Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 in the Books . . . Bring on 2020!!!!

Wow, what a year . . . an so exciting to be moving into a new decade.   I just love this end of year post that allows me to step back and see what the year has brought me.   And looking forward to this new year is just so exciting, its a whole new decade and I will also be celebrating a decade of writting Happy Quilting.  Just Wow  !!!!  So let's take a look of what has been happening over the past year!!

41 Quilts 
 (including sneak peeks at some new patterns to be released in 2020 that I haven't shared yet :)

8 Mini's & Projects

 Countless Blocks including:
Bee, Dessert Sampler, Goodness Grows, Scraptastic Stars, and Surrounded  

And a Whole lot of Teaching!!! 

And that's Happy Quilting 2019!!!! Wow, what an incredible year!!!   And it is just so amazing to see it all together in one neat little summary ;)   You can see more details about all of the quilts in my Archive Cont. Tab at the top of the page including links to the quilts with tutorials and of course, the annual Quilt Along ;)

As I look back over this past year, I just can't even express how grateful I am to have found this amazing industry to be a part of.  I just love doing what I do each and every day!!!   I am so blessed by all of the wonderful friends I have made through this quilting journey, and I look forward to making many more.  Thank you so much for reaching out to me in comments, emails, and sharing your pictures.  It just warms my heart and again, reminds me of how blessed I am to be able to enjoy Happy Quilting every day :)

And now, It's time to look forward to 2020!!!

Wow, that is just crazy.  2020!!!  A new Decade and a celebration of writting Happy Quilting for a Decade ;)  Just amazing!!!

So what does 2020 hold in store . . . Lot's more Happy Quilting :)     Of course, my new book comes out in March of 2020 and a Quilt Along from the book will follow soon after that.  I have 5 New Patterns that are all just needing to be written, and I hope to have them done in the beginning of 2020.   And of course, there will be lots of daily Happy Quilting fun!!!

Each year, I hang a little print off in my sewing room that serves as a daily reminder of what I want to accomplish creatively in the year while trying to keep up with life as well ;)   Which is going to be a little crazy as we are going to be adding a Kitchen Remodel into the mix in 2020 as well.  (that should be crazy fun!!!)  So I have made my goals accordingly.    Some of these are repeats from previous years and some are new, but all are important for me on this amazing journey.

1 -  Priorities, Priorities, Priorities
2 -  Daily Enjoyment and Accomplishment
3 -  Remember the Big Picture
4 -  Family First and Foremost

And again, these probably only make sense to me but there are so many thoughts tied up in each of those little statements.   They will  be wonderful reminders to me each and every day and I look forward to them guiding me in my 2020 Creative Journey!!

And One Last Thought Before I Wrap This Up . . . Thank you!!!!

I know those are just two simple little words, but I mean them truly.   I can't believe I have been writting here for almost 10 years, and if it weren't for all of you, I wouldn't be.   I am so incredibly grateful for each of you and am blessed to have been able to share this little space for almost a decade!!!

And I guess that means it is time to say goodbye to 2019 and look towards 2020!!!!!  Here is looking forward to lots and lots of Happy Quilting!!!!!!
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Monday, December 30, 2019

December Sew Sampler!!

Hi All!!!  It's been a little quiet around here lately (as in I haven't posted for 10 days)  With the kids off school, I have been enjoying the holiday season with lots of wonderful family time, including visiting family from out of town which is so fantastic!!!    Food, Fun, and Family my favorite's of the season.   But things are starting to slow down, so today I wanted to pop back in and share a fun little present I tucked under the tree for myself . . . My December Sew Sampler Box!!!

This month's box theme is Vintage Soul and it is just full to the brim with lots of Lori Holt Goodness!!!  And we all know, she has so much quilting goodness to go around :)

I can't wait to make up this adorable Sweet Daisy Table Runner!!!  It is an exclusive pattern and I just think it is oh so cute ;)    And the Vintage Happy 2 Stacker is just so wonderful!!!  I love Lori's charming colors and vintage prints.   This is going to be just perfect for my dining room table this Spring ;)   And nothing chases away snowy blues like sewing with spring fabrics ;)  

And this month's notions are more of  Lori Holt Goodness!!!  That gal blows me away with all she does, just so awesome!!!   I am super excited for this Quick Press Seam Roller.  It will be fantastic for quilt classes ;)    And the Cute Point Protectors will be wonderful to keep little fingers safe from my stacks of scissors :)

And of course, there is a Goodness Grows Block!!!  This month the block is called  Rise Above  and it was a fun and fast block!!!  And who doesn't just love plaid!!!  Such a cute way to fill a big space :)    Oh, and just a reminder, if you are wanting to make your Goodness Grows quilt in the same fabrics I am,  the Sugarcreek Goodness Grows Quilt Kits are now in stock and there is also a Sugarcreek Backing set.   I am just loving seeing these blocks come together each month in these gorgeous fabrics and can't wait to share it all finished up.   Only 3 more blocks to go :)

And that is my December Sew Sampler box  :)  It was so fun that it came in time to tuck it under the tree and open it Christmas Morning ;)   

 Oh, and FYI, the Sew Sampler Box membership is full again, but you can get on the wait list and spots open up fast ;)

I will be back tomorrow with a year end wrap up and I am so excited.  It's one of my favorite posts of the year!!! 

hope you are all having a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Charming Baby Quilts Cover!!!

