Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tutorial Throwback Thursday - Mister DJ

It's  Thursday and that means another Tutorial Throwback feature.  Sorry this is coming a little late today.  I have spent the running to the store to get all of the fun little "props" my son needed to ask a girl to Homecoming.  I can't believe my son is doing the whole "going to the dance with a date" thing now!!!     Which of course, made me think back over all the years.   And that made me think of today's Tutorial Throwback.   A few years back (like 5) my son asked if I would make a quilt for his bed but in his words, "It had to be a cool quilt!".    So today's tutorial spotlight is the Mister DJ quilt!!

My son absolutely loved, and still does, listening to music, and all kinds of music for that matter.   So when I was trying to think of something "cool" I was reminded of my summer job when I got to be a tech specialist.  I know, totally random right!!  Can you see me all dressed in black and running the sound and lights at events.   Best Summer Job Ever!!!   Anyhow,   I thought it was super cool, and my inspiration was formed.   What better for a music loving kid than a quilt based off a sound board.  

And I just love, love love the way it turned out.     And so does he, because Mister DJ is still the quilt on his bed!!!  It is such a fun quilt to make and really goes together quite quickly and is much easier than it looks with all of those pieces.    

 What makes Mister DJ  go so fast is that it uses two jelly rolls.   So not near as much cutting as it seams.   And what really makes this quilt is choosing Jelly Rolls with a lot of low volume prints, or some high contrast between the prints.   And Low Volume is huge right now, so it isn't to difficult to find Jelly Rolls that would fit this quilt just perfect!!!   And all you need is 2 Jelly Rolls and 2 Yards of a Solid and you are set!!!   

And quilting this one is super fun and easy.   It is just perfect for an all over quilt design and a nice neutral thread just blends away in both the low and high volume prints.   I did an all over fireworks design that added to the "cool boy" vibe I was going for.  

And that is the Mister DJ quilt for this Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!!  It finishes at 70" x 89" so it is perfect for a twin size bed.   And we all know, it is harder to find "boy" inspired designs, and I really feel like this one hit the nail on the head for a boy quilt of any age ;)    And it is so fun and fast to make, you can just "rock" it out!!!

I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!!    To make your own Mister DJ  just click on any of the quilt name links for the free step by step tutorial.   And when you are done, I would love to see your quilt!!  You can email me a picture at, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  or or add it to my flickr group here ;)  I can't wait to see your Mister DJ Quilts!!!

Thanks for popping in today and have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Scraptastic Stars Layout???

So I almost have two more of my Scraptastic Star Blocks done which I will be sharing soon.  But with the blocks winding down, I realized I need to decide on a layout!!!   So I sat down yesterday and stared playing with EQ8 .    And playing in EQ8 is so fun and easy, but now the only problem is, I can't decide!!   So do you think you could help a girl out here and let me know in the comments which you like the best???

Option A is where I started with just a nice, plain black sashing.

And then I decided I wanted to keep the chain going.   So Option B is a Black sashing with some White squares added in to finish the "chain" look.  

And then I wondered what it would look like with that same idea but adding cornerstones.  So Option C is a Black sashing with the chain squares as well as some White cornerstones.

And then I really got into the whole chain idea, and added in a lot more piecing.   So Option D is a larger Black sashing with some White and Black Nine Patches added in to totally finish the "chain" look.   

 And the of course, there is always that point where you circle back around and wonder if you should just keep it simple.  So Option E is just taking it back to a plain White Sashing.

So what do you think???   Which finishing style do you like best???  

Also, another question.  Last time I posted my blocks, I had questions emailed me if I could teach this as a class or if I would make it into a full pattern with size options.  So now I am curious??  Would you like to see this as a full on Happy Quilting Pattern with the alterations to the original free pattern and size options and finishing instructions??

