Saturday, November 5, 2016

Splendid Sampler Saturday!!

And now it is Saturday, and I have the last of the  Splendid Sampler catch up to share with you;)   Here are the last 6 blocks I made last weekend that now has me all caught up with the release dates!!!  Yippee, so exciting!!!!

First up is the Rising Star block designed by Kathy Brown.  This was such a fun and fast block to put together.  What a great way to change up a basic 9 patch and create a little mini star peaking out of the center.   So cute!!  And I love the way it got a bit of a nautical feel to it as well ;)

Second is the Stripes and Flowers block designed by Siobhan Rogers.  And I have to say, I am pretty impressed with my points on this one.  Those little HST's are like 3/4" finished, and they all lined up and made such pretty little points.   I just can't help but smile every time I look at it.  I do love me so pretty points.  

Third is the Happy Thoughts block designed by Vanessa Goertzen.   This was another fun blocks of HST's and Flying Geese.  Those really are the bread and butter of block building sometimes.  There are just endless possibilities to create with these favorite units.   And I love the way Vanessa made up this spinning star.  So fun!!!

Fourth is the Wild Roses block designed by Pat Sloan.  I just loved making up this block.  I really played with a variety of purples, and just love the way it turned out.    And I always love a good bit of appliqueing, so fun and relaxing ;) 

Fifth is the Full Circle block designed by Holly DeGroot.  And this block was so cool to make up.  The templates are actually half of a circle, so it is like piecing 2 drunkards paths at the same time.  And I loved it!!!  Lots of pins of course, but oh so much fun.  I totally want to make a whole quilt of these now.   Such a cool design.  

And last but not least is the +Love  block designed by Jennifer Albaugh.  And this was a super adorable block.  So simple and yet so cute.   Mine looks a little like a nurses cap of old, but that made me smile, because it reminds me of one of the hats I wear as a mom and the love I share with my children as I care for them.  And now I will think of them each time I see this little block.  

And that's it ;)  All caught up with my  Splendid Sampler Fun !!!  And now that I am all caught up, I plan to stay caught up (even through the holiday's, hopefully ;)   So plan on next Saturday seeing some more Splendid Blocks ;)  

Have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Friday, November 4, 2016

A Mini for Market

I didn't get to go to Market this last weekend, but I did get to send a little mini ;)   I was super excited when the wonderful folks at Riley Blake Designs asked if I could create a mini using their new Hashtag Blender.   And you know, it just had to be an Irish Chain right ;)   I decided on a Double Irish Chain as I haven't made one of those for myself yet.   So fun!!!

I had so much fun making up this mini :)   Those squares at 1" finished, so ya, lots of tiny piecing, which I just loved.   And the added applique with the button centers was just the perfect little pop to fill in those large white centers.   So cute!!!  I used the Coral and Grey Hashtag fabric with White Hashtag fabric in the background and they are all just so pretty together :)

And my little mini hung with some great company at market!!!  A whole wall of Hashtag Mini's, how adorable is that!!!  Such a variety of wonderful designs ;)

Oh, and I can't forget to mention the quilting :)   I just love a simple crosshatch quilting, and even though it takes a long time it is totally worth it (and much more manageable in a mini ;)  The crosshatching is 1/2" apart, so cute and tiny.  

And that is my little Double Irish Chain Market Mini ;)   And I can't sign off without sharing this final picture.  Barbara dropped this mini off to the folks at Riley Blake for me when she was in Salt Lake for the Cross Country State meet.   (My Father-in-Law is the coach of the Cedar CC Team) And how fun is it that the girls on the team all wanted to be in the pictures she was taking of my mini!!  Looks like future quilters in the making ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up this finish to Amanda's, Sarah's, Quilt Story and Myra's :)

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Splendid Sampler Saturday on Thrusday

And today, I am continuing on with my  Splendid Sampler catch up ;)   Here are 6 more blocks from September and October.  Almost all caught up and it feels so good!!!

First up is the Starting Point block designed by Lissa Alexander.  I loved Lissa's story that went along with this block and the idea of just jumping in ;)  The only way we can learn new things is by trying and I just loved how this block represents that.   So perfect!!

Second is the Homeward Bound block designed by Kelly Liddle.  And I have to say, I am so super excited because this was the first paper pieced block that I did for the Splendid Sampler that didn't have a little oopsie in it.   I am thinking the key for me is to stop worrying so much about waste and use slightly bigger pieces of fabric, that way you are guaranteed to cover the space ;)   Isn't this such a fun design, I love those arrows ;)

Third is the Circle of Friendship block designed by Michele Muska.   I love Dresden's, and this block was a fun play on a Dresden shape.  And of course, I raw edge appliqued it :)   And isn't the striped background just so fun.  Great added design feature Michele ;)

Fourth is the Traveler block designed by Pat Sloan.  Once again, it is nice to have a super quick block every once and a while to shake it up ;)   And I loved the way the four shades of orange played in this block.  I don't always get the right amount of shade variation in these blocks, but I was sure happy with this one!!

Fifth is the Hen and Chicks block designed by Heidi Kaisand.  And I have to say, when I choose the fabric for this block, I wasn't thinking to much about the print.  But how perfect is that red print, it totally looks like little chick and hen claw marks going across the dirt in fun patterns.  I really loved the play of colors in this block and it was such a fun one to piece together. 

