Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sew Sampler Bandages to the Rescue!!!

So remember on Monday when I said I was super excited for my new Lori Holt bandages so I could use them in my classes??  Well, that must have been putting some bad quilty karma out in the universe, because not a few hours later after posting that, I managed to slice my fingerprint clean off my finger.  I couldn't believe it.   I have cut out hundreds of quilts and never an accident, and then the day I mention sewing bandaged, I mange to need one. 

  **Note - If you get a little squeamish at the sight of blood, (like me) don't keep reading this post as the next two pics are from before the bandage :)  But know I am okay and healing :)

And of course, I was all alone at home when I managed to do this so I had to clean and bandage it myself.   I am not great with the sight of blood, especially my own and I might have gotten a bit faint while cleaning it, so I decided to take a picture to try and distract myself.  And that's when I realized just how much I had cut off. And because I cut it off, verses cutting into my finger, stitches wont help.  I just have to wait for the skin to grow back.

After applying pressure for a few minutes I got the bleeding to stop and saw that I had cut several layers of skin off.  I bandaged it up with lots of ointment and my Lori Holt Bandages, at least it looks cute!!!!   My sweetheart later let me know that I would no longer have a fingerprint in that spot.  (Sounds silly, but I didn't realize those don't grow back :)  The finger is still sore, especially if it gets bumped, ouch!!!   I changed the bandage this morning and it is still a lot of raw skin, but the very outer edge is starting to grow back, so maybe a weekish and I will be back to full steam.  I have to say, it really is a pain to try and align fabric to stitch without your middle finger, tee hee hee :)

Oh, and in case you are wondering, no fabric was stained in this little mishap.   I whipped my hand back super fast when I realized what I had done so no blood got on my fabric, whew!!

And one last funny note, someone was asking my husband how I did it and he explained that I cut it with a rotary cutter.  When they asked him what a rotary cutter was he explained that it is like a pizza cutter with a razor blade attached.  I thought it was a pretty good explanation :)  

Hope your having a very Happy (accident free) Quilting Day!!!!
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Tuesday, January 30, 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  Love You Jelly Roll from  Fat Quarter Shop   is . . .   Number #173. Congrats lindawwww!!!   I have emailed you :)      


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Warm Crochet.   I am still absolutely loving my pair of their beautiful scissors :)    They are  perfect for clipping chain stitching as they are super sharp and so comfortable in the hand.  And they are so pretty as well, double bonus!!!  Along with the giveaway, Warm Crochet is offering all Happy Quilting readers 10% off your purchase with the coupon code HQMC!!!  So fun :)  

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Warm Crochet is giving one luck reader a Pair of Scissors of their choice!!!     You can choose from Silver, Bronze Gold, or Red Bronze.  Some one is going to get super lucky and add the perfect addition to their stitching goodness :)


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 kind of hand work ;)

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Warm Crochet  love.  Visit The Shop and then tell me which color you would get!! 

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, February 6th , when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)  GIVEAWAY CLOSED . . . Winner is Emily Swaby!!!

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, January 29, 2018

January Sew Sampler Box!!!

It's the end of January already, wow, where did that month go!!!  The one wonderful thing about another month come and gone, is that it means another lovely blue box in my mailbox!!!   This month's theme is Butterfly Kisses and this Sew Sampler box  is filled with all kinds of adorable goodness!!!

I can't get over how adorable this Butterflies and Berries 10" Stacker by Riley Blake Designs is!!!  I just love those sweet colors and the prints are oh so cute!!!  The Flitter exclusive sew sampler pattern is equally adorable, and I have already had 2 little girls ask if I will make them the Butterfly quilt they saw in my blue box . . . yes, my girls have come to realize that the blue box is just as fun for them to go through as it is for mom ;)   Looks like I will be adding this quilt to my To Make List ;)  

And I just love these to cute for words Just Pins!!!  And wouldn't you know, they go just perfect with my Tuffet that I finished last week!!!!!   Don't they just look like I totally picked this fabric to go with the pins ;)  Just Pins has a whole assortment of these hand crafted pins and I can totally see myself collecting more of them to adorn my Tuffet, especially that cute little cupcake one!!!

And this month had a whole assortment of notions that I am just so excited about!!!  I absolutly love Lori Holt's Cute Cuts rulers and so I was super excited to find the 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" ruler in this months box!!!  It will be just perfect for cutting HST's in half :)   And the Needle Carry Card  was just what I needed.  I actually had to do some handwork when I was making my Tuffet and I had to go to the garage to get some pliers to get the needle out of the package it came in.  When I saw this little card, I immediately switched all of my hand needles to it!!!  And finally, those to cute Bee in my Bonnet Bandages!!!  This is something that I would never buy for myself, but I am so excited for!!  Every time I teach, someone always needs a bandage.  Most of the time it is just little pin sticks or even paper cuts from the pattern, but how fun will it be to give them a Sewing Bandage instead of a regular ole brown one.   Just to cute!!!  

And last but certainly not least,  this month's Basket Block!!!   Block 10 and I am just loving these.  This is the first time where I used the background color in the print color as well and I really like it.  I might just be doing that for the remaining 2 blocks :)   And can you believe it, 2 more blocks and it will be time to sew up another quilt top.  So fun!!!

And that is my January Sew Sampler Box  . . . and I just love it!!!  I don't know how Fat Quarter Shop just keeps managing to send me so many wonderful things.  And I love that so many of them are things that I wouldn't think to get myself, but are such wonderful little treats just for me :)   What can I say, I just love when my little blue box arrives :)

I am off to work on my upcoming Moda Bake Shop tutorial ;)  I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!!

