Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cotton Bliss Winner

Just popping in real quick today to announce the winner of the Cotton Bliss $25.00 Gift Certificate


Congrats Linda B.!!  Enjoy your Shopping!!!

And if you didn't win today, you can always try your luck at the giveaway I announced yesterday as part of the Quilt. St. George Blog Hop ;)

Hope you have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!
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Friday, January 3, 2014

Quilt St. George Blog Hop and Giveaway

I am so excited to be teaching at Quilt St. George in just a little under 2 weeks!!!!  What a great way to start the new year.   This is the first year of this retreat and for a little first year, new year fun, the creators of Quilt St. George have put together a great little Blog Hop hosted by the teachers of Quilt St. George.  And today's my turn!!!

 I will be teaching 3 classes at Quilt St. George.  First off is my Braided Irish Chain pattern on Tuesday morning, followed by my Summer Breeze pattern on Tuesday afternoon.  That evening there will be a wonderful Meet the Teachers event as well as a seminar hosted by Dr. Bob of Superior Threads.  (So very excited!!!)   And lastly, on Wednesday morning I will be teaching my The Way The Crow Flies pattern.  

Each of these quilts are so fun to put together and I am so excited to be teaching classes on them.  As you can see, they all have their own feel and provide for lots and lots of color options.  I can't wait to see what everyone chooses.  Seeing all of the different fabrics is one of my favorite parts of teaching ;)    My Braided Irish Chain Class is full but there is still room in the other 2 classes.  It's not to late to sign up, I would love to see you there.  We are going to have such a great time!!!!

And for more great times and classes, be sure to check out all of the stops along the blog hop.

Superior threads January 2nd
The Superior Blog  

Melissa Corry  January 3rd

Happy Quilting Blog

Sandra Starley January 4th

Antique and Vintage Quilts Blog  from Textile Time Travels 

Yvette Jones January 5th

Annie Unrein January 6th

Blogs By Annie

Lynette Bingham January 7th

Main Street Quilt Cottage Blog

Sandra Starley January 8th

Art Quilt and Reproduction Quilt Blog from Quilt Art Star  

And let's finish out with another little great time opportunity . . .  lets do a Giveaway.  Oh yes, there will be some super fun giveaway along this blog hop :)

For 3 lucky readers, I will be giving away 3 patterns each, you can choose your favorites :)

For a chance to win . . . Just leave me a comment telling me which three patterns you would choose :)

And that's it.  1 entry per person max and everyone is welcome to enter.  I will choose the winners Thursday the 9th, at the close of the blog hop :)  Good Luck and Happy Quilting!!!
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

My Christmas Surprise

So my sweet husband pulled out all the stops this Christmas and got me a super special surprise for Christmas.  A Nikon D3200!!!!  Oh, my goodness, oh my goodness!!!!

We didn't get a picture of me opening the gift so I have done my best to recreate the facial expression I had at the moment I saw my new camera. It was a pretty even mix of shock and joy.   It looked a little like this :)   And that was followed quickly by tears, what can I say, I am a crier ;)

So here's the thing.  I have no idea what I am doing, but I am so eager to learn!!!  I am just so excited, I know the possibilities are endless (heck, the buttons on the camera seem endless :)  So I have a question for you??

Where do I start???   Do you know any fabulous websites that go over some of the basics of using a camera like this??  I am very much a visual learner and ya, the manual is pretty much going over my head.  Is there a fantastic Craftsy video you might have taken that walked you through how to use one of these??   I am a blank slate here so please, please, fill me up with your suggestions :)
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kiss 2013 Goodbye and Point Me to 2014

Well 2014 is waiting in the wings, so it is that time again. Time to make some mosaics and bring on the goal setting.  I think this is one of my favorite post days of the year.  It is just so fun to look back and see the progress and creativity of the year.  Yup, very happy making indeed.  So, here it is . . .

