Saturday, May 7, 2022

Strawberry Social - HQM Quilt 5

 It's truly the very end of Week 5 of the Happy Quilting Marathon.  I don't think I could have cut it much closer this week :)   But I am super excited to share my Strawberry Social quilt all quilted and bound!!!   And isn't it just Berry-Tastic!!!   

I actually made this quilt top in a day.  I started it at 5 am at the Lake Powell Retreat the day I was taking the class and I finished that evening.  It truly was a quilt in a day.   And then ya, it has just sat since November waiting to be quilted.   So glad it is all done now ;)  

The Strawberry Social Pattern is by The Pattern Basket.  it was a great pattern to follow and obviously, super fun and fast!!!   The pattern calls for Fat Quarters, but I was all about using up some scraps!!!   And I just love that now I can see so many other quilts tied up in this one quilt.   So fun!!!   I even finished it off with a scrappy binding from all my little binding leftovers.   

And when it came time to quilt it, I decided to try something new.   I started by quilting a simple loop de loop.   Then I went back and echoed that loop trying to give it the effect of the twisting vines from strawberries.  I really think it came out cute.    Oh, and this is my all time favorite block of the quilt.  The fabrics totally remind me of my little Strawberry Shortcake Doll from when I was little.  

 And now it is all done and I am just thrilled to add it to my ever growing quilt collection.   And I finished it just in time for strawberry season :)   My strawberry plants are starting to flower in the background of this picture, here is hoping this year we get lots and lots of these delicious berries. 

And that is Quilt #5 - Strawberry Social ;)  5 Down and only 21 more quilts to go in the Happy Quilting Marathon :)   This is totally the type of marathon I can wrap my head around ;)  

And that is it for today, thanks for popping in (especially at the last minute)  to share this finish with me!!! 

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

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Heartfelt Quilt Along - Sweethearts Blocks

 It's Month 4 of the Heartfelt Quilt Along and I am just so excited for today's release!!!  This is Fat Quarter Shop's 9th Annual Charity Quilt Along and they are always my favorite :)  The 1st Friday of each month will be a new release for blocks and today are the Sweethearts Blocks.   And how cute are these small hearts!!!

I am just loving these fabrics in these blocks!!!  The Flirt fabrics by Sweetwater just pop on the Graphite Cross Weave And this month I got to add the White on White print for the background of the hearts and just love how they add an extra dimension to the stars.  So fun!!! 

So are you joining in with the Heart Felt fun???   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 :)  And I am super excited to say that even though it has just started,  Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL has already raised over $82,000!!!  The goal is $1000,000 which will allow for 16 wishes to be granted.  How awesome is that!!!  And Moda Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop have joined to match up to $30,000 :)  So many amazing wishes :)  

Be sure to share all of your Heartfelt progress on social media with #heartfeltqal and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for the Sweetheart Blocks for lots more Heart Felt Inspiration!!! 

And that's it for the Fifth Release in the Heart Felt Quilt Along!!!!      

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

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Cheater Print Patchwork Picnic Quit and Free PDF Pattern

Hello Quilting Friends! Today I am thrilled to be sharing this Cheater Patchwork Quilt as well as a Free PDF Pattern for it!!! Growing up, we had lots of quilts that were a giant piece of Cheater Print fabric that we then tied. They were our favorite picnic quilts and I have many a fond memory lying under the trees sharing laughs with my family on them. So a while back, I decided to make a pieced version of those cheater prints!!! I took some of my favorite basic blocks, mixed them all up, and wha-la . . .a classic Cheater Patchwork quilt!!!

This Cheater Patchwork quilt is super easy to make, especially because all you need to start is two 10" stackers!!! I used Glamp Camp by My Mind's Eye. I just love the wonderfully soft colors, and the adorable camping prints. As soon as I showed this fabric to my girls, they wanted a cabin quilt from it. My daughters can't wait to claim this as all theirs (and I hear they have plans that only girl cousins can use it :)

As I mentioned, this is a super fun and fast quilt to make. It uses squares, four patches, half square triangles, and quarter square triangles for the blocks. The big key is just letting it all go when you lay the quilt out and keeping it totally random. It creates so many fun designs and really resembles that random cheater print ;) And for fun, I let my girls lay the quilt out before I sewed the blocks together. They had so much fun playing with all the prints and colors and mixing and matching the blocks. In the end, I think they did a great job on balancing colors and prints and now it is all the more special for them ;)

I originally made this quilt as a Christmas Quilt using Carta Bella's Christmas Deliver Fabric line. Isn't it just as fun as a Christmas quilt. Now I totally want to make a 4th of July version so we can watch fireworks on it. And I totally love American Dream by Dani Mogstad and think it would be perfect for this design. Add another quilt to the list!! Oh, and just for reference, when I made the Christmas version, I also shared a free Happy Quilting Tutorial, that walks you through how to make it step by step. This is a great option to check out, especially if you are new to quilting!!!

