Friday, April 16, 2021

Garden of Quilts - 2021!!!

Garden of Quilts 2021 is a Go!!!   I am just thrilled to share that this amazing event is moving forward and I can't wait for September :)    This is just the thing to look forward to when we will all be getting back to "normal" ;)   And I would just love for you to join me and all of the amazing teachers, presenters, and most importantly, quilts!!!


The first Garden of Quilts was held in September 2019 to celebrate Riley Blake's 10th Anniversary!!!  The event was a huge hit.   And last year, even thought the classes, cancels, and trunk shows had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, the Garden was still filled with quilts for all to come and visit!!!  I had 5 quilts hanging in the Garden and I was so happy to be a part of it, even if I couldn't go and teach :)



But now, I am just thrilled that Garden of Quilts 2021 is moving forward and the Registration opens today!!!  It will once again be held at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi Utah  on September 15th - 18th, 2021.  There will be lots and lots of classes to choose from, as well as lectures, trunk shows, vendors, and of course, all of them amazing quilts in the outdoors!!!    I can't wait to see them all blowing in the breeze ;)  And you can be part of the Garden of Quilts show and submit a quilt for display . . . see all the details for submission here.


And I am super thrilled this year to not only be teaching classes but to be doing a Trunk Show as well!!!  I will be sharing my Charming Baby Quilts Trunk Show on Friday at 12:00 PM in the garden. All of the trunk shows for the day are included in your Admission ticket.   I am just so excited to share all of these quilts, including all of the remix's, in such a fun and amazing venue :)  


And right after the Trunk Show, I get to teach!!!   I will be teaching 3 classes at Garden of Quilts 2021!!!  Nordic Nights will be taught on Friday afternoon,  and then Desert Rose on Saturday Morning and finally,  Decades Past on Saturday afternoon.   I am so looking forward to all 3 classes and hope to see you in them ;)    They are going to be so much fun!!

 

And even if you are not from the Utah area, this event is so worth the trip!!!  It really is a rock star line up of teachers (which I am so honored to be a part of!!) as well as an incredible venue of over 55 gorgeous acres hosting an amazing line up of quilts all in the wild.   


You can see all of the details at the Main Garden of Quilts page .   I am so looking forward to this and hope to see you there!!!!  Won't it just be so great to get to sew together again :)  
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Serendipity Quilt Along - Release 3

 Today is the third release of the Serendipity Quilt Along and it's Courthouse Step Stars!!!   How fun is that!!!   This is Fat Quarter Shop's 8th Annual Charity Quilt Along to benefit Make a Wish and I always love quilting along :)     So here are the Row 3 blocks . . . 


And don't they just look awesome in a row!!!  I just love how big these blocks are and they just pop in the Happy Days Fabric by Sherri and Chelsi.  And I am still totally loving the Grey Background, especially in the center of the blocks :)  So great!!! 


So are you joining in with the Serendipity fun???   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 :)  And I am super excited to say that even though it has just started,  Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL has already made the goal of  $50,000!!!  So now it is being extended to grant 10  wishes.   So amazing!!!  


And Fat Quarter Shop is doing Live  You Tube video tutorials this time.  Kimberly will walk you through the process of making the Release 3 blocks and sew right along with you.   The Row 3 live Video will be Released on April 19th at 9 am CT.  So fun!!! 



Be sure to share all of your Serendipity progress on social media with #serendipityqal and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Release 3 for lots more Serendipity Inspiration!!!

And that's it for the Third Release in the Serendipity Quilt Along!!!!      

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


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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Improv Table Runner

We spent last week in Salt Lake visiting my family for Spring Break.  It was so wonderful to be able to gather together and enjoy each other company, especially my sister who traveled down from Washington State.  I also loved getting to gift my twin sister this Improv Table Runner.   

When I shared the Guiding Stars Quilt I made for my friends at Moda, my sister called me right up to tell me how much she loved it, especially the panels in the quilt.   I knew at this point I would be seeing her in a month, and I had a few panels left over from the quilt so I thought, why not make her a special surprise :)  


I used the leftover scraps from my Guiding Stars Quilt to do some improv piecing around the panels.  I tried not to plan this ahead, and just stitch as I go and see where it lead me.   That is a harder way for me to piece, but I really liked the random nature of the borders that it created.  Of course, you can't help but create something beautiful with these Songbook Fabrics!


When it came time to quilt it, I decided on an all over curly q, but I added a little hoop on the end of each curl.   I really like it!!   And I decided to use double batting so that it would be extra puffy, and that made it super soft as well :)


And I had one extra panel square, and this one just happens to be my sister's favorite, so I put it in the backing.   I think the backing is just as pretty as the front :)   I love it when that happens!!


