Saturday, January 22, 2022

Scrappy Seams and Dreams!!

I am so super excited (and ya, a little nervous) to announce that I will be a Special Guest on the AccuQuilt Launch Party of Scrappy Seams and Dreams!!!   This is a live event, where I will get to share my latest finish that is all about scrappy rainbow goodness :)  You have to register for this event, but registration is completely free. (and they even give door prizes!!!!)    

 Oh, and by live, I mean, Live, as in I hope I don't say something silly or just get to nervous to say anything at all.  But I just keep reminding myself, it's talking about my favorite thing in the world, and I could do that any day, all day ;)  Especially when it is talking about scraps in the rainbow!!!  Remember that beautiful pile of rainbow scraps I shared a while back . . . 

Well, here is a sneak peek of it all quilted up.   Eeekk!!!  I just can't wait to share the entire finished quilt with you!  It makes me so happy :)  Be sure to Register for the Scrappy Seams and Dreams event and come see my Starlite Rainbow Quilt live.   And just for fun, I will share another little secret . . . there will be a free step by step tutorial for it as well!!!  

I hope you are all having a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

 It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!! Let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the Prairie Days Jelly Roll from Green Fairy Quilts . . .   Number #239  . . . Congrats paoligranny!  I have messaged 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 Sweater Weather bundle just so great!!!    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 leave a comment that tells me What is something interesting about you that most people don't know???

 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, January 25th 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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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Nice Ice Charming Baby Quilts

Hi all!!  Today I am super excited to be sharing some of my newest quilt finishes :)  And here they are . . .  the Nice Ice Charming Baby Quilts!! 

 As soon as I saw the  adorable Nice Ice Baby Collection by Deena Rutter I knew that I had to make some Baby Quilts with it!!  It is just so cute, and I love that the prints really read "boy" because we all know, it is hard to come by "all boy" baby fabric. So I went to my Charming Baby Quilts book, and picked 2 Charming Quilts to be made up in Nice Ice Baby! I grabbed some Nice Ice Baby 5 Inch Stackers and some background fabric and away I went.

So first up . . . A Star Is Born.  Ya, you knew this was one of the quilts I was going to pick right :)   It is probably my favorite in the book, and I have loved seeing all of the many versions of it you all have made!!! 

This is such a fun baby quilt to make and really lets you enjoy some HST goodness! It uses Two 5 Inch Stackers and 2 yards of Background Fabric, which I used Navy Sparkler for. It is the perfect match for Nice Ice Baby, and I love the little bit of metallic that pops in all that negative space.

And when it came time to quilt mine, I opted for a favorite  all over Echoed Paisley free motion design. I love all of the added texture it gives the quilt and how the curves add a fun element to all of the straight line piecing. And guess in case you are new here, there is an Echoed Paisley Free Motion Video Tutorial on my blog :) 

 I just love how this one turned out, I don't think I will ever tire of making this particular quilt.  It is just classic and makes such a fun gift.   And as soon as I finished this quilt, it got me super excited to make a second Charming Baby Quilt :)

So that leads us to. . . Shine Bright!

Shine Bright is a fun way of mixing up a Basic Star quilt, using the print fabric in the background and the background fabric for the star.   I just love simple changes to a design that really give it a whole new look!!!   Shine Bright uses Three 5 Inch Stackers and 2 yards of Background Fabric, which I used Riley Navy Confetti Cotton for so it would really stand out. 

This quilt is another fun one to make and perfect for beginners and experts alike!!!   It is made with Half Square Triangles, a few Stitch and Flip Corners, and basic piecing, so it really goes together super quick :)  Which is always great for those last minute gifts.

When it came time to quilt mine, I opted for an all over free motion swirl!!  You can never go wrong with this design and it always makes for a beautiful finish.   And I just loved using Navy thread because it really popped on the prints and blended great in the Navy Solid.  

And those are my Nice Ice Charming Baby Quilts!   I tell you what, I just love making Charming Baby Quilts, in fact, I have already started another one I plan to share in the near future!!!!   To see more of my Charming Baby Quilts Book, you can visit this Page, that shares all of the original Charming Baby Quilts as well as Free PDF's of each quilt in a larger size (just in case you are not in need of baby quilts) and a Free PDF of a Charming Baby Sampler Quilt.

