Saturday, August 31, 2019

Goodbye Summer, Hello Free Fall Quilting Patterns!

Today on the blog,  I am super excited to be having my good friends at AccuQuilt guest posting with some wonderful fall project ideas that are all so fun, fast, and double bonus, free!!  So take it away AccuQuilt :)

Hey there, quilters! Today, the AccuQuilt team is taking over Melissa’s blog to bring you a few
of our favorite quilt patterns. You see, Melissa is one of our talented GO! Getters, which means
she frequently posts tutorials and tip posts over on our blog. We wanted to return the favor
and share some free, AccuQuilt-friendly designs perfect for the fast approaching fall season.
These patterns will have you ready to bust out your cozy sweaters, cocoa and rich, autumn

A Wreath For All Seasons

It wouldn’t be right to start a post honoring any season without featuring this Scrappy Fabric
Wreath tutorial. First of all, it’s versatile. You can easily adjust it to suit any time of year, and as
the name suggests, it busts scraps like nobody’s business. Melissa used the GO! Strip Cutter-
1½" (1" Finished) (55024) and her AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutter to quickly cut fabric scraps into
1½” x 6½” strips. She actually created three different wreaths for a couple different occasions,
but pay attention to how different each look depending on how you position you fabric ties?
The possibilities of this wreath are endless, so gather your favorite orange, reds, taupes and/or
golds for your own fall version!
Download the tutorial for this scrappy wreath here!

Applique that Doubles as a Centerpiece

One of the best parts of the GO! Qube 10” Fall Table Runner Pattern (PQ11585) is how quickly
the piecing for the 16” x 36” finished project goes together. While it might be simple by design,
the effects it has on a table is anything but boring. The customizable appliqué basket and
acorns add enough flair to mean no additional centerpiece is necessary – that means more
room for all the delicious food that is necessary!
Personalize this design with your own fabric stash using the FREE GO! Quilt pattern customizer.

Adorable Pillows that Make Spiders Look Good

Who knew spiders could be so cute? The Spooky Spider Pillow made these spooky yet inviting
throw pillows using the spider shape from the GO! Halloween Medley. A Bit of Scrap Stuff’s
Melanie Call, another AccuQuilt GO! Getter, combined the reverse applique technique with
hand stitching into one, quick project that’s perfect for someone just starting their sewing
Download the tutorial for these pillows here.

A Twirly Quilt You’ll Want to Curl Up Under

If you’re looking for a quilt pattern that will fit every season, this is the pattern for you. The rich
earthy tones keep the design neutral while the low volume fabric stars add balance to make
those colors pop. The GO! Twirling Star Quilt Pattern (PQ10294) is great for using up scraps in
your stash, too!
Use the preloaded designer fabrics in GO! Quilt to customize this pattern.

Delicious Banners for Halloween

This is another adorably versatile design from Melissa! She used the GO! Pennants die and
fabric strips to create a candy corn banner. She then used the GO! Halloween Medley to add
some spooky accents perfect for nearing October. Of course, this is just one way banners can
add seasonal personality to your home. Using the other shapes on the GO! Pennants die,
Melissa created Bomb Pop popsicles for the 4 th of July and brightly colored swallow tail for
Click here to learn how to make these for your own home here!

Did any of these patterns catch your eye? Let us know which ones you’re going to work on and
share the finished projects on  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. Don’t
forget to tag @AccuQuilt and @HappyQuiltingMC so we can see. Subscribe to the AccuQuilt
blog to keep up with Melissa and all other GO! Getters.

Thank you so much AccuQuilt for all of these incredible tutorials and patterns!!  I know I totally added a few more projects on my To Make list ;) 

And thank you for friends for popping in today!!  I hope you have some fall inspiration and take it into your Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Friday, August 30, 2019

August Sew Sampler!!

Wow, August has just been great!!!  The kids went back to school in the middle of the month and we are all enjoying a little return to routine.  We had a great summer, but everyone was ready for some school structure (especially mom!!)   And I can't believe it's already the end of the month, but that's okay because it means my Sew Sampler Box came in the mail!!!  This month's theme was Sparkle & Shine, and it is just so fun!!!!  (and FYI, there is still a waiting list for the Sew Sampler Box membership, but I hear it turns over fast ;)

So let's get into this box!!   Alright, you all know how I like to make rainbow quilts, so I was over the moon to find a Petite 10" Squares of Modern Classics by Violet Craft.  This has 20 different color basics in it.   Such a pretty rainbow!!!  I can't wait to sew with these and the exclusive diamond divide pattern is so cool.   I really wan't to whip it up, but I am telling myself I have to finish a few of those WIP first.   Truly, I have so many right now, it's a little crazy ;)  

And then of course, there are the notions!! I love this brand new Oh Sew Clean Brush and Cloth Set!!!      I have been trying to be better about cleaning out my machine every 10 bobbins, and these brushes will make it so much easier!!!   And I already put the brushes and my tweezers and machine screwdrivers in that adorable Mini Stash N Store and set it next to my machine.  Now I have a double reminder to clean it and everything is in handy reach!!!   So fun ;) 

And of course, we have another Goodness Grows block to go with August!!!  This month the block is called  Dig Deep  and this block is just about as cute as they come :)   How fun are those little flowers all in a row, just so perfect!!!      I am so loving this sampler!!!

