Monday, February 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along - House Block!!!

Today is the first day of the Crossroads QAL and I am so very excited!!!    Not only do I absolutely love the Strawberry Fields Revisited fabrics (designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts for Moda) but these blocks are just so adorable and I am so loving all of the fun points to match up!!!  The first block is called the House Block and aren't they just so cute!!!

I have always loved these traditional looking house blocks so I couldn't wait to put them together!!!  They really did go together fast and I liked being able to chain stitch each step for the houses. Before I knew it, I had 4 adorable little houses :)

If you sewing along or want to join in on the fun,  you can download the block pattern right here and then don't forget to donate the $5.00 for the pattern to the March of Dimes  ;)  This QAL is raising funds for premature babies and Fat Quarter Shop and Moda and All of Us are teaming up to make a big impact!    

And like always, if you are a little nervous about getting all those little points to match up, you need not worry.  Kimberly and Joanna , have made a fabulous You Tube video that walks you through making the block step by step and has lots of little tidbits to help you with your block!!!  

Be sure to  share all of your Crossroads progress on social media with #crossroadsquiltalong and check out these fabulous bloggers who are quilting along for some House Block inspiration :)  

Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts (@figtreequilts)
Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
April of Prairie Grass Patterns (@amrosenthal)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Angie of Gnome Angel (@gnomeangel)
Vanessa of Lella Boutique (@lellaboutique)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Erin of Why Not Sew (@whynotsewquilts)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)

I will be sharing more Crossroads Blocks on the 15th of each month.  It is going to be so much fun!!!  I hope you come Quilt Along!!!

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Trunk Show with the Red Rock MQG!!!

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to share my Irish Chain Quilts with the Red Rock Modern Quilt Guild in St. George, Utah.   The ladies were so incredibly fun and I just had a ball!!!  What a wonderful evening!!!  (and a huge thank you to Natalia for sharing these pictures with me as I did not take a single one all evening ;)   I started with sharing my own Single, Triple, and Double Irish Chain Quilts.  The Double is the quilt my mother made me for my wedding and my first introduction to quilting, hence my love for Irish Chain quilts ;)

Then I shared the quilts from Irish Chain Quilts.   I have shared these here before so I won't show them all, but I couldn't help but share some of these.  I like to call this the many faces of Melissa.  Ya, I can get a little silly and I totally talk with my hands ;)


I think Natalia even caught me picking a thread off of this quilt.  Didn't even realize I was doing that, to funny!!

 And then to end things up . . . I shared a few quilts that have gone to Quilt Con, since I was at a MQG meeting it seemed to be a good fit and finish ;)   Oh, and I might have thrown in a not quite finished quilt (bottom right corner)  that I haven't shared yet on the blog.  I am hoping to get it  quilted soon and write up the pattern for it and then who knows . . . maybe it will get accepted to the next Quilt Con??  So ya, consider this a sneak peak of things to come very soon, and now that I have spilled the beans, hopefully that will get it done even sooner ;)

 It was such a super fun night!!!!  I just loved being able to share my passion for quilting with these amazing ladies.  What a wonderful group of amazingly talented women!!  It was an honor to get to share with them ;)   And after the show, I might have got a few bolts in the End of Bolt absolutely amazing sale at Quilted Works.  Ya, at $2.00 - $2.50 a yard can you blame me???  Now I have lots of Quilt Backs all stocked up :)

Thank you again to the Red Rock Modern Quilt Guild for having me.  It was just fantastic!!!

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

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blocked In - I Love Log Cabins!!!

Today is another fun day because I get to share another one of those secret projects from just about a year ago!!!  Remember when I showed these fabrics clear back when . . . .Well here they are all done up in my newest share Blocked In!!!!

Blocked In is featured in Martingale's newest compilation book I Love Log Cabins!!!  And let me just say, this book is packed with amazing ideas of how to transform your basic Log Cabin Block!!!  I was absolutely honored to be a part of this group of amazing quilters putting together stunning Log Cabin quilts!!!

When I designed Blocked In, I really wanted to keep it clean, simple, and streamlined.   I think so often when we think of log cabin we envision hundreds of pieces (which are absolutely stunning) but I really wanted to show that Log Cabin blocks can also be made with just a few pieces and give you a whole new bold look.  And of course, it has the added benefit of coming together rather quickly and easily, so fun!!!!

I used a collection of Basic Grunge prints by Basic Grey for Moda in bold colors for this quilt!!!  I know I have mentioned it before but I love grunge!!!  I just love how the little bit of added texture adds so much depth to the solid color.  And don't you just love those rich colors, so yummy!!!

To finish the quilt I added a little white border and then a grunge black binding.  I just love the way it really sets off the design!!

