Thursday, July 18, 2024

Happy Quilting Updates!!!

Today I am so excited to share some new updates to Happy Quilting!!!  I have been working on these in the background for some time and am thrilled to have them completed.  My hope is that it will be much easier to find exactly what you are looking for when you are searching over 14 years of blogging :)   So most everything stars with the new Navigation Bar that can be found directly under the title of my blog.  By clicking on any of these links, you are taken to a page with condescend information that links you to blog pages.    So let's have a little walk through of the updates so you can find what your looking for at Happy Quilting!! 



So let's start at the beginning with the Happy Quilting Patterns & Corrections link on the Navigation bar.   By clicking on the link, you will be brought to a page with all of my newly formatted Happy Quilting Patterns.   This is a great place to see all of the sizes, skill level, and precut friendly listing of patterns.    And if you are interested in particular pattern just click on the PDF or PAPER link of the pattern under the picture of it to be taken to my Etsy Shop listing of it ;) 




The Happy Quilting Patterns & Corrections link is also where you will find any corrections that have been made to my patterns.   The corrections will be shown after the listing of the pattern and will also have a link the the post that goes into greater detail of the correction.   I hope this helps when making your Happy Quilting quilts ;) 


The next section in the Navigation Bar is Free Downloadable PDF Patterns.   Did you know that I now have over 30 Free PDF Patterns that you can download??   And I am adding more just as quick as I can.    And at the beginning of the page, I have added jump links to make it easier to search all of the patterns.   Simply click on the type of PDF Pattern you are looking for to start.   So if I was looking for Free Fat Quarter PDF Patterns, I would click on that jump link.  (but not on this picture below, it is just to show you, you need to click on it in the  Free Downloadable PDF Patterns page at the top of the blog ;)   


That would take you to the listing of all the Free Fat Quarter PDF Patterns.   Then simply click on the picture of the Free PDF Pattern you would like.   So if I wanted to download Flora Bloom, I would click on the first picture and . . . 



That takes you to the Flora Bloom Quilt Blog Post.  From here you can click on any of the Free PDF Pattern links in the post to be taken directly to the pattern and download it for you free.  Super simple and oh so much fun ;)  




The next section in the Navigation Bar is Sew Many Quilt Tutorials.   And sew many is no exaggeration.  I have over 80 Quilt tutorials with step by step instructions and pictures that walk you through every step of making the quilt.  And once again, I have added jump links to help you search those 80 tutorials to find exactly the type of project you are looking for.   You just navigate the same way you did for the Free PDF Patterns, you just get tutorials instead :)  




And the last new section I want to talk about on the Navigation Bar is More Tutorials - Projects, Blocks & Techniques  And I am most excited about this page as it has been the hardest to find things in these categories and now it should be a snap ;)  As you can imagine, over 14 years of writting the blog added up to lots and lots of tutorials on quilt blocks, techniques, and other tutorials that aren't quilts.   This is the place to find them now!!  I hope you have fun surfing through these jump links and finding all of the past free stuff I have shared.   And again, just use the jump links to be taken to the areas you want to peruse.  

And the rest of the sections in the navigation bar have not changed much, but feel free to surf through them to see video tutorials, past quilt alongs, where I will be teaching, and so forth.  Oh, and if you find any broken links, tutorials, ect . . . please let me know.  I try to find all of them, but hey, with14 years of posts and things are gonna slip through ;)  

I hope you love these new updates as much as I do and that they will help you find all that Happy Quilting has to offer you in your quilting journey.  If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to put them in the comments or send me an email at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com.  I want this to be a place that is a joy to come and learn quilting!!  



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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

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

First we need to pick a winner from last week's TTGD ;) 

And the winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . .#98 . . .
Congrats ashleecorn!!!  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 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, I just love these!!!    And Green Fairy Quilts is currently having an  Amazing Riley Blake Precut Sale with 50-70% off!!!    You so don't want to miss out on this, there are so many Precuts to choose from at amazing prices ;)  

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts will be giving one lucky reader a Blossom Lane 10" Stacker by Katherine Lenius for Riley Blake Designs!!!  This is the same fabric I used to make this Cherry Tree Lane Quilt with it's free PDF Pattern.  It is such a gorgeous line and makes a very pretty quilt!!! 


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 "old school" skill set do you have ??  (I learned 10 key when I was 8 and am still super fast at it!

 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, July 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!!!


