Friday, August 3, 2018

Sparkly Stars Quilt and Tutorial

So you might recall back here when I shared the Drift Away Tutorial that highlighted 15 Aqua Fat Quarters as part of  the Fat Quarter Shop's Year of the Fat Quarter Quilt Along!!   Well, today I am back with another 15 Fat Quarters and this time it's all about PURPLE!!!!!  This is Sparkly Stars and along with the below tutorial, you can also download this  FREE PDF Pattern with 6 size options.  

Each month this year, the Fat Quarter Shop has released  a new bundle of 15 Fat Quarters in one Special Color.    You all know that purple is my favorite, so when Fat Quarter Shop asked if I wanted to participate I was all over the Purple Month.  And it just happens to be my birthday month as well, so double bonus!!!     And if I was going to be using my favorite color, I figured I might as well design with my favorite, Stars!!!!  

And I am calling these stars, Sparkly Stars!!!   They get their name because of the slight overlap of the star points near the center.  I love how it makes them look like they are almost twinkling.   And the overlap also has a double bonus of making it so you don't have to worry about lining up the point when you stitch the block together.   Which makes this quilt super fun and fast to make :)

And of course, I am sharing these Sparkly Stars with a step by step tutorial!!!!   Now you can make your very own :)     So let's get to it . . . 


1 Purple Bundle of 15 Fat Quarters   (Aren't they just such pretty Purple Prints!!!!) 
3 1/2  Yards of a Light Grey Solid for Background  
2/3 Yard of a Black Solid for Binding
4 1/2 Yards of a a Favorite Purple Print for Backing


We will start by cutting the Fat Quarters.  From each of the 15 Fat Quarters you will need to cut
       (9) 5" x 5" squares and (8) 3" x 3" squares.   The next few pictures are just how I like to cut that.

Start by trimming your Fat Quarter to 16" x 20".   I like to stack a few Fat Quarters on top of each other to speed up my cutting, but just be sure you have a sharp blade to do this.

Now sub-cut your rectangle into 3 strips, (2) 5" x 20" strips and (1) 6" x 20" strips.  I like to keep my 5" strips right next to each other, as shown in the next picture, but I just separated them here to make the strip sets easier to see :)

Then from your (2) 5" x 20" strips subcut (8) 5" x 5" squares as shown below.   And from your 6" Strip subcut (1) 5" x 5" square where you will have a tiny scrap piece, and then subcut (8) 3" x 3" squares as shown below.  You will have a small scrap piece left from this strip.

Cut all 15 Fat Quarters like this and you will have a total of 
           (135) 5" x 5" squares
           (120) 3" x 3" squares
From the Light Grey solid cut:
            (135) 5" x 5" squares
            (120) 3" x 3" squares

From the Black Solid cut:
            (8) 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips

And now the cutting is done and you just need to do a little marking.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all your purple and grey 3" x 3" squares.  This is a great time to listen to a good book or watch a good movie ;) 


And now we are ready to start stitching.  We will start with the Block A Units.   So gather (60) of the Light Grey 5" x 5" squares and 4 sets of the purple 3" x 3" squares, each set having 1 of each of the 15 prints.   Set aside the remaining purple 3" square sets for a moment.

Place the marked Purple 3" square along the bottom right hand corner of the Light Grey 5" square.   Stitch directly on the drawn line.  You will be stitching 4 units of each print, for a total of 60 sets.  And you will want to chain stitch to save time.

If you haven't chain stitched before, it simply means you don't cut the threads between units.   Start with stitching the first seam on the drawn line of the first unit.  When you get to the end of the square, simply begin feeding the next unit into your machine.  Continue in this fashion until you have stitched a seam on all 60 units.

Now clip your threads and move to your cutting mat.   Align your ruler 1/4" over the seam (the white line) and cut the excess triangle away.  Then press the seam allowance downwards towards the triangle.  Repeat this for all 60 units.

And now we are going to make the second point of the star the same way, only on the other corner so grab those other 3" purple squares you set aside.  Place the same fabric marked 3" square on the left hand corner of the unit.  You want to be sure that you place all of these on the left, so that your stars all overlap in the same direction :)  Again, Chain Stitch a seam directly on the drawn line of all 60 units.

And then clip your threads and trim away 1/4" over the seam and press the seam allowance downwards towards the triangle on all 60 Units.

And just like that, you have (60) Block A Units all measuring 5" x 5".   You can set these aside and we will move onto Block B Units.


