Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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 Yukata Fat Eighth Bundle from Green Fairy Quilts is Number #261  . . . Congrats quiltsandsuch!  I have messaged you :)  
       
  
                     
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Thousands of Bolts .   Thousands of Bolts has incredible prices that will have you super excited!!!  There are thousands of bolts to choose from and all at amazing prices, staring as low as $5.39 a yard!!!   And they have just introduced dozens and dozens of new fabrics to the inventory!!  Be sure to check it out :)    


And for Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway,  Thousands of Bolts is giving one lucky winner at $25.00 Gift Certificate!!!  You can get just what you always wanted :)   And good luck picking because there are literally thousands of bolts to choose from!!!!   


You have two entry chances here on the blog, 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 had to change your name, what would you change it to???

 ENTRY 2 - Lets show Thousands of Bolts some Love!!!!   You can follow them on   Facebook or Instagram.  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Thousand of Bolts Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 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!!!
Pin It!

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Cascading - HQM Quilt 19

 It is Week 19 of the Happy Quilting Marathon and l am excited to share this fun finish!!!   As soon as I finished the Nature Walk quilt I shared earlier this week, I just knew I wanted to use of my scraps to make another quilt.  And I just loved the Color Patch Cascade Pattern by Fancy That Design House, but I wanted to use all of her beautiful panels, so I took Stephanie's patchwork idea, grouped the colors and added in 3 more panels to make Cascading!!! 

Isn't that just so fun!!!!   I am so, so, so in love with this Slow Stroll Fabric by Fancy That Design House for Moda Fabrics.  I mean, how can I not just love it with those yummy shades of purple.  But I just love this vibrant take on fall, just gorgeous!!!    And it looks so fun with the cascade of colors ;)   


And no, I don't have a pattern for this.  It is just my take on Stephanie's beautiful Color Patch Cascade Pattern.  I just love that all 5 panels are so happy in this quilt. Stephanie's artistry is truly amazing!!!      My quilt finishes at 72" x 88" so it is going to be perfect to layout under a tree and watch the leaves fall ;)  

When it came time to quilt it, you know I just can't pass up patchwork gridlines.   So yup, echoed wavy orange peel for the win!!!   And I love the way it looks on the panels as well.  It really just adds so much yummy texture!!!     And again, shocking but true, this is not 402 thread, it is actually 403 So Fine, which is a little more brown than 402 and really looks great on all of these autumn colors.    


And now this Cascading quilt is ready to loved!!!  I just know this will be the perfect gift for a fall wedding!!!  It is just so happy making, I hope it makes it's recipients super happy!! 


And that is Quilt #19 - All the Trimmings ;)  19 Down and only 7 more quilts to go in the Happy Quilting Marathon :)   I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!!! 



And that is it for today, thanks for popping in to share this finish with me!!! 

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

Pin It!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Upcoming Teaching Times!!

I know I say it every time, but I just love getting to teach quilting classes!!!  It truly is a favorite :)  I just got back from teaching at The Stitching Room in Richfield Utah and we had such a wonderful time.  And I made me realize, I needed to announce a few other places I will be teaching in the next few months, because it would b oh so much fun to quilt together ;)      First up . . . 

Date - Sept 14-18, 2022
Place - Lehi, Utah 

I have to say, I can't wait for this next month!!!!  Garden of Quilts is an experience unlike anywhere else I have taught :)   Something about combining the love of quilts with the beauty of the gardens is just refreshing to the soul!!!    There is still room in all my classes, although some are getting close to full.   I will be teaching my new Blossoming Stars pattern on Wednesday morning and my Wishes pattern on Wednesday afternoon.  Then on Thursday morning it's Flower Child  followed by my new Swirling Leaves pattern on Thursday afternoon.  Friday morning I will teach my Stamp Collecting pattern, and then Petal Pop on Friday afternoon.   Finally, on Saturday morning I will teach Aurora (a sneak peek from my upcoming book!!!) and on Saturday Afternoon I will teach Scraptastic Stars.   It's going to be so much fun!!!  I hope you can come and join in, it is so worth the trip ;) 

  

  

 

And then it's off to teach on the Aloha Quilt Cruise, which sold out pretty much as soon as it opened.  But I have some other exciting news to go along with that . . . I am teaching on a Scrappy and Happy Alaskan Quilting Cruise next year!!!!  It's going to be so fun, and this one is not full, so you can sign up and come quilt and cruise along with me ;)  


And when I get back from Hawaii, it's a few days turnaround to head North to  . . . 