And now, it is happily found a home on my sister's dining room table :)   And she just loves it!!!   This was such a fun and fast project.  I really should do more improv piecing with my scraps.  It really is quite rewarding to just start sewing and see what comes from it.    Songbook Fabrics will be available in May, so not to much longer to wait ;)   And if you love the panels as much as I (and my sister do) you can have an email sent to you when the Guiding Stars Quilt Kit is available.    And you will even have a few extra panels if you want to make a table runner as well :)


Oh, and for fun, I thought I would share . . . Since all of my family was gathered together, we took family pictures!!!  

The Whole Powell Family!!

The Grandkids :)

My Parents and Siblings!!



This is the last time we might all be together for a long time as teenagers are getting older and will be moving out for missions/college/marriage in the next few years.   So these family picture are a treasure for sure ;)  My little sister took the pictures and is going to be editing them over the next few weeks, but sent us these initial photo's.   I can't wait to get the finals and hang them on my wall :)
  
The Love of Family is One of Life's Greatest Blessings!!!!  



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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

  It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!! Let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the 2 Moda Scrap Bags from Green Fairy Quilts  is . . .   Number #140  . . . Congrats Lia Marie!  I have messaged 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 Century Solids are on sale from Andover Fabrics!!!   Save big on these for the whole month of April!!  

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!


And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away this gorgeous Elinore's Endeavor Jelly Roll by Betsy Chutchian for Moda Fabrics!!!!    I just love these deep, rich colors.   It will make such a striking project!! 
You have two entry chances here on the blog, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including Inter
national 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 Sport to watch in Person??  (I am really hoping to get to go to a Dodger Baseball game this year :)  

 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, April 20th,  when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

You can also pop over to my Instagram and/or Facebook to enter there as well :)  

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Twinkle Toes Quilt!!!

 You might recall when I shared the start of this Twinkle Toes Quilt, well today I am excited to share it all finished!!!  And I have to say, this is my kind of paper piecing!!!  I love being able to paper piece assembly line and really speed through the blocks.   So fun!!!  


Twinkle Toes is made from 2 Lori Holt Petite Bundles and a Sparkle Star Foundation Paper pad that I received in my Sew Sampler Box.  It makes for an adorable baby size quilt  (36 x 42) that is just to cute!!  I just love the little stars in the corners and how it makes the squares look like they are spinning.   So fun!! 


And when it came time to quilt mine, I decided an an all over swirl.   I love how it just adds to the swirling effect of the squares.   And my 402 So Fine just blended perfectly in all of of the fabric squares.  Love it!! 


And I love the texture it created!!!   Doesn't that make you just want to snuggle up a wee one ;)  And I was surprised to find that I had a piece of leftover binding from ages ago that was just perfect for finishing off the quilt.  I don't know why I had a scrap binding piece that was 168" long, but I was sure happy to find it in the bottom of my Scrap Binding Bits Box.   


And that is my Twinkle Toes baby quilt.   I have a friend expecting a little girl soon and I think this will just be the perfect quilt for her.   I just love making Baby Quilts, and am super happy I made up this Sew Sampler Exclusive design, rather than letting these adorable fabrics sit on the shelf.   They are just to happy not to be used and soon to be loved ;)



And that is my Twinkle Toes Quilt ;)    And if you love it as much as I do, just grab a Sparkle Star Foundation Paper pad and a Layer Cake and you can whip one up in no time.     I already have another pad and am just trying to pick which layer cake from my stash to whip up another one with ;)   

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


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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Stacked Squares Quilt and Tutorial!!!

So you might recall at the beginning of last month when I shared a Stack of Log Cabin Chain Blocks and said a tutorial was coming soon.   Well I super appreciate your patience, and soon is now Today!!!   I am so excited to share my newest quilt finish and a step by step tutorial for making your own in multiple size options!!!   This is Stacked Squares and I just love it!!!  


The idea for this quilt came about when I started to notice how many Low Volume Fat Quarters I was starting to accumulate.   You now, those leftovers from a Fat Quarter Bundle that you couldn't quite use as a print fabric because it blended in with the background to much.   So I figured I needed to design a quilt just for them.   And didn't it turn out just so awesome!!!


When I was thinking about a block design , I loved the idea of making some sort of Chain Block.  You all know I just love Irish Chain Quilts ;)   So I stared playing around with making a chain in a quarter Log Cabin format.   And Stacked Squares is what I got from it!!!



And I loved it so much . . . I took some pictures along the way and did some of my favorite Quilty Math and did a step by step tutorial with lots of size options for you all!!!!   Now you can make your very own :)     So let's get to it . . . 


YOU WILL NEED:

Select the size quilt you would like to make and gather the following materials for your quilt.   Both the Print Fabric and Low Volume Background Fabric requirements are giving in Scraps and Pre-Cuts, so you can use whichever you prefer.  


I used a mixture of scraps and pre-cuts in an assortment of prints to make mine.   These were just some scraps a pulled for a pic, but I mostly used prints from Bonnie and Camille and Sherri and Chelsi lines.   They blended great together ;)    The key in your prints is to keep them bright and bold, and if they tend to read one color, that will help them to stand out on the background Low Volume fabrics.   



