Friday, June 14, 2019

Threadology Quilt Along Finish and Auction!!!

Well it's that time. . . The Threadology Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop is coming to a close and that means finished quilts!!!!   I absolutely love this part of a Quilt Along, seeing everyone's finishes is just so much fun :)    This has been such an amazing event to be a part of and I just love that it was all for such a wonderful cause!!  


My quilt finished at 72" x 72" as I did a different layout with more blocks which I described in this post.    This alternating block layout really turned out to be a fun way to mix and match all of those blocks in the two different sizes.   And I just love all of the happy colors and prints.  I used bits and pieces from several Bonnie and Camille fabric lines (including Handmade, Hello Darling, Little Ruby, and Daysail)  and I just love how they all blend in a wonderful harmony across the quilt.   


And when it came time to quilt it, I went all out ;)   I did tiny pebble quilting in all of the white space on the quilt to give the quilt lots of texture and help each of the block designs stand out.  Then I quilted each block in it's own little design using petals, feathers, loops, L and E's, arches, wavy lines, cross hatching, and ribbon candy.  It was so much fun to quilt and while it took a while, it was so worth it :)    


My favorite 402 Pearl So Fine thread blended perfectly on all of the prints and really made the texture of those pebbles just pop.    And that texture really makes each block stand out, which had me doing a major happy dance.  I am just thrilled with how it all came out and ya, basically I just love it!!! I just wanted to run my hands across the quilt top for days feeling all of that wonderful quilting texture. 


But I only had a few days for that because this quilt needed to put in the mail to head to my friends at Fat Quarter Shop because . . .  Surprise Surprise . . .  I decided to Auction this quilt off along with Pat Sloan's to raise even more funds for the amazing Make a Wish Foundation :)  


Yup, that's right.  This quilt is now being Auctioned right over here, and all of the proceeds will go to the Make a Wish Foundation.  And can I tell you how much that just warms my heart.  I love that I can use my passion for quilting to help others, it just doesn't get any better than that ;)   



And that is my Threadology Quilt!!!!   And now it's your turn to finish yours and I can't wait to see it!!!   And if you are quilting along with the Threadology fun you can download the backing pattern right here and it is requested for each pattern you download to donate $5.00  to the Make a Wish Foundation :)    And wow, you all have been so awesome donating!!! 


And be sure to share your Threadology Quilts on social media with #threadologyquiltalong and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for lots more finished Threadology Quilts and Details on the Quilt Auction!!!!   Eeee , I just love seeing all of these beautiful finishes!!! 

And that's it for the Threadology Quilt Along!!!!  I am so glad that I was able to participate in this wonderful Threadology Quilting Along and I am already looking forward to next year's Charity Quilt Along.  It's going to be hard to wait 6 months to see what the new design will look like, but I know it is going to be amazing and totally worth the wait ;)  

Thanks for popping in today and each and every day ;)   I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

4 Surrounded Blocks

This last weekend I was in Panguitch teaching at the Panguitch Quilt Walk.  I am still working on my class photo's so I will be sharing those next week, but today I wanted to share some of what I worked on in between classes.   I made 4 Surrounded Blocks from Lissa Alexander's book Oh, Scrap! and I am just so loving them!!!!


You might recall, I stared this project way back here, when I made my first surrounded block for the Oh Scrap! Blog Hop.   I knew then that this was a quilt that I was going to love making!!!  I love all of the low volume goodness, and boy did I have a stash of it building up.   And then after it being in the back of my mind for about a yea , I got serious about getting this project cut out.  And boy oh boy, that was a lot of cutting :)   But I knew that was the hurdle that needed to be jumped and why it had been just sitting in my mind for so long.   And I was thrilled when I cut the last few pieces because I knew then, it was going to made!!!!  I figured it would be the perfect next Leader and Ender project as soon as I finish up my Scraptastic Stars.


But as I went to pack up for Panguitch, I realized I didn't really have another project to piece on.   I have lots of need to be quilted, and a bunch of new need to be cut, but I finished all of those in between ones ;)  So I threw in my box of Surrounded pieces and figured I could work on it a bit here and there.    And that was all it took to get me hooked ;)


I managed to piece 4 blocks while I was at the retreat between my classes.   And that doesn't sound like a lot of blocks, but with 97 Pieces per block I was feeling really good about that!!!   I decided this is an awesome retreat project.  It is just so fun to make each block one at a time and get the thrill of seeing it come together.   It's totally getting thrown in the car every time I travel to sew now ;)


I just love each and every block.   I am so glad that I took the time to cut out all of those tiny pieces so now I can just sew and sew.   And the other awesome part about these blocks,  now I can sit and play eye spy with all of those fun low volumes.  Each one reminds me of another project they were in and that just makes me smile from ear to ear.