Date - Oct 19-22, 2022
Place - Ogden, Utah 

Although I have taught at this retreat before, this year it is at a new time and a new venue.   So at the moment, registration has been a little slow, which means there is still plenty of room to sign up for class ;)  I will be teaching 4 classes at Quilt Fest held by the Utah Quilt Guild.   I will be teaching my Scraptastic Stars pattern on Thursday morning, followed by my Moroccan Lullaby 2 class on Thursday afternoon.   Then on Friday morning I am teaching my new Swirling Leaves class followed by my new Blossoming Stars pattern on Friday afternoon.       
 
 



And then the next month, I get to venture South to teach at the . . . 


Date - Nov 9 - 12, 2022
Place - Paige, Arizona

And I am so excited to get away from the cold in Cedar and go to sunny Paige Arizona to teach at the Lake Powell Quilt Retreat!!!  This is my second time teaching at this particular retreat and I am so happy to return again!!!  I will be teaching 2 classes and I will also be sharing a Trunk Show of my new Book!!!    I am so super excited for that!!!!  Friday morning I am teaching my new Swirling Leaves class and then on Saturday morning I will be teaching my new Blossoming Stars pattern.  Those two new ones are super popular right now, so fun!!!   
  

And that concludes teaching in 2022, but I am excited that 2023 is starting to open up as well.  And the first place I am teaching in 2023 is my good ol Home Town of Cedar City at the . . .

Date - Feb 1 - 4, 2023, 2021
Place - Cedar City, Utah 

And registration just opened yesterday!!!  I will be teaching 4 classes at the Cedar Chest Quilt Retreat.   I will be teaching my  Blossoming Stars  pattern on Wednesday afternoon.  The next day, I will be teaching Aurora (another sneak peek from my upcoming book!!!) in the morning followed by my Scraptastic Stars class Thursday afternoon.   Then on Friday morning I am teaching my new A Star is Born class from my Charing Baby Quilts Book.       It's going to be so fun!!!


 

   
  



So ya, it's going to be a super fun few months of quilting!!!  Just check back on my Teaching Page to see where I will be next!!!  And if you are interested in having me come to teach at a retreat in your area or at your guild, just send me an email at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com.  I would love to come and visit and share my love of quilting!!!  

I hope I get to see some of you in class!!!!   Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!!
Pin It!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Nature Walk - Quilts & More Magazine

Today I am so super excited to share a secret finish that I made at the beginning of the year!!  I had so much fun making this quilt in all its simple piecing goodness and I want to make it again and again.    It's called Nature Walk and I just love it!!!  

Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2022 Meredith Operations Corporation. All rights reserved.

And it can be found in the Fall 2022 edition of Better Homes & Gardens' Quilts and More Magazine :)   And I got a fun surprise when I opened my copy . . . It has multiple size options added to it.   So you can actually make this quilt in the original lap size, or a mini size, or a baby size, or a twin size.   How awesome is that!!!   

Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2022 Meredith Operations Corporation. All rights reserved.

This original Natures Walk finishes at 60" x 72" so it is a great size to snuggle up with a good book :)   And don't you just love how on an angle it creates new secondary patterns that you didn't see before.  X or  Plus, you decide :)    You are going to love making this quilt!!


Nature Walk is  Fat Quarter  Friendly.  I used a Slow Stroll Fat Quarter Bundle by Fancy That Design House for Moda Fabrics.  I absolutely love these fabrics, and I especially love the colors!!!  It was so fun to arrange my blocks transitioning from warm to cool.  It really is what made this design just shine!!!   And the nice thing is, since it is  Fat Quarter friendly, you can just grab a bundle for whatever size you want to make :)   


When it came time to quilt mine, I wanted to take advantage of the perfect horizontal lines created in the piecing . . . and of course, that means L and E!!!  I just love quilting this fun little design, reminds me of doodling in elementary.    And I just love the added texture it gives!!! 