So ya, know you have two opinions to weigh in on ;)

Oh, and one last thing.  Speaking of Patterns . . . I am celebrating turning 40 with a  40% off Pattern Sale!!!  The sale will go until Friday and I have also added Printed HARD COPY PATTERNS in my shop.  So if you see a quilt you want to make but can't be in class because you are far away, now is the time to pick up the pattern for it ;)


Thanks for your help today and I hope you all are having a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Tuesday, August 20, 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 Moda August Basics Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop is . . .  Number #133 . . .   Congrats Linda!!!   I have emailed you :)   


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Green Fairy Quilts  .  Green Fairy Quilts is your home for pre-cut goodness with amazing sales going on every weekend  and a  Deal of The Day!!!    And Right now, they are celebrating their 11th Anniversary with huge savings!!!!  Charm Packs are 40% off, Fat Eighth Bundles are 40-50% offRuby Star Society Precuts are 50% off, and all Jelly Rolls are on clearance starting at $20!!!   You won't want to miss this amazing deals!!! 
And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts will be giving one lucky reader a Anagram Fat Quarter Bundle by Kimberly Kight for Ruby Star Society for Moda!!  I love this line with all of it's fun colors and prints!!!  It will make such a wonderful project :)  
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 was the last book you read (or listened to) ??

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Green Fairy Quilts love.   You can Sign up for their Newsletter which I highly recommend as it will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales!!  You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook,  or you can visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Green Fairy Quilt Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, August 27th 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, August 19, 2019

Upcoming Teaching!!

One of my most favorite parts of getting involved in this industry is the opportunity I have to teach and share my passion for quilting with fellow quilting friends ;)  I absolutely love seeing that light-bulb moment when a new technique or a design clicks with a student and they get so excited!!!  There is just such a joy in sharing and learning together.  So I wanted to share where I will be teaching in the near future.  

So first up, and not to far away is

Quilt Festival   on Sep 17th - Sep 21st, 2019 at the  Davis Conference Center, Layton UT

I will be teaching 2 classes at this fun retreat put on by the Utah Quilt Guild.  My Pave the Way Class and my True North Class  (which is already full, so I kept that picture small)  But there is lots of room in my Pave the Way Class and it is such a fun quilt to make!!!   You lots lots of wonderful piecing skills and end up with a stunning quilt to show for it!!!     

Then I am so super excited to be teaching at a new to me venue!!!   I am honored to be invited to be the featured teacher for the

Desert Quilters of Nevada  Quarterly Meeting on Oct 17th - Oct 18th, 2019 in Henderson Nevada.
I will be teaching 2 classes from my Irish Chain Quilts book as well as sharing my Irish Chain Quilts Trunk Show!!!   I am excited to teach both Unraveled, and Charm Bracelet as both are going to be so fun and the goal is for everyone to be able to finish or almost finish their projects in class!!   So great!!!

Then moving on to 2020 I start out the year teaching in my own home town at the . . .

Cedar Chest Quilt Guild Retreat  on January 29th - February 1st,  2020 at  the Heritage Festival Center.

and then followed closely by teaching in beautiful Bryce Canyon at the

Quilty Friends Retreat on February 5th - 8th, 2020 at Ruby's Inn.

Both of these will have their websites open for registration soon.   Cedar Chest will open Labor Day and the Quilty Friends Retreat on August 28th.   So it's a surprise until then what I am teaching, but I will say, one of them is a new pattern I haven't shared yet, and I am super excited for that!!!

So if you happen to be in the area of any of these, I would love to see you in class!!!   It's always a Happy Quilting Time!!!   And you can always see my "Teaching Tab" at the top of the blog to see where I will be teaching next ;)

Oh, and just in case you missed it on Friday, I am celebrating turning 40 with a  40% off Pattern Sale!!!  The sale will go until Friday and I have also added Printed HARD COPY PATTERNS in my shop.  So if you see a quilt you want to make but can't be in class because you are far away, now is the time to pick up the pattern for it ;) 

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Celebrating my 40th with 40% off!!!!

Well, it's a fun day today!!!   Today I am celebrating my birthday and I am turning the big 40!!!  Oh ya, I am officially Over the Hill and starting to roll down, tee hee hee.   We had family pics taken recently and this is me at 40.   But it's all good, being a little older and hopefully a little wiser :)  So bring on the next decade, I am excited to see what I can make of it!!!

And what better way to celebrate the big 40 than with a 40% off Pattern Sale!!!  From today until next Friday, all Happy Quilting Patterns will be marked down 40% off. 

And, I am super excited to say that I have also added Printed HARD COPY PATTERNS in my shop as well.  So if you have been wanting a pattern but didn't have a way to print it, you can now purchase them printed.  Of course, the price is a little more to cover the printing cost and you will also have to pay for shipping, but even the printed copies are 40% off so now is the time to stock up!!!

Patterns, both PDF and HARD COPY, can be purchased in my  Etsy Store :)

Thanks for celebrating with me!!! 

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

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