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Monday, July 15, 2024

Piece and Quilt Sampler QAL - Month 4

 It's Month 4 of the  Piece and Quilt Sampler Quilt Along and I am just so excited to share my fourth set of blocks!!!  Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for hosting this awesome quilt along from the Celebrate with Quilts book!! And here is the month 4 finishes, so fun :)   

I am making my Piece and Quilt Sampler in a diagonal Rainbow of Ombre goodness. (see plan here)  I love how it makes some of the blocks two color ways.   I just keep getting more and more excited to see this all come together!!    So this month we started with a 4 of the 9" Evening Hourglass blocks that were sewn together into this awesome 18" star block!!   Isn't it just so fun in all of it's scrappy patchwork goodness!!!   


And then, it was on to the Dandy Star Blocks and we made a 6" and a 9" block.   You know I always love making star blocks and these with the double print HST's blocks in the corners were a fun one to make.  I really love how much they are going to add to the scrappy goodness of this quilt!! 


So are you joining in the Piece and Quilt Fun???  It's going to be such a fun QAL!  Oh, and once you are done your blocks, Be sure to share your Piece and Quilt Sampler progress on social media with #PieceAndQuiltSamplerQAL.  There is oh so much Celebrate with Quilts Inspiration that can be found!!!   

And that's it for Month 4 - 4 9" Evening Hourglass Blocks and the 6" and 9: Dandy Star Blocks Star  in the Piece and Quilt Sampler Quilt Along!!!!      

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Vintage Sunburst QAL - Month 7

 It's Month 7 of the  Vintage Sunburst Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop and I am just loving this whole new chain piecing - paper piecing vibe I've got going!!      So here is this month's share for the Vintage Sunburst Quilt  



I added all of the borders to the  8" Vintage Sunburst Paper Piecing  blocks and then added a stitch and flip corner in the matching Blossom Basics warm tones :)   Didn't they turn out just so cute!!!  I can't wait to see the little diamonds they create when we sew the blocks together!!



This month I also got some chain stitching - paper piecing going with the  12" Paper Piecing Pads and the  Blossom Basics, in cool tones :)  I finished Step 1 for all of the rest of my large blocks, and even got the pieces pressed and trimmed so they are ready to add on the next background piece!!    My plan is to finish all of the paper piecing in August, then hopefully make the blocks in September.   October will be making the quilt top and November quilting it!!  And it will be all finished in time for Christmas ;) 


  The free pattern for this Quilt Along can be found right here ;)  And of course, along the way I need to get back to my  leaders and enders now that I have cool scraps as well.   I am thinking I might piece this into the backing of the quilt, what do you think???


So do you want to work on your paper piecing skills as well??  Pop over the the Vintage Sunburst Quilt Along page to get all of the details and join me in some paper piecing fun :)  

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Growing Stars - Fons & Porter Magazine

Today I am so super excited to share some secret finishes that I made earlier this year!!  I had so much fun making these little baby quilts in their simple piecing goodness :)   These are Growing Stars and I hope they will be just perfect for a little growing one in your life!!!  


Growing Stars can be found in the Fons & Porter Quick + Easy Quilts Double Issue that is now available at all places quilt magazines are sold :)   The theme for this issue is "Training Camp".  When I read camp it just got me thinking about how many campouts we went on when our kids were just little.  We used to love cuddling up in blankets and looking up at the stars.   And my littles are no longer little, but we still like to look up at the stars and cuddle up :)  So ya, you can see where the Growing Star design inspiration came from!!!   


And you will still get lots of "training" making Easy No-Waste Flying Geese that just keep getting bigger and bigger!! Growing Stars finishes at 48" x 48" so it is a great size for baby, and yet will still be big enough to grow with them into toddler stage :)   You are going to love making this quilt!!     And of course, I had to make an "All-Boy version" using Moda Grunge . . .



As well as an All Girl version using Moda Flow.   Both are such great nuetrals for making your quilts just pop with lots of color variations while still keeping it monochromatic ;)  And this quilt would also make an excellent wall hanging over a crib in the nursery.   Talk about a Growing Star!!!!   


When it came time to quilt mine, I decided on all over echoed Paisleys on the All Girl version and an all over echoed Swirl on the All Boy version.  I don't know why, but to me, Swirls just seem more masculine while paisleys seem more feminine.  It just fit :)   And both add so much yummy texture!!   

 

And those are my Growing Stars Quilts!!!    I hope you like them as much as I do.   And if you make your own, I would love to see them!!!   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 Growing Stars Quilts!!!

 

 Thanks for popping in and sharing these finishes with me!!

