Thursday, June 25, 2015

Irish Chain Quilts - Signings and Schoolhouse

Saturday I got to spend the afternoon at Pine Needles Quilt Shop in West Jordan, Utah.  I grew up going to visit this shop, so it was so much fun to go back and do an Irish Chain Quilts book signing ;)  Everyone at the shop was so nice, and it really is such an adorable shop!!  If you are ever in the Salt Lake area, you should totally stop by!!  Oh, and total side note, while I was in Salt Lake we stayed with my parents, and I might have had my mom chop my hair.   Eeekk!!

I have another book signing tomorrow at my cute local quilt shop here in Cedar City!!  Kim McCallister runs Stitching It Up and I just love her shop!!!  I am so excited to get to share my quilts and Irish Chain Quilts with all of my Cedar City friends.   I will be at Stitching It Up on Friday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 signing books and sharing the fun on Irish Chain Quilts.  So if you are in the surrounding area, pop on in and say hi ;)  We are going to have a great time!!!

And one last Irish Chain Quilts tidbit.  Remember how I mentioned that Fat Quarter Shop filmed my Irish Chain Quilts Schoolhouse Presentation . . . well it is now available for viewing ;)   So, if you want to see me talk all about Irish Chain Quilts while I shake like a leaf have a peek ;)  

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

Goodness, after the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop, I feel like I am playing catch-up with the blog.  I have so much to share with you from the last 2 weeks.   But first things first, Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day is back after a 2 week Break!!!!

So, let's get right to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop!!   Rustic Rooster is an adorable quilt shop with wonderful selection and great prices!!   Be sure to pop on over and check it out ;)  

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for this gorgeous Evening Mist Layer Cake designed by Sentimental Studios for Moda.  These prints are just so pretty!!!

You have two entry chances, the second being optional, 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 you love to do in summer??

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop love. You can follow them on  Facebook.  You can Sign up for the Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop Newsletter (top right hand corner)  or you can visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, June 30th when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Po The Panda

So did you see the adorable new Sew Solid Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop???  The pattern is called Panda-Monium (which you can download for free right here)  and it is the next mini in the Sew Solids Series that Fat Quarter Shop is putting on!!!   Isn't he just absolutely adorable!!!!

Of course, I had to do mine with a purple background so he would match with my purple wall of mini's ;)  This little mini goes together super fast and is so much fun to make!!  

And Kimberly made it even easier to put this little guy together with her fantastic video tutorial!!!  She will walk you through each step of the way, so fantastic!!!!

When it came time to quilt mine, I decided that I just loved the cross-hatching that Kimberly did on the original quilt, so I copied it.   I used a disappearing marker to draw the lines 2" apart and then quilted on the lines using a soft grey.  

And before you know it, I had an adorable Panda-Monium Mini!!!  My kids have decided to call him Po, from Kung Fu Panda and I figured Po the Panda sounded good so the name is stuck ;) 

Now the kids say I need to make another one with a bow in her hair so we can have a boy and a girl panda. Add it to the list ;)   

Wishing you a Happy Quilting Day!!!!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop - Wrap Up and Grand Prize Winners!!!!

Well, all good things must come to an end right ;)   Today is the final day of the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop.   Thank You so much to everyone who stopped in each day.    Your sweet comments and emails meant the world to me.    It was so much fun to get to share the quilts of Irish Chain Quilts with you as well as the awesome Charity Quilt Blocks all of my wonderful friends made to go along with the quilts.

And I know lots of you have been wondering how all of blocks were going to come together . . . well, wait no longer.  Here it is!!!!   Didn't it just turn out so adorable!!!  I am going to call it Rainbow Remix.

I just love how the chains all come together.  Even though they are all made out of different sizes and shapes, they still create an overall single Irish Chain quilt that is oh so cute!!!!!

And this one really shows the quilting.  I wanted to keep this quilt super soft and cuddly for it's recipient, so I opted to do a basic stippling stitch in the background in my favorite 402 So Fine thread that blended just perfectly with all of the different low volume backgrounds, and then arches in all of the chains.  I matched the color thread to the chain color using fabulous vergitage Fantastico threads, which just made the chain pop all the more.  So fun!!!

And for the backing, I used the adorable daisy block as a label, with some fun pieced stripes and polka dots around it.  Because, who doesn't love stripes and polka-dots :)

On the petals of the daisy, I added everyone's name that has made blocks and participated in the blog hop.  I think it is just the cutest finishing touch :)  So special!!  Thank you again to each of the ladies on this label, you are amazing!!!!

And now it is all ready to be delivered to Primary Children's Hospital.  I want to say a huge thank you to all of the ladies that helped in the making of this quilt!!  I know it is going to be such a special little quilt for a special little child!!!

