Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

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

But first, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of Pair of Scissors  from Warm Crochet is . . .   Number #50 . . . Congrats Abbigail !!!   I have emailed you :)        


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!!   Shabby Fabrics has so much fantastic fabric to choose from and I absolutely love their Laser Cut Kits!!! Shabby Fabrics  also has an amazing  Clearance Section, you are sure to find some amazing deals here :)

And for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway  Shabby Fabrics is giving one lucky winner a Farmers Daughter Jelly Roll by Lela Botique for Moda.   Wow, isn't that just great, someone is going to be super lucky this week!!!  I have used this line for a few quilts and it is just gorgeous!!!

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 the last place you visited outside of your home town or city.   (I am currently in Chicago teaching and having a marvelous time!!!) 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Shabby Fabrics love. You can follow them on FacebookTwitterYou TubePinterest, or Instagram.  You can Sign up for the Shabby Fabrics Newsletter (top right hand corner) or Follow their Blog,  or you can Visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Shabby Fabric Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, October 23rd 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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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Spelling Bee Saturday - C is for Cookie :)

It's my Saturday of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!!!   And I am so excited!!!  I absolutely love this amazing Spelling Bee Book  by Lori Holt.  She makes piecing so fun and easy and the results are just so fantastic!!!

This Spelling Bee Saturday is brought to you by the Letter C.   I originally asked to do the letter C because hey, my last name is Corry :)   But as I was piecing this C, I kept having  "C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me, yum yum yum!!!" run through my head.   So for my pal Cookie Monster, this C is for Cookie!! 

And the moment I saw this awesome Spelling Bee Book, I knew I had to make the cover quilt!!!  And I knew I had to make it times 2 :)    One of my daughter's hasn't quite had reading click yet, so she get to go to the reading center at school and has a private reading tutor.  They have all been so fantastic to work with her and us and it has helped tremendously.  I knew right away that this quilt would be a wonderful thank you for both the reading center and her tutor.  Which means, I am making 2 sets of blocks!!!  So fun!!!

Honestly, the two sets almost takes about the same time as one set.  The thing that takes the longest I think is cutting out all the little block pieces, and so I just fold my fabric and cut 2 sets.  Super slick.   And then I chain piece the two blocks and it goes super slick :)      But I have to say, I am super glad I bought a second set of Alphabitties the other week, so I can use one set for Upper Case and one set for Lower Case and keep myself from mixing up my pieces!!

And if you notice above, those pieces aren't my C block.  I figured since today was my day, it was a perfect reason to get caught up with the Spelling Bee Sew Along.  So now I have ABC :)  Yippee!!!


And I tell you what, I just love piecing these little letters!!!  They are so much fun to put together and are just to cute for words :)   And I just am so excited about this quilt!!!  Every time I see this cover, I just squeal at how totally cute it is and how perfect it will be as a special thank you for some very special people!!!   

And it's not to late to join in the Spelling Bee fun!!!   Grab a Spelling Bee book and you'll be caught up in no time. And you have lots of help keeping up as there are fun blogger's every Saturday sharing their Spelling Bee blocks as well :)  

See ya next week with the letter D!!!!   

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Square Dance - A Finished Quilt and a New Pattern

I have another nephew on the way, which means I need to make another Baby Boy Quilt.   And I have been wanting to make another version of my Square Dance quilt for some time and this is the perfect opportunity!!!   I shared a few sneak peaks of me working on this at the Utah Quilt Fest and I am so excited to get to share the finish today!!!  So here it is, a Square Dance baby boy version all ready for a sweet little boy to be wrapped in!!

I used my Road 15 by Sweetwater scraps that I had from my In Your Neighborhood quilt that I made a while back.  I just love the way the low volumes make the background so fun and scrappy.  I had been saving these scraps for sometime and this was the perfect project for them!!!

I just love the bold geometric pattern in this quilt and using a black solid  as the pop fabric really worked to do just that, pop!!!  I love it's contrast to the soft prints.   And I am over the moon excited about that low volume background.  I tell you what, I should do low volume backgrounds more often, because every time I do, I just love it!!!

And for the quilting, I did one of my favorite designs.   All over Swirl and Curl free motion quilting.  It really is so much fun, is nice and fast, and gender neutral, which is important when you are making an all boy quilt ;)   I used 402 So Fine Pearl as it blended perfectly into the prints and background, in fact it blended so well it was sometimes hard to see when quilting.   And I just love the way it pops on the black and gives it a little more depth ;)

And now it is all set to be tied up in a bow and given to my SIL ;)   I am so super excited!!!   Now all that is left to do is wait for the little guy to get here and then it is snuggle city!!!

