Friday, March 22, 2019

In Love with Moda Love!!!

So I shared a couple weeks back how I decided to jump in and sew along with the Moda Love Sew Along!!!   I knew I really didn't need a new project at the time, but I have always wanted to make this Moda Love Pattern  ever since it was first released, and the Sew Along was the perfect excuse to join in.  And I have to say, I am so, so, so glad I did!!!!   This quilt is so much fun to make.   I think it will quickly become one of those "go to" patterns when you need a quilt fast.   And don't let this picture trick you, this was made with Layer Cake pieces, and finishes at 72" square.   Perfect for those quick wedding or graduation gifts ;) 


And my original plan was not to make 2 quilts.   But I knew I wanted to make the first one in classic Red/White/and Black.   So I grabbed my stashed layer cake of  Shades of Black by Me and My Sister Designs from 2013 (yes, It had been stashed for a little bit :)  and started with the blacks and whites.  But I didn't want to include the grey squares and needed just a few more black/white prints.   So then I remembered I had a half a Layer Cake left over from another project of Authentic Ect. by Sweetwater .  Perfect!!!   But then I had a few Green Squares, Solid White Squares,  and the aforementioned Grey Squares left.   And I didn't want them all to end up in the scrap buckets (those are already overflowing) and so ya, a Second Moda Love quilt came to be.   And I just love it!!!!


Again, I didn't mind piecing two at all, because these are really, really fun to make.  I think it was just what my little creative heart needed in the midst of a little craziness.  Just something fun and fast that I didn't need to think to much about and could just enjoy the process of stitching away.   Now, it's time to make some backs and get these two quilted up.  They will be ready for gifting in no time ;)


And if you want to try out the Moda Love Pattern and join in the Sew Along, you can download it for free right here.    The Pattern has 3 sets of instructions.   So you can make a big 72" square one like me using Layer Cakes, or make a 32" quilt using Charm Packs, or even a cute little mini finishing at 12" using Mini Charm Packs.   Whatever you decide to make, you are sure to have lots of fun!!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Decades Past for the Poppie Cottons Fabric Blog Tour

I was so very excited when my wonderful friends Jina and Lori announced that they were starting a fabric company and thrilled when they asked if I wanted to participate in Prairie Sisters Fabric Blog Tour to celebrate their first fabric line!!!  And I knew right away that I wanted to make up a new quilt design with a classic feel but of course, adding a contemporary twist.  Just the perfect for these beautiful Prairie Sisters Fabric !!   And here it is ;)  I am calling it Decade's Past!!


 I just loving working with Poppie Cottons!!!  These Prairie Sisters Fabric are so pretty and have a great hand.  They were just so fun to sew with! :)   When I first saw the line, I just fell in love.   The beautiful prints and colors just have such a rich feeling of country goodness.   They really do transport you to a Prairie and make you want to just slow everything down and enjoy the moment of sewing.   Which is exactly what I did.


As I mentioned, when designing thie quilt, I wanted it to to have a rich classic feel, just like the fabric.  I loved the idea of taking the classic Granny Square Center and changing it up a bit.  So I played with the layout, making it a single Granny Square, and then adding a "border" to the block to create the double X shape :)  And I just love it.   And that is also where the Decades Past name came from.  I figured if X is a Decade, and these fabrics take me back to times of slower living as I mentioned . . .  well Decades Past :)  


And I am excited to say, that I just loved this design so much, that Decades Past will become the next pattern in my Happy Quilting Pattern line!!!!   I have plans to make it in 4 size options and two block sizes.   It is going to be so awesome.   (and when it is released, it will be on sale, just sayin :)  


But as I said, I really was enjoying the moment of sewing with these, and ya know, life happened all around me, so the pattern will be coming "soon".  Obviously, this Decades Past needs to be quilted, so the plan is to have the quilt finish and the pattern release together ;)    In the mean time, I just plan on enjoying these beautiful Decades Past quilt top and how these Prairie Sisters fabric just make it pop!!!


Thank you so much to Jina and Lori for allowing me to play with these fantastic Poppie Cottons fabrics!!!   And for more Prairie  Sister's fun, be sure to Hop over to the Poppie Cottons blog  to check out more blogger goodies from this awesome fabric blog tour :)



Thanks for popping in today and every day.  I am just so grateful to have this space to share my love of quilting!!!

Have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, March 19, 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 $25.00 Gift Certificate from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . . Number #12 . . .Congrats Barbara Woods!!!   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 did you know that every month, Fat Quarter Shop has a Basic of the Month  with 20% off all month long.   Great way to stock up!!!   And you can use your basics to make a Piece, Love, and Quilting project and enter in Fat Quarter Shop's Worldwide Quilt Day Contest ;)  It is such a cute pattern, and you could win some awesome prizes!!!