And that is my August Sew Sampler box  :)  And boy did it Shine and Sparkle!!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tutorial Throwback Thursday - Star Surround!!!

It's  Thursday and that means another Tutorial Throwback feature.  And today's throw back isn't going very far back as a finish, but goes way back as a start to finish.  In fact, it is probally my longest "WIP" to date.    So here it is, the Star Surround!!!  This was started and the entire quilt top was made as part of the Star Surround Quilt Along back in 2013, but it actually didn't get quilted and finished until this year.   Crazy, but true ;)

The  Star Surround Quilt Along was one of my favorites.  I host a free Quilt Along each year, and this one still remains as one of the most popular I have hosted :)   We had 98 quilters participate and 33 quilts finished and shared at the parade!!   It was so great to quilt along with everyone and see all of the amazing designs!!!!  And the variety of finishes was incredible as the design was offered in 5 different sizes and 4 different layouts.  So fun!! (and a lot of quilt math, which I love ;)    And it's Fat Quarter Friendly and Julie of The Intrepid Thread made up this beautiful custom bundle for it.  

But the main reason I wanted to share this quilt as the Throwback today is because it now has a very special story to go along with it that I will cherish.   A few weeks ago, a very dear friend of mine had to say goodbye as her amazing sweetheart of  60 years slipped away in his sleep from complications of Alzheimers.  These two were the sweetest couple and dear neighbors and friends.   A few days later, my friend celebrated her 80th birthday.  I wanted to bring her something special and knew a quilt was just the right thing to wrap her in love.   But which quilt to give her??   After thinking over it for a bit, I decided on this Star Surround Quilt.  

I wrapped it up in a pretty bow and my daughter and I went to deliver it.   As you can imagine, there were hugs, and cries, and some laughter thrown in too.  But what was the best, as my sweet friend unwrapped the quilt she got tears in her eyes and told me Green was her husband's favorite and that every-time she wrapped up in it she would think of him.  Yup, more tears and hugs ;)   I can't even begin to explain how much I love that a quilt can bring peace and comfort.   It just makes me smile!!

I just love that every time I do the Annual Quilt Along at Happy Quilting, it will remind me of this quilt and my dear sweet friend.  Isn't it just amazing how quilts can have so many wonderful memories tied up in them.   It just makes me so grateful that I found this love of quilting way back and that I get to be part of something that brings such love and happiness and joy. 

I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!!    I know I didn't talk about the quilt as much, but hey, that's what this throwback thing is all about.  To share the inspiration, and love, and stories of these quilts.   If you wan't to make your own Star Surround Quilt just click on any of the quilt name links.  This will take you to the page of my finished Star Surround and it has all of the links for each of the free step by step tutorials to make this this quilt start to finish.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 Star Surround Quilts!!!

And one last thing while we are talking about Quilt Along's ;)   Just in case you missed it yesterday, I just announced this years Happy Quilting Quilt Along.  It's called Starstruck and it's going to be so much fun.   Be sure to pop in next Wed. for all the details on quilting along with me ;)  

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing this throwback with me.  
 I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Starstruck Quilt Along!!!

Today is such a great day, in fact, 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 I have so wanted to make a medallion quilt as a QAL for so long and this is the year it is happening!!!  So here it is, the Starstruck Quilt Along!!!!  Isn't it just so pretty!!!! 

So like in previous years, there will be easy step by step directions, and we will be on  a weekly schedule, but each week isn't to much, and it should be very doable to keep up :)   And you can choose to do a Wall Hanging, Baby Size, Lap Size, Picnic Size, Queen Size or King Size, just by how many borders you add on to the center design ;)   So whatever size project you want to make, it's up to you and they will all be awesome!!!   

Starstruck is a Fat Quarter Friendly quilt, but it would also make a gorgeous two color quilt!!! So if that has been on your to make someday list, I will be giving the fabric requirements for that option as well.   

Be sure to pop in next Wednesday for the Fabric Requirements.  I will be showing the design in a range of colors palates to get some ideas flowing for ya all!!!   And there will be a discount on Fat Quarter Bundles shared as well for all those participating ;)  And of course, I'll reveal fabulous fabric prizes that include weekly progress prizes and Grand Prizes at the end.   The Quilt Along will run from September through October with the big Finises Parade in November and is going to be oh so great!!!  Here is the schedule . . .

September 4th- Intro, Fabric Requirements, and Prizes Announcement
September 18th - Cutting
September 25th - Wall Hanging Piecing
October 2nd - Baby Piecing
October 9th - Lap Piecing
October 16th - Picnic Piecing
October 23rd - Queen/King Piecing & Grand Prize Linky
November 13th- Starstruck 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 #starstruckquiltalong posting ready!!  We are going to have some amazing Starstruck 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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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Terrific Tueaday 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  Anagram Fat Quarter Bundle from Green Fairy Quilts is . . .  Number #196 . . .   Congrats Lisa!!!   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!!!  Isn't this new Colors of Fall bundle just so great!!!   I love all of that Sunshine Yellow!!!    Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is having a  Fantastic Sale with with lots of amazing discounts!!!! And don't forget to pop over to Lou Lou's Fabric Shop each day for the Daily Deal!!! I love something new on sale each and every day, it's so fun to see what shows up :)  

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 or on the Daily Deal!!  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 tell me what is the best way to start your day??

 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 3rd 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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