Tuesday, November 19, 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 Sugarcreek Prints Petite Fat Quarter Bundle from  Fat Quarter Shop is . . .  Number #88. . .   Congrats Danette !!!   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!!! Right now you can save big on all Charm Packs, and you know how fun it is to sew with (or collect) charm packs!!!   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 brand new  Stiletto Fat Eight Bundle by Basic Grey for Moda!! This is the line I am using for an upcoming new pattern and it is just fantastic!!!     The designs and colors are just stunning!!! 


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 prefer High Heels or Flats??

 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, November 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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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Tutorial Throwback Thursday - Top Spin!!!

It's Thursday and that means another Tutorial Throwback feature.  And this week I have felt like I have just been spinning in circles.  You know when you have so much to do, but you just can't seem to focus in on any one thing, so you just do a little bit on a whole bunch of things, and then wonder what you did with the day ;)   Yup, I know, we have all been there, right!   So today's feature throwback was an easy pick, it totally had to be my Top Spin quilt!!!


Top Spin was actually inspired by a childhood toy.  You remember those old tops that spun in lots of different colors, oh how I loved playing with it.   So when I saw the wonderfully bright colors and happy prints of Zen Chic's Hey Dot, it reminded me of that toy and I set out to design something akin to that.   And Top Spin was the result ;)  


Top Spin is a fairly simple design, so it goes together fast.   And as you can see, it has a lot, and I mean a lot, of Half Square Triangles.  The design includes 3 sizes of Half Square triangles and I love the movement it gives the quilt ;)   I love using the Bloc Loc Rulers to square up my Half Square Triangles.  It makes them go so fast and they are super accurate.    And when I pair it with my Matilda rotating mat, it goes even quicker ;)   Great tools if you make a lot of Half Square Triangles ;) 


And I love, love, love the low volume background in this quilt!!!   It just makes all of those happy colors pop all the more ;)    And I used the low volumes from the Hey Dot line, but of course, it would look equally awesome in a whole variety of scrappy low volumes!!   You use 32 Fat Quarters for the blocks, and 6 1/2 yards of Background, so you can bust a whole lot of low volume scraps!!!    


And Top Spin is a big quilt!!   It finishes at 96" x 96" so it works great for a queen size bed.   And again, it really does go together quickly for a queen sized quilt ;)    I gave this quilt to my Sister in Law and it is still on her bed today ;)  It makes me smile to see how much she loves it!!  It really is a splash of sunshine each morning!!


I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!!    To make your own Top Spin quilt  just click on any of the quilt name links for the free step by step tutorial.    And when you are done, I would love to see your quilt!!  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 Top Spin quilts!!!


Thanks for popping in today and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Day!!! 
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Starstruck Quilt Along - Parade and Grand Prizes!!!

Well, today is the big day!!!  It's the finale of the Starstruck Quilt Along!!!  It's just so exciting!!!!   First off,  I would like to say Thank You to all of you who quilted-a-long with me.  This has been such a fun Quilt-A-Long and that is because of each of you.  I am thrilled that I can now say I have made a medallion quilt and that so many of you joined me in the making!!!   I just love quilting along with each of you!!!



And speaking of quilting along . . . did you see all of the beautiful finished quilt tops???  They are all just so fantastic and I love that each one is unique and wonderful!!!   To see all the finishes just pop on over here and check out the links at the bottom of the post.  They are absolutely amazing!!!     And if you want to see everyone's progress along the way, you can check out the #starstruckquiltalong on social media or visit over at the   Happy Quilt-A-Long Flickr Group.  It was so much fun to watch each of your quilt tops grow each week :)

One more thing before we get to the parade, if you are just popping over and finding the Starstruck Quilt Along for the first time, or just want an easy reference for the future, you can find all of the Tutorial Posts for the Starstruck Quilt Along at any time under the Quilt-A-Long tab at the top of my blog.   These posts will always be on my blog, so no worries if you want to start now or if you got a little behind, the tutorials will always be available ;)   You can also reference the following links here to see each of the weekly posts :)


Alright, Let's get to the Parade!!!! So Fun!!!   A huge round of applause for these amazing finishes!!!  So here they are. . .   You can click on the name to go to that persons individual link site and see and read more about their beautiful finishes :) 










Mary Vest from Tennessee







Way to go ladies, they are just beautiful and I hope you enjoy your Starstruck Quilt finishes and thank you so much for sharing them with all of us!!    And for the rest of the Starstruck Quilters, (including myself :)  good luck finishing up your quilts!!!  And please still share them once they are finished with #starstruckquiltalong or in the Flickr Group .  I would just love to see them all done!!!  