And speaking of prizes and basics,  For today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a sweet Fresh Solids Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky winner!!! Isn't this just so perfect for Spring!!!  I know that I for one, could use a little spring goodness around here and this would make up the cutest Spring project :)  




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 any new projects planned for Spring??

 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, March 26th, 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, March 15, 2019

Threadology QAL - Churn Dash Blocks

It's the fifteenth so I am back with the fourth block release of the Threadology Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!  And today's blocks are Churn Dash blocks, and they are just so great!!!!  I just love getting to make a mix of classic blocks in this quilt along ;)


So here are my 3 of the large blocks.  You might recall from my first post, I am doing a different setting that will use 3 Large an 6 Small blocks of each.   These Churn Dash blocks are so fun and fast to make. Just a few HST's and some strip piecing, and then it's just like making a nine patch.   So fun :)   And I really loved the mix of Bonnie and Camille fabrics in these.   They really make that little Churn pop ;)  


So are you joining in the Threadology 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 Make a Wish Foundation :)  This is Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL and $14,000 in funds have already been raised on the way to the $20,000 that Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match.  So let's help them reach that goal ;)  


And while making your blocks . . .  like always, Fat Quarter Shop has made an awesome  You Tube video tutorial that walk you through making this month's blocks and you can count on Kimberly sharing some helpful hints :)




Be sure to share all of your Threadology progress on social media with #threadologyquiltalong and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Block 4 for lots more Churn Dash Block Inspiration!!!


And that's it for the fourth block in the Threadology Quilt Along!!!!   I will be back on the first  of April with the next block.  So fun!!!  So what do you say, wan't to come Threadology Quilting Along??  You are going to have so much fun!!!

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Progress on my Works in Progress ;)

So on Friday I shared my over-brimming amount of Works In Progress.  We'll I am pleased as punch to say that I have been stitching up a storm, and have made some serious progress. 
Remember that beautiful stack of Poppie Cotton's new Prairie Sisters Fabric that I shared.  (that was still in Fat Quarters).   Well, here is a sneak peek at the finished blocks!!!   Yup, that was quite a bit of stitching over the last few days, but I am super excited with these blocks, and can't wait to put them into the quilt and share it for the Prairie Sisters Fabric Blog Tour next Wednesday ;)


And I also shared two other stacks of Layer Cakes for the  Moda Love sew-along . . . well, in the past few days the HST's were made, trimmed, and put into the quilt layout.   I even managed to sew and press the rows together.  Only 14 seams left and these two quilt tops will be done!!   And I have to say, they look pretty awesome in all their big piecing glory ;)  And on a side note, does anyone else use their banister to store pieced and pressed rows.  It really is a great place to keep them from getting wrinkled.  And yes, I am grateful for children and a spouse who understand there is fabric all over the house and it shouldn't be touched, tee hee hee. 


And finally, I managed to finish up my Back to Basics quilt blocks that I shared back here.  I am making this quilt for a Charity Auction at UQSM, where I will be teaching at the beginning of May.    I am just loving the way the black makes these Jen Kingwell fabrics pop.   I have only ever done 1 other quilt with a black background, and I loved it every bit as much as I am loving this.   More Black Backgrounds in the future for sure!!!


I also pressed my Gretel Fabrics but haven't gotten to cutting them out yet.  But it is next on the list to do ;)   I am off to teach tomorrow at the Desert Gems Quilt Show and then am going up the Mountain on Friday, so there won't be much sewing on those days, but the weekend is fast approaching, and we don't have any plans.   Sounds like a great time to be Happy Quilting!!! 

So how about you . . . any progress on your works in progress you want to share??  Just leave me a comment on what your working on :)  
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Tuesday, March 12, 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 Cheeky Jelly Roll from Green Fairy Quilts is . . . Number #252 . . .Congrats Cary!!!   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 has a Daily Deal, where you can get amazing prices on have to have fabric!!!  You are going to want to check these out!!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is also offering all Happy Quilting readers has a special discount of  25% off  factory Fat Quarter Bundles with the code Bundle good until Friday!!!  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!!  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 is the best job you have ever had??  (For me, it is for sure this whole quilting thing!!!)

 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, March 19th  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, March 11, 2019

Jessica's Qube Sampler - Blocks 4, 5, & 6 on the Way

You might recall, my daughter Jessica is working on a GO! Qube Sampler.   We have been working on squeezing in a little sewing time, which can sometimes be difficult to have free time for both of us, at the same time :)  But I just love how excited she gets to pick out a new block to work on!!      And since is using my Go! Qube Dies she has a lot of options on blocks.  And she certainly doesn't shy away from the ones with more pieces ;)   So I wanted to show them here so you all can share in my delight of her continued progress.

