Thursday, July 14, 2016

Quilting Cruise!!!!

So remermber a few months ago when shared that I will be teaching on a Quilting Cruise hosted by Stitchin in Heaven in January of 2017 . . .  Well today I got our flights (yes, my sweetheart has finally agreed to come along on a quilting excursion with me :)  all booked for Florida and it is just making it seem that much closer :)  So, so, so excited!!!!

I will be teaching my End of the Rainbow Quilt from my book Irish Chain Quilts and  Joan Ford and Nancy Raschka and we will also be teaching  Scrappy n' Happy quilts.  


I have had some people email questions about the cruise, and I found this wonderful post from Pat Sloan from a previous Quilting Cruise she attended.  It really answers so many questions that you might be wondering about how you combine quilting and cruising ;)    

And you have to pop over and see this fun video that Stitchin in Heaven made up from previous cruises they have hosted.   Isn't that just so fun!!! It just makes me want January to be here now :) Oh, and have I mentioned that the ship is huge!!! Like Huge, Huge!!!

So what do you say . . . want to come Cruise and Quilt with me???  It is going to be so much fun ;)   You can find all of the details here.    And be sure to tell them I sent you in the "How did you hear about us section", so the gals will know I am pulling my weight on this cruise, tee hee hee ;)  Can't wait for January!!!
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

Note - If you are looking for the Palisades Quilt Post you will find it here ;)

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day . . . let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of the Wild Orchid Layer Cake from  Green Fairy Quilts is . . .   Number #226 . . . Congrats  Karen M!!! I have emailed you :)    

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  Along with the giveaway Julie is giving all Happy Quilting readers a super shopping discount.  Use the coupon MELISSA15 for 15% off your entire order!!!!  Have fun Shopping ;) 

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. is giving away an absolutely fantastic Flow Layer Cake  by Zen Chic for Moda to one lucky winner!!!!  I absolutely love this fabric line, the colors and prints are so fun and happy!!!
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 your favorite "Camping Food".   (We just got back from a weekend up the mountain and my stomach is still full from all of the delicious camp fire cooking ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. love.   You can follow them on   FacebookInstagram, or Favorite their Shop.  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, July  19th , 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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Palisades Quilt

Today I am super excited to share another fun AGF Stitched with Kimberly Quilt!!!  It's called Palisades and I am so loving it!!!  Isn't that bold geographic design just so fabulous ;)  Eeekk!!!

If you haven't heard of AGF Stitched with Kimblery, here's the low down.  Each Quarter, Art Gallery Fabrics teams up with Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop to come up with a new free quilt pattern design and then they make a wonderful You Tube Video on how to make it!!!   For this quarter, it's the Palisades Quilt and you can find the free Pattern link over at Fat Quarter Shop ;)  

And, you can watch the You Tube Video on how to make the Palisades Quilt in all of it's geometric goodness right here ;)  

Obviously, I changed my quilt up a bit, deciding to go with a very bold 3 color layout.   The fabrics I used were Pure Elements from Art Gallery in London Red, Snow, and Caviar.   I love that the solids really add to the bold geometric design of this quilt.  So fun!!

And because I was doing a basic 3 color layout, I was also able to change up the piecing a bit, simply making the same block 64 times ;)  It was super fast to just chain piece the blocks and the whole quilt came together in no time.  Isn't it just so cool that this is the same block, just rotated different ways to give such a wonderful design!!!

When it came time for quilting, I opted for another favorite, All over Echoed Paisleys.  (I actually made a video tutorial on how I do this quilting design some time back ;)  And  I decided to continue to go with the bold and use Cherry Red So Fine Thread.  I just love the way it pops on the black and the white.  The picture just doesn't do it justice of how bold it looks on the black as the sun tends to make it blend in.  But trust you me, it pops ;)

And as you can see, it really adds to the overall texture of the quilt ;)  I just love looking at the design from this angle.  Almost looks like the Card Trick layout :)  I just love all of those wonderful angels and the way the quilting just flows them all together!

And that is my Palisades Quilt ;)  I hope you love it just as much as I do.   And you might have guessed already by the 3 colors, that yes, this is going to be another donated quilt for my Alma Mater.  Homecoming is just a few months away and I think this quilt is going to be a big hit!!!

Be sure to Pop on over to Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber to get the free pattern so you can make your own Palisades Quilt ;)  And while you are popping around, be sure to also check out all of these awesome bloggers sharing their Palisades quilt as well.   It always blows me away how everyone's quilts look so different, even though they are all made from the same pattern ;)  Gotta love that about fabric!!!