And the great thing about these, they are the made the exact same as the Block A Units, only with alternating fabric placement.   So grab 4 sets of the Purple 5" squares, with 1 of each of the 15 prints in a set.  (this will leave five sets of Purple 5" squares remaining) And also gather the (120) Light Grey 3" squares and we will use 60 in the first part and 60 in the second part.

And now it's just the same as Block A Units.  Place the marked Light Grey 3" square on the bottom right corner of the Purple 5" square as shown below and Chain Stitch directly on the drawn line of all 60 Units.   Then clip threads, cut a 1/4" over the seam, and press downwards towards the triangle.

Then again, place the Light Grey 3" square on the bottom left hand corner of the Purple 5" square, Stitch, Cut, and Press all 60 units.

And just like that, you have (60) Block B Units all measuring 5" x 5" :)   And now you can make your blocks!!!


We will start with making the 15 Block A's.   Layout 4 Block A Units from the same fabric, 4 Light Grey 5" squares, and 1 Purple 5" square that fabric matches the Block A Units as shown below.  At this point, I like to layout all 15 of my blocks and stack the pieces on top of the first block.  This makes it easier to chain stitch and save time, but I will only show one block being constructed in the pictures.

Place the 3 Center column units onto the Left column units with right sides together.  Chain Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edges.  Clip your threads and return the units back to the original layout.

Now place the Right column units onto the Center column units with right sides together.  Chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the edges.  Clip your threads and you are ready to move to the ironing board.

Press the Top and Bottom Rows outwards and press the Center Row Inward.  This will allow you to nest the seams in the next step.  And once again, return your pieces to the original layout.

Now place the Top Row onto the Center Row with right sides together.   Align and Pin/Nest the seams.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.   And again, lay your pieces back out in the original layout.

Now place the Bottom Row onto the Center Row with right sides together.   Align and Pin/Nest the seams.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  And remember, you don't have to worry about sewing through the point of the star as it is made to overlap ;)

Now return to your ironing board and press the seams open or if you prefer, you can press them to one side.

And just like that, you have Block A done!!!  If you stacked up all your blocks and chain stitched each step,  you will have 15 Block A's.  If you prefer to make them one block at a time, simply repeat Step 4 until all 15 of your Block A's are complete.   They should measure 14" unfinished.

STEP 5 - 

And just like making the Units, Block B is just the same as Making Block A, only alternating the Fabric Placement.   So gather your Block B Units, the remaining Purple 5" squares and the remaining 15 Light Grey 5" squares and layout your blocks as follows, stacking them if you want to chain stitch.

Then use the same directions as Block A to Stitch and Press your Units into Rows.

And then just like before, Pin, Stitch and Press your Rows into the Block.

It's simply "Rinse and Repeat" for all  15 of your Block B's that should measure 14" unfinished as well.  Pretty easy right ;)    And with that, all of your blocks are done and you are ready to make a quilt top!!! 


So let's get to it.   Layout your blocks in 6 rows with 5 blocks in each row alternating the Block A's and Block B's as shown below.  Play with the placement until it is pleasing to the eye.   Taking a picture of your layout is the easiest way to do this as your eye can see everything at once, and it is also great to have to refer back to so you make sure you don't mix up your block placement :)

Once you have a layout you like, it's time to sew the blocks into rows.   To do this, place the second block onto the first block (shown in row 1) in each row with right sides together.   Chain Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge of each set in each row.   Put your sewn pieces back in your layout.    Place your third block in each row onto your second block (shown in row 2) with right sides together and align and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat this process until you have stitched all of the blocks into rows. 

Now you can press the rows.  Press the Odd Rows to the Right and the Even Rows to the Left.  This allows me to nest them when I sew the rows together, of if you are worried about the bulk of the seams meeting, you can Press the seams Open.    And your quilt top should look like this.  Again, I always find it helpful to keep laying your pieces back out each time you stitch on them.  This will help you keep the layout you like ;)  And now, all that is left is to sew the rows together into a quilt top.

We will do this in two halves to make it easier :)  Place the second row onto the first row with right sides together.  Place the fifth row onto the fourth row with right sides together as shown below.   Align and pin all of the seams in the two row sets.   Chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges of the two row sets.

Clip your threads and lay your rows back out again.  Now place the third row onto the second row with right sides together.  Place the sixth row onto the fifth row with right sides together as shown below.   Align and pin the seams in the two row sets.   Chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges.