We have one item of business left . . . we need to pick some winners!!!  

A huge Thank You goes out to  Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our Grand Prize Giveaway's!!!  All of those that have linked up their quilt top are eligible for the grand prize!!  There will be three grand prize winners who will each receive a $75.00 Gift Certificates to Fat Quarter Shop!!!     So fun!!!!!

  
      
         

 



So, lets get to it!!   Good Luck Everyone!!!  Drum Roll Please . . .

***The First Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . .
     
 . . .  SUSAN


***The Second Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . .

  . . .  AMY




***The Third Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . . 

 . . .  SUSAN


Congrats Ladies!!!   I have emailed you :)  Enjoy!!


Let me sign off with one last thank you to all of you who participated in the Starstruck Quilt Along!!  I am so excited to have so many wonderful friends to quilt along with me and I so appreciate all of your sweet comments on the quilt along, they mean a lot!!  I had such a great time hosting and I hope you had a fantastic time quilting-along!!!

Now to start thinking up a new Quilt-A-Long :) 2020 is my 10 year blogiversary so it best be something big!!!
Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!!!

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Tuesday, November 12, 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 Olie and Evie is . . .  Number #35. . .   Congrats  Rebecca!!!   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 Fabric Basic, Pattern, and Notion of the Month!!!!     All Dry Brush Essentials are on sale and this basic is so pretty!!!  Also, All Olfa Products are on sale for the Notion (I'm getting a Purple Olfa Cutter :), and All This and That Quilts Patterns are on sale for the Pattern.   Save 20-30% off of all of them for the whole month of November!!  So great ;) 

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!


And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Beautiful Sugarcreek Prints Petite Fat Quarter Bundle !!!   I just love these Sugarcreek prints!!!  I am making a few projects with Sugarcreek and the fabrics are just so pretty!!!   



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 family recipe??   

 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, November 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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Friday, November 8, 2019

Jelly Filled Parade - Smart Cookie Quilt and Giveaway!!

I was super excited when my good friend Vanessa from Lella Boutique  asked if I wanted to participate in a Parade for her new book Jelly Filled.    And I am thrilled today to get to share the quilt I made for the parade along with a giveaway ;)


I absolutely loved Vanessa's first quilt Charm School, a Charm Pack friendly book.  And if you can't tell from the title of her new book Jelly Filled, this book is all about Jelly Rolls!!!   


I got to make the Smart Cookie quilt from Jelly Filled and I just love this awesome design, doesn't it just shine!!!    You all know I love a good star quilt, and Stars combined with a Log Cabin design, and then to make it all interlock, brilliant!!!  This quilt just has so much movement, and I just love the twist Vanessa put on traditional blocks.  And it was so fun and fast to piece :)  


And I know that this is a "Jelly Filled" quilt, but I actually used a Half Yard bundle instead of Jelly Rolls :)   But can you blame me??  And soon as I saw the design of this quilt, I just knew it would be perfect for a bundle of New Ombre Colors  that I had.   I just loved the ideas of the Log Cabin parts of the blocks being an Ombre gradient of lights and darks.   It took me a little while to figure out how to get it all cut, but it was totally worth it.  Wouldn't you agree!!!


And  I took some pictures along the way of cutting, Just in case you want to make an Ombre Smart Cookie as well :)   You can just use the following directions along with your Jelly Filled Book instructions.  And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me :)

So first off, for the quilt top you will need:

 12 Half Yard Cuts of any Ombre Fabric (I used the New Colors bundle)
        - From the pattern, these will be used as the 12 Print Fat Quarters as well as the Cream Fabric.
             Cut according to the instructions below using the pattern for sizes :)

 2 Yards of White Grunge or White Solid
          - From the pattern, this yardage will be used as the Black Fabric
             Cut according to the instructions in the pattern ;)

Do the following 4 steps for each of the 12 Half Yard cuts.   The top or darker part will become your "print" pieces and the bottom or lighter part will become your "cream" pieces

Trim the 2 sides and top and bottom of  the Half Yardage piece so you have (2) 17 1/2" x 20" squares.  Keep the two squares stacked on top of each other with wrong sides together.