Oh, and if you make your own Charming Baby Quilts, in Nice Ice Baby or any of your favorite Charm Packs, I would love to see them! You can share your projects with me on social media with the hashtags  #happyquiltingwithmc and #rileyblakedesigns and tagging @happyquiltingmc or email me a picture at I can't wait to see your Charming Baby Quilts!!

Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you are all having a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Heart Felt Quilt Along - It's Starting!!!

 I am so super excited!!!    It's here . . . the Heart Felt Quilt Along is officially kicking off today :)  This is Fat Quarter Shop's 9th Charity Quilt Along and I am so excited to be a part of it :)    This Charity Quilt Along benefits Make a Wish, and there were some wonderful Wishes granted from this Quilt Along last year, and I can't wait to see what Wishes come true this year!!!!

And not only do you help Wishes come True . . . by quilting along you get to make a  beautiful Heart Felt quilt!!!!   Fat Quarter Shop has designed 6 different  Heart Blocks that have come together to make this stunner of a quilt!!   The Heart Felt Quilt Along block piecing starts on February 4th, 2022 and a new block will be released the first Friday of each month until September 2022.   And now, you can get the Fabric Requirements and get your fabrics so you are all ready to start next month  ;)

If you want your Heart Felt Quilt to be just like the original there is a  Heart Felt Quilt Kit and Backing Set featuring Beautiful Day Fabrics by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.   The kit comes with all the fabrics you need for the blocks, background and binding and it even comes in a Bonus Keepsake Box with Magnetic Closure.   And one other bonus . . . The Kit comes with all of the patterns so you don't have to wait each month for them to be released, and yes, it's the only place to get them early ;)    

But you can always branch out and choose your own fabrics as well ;)   I decided to go with Flirt by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics for my Heart Felt Quilt!!   And I want all of those beautiful low volume prints to stand out, so I am planning on using a Graphite Cross Weave for my background!!!      I did a little mock-up in EQ8 . . . it isn't the exact design as I was just whipping it up fast, but it  gives the idea and is making me so excited to start this quilt!!!

So do you want to join in and quilt along for a great cause??  Download the Fabric Requirements, get your fabrics chosen, and then get ready for the first release on February 4th!!!  ,  It's going to be so much fun!!! oh, and you can always pop on over to the Heart Felt Quilt Along Page for all the details and easy access links for the pattern releases :)  

I can't wait for some Happy Charity Quilting starting next Month!!!!
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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Ombre Goodness

So I have had a Fat Quarter Bundle of this gorgeous Ombre Fairy Dust sitting on my shelf just waiting to be cut into.  But ya know, when it comes to Ombre, you have to have just the right design that will really show off these amazing Ombre fabrics!!  .   

So when I saw that this Vintage Windmill class was being taught at the Quilty Friends Winter Quilt retreat, I knew it was perfect for my bundle!!!   I got it all cut out the other day and am so excited to see it come together.   I cut a strip from the top and bottom of each Fat Quarter and then used the Mini Diamond Ruler to cut the 3 diamonds from each strip.   And seeing them next to each other has me so excited to put this quilt together :)   And this is only the lime green, there are 25 other amazing colors!!!  Let me just say, it is a good thing I have to do a massive amount of chain stitching with those strips, or else this quilt might have gotten sewn before class :)  

And once I had all my diamonds cut out, I had the middle of each Fat Quarter leftover ie 10" x 18" rectangle . . . and wouldn't ya know, that makes 6 Charm Squares with just a little scrap strip left over.   So ya, You know I couldn't just fold it all back up and put it away.  Before you knew it . . . Charm Squares turned into all the pieces I need for a Picnic Size Just Blooming Quilt from my Charming Baby Quilts book!!!  My plan is to do the flowers in all the Warm Colors and the chain in all the Cool Colors.   It is going to be so fun :)

So how about you . . . have you played with Ombre Fabrics before??   They really are so much fun!!!

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