This is the Mosiac #6 block from the GO! Qube Book, and we laughed that it should have been the sixth block she did, but it's all good.   This one had a lot of points to match, and she did a great job with that.   I love that the GO! Qube  dies have all of the corners clipped on these angled pieces, it makes it much easier for Jessica to line them up.   And I just love her fabric choices.  She is really great at picking a main fabric, and then choosing other fabrics from the block that bring out the colors in the main fabric.  So fun!!! 


Her Block 5 is the Flashing Windmills from the Go! Qube Book.  And on this bock, Jessica decided she wanted to try it "on her own" without any help from me.   I stayed in "mom" range so that I could answer he questions, but she wasn't going to let me touch a piece of fabric to aid in aligning or pinning.  And I think she did amazing!!!   She had a few points that weren't quite so crisp, but learned a lot, and that is what really counts. And as soon as she was done, she wanted to cut out another block, which was a good sign to me that mom's hands off didn't scare her away :)



So this is the 6th block she cut the other day, and I will be interested to see if she wants to go back to a little more mom guidance, or if she is going to keep that spirit of "I can" and do it all on her own.    I know I am hoping for the latter, but of course, will be there to assist in any way I can.   I am just thrilled that she is loving this.  If she can master these shapes in quilting, then she has a great base ;)   And once she has this down, we can add some more shapes and angles to the mix, and that is always fun.   


I keep hoping to make a little more time to work on more blocks, but life happens.   I guess I just to remind myself to be grateful for the time that we get to sew together, and truly, it is so wonderful.   I'll keep sharing more of Jessica's Qube Sampler blocks as she sews them up!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Friday, March 8, 2019

11 Might be To Many???

So here I am, starting some more New Projects ;)   Which is always a fun thing, but I might be getting a little out of control.   I noticed this morning that I now have 11 bindings ready for finished quilts.   That means I have 11 current WIP's with shorter deadlines.  I don't make the bindings first for my longer "just enjoy the process" projects as it throws me off, which is good, as I have about 4-5 of those too, tee hee hee.   So ya, I think it is time to buckle down and start making some finishes.  The good new is, 2 of these are quilt tops ready to be quilted, 3 are quilt blocks ready to be sewn into a quilt top, and 2 are projects that have quite a bit of piecing done.   There are only these 4 brand new ones :)


I am so super excited to be a part of  Poppie Cotton's new Prairie Sisters Fabric Blog Tour.   Poppie Cotton is a new fabric company started by my good friend Jina Barney and Lori Woods.  Their fabrics are just beautiful and are wonderful to sew with.   To see more of the Prairie Sisters Fabric Blog Tour check out the Poppie Cotton Blog.  I will be sharing my project on March 20th, and I can't wait. 


And then I was asked by another wonderful friend if I wanted to do a little secret sewing :)   And of course, I love a little secret sewing and since I don't have to keep this one secret for to long, I was all in.  For this project I am using these adorable Gretel Fabrics from my wonderful friend Amy Smart!!  And I am glad I don't have to keep this project secret for to long, because with these adorable fabrics, I just now it is going to be so cute, and I can't wait to share more!! 



And with all of that, I couldn't help but jump in on the Moda Love sew-along.  I know, I really don't need another project, and I am late to the game, but I have had this pattern saved since it first came out and always wanted to make it.   And so the other day I pulled out some stashed layer cakes and starting mixing two.   Yup, this project to make a Moda Love quilt, turned into 2 Moda Love quilts :)   But these are going to be super fast to sew up, right ;) 


And as I am writting this post, I just got word that I had a magazine submission accepted.  So fun!!!  So I guess that makes 12 :)    It is going to be a weekend full of petal to the metal kind of stitching!!!

I hope you all have a very Happy (and hopefully productive) Quilting Weekend!!!
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Tuesday, March 5, 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 Slice Rug Pattern, as well as their Choice of one Jelly Roll to make it with from Shabby Fabrics is . . . Number #188 . . .Congrats Jasmine Stiers !!!   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 every weekend on a selected pre-cut or notion!!!  And did you know that Green Fairy Quilts has a Deal of The Day!!!   Be sure to check those out for some major quilting savings!!!


And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts will be giving one lucky reader a Cheeky Jelly Roll by Urban Chicks for Moda!!  I love this line and it will make the cutest project.  Such happy colors, makes me want Spring to come ;)  
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 day of the week??