Monday was the photo shoot for my new Charming Baby Quilts book :)  It was so fun to have the images for the book texted to me throughout the day.  (Thanks so much It's Sew Emma for that!!!) And the picture that was just so exciting . . . the cover image!!!!    And I am so excited to get to share it this morning!!!  Isn't that just precious!!! 

The photo shoot took place at an adorable children's store in Texas and the gals at It's Sew Emma did such an amazing job!!!  They just captured the nature and feel of this book so perfectly!!!   I mean, how adorable is this!!!!

And of course, I will have lots and lots more pictures to share over the next few month's as it get's closer to the release of Charming Baby Quilts.   It's so fun to get to share peeks of these quilts!!!   And it makes me realize it is going to be so hard to wait for March :) 

And here is the back cover!!!   Isn't that stack of Charming Baby Quilts just so fun!!!  It is so great seeing them all together :)   And I just love that each quilt is made with  with one, two, or three charm packs!!   Because let's be honest, we all have a stack of charm packs that we just want to create with :)  And Charming Baby Quilts is perfect for just that!!!! 

 And just as a reminder . . . Charming Baby Quilts will be released in March of 2020 and it is available for pre-order!!!  You can pre-order a copy of Charming Baby Quilts directly from It's Sew Emma, or from Fat Quarter Shop (with a pre-order discount) , or if you would like to pre-order a signed copy directly from me, that is an option as well ;)   All pre-ordered books will ship out in March 2020   

Oh, and I just found out  . . . Kimberly shared all of the quilts from Charming Baby Quilts on her Behind the Seams Chat today.  So fun, and she even shared the Quilt Along we will be doing with the book so now I can share it here as well!!!    So excited for this QAL!!!

What a fun day of sharing!!!!   Thanks for all popping in today and being a part of this super exciting project ;)   I can't wait to share more with you all!!!

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

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Tutorial Throwback Thursday - Classic Christmas!!!

Well it's Thursday, and so it is time for another Christmas throwbackbut today we are not going back to far.  Just a year and a half to my Classic Christmas Quilt!!! I love that this quilt is truly a classic!!  Red, Green, White with Simple Patchwork and Stars, it just doesn't get more Classic Christmas than that ;)

The inspiration for this quilt goes a ways back.  My husband and I were married in December and my now Sister In Law, gave us a Christmas quilt for our wedding.  It was a tied quilt with a Classic Christmas Cheater print full of stars in red and green.  I loved that quilt, and after it was "over-loved" by our sweet children, I set out to recreate a new family Classic Christmas quilt . . . and here it is.    

Classic Christmas is made using my favorite No Waste Flying Geese method.  And they chain stitch  in no time which means this quilt goes together a lot faster than it looks.   It really is a fun quilt to make and allows you to use wonderful reds and greens in the simple patchwork and then highlight some favorite low volume Christmas prints in the star points!!!  

And I quilted it with all over swirls to add lots of yummy texture.  Classic Christmas finishes at 71" x 71" so it is a great size to be able to cuddle up with in front of a fire with a mug of hot chocolate ;)   And I just love to snuggle under it and think back on all of the many wonderful Christmases we have shared and look forward to many more to come!!! 

And that is my Classic Christmas quilt.  I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!!    To make your own Classic Christmas quilt  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 happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  or or add it to my flickr group here ;)  I can't wait to see your Classic Christmas quilts!!!

Thanks for popping in today and each day.    I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Day and are looking forward to a very Merry Christmas (in less than a week!!)  
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Tuesday, December 17, 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 Granny Chic 2 1/2" Rolie Polie from Fat Quarter Shop is . . .  Number #203. . .   Congrats Carol - Beads and Birds!!!   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 . . . here is the latest called Deck the Halls, isn't it just so festive!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is also offering all Happy Quilting readers has a special discount of  20% off  All Fat Quarter Bundles with the code happyquilting good until Friday (excludes Lou Lou Bundles) !!!  Oh, so much fun shopping!!!

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 the awesome Lou Lou Bundle pictured above!!  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 a Favorite Christmas Memory???  

 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 Tuesday, January 7th  when I will announce a winner at the beginning of the next  Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :) 

Note -  I will not be doing a Terrific Tuesday Giveaway on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve as I want to spend those days with my family :)  So TTGD will see you in 2020!!!! 

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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