Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Winner of the Intrepid Thread Sponsored Giveaway!!

I was so excited about the block contest yesterday that I forgot to post a winner of The Intrepid Thread Sponsored Giveaway of the Poetica Fat Quarter Bundle.  So let's get to that :)

And according to Mr. Random. Org the winner is lucky #10!!!!!
 Who happens to be Becky M!!!  Congrats Becky!!!  Looks like you will be getting a bundle of your favorite :)

Thank you to everyone for entering.  It was so much fun to get to read what everyone's favorites are :)  Happy Quilting!!!!

(Oh, and if you didn't win today it's okay, come back Friday. Well see how your Luck of the Irish holds out, Wink, Wink :)

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Monday, March 12, 2012

A Wonderful Surprise

Good Morning, Good Morning ,  It wasn't so great to stay up late.  (have you seen Singing In the Rain, Love it!!!)   My little baby girl is sick (as are several other members of our family) so I was up  quite a few times in the middle of the night.  I woke up super tired and got the kids off to school. Then it was time to start the laundry.  Yup, sometimes Monday mornings are a real drag.

Until . . . You come to find that your block has been selected as one of the finalist in Crazy Old Ladies Block Contest!!!  Yippee Skippee!!!!

So here's a quick run down, if you have no idea what I am talking about.    Emily Herrick, amazing fabric and pattern designer and the brains behind Crazy Old Ladies had a whole ton of her new Hall Of Fame Line sent to her.  And she wanted to give some away.  So she came up with this fun little block contest to do so.  Now I have loved her Hall of Fame line from the second I layed eyes on it so of course, I was going to enter.  I choose some of my favorite blocks that I have completed recently and entered them.  And this morning I found that I was a finalist with my Improv Angles block.

So now it is onto a vote :)  So please, do me a huge favor by supporting Emily's contest.  Take a minute to pop on over and vote :)  The poll is on the top of the right hand column of the blog :)  Find a favorite and click on the name of the person's block.  There are some amazing blocks and I am just tickled to be among them :)

Isn't it just amazing how surprises just come along that turn your day completely around.  Love it!!!!!
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Black, White, and Shades of Grey

I am hoping to get time today to slice into this lovely stack!!!  The fabrics are  from Riley Blake's Tuxedo Collection and I just love them!!!!  Don't they just POP!!!!  Sadly I won't be able to show much more of them than this.  Yup, another secret project.   Sorry to make you wait. I so wish I could share, but just think how awesome it will be when I can finally reveal them :)  Lot's of fun in store down the road :)  Let's hope I can be patient.  (Which should be interesting, as it never was my strong suit :)

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Star Spangle Table Runner Tutorial for TNT

As I mentioned yesterday, today I have the wonderful opportunity to guest post over at Sew We Quilt.  And I will be sharing a tutorial for this fun little project.  So pop on over and check it out or read below to see the tutorial here :)  Either will work!!

Let me start out by saying that you can make this table runner any size you like.  Mine happens to be 8 1/2" x 50" because that is the size table it will be going on.  But the pattern is very basic so once you get an idea of how to do it, just alter it to fit the size you need. 

So you will need a red print, a white print, and a blue print.  I used a Fat Quarter of Red and white and a yard of Blue.  (I also used the blue print for my binding and backing :)

From your red and white fabric cut 6 strips each measuring 3" x 22" (That will use up all of your fat quarter.)

Lay your first strip (red one) on your cutting mat with right side up.  Now lay your second strip (white one) right side up and place it so that the edge of the second strip overlaps the first strip by 1".  (A little different than normal right sides together, but you will get the hang of it :)  Now lay your ruler 1" up from the edge of the second strip.  This creates your cutting area.

With your rotary cutter, cut a wavy line through both strips in the 1" overlap.  the wavier you cut the more curvy, so if curves scare you just do a really gentle wavy line to start.  The piece of the second strip (white one) closest to you becomes scrap and the piece of the first strip (red one) under the second strip becomes scrap as well.  Go ahead and remove them.

Now, gently lay your first strip over onto your second strip so that now the right sides are together.  Don't bother trying to match the edge up because it won't.  Just overlap the second strip edge (white one) 1/4" from the edge of the first strip (red one).  This is where you will begin stitching and you be stitching a 1/4" seam down the length of your 2 strips.

Now I don't pin when stitching curves.  Especially these improv. curves.  The nice thing is that you will be trimming when you are done so you don't have to worry about  being perfect.  This is a great project to practice curve piecing.

So, start your 1/4" seam where you overlapped your 2 fabrics.  I like to stitch 2 stitches and then back-stitch. (This isn't necessary but I pull on these pieces a little more so I like the extra security ;)  Now if you have never done curved piecing, there are a few things that knowing will make it a lot easier. So here they are.   Only worry about lining up the inch or so before your presser foot.  Don't look at where your needle is sewing.  Just focus on the fabric right before it goes under the front of our foot.  That is the only place you need to line up.  Once you get that down it is super speedy and super fun!