And since I had to reconfigure the sizing of the original square dance quilt, for a baby size, I figured why not make this into a pattern, as it only needed an additional 2 sizing calculations ;)  So yippee, I am super excited to say that I have added Square Dance to the Happy Pattern quilt line!!!   The pattern can be found  found in my Etsy Shop,  and like all my new Pattern Releases, It is on Special!!!!  This week Square Dance will be marked down to $5.50!!! After that, it will be marked at the regular pattern price of $8.50 :)

The original Square Dance quilt was made back in 2013 and is the lap size.  It was made in Smore's Love by Eric and Julie Comstock and makes me want to go camping every time I pull it out ;)   This is such a fun and fast quilt to put together and I truly do just love everything about it!!   And it has been on my list to turn Square Dance into a pattern for about 2 years now, so I am so excited to finally get to check that off the "to do someday" list!!!

Like all my patterns, Square Dance has size options so you can make the quilt size that fits you ;)  You will find 4 size options, a Baby, Lap, Picnic, and a Queen/King size.  The blocks  really do go  together fast and it is beginner and expert friendly alike, perfect for anyone who just wants to have some fun sewing time  :)

And just like all my patterns, this is a full color pattern that can be printed in either page format or book format.  It is filled with lots of wonderful illustrations to guide you along each step of the way.   You are going to have so much fun putting this together ;)  And of course,  if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me ;)  

And that is the new Square Dance quilt and pattern and I am so excited to release it !!!!  Again, the pattern can be found  found in my Craftsy Shop or in my Etsy Shop and will be on special for $5.50 all this week ;)

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

Linking up my Square Dance Baby Quilt finish to Amanda's and Sarah's and Myra's :)
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

2 New Books - Lots more Projects!!!

I am so excited about 2 new books that just arrived in the mail!!!  The first is All in a Row Again, a compilation book from lots of the Moda Designers compiled by Lissa Alexander.   And I can't wait to get Rowing Along!!!    And the second book is Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson's, of Me and My Sister Designs,  new book, Easy Layer-Cake Quilts. I absolutely adore Barbara and Mary!! They are some of the sweetest gals you will ever meet and I am so excited to play with their new book ;) 

So, you might remember that when the first All in a Row Book came out, that I was fortunate enough to have been asked to do one of the Gallery Quilts in it and I made a beautiful Fall Themed Row Quilt.  Then I Rowed Along with it's release to make a fun filled Christmas Row Quilt.   So, with this new All in a Row Again book it seems only right to make a Springtime Themed Row quilt right!!! 
I plan to go scrappy (my scrap drawers are totally overflowing) and use a happy, bright, palette of springtime colors. 

And there are so many (23 to be exact)  wonderful rows to choose from, it is super hard to narrow down which rows to make into a quilt.   But as of this moment, I am leaning towards these 7 rows,   and then maybe one of Lissa's Blender Rows as a border.   Wouldn't this just be so cute!!!!

I can't wait to get Rowing Along!!!  Now all I need is for Moda to start an actual Row Along so that I can give this quilt a deadline which always seems to make my "for fun" quilts get done!!!   Maybe I will have to drop a hint or two after market ;)  Wouldn't you just love to Row Along as well, I mean, these are all so cute, you can't help but join in the fun, right!!  

And onto my second bit of wonderful mail!!!  Easy Layer-Cake Quilts are just that.   Easy quilts that will go together fast, but are super cute and are all made with a Layer Cake.   And ya, I might have a thing for stashing Layer Cakes.  I can't help it, I just love them!!!  They are always the perfect size for a quick quilt, so you can see why I just had to have this book.  It's like Barb and Mary made it for me :)  I couldn't help but flip through the designs the minute I opened the box and start thinking of some favorite stashed layer cakes that would fit perfect for these quilts. 

I love the fun twist on this Chevron quilt and love the idea of making it in my treasured Basic Mixologie layer cake.   Those bold graphic prints would so make these chevrons shine!!  And the way Barb and Mary make up this quilt is brilliant, it will go together in a snap ;)

This Off the Grid quilt is a stunner that would make a fantastic Picnic quilt!!!  Wouldn't it  be so fun to do a Springtime version of it using my Vintage Picnic layer cake.  I would use the Navy prints in place of the black prints to really make it pop on all of those happy springtime colors.  So pretty ;)

And I just love, love,love this Beanstalk pattern!!!  Isn't it just so fun!!!   I love it in the bold black, white, and red, and thought about my Chic Neutrals Layer Cake that has the bold greys and blacks, and then pops of yellow and purple . . . and you know how I love purple!!!   I would be perfect!

