Thursday, September 13, 2012

Guest Blogging at Fave Crafts!!! (and TNT)

Today I am hopping on over to Fave Crafts, a part of Fave Quilts, to do a little guest blogging in honor of National Sewing Month!!!  For the special occasion I made a series of video's on how to finish your quilts.  You can check it out at Fave Creafts or see below :)

Do you ever find you get to the end of a tutorial or pattern and it says something along the lines of "Finishing It Up - Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It".  I know I have written it several times at the end of my tutorials.  Well, today I am adding a little more!!!  I have created a 3 Part Video Series on Finishing Your Quilt!!!  The first part is 10 minutes dedicated to basting your quilt, the  second, 10 minutes to quilting your quilt, and the third, 15 minutes dedicated to binding your quilt!!!  I hope you find these video's helpful to aid you on your quilting journey.  (And if you laugh at some of my silly stumbles or tripod filming that is great too :)

(Just remember, always smooth from the center out :) 

(Practice makes perfect, just keep stitching :)

(Yup, a little bit of math :)

I hope you enjoyed the videos and found some helpful information from them.

Oh, and this is the quilt I used as my demo :)  Thanks again to the wonderful ladies at Sew Bee Create for their beautiful blocks!!!  And if you want to see the tutorial for Spinning or Spiraling you can find it here :)

And don't worry, I haven't forgotten TNT :)  This week I tried something new in the wee hours between night and day.  (So I am not guaranteeing it is good :)  One of these video's was a a tad too long to upload onto You Tube.  So I searched around and found a program on my computer for editing movies.  I actually figured our how to cut out tidbits where I rambled because I couldn't think of the right words to say and then add some words onto the screen where my big shoulder got in the way.  Ya, video editing, totally TNT!!!

So what have you been up to???  Link on up!!!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fab Little Quilt Swap

Well my Mini for the Fab Little Quilt Swap is in the mail and on it's way to my partner :)  I am so happy with how it turned out :)  My partner really loves stars, rainbows, and lots of quilting :)  Do you think it hits the mark??

I quilted the star with mini stars and loops.  It is pretty dense quilting and I love the texture it gives the star :)

I did straight line echo quilting around the star alternating my thread color on each echo.  Ya, I had to change the thread in my machine a lot, but it was totally worth it :)  It really finishes it off, I think :)

So now I have the anticipation of seeing what comes in the mail to me :)  There are so many amazing minis in this group I can't wait.  Yippee Skippee!!!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tetris Quilt-A-Long - Parade and Grand Prizes!!

It's Here!!!  Yippee Skippee!!!  We have reached the Finale of the Tetris Quilt-A-Long.  I am so excited with how many of you amazing friends quilted a long with me :)  I had such a great time!!!

So . . . do you want to see some finishes.  There are lots of quilt tops completed linked at the grand prize link up post here :)  But our parade today is of those quilt tops that were also quilted and bound.  No work in progress for these ladies, their quilts are ready to be loved!!  So here they are!!!

Debbie from Minnesota

Lisa from Kentucky

Jana from Maryland

Shar from Utah

Each of you ladies did an amazing job!!!  Your finishes look fabulous!!!  Thanks for sharing them with all of us :)

And now . . . The parade is over but the fun certainly isn't.  We need to pick some winners!!!  And before I do that, I have a little extra surprise!!  I was contacted by Tetris, the actual game company and they wanted to add a little Tetris flare for each of the winners.  So now, our three grand prize winners will also be sent a Tetris Carabiner, which is basically a handheld Tetris game!!!  So cool huh!!!!  A huge thank you goes out to   Tetris for sponsoring these prizes for our winners!!!!

A huge Thank You also goes out to Julie at The Intrepid Thread for sponsoring our Grand Prize Giveaway's!!!  All those that have linked up their quilt top all eligible for the grand prize!!  The first winner will have their choice of the three grand prizes, and then the second, and the third winner will receive the remaining prize :)  So how about a quick recap of the prizes up for grabs!!!!

A $75.00 Gift Certificate that you can spend as you like!!

A Build your Own Bundle Certificate that you can use to create the perfect Fat Quarter Bundle for you!!

A Complete Fat Quarter Bundle of La Dee Da by Erin McMorris!!!

I know I would love to win any of these amazing prizes and I am sure you all feel the same.

So, lets get to it!!   Drumroll Please . . . . . . .

******The First Grand Prize Winner is . . .


******The Second Grand Prize Winner is . . .


******And the Third and Final Grand Prize Winner is . . . .


Congrats Ladies!!!  I will be getting in contact with you shortly :)

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Tetris Quilt-A-Long!!!  I had so much fun hosting it and I hope you had just as much fun sewing in it!!!  Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!!!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Dreaming of Paris - A New Pattern!!

Introducing Dreaming of Paris, my newest pattern which is now available in my Pattern Shop :)    I have been in love with Little Black Dress by Basicgrey from the moment I saw it and new it would be perfect for this super chic quilt design.

I love how my eye sees individual blocks at one moment and then lattice strips at the next moment.  It just goes back and forth creating some amazing movement.

And I am super happy to say that this is my first pattern with size options!!!!  Dreaming of Paris has options for a Baby, Twin, Queen, and King size quilt!! 

This cover quilt is the Twin size and it now belongs to my niece who hugged and thanked me at least 30 times for it.  Which just made me oh so very happy!!

A little detail :)  I love the way the secondary pattern of diamonds is created!!

I quilted an all over echoed feather shape going every which direction with some random swirls thrown in for fun.  (And I am totally in love with this quilting!!)

So what do you think???  I hope you love it as much as I do.   And, if you do happen to love it, and want to make one for yourself, you are in luck!!!  Leah, at Burgundy Buttons, has made up a Dreaming of Paris Quilt Kit featuring the same chic Little Black Dress prints I used!!!!  The kit will work for the Twin or Queen size!!  (or the baby but you will have a lot of scraps :)   The kit also includes the PDF pattern for free and the fabric itself is at a major discount.  What a deal!!!  So pop on over and grab a kit for yourself so you can get going on your Dreaming of Paris quilt.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I can't say how much I appreciate the support of each of my readers You are what make Happy Quilting grow.  When I created this blog two years ago I never dreamed I would be writing patterns or getting published, or basically having people interested in what I create.  It is an amazing and humbling feeling.  Thank you!!!
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bits and Pieces

So remember my Shifting Gears quilt??  Well Emily Herrick posted about it on her blog!!!  Yes, Emily Herrick as in the designer of the fabric that most of this quilt is made in.  Yup, I was pretty excited to see that!!!

I tried out a new quilting design.  It's a lot like the one I used for my Stars quilt, but I bent the shapes over a bit to give them more of a feather look.

And ya, I am so in love with it!!!  More to come on this quilt ;)

I got my final Spinning or Spiraling block in the mail.  I have the sashing all cut and ready to put the quilt top together.  And if I can do it rather quickly, I have a special surprise in store for this Thursday's TNT.  But I may have bit off a little more than I can chew with this plan so we will have to see :)

A bit random today :)  That's how my brain feels lately, just bouncing around trying to keep up with it all.  (But ya, you know I totally love it!!!)

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