And I always love a good flat image!!!  It just really shows off the transition in the colors and again, tilt your head slightly and you get a whole new secondary design.  So cool!!! Yup,  I totally want to sit in front of that fire wrapped up in this quilt, and it came home this week, so now I can :)  

Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2022 Meredith Operations Corporation. All rights reserved.


And that is my Nature Walk Quilt!!!    I hope you like my new Nature Walk Quilt 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 social media with  #happyquiltingwithmc ;)  I can't wait to see your Nature Walk Quilts!!!

 I hope that you have a very Happy Quilting Day :) 

Pin It!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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 Love Always Love Fat Quarter Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop    is Number #172  . . . Congrats keep_it_together.quilts!  I have messaged 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 did you know that Green Fairy Quilts has a Deal of The Day, I just love these!!!    And Green Fairy Quilts is currently having an  Amazing  Layer Cake Sale with 40 -50% off!!!!  

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts will be giving one lucky reader an Yukata Fat Eighth Bundle by Debbie Maddy for Moda Fabrics!!  This is going to make such a beautiful project, so lucky!!! 
You have two entry chances here on the blog, 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 Fictional Place would you most like to go to?? 

 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 Instagram 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, August 16th, 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!!!
Pin It!

Monday, August 8, 2022

BOHO Heart Block of the Month - Month 3

  It's Month 3 with my good friends at Stitchin' Heaven  doing their BOHO Heart Monthly Block of the Month program and that means another month of fun tutorials!!.  

And since each month has Lots and Lots of Tutorials in them . . . Here is a list to jump right to the tutorial you need for this month 3:  

Square in a Square Block                                              Mini Heart Block

Plus Sign Embedded in Background Block                     X's and O's Block

Offset Square Dresden Block                                       Sewing Section 4 

Sewing Group 1 

So you have your Month 3 BOHO Heart Packet . . .  Lets get started!!!  


We'll start with our first block of Month 3, the . . .



From your Month #3, Square in a Square bag, cut the fabrics according to the supplemental cutting list.  And you will note . . . I cut my fabric square backwards!!!  I don't know how I missed that, but ya, you want to cute your Pink Fabric into a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square and your Yellow Fabric into (4) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares.   Sorry about that.  
  

Using the cut squares and the Square in a Square Block Directions from Month 1 make your first block, The Square in a Square Block  measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" unfinished. 




And now we can move onto block, that is fun applique, the . . .

Mini Heart Block


Note - If you need extra applique help, there is a detailed videos here on all things applique, just scroll past the Finishing Your Quilts videos ;)

From your Month #3, Mini Heart bag, cut the fabrics according to the supplemental cutting list.  Also, cut out your Mini Heart Template.  Trace your template on to the wrong side of your black square and then cut out your heart applique.  


Fold your Grey Square in half twice and finger press the crease.  Do the same for your Heart Applique.  Align the creases in the Grey Square and the Heart Applique to center the applique.   Dab some applique glue or just use a little glue stick to secure the Heart Applique in place.  


And now it is time to secure stitch the block.   You can do machine, hand, or needle turn applique and choose any color thread.    Stitch around the entire Applique using desired secure stitch.  I like to backstitch 1-2 stitches at the beginning and the end of my stitching just to hold it.  


And you have your second block finished.   A Mini Block measuring 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" unfinished. 


And now we can move onto a fun new block, the . . .

Plus Sign Embedded In Background Block

From your Month #3, Plus Sign Embedded in Background bag, cut the fabrics according to the supplemental cutting list. 

Then from your stash of strips, gather the remaining Strip 16, Strip 17, and Strip 18 pieces.  You should have a 12 1/2"  and a 14 1/2" strip of both fabric 16 and 18  as well as a 11 1/2" and a 13 1/2" strip of fabric 17.

