Thursday, February 21, 2019

Teaching Times - Cedar Quilt Retreat!!!!

I know I say this every year, but I just love getting to teach at the Cedar Chest Quilter's Guild Retreat  because it's home ;)    I love that I get to see friends that I see all around town through the year as well as friends that aren't from around here but that I have gotten to know over the last 9 years of teaching at this retreat.    And we are a new venue now in the heart of Historic Downtown Cedar, and that just makes me smile!!!

The first class I taught was my Playground Picnic pattern.    This was such a fun class to teach!!!   I love that this block is put together in a little less than traditional way, and it is always fun to see how excited everyone gets when they see just how easy it is :)    These ladies were all so wonderful, and we had a lot of great laughs, along with a whole lot of sewing.    So fantastic!!

And here is a closer look at each of their blocks.  It really is so fun to get to see what fabrics everyone brings.  I just love seeing how some use bundles, and some mix and match their own, and they are all just so fun!!!   And many of them got a second block done as well, and it was great to get to see the A and B blocks next to each other.  Can't wait to see finished quilts!!!

The next morning I taught my True North Pattern, and again, we had such a great time in class!!!   Everyone did so good, and it was one of those classes where everyone just kept sewing even after the end of the class.  They were all so close to finishing a block and it was awesome to see them stick to it, even after the group photo and really get a lot done!!!  And I have to say, I just love when I remember to take group pics!!!  It is so great to remember each of these amazing ladies :)

And aren't these blocks just so pretty!!!   This block isn't hard, but it does take a lot of piecing and some serious seam matching, and everyone just did so fantastic!!!   I love each and every fabric combination and I can't wait to see these quilts all done!!!

And I had some wonderful students share some finishes with me, which is always a special treat!!!   How fun is this Seeing Stars quilt from my most recent Quilt Along!!!  You all know how I love purple, so a purple and yellow mix of stars, so awesome!!!!   And so many people liked it, I am actually now going to be doing it as a BOM for our Cedar Quilt Guild, so fun!!!

And I was clear in the back of the auditorium, but I managed to get a snapshot of this beautiful Pave the Way quilt!!!    Isn't it just stunning.   Makes me want to make a Christmas version for myself!!   Love it ;)

And our guild had the wonderful treat of having Sherri McConnell and Val Krueger as national teachers.  I has not met Val (a super impressive pattern designer and long arm quilter) before and it was lovely to get to know her.   And Sherri, as always, is just amazing.  I really enjoyed getting to hear about her start in quilting, especially as it started with lots and lots of Irish Chain Quilts, because you all know, I love Irish Chain Quilts!!!  

And now, I just can't wait until next year ;)   Good thing time just keeps flying by!!!

If you are in the Utah Area, the Panguitch Quilt Walk  opens their registration on March 1st and I will be teaching the same Playground Picnic class shared above, as well as my Square Dance Pattern there in June ;)  Who knows, maybe I will see you there!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day - Welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day and today is a special TTGD because we are also welcoming a new sponsor to Happy Quilting!!!! So let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the Two Valentines Charm Packs from Olie and Evie is . . .   Number #167 . . . Congrats Amy DeCesare!!!   I have emailed you :)       


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Bear Creek Quilting Company, a brand new sponsor here at Happy Quilting!!!    I asked Shari to send me a little intro to her shop so I could share it with all of you ;)   So here's all about Bear Creek Quilting Company . . . 

Bear Creek Quilting Company started in 2011 with a few bolts of fabric and a couple fat quarters as a family business based out of Lebanon Oregon.  As word of mouth spread, so did their inventory, and  Bear Creek Quilting Company grew from there.  Today they are an amazing online store and I love that their tag line is We are a Small Business with Big Dreams!!!  Just perfect!!!  

Bear Creek Quilting Company Offers a wide variety of  premium cotton, flannel and batik quilting fabric. And I love that you can shop for that yardage by color and/or themes!!!  I love building my stash when shopping by color and theme are  an option, so much easier!!!   Along with all of that beautiful yardage, you will also find all of your favorite pre-cut  bundles (fat quartersjelly rollscharm packs and layer cakes) from your favorite manufactures.


Bear Creek Quilting also carries a wide variety of patternsbooksnotions and tools.  They have recently released a Creative Grids Ruler of the Month + Free Pattern program with new combo's announced on the 15th of the month to subscribers.  How fun is that!!!  And their Book Selection is amazing, and Mid-Month they open up pre-orders for the next month's new book releases from Martingale, so you know you will get that book asap!!!  And they always have amazing prices on their everyday selection.  