2013 - A Year of  Happy Quilting A La Mosaic Style

2013 Beejeebers Bee Blocks

2013 Quilt Tutorials

2013 Published

2013 Quilts and Projects Not Already Shown 

1. My New Rally Quilt, 2. Baby Refracted, 3. Refracted Rainbows - FLQS, 4. Tetris Quilt-A-Long Finished, 5. Lucky Stars - Flat, 6. Sister's Choice, 7. Back to Basics, 8. Blocks for Quilts for Boston, 9. Jelly Roll Jam x2, 10. Blocks for Quilts for Boston, 11. Josie's Sister's Choice Angle, 12. Gathered Clutches

2013 Quilt-A-Long's - Starburst and Star Surround (and sadly, mine aren't quilted)

And last but not least, I really wanted to remember some of the free motion quilting I did this year.  This has been a real focus for me, especially with the new long-arm. About half of these are on my home machine and half on the long-arm.   So one last mosiac.

2013 Free Motion Quilting

1. Wood Grain, 2. Read With Me - Quilting Detail - Ground, 3. Quilting Detail - The Way The Crow Flies, 4. Lucky Stars - Stars Quilting, 5. In Your Neighborhood Quilting Detail, 6. Flower Quilting, 7. A Study in Quilting - Quilting, 8. Interlocking Circles, 9. Hearts and Loops Quilting, 10. Lucky Stars - Background Quilting, 11. Steps To Tranquility - Quilting Detail 1, 12. Read With Me - Quilting Detail - Castle and clouds, 13. Steps To Tranquility - Quilting Detail 2, 14. Stars and Loops FMQ, 15. Feathers Detail, 16. Back to Basics - Quilting, 17. Refracted Rainbows Quilting - FLQS, 18. First Time Using a Ruler on the Long Arm, 19. Daddy's Little Girl - Quilting, 20. Swirls, 21. Pom-Pom Quilting, 22. Interlocking Rectangles, 23. All Star Quilting Detail, 24. Steps To Tranquility - Quilting Detail 3

Wow, 2013!!!  You were quite a Happy Quilting Year!!!!  

So now it's time to look forward to 2014!!  For 2013 I made 4 broad goals.  They were . . .

1 - Expand my Skills

2 - Be Happy with Me

3 - Tell the Story

4 - Seize Opportunities while Keeping Balance

I feel so incredibly happy with how 2013 has come and gone for Happy Quilting. It really has been such an amazing year with so many wonderful accomplishments.  And quite honestly, I really feel like these 4 little goals (that I had kept posted to my wall) really were a guiding factor in that success.  They really did change from "goals" to Daily Reminders.  Each time I sat at my machine and say those 4 little reminders I just couldn't help but smile.  They really did allow me to let go of stress, focus on ideas and creativity, smile at myself and my accomplishments, organize my time, and in general, helped me to continue to grow as a quilter.

So - I have decided that for 2014 - those 4 little Daily Reminders are staying on the wall!!!  So . . . Bring on 2014!!!  I am so super excited to see what it will bring :)

And One Last Note . . . I want to send a huge Thank You to each and every one of you!!!   I wish there was a way I could reach through the computer and give you each a hug because words just don't seem enough.   I am just thrilled to pieces with how Happy Quilting continues to grow and touch people's creative lives.  All of the sweet comments, pictures of your inspired creations, quilting-a-long with me, encouraging emails, goodness, I could go on and on.   You all put the Happy in Happy Quilting and your support, kindness and friendship mean the world to me.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!

So here's to a Happy Quilting year in 2014!!!!!!
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Cotton Bliss Gift Certificate Giveaway

Well, today is an exciting day!!! As of this morning, Happy Quilting has over 3,000 followers on Bloglovin!!!   Yippee Skippee!!  So, I think news like that calls for a little celebration and my good friend Stefanie at Cotton Bliss is helping me celebrate with a $25.00 Gift Certificate Giveaway for all of you!!

Cotton Bliss is celebrating the coming New Year with a Huge sale!!  There is fabric, thread, notions, and patterns all at phenomenal sale prices!!!   The sale is going on through January 6th!!   So here is how it is going to work.

For a chance to enter the giveaway, simply

1 - Pop on over to the Cotton Bliss Year End Sale and choose a favorite item or two that you might like to spend a gift certificate on and then pop back here and leave me a comment of what it is ;)

That's it.  Super easy right :)  The giveaway is open to everyone and it will close Friday the 3rd and a winner will be announced Saturday Morning ;)

Good Luck to everyone and Happy Quilting!!!
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