Line up an inch, then stitch an inch.  Then line up another inch, then stitch another inch.  If you can only get 1/2 an inch to line up (which is often the case at the top of the curves) then only line up and stitch a 1/2 an inch.  And don't worry about the bubbles forming away from the seam.  They work themselves out.

Creases that come close to your seam will often work themselves out as they go through the presser foot so don't stress about them much either.  Just remember, line up a little, stitch a little.  Keep doing this until you get to the end of your strip.  And remember, this is a very forgiving project so have fun with it.  Trus me, by the end of it you will feel way more confident about your curve piecing.

Once you finish stitching the length of your strip go ahead and press your seam to the darker fabric.  And notice how my strips don't line up at the end.  No worries :)  That's why we trim.

So now you are ready to repeat the process.  Add the third strip, overlap, cut stitch :)  You get the idea!!

Keep adding strips until you have enough strips to equal double the height of your desired table runner.  (Mine was 11 strips but yours could vary depending on how large you cut your curves ;)  Go ahead and give your entire curved unit a good starching.  This will just get it nice and flat before we start cutting it up :)

Now lay your piece onto your cutting mat and cut it into 4 pieces as follows.  I cut mine into (4) 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles.  (You can adjust accordingly if you want it wider or shorter.)

Now it is time to add some blue.  Cut 5 strips that are the height of your pieced block.  (mine was 8 1/2" x 2 1/2")  And while I had my blue out I also cut (3) 2 1/2" x WOF strips to create my binding strip.

Now go ahead and lay your pieces out as follows.  Sew the 2 rows together adding the strips to the blocks first and then sewing the blocks together.  Once completed sew the second row to the end of the first row to create one long runner.

Like so :)  Don'y you just love how it is all wavy!!  But just wait, it is going to get even better!!

From the blue print, cut out some stars and applique them to your runner like so.  You can print off stars from any Word program and I did mine in varying 1/2" sizes from 2 1/2" to 4".  If you have never done applique before please refer to Step 5 of this tutorial (one of my MBS ones).  It will walk you through how to do it :)

Now you are ready to finish it up :)  Go ahead and make your quilt sandwich and then baste it.

Now it is ready to be quilted.  I did a mini stars and loop pattern in matching thread colors of the fabric.  I love how it turned out :)

And lastly, take those strips you cut previously and sew them into a binding strip and then bind your table runner :)

And Ta Da!!!  One super adorable Star Spangled Table Runner!!!

So that's it :)  I so hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  It really is a super fun project that goes together quick and is very forgiving :)  And if you make one, I would love for your to add it to my Inspired by Happy Quilting Flickr Tutorial Group.  I just love seeing your take on my tutorials :)

And not to forget TNT . . . This project was lots of fun and I was so happy to give repeat improv curvy "waves" a try.  First time doing it and by the end of the project I was feeling totally confident with them and actually really enjoying piecing them.  (In fact, I enjoyed it so much I am not cooking up another little idea to use them in :)  

So that is what I was doing New this last week . . How about you???  Link on up :)

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Intrepid Thread Sponsor Giveaway :)

So two exciting announcements today!!!!!

First off,  tomorrow I will be guest posting over at Sew We Quilt (which I always love because everyone over there is super sweet!) and I will be sharing a new Tutorial!!!  I am so excited for this tutorial, it is such a fun project and I even did curves :)  Yippee Skippee!!!  Here is a little sneak peek :)

Second off  . . .  Today is the  

Yippee Skippee!!!!!! Julie has put so much work into converting her amazing etsy shop into a full blown Webpage and Online Shop!!!!!    And check out how cool it looks!!!!

It is super easy to navigate.  Just click on Shop and you are taken to the new shopfront where everything is neatly divided by Collection, Designer, Manufacturer, ect. ect. ect.  Perfect for whatever way you like to shop for fabric.  And of course every picture is Julie's top level of photography which allows you to really get an idea for the actual color of the lines ;)  I love that about Julie's store!!!

So, Julie and I put our heads together and thought what better way to celebrate a  GRAND OPENING than to have a GIVEAWAY!!!!  That way everyone gets to Party!!!!!

Whats up for grabs you ask????  How about this totally stunning set of Fat Quarters from Pat Bravo's new Poetica line!!!!!  This colorway is called Rose Ballad and I just love it!!!!  

To enter . . . Simply pop on over to  The Intrepid Thread Shop in all of it's grand opening glory and then come back here and leave me a comment telling me your absolute favorite item in the shop!!!!! 

For one bonus entry (it's always fun to have a bonus :)  sign up for The Intrepid Thread's Newsletter and then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so (or already receive it :)

And that's it.   Two chances per person, so please only 2 comments per person :)  The giveaway is open to all friends and will close on March 11th. I will announce a winner on the 12th :)

Oh, and by the way, Welcome to any new visitors!!!!  I am so glad that you found Happy Quilting and hope that you will come back often.  And if you want to follow me, you can make sure to stay on top of all the fun things going on around here :)    
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