STEP 1 - CUTTING 

The Stacked Squares Block is 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" Unfinished and 11" x 11" Finished.   You can choose to cut it out one block at a time if you are making for a Bee Quilt or just want to try a few blocks, or you can cut it all out at the beginning, which is the way I prefer to do it ;)   

For a visual to help - here is what you will need to make 1 Block. 

From your Print Scraps cut:
          (1) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square from one Print Scrap
          (4) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles and (4) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles ---
                         **** NOTE - When cutting these 2 pieces, You need to cut 1 of each size 
                                                   from the same Print as shown

From your Low Volume Scraps cut:
          (2) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
          (2) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
          (2) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
          (2) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles
         


So now you see what you need for one block, let's get to what you need to make your whole quilt!!!  

PRINT FABRICS - From the Print Fabrics you will need to cut according to the following chart.   And remember, for each 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle you need to have a matching print 1 1/2"  x 2 1/2" rectangle :)


LOW VOLUME FABRICS - From the Low Volume Background Fabrics you will need to cut according to the following chart.  



And with all your cutting done, you are ready to move on to making your blocks!!  You can choose to make your blocks one at a time, or you can chain stitch each of the following steps to make your blocks in an assembly line. 


STEP 2 - MAKING THE BLOCK


Pair your Print rectangles to matching size Low Volume squares/rectangles.  It doesn't matter which color you pair what size to, as long as the same color prints rectangles are paired with the same size Low Volume square/rectangle as shown.  


Place your Print rectangles onto the Low Volume square/rectangles with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of all 8 pairs.  


Press the seam allowances towards the Print rectangles.  Now all of your Low Volume Strip Sets are prepared and ready to be sewn into the Stacked Squares Blocks. 


Layout the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Print Square and the (2)  2 1/2" Low Volume Strip Sets as shown.  


Place the shorter 2 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Print 3 1/2" square with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press out towards the Low Volume Strip Set.   Then, place the longer 2 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press out towards the longer 2 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set.  


Now we will just repeat the same process 3 more times to create the block.
Layout the Partially Pieced Block and the (2)  4 1/2" Low Volume Strip Sets as shown. 
 

Place the shorter 4 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.   Then, place the longer 4 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.  


Now layout the Partially Pieced Block and the (2)  6 1/2" Low Volume Strip Sets as shown. 


Place the shorter 6 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.   Then, place the longer 6 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.  


Finally layout the Partially Pieced Block and the (2)  8 1/2" Low Volume Strip Sets as shown. 


Place the shorter 8 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.   Then, place the longer 8 1/2" Low Volume Strip Set onto the Partially Pieced Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press outwards.  


And just like that, you have a 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" unfinished Stacked Squares block!!  Wasn't that just so fun ;)  Now just make as many blocks as you needed for your chosen quilt size.  



STEP 3 - MAKING THE QUILT TOP

Layout your blocks in the following layout. 



When you layout your quilt, be sure to rotate your blocks as shown altering the placement of the original 3 1/2" square so it "stacks" and creates your chain. 


Once you have a layout you like
        Sew your blocks into rows and press the seams in the odd rows to the right and the seams in the even rows to the left so they will nest.

         Finally, sew your rows into a quilt top and press the seams open or in one direction as you prefer.  

 **I know that is a lot of direction in one little picture, so if you are new to sewing quilt tops together, you can see this tutorial for a more detailed and visual description of how to sew the blocks into rows and the rows into a quilt top :)


 

STEP 4 - FINISHING IT UP

And with that, it's time to turn that finished quilt top into a finished Quilt ;)  Time to  Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!!  Which is a whole lot in one little sentence.  If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)

When it came time to quilt mine I decided on an all over Loose Feather.   It is super fun and fast to quilt and I love all of the added curves and flow it gives to this super geometric quilt :)


Once your quilt is quilted, you are ready to bind.   Cut the following number of  2 1/2"x Width of Fabric strips to create a binding and add it to the quilt.  I used some scrappy binding leftovers which is also another option ;)





STEP 5 - ENJOY QUILT

And now, just snuggle up with your Stacked Squares Quilt!!!  I just love all of the wonderful Low Volume's fabrics and how they spin around the chain of prints!!!   It is just so fun and I am already wanting to make a second Stacked Squares quilt in a larger size :)  

  

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and find it easy to follow. If you make your own Stacked Squares Blocks or Quilts I would love to see them!! You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or add it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc   #happyquiltingwithmc ;) I can't wait to see your Stacked Squares Blocks and Quilts!!!



Thanks for stopping in today to share this new quilt finish and tutorial with me.  And thanks for popping in each and every day.  I am just so grateful to have this space to share my love of quilting and it just wouldn't be the same without you all!!!

I hope you all have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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