And speaking of smiling,  the most exciting part of my sewing time at retreat was that I wasn't sewing alone!!!  Jessica came along and I was thrilled she wanted to come see what retreats are all about!!   She set herself up in the corner of my classroom and went to town :)   I can't wait to share what she worked on.  She only has 4 blocks left that she plans to finish up this weekend, and then it is going on the design wall.  Pictures Coming Soon!!!! 


Thanks for popping in today and I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

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

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)

The winner of the Little Tree Jolly Bar  from  Fat Quarter Shop is . . .  Number #190 . . .   Congrats Deb E!!!   I have emailed you :)   

***   And Something Special This Week - Fat Quarter Shop is Celebrating it's Sweet 16th Birthday with 5 Days of Special Flash Sales!!!  You won't want to miss these.  (I might have already filled a cart today ;)   So pop on over and join in the 16 Year Celebration!!!!! *****

 

        
And on to today's


Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!!   Shabby Fabrics has an amazing selection of Fabrics and  so many cute BOM's and Clubs!!!  And don't forget, Shabby Fabrics  also has an amazing  Clearance Section, you are sure to find some amazing deals, and have also just added a whole bunch of Quilt Kits on sale as well!!  Super fun!!!   
  

And for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway  Shabby Fabrics is giving one lucky winner a $30.00 Gift Certificate!!!!!   Now the winner can get just what they have been wishing for, and maybe a little something to help welcome Spring ;)


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 about your favorite Birthday Party??

 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, June 18th 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, June 7, 2019

Dashing Duos - American Patchwork and Quilting

Today I am excited to share a secret finish that I made at the beginning of this year and it has been so hard to keep it a secret because I just love it!!!   It's a twist on the classic Churn Dash block and you can probably see how that twist gave the quilt it's name, Dashing Duos ;)

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
 ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Dashing Duos is featured in American Patchwork and Quilting's August 2019 issue and it is hitting Quilt Shops everywhere today!!!! .   The issue is filled with lots of wonderful quilts that are fun, fast, and some even a little scrappy.   I am honored to be among so many amazing quilters and thrilled to be published in APQ for the first time. 

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
 ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.


Dashing Duos finishes at 70" x 70" so it is a great size to snuggle up with a good book or lay out under the sun :)    It is Fat Eight Friendly and goes together quick thanks to some strip piecing :)   I just love taking a classic block and seeing how it can be spun to create something that looks all new.   And the Double Churn Dash has quickly become a new favorite block of mine.   I also had a lot of fun playing with the subtle secondary designs created with the black and white prints.  It just makes those happy colors pop all the more ;)   


And those happy colors and beautiful prints are from Lella Botique's   Lollipop Garden fabrics.   You know she had me at the purple right ;)    But they truly are just a wonderful array of the rainbow that just makes you want to smile.   And I loved getting to pick out each and every 2 color fabric combination when I started this quilt.   So, so, so much fun!!!   


When it came time to quilt it, I decided on some Bubble Swirls.   I just love how it adds all of that curvy goodness to all of the straight piecing.  And of course, I used my 402 Pearl because it just blended perfectly with all of the prints and disappeared in the background.   


But even if the threads disappeared, the texture certainly doesn't.   Isn't that just so yummy!!!  It was hard to pack this one up and ship it off because I just wanted to keep petting it ;)   I just love quilting texture!!!


And like I said, this quilt really is oh so much fun to make and goes together really fast.  One of the things I always find myself saying when I am teaching is Fun and Fast and this is just that!!!   Eee, it just makes me itch to make another Dashing Duos . . . How cute would it be in Americana!!!   The 4th of July is quickly approaching ;)  

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
 ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.


And that is my Dashing Duos Quilt!!! I hope you love it just as much as I do ;) And if you make your own, I would love to see it!!!   You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or add it to my flickr group here or post it to social media with  #happyquiltingwithmc ;)  I can't wait to see your Dashing Duos Quilts!!!

And that's all for the weekend!!!  I am teaching at the Panguitch Quilt Walk this weekend so I will have lots of fun to share next week!!!

 I hope that you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend :)
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

May Sew Sampler Box!!!

So I know it is June, but May's Sew Sampler Box came a little late last month, and I didn't want to share the reveal until everyone had a chance to get their box :)  And what an awesome box it was!!!  The theme for this month's Sew Sampler Box is Bobbin" 4 Apples and it is just filled with quilting goodness!!!


