Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New Works in Progress

Sometimes I just feel like I'm going in all directions,  but does that stop me from starting new Works in Progress???  Of course not ;)  It wouldn't be fun if you weren't starting new things at the same time you are trying to finish old things . . . am I right???   I started 4 new Works in progress this last weekend.  Luckily, we got so much snow over the holiday weekend, that I pretty much became a hermit and stayed in all weekend just pressing, cutting, and stitching!!!   It was so much fun :) 

First off, I am working on a new sample quilt for my good friends at Moda. They are kitting up this super fun Hallo-Harvest quilt using the same named fabric by Basic Grey set to release in June.  I don't think I have ever made a Halloween quilt before, so this is a fun first.  And how great are those bats and stars!!!   Glad I have my Alphabitties for this quilt, because there are a lot of little pieces to keep straight ;)


My second new project is a Charity Quilt for UQSM.  I will be teaching there in April, (which I am so excited for!!!)  and they hold a quilt challenge/auction to raise funds for Sew Much Hope.  The challenge fabric for this year was 8 prints from  Jen Kingwell's Looking Foward fabric line.  I thought the bright happy colors were just perfect for a fun modern pattern, so I decided on my Back to Basics design.   And I figured, since I had so much fun doing a black background on my bright happy prints in my Pave the Way quilt back here, why not do another black background on these happy, bright prints.   I am loving where this is going!!!


And then I just couldn't not use up every little piece.  So I cut up all the leftover Looking Foward fabric I had into 3 1/2" squares and cut some grey solid squares as well.  I am thinking simple patchwork. Enter new WIP number 3.   It's for charity right, so why not make two quilts ;)   And I haven't made a simple patchwork quilt in a bit, and am excited to see all these prints just pop in it!!!


And last but not least, I started working on a new quilt pattern that I hope to release in early Spring.  I know right, I am still finishing up the typing of the other new pattern mentioned here (which will hopefully be ready next week!) but like I said in the beginning.  It wouldn't be fun if I wasn't starting new while still trying to finish up old.     And I just love the gorgeous prints in this Nova fabric line by Basic Grey.   I mean, you had me at that Purple!!!    I am super excited to see this design come together and am looking forward to sharing more as I get it done. 


So yup, that is the new stuff I am working on.  How about you???  What New Works in Progress are you starting up???  Or are you trying to finish up some Old Works in Progress???
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day, so let's have some fun!!!

First,  lets announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)

The winner of the Love Grows Layer Cake from  Fat Quarter Shop  is . . .  Number #95 . . .   Congrats mangozz !!!   I have emailed you :) 
    
 

        
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    Did you know that Jamie makes a new Lou Lou Bundle every Tuesday . . . here is the latest called Pink Love is in the Air, isn't it just stunning!!!  I just love all of Jamie's bundles!!!  And be sure to check out the Sale Section over at Lou Lou's Fabric Shop as well.  There are some amazing deals there!!!



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!!  Just perfect!!!!



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 the weather is like in your neck of the woods???   (It snowed all day yesterday, and suddenly we are in a Winter Wonderland :)    

 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, January 29th  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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Friday, January 18, 2019

Scrappy Fabric Wreaths - 3 Finishes and a Tutorial

Hi there quilting friends!!!  Today I am super excited to share with you my new Scrappy Fabric Wreath's.  These are so much fun to make and the possibilities are endless.  I have already made 3, and am thinking of at least 10 more fabric combinations so I can rotate them on the front door each month :)   And the best thing about them, they are a fantastic way to use up scraps!!! 


And if it is one thing we quilters have in spades, it's scraps!!!   I decided to start out with a Valentine's Day wreath, since it is just around the corner, so these are my pink and red buckets ;)   I find it helpful to store my scraps by colors.


So let's get into how to make this wreath!!!

STEP 1 - CUTTING

Now, this is where I saved some serious time.   For each wreath, you need approximately.(350)  1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips.  We all know, cutting scraps takes more time and is more tedious than cutting yardage,  but of course,  we still want to use them :)  And since I got my new AccuQuilt GO!, (that I wrote about back here) I can't stop thinking of ways to use it to cut up my scraps, which is good, because I have a lot of them!!!   So I was delighted to find that AccuQuilt made a 1 1/2" Strip Cutter Die that can be used in my Go! Machine


CUTTING USING SCRAPS - So I just took scraps and stacked them on top of the die being sure to line them up with the lines of the die, which are easy to see ;)  I didn't worry about the size of the scrap, just stacked the larger ones first, and then the smaller ones on top of them.  You can stack up to 6 layers and if you have large prints (like the text one) you can always fan fold them.


