Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

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

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)

The winner of the $30.00 Gift Certificate from Shabby Fabrics is . . .  Number #100 . . .   Congrats  Becky S. !!!   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 fantastic and they never cease to amaze me with everything they have going on at their shop!!!     And along with their daily Flash Sales, did you know that  Fat Quarter Shop also has weekly Precut Specials!!!  It's a great way to stock up on your favorite Precuts and there might be some of my favorite Sunnyside Up this week, just sayin!!!! 

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!

And speaking of stocking up on pre-cuts, For today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a fantastic Sew Colorful Green Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky winner!!! Isn't this just so perfect for all of your spring projects :)  All the shades of green in one yummy bundle, so great!!!  Just has me wanting to go outside and see all of the green come back into the trees and plants :)   

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 how is your Green Thumb???  (Honestly, I am horrible at all things plants, I struggle to keep an artificial plant looking good :)  

 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, April 9th, 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, April 1, 2019

Threadology QAL - Royal Star Block

It's the first of April, and there is no foolin around here today :)   I'm back with the fifth block release of the Threadology Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!  And today's blocks are the Royal Star Block, and they are just so fantastic!!!!  I love a good star block, and this one is just so pretty ;)

So here are my 3 of the large blocks.  You might recall from my first post, I am doing a different setting that will use 3 Large an 6 Small blocks of each.   These blocks had a lot of points to line up, and you all know how I like points ;) The smaller blocks really had me smiling with all of those seams and points!!  There is just something about small piecing that is so much fun to do ;)  

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 and $16,000 in funds have already been raised 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 and Kimberly will share some awesome some helpful hints on working with all of those seams and points :)

Be sure to share all of your Threadology progress on social media with #threadologyquiltalong and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Block 5 for lots more Royal Star Block Inspiration!!!

And that's it for the Fifth block in the Threadology Quilt Along!!!!   I will be back on the fifteenth of April with the next block.  So fun!!!  It's never to late to join in the Threadology Quilting Along?? We are having so much fun!!!

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

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Winding Winter Ways Quilt and Tutorial!!!!

I am so thrilled to be sharing my newest quilt finish today and to also be sharing a new AccuQuilt Tutorial for it as well!!!   It's called Winding Winter Ways and I just love it!!!!  I love curved piecing, and I think it can easily be shied away from on the assumption that it is difficult.   But I hope as you check out the tutorial, you will see just how fun curved piecing is, especially when the cutting is taken care of with the amazing curved AccuQuilt Dies!!!

Although you can use prints, I really like the look of a solids in this quilt as it makes the design shine and creates so much incredible movement.  By simply changing the placement of the Light and Dark Blue fabrics in your block, you get incredible secondary designs that truly pop!!!  The white accents reminded me of snow crystals, and combined with the deep blues, and the Winding Ways die, it just seemed fitting to call this one Winding Winter Ways ;)     I choose blue because this quilt is for my sweet new nephew, Joshua, isn't he just so cute!!!

And the quilt tutorial even has you make a few "practice" blocks, which work out perfectly for the backing!!!  (Really, it is just the way you cut things out automatically makes a few extra pieces, but isn't that to cute!!!) 

When it came time to quilt it, I went for an all over swirl design, fast and fun!!!  I used my favorite 402 So Fine Pearl which blended perfectly with both the navy and the blue.   I love the wonderful texture it creates!!!  And the black binding just finishes things off nicely ;)  


The quilt is made up of 25 blocks that finish at 8" square, so the quilt is a perfect baby size of 40" x 40".   I was fortunate enough to get to visit my sister last week and deliver Joshua's new quilt to him.  I think he likes it ;)

So if you want to make your own Winding Winter Ways Quilt  just pop on over for the free step by step tutorial!!!   I also shared some Sewing with Curves Basics  in the tutorial which you might like.  It shows just how fun and easy curved sewing can be ;)    And when you are done, I would love to see it!!!  You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  and #AccuQuilt or add it to my flickr group here ;)  I can't wait to see your Winding Winter Ways quilts!!!

Thanks for joining me today and sharing this new tutorial with me ;)  Between this Quilt, and this other  Curved Snowball Quilt , and my latest Quilt Alongs, I really am on a goal to show just how enjoyable curved sewing can be!!!   And I have to say, it is even more fun when the cutting is perfect and quick with the AccuQuilt Curved Dies!!!  I am thinking I might have to try a classic Double Wedding Ring next??  What do you think???? 

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting (and maybe even some curved sewing) Day!!!  

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

March Sew Sampler Box!!!