Bear Creek Quilting company is continuing to expand weekly with the arrival of new product shipments.  You can always check out what is on it's way in their Coming Soon section.    And the Aurifil Thread Gem Pack of the Month is something you totally want to watch for.  On the 1st of the month, the Gem Pack changes to a new 3 spool color collection, and with these pretty threads, you are going to want to collect them all!!!  


And you always have to be making room for those coming soon items and that means you will also find an incredible Clearance shopping section  at Bear Creek Quilting Company.  You better believe you will find all kinds of yummy yardage, bundles, and notions at stellar closeout prices here!!


Bear Creek Quilting Company understands that you have choices in purchasing your quality quilting fabric and supplies.  They believe that the more quilting fabric and supplies they have available to you the greater ability you have to create.  And they include savings and a special surprise to you with each and every order.  

Welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company!!!  I am so excited to have them as part of the Happy Quilting Family!!!

 And as part of their welcome debut here at Happy Quilting, Bear Creek Quilting Company is also sponsoring Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day and it is a big one!!!!    Bear Creek Quilting Company is giving one lucky winner a Little Snippets Fat Quarter Bundle by Bonnie and Camille for Moda !!!  That is 40 Fat Quarters of Bonnie and Camille goodness that I know you all want in your stash ;)

You have two chances to win, 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 or posting with an anonymous comment ;)    And since Bear Creek Quilting Company is new here, I thought it might be nice for your entries to allow you to get acquainted :)

1 - Pop on over to Bear Creek Quilting Company and find a favorite item that you like ;)  Then pop back here and leave a comment of that favorite item.  

2 - Sign up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter  (in the top right hand corner) and leave a comment here that you did so or already do.  

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday,  February 26th, 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, February 18, 2019

Off the Brick Path Blocks

For this month's Bee Blocks, Bonnie asked us to make some of these adorable Off the Brick Patch blocks.   And like most of my bee block, I now want to make an entire quilt of these!!!  You all know, I love some tiny patchwork, and these strips finish at 1" x 2" and how cute is that!!!   And I love the low volume goodness of it all.  

There are two block layouts, so that you can then sew them all together in a wonderful patchwork chain!!   Love it!!!   Bonnie shared a tutorial on her blog, just in case like me, you want to make your own quilt of these awesome blocks ;) 

Always loving adding to the "someday list of quilt to make".  How about you???  Do you have an ever growing list of someday quilts to make???  Which one do you want to tackle this year??? 
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Friday, February 15, 2019

Threadology QAL - Nine Patch Blocks

It's February 15th and that means it is the second block release of the Threadology Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!  And today's blocks are Nine Patch blocks, and honestly, it doesn't get more fun than some awesome basic patchwork!!!!  I mean, you just have to love a nine patch, right ;)

Just like the first set of blocks, I am making 3 of the larger 12" blocks and 6 of the smaller  6" blocks for my alternate layout.  And ya know, when it comes to a basic nine patch, it is super fun and super easy to make in any size.  

So are you joining in the Threadology fun???  If so, you can download the block pattern right here and it is requested for each pattern you download to donate $5.00  to the Make a Wish Foundation :)  This is Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL that is raising funds for an amazing organization. They have already raised over $10,000 and are on the way to the $20,000 that Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match.  So let's help them reach that goal ;)  

And while making your blocks . . .  like always, Fat Quarter Shop has made an awesome  You Tube video tutorial that walk you through making this month's blocks.  I know a Nine Patch is pretty basic, but Kimberly always shares some helpful hints :)

Be sure to share all of your Threadology progress on social media with #threadologyquiltalong and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Block 2 for lots more Nine Patch Inspiration!!!

And that's it for the second block in the Threadology Quilt Along!!!!   I will be back on the first of March with the next block.  So fun!!!  So what do you say, wan't to come Threadology Quilting Along??  You are going to have so much fun!!!

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day!!!

It's a day filled with Lots of Love!!!  And that reminded me of my Lots of Love Mini I made for Barbara in conjunction with the first Splendid Sampler.    So fun!!!  I just loved making this project for Barbara, and representing all of the Love that we share in our family.

And while I was sharing all about my block, I made a little tutorial on putting them together, and a table that shares the fabric needed for hearts in all sizes from 2" to 10".  So if you find yourself wanting to make some special heart pieced projects today, be sure and pop on over here for all the hearts in all the sizes ;)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Valentines Day, and maybe even squeeze some Happy Quilting as well!!! 
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