Layout the Yellow pieces, and the strip sets as shown below. 



Place the Yellow piece in each row onto the First strip in each row with right sides together and align the raw edges.   Stitch a 1/4" seam along the three edges. 


Place the Yellow piece in each row onto the Second strip in each row with right sides together and align the raw edges.   Stitch a 1/4" seam along the three edges. 


Press the seams inwards toward the Yellow Pieces. 


Place the First Row onto the Second Row with right sides together and align and pin the raw edges.   Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Press the seam open.  


Place the Third Row onto the now sewn together Second and First Row with right sides together and align and pin the raw edges.   Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Press the seam open.  


And just like that, you have a Plus Sign Embedded In The Background Block measuring 3 1/2" x 27 1/2" unfinished. 




And it is onto another block that looks familiar but has a new orientation with the. . . 

X’s and O’s Block


From your Month #3, X's and O's bag, cut the fabrics according to the supplemental cutting list.  


Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the 8 White fabric squares.  Place two of the marked squares onto each of the 4 Black Squares with right sides together as shown and pin in place.   

 
Stitch a seam directly on each of the drawn lines.   Trim 1/4" over the stitched lines and scrap the excess.  Press the seams so they are going in the same direction, this will allow you to nest them later.  So one seam will be pressed to the dark, and one to the light on each O Unit.  


 Layout the 4 O Units as shown below, taking note of the direction of the pressed seams.  


Place the Second Unit in each row onto the First Unit with right sides together and align and pin/nest the raw edges.    Stitch a 1/4" seam along both pinned edges.  


Press the Seams Open.  


Place the First Row onto the Second Row with right sides together and align and pin/nest the raw edges.      Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.   Press the seam open.  


And you are done.  The X's and O's Block should measure 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished.  


And now for our last block of this month, we will be making the. . . 

From your Month #3, X's and O's bag, cut the fabrics according to the supplemental cutting list.  

From your Month #3, Offset Square Dresden bag, cut the fabrics according to the supplemental cutting list.  Also, cut out your Offset Dresden Wedge Template and your 3" Circle Template.  Trace the Dresden template on to the wrong side of each of your 5 prints and cut out 4 Dresden Blades from each fabric.  Trace the Circle Template on the wrong side of the Maroon Fabric and then cut out your circle applique.  I like to prepare the circle applique with Lite Heat N Bond as it is a little larger applique and will be appliqued over a hole in the center of the block so it needs to be a little sturdier.  


Layout 5 Dresden Templates, one of each fabric, as shown below.  Layout an additional 3 sets in the same layout for a total of 4 so you can chain stitch the next step.  


Place the Second Dresden Blade in each grouping onto the First Dresden Blade with right sides together and align and pin the raw edges.    Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge of all 4 sets.  Clip your threads and layout your units again.  Now, Place the Third Dresden Blade onto the now Sewn together First/Second Dresden Blade with right sides together and align and pin the raw edges.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge of all 4 sets.  Continue in this fashion with the Fourth and Fifth Dresden Blades.     


Press the seam to one side.  I choose to press everything in the direction of the darker fabrics.  Layout your 4 Units as shown below.  


Place the Second Unit in each row onto the First Unit with right sides together and align and pin the raw edges.    Stitch a 1/4" seam along both pinned edges.  


Press the seams in the same direction as your previous seams, so for me, towards the Yellow Blade.  


Place the First Row onto the Second Row with right sides together and align and pin the raw edges.      Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.   You will need to stop and start at the center and clip the threads between the two seams. 


Again, press the seams in the same direction as your previous seams, so for me, towards the Yellow Blade.   And then Starch your entire Dresden Unit to ensure it is lying nice and flat before adding the center applique.  You are basically ensuring that center "hole" is nice and stiff so it doesn't shift when stitching on it.  


Remove the paper backing on your Circle Applique.  Place your applique on the center of the Dresden Unit.  To ensure centered, Fold your Maroon Circle in half twice and finger press the crease and then align the Finger Presses with the Maroon Seams in the Dresden Unit.  


