Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Autumn Love Table Runner!!!

I was so super excited when I was asked by the wonderful folks at Riley Blake Designs if I wanted to participate in the Autumn Love Sew Along!!!  I absolutely adore everything that Lori Holt does and was thrilled to be a part of her amazing designs!!!  

The Autumn Love Quilt and Sew Along is in celebration of Lori's newly released fabric which is also named Autumn Love.  It has a beautiful Fall in the Country feel and I was so excited to get to play with it for this Sew Along!!!   This week everyone is working on two blocks and I knew I wouldn't have time to do the entire quilt, so I incorporated them into this fun table runner.  

So the first block is the Hunter Star.  Which lets talk about some tiny piecing.  This was so much fun to make!!!  The Star finishes at 10" square and I have to say, I am pretty proud of all those happy points!!   And since I know you will ask (because who doesn't want to do some super fun tiny piecing) The pattern guide for this block, and the entire quilt for that matter can be found here ;)

They are also piecing the Autumn block and the tiny Sawtooth stars, which again are tiny.  They finish at 4" square so the flying geese are super cute at 1" x 2".   And I absolutely love when Lori includes words in her designs.  Her alphabet blocks are so fun to piece and just to cute for words!!!!

When it came time to quilt it, I decided on some simple matchstitck quilting ;)  And this is the first time I have ever done matchstick quilting on my long arm, and can I just say, it was so slick and fast!!!   I know I will have to do that again soon.   So fun!!!  And I just love the awesome texture it gives the finish ;)

And that is my Autumn Love Table Runner!!!!   Thank you so much to the wonderful folks at Riley Blake for having me along for this amazing Sew Along!!!   It was so much fun and I am just thrilled to have this wonderful finish that will now grace my table for the next few months ;)

And be sure to pop on over to Lori's blog and check out all the details on this amazing quilt along!!!  It's not to late to join and your finish will be a treasure forever :)   

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

P.S.   There will be no Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day today, it will be back next week ;) 

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Dessert Sampler - Block 2

I am getting all packed up to head up to the Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest Retreat for some fun days of teaching and I am so very excited!!!  But of course, with all the fun, there is also some prep work ;)   And it made last week a little crazy getting ready for it, read new pattern to soon be released ;)    But I am thrilled that with all of that fun crazy prep,  I also managed to squeeze in a little laid back piecing and finished my second block of the Dessert Sampler!!!  Isn't it just so fun with all of that pink and red Figgy goodness!!!

And I have to say, I am so happy that I started this project and am enjoying it as a Long, Long, Term project.   It is nice to just have no deadline and to just sew on it when I need a break :)   I cut out Block 3 as well this weekend, so I am all set with that.   And this block has purple!!!  Yippee!!! 

So how about you???  Do you have a super Long-Term project you pull out when you just need things to slow down a bit???

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Friday, September 14, 2018

True North - A New Finish and New Pattern Cover!!!!

I am super excited this morning to share my newest quilt finish!!!   I made my original True North quilt back in 2015.   I love the original, but I started to realize that when I taught it in class, students only saw it as a Christmas quilt.  This made me realize it was time for a remake ;)   But of course, since this was a quilt I already had, the remake just seemed to keep falling down the "to make" list.  Until brilliant idea hit last year, I have my good friends in the Bees Knees Quilting Bee  and had to pick a block for them to make.   Hello, True North blocks ;)    And well, can I just say I love, love, love how it turned out!!!   

And since this quilt is the new cover girl of my True North pattern, it seemed only fair to treat it like a new pattern release.    So the True North pattern can be found  found in my Etsy Shop,  and like all my new Pattern Releases, It is on Special!!!!  This week True North will be marked down to $5.50!!! After that, it will be marked at the regular pattern price of $8.50 :)

I absolutely love this quilt and it's giant blocks.   The block uses Stitch and Flip corners and some Half Square Triangles and with the large size, they go together fast and are so much fun to make.   And I love the movement the design creates, those centers just pop right out ;)  

I used the Raindrops collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel.  I got this bundle at Market several years back, and when I decided I wanted to do a remake I knew it was just perfect!!!  I love the wonderfully cool colors and that each print really stands out and reads as one color.  This made the design really pop and not fade into the background ;)

And when it came time to quilt it I went with my favorite all over swirls.   I thought about custom quilting it for a while, like I did the original, but it had been sitting to long waiting for that.  So I just went for it with these super fast swirls.  And i just love the overall effect and how it makes the design shine ;)   And of course, swirls always give amazing texture!!!! 

