Saturday, February 4, 2017

Splendid Sampler Saturday!!

Oh my goodness, I can't believe that we are getting so close to the end of  Splendid Sampler Saturday!!   Which means it is almost time to put the quilt together, eeekk!!!   So, let's share today's blocks ;)

First up, is the In the Sunshine block designed by Cheryl Arkison.  And funny story with this one, my son tried to claim it for his room.  He say it and loved how the banner looked just like the ones from Medieval times and wanted to draw a dragon on the banner.   I told him I would have to make another one ;)   This was a super fun and fast block, which is good, because it looks like I am making a second version of it now ;)

And next up is the First Purse block designed by Di Mill.   And how adorable is this block!!!  I just love that she included the cute little buttons as the clasp of the purse, simple adorable!!!  No surprise here that my little girls wanted this block ;)  This Saturday is all about having to make remakes of Splendid Blocks ;)

And that's got us all caught up in Splendid Sampler blocks!!!   And guess what, there are only 3 blocks left!!!!   Wow, It is just getting so exciting!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend ;) 
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Splendid Sampler Friday!!

So, things have been a little crazy busy this month and I have gotten a little behind on posting my  Splendid Sampler fun!!!   So, rather than post a whole slew of blocks tomorrow, I thought I would break them up into 2 posts.  So now we get a Splendid Sampler Friday!!!  So, let's get to the blocks

First up, is the Double Bees block designed by Beth Bradley.  This block was a super fun fast block and you know how I love petal applique!!!   And of course, I am not much on hand stitching, so I just machine stitched my little bee flight trails ;)  So fun!!!

Next up is the Skyscrapers block designed by Stacey Lowe.   And talk about some fun applique!!!   I decided to use the black outline to really make those buildings pop on the polka dot background.  And I just love the zipper effect when you blanket stitch on two seams right next to each other, so fun!!!

And finally, the Sunshine block designed by Kim Niedzwiecki.     This block was all about polka-dots.  I was so thrilled to find that I had so many different polka dot fabrics in light blue.   It just makes me smile :)   Although, when I was done, I had to laugh that those polka dots on blue reminds me more of snow than the actual block name sunshine, I still love it!!!

And that's it for today ;)  I will be back tomorrow with some more Splendid Sampler Blocks.  Only a few more to go !!!!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Quilter's Path by Christa Watson

Today I am super excited to tell you about a new Craftsy Class called The Quilter's Path by my good friend Christa Watson !!!   If you know Christa at all, you know she is all about teaching people how to make quilts from start to finish, including doing their own Machine Quilting.  So it is no surprise that her awesome new Craftsy class is all about walking you through Machine Quilting, start to finish!!!


Christa starts out class by teaching you everything you need to know before you get started free motion quilting.   I loved this part because it is often skipped over assuming you just figure it out on the way.   During class, Christa teaches quilting with a walking foot, free motion quilting techniques, and then how to combine the two to create a fantastic custom look.


This class is an excellent recourse for anyone wanting to learn how to machine quilt their own quilts, and you get a fantastic coach in Christa as well!!  The Craftsy platform allows you to ask questions and interact directly with Christa throughout your class so you get all the benefits of an actual class without having to travel to Vegas to meet up with Christa.   So fantastic!!!


And Christa has been kind enough to share a special discount for all my Happy Quilting Readers!!  You can use this link to pop on over to Craftsy and download Christa's class at 50% off,  so just $19.99!!!    You are going to love it!!!

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

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bella Skill Builder - Kaleidoscope

It's the 1st of the Month and that means it is the start of the Bella Skill Builder hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and Sherri McConnell!!!!  Today I am super excited to share the first set of skill building blocks and this month it is all about Kaleidoscope Blocks!!!   

My plan is to make tone on tone blocks each month in an assortment of rainbow colors.  It is going to be so pretty when it is all done ;)   For the large version of the block I used Bella Solid Royal and Amelia Blue.  And for the smaller version of the block I used Bella Solid Iris and Prune.   

These blocks were a lot of fun to make and really worked my skills on making sure I got that nice perfect point in the center.  Cutting went really fast with the creative grids Kaleidoscope ruler, but if you don't have one, no worries, Sherri includes the templates with her patterns ;)   I just stacked up my strips and starting slicing ;)

And then it is just a lot of chain piecing and pressing from there.  The pressing is super important as you have all of that bulk in the center.  That is where those little circles in the center come from but I am sure they will quilt out ;) 

And I just loved seeing all of those happy little points match up on the small version.   So fun!!!  And of course, this is my favorite because it is purple :)   And I only made 1 as I am planning on a slightly different layout, we will see how it all comes together throughout the year.

And that is the Kaleidoscope block, the  first set of blocks in the Bella Skill Builder!!!!   I will continue to share a new set of blocks on the 1st of each month.  You can find all of the details on this fun Skill Builder as well as this month's patterns over at Fat Quarter Shop's blog, Jolly Jabber ;)   So what do you say, wan't to come learn some skills on the Bella Skill Builder with me??? 

It is going to be so much fun!!!!
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day

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

First off, we would normally choose a winner of last weeks TTGD, but whereas I don't have internet because I am currently in the middle of the ocean, we will procrastinate choosing a winner until next Tuesday when there will be a winner of last weeks and this weeks giveaway!!!      
So on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Olie and Evie.  Rhonda has an adorable Etsy shop and she has just packed with lots of new wonderful pre-cuts and beautiful yardage!!!  And Rhonda is having an awesome Blowout Sale with yardage priced from $3 - $7 a yard!!! Lots of pre-cuts are at reduced prices as well :)   This is a great time to buy backings for quilts, replenish favorite prints, backgrounds and solids!!!  So pop on over and check it out!!!

And Rhonda's  Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is so super fun!!!!    The lucky winner will receive a selection of quilting patterns from  Olie and Evie !!!    So much 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 a favorite Quilt Pattern you have made ;) 

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

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday,  February 7th 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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