Once aligned, Press or Glue to secure the applique to the block.  If you are Pressing with Lite Heat N Bond, be sure and put the Paper backing under the hole in the Center of the Dresden Unit to protect your ironing board cover from the Heat N Bond.  


And now, you need to secure stitch the applique.   You can do machine, hand, or needle turn applique and choose any color thread.    Stitch around the entire Applique using desired secure stitch.  I like to backstitch 1-2 stitches at the beginning and the end of my stitching just to hold it.  


And all that is left, is to trim the block to a 10 1/2" Square that is offset.  To do this, Use a large square ruler (mine is 12 1/2").  Align the ruler so the 10 1/2" Marks on the top and side are aligned with the seam allowance of the blades and the Diagonal center Line is through the center of the Maroon Blades as shown.  Also, take special to care to ensure the bottom left hand corner has fabric under the 10 1/2" intersection. 


Once your ruler is aligned, trim along the right hand side, and top of the ruler.  


Now rotate the block 180 degrees on your cutting mat.  Align the ruler on the Dresden Unit so that the 10 1/2" lines are along the edges you just cut.   Once aligned, again, trim along the right hand side, and top of the ruler.   


And just like that, you have an Offset Square Dresden Block that should measure 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" unfinished.



And that means it is time to start putting all the blocks together.  So grab your Low Volume Background strips that we cut in Month 1, as well as your blocks and let's get going on  . . .

Sewing Section 4


We will start by sewing some Strip Sets together.   For all of these strip sets, press the seam allowance to the Larger Number fabric.   

From Fabric 9 & 10, sew a 36 1/2" Strip Set together as shown.
From Fabric 11 & 12, sew a 34 1/2" Strip Set together as shown.
From Fabric 13, 14, & 15, sew a 30 1/2" Strip Set together as shown.



Now we will start sewing Blocks and Strip Sets together to make the Section.   

Sew the Square in a Square Block and the 11/12 Strip Set together as shown.
Sew the Mini Heart Block and the Plus Embedded Block together as shown.

Press the Seams Open.  

 
Sew the 9/10 Strip Set and the Sashed Square Unit together as shown.
Sew the 13/14/15 Strip Set and the Mini Heart Plus Unit together as shown.

Press the Seams towards the Strip Sets. 


Sew the X's and O's Block and the Sashed Mini Heart Plus Unit together as shown.

Press the Seam Open


Sew the Sashed Square Unit and the Sashed Mini Heart Plus O Unit together as shown.

Press the Seam Open


Sew the Offset Square Dresden Block and the Sashed Mini Heart Plus O Square Unit together as shown.

Press the Seam Open.


And for the last step, you will need to gather your Section 4 Part 1 from last month as well as your 1 1/2" x 46 1/2" Strip 3 from your stash.    

Sew the 3 Strip Set, Section 4 - Part 1, and Section 4- Part 2 together as shown.  

Press the Seams Open.


And your Group 1 - Section 4 is complete.  It should measure 16 1/2" wide by 46 1/2" high.



And now we can move on to . . . 



And it's super easy.  Just layout Section 1/2 from Month 1, Section 3 and 5 from Month 2, and Section 4 from this month as shown.


Place Section 3 onto Section 4 with right sides together.  Align and pin the edges.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press the seam open.  


Then, place Section 5 onto Section 3/4 with right sides together.  Align and pin the edges.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press the seam open.  


And finally, Place Section 1/2 onto Section 3/4/5 with right sides together.  Align and pin the edges.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Press the seam open. 


And your Group 1 BOHO Section is complete.  It should measure 18 1/2" wide by 83 1/2" high.   And that is 1/4 of the quilt top all done!!!  How exciting is that ;)  

And that is it for BOHO Heart Block of the Month, Month 3 :) 

If you have any questions on this tutorial, please don't hesitate to email me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or leave a comment.  

Hope you have so much fun making all of this months blocks and really seeing a portion of your quilt top come together :)    

 Looking forward to Next Month!!


Pin It!