Just in case you missed any of the stops of seeing these amazing blocks and the quilts behind them, here is the complete list of the blog hop one last time ;)   

June 8th -    Happy Quilting - Blog Hop Intro & Grand Prize Entry  (you are here) 
June 9th -    Moda Lissa - Lissa Alexander
                    Fat Quarter Shop - Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th -  Piece N Quilt - Natalia Bonner
                    In Color Order - Jeni Baker
June 11th -  Amy's Creative Side - Amy Ellis
                    Sew Kind of Wonderful - Jenny Pedigo
June 12th -  Quilt Story - Megan Jimenez
                    Diary of a Quilter - Amy Smart
June 15th -  Freshly Pieced - Lee Heinrich
                   Christa Quilts - Christa Watson
June 16th -  Moda Cutting Table - Carrie Nelson
                    Little Miss Shabby - Corey Yoder
June 17th -  Fresh Lemons - Faith Jones
                    V and Co.  - Vanessa Christenson
June 18th -  A Quilting Life - Sherri McConnell
                    Stitch This! - Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th -  Happy Quilting - Wrap Up & Grand Prizes

And that leaves us with one last order of business.   Announcing the Grand Prize Winners!!!!!  I had so much fun reading your Irish comments, and I was blown away by the number of entries.   You all sure know how to make a giveaway fun!!  So, let's get to this.  Drumroll Please . . . . . . . . . . . .

The first winner who will receive an Entire Bitty Bits Quilt Kit, comprised of 14 Kona Cotton Charm Packs, a Vanessa Goertzen Gooseberry Charm Pack, 2 Irish Green Fat Quarters from Denyse Schmidt's Moderns Solids collection, an Angela Walters Drawn Fat Quarter, a Bitty Bits Mini made by me, and a signed copy of Irish Chain Quilts is . . . . . . . .  . #617 who is  Ginny!!!!

The second winner who will receive a Lizzy House Butterflies Fat Quarter Bundle, and American Jane Lorraine Layer Cake, 2 Irish Green Fat Quarters from Denyse Schmidt's Moderns Solids collection, an Angela Walters Drawn Fat Quarter, a Bitty Bits Mini made by me, and  a signed copy of Irish Chain Quilts is . . . . .  #575 who is The Joyful Quilter!!!!

Congrats to both of you ;)   I have emailed you.

I want to sign off and close this Blog Hop with one last Thank You!!!  Thank you to my wonderful readers for your constant support of Happy Quilting ;)   I so appreciate you popping in each day to share my quilting adventures.  Your comments, emails, and and pictures always bring a smile to my face.   Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop - Day 9

I'ts Day 9 of the Irish Chain Blog Hop!!  I hope you have been enjoying it, I know I have!!!

The first quilt up today is An Iris Braid from the Twists on Tradition section of the book and A Quilting Life is the stop hop!!! Sherri McConnell is a wonderful friend that is always up to some amazing fabric goodness!!!  She has created a wonderful pattern line and at this last market, introduced her first fabric line, Bright Sun that she teamed up with her daughter to design.   I just think that is so incredible that they get to work together doing something they both love!!     Pop on over to see her stop ;)

An Irish Braid was one of the first designs I ever made.  The original design is almost 4 years old, but it fit the book so well and has always been a huge favorite of mine, so it made it in ;)  Even though this quilt looks super complex, it really is quite simple, using strip piecing and jelly rolls to really speed everything up.  You can 2 patch your way to this beauty in no time.  So fun!!!

And  that is all 15 quilts from the book!!    But we still have one more stop for today and something special to share!!!!   The wonderful Jenny Wilding Cardon from Martingale Publishing has put together an Irish Chain Quilts summary post!!!  And she even has an e-book giveaway to go along with her post.  But Jenny didn't stop there.  As we were setting up this whole blog hop, Jenny asked if it would be okay if each of the folks at Martingale made up a block as well.  And of course, I said absolutely fantastic yes!!!!   So a few weeks ago I got this adorable quilt top in the mail!!!!  Oh, my goodness, oh my goodness!!!  You can see more about it by popping over to Jenny's post here :)

Isn't it just so adorable!!!   I kept the houses free from quilting so that when I threw it in the wash they would get those fun scruffy edges.  I just love it!!!  This quilt will also be delivered to Primary Children's hospital and I am sure will be a wonderful surprise for a special little child!!!!

And that is today's stop!!!

Tomorrow is the final day of the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop!!!!   So if you haven't had a chance to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway, be sure to pop back here and leave your comment to be entered.  And it also has a list of all the hop stops with links, just in case you missed a day :)

Thanks for Hopping in today!!  I am so looking forward to tomorrow!!!  We will start with a general wrap up, then have the Charity Quilt Reveal and finish off with the Grand Prize Winners!!!  It is gonna be so much fun!!!  See ya tomorrow  ;)
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