And now, only one seam left!!!  Place the bottom half onto the top half with right sides together.   Align and pin all of your seams and then stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.     Now Press the row seams to one side or open as you prefer.  

And you have a beautiful Christmas Collection Quilt Top!!!!  It will measure 68" x 81 1/2" and really, didn't it go together fast and was oh so much fun to piece!!!   (And pretend this picture isn't already quilted and bound, for some reason, I forgot to take a picture of the quilt top once it was all pressed, silly me :)  


And with that, it's time to turn that finished quilt top into a finished Quilt ;)  Time to  Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!!  Which is a whole lot in one little sentence.  If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)

When it came time to quilt mine I decided on a favorite design that works so well with this particular quilt design.  I call it L and E and you can easily quilt two "strands" per each unit row and keep your stitching nice ans straight using the seams as guides.   Perfect and oh so much fun!!!  And I just love the added flow it gives the quilt when it's all done.

Use the  (8) 2 1/2"x Width of Fabric binding strips you cut at the beginning to create a binding and add it to the quilt.  And your Done!!!


And now, just snuggle up with your awesome Sparkly Stars Quilt!!!  It finishes at 67 1/2"" x 81" so it is a great size for snuggling!!!    The piecing is fun and fast and not having to match star points makes it even quicker and I just love the overlapping Sparkle!!!

 I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make your own Sparkly Stars Quilt I would love to see it!!  You can email me a picture at or add it to my flickr group here or post it to social media with  #happyquiltingwithmc ;)  I can't wait to see your Sparkly Stars Quilts!!!

Thank you so much to  Fat Quarter Shop  for this beautiful Purple Bundle and for having me as part of this awesome Year of the Fat Quarter Celebration!!  These Purple prints are all so pretty and the amazing grouping of so many shades of purple is really what makes this quilt Sparkle!!!

Thanks for stopping in today to share this new quilt finish and tutorial with me.  And thanks for popping in each and every day.  I am just so grateful to have this space to share my love of quilting and it just wouldn't be the same without you all!!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Happy 10 Year Anniversary Green Fairy Quilts!!!! (Amazing Sales!!!)

Today I am happy to share that Green Fairy Quilts is celebrating their 10 Year Shop Anniversary!!!  Green Fairy Quilts is owned and operated by my good friends Clint and Judy Madsen and they are just down the I-15 from me in sunny St. George Utah.  And to kick off the celebration of their shop turning 10, they are having some amazing sales!!!!

The First Sale is 50% off all of the top 10 Selling items in their shop over the last 10 Years!!!  How fun is that!!!!    And I am telling you, the top selling items are just that, top selling!!!   If you have been around Happy Quilting for a while, you know there are some products that I just love, like my Bloc Loc rulers, well, here is your chance to get them at 50% off!!!!   And there are Moda Cake Mixes, Aurifil Threads, my favorite Long Arm ruler, and Bella Solids at $4.50 a Yard!!!!   Seriously, you are going to want to pop on over and check out these deals!!! 


And Green Fairy Quilts has a second sale to celebrate 10 years with 50% off all Clearance Items!!!   And you know, Green Fairy Quilts is your home for Pre-cuts so ya, that means you are going to find Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Fat Quarter Bundles, Fat Eighth Bundles, and Charm Packs all marked down 50% off!!!   But hurry, its going until it is gone, and it is going fast!!!  

I want to wish Green Fairy Quilts a very Happy Anniversary!!!  They were one of my first sponsoring shops here at Happy Quilting and have always been a huge support to me and my creative endeavors!!!    Thanks so much Clint and Judy and here is to 10 more amazing years!!! 
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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 the Jingle Pop Precut Strip Set from  Shabby Fabrics is . . .  Number #82 . . .   Congrats anna brown!!!   I have emailed you :)      

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop is amazing and they never cease to amaze me with everything they have going on at their shop!!!     And did you know they have a 24 Hour Flash Sale every day with 2 Flash Sales on Tuesdays!!  You will find some amazing deals there ;)

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a  The North Pole Layer Cake  by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.  How perfect for some Christmas in July sewing!!!  Well, at least it is the last day of July, tee hee hee 

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 if you had an Elf name, what would it be? ;)

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube or at their Blog.  You can Sign up for their Newsletter which will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales, or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, August 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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Monday, July 30, 2018

Seeing Stars Quilt-Along!!!

