Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It Starts - Block-A-Palooza!!!!

Okay, so now begins my WIP that will last until the end of March, which is a long time for me to be working on one project :)  But I am so super excited about this.  If you haven't heard of Block-A-Palooza, it is a quilt-a-long but there are 18 designers of the one quilt.  Oh, and ya, they happen to be some of the biggest names in the virtual quilting world.  Check it out :)  I have been anticipating this for the last month.  I decided that this was the perfect candidate to knock off my "using up some of my stash" goal.  I grabbed the following prints out of my stash to rock the Block-A-Palooza :)

And yes I took this picture on my treadmill. I figure since it never gets used to run on it might as well be good for something :)

And here is Block One designed by John of Quilt Dad.  He calls it Flying Over Fields.  I am loving the way this block turned out.

I am super excited for this Quilt-A-Long and excited to share you the Work In Progress along the way :)

And a final reminder . . . Check back tomorrow for my Newest Moda Bake Shop Tutorial.  I can't wait!!!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And The Winner's Are . . .

Alright, lets get right to it.  Oh, and one of these days I am going to figure out how to add the little Random.Org generator boxes.  Every time I try and cut and paste them they just go back to their original look, without the generated number.  If anyone knows how to do this, I would appreciate the enlightenment.

The first winner choosen by Mr. himself is  (drum roll please)   -   #65 -  Jan
   She choose Prize #3 first so she will be receiving the Fat Quarters

The second winner choosen by Mr. himself is  (drum roll please)   -   # 7 - KristyLou 
   She choose Prize #1 first so she will be receiving the Holiday Charm Pack


The first winner choosen by Mr. himself is  (drum roll please)   -   #35 - Jessica
   She choose #2 first so she will be recieving the Custom Appliqué.

Congrats to the winners, I have sent you emails :)  

And if you didn't win, don't be sad . . . I have a prize for everyone!!!  Come back Thursday when my next Moda Bake Shop tutorial will be released.  Don't you just love free tutorials? I know I do!!   I am so super excited about this new pattern.  I will leave you with this hint . . .Kate Spain and Central Park!!  Oh ya!!!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

One (huge thing) One Week Challenge

Just A Reminder . . . Today is the last day to enter my 300 follower giveaway here :)

So this week Amy had her One Thing One Week Challenge.  I love when Amy does these!!!  They always get me into super sewing mode.  This week was no exception, in fact, it was probably the biggest One Week Challenge I have set for myself.  My goal was to finish my twin size quilt top for my February Moda Bake Shop tutorial.  The reason this goal was so huge was because as of Monday I had 1 block of 20 done.  Thus began the sewing marathon!!!  Oh did I have fun!!!!  Here is a sneak peak of a "portion" of the block  (Ya, I am a tease, you'll have to wait till the end of February to see the rest :)  I am so happy to say that as of Saturday morning the quilt top was done . . .Ya, Goal Completed!!!!!

But of course, when I get a quilt top all done I just can't wait to get it finished.  I love free motion quilting and had some pretty specific ideas of how I wanted to do this quilt up.  So Sunday afternoon began the free motion quilting marathon.  It went into the late hours of Sunday evening :)  Just before midnight the dryer buzzed and the quilt had that wonderful finished snuggle me feel.  Oh, I am so super happy for how it turned out.  I am so excited about this quilt.  Want to see the quilting??

You didn't really think I would show the front, did you.  Tee Hee Hee.  Sorry, I know you really can't see any of the quilting but trust me, it is pretty awesome.  And just in case you are wondering, Yes, I quilted this twin size quilt on my little Bernina :)  Lots of pins and :."slightly" sore shoulders :)
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Styling :)

Side note - If you are looking for the giveaway it is here :)

I received my first "blogger award".  I have to admit, even though I know these circle around and around, I was pretty stinking excited when I saw it :)  Kati over at from the blue chair nominated Happy Quilting for the Stylish Blogger Award :)  Thank you Kati, and if you haven't checked out her blog, head over there!!  She is amazing!!

Okay so the rules for accepting this award are as follows :
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.  (So I did 5, I have to go make lunch for the kids)
3. Pay it forward to 7 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their Blog Award!

So I thought it would be fun with each random fact I share to also share some of the new additions to the blog recently that have helped to make it so "stylish".  So here we go.

1 - BLOG - I had my friend (Cute It Up) design me a new header and buttons that I absolutely love!!!
     ME - I am an identical twin and my twin sister is expecting her first little girl, I am so excited for her!!!
2 - BLOG - I recently created a Facebook Page for Happy Quilting and added a "like" widget to make it super easy to "like me".  Does that sound silly or what??
      ME - Being a twin, I really, really, really, want to have twins of my own.  (Yes, even though I already have 4 children I want 2 more :)
3 - BLOG - Per request two days ago, I figured out how to add a feed burner so that you can get email updates every time I post, if you want that is :)
      ME - I recently had a fight with my stove top and the stove top won with a 5 foot fire ball.  Some of my hair was sacrificed in the fight :)  I am not as talented in the kitchen as I am in my sewing room :)
4 - BLOG - I added pages to my blog so that you can easily link to my tutorials and quilt archive.
     ME - I was an accountant before I became a mom.  I love how everything is always neat and tidy in accounting.  Everything must balance.  That is probably why I have a harder time with abstract and wonky :)
5 - BLOG  - Maybe this isn't stylish but it is certainly helpful, I added numbers to my comments.  No more buggy eyes after giveaways :)
     ME - I am a can't stop reader.  Once I start a book, I tend to drop everything else until I finish it.  I find I am the same way with quilting,  I don't have a lot of projects going on at once.  I like to finish one and then start a new one :)

Okay, enough about me . . .On to my nominations . . .In no particular order here are blogs that I think have a style all of their own,  some quilting, some not :)

Kindred Monologues
The Plaid Scottie
Just a Little Bit of Quirky-ness
Freckled Whimsy
House of Henrie
Cut to Pieces

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WIP Wednesday

First off . . . If you are looking for my 300 follower giveaway it is here

I had to laugh a bit when I was thinking about my WIP to post because I think I currently have 8 things on the drawing / cutting board and 1 actual work in progress.

So first - Something from the drawing board.  I decided on my design for the Modern Quilt Guild #2 Challenge. The challenge this time around is a completely monochromatic quilt.  2 nights ago I got the design all laid out and grabbed the fabric from my stash.  So it is ready to go.  Can you guess what color I choose :)

And second . .  My actual WIP.  Which happens to be something I don't want to show off yet.  How is that for mean??  I am working with the amazing Sunkissed line from Sweetwater to make a Moda Bake Shop tutorial for February.  And this quilt is a little intense - time wise that is.  I will show you this.  These are my clippings from the last 2 days work :)  Aren't they cute :)

So that is it for WIP - There is a lot going on over here at Happy Quilting just not a lot that I can show for it.  Sorry :)  I will show more as some of those other drawing board ideas actually meet fabric :)

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