And finally, I can not get over how cute these little houses are!!!  Suburban is an adorable pattern and once again, I was blown away with how Barb and Mary put these little guys together using layer cakes.  It really speeds up the piecing!!!   And how cute would this be in Wishes!!!  I have saved (hoarded) this Layer Cake for a while now, but I think those houses would just be so adorable in the happy colors of this line!!!   I just might have to bust it open :)

So ya, can you tell that I am super excited about  Easy Layer-Cake Quilts arriving in the mail and might have just added a whole slew of projects to the "to make" list!!!  But the nice thing is that they really are easy and I can squeeze them in between other projects and maybe make a bit of a dent in my Layer Cake stash ;)   

Gotta love Happy Mail Days!!!!   Now it's off to start some Happy Quilting, those Scrap Drawers and Layer Cakes aren't going to sew themselves up!!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!! 
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Charming Tote - A Tutorial

I am so super excited today to share with you a tutorial that I have been meaning to do for some time.   I have shared so many Charming Totes over the last few years.    And then a few weeks ago  I was asked by the wonderful folks at Riley Blake Designs if I wanted to play with their new Neverland Fabric by Jill Howarth and I knew it would be the perfect match!!!

These Charming Totes are so much fun to make!!!  They go together super fast, and are the perfect tote for beginners and experts alike.   My children use them as piano bags, but they work great for just about anything you need to tote around. 

And as you can see from previous posts, you really can't make just 1 charming tote ;)   You'll find so many uses for them.  And they really do make wonderful gifts, so it's a good thing this tutorial is just in time for Christmas, right!!!  So let's get to the tutorial!!!

To make a Charming Tote you will need:

1 Charm Pack or 5" Stacker - (Isn't that Neverland fabric just to cute for words!!!)
2/3 Yard of a favorite coordinating print
2 scraps of batting 20" square or larger


Select 16 squares from your Charm Pack or 5" Stacker and lay them out in a 4 x 4 grid, playing with the placement until it is pleasing to the eye.  And it is helpful to either mark the first blocks in each row with a pin or row marker of some sort, or be sure to take a picture of your squares so you can refer to it to keep your layout just the way you like it ;)

Sew the squares into rows.  To do this, I like to place the second square onto the first with right sides together, and aligning as I go, stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  (I chain stitch all 4 rows at a time.) Then, place the third square onto the second square, with right sides together, and once again, aligning and chain stitching as I go, stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  And then repeat for the fourth square, sewing 4 rows of 4 squares.

Press the seams in opposite directions.  So press row 1 and 3 to the left, and row 2 and 4 the the right.  This will allow your seams to nest in the next step :)

Now, you can sew the rows together.  This is just like making the rows, only on a bigger scale.  Place row 2 onto row 1 with right sides together.  Align and pin each of the seams.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.

Now repeat this process adding row 3 to row 2 and then row 4 to row 3, moving down the tote ;)  When you are finished sewing all 4 rows together, I like to press the seams open so they lay nice and flat, but you can press them to one side if you prefer.

Now repeat the process to this point of Step 1 to make a second Patchwork Side so that you have a total of 2 Patchwork Sides :)  Each will measure 18 1/2" x 18 1/2".

And now, it is time to quilt the 2 Patchwork sides ;)   Place your patchwork side onto a 20" square of scrap batting.  You can baste it if you like, but I find it small enough to just start stitching on as the fabric tends to stick pretty well to my batting.  Sometimes I will stick a pin in each of the 4 corners just to hold it in place :)

Quilt the 2 Patchwork Sides any way you like.    You can then do Free Motion Quilting (see tutorials here if this is new to you) or some straight line quilting.  I decided on some simple straight lines 1/4" from the seams.  Once you are done stitching, align your long ruler along the side of your Patchwork and trim the excess batting away from all 4 sides of your Patchwork.   They should once again measure 18 1/2" square.  (If they are a little off that is okay, as long as both measure the same size )


Take your two Patchwork Sides and place them with right sides together.  Take care to align each of the seam sets along the sides and bottom and pin them together.  Sew 1/4" seam along the three sides of the bag, taking care to backstitch at the beginning of your side seams.  You can pivot at the bottom corners, or simply sew off the end and start a new seam, whichever is easiest for you.

Now, using a small quilting ruler and marking tool, draw a 2 1/2" square in the bottom 2 corners of your tote.  Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the squares out of the bottom corners of your tote.

And now the fun part.  Open the holes you just created and pinch them together, aligning the center seams and creating a straight line.  Pin the edge closed with several pins.  I like to align and nest my center seam and pin it open to help reduce bulk.