First off, I was thrilled to find an entire bundle of Orchard Fat Eighths by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics!!!  I love everything April's Designs and these Orchard Prints are no exception!!!  I love the the happy colors and adorable prints.   So fun!!!  And how cute is this Apple Crisp quilt design to use the bundle on.   I think I want to add one more set of triangles on the sides and make it square, and then maybe a border to make it a good lap size.   So cute!!! 


And fun notions this month!!  First off, the Triangles on a Roll paper for making those giant HST's in the Apple Crisp pattern.  I just love when they include everything I need to make the pattern.   And then a beautiful Bohin Sewing Needle Book and awesome Clover Fork Pins.  I have never tried fork pins, but in class I have had students that just love them!!!  And you know, a quilter can never have enough needles and pins!!!!


And I was thrilled that this month's Goodness Grows block included applique!!!  You all know how much I love to do Machine Applique.   And while I am not using the Goodness Grows quilt  kit, I am using Sugar Creek which is Corey Yoder's next line and lucky for me, the Goodness Grows Thread Set made for the kit is still a perfect match for Sugar Creek!!!  So I had to get that :)  I love how the Aurifil 80wt thread is so fine it just blends away on the applique.  So pretty!!!  And those adorable wooden spools are pretty awesome too!!! 


And here is the second block block, Branch Out!!!  Isn't is just so great!!! I really, really, really love those patchwork strawberries ;)    And I might have also got that adorable Felt Letter Board.  (not in the Sew Sampler box, but awesome none the less)  I have been wanting one for some time and I was thrilled to finally get one!!! 


And that is my May  Sew Sampler box  :)   And now there is even less days to wait for my June Box to arrive.  Gotta love a silver lining :)

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!! 
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

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

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)

The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from  The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co is . . .  Number #28 . . .   Congrats Joybeth54!!!   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 they have a 24 Hour Flash Sale every day with 2 Flash Sales on Tuesdays!!   And not only do they have a daily deal, they have a Basic Fabric of the Month!!!!    And it's a Brand new month June is all about Grunge!!   And you all know how much I love Grunge!!!!   For the whole month all Grunge Basics are marked down 20%.  Yippee!!! 

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!


And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Beautiful Little Tree Jolly Bar by Lella Boutique for Moda.  This is such a cute line and I just love that the Christmas Fabrics are arriving in shops ;)   Makes me want to start singing Christmas Songs!!!!  I know, it's not even July yet, but I can't help myself, tee hee hee.  

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 Christmas Song??  (Mine is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas :)  

 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, June 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, June 3, 2019

Threadology Quilt Along - Quilt Top!!!

So I went out of town this weekend, and didn't even realize that it was over the 1st of June which means . . . The Threadology Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!   And since all of the blocks are done now, it is time to sew those quilt tops together!!  How fun is that ;)    And of course, I totally forgot to take a picture of my quilt top before I put it on the long arm, so you get a few finished pics today as well!!! 


And if you recall, I choose to do a different setting then the original Threadology design ;)   I used 3 Large Blocks of each of the 8 block designs (24 of the 12" blocks)  and 6 small blocks of each of the 8 block designs (48 of the 6" blocks).   Which of course meant I was sewing more blocks, but they turned out so cute in this layout!!!    Isn't it just so fun!!!  


And I am sure some of you might ask, so here is the basic layout of my altered Threadology QAL finish :)   Simply sew two small blocks together, and then add a large block to the side of the two small blocks to make the new Giant Block.   I just sewed random blocks together to make the Giant Blocks.   Then layout 6 Giant Blocks per column and make 4 columns, alternating the big and small blocks.  Sew it all up into a 72" x 72" finished quilt top ;)   So fun and fast!!!


And if you are quilting along with the Threadology fun you can download the original  quilt top pattern right here and it is requested for each pattern you download to donate $5.00  to the Make a Wish Foundation :)   Or if you have been making extra blocks, you can finish your quilt top like mine :)  Oh, and super exciting news!!!!  And I am super excited to say that  Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL has reached it's stretch goal of  $20,000 that Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match.  But of course, you can still help Make a Wisth ;)     How awesome is that!!!   And since the stretch goals were reached,  it came a few extra finishing patterns that you can check out at Fat Quarter Shop's blog, they are so fun!!!   


And while making your putting your quilt top together, you can check out the   You Tube video tutorial that walk you through the process of making your quilt top and Kimberly shares some awesome and helpful hints  :)




Be sure to share all of your Threadology progress on social media with #threadologyquiltalong and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Quilt Top Finishes!!!!    There is so much Threadology inspiration and goodness!!! 

And that's it for the Threadology Quilt Along today!!!!  I will be back on June 15th with more of the actual finish and a special suprise ;)      And if you didn't have time to quilt along, the Threadology Quilting Along patterns will always be available.   Just for future reference :)

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