I am so excited that we are rounding out March.  It has been a crazy month, but I am so happy that I think Spring is finally peeking through here in Utah.  (And now that I say that, it will probably snow again, ah well ;)    But it has been so nice to have warmer temps and everything is starting to bloom!!!  And with the end of the month, also comes a new Sew Sampler box !!!      And March's box had me all smiles for this Paris French Market themed box!!!

I was thrilled to find a new Chantilly Jolly Bar by Fig Tree Quilts!!!!  I just love Joanna's gorgeous fabrics and this line is so cute with those fun little strawberries!!!  Now I just have to decide if I want to use my Jolly Bar to make the super cute Sprouts Quilt Pattern that came with this month's box, or the bonus Brookside  Quilt Pattern that came with the Jolly Bar, or if I should just add it to the collection of fabrics I am using to make my all Fig Tree Dessert Sampler????   Decisions, Decisions???  But hey,  it's always fun to have these happy fabric decisions, much better than deciding if I want to clean the bathrooms or do the laundry ;)

 And the notions that  Fat Quarter Shop sent along this month are so great!!!!  My daughter squealed when she saw these Tim Holt's scissors and claimed them as "hers".  She is left handed and likes the big grips that work for righties and lefties ;)  And this new Sew Hot Iron Rest from It's Sew Emma is just to cool!!!  What a life saver on your wrists.  And you know, I can never have enough Spool Huggers.   I love how neat and tidy they keep my thread bin ;)   Seriously, just awesome notions!!!  

And of course, there is a new Barn Block!!!  And this is the last barn block of the year!!!   Can you believe it, it has already been a year of making Barn Blocks.  And I just love how this one turned out ;)   And the crazy thing is, my grey and black scrap drawers still look the same as when I started these blocks.   Ah well, scraps just have a way of multiplying like that.

I just love the finishing pattern that was sent with this month's box as well!!!  It has adorable little Star Cornerstones, and I have already pulled out all my solid black scraps to make them up ;)  This is going to be some fun tiny piecing!!!    I am working on so many quilts right now, but I really want to get this on finished, so I will add it to the mix and hopefully share a finish before to long :)

And that's my March Sew Sampler Box!!!  And I can't wait to see what April's box will bring, because its a brand new year for Sew Sampler, it's turning 4!!!!   And that means a new Sampler Quilt as well and I am so excited to see the new designs!!!! 

And  just a quick note on the  Sew Sampler Box.  It's current membership is full.   There is a wait list you can get on and when more spots open up, you can jump in the Sew Sampler Box fun.   Until then, most everything I share is available at  Fat Quarter Shop, just not a few exclusive items.  Sorry about that.   I know there is talk of adding more membership but these boxes are planned 6 months in advance, so it will take a bit to have those advance orders come around ;)   Just wanted to let you know for those that have asked why they can't get signed up.

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
I'll be back tomorrow with another quilt finish :) 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Loving Spelling and Stringing Along :)

So you might know, Moda is currently having three very laid back Quilt Alongs.  I shared my Moda Love quilt tops I finished last Friday and I had so much fun with them!!!  And it had me thinking of the Quilt Alongs and how I had done the Strings and Love, but not the Spelling.   (Well, not recently, I made this ABC quilt and tutorial and this ABC quilt a while back)  So I had to laugh when I Cynthia asked us to make Spell It blocks for our Bees Knees  group this month ;)    I got J and K. 

J went together super fast, but of course, K has a few more seams.  And to complicate things just slightly, there was a piece of fabric missing in my little mail package.   It happens, and I knew Cynthia mentioned she cut these out a while back so I was worried she wouldn't have any more of the background fabric.

So I got super creative sewing together all of the leftover scraps from my stitch and flip corners and managed to just barely piece together 8 mini triangles to come up with a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece.   I am glad it is a super busy background so all of that tiny piecing just blends in.   Yippee!!

And I was so thrilled to have my Spelling blocks done, and my Moda Love Quilt top done, it just felt like I should do some Strings as well ;)  So I pulled out a bunch of Orange Selvages and away I went.   I made a tutorial of Sewing with Selvages back here, and then a second tutorial on how I make these Stars with the Selvage squares right here ;)  This is one of those long term projects, so I am sure I will be sharing more Selvage Stars over the next few months.   But I have to say, I sure like the orange one!!!! 

So in the last week I have done Moda Strings, Moda Love, and Spell it with Moda ;)  It's been a fun week for sure!!!!     Are you doing any of these Moda Quilt Alongs???
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