Lucy From Charm About You
Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Afton from Quilting Mod
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Megan from Quilt Story
Heather from Quilt Story
Rachael from The Floral Suitcase

Thank you for Stopping by today ;)  And if you are wondering where Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day is, never fear . . . It will be up later this morning.  Yup, 2 posts in 1 day today, so fun ;)  

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along - Christmas Swirls Finishes!!!

Today is the final day of the  Little Ruby Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop (You can see the previous posts, here, here, and here ) and I a so very excited to get to share my finished quilts with you!!!  So here they are ;)  I gave them a new name based on the inspiration of the original design so the top quilt is Christmas Swirls and the bottom quilt is Peppermint Swirls.  So fun!!!

I really had such a great time working on these quilts.  It was super fun to get to try out 2 new specialty rulers to make them up, and I just loved that the one design made 2 quilts at the same time and it is just great that they are similar enough to be together but different enough to not be an exact copy of one another.  

 Christmas Swirls is what would be considered the main design from the quilt along.   I just love the wonderful movement in this quilt as those pinwheels just dance around the quilt.

I used Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda for the main print and then a wonderful Grunge Kelp print for the background.  I really can't say enough here how much I love Grunge!!!  It really is becoming my all time favorite basic ;)

And Peppermint Swirls is what would be considered the bonus quilt in this fun little quilt along.  Can you see where it got it's name??  It totally reminds me of those little peppermint swirl candies that my Grandparents always had out at Christmas time ;)

I just love how this design really highlights the those Cherry Grunge hexagons and they just pop right off the quilt ;)  It always amazes me how changing the placement of fabric can totally change the focus of a quilt, so fun!!!

When it came time to quilt, I decided it would be fun to stick with the idea of swirls, only I supersized the swirls.  I have never quilted swirls this big, but they just fit the hexagons so perfectly and I absolutely love them!!!

I love how the supersized swirls really highlight the design and help add to the flow of the chain of pinwheel blocks ;)   And the texture is so fun because I used a higher loft batting and with the large quilting, it is so, so soft !!!   This will be great for cuddling up in ;)

And those are my finishes for the Little Ruby Quilt Along.  I hope you love Christmas Swirls and Peppermint Swirls as much as I do.   And if you want to make a set of your own, you can find all of the directions over at the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber blog ;)  You are just going to love how fun these are to make ;)

 Thanks so much for popping in today and each and every day.  And while your popping in and out  of places, be sure to pop around to all of these wonderful bloggers to see their Little Ruby Quilt Along finishes as well :)   There is going to be some serious Quilt Along Eye Candy, Yippee!!!

Melissa from Happy Quilting (Your Here :)
Angie from Gnome Angel
Erin Cox from Why Not Sew
Andy from A Bright Corner
Pat from Pat Sloan
Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Heather from Quilt Story
Megan from Quilt Story
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts
Sherri from This & That Patterns
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Carrie from Moda's United Notions

And a huge thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for hosting such a fun Quilt Along and having me a part of it.  I can begin to say how much I love what I do and that I get to spend each day Happy Quilting!!!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long - Flying Geese

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win $100.00 Gift Certificate and Fat Quarter Bundle grand prizes sponsored by The Intrepid Thread and Fat Quarter Shop ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule

 July 7th - Flying Geese (Today) 
July 21st - Half Square Triangles
August 4th - Drunkards Path
August 18th - Building Blocks
September 1st - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
September 15th- Summer Solstice Parade and Grand Prize Winners

Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Cutting Assignment.   And great job to everyone on finishing that assignment, I am so excited to be quilting-a-long with you all!!!

The cutting  assignment winner who gets a Charm Pack and Mini Charm Pack of their choosing from Shabby Fabrics is . . .
#17 - Kathy S.!!! - Congrats :)

Charm Packs   

So here we are, a new month and a new assignment , so let's get right to it :)  If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun :)


I use the No-Waste method to make flying geese.   The great thing about making flying geese this way is that, obviously, you don't waste any fabric and you never have to sew a triangle.  Double bonus!!  It also makes 4 flying geese out of each unit, so the flock grows quickly :)  If you have never made them this way you are in for a treat.   So, let's get to it :)

We will start by gathering all of our squares to make the flying geese.  These were the squares you marked FG and you will have large squares from the Background Fabric and small squares from the Print Fabric.  I have listed the multiple sizes on the picture below just so you can double check that your two stacks each match one of the listed sizes ;)

Now you don't have to keep track of where these will be going in your block or anything, just be sure to use the same 4 little squares on each unit and you will be great.  And now you are ready to start making your Flying Geese.  To save time, I like to do each of these steps in assembly line fashion, however, the pictures will just show a Flying Geese units of one fabric.