And for the quilting, I went with a personal favorite.  All over Swirls.  I just love all of that textures, makes me want to curl up with it in front of the fireplace ;)

And that is Blocked In!! I hope you love it simple boldness as much as I do.  It finishes at 61" x 75" so it actually just about the perfect size to snuggle up in front of the fireplace with.  That is sounding better and better, and since I just got a new book, that might be my afternoon plan now ;)

And as I mentioned before . . . I am in some amazing company in this book!!!  Look at all of these amazing quilts made by these amazing quilters!!!!!   I Love Log Cabins is packed with so many variations on a log cabin block and you are just going to love them!!!

1. Blaze by Amy Smart  2. Seeing Stars by Kimberly Jolly  3. Scrappy Courthouse Steps by Lissa Alexander  4. Very Berry by Brigitte Heitland  5. Mi Casa by Carrie Nelson   6. Rockin the Rainbow by Jackie White  7. Ice Crystals by Jocelyn Ueng  8. Hourglass Courthouse Steps by Audrie Bidwell  9. Log Cabin Chevron by Penny-Barnes 10. Herringbone by Heather Andrus 11. Framed by Lynne Hagmeier  12. Four Patch Log Cabin by Susan Ache  13. Daybreak by Rebecca Silbaugh 14. Twilight by Amy Ellis   15. Blocked In by Melissa Corry  16. Red Licorice Garden byJill-Finley

Yup, that is a lot of Log Cabin Goodness!!!   Each of the links above will take you to that quilters blog where you can read more about their amazing contribution to this amazing Log Cabin Quilts Book!!!

And if you like what you see and want a chance to win a copy of your own . . . Pop on over to Martingale where they are giving away 16 books!!!  Yippee for lots of chances to win!!!

That's all for today ;)  Thanks for popping in today and each day.  I just love being able to share my this passion with each of you on a daily basis ;)

Happy Quilting!!!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway - Welcome Kimberly's Fabric Stash!!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day and today is a special TTGC because we are also welcoming a new sponsor to Happy Quilting!!!! So let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate to The Scarlet Thread Quilt  is . . .   Number # 81. . . Congrats Jennyroo!!!   I have emailed you :) 


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Kimberly's Fabric Stash, a brand new sponsor here at Happy Quilting!!!    I asked Kimberly to send me a little intro to her shop so I could share it with all of you ;)   So here's all about Kimberly's Fabric Stash . . . 

Kimberly’s Fabric Stash located north of Pittsburgh, Pa opened in 2010 to serve a community of quilters and crafty people that wanted a more personalized experience. We encourage our customers to lead us in our products and services, so they can reach higher levels of satisfaction in their quilting and sewing. Fabulous fabrics fill our shelves which supports our customers overall experience. Our Kimberly’s Club offers the unique opportunity for them to decide what fabrics we carry, along with other great monthly benefits. It’s not the products that make our shop successful, it's our focus on our customer’s successes that has helped us grow and support them for over 5 years. 

So pop on over and see all about Kimberly's Fabric Stash!!!  They carry lots of different fabric manufactures and have yardage as well as all the pre-cuts we love to stash!!!   They also carry all of the threads, notions, and patterns to go along with all of that yummy fabric!!!  And of course, you can't miss the awesome Sale Section for even bigger discounts!!!

And before we get to the giveaway . . . Kimberly has something special to share!!!   Use the coupon code HAPPY20 for 20% off your entire order this week!!!!   Yippee, everyone can be a winner now with lots of fun shopping!!!

And now that we know a bit more about Kimberly's Fabric Stash . . . Let's have the Giveaway!!!  Kimberly's Fabric Stash has a beautiful custom Canyon Bundle by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.  That is 20 gorgeous fat quarters of quilting goodness for one lucky reader!!!!

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 is your favorite fabric if your Stash :)

 ENTRY 2 - Let's welcome Kimberly's Fabric Stash with lots of Love!!!!   You can Sign Up for their Newsletter (which will get your more coupon codes :)  You can follow them on   Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or You Tube.  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Kimberly Fabric Stash Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, February 16th when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck, Welcome to Kimberly's Fabric Stash and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Row Along Progress

Well, I managed to finish my first row from the Moda Row Along this weekend.  It is called Row Houses and is designed by Carrie Nelson.  Doesn't it just make you want to go visit this little lane of winter goodness ;)

I also made some good progress on a few other rows.  I got all of the petals for my Bloom row stitched, turned and pressed and then just had to sew one together to see how it would turn out.  I mean how adorable are those little 1 1/2" petals!!!  Can't wait to get this row done!!!

And I had chain stitched my border row during the All Night Sew at the Cedar Quilt Guild retreat and the Super Bowl yesterday was the perfect opportunity to press all of that lovely chain stitching ;)  Now to just sew it into rows ;)

I am just getting so excited for this new Christmas quilt!!!!  Don't you just love it when your project starts to shape and you just can't wait to see it all come together ;)  Here is hoping next Monday I can show you these partial rows finished and some new partial rows in the works ;)

Oh, and if you want Row Along as well, you can find all the details here ;)

I hope you have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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