Once it is pinned nice and flat, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, taking care to backstitch at the beginning and end  and over the center seam.    I don't take the pins out as I sew along this as I don't want my seams to slide with all that batting, so I just slow down and go gently.  And if you have a walking foot, it can help for this step ;)

Repeat the pinning and stitching on the other corner and then turn the tote right side out and push out your corners.  And you have a Tote starting to form, so fun!!!   You can now set this part of your tote aside for the moment and we can move onto the lining :)


Press your selected 2/3 yardage to ensure it is nice and flat without any creases.  Then from the yardage, cut the following:
                   (2) strips 4 1/2" x 21" strips         and         (2) squares 18 1/2" x 18 1/2"

And now we are going to repeat the process with the Patchwork Sides, only with a slight change.  Place the 2 square lining pieces with right sides together, aligning and pinning the 2 sides and bottom.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the 2 sides taking care to backstitch at the beginning of each seam.   When you get to the bottom, do not stitch straight across.  Leave a 6" - 7" opening to turn the bag right side out later.   Be sure to backstitch at the opening on either side along the bottom.

And that little opening is the only difference and now, you can repeat the same process as making the Patchwork Sides.   Cut  a 2 1/2" square out of the two bottom corners of the lining.  Then pinch and align your holes into  straight lines, and pin them closed.   Then sew a 1/4" seam along the edge backstitching at the beginning and end of each seam.

Leave your lining right side in for the time, and just like that, you have the 2 parts for your tote all ready to go.  Now all you need are some handles ;)


Grab the 2 lining stripes and head to your ironing board.  Fold and press the strips in half longways.  Now open them up, and fold the top half in to meet the center fold line your just created.   And then repeat for the bottom half pressing it to meet the center.  Press both handles this way. 

Now simply fold the rectangle in half again, hiding all the raw edges on the inside and press it flat.  Then go to your machine and stitch an 1/8" seam along the edge of either side your handle.  Stitch both handles this way.   This will close up the handle on one side, and make a fun matching decorative stitch on the other side.


And now you have all the pieces made and are ready to put your tote together.   Place the handles 1" away from your patchwork seams as shown below.  Take care that your handle is not twisted as that is easy to do.  Pin them in place with the pin heads sticking out as shown below.   Repeat on the other side of the bag with the second handle.

Now, slide your lining over your pinned Patchwork tote with right sides together as shown below.  Keep sliding it down until the top edges are aligned.

Align and pin the Patchwork and Lining pieces together at the two side seams first.  Then pull the sides taught at the side seams and align and pin the two centers.  Then, proceed to align and pin the rest of the tote top with plenty of pins.  I like to put a pin through the handles as well so I know they won't shift anywhere.

Now stitch a 1/4" seam along the top, pinned edge of the tote.  This is easiest if you put the tote onto the arm of your sewing machine.  I like to start at a side seam, and be sure and backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.   And again, a walking foot will really help with all of those layers ;)

And with the top all stitched, you can now pull the Patchwork side of the tote out through hole in the bottom of the lining.  This part is like magic to me!!  I love how the patchwork, handles, and lining comes out of the hole perfectly sewn together, so fun!!!

And now with it's job done, we need to close up the hole.  So press the raw edges of the hole in the lining inward and pin it closed.  Then stitch the hole shut using a whipstitch if you are doing it by hand or machine stitch using a small 1/8" seam.   Then Push the lining back into the Patchwork of the tote with wrong sides together.

Move over to the rounded end of your ironing board and place the tote around the edge.  Press the top seam flat.  It will want to roll up a bit, but just use your fingers to roll it back down and press it in place.  You'll want a super hot heat on your iron for this ;)

Once it is pressed nice and flat, go back to your machine and stitch a 1/8" seam along the pressed edge.  Again, I like to start at the side seam and backstitch a few stitches at the beginning and end of my seam.  And take care while stitching to keep the handles out of the way :)   This topstitch  will keep the lining in the tote and the edges nice and crsip.


And before you know it, you are done!!!   Now just sit back and enjoy your Charming Tote!!!  It finishes at 18" x 16" x 4" so it really is the perfect size to tote around with you.  And don't stop there, grab another Charm Pack or 5" Stacker and get started on your next Charming Tote!!  They really are just so much fun to make, I have lost track of how many I have whipped up :)

 I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make your own Charming Tote I would love to see it!!  You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or add it to my flickr group here or post it to social media with the hashtag #happyquiltingwithmc ;)  I can't wait to see your Charming Totes!!!


Thank you so much to Riley Blake Designs for letting me play with these beautiful new Neverland Fabrics by Jill Howarth!!  They are absolutely adorable and made this Charming Tote into a treasure for a special girl :)   And thank you so much for stopping in today to share this tutorial.  It has been so fun to share it with all of you!!!

Have a very Happy Quilting ( and Charming ) Day!!!

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