Monday, December 12, 2016

Weekend Goodness :)

Well, it was a super fun weekend filled with lots of Christmas Kitchen goodness . . .but before I get to that, I need to announce the winner of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day :)  So, the winner of the Bonnie and Camille Basics Fat Eighth Bundle is . . . 

#83 . . . Congrats to Tiffany!!!!   I have emailed you ;) 

So onto my weekend spent in the Kitchen ;)   I finished up making and plating all of our Homemade Christmas Chocolates.  These are always so much fun to make up and we make them as a whole family with Christmas music singalongs the entire time :) This year we made Chocolate Truffles, Mint Truffles, Turtles, Almond Joys, Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate CaramelsChocolate Cinnamon Bears, and English Toffee.  They are oh so very yummy (I won't mention how many I ate while making up Christmas plates, tee hee hee ) and just in case you want to try them one year, I linked all of the recipes to the names ;)

And after finishing up the chocolates, I went to a good friends house and made up this adorable Gingerbread House with the young women in our church.  We decorated for about 2 1/2 hours and had lots of wonderful laughs and of course, lots of great Christmas tunes again ;)   And of course, as soon as I got home the kids wanted to eat all of the candy, I told them they have to give it at least a week to enjoy it ;)  

 And, I also managed to squeak in just a little bit of sewing and finished up my Jelly Roll Twist quilt that I started last week ;)  I just love the random goodness of it :)  I normally tend to plan my layouts a lot more but I really tried to just stay random and not think about it to much and I just love how fun it turned out ;)

This will have to wait until after to Christmas to be quilted most likely, but who knows, I am so excited to see it all finished up, I might just have to squeak it in again ;)

I hope you all had a very Happy Quilting Weekend as well ;)  
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Blushing Mini Top Finished!!!

Yippee!!!  I finished up my MQG Mini Quilt Swap Top ;)    And I am so, so, so excited with how it turned out.   It's always fun when it comes together the way you saw it in your head ;)

You might recall that I mentioned back here that I was planning to make a few of the blocks from the new First Blush book from Fat Quarter Shop and play with the new Starburst Ruler.

Well I have to say, making up these starburst blocks was so much fun!!! And aren't they just so happy in their rainbow goodness ;)   And I just love the mixture of the low volume backgrounds.  Getting those center points to all come together was a bit of a learning curve, the first one was a wee bit off and took a little seam ripping to fix, but after that, I pressed open and more frequently, and the others came together just great!!

And then it came time to make them into a quilt top.  I didn't really have much of a plan here,  I just knew I wanted them to have a "flowing" kind of feel.   So I trimmed all of the blocks down and then used some masking tape on the floor to set the quilt size.  Then it was just playing with the layout until I liked the "flow".  When I was making the star blocks I decided to make some partial blocks, mainly because I had some extra pieces that didn't quite make a whole, and I am so glad I did, because they turned out so fun!!!


Once I liked the layout, I drafted it on some graph paper so I knew the size gaps I needed to fill in.  And wouldn't you know it, all of those scraps that I had trimmed down were the perfect filler for those blanks.  Isn't the scrappy low volume just so fun!!!

And then all that was left was to sew the quilt top pieces together.  There was a partial seam in the center that I actually had a lot of fun sewing up.  You don't get to do partial seams very often so it is always fun to see you that I still remember how to do that ;)   And can I just say, I am so loving this !!!!

And I actually had 1 Star left over that I was trying to mash in the top, but it just made it to busy, but I am so excited I decided to leave it out, because it just made the perfect backing and used up all of the last bits of trimming scraps.  happy dance for no waste ;)

Now it is time to quilt it up ;)  I haven't decided how I am going to do that yet, but I know it will be something on a small scale.  Time to sketch up some ideas ;)

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;)
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Starting a new Shortcut!!

So I told myself that this month was going to be all about quilting up those quilt tops that are sitting in a pile by the long arm . . . but let's just say, I tend to get distracted easily :)  So when Fat Quarter Shop showed their newest Shortcut Quilt , the Jelly Roll Twist Quilt,  I just couldn't resist pulling some fabric ;)   And how fun to match Sweetwater's First Crush with Sandy Gervais' new #love.   It is going to be happy hearts all over ;)

I mean, how fun is this Jelly Roll Twist quilt!!!  You can find the free pattern for it over at Fat Quarter Shop along with a video tutorial for making it   ;)   And hey, it is a shortcut quilt, so it means it whips up fast and then get right back to some long arm quilting  (after I add this top to the pile, tee hee hee ;)   I plan to add an a few extra blocks to make it just a bit bigger, so it is super snuggly.

And so yesterday afternoon I strip pieced all of my jelly roll strips and then pressed them last night.  I couldn't help but cut them up first thing this morning and now they are ready to be pieced into blocks this afternoon.   Have I mentioned how much I love Shortcut Quilts!!!  So fast and fun!!!

I don't think it will be long before I can share the finished quilt top!!!  Gotta love those Shortcut Quilts!!!!   (Although it might have to wait a bit in the que of quilts that need to be quilted ;)  

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!!

It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!!  I love this day!!!  Now I know it's not Tuesday (for those of you who are visiting for the first time, there is a Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day each week at Happy Quilting) but I haven't missed a Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day since I started this blog so it is tradition now.  With that said,  I know you have lots of places to visit so lets get right to it :)

Up for grabs is a Fat Eighth Bundle of Bonnie and Camille Basics!!!  Can I just say . . . I love this bundle!!!  How can you not love that rainbow of goodness ;)  It will make such a pretty quilt!!!  And it is for one of you lucky readers!!!

And along with this bundle, I will add a signed copy of my book, Irish Chain Quilts ;)  

So what do you have to do for your chance to win???  Simple . . . 

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 here telling me what is your favorite basic to use in your quilts.   (mine is grunge :)

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Happy Quilting love. You can follow Happy Quilting on BloglovinEmail Updates, or RSS to get daily updates.  Or you can like Happy Quilting on InstagramFacebookPinterestTwitter or Flickr  Any one way will do . . . Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Happy Quilting Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until Sunday December 11th and  I will randomly select and announce a winner on Monday Morning :)

Oh, and by the Way . . . If you are stopping by for the first time, Welcome!!   I am so glad you visited and hope you will come back often.  I have so much fun sharing my passion for quilting here with lots of  free tutorials, giveaways, fabric eye candy, and of course, general Happy Quilting times!! And be sure to come back next week for Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

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 a Desert Bloom Fat Quarter Bundle from Green Fairy Quilts  is . . .   Number #50 . . . Congrats Gigi!!!   I have emailed you :) 


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    There is so much wonderful fabric variety over at Lou Lou's and did you know she also has an amazing Daily Deal!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is having a Huge $6.00 A Yard Sale!!!!  And Jamie is also offering all Happy Quilting readers 20% off Store-Wide including their Holiday gift boutique (excludes sale product and pre-orders) with the code happyquilting!!!  Oh, so much fun shopping!!!

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for Gift Certificate goodness!!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Lou Lou's Fabric Shop!!  Now you can get exactly what you want, so fun!!!!

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 Christmas Ornament ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Lets show Lou Lou's Fabric Shop some Love!!!!   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram.  Or you can follow their blog or  visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Lou Lou's Fabric Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, December 13th  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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