And last but not least is the Icing on the Cake block designed by Kim Christopherson.  And I have to say, I have been looking forward to making this block since it was released.  I love that adorable cupcake.  It just doesn't get any cuter than that ;)  And yes, I was totally craving a cupcake the entire time I was making the block ;)  Gotta love it!!

And that is the second part of my Splendid Sampler Catch-up.   I will be sharing the last bit of  Splendid Sampler Fun on Saturday, and then I should be all caught up.  Yippee!!!   

Hope you are have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Splendid Sampler Saturday on Wednesday

So ya, I got a little behind in my Splendid Sampler, as in I pretty much missed all of September and October. But I took advantage of  missing market this last weekend and went full steam ahead to get all caught up.  It worked out great, because each time I finished a block, I treated myself with a little Instagram time to see what was happening in Texas ;)   And three days of that and I had 18 blocks done!!!   Yes, 18 blocks, so fun!!!   But I decided rather than making one super giant Splendid Sampler Saturday post, that it would be better to break them up a bit, so we are going to have 3 catch-up posts ;)   So let's see the first set of blocks!!

First up is the Summer's Gift block designed by Karla Eisenach of Sweetwater.  I love the fun pinwheel background of this block that makes that adorable applique flower just pop!!!  And it is so simple to make with just a few HST's that you don't even have to stress about lining up, as you are just going to applique over the center.  So fun!!

Second is the Flights of Fancy block designed by Joanna Figueroa.  Flying Geese and HST's are always my favorite.  These flying geese are obviously on the tiny side which makes all of those points all the more fun.   I love this bursting star design, so great!!!

Third is the Coneflower block designed by Pat Sloan.   I loved making this block.  You know I always love me some applique!!!  It went together so fast and don't you just love that striped fabric.  It was just perfect for the center of the flower.  

Fourth is the At Home Anywhere block designed by Jennifer Keltner from Martingale.  I altered this block slightly as somehow from cutting to stitching, I lost a window.  But I still think it turned out super cute, and I started with a polka dot theme for the house and background and was pleased to find I had enough yellow polka dot prints in my scrap drawer to do the whole block in different shades of polka dots.  So fun!!

Fifth is the Dedication Rose block designed by Lisa Bongean.  And wow, this was some serious applique.  But I just love the design.  So gorgeous and totally worth all of that cutting.  I wish however that I would have used a contrasting thread for the secure stitching, just so the individual pieces stood out a little more.  Ah well ;) 

And last but not least is the Whirling in Circles block designed by Deb Roberts.  And can I just say how much I love that striped background.  It really does make the star look like it is actually whirling. And I have to say, I was totally over the moon excited with how perfectly the center point came together.  So fun!!!

And that is the first part of my Splendid Sampler Catch-up.   And Can I just tell you how excited I am to be sharing these blocks again.   I forgot how fun these little 6" guys are to make up.   I will be back tomorrow with more Splendid Sampler Fun.   

Hope you are have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway - Welcome Fabric Please!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day and today is a special TTGD 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 Vintage Picnic Layer Cake from  Shabby Fabrics is . . .   Number # 452. . . Congrats Aleta!!!   I have emailed you :) 


And on to today's

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

Rita opened her online shop in February 2014 and has been loving every second of it!  She tries to blend the modern convenience of online shopping with old fashioned service and values.  Every online order is wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.  There’s also a little “something for nothing” with each online order in the way of a free Fat Quarter, mini-spool of Aurifil thread or sewing notion.  It’s her way of saying “THANKS”!  She believes every customer is the most important customer.  She uses the fabrics she sells so she knows how they feel, how they wash and how they stand up to everyday wear. Her tastes are eclectic so she has e a wide variety to choose from.  Hopefully, you will find something you just have to have!

The first thing you will most likely notice from above is that Fabric Please! is located in Canada!!!  Growing up visiting my Grandparents in Calgary Canada, makes it a special place in my heart, so I was super excited to get to work with Rita ;)     And for my Canadian friends that means shipping is only $8.00!!!   And for my US Friends, never fear, shipping is only $15.00 to you, and the prices listed are Canadian, so you get to take in the exchange rate as well :)   So Come On In and check out Fabric Please!

 Fabric Please!  has all of your quilting needs.  They carry lots of different designers and even have a designer search option.    Your find beautiful pre-cuts and bundles and of course, lots and lots of quilting yardage  (gotta love those Canadian Maple Leaves :)   And Rita carries some awesome widebacks as well, because sometimes you just don't want to piece the back of the quilt as well :)  And don't forget the  Aurifil threads , and  basic notions, to go along with all of that yummy fabric!!! 


And along with carrying lots of wonderful modern and contemporary quilting fabrics, Fabric Please! also carries gorgeous knits, as well as lovely home decor and apparel fabric!!!  So now matter what project you have in mind, you will find just what you are looking for ;)  


And of course, you don't want to forget to check out the Sale Section!!!  You will find lots of wonderful fabric goodness here at slashed prices!!  

And now that we know a bit more about Fabric Please! . . . Let's have the Giveaway!!!  Rita has put together this gorgeous  custom Christmas Bundle for one lucky reader!!! It's totally time to start thinking about your handmade holiday's sewing list ;)  

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/if  you have planned for your handmade holiday's this year :)

 ENTRY 2 - Let's welcome Fabric Please! with lots of Love!!!!   You can Sign Up for their Newsletter (on the right hand side :)  You can follow them on  FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram.  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Fabric Please! Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, November 8th when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck, Welcome to Fabric Please! and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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