Then a quick pass through the GO! Machine to cut all of the strips.  Now this is something new I learned from this little AccuQuilt video is to slide your mat off, so that all your pieces stay aligned on the die.


Then just slide your strips onto the mat, discarding the little bits of leftover scraps at the top and bottom of the die.   I just align these up in rows to make them simple to sub-cut.    And remember, these are strips for a wreath, so you don't have to worry about them being perfectly laid out, just straight is good ;)


Then simply use a 6 1/2" ruler aligned on your strips, and sub-cut all of the strips in a row to 1 1/2" x 6 1/2".  Because they are stacked and aligned, you can cut a ton of strips all at once as shown.


And just continue rolling scraps through your GO! Machine using the 1 1/2" Strip Cutter Die until you have approximately (350) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips.  And just so you don't have to count all of those strips, if you stack up all your strips, it should measure close to 3 1/2" high ;)     And these are all set for a Valentines Day Wreath.  But you all know, I couldn't stop at just one Wreath ;)


CUTTING USING QUILT BACK LEFTOVERS -  I realized, one of the craziest scraps that I try and figure out what to do with are the leftovers from my quilt backs.  Ya know, the four sides that you trim off and are a little crazy wonky.   And you think, I could use these for a binding strip, but there is never enough for a whole quilt.   Well, I figured, what better thing to use them for, than tiny strips!!!   So I grabbed a rainbow of Quilt Back Leftovers (which is awesome because they take up to much room in the scrap drawers and made a little more noticeable dent :) and figured they would make a great Birthday Wreath!!!



And these are simple to stack on the 1 1/2" Strip Cutter Die.  Just fan fold them long ways back and forth over the die lines.  Then run them through the GO! Machine simple as that.


And just like before, slide your mat off, and align the strips onto your cutting mat and then sub cut all your long strips into 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips.  These were so fast to cut!!!


And just like that, I had a rainbow of strips.  I did about 60 or just over a 1/2" stacked up of each color.  And isn't that rainbow just to fun!!!  And I am just thrilled to use those quilt back leftovers!!!


CUTTING USING YARDAGE -   And of course, if you don't save scraps, you can always just cut the strips from yardage.  And it is going to be so super fast and easy.  Just simply fan fold your yardage on the 1 1/2" Strip Cutter Die, keeping it folded the way it comes off the bolt as shown. Then just run it through the  GO! Machine.


And again, slide your mat off, and align the strips onto your cutting mat and then sub cut all your long strips into 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips.  These were so fast to cut!!!  You can get (72) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips per 1/2 yard.  So where I was wanting to make a 2 print wreath, I used 1 1/4 yards of each of the two prints to make 360 strips.


So there's a quick run down on the cutting.  However and whatever your choose to cut, (if you had some leftover Honey Buns they work great for this too!!!)  in the end, you want to have approximately (350) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips. 

STEP 2 - TYING THE WREATH

So now with your strips all cut, you are ready to tie your wreath!!!  You will need a simple wreath frame.  These can be found in lots of stores.  I have seen them in my local Craft Store, Wal-Mart, and I actually found these at the Dollar Store.  Sweet!!!  My frame is a 14" circle, so if yours is a little smaller, you can use less strips, and a little larger, obviously will need more strips ;)  So let's start Tying that Valentine's Day Wreath!!!


TYING USING A SINGLE KNOT - The simplest way that results in the "fluffiest" wreath is just tying a single knot.   Fold a strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.  You don't have to press this or anything, it just helps to show off more of the prints and less of the wrong side.   Then tie the folded strip onto the inner ring of the frame with a single knot.  (ya know the one you use to start tying your shoes.)


Keep tying strips to the inner ring.  There are 6 sections in the frame and I find it easiest to just move all the way around the circle, alternating colors randomly.


Once you have finished tying the first ring, you can move outward.  I found it easiest to tie the second ring and third ring at the same time as it made it easier to deal with all of the other strips in the "way".   I like to tie 4-5 strips onto the second ring, and then 4-5 on the third ring, and just alternate back and forth until you have tied all the way around the second and third ring.  And if a few strips wind up in the back of the wreath, no worries.  Well poke them all out at the end.  For now, just worry about tying.


Then, all that is left is that outer fourth ring.  Just push that third ring out of the way a bit, and tie around the outside ring.  These will tend to want to flip backwards a lot, but no worries, we will fix that at the end.



And once you have gone all the way around the outer ring, you can now poke out all of those little "flipped" strips.  I found the easiest way to do this was to wedge my fingers through the rings from the back around each of the four rings.   This just pushed out all of the strips to the front.   Then flip it over and "fluff" it from the front.


And just like that, you have a beautiful Scrappy Fabric Wreath!!!    Isn't that just so fun!!!!  And it used up a ton of fabric scraps, double bonus!!!   How great is this going to look on the front door February!!!