 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, March 12th 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, March 4, 2019

Upcoming Teaching Times!!!!

I think one of my most favorite parts of getting involved in this amazing industry is the opportunity I have to teach and share my passion for quilting with fellow quilting friends ;) I know, I say it every time I get home from a retreat, but  I just love it.    And I am super excited, because in two months, I have the opportunity to teach at a new venue.    I was pleased as punch to be asked by Jina and Mona, the owners of the new UQSM (formerly known as HQSM) to come and teach for them!!!  So here is a quick rundown just in case you happen to be in the Salt Lake area.     

UQSM on May 1 - May 4, 2019 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy UT

I will be teaching 4 classes and hosting a Trunk Show at this amazing Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace Retreat!!!  It is going to be so much fun!!!  I will be teaching my Pave the Way Class on Thursday afternoon, and my Corkscrew Class on Thursday evening.   Then on Friday morning I will be teaching my Playground Picnic Class, followed by a Trunk Show that afternoon, and finally, my Petal Pop Class that Friday evening.    Yup, it is going to be 2 very busy days, but I know it is going to be so great!!!  I just love teaching these classes!!  I can't wait and maybe I will see you there!!!      



And this is just one teaching venue for this year.   If you want to see other places I will be teaching, just click on the  Teaching/Events tab at the top of the page ;)   I am mostly in Utah, but I do travel outside the state as well, and hopefully at some point, I will be somewhere near by you :)

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting day!!!!
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Friday, March 1, 2019

Desert Rose - New Finishes and a New Pattern!!!

I am super excited this morning to (finally) share my newest Quilt Pattern in the Happy Quilting pattern lineup ;)   It is called Desert Rose and I just love it!!!   I originally worked on this quilt way back here, and decided I wanted to tweak the design a bit before making it into a pattern.  I love the changes and still loved the name so I kept it.   And now it's ready to share and I am just thrilled!!! 


The pattern can be found  found in my Etsy Shop,  and like all my new Pattern Releases, It is on Special!!!!  This week Desert Rose will be marked down to $5.50!!! After that, it will be marked at the regular pattern price of $8.50 :)


This quilt is great for teaching some wonderful basic building blocks and even though it looks like a crazy amount of piecing, it really goes together fast once your basic units are done.   And with the blocks finishing at 20" square, you can really make a big quilt in a little amount of time ;)  


This version of Desert Rose is made using Sunnyside Up fabrics by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.    I love the happy and bright rainbow of colors in this line and that Corey designed so many of the fabrics in the line to really read one color.  It really makes the design just pop and you can see every little bit of the piecing.  I just love that!!


And when it came time to quilt it I wanted to highlight that piecing all the more.  So I opted not to quilt on any of the print fabric to really make it stand out all the more.   Then I went to town on the bacgkround fabric.   Small swirls, feathers, and pebbles really added to this design.   And my Pearl 402 So Fine thread blended perfectly into the background leaving amazing texture.  It really is my go to quilting color ;)  


And that is my new Desert Rose quilt!!!!  I am just head over heals with this finish and am so excited to be able to share this design in pattern form.   So let me tell you a bit more about the pattern ;)


Like all my patterns, Desert Rose has size options so you can make the quilt size that fits you ;)  You will find 4 size options, a Baby, Picnic, Twin, and a Queen size.  And it is Fat Quarter friendly, so it is easy to just grab some and get cutting!


And I had so much fun making the first quilt, I just couldn't stop and decided to make up a baby version as well :)   And isn't it just to cute for words!!!!
  

I used 4 pink prints from Dandi-Annie fabric by Robin Pickens for Moda Fabrics and then I combined them with my favorite Gris Grey Grunge background.   I just love pink and grey together, it makes for such a shabby chic combination ;)  


And since you only have to make 4 blocks for a baby size, this quilt went together in no time at all.   It really makes a big statement for a new little one ;)


I quilted this version of Desert Rose in an all over loose feather design.   This really is becoming a favorite all over design.  It is so fun and fast.  Still so grateful for Rebecca for sharing how she does this!!!   



 And that's the baby version of Desert Rose.   So just a reminder, like all my patterns, this is a full color pattern that can be printed in either page format or book format.  It is filled with lots of wonderful illustrations to guide you along each step of the way.   You are going to have so much fun putting this together ;)  And of course,  if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me ;)  



So that's all of it!!!  My two new Desert Rose quilts and the new Desert Rose pattern!!!!  Again, the pattern can be found in my Etsy Shop and will be on special for $5.50 all this week ;)

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!



Linking up these finishes to Sarah's and Myra's :)

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