With right sides together, lay two small print squares onto your large background square as shown.  Using your ruler, draw a line diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner shown on the right.   Or, if you like, you can start by just drawing lines on the back of all your print squares as shown on the left.  It takes a little bit but it is nice to have it done and it is a great time to watch a movie while drawing ;)

Now pin both sides of each square adjacent to that drawn line.  Make sure to put them out far enough that your presser foot won't hit them as you sew on by :)     Again, remember we are assembly line piecing these, so pin all of your units.  

We will be stitching a  1/4" seam along BOTH sides of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :) but to save time and thread, we will chain stitch these.    And you will notice, you should have an extra 2 matching print small squares for each unit.  We will get to those in a bit.  

So to start, chain stitch the 1/4" seam on the left hand side of the drawn line first.  I just chain stitched through the entire pile and it went so fast :)  For those who are new to this, Chain stitching is where you don't clip the thread between each unit sewn, just keep feeding units through the machine until you have stitched your entire pile.  

Now, clip the threads between the squares.   Then, go ahead and stitch the 1/4" seam on the right hand side (or other side) of the drawn line on all your units.  You'll  have some super long fabric snakes :)  Clip the threads between the units and make a large pile ready for cutting.

Now, place your unit on your cutting mat and align your ruler along the drawn center line.  Cut along the edge of the ruler creating 2 large triangles.  I only ever cut these one at a time, as I worry that stacking them would shift and I might cut through my seams.  Takes a second more, but worth it to play it safe ;)  

Press the seams up towards the 2 little print triangles.  I find it easiest to press these from the front.    And you are half way there!!!  Now to use up those remaining small print squares. 

And it's just like starting over. We repeat all the same steps, it's just smaller and more units.  Take the little print squares (make sure they are matching fabrics) and align them on your stitched units as shown with right sides together. Once again, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the little squares from corner to corner. (unless you did all of the drawing lines at the start, then you can just lay them in place :) 

Now pin each piece far enough to leave room for the presser foot, then once again we are going to be stitching a 1/4" seam along BOTH sides of the drawn diagonal line.  

And again, we will be chain stitching to save time and thread.  So chain stitch along all the left hand side of the drawn line on all your units, clip your threads,  and then chain stitch along the  right side of the drawn line on all your units, and then clip your threads again :)

And once again, place your units on your cutting mat, and using your ruler aligned along the drawn line cut your unit in half .  So now what started as 1 large squares, is 4 units.   And that is where your 4 flying geese come from.

Press your seams up to match the other seam.   You can press from the front or the back, whichever your prefer.   Lastly, trim off the little dog ear corners at either side and the top of your unit.  Note, Just trim the dog ears, don't trim the tops to where the point is, you will need that 1/4" overlap for your seam allowance.  

And you are done!!!  Perfectly precise flying geese blocks without throwing away any scraps and without sewing a single triangle.  Fabulous!!  

 For those of you that are new to this method of No Waste Flying Geese,  I wrote a previous tutorial on  No Waste Flying Geese that also goes over the math of making them so you can make any size Flying Geese you like.  Thought you might like it :)

 And that's it!!  Here is my Flock of geese all ready to fly away :)  In total, you should have however many number of blocks you are making, times 8 geese.  So for me, 9 blocks equals 72 total geese :)    So now it's your turn, get your Geese made and your assignment is complete!!!  And then you can enter to win the weekly prize :)

The Weekly Prize is sponsored by Lou Lou's Fabric Show and a huge thanks goes out to them for their support of the  Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long.

This weeks prize is a Volume II Jelly Roll by Sweetwater for Moda.  This is such a fantastic line and perfect for the QAL as all the prints are about sewing!!  So fun!!!
So what do you have to do for a chance to win the gift certificate?  Simple . . . Just link up your Flock of Flying Geese at the end of this post :)  You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever.  Just make sure to link up by the early morning of July 21st as I will be announcing a winner in next quilt-a-long post :)

If you don't get your Flying Geese done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-A-Long.  So if your out of town, or just had a busy week, no worries!!!  Just link up when you can :)

And Don't forget to add your flock of flying geese to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and to post it on social media with using #summersolsticequiltalong.    I am so excited to see all of your flocks of geese ;)

So let's get sewing!!!  Yippee for getting all the cutting behind us and moving on to sewing!!! Oh, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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