these for so long, as soon as I got the ruler out of the box, I knew I wanted to make one and I always need Alma Mater quilts, so I started sewing up strips in Red, White, and Black.   And now, it's all done.   And it really went so fast and was so much fun to make!!!! 


I found a few helpful hints while making this quilt, and did a little BasiX Ruler  rundown/tutorial over here.  Just in case you want to make your own, the cutting hints might help you speed things up ;) 


My quilt is made of 42 Blocks in alternating black and white stars, which I just love because it makes those cool secondary stars that are black and white in the same star.   It really makes for quite the memorizing design. 



When it came time to quilt it, I opted for one of my all time favorite, swirls ;)   Ya just can't go wrong with them.   And I think it really helped to soften all of those angles a bit.    And if you haven't noticed, I just love using Red thread on these Black, White, and Red quilts.  I think I have used red thread on the last 5 ;)   It just pops!!!


And that is my BasiX finish.  It measures 54 1/2" x 63 1/2" so it will be the perfect lap size to cheer on the team.   But of course, it is also a great size for snuggling up in  front of a fire with a good book.   I am just thrilled with how it turned out, and I know I will be making more BasiX quilts in the future.   It was just so fun and fast, and we all know, those are my two favorites!!!


I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!!

Linking up this quilt top finish to Sarah's and Myra's ;)
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

November Sew Sampler Box!!

It's the most wonderful time of the Year!!!   I love the build up to Christmas that starts after Thanksgiving.   It just makes me smile ;)  And I think each month, the most wonderful day of the Month is the day my Sew Sampler box arrives in the mail!!!  I just love finding that little blue box waiting for me ;)  And November's box has me all kinds of giddy.   The theme is County Fair and it is so great!!!!



For starters, I love Vanessa from Lella Botique and I have made a quilt from every one of her lines to date.   So I was thrilled when I found this month's Sew Sampler box  had a Charm Pack of her newest line Garden Variety, as well as the finishing kit for included pattern.   How awesome is that!!!   The pattern is Farm to Garden by Carrie Nelson, and she is another one of my favorite people in this industry!!!  I just love that gal and am so excited for her new Pin Pals book.    And how cute are these little stars, now the only hard part will be deciding if I want to make the Wall Hanging, or turn those adorable stars into little pincushions.  Decisions, Decisions . . . I guess I could always do both ;)


And this month's notions are just so great as well. I love the Cupcake mixes and have found them so helpful in making my Dessert Sampler blocks.   They are great for the tiny piecing, and of course, go right along with the Star pattern above ;)    And I am super excited for the little 2019 Desk Calendar.  I love having one of these on my desk right next to the computer and it even has the blocks from the Threadology Quilt Along on it in happy bright colors!!!  Love it!!!! And of course, you can never have enough Aurifil Thread, and those wooden spools are to cute for words :)



And of course, with a new box, there is a new Barn Block!!!  And this month's block went together super fast, as it was some larger piecing.   Which I have to say, I think they are purposely giving us a break after the more complex month's of blocks.   Those gals at  Fat Quarter Shop are so smart!!!     This makes 8 blocks and I am getting super excited to see how this is going to all come together ;) 



And that's my November Sew Sampler Box!!!    Now the big question is, will December's arrive in time to go under the tree, and if it does, will I actually be able to wait to open it ;)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

At Least I Have Lots of Binding

Earlier last week, I decided it was high time to get going on my "to be quilted" pile.  I had 7 tops and backings waiting to be made into quilts.   So Monday I quilted  BasiX quilt with some wonderful swirls.  Always a great go to quilting all over design ;)


And things were going swimmingly and the machine was already loaded with red thread, so I figured keep things rolling and on Tuesday I quilted my Snowball Quilt.  I did my all over echoed paisley design on this one, and there is a little video tutorial over here for it if you are interested. 


And then on Wednesday, I figured why not go for three in a row.  So I loaded this little "leftover" quilt (I promise to share more on the name when I post the quilt ;)  and changed the thread out to my favorite 402 Pearl and quilted some all over Loose Feathers that I learned from Rebecca's tutorial.  And I can't wait to share more on this one ;)


And then we hit the Holiday's and all quilting came to a screeching stop.   But 3 wasn't bad, and come Monday, I figured I should keep riding the quilting title wave and load another quilt.   So I loaded my recent finish that will be my newest pattern release  (hopefully pretty soon) and opted for some custom quilting.   But halfway through the first row, I decided I didn't like a part of the custom quilting so out came the seam ripper.   I should have known then that things were spiraling down.   A while later with quilting ripping done, I pushed forward with renewed determination.   I finished the first row and loved it!!!!    Roll the quilt and onto the second row, when Wham!!!  Super Loud Noise and crunch.   I still don't know exactly what happened, but somehow the needle got loose and got caught in the thread guide and bent it right off the frame.  So ya, talk about a screeching stop!!!


A new part is on order, but until it arrives, my quilting roll will have to be put on pause.   At least I have 3 quilts to bind though while I wait for the part to arrive ;)    And I suppose that isn't to shabby.   And that means new quilt finishes to share soon!!!!  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting (or in my case Binding) day!!!! 
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day so let's have some fun :)

But first, we need to announce a little update from last week, and the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :) 

If you popped over to Olie and Evie for their awesome Discount Code that I shared last week, you might have noticed it didn't work.  Rhonda apologizes, they had a bug in their website and it made for some technical difficulties.  It has now been fixed and the good news is, the Sale of 20% off  your cart of in stock items with the coupon THANKFUL2018 is now extended to Saturday December 1st.  So yippee, more shopping fun!!! 

And now, The winner of the $30.00 Gift Certificate from Olie and Evie  is . . .  Number #62 . . .   Congrats Jerilea Hendrick!!!   I have emailed you :)     

  


       
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    You know you love the  Lou Lou Bundle every Tuesday and Jamie is making extra bundles for the Holidays, so great!!! !!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie still has some Black Friday Sale going on with yardage marked down as low as $6.00 a yard!!!! You are not going to want to miss this.   Oh, so much fun shopping!!!



Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some shopping goodness!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate perfect to use on anything in the store, including the awesome Lou Lou Bundle pictured above!! How fun are those beavers in plaid!!!!




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 some Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and/or Cyber Monday holiday shopping fun????

 ENTRY 2 - Lets show Lou Lou's Fabric Shop some 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, December 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, November 26, 2018

Quick Reminder

I hope you all had a fabulous Weekend!!!  I know mine was spent with lots of food, family, and even a little football!!!   I didn't get an ounce of sewing done over the entire weekend, but I did do a little quilty shopping, so does that count ;)     I am just popping in to remind you that today is the last day to get your Happy Quilting patterns on sale.

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

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 I will email it to you directly :)


Thank you so much for all of the Pattern love you have shown Happy Quilting over this black Friday, small business Saturday, and cyber Monday weekend!!!   I love being able to have this small little corner of the internet to share my love of quilting and your support makes that possible.   I can not begin to thank you enough for that!!!  I love that I can work from home doing the thing that brings me so much joy!!!   

And now that the kids are all back in school today, I am off to do just that :)

Happy Quilting!!!
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