And since my good friends in the Bees Knees were making blocks for me, I had a total of 11 blocks, and for this quilt, I only needed 9.  So I put the extra two blocks on the back of the quilt.   How fun is that.  I love a little patchwork goodness on the back!!! 

And that is my new True North quilt!!!!  I am just head over heals with this finish!!!  Thank you so much to all of the ladies of the Bees Knees for making these blocks.  You did an awesome job and I am just so happy to have a new True North quilt!!! 

And just as a reminder, like all my patterns, True North has size options so you can make the quilt size that fits you ;)  You will find 4 size options, a Baby, Lap, Twin, and a Queen size.  The block varies in size so the piecing isn't to tiny or to huge, which helps it go together faster, even if you are making the queen size :)

And this quilt is Fat Eighth friendly for the Baby and Twin size and Fat Quarter friendly for the Twin and Queen size, so it is super easy to grab a bundle and get going.    My quilt is the queen size, so it is 92" x 92" and still only 9 blocks to make, yippee!!!

 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 my new True North quilt and Updated Pattern!!!!  Again, the pattern can be found 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 this Quilt Finish to Myra's and Sarah's :)
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Seeing Stars Quilt-Along - Basic Star Block

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Seeing Stars Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of three $75.00 Gift Certificate grand prizes sponsored by  Fat Quarter Shop you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule

September 12th - Basic Star Block (That's Today!!)
September 19th - Applique Star Block
September 26th - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
October 17th- Seeing Stars Parade and Grand Prize Winners

Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Improv Star Assignment.   And great job to everyone for getting your wonky sewing on. I know it can be a challenge to step outside of our straight 1/4" zone, but you all did a fantastic job!!! 

The Improv Star Assignment winner who gets a Low Volume Fat Quarter Bundle of the brand new Smitten Collection from Olie and Evie is

#29 - Sue!!! - Congrats :)


So here we are, moving through our Star Blocks, and this weeks should be a piece of cake, because we are making Basic Star Blocks , so let's get right to it :)  If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun :)



We will be making 11 Basic Star Blocks.  I will give the cutting directions for 1 Basic Star Block (for those that are making alternate layouts).  Then I will give the cutting directions for the Total Pieces needed for all 11 Basic Star Blocks.    Each Print Fabric listed represents a different part of the star block.  Below the initial single block cutting list is an image of the Basic Star Block just to clarify where each fabric is placed in the block.   

Basic Star Block - For Each Block cut:

Print Fabric Star Points - (4) 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares
Print Fabric Center Square - (1) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square
Background Fabric -  (1) 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square
                                  (4) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares

So for all 11 Basic Star Blocks you will cut:

Print Fabric Star Points - (44) 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares - 4 squares each of 11 different prints
Print Fabric Center Square - (11) 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square - 1 square each of 11 different prints
Background Fabric -  (11) 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square
                                  (44) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares


This block is going to be super fast and easy, as we have essentially already made it in the center of the Double Star Block.  This Basic block is just a little smaller.   So, once again we will be using the   No-Waste method to make flying geese.   And I will be going over each step in detail, but if you still remember how to make these no-waste geese, just breeze over the directions.    So, let's get to it :)

Gather the 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" Background Squares and the 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" Print Squares.   Start by drawing diagonal lines on the back of all 44 of your print squares as shown.  (And if you have a 1/4" line marked on your sewing table like I talked about at the beginning of this tutorial, you can skip this drawing step ;)

With right sides together, lay two small print squares onto your large background square as shown.   Pin all 11 units on both sides of each square adjacent to that drawn line.   And set your extra 2 matching print small squares for each unit aside as we will be using them a little later.
     We will be chain stitching a  1/4" seam along BOTH sides of the drawn line, the black lines represent your stitching lines.

So to start, stitch the 1/4" seam on the left hand side of the drawn line of your first unit.  When you get to the end of the unit, just start feeding the next unit in your machine.   Stitch 1/4" seam on all 11 units.   Then clip your threads between the Units.

Now, go ahead and stitch the 1/4" seam on the right hand side (or other side) of the drawn line on all 11 of your units.   Then clip the threads between the units and you ready for cutting.

Move to your cutting mat and align your ruler along the drawn center line.  Cut along the edge of the ruler creating 2 large triangles.   Cut all 11 units in half.

Now it's over to your ironing board.  Press the seams up towards the 2 little print triangles.  I find it easiest to press these from the front.    Press all 22 Units.   And you are half way there!!!  Now to use up those remaining small print squares. 