EEEkkk!!!!  It's one of my favorite day's of the year!!!!!!   Today, is the announcement of this years annual Happy Quilting Quilt Along, and I am so very excited :)     And you all know I love Stars and this year, we are making all the Stars in the Seeing Stars Quilt Along!!!!  

We are going to be doing basic piecing of course, but then this design also throws in some improve piecing, some machine applique, and even a bit of curves ;)   So ya, lot of fun technique all tied up in this one quilt along and if you have never tried improve, applique, or curves, don't be scared!!!  We are going to tackle them together and have a great time learning and piecing together!!!   Doesn't that just look like so much fun!!!! 

So like in previous years, there will be easy step by step directions, but this year we are going to be on a weekly schedule as the tasks are broken down a bit more :)   And another change, because of the layout of this quilt, there is only going to be one size option this year.  I know, that's a big change, but it just didn't work to try and take this random layout and make it into a whole ton of layout options.   So this year we are all making the same size quilt, which just happens to be 80" x 80" so it is just perfect for laying out or cuddling up with :)   And if you want it a bed size, you can always add a border to make it 90" x 90" for a queen size bed.

Be sure to pop in next week for the Fabric Requirements,  Fabric options in a range of colors palates and at a discount,  and the reveal of fabulous fabric prizes that include weekly progress prizes and Grand Prizes at the end.  But mostly, just be sure to join in for the amazing fun with fabric and friends!!!!   The Quilt Along will run from mid August through mid October and is going to be oh so great!!!  Here is the schedule . . .

August 6th- Intro, Fabric Requirements, and Prizes Announcement
August 15th - Double Star Block
August 22nd - Curvy Star Block
August 29th - Pinwheel Star Block
September 5th - Improv Star Block
September 12th - Basic Star Block
September 19th - Applique Star Block
September 26th - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
October 17th- Seeing Stars Parade and Grand Prize Winners

It all starts next week!!!  So what do you say??  Do you want to Quilt-Along with me???  Grab a button and/or get your #seeingstarsquiltalong posting ready!!  We are going to have some amazing Seeing Stars Quilting Fun!!!

And for easy access, I will be updating the weekly links on the Quilt-Along Page as well as this post.

I can't wait for next week!!!!   Hope to see ya there!!!!  
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Saturday, July 28, 2018

July Sew Sampler!!!

July's Sew Sampler box theme was Adventure Awaits and my goodness, has July been filled with adventure.   What with 3 weeks of camping and most of it in the rain and then a thrown in surgery to repair my son's torn elbow tendon, well I think we can say we have had our fill of Adventure this month :)    And what better way to come home to it all, than with an adventure in amazing quilting goodness!!!  Eeekkk, this box is so fun!!!

First off, you have this adorable Petite Vintage Adventure Rolie Polie!!!  I just love these colors together, and the prints are oh so cute with little campers and bicycles ;)  And the Daisy Dresden quilt pattern is just to cute for words!!!   And I was thrilled to see that everything you need to make this quilt was also included in the box :)

Staring with a EZ Quilting Dresden Set!!!!  I absolutly love making Dresden quilts (this Double Dresden Delight is still a super popular tutorial on the blog ;)  And this is one ruler that I am happy to have 2 of.  And I so excited about that bonus Bamboo Point Turner that came with the ruler, that is so going to come in handy!!  (Much better than the BBQ skewer I was using before ;)   And how adorable is that Vintage Trim from Bee in My Bonnet!!!   It's going to be so hard to take that off that fantastic wooden spool, it might just have to serve as decoration for a little while before I can use it ;)  

And of course, you need a little Interfacing to make the Dresden centers.   I love Lori Holt's method for doing the centers, it makes turning those edges so easy!!!   And I can always use more needles, and I have never tried the Chrome Needles before and am excited to do so :)

And of course, with a new box, there is a new Barn Block!!!   After some debate, I decided that I actually didn't like the grey and black placement switched out in the blocks like I did last month.   The grey just doesn't pop like the black.   So I went back to the same layout as the pattern and will have to remake Block 3 ;)  Ah well, better to decide now than 6 blocks into it, tee hee hee.     And this month's block has some metallic features.  Gotta love finding special scraps in the drawer.  To fun!!!

And that's my July Sew Sampler Box!!!   And wow, it sure has an adventure of quilting goodness waiting for me to jump into :)

I hope you all are having a very Happy Quilting Day!!!

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