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Spelling Bee Saturday - M is for Measure

It's another Spelling Bee Saturday and this one is a fun one because the Letter M is another one of my assigned weeks to share as part of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!!!   And I am thrilled because I am absolutely love this amazing Spelling Bee Book  by Lori Holt.  She makes piecing so fun and easy and I am just loving how my two alphabets are coming together ;)

This Spelling Bee Saturday is brought to you by the Letter M.   I originally signed up to do the letter M (and I also did C)  because that's the letters in my initials :)   But as I was piecing this M, and pulling out all my  Lori Holt Cute Cuts Rulers  to cut all those tiny pieces, I thought M is way more about Measuring in these blocks!!!  So ya, M is for Measure!!!  

And if you have been following along with my Spelling Bee Saturday posts, you know I am making two sets of each letter ;)   And I am thrilled to say, that I am all caught up with my letters, and half way through the alphabet, not to shabby!!  I did miss a few picture blocks, but my goal is to get those made this week so that I will be totally caught up :)    

And I tell you what, I am just so glad I joined in this fun QAL!!!!  I am having so much fun with all of this piecing and  I just am so excited about these quilts!!!  Every time I see this cover, I just squeal at how totally cute these quilts are going to turn out and how perfect they will be as a special thank you for some very special people!!! 

And it's not to late to join in the Spelling Bee fun!!!  Trust me, once you start sewing these you can't stop and you can catch up (just like me) in no time ;)    Grab a Spelling Bee book and get measuring, cutting, stitching and smiling!!!  . And you have lots of help keeping up as there are fun blogger's every Saturday sharing their Spelling Bee blocks as well :)  

See ya next week with the letter O and hopefully those few picture blocks I need to catch up on!!!! 

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Friday, January 26, 2018

It's Finished And It's So Cute!!!!

EEekk, I am so excited!!!    I finished my Tuffet and I just love it :)   I have been sharing my Tuffet Progress over the last few weeks here, here, and here.   You could totally make one of these in a day, but I have loved having it as a fun little project to work on when I have a few minutes here and there.  And now that it is all done, I just can't get over how cute it is!!!

I think my favorite part is looking at it from the top :)   I just love seeing all of those adorable fabrics come together into a tight gathered center.  And the polka-dot button center, so cute!!!  This is the 8" Tuffet I made with this Tuffet Kit, and I had so much fun with it, it really has me wanting to make one of the big ones!!!

From the last time I shared my progress, all I had left to finish was the bottom.  I painted the legs in a happy red, and then added the same red polka-dot print to cover the base.  You stable the cover on, and then add a little decorative trim to cover the staples.  I was planning on adding red ric-rac, but when I went to my trim bag I realized I was all out.   But I saw this little gold trim and thought it would make a fun little pop of surprise on the bottom.

And I have to say, my daughter's are already trying to claim my Tuffet for their 18" dolls.  It makes a perfect sized seat for them.   But I told them sorry, I will have to do another Tuffet Kit for their dolls because . . .

This Tuffet is all about being a giant pincushion!!!!   I plan to keep it at the quilt house to sit on the table of 4 sewing machines.  How cute will it be centered between them all and make for a perfectly adorable pin storage for everyone :)

I am so glad I decided to treat myself with this little Christmas Present ;)  I really have had so much fun making this up and I am just thrilled with the way it all came together!!!     I can  see myself getting one for Christmas for many years, well at least 3 since I have 3 girls that really want their own now :)   And thanks for following along with me as I put this little Tuffet together ;)

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

Linking up this finish to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's :)

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along - Watermelon Wheel

It's the 25th and that means it is the start of the Clementine Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!  Today I am so excited to share the first set of  blocks!!!  These first set of blocks are called the Watermelon Wheel blocks and they are just so much fun to piece!!!!  Look at all of those fun points and I just love all of the movement ;)

Each month, for the next 6 months, there will be two blocks to make.  They are the same block design, but one is a wonderfully larger 12" block that is great to piece and goes together in a snap.  And the second is a super cute 6" block that is wonderful for building technique of piecing with smaller sizes :)   They are both just so fun to make!!! 

So are you joining in the Clementine fun???  If so, you can download the block pattern right here and it is requested for each pattern you download to donate $5.00  to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital  :)  This is Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL that is raising funds for an amazing organization that is leading the way in understanding, treating, and working to defeat childhood cancer.  What a wonderful way for us all to make a difference !!   And Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match up to $20,000 of the donations raised.  So let's help them reach that goal ;)  

This year it is all about Fat Quarters for this Quilt Along and after some playing around in my stash, I decided to use Farmer's Daughter by Lella Botique for Moda and I just love the chic colors and prints!!!  I have already gone through and paired my fabrics into groups of four for each month, so excited!!!   If you are quilting along and want to use the original Mama's Cottage fabrics you can find a Quilt Along Kit right over here, or if you want to pick a different fabric like me, you just need 24 Fat Quarters, an accent fabric and some background fabric ;)    You can find the Fabric Requirements here ;) 

And like always, Fat Quarter Shop has made awesome  You Tube video tutorials that walk you through making each month's blocks.  There are some great helpful hints and you can see it put together step by step!!!   

Be sure to share all of your Clementine progress on social media with #clementinequiltalong and check out these fabulous bloggers who are quilting along for some Watermelon Wheel block inspiration :)  

*April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)
Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)
Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)
Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)
Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)
Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)
Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)
Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Jan of Cocoa Quilts (@cocoaquilts)
Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)
Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)
Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)
Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)
Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)
Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)
Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)
Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)
Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)
Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)
Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)
Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Stephanie of Quilt 'n Party (@quiltnparty)
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)
Teresa of Aurea's Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)
Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

So that is the first block in the Clementine Quilt Along!!!!   I will continue to share a new set of blocks on the 25th of each month.  So fun!!!  So what do you say, wan't to come Clementine Quilting Along??  You are going to have so much fun!!!

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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