And it's just like starting over.  Take the little print squares (make sure they are matching fabrics) and align them on your stitched units as shown with right sides together.  Pin each piece then once again we are going to be stitching a 1/4" seam along BOTH sides of the drawn diagonal line.  

And again, we will be chain stitching to save time and thread.  So chain stitch along all the left hand side of the drawn line on all 22 of your units, clip your threads,  and then chain stitch along the right side of the drawn line on all 22 of our units, and then clip your threads again :)  You know your right on if your 1/4" seam lands right in the ditch of the print fabrics.  

Now place your units on your cutting mat, and using your ruler aligned on the drawn line cut your unit in half .   And that is where your 4 flying geese come from.  And with your 11 sets, you now have 44 units.

Press your seams up to match the other seam.   You can press from the front or the back, whichever your prefer.  (I still like the front here :)   Lastly, trim off the little dog ear corners at either side and the top of your unit.  Note, Just trim the dog ears, don't trim the tops to where the point is, you will need that 1/4" overlap for your seam allowance.  

And now you have 44 Flying Geese Units, 4 each of 11 prints  that should measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".   And if they aren't exactly perfect, no worries, and no need to trim, we will use the seams as our guide.   And if you do like to trim, just be sure to leave your 1/4" overlap at the top of the units!!! 


And with your units all done you can now make your Basic Star Block.  Layout a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Center Square, 4 matching Flying Geese Units, and 4 Background 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares as shown below.  I like to stack up all 11 of my blocks on top of one another so I can Chain Stitch each of the following steps.  You can choose to do this or just make 1 at a time, whatever you are comfortable with.    The tutorial will just go over making 1 block at a time though so it is less confusing.

Place the Outside Units in each column onto the Center Column units with right sides together.  Align and chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the units in each of the 3 rows on either side of the center units.  And when you are stitching the Center Row units, be sure and stitch directly through the center of the Thread X made at the top of the Small Flying Geese Unit, even if that means you need to deviate a bit from a 1/4".  This will ensure that your star points are perfect!!

Press your seams in the top and bottom rows outwards towards the Background squares and press the seams in the center row inwards towards the Print Center square. This will allow you to nest them in the next step.

Place the Top and Bottom rows onto the Center rows with right sides together.  Align and Pin the seams.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the two pinned edges, once again, ensuring that you stitch directly through the center of the thread X at the top of the Flying Geese Units.

 And just press your seams open and you are done!!!!  11 Fantastic Basic Star Blocks that will measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" and are all ready for your Seeing Stars Quilt!!!  And another side note, I don't trim my blocks, but if you like to, just be sure to leave yourself the 1/4" seam allowance at the end of your star points ;)

So now it's your turn, get your Basic Star Blocks made and your assignment is complete!!!  And then you can enter to win the weekly prize :)

The Weekly Prize is sponsored by Lou Lou's Fabric Shop and a huge thanks goes out to them for their support of the  Seeing Stars Quilt-Along.

This weeks prize is a $20.00 Gift Certificate to Lou Lou's Fabric Shop.   Now you can get just the fabric you have had your eye on ;) 

So what do you have to do for a chance to win the Gift Certificate?  Simple . . . Just link up your Basic Star Blocks at the end of this post :)  You can link to a blog post or a social media picture, or whatever.   If you are still not sure how to link up, I wrote a little Linky Tutorial over here, that might help ;)  Just make sure to link up by the early morning of September 19th as I will be announcing a winner in next quilt-a-long post :)

If you don't get your Basic Star Blocks done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-Along.  

And Don't forget to add your  Basic Star Blocks to #seeingstarsquiltalong on social media or at the  Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group.   I am so excited to see all of your amazing Basic Star Blocks  ;)

 Have a Happy Quilting Day!!  

And remember, any questions, just email me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com ;)

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Tuesday, September 11, 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 Portsmouth Layer Cake  from Green Fairy Quilts is . . .  Number #183 . . .   Congrats Bethany!!!   I have emailed you :)      


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    Did you know that Jamie makes a new Lou Lou Bundle every Tuesday . . . there are so many to choose from and they are all just stunning!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is having a  Fantastic Sale with with lots of amazing discounts!!!!  You are so going to want to check this out :)    

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some shopping goodness!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate perfect to use on anything in the store, including any of the awesome Lou Lou Bundle's!!  Just perfect!!!!

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 your alarm plays to wake you up in the morning??    (mine plays The Call, by Regina Spektor.  It is a soft song to wake up to ;) 

 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, September 18th  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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