Cut a 2 1/2" x 17 1/2" strip from the top and bottom of the trimmed squares. 
Then cut the remaining square vertically into (2) 12 1/2" x 15" rectangles and (2) 5"  x 15" rectangles.  Set the 5" x 15" rectangles aside for a moment.


From the (2) 12 1/2" x 15" rectangles cut horizontally to make (12) 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" in 6 rows.

 The top three rows along with the Top 17 1/2" strip cut in the step above become the Print Rectangles from the pattern and you will use the "or 12 Fat Quarters" instructions from the Pattern to cut the Print Rectangles Designated below.

The bottom three rows along with the Bottom 17 1/2" strip cut in the step above become the Cream Rectangles from the pattern.  Follow the size directions below and take note of which pieces go in Block 1 (making 2 per Half Yard Piece) and which go in Block 2  (making 1 per Half Yard Piece).


 And finally, grab the (2)  5" x 15" rectangles that were set aside.
  From the first rectangle cut (2) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles to use for the "cream" fabrics in Block 1
  From the second rectangle cut (3) 5" x 5" squares to be used in the Step 2 directions of both Blocks


And now you are all set to piece your quilt!!!   And then when it is all pieced together, you can quilt and bind it and have an awesome Ombre Smart Cookie quilt as well ;)    I decided to quilt mine with an all over bubble swirl ;)   And I used a Rainbow variegated thread and I just love how it adds to all of that ombre goodness of the quilt!!! 


And of course, it creates some gorgeous texture as well!!!   I used a black grunge binding and it finishes off this ombre rainbow just perfectly :)  Isn't it just so fun!!!  The quilt finishes at 84" square so it will make for an awesome quilt to take on a picnic or snuggle up in. 


And that is my Smart Cookie quilt from Vanessa Goertzen's new Jelly Filled book, made using the gorgeous new Ombre Fabrics by Vanessa Christensen.    And I absolutely love, love, love the way it turned out!!!  Thank you so much to Vanessa for having me along this fun parade :)  And be sure to check out Vanessa's blog for lots more quilts from Jelly Filled!!!


And a Parade wouldn't be complete without a Giveaway!!!   C & T Publishing has a copy of Jelly Filled for one lucky Happy Quilting reader!!!    


GIVEAWAY CLOSED - The Winner is #31 - Congrats Kira!!!

And entering is simple.    All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;) 

ENTRY - Simply leave a comment telling me what is your favorite pre-cut to sew with ;)  

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Monday November 11th, when I will announce a winner on this post :)  Good Luck!!! 

Thanks for popping in today and each and every day.   I hope you have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Tutorial Throwback Thursday - The Wall!!!

It's Thursday and that means another Tutorial Throwback feature.  And today's feature throwback is The Wall, and kind of a funny story how I decided this would be the feature today.   I was up most of the night with a sick kiddo, we have all been there done that right ;)   Anyhow,  this morning, I was mentioning to my husband all of the things I needed to do today, and how I hoped I could get through it all without hitting the "brick wall".  You know, that figurative "wall" where you are just to tired to do anything else.   And then I sat down to my computer to start on this morning's "to do" and at the top of the list was Tutorial Throwback Thursday, and wham, The Wall is perfect for today ;) 


The Wall features the Jolly Bar pre-cut.  This is a specialty pre-cut of the Fat Quarter Shop and it is a 5"x 10" bar.   (Basically think a Layer Cake, cut in half ;)   I designed The Wall to highlight this new pre-cut and I love how simple it is in design, but yet how well it highlights all of the fabrics!!!   


And because of it's simple design it goes together super fast!!!   All you need is 2 Jolly Bar's and 1 1/2 yards of a chosen solid fabric.   Just a few quick cuts of your solid fabric, and you are ready to start piecing your entire quilt together.    And it finishes at 56" x 70" so it is a great lap size quilt to snuggle up in.   


And again, because it goes together so fast, it makes for a great gift!!!  My wall quilt was given away to a special newly married couple!!!  I have also seen someone use it as a "signature quilt" at their wedding.   Those little bricks make a great space for everyone to leave a special little message on that very special day!!!   Whatever you make it for, it is really a fun one to piece and looks just awesome!!


I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!!    To make your own The Wall quilt  just click on any of the quilt name links for the free step by step tutorial.    And when you are done, I would love to see your quilt!!  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 The Wall quilts!!!


Thanks for popping in today and be sure to pop back in tomorrow for a new quilt finish!!! 
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