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

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

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

First we need to pick a winner from last week's TTGD ;) 

And the winner of the  Best of Ombre Confetti Metallic Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop is . . .#214 . . .
Congrats laurasublettegree!!!  I have messaged 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 makes a new Lou Lou Bundle every Tuesday . . . a Lou Lou Bundle is 8 fat quarters curated by Jamie and they are always gorgeous!  I love this new Cherry Picked Bundle, isn't it just so great!!!   And be sure to also check out all of Lou Lou's  Amazing Sale with over 2000 items at fabulous prices!!!    Such 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 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 Popcorn or Chips??  

 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, July 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!!!


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Monday, July 8, 2024

June Sew Sampler!!!

Well summer is just flying by as per usual.   But at least I get to stop and enjoy my  Sew Sampler Box for last month.  The theme was The Sweetest Peach for June and it is just such an awesome month of quilty goodness!!!  I just squealed with delight when I opened it :)  


I was so excited for this Jelly & Jam Honey Bun by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.   I just love Fig Tree Fabrics, the colors are just so happy and the prints are so vintage!!   Just such a pretty combo.   And how fun is that Peach Preserve Quilt Pattern!!!   Anything with 1 1/2" strips is just so much fun to make!! 


And the notions for this month are just awesome!!!   I always love a new ruler, (I like to collect them on my peg board) and this 60 Degree Tiny Diamon Ruler is just so cute!!!   I made this Vintage Windmill quilt with Krista Moser's 60 Degree Diamond Ruler, so the Tiny one will just be that much more fun!!!   And I am so excited for the Little House Glass Head Pins!!!  I love my Glass Head pins and both of my sets got misplaced on the cruise, so I am just thrilled to have these to replace them ;)    And always yes to Schmetz Needles!!!   



And a new month means another Pieceful Basket block.    I am going outside the box for me and using a Kona Lime Background, and a Milk and Honey bundle ,  Isn't this little Nine Patch Block resting in a basket  just so happy!!! 



And that is June Sew Sampler Box.

  And with the way this summer is going, all I have to do is blink and the July one will be arriving at my door ;)  Gotta love Crazy Busy ;)  

Happy Quilting!!! 
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Saturday, July 6, 2024

Moonbeams Quilt Along - Release 5 - Tree of Life Blocks

Yesterday was the fifth block release of the Moonbeams Quilt Along and I am just so excited!  This is Fat Quarter Shop's 11th Annual Charity Quilt Along and they are always my favorite :)  This is the last set of blocks to be released and they are the  Tree of Life Blocks.   And how great are these blocks!!!  So many fun Half Square Triangles ;)  


I am using Imaginary Flowers for by Gingiber for my blocks.   I am just loving how all the prints pop on that beautiful navy background :)   And there are still some  Moonbeams Quilt Kit and Backing Set featuring Strawberry Lemonade Fabrics by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics available, just in case you still want to jump in with this super fun QAL ;)     But of course, this quilt will look amazing in any fabrics you choose.  You can find the Fabric Requirements for the Moonbeams Quilt Along here!!! 


So are you joining in with the Moonbeams Quilt Along fun???   You can download the block pattern right here and it is requested for each pattern you download to donate $10.00  to the Make a Wish Foundation :)  And I am super excited to say that even though we are only on month 3,  Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL has almost raised over $30,000!!!  The goal is $100,000 which will allow for 16 wishes to be granted.  How awesome is that!!!  And Moda Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop have joined to match up to $30,000 :)  So many amazing wishes :)  


Be sure to share all of your Moonbeams progress on social media with #moonbeamsqal and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for the Tree of Life Blocks for lots more Moonbeams Inspiration!!! 

And that's it for the Fifth Release in the Moonbeams Quilt Along!!!!      

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


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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

**Just a quick Reminder . . . Today is the last day to get my New Happy Quilting Patterns on Sale!!  

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

First we need to pick a winner from last week's TTGD ;) 

And the winner of the $50 Gift Card from Stitchin' Heaven   is . . .#309 . . .
Congrats Julie Christensen Barnes!!!  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  and Precuts of the Week!!   You can also save big on the Basics of the Month!!!!     This month Confetti Cottons Basics are on sale.  Also, By Annie Notions are on sale for the Notion,   and all  Elizabeth Hartman  Patterns  are on sale for the Pattern.   Save 20% off of all of them for the whole month of July!!  So great ;)   


And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway  Fat Quarter Shop is giving away this beautiful Best of Ombre Confetti Metallic Fat Quarter Bundle by V and Co. for Moda!!!   I just love working with Ombre Fabrics and now a super lucky someone will get to play with them too :)
 



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 have made a quilt using Ombre before, and if so, what quilt??  

 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, July 9th  when I will announce a winner at the beginning of the 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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