TYING USING A DOUBLE KNOT - And since I couldn't stop at cutting out strips for 1 wreath, I figured I can share a few alternate ways of making your wreath.   If you have a screen door and don't want your wreath to get "flattened" you can always use a Double Knot.  It will also make your knots more secure.


So when tying, rather than just tying one knot, do two, making a square knot.   You remember, right over left and then left over right.   The red strip below is a single and the orange is a double.  you can see the difference it makes.   The double knot will be shorter but have a fun "bunchy" look to it.


So it's just like before, do the inner ring first and then continue out doing the second and third ring together and then on to the fourth ring.    For this wreath, we just alternated the fabrics in rainbow color order.


My daughter was tying this wreath and decided when she got to the fourth ring that she was done.   And that's always another option and gives you a wire to hang the wreath on.   So if you run out of strips, or just get tired of tying, you can always just do the inner three rings.   Once you are done tying, pop out all your strip sets as shown before. 



And you will have a cute little bunchy Scrappy Fabric Wreath and we even already had a birthday at our house to use it for!!!   Nothing says Happy Birthday like a rainbow of scrappy goodness, right!!!


TYING USING A SLIP KNOT - And finally, a last variation on tying your knot, and this one is fun, because it gives you three options for different looking wreaths at the end.


So again, start by folding the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.  Then look the the strip behind the inner frame as shown below.


Now simply feed the tail ends of the strip through the loop created at the bend of the strip wrapping it around the inner frame.


Pull tight and you have a cute little slip knot.  If you have a crochet hook, it can make it a little easier than using your fingers, but ya, kind of crazy, but I couldn't find a crochet hook in my house ;)   But it is also pretty easy to do with your just your fingers.


I alternated my two Christmas prints.  And just like before, Inner circle first.  Although different from before, this one I found easier to do all of the second ring, and then all of the third ring.  Where you can just turn all of the slip knots inwards, that don't tend to get in the way very much.


And here is where the fun is.   Once you have all of your strips tied on, you can leave the strip sets pointed inward and the wreath will look like this.


Or use that little finger poking trick to point all of the strips straight up, and the wreath will look like this.


Or you can go all the way, and spin the slip knots all the way, pointing all of the strip sets outwards like this.   Whichever way you like it, they all make for a super adorable Scrappy Fabric wreath!!!  And now I am all set for next Christmas :)




And that's how they are done!!!!    Scrappy Fabric Wreaths that are super fun and super fast.   And of course, you can make them for any holiday or occasion.  Just pull out the coordinating fabric scraps and away you go.    I think I need to make one for Easter next ;)   And they make you feel so great when you are done because you have just busted more fabric scraps, yippee!!! 


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make your own Scrappy Fabric Wreath I would love to see it!!  You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  or or add it to my flickr group here ;)  I can't wait to see your Scrappy Fabric Wreaths!!!

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

Linking up these finishes to Sarah's and Myra's ;) 
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

January Bee Block and a Bee Looking String Block!!

This month's bee block is for Lori, and she was so sweet, she sent us one of her works in progress, as in, the fabric came with the HST's already made.   So ya, I had this cute HST diamond block put together in no time.   Which I have to say Lori, Thank You!!!   January has been crazy and it was a relief to have a bee block that could be turned around quickly ;)


And speaking of that crazy busy, I know I have promised a tutorial on Selvages and Selvage Stars.    I just made another star yesterday to get one more "practice" in and I wrote down the helpful little tidbits while making it.   So I will get pictures this weekend and share that next week!!!   And isn't the yellow block just fun, with the dark background, it reminds me of a Bee :) 


And speaking of tutorials, I have a fun new project and tutorial to share tomorrow, so be sure to pop back in ;)   I can't wait!!!

I hope you all  have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day, so let's have some fun!!!

First,  lets announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)

The winner of the Regency Ballycastle Jelly Roll from  Green Fairy Quilts  is . . .  Number #53 . . .   Congrats Cecilia!!!   I have emailed you :) 
    

        
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop is amazing and they never cease to amaze me with everything they have going on at their shop!!!     And if you follow around here, you know about Fat Quarter Shop's awesome Sew Sampler Subscription box, but did did you know they have a Box just for Valentine's Day!!! It's called The Cupid Box and you are so going to want to scoop one of these up before they are gone!!! 



And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a sweet Love Grows Layer Cake by Deb Strain for Moda to one lucky winner!!! Isn't this just so perfect for next month.  Just in time to make something special for a special someone!!! 



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 one thing you Love about Quilting!!  (it's hard to pick 1, I know :)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube 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 Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, January 22nd, 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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