And as I mentioned, there is also a free PDF Download of this pattern and you can totally make it up in a week or less! It finishes at 72 1/2" x 72 1/2" so it is a wonderful picnic size!!! All you need is any two 10" stackers or Layer Cakes, and prints for binding and backing. That's it!!! Just grab and get sewing!!! To get the FREE PDF Cheater Patchwork Quilt Pattern Download, just click here  and download it  ;)

And when it came time to quilt mine, I decided I wanted to keep with the theme of "glamping" so I decided a nice loose feather would just look like trailing vines across the quilt top. So pretty and yet still gives you a camping feel. And I kept it nice and loose so the quilt is still super soft and will be great for snuggling in.

And now we just need the snow to finish melting so we can take this up to the cabin and start enjoying the spring season with all it's Glamping (or cabin) goodness!!! I can't wait . . . bring on the camp songs, fires, and most importantly, the smores.

And that is my Cheater Patchwork Quilt!!! I hope you have enjoyed this post. Oh, and if you make your own Cheater Patchwork Quilts, I would love to see them! You can share your quilts with me on social media using hashtags  #happyquiltingwithmc and #rileyblakedesigns and tagging @happyquiltingmc or email me a picture at I can't wait to see your Cheater Patchwork Quilts!!

Thank so much for popping in today and sharing this finish with me!!!

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

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Tuesday, May 3, 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 $50.00 Gift Certificate  from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . .   Number #293  . . . Congrats  laughsewgarden!  I have messaged you :)  

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Thousands of Bolts .   Thousands of Bolts has incredible prices that will have you super excited!!!  There are thousands of bolts to choose from and all at amazing prices, staring as low as $5.39 a yard!!!   And they have just introduced dozens and dozens of new fabrics to the inventory!!  Be sure to check it out :)    

And for Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway,  Thousands of Bolts is giving one lucky winner at $25.00 Gift Certificate!!!  You can get just what you always wanted :)   And good luck picking because there are literally thousands of bolts to choose from!!!!   

You have two entry chances here on the blog, 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 one of your favorite smells??

 ENTRY 2 - Lets show Thousands of Bolts some Love!!!!   You can follow them on   Facebook or Instagram.  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Thousand of Bolts Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, May 10th, when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

You can also pop over to my Instagram and/or Facebook to enter there as well :)  

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, May 2, 2022

Garden of Quilts - Registration Open!!!

 Today is the day!!! Garden of Quilts  registration officially opened. Now you can sign up for all of the wonderful Classes, Special Events and of course, the amazing Exhibit of Quilts hung throughout the gorgeous 50-acre gardens!!!    It is going to be such an amazing event !!!   The Garden of Quilts is held at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi Utah on September 14th - 17th, 2022.

And speaking of signing up for classes . . . I will be teaching 8 classes!!!  Here is a rundown of the classes I will be teaching, and yes, there are some sneak peeks here of things coming soon!!  So exciting!!  

           Blossoming Stars taught Wed. Morning                          Wishes taught Wed. Afternoon

             Flower Child taught Thur. Morning                      Swirling Leaves taught Thur. Afternoon

            Stamp Collecting taught Fri. Morning                        Petal Pop taught Fri. Afternoon

                Aurora taught Sat. Morning                                   Scraptastic Stars taught Sat. Afternoon

 It is going to be an amazing week and I can't wait!!!   And like I said, some sneak peeks right :)   Most of these patterns that I will be teaching can be found in my Etsy Shop, but there are 2 new ones that will be coming super soon, and also a sneak peek of one of the quilts from my new book that releases in November ;)    And I am just so excited to get to share some of these sneak peeks.   And I am equally excited to get to teach so many classes to so many wonderful quilters.  Just wow!!! 

So if you couldn't tell, I am just thrilled to be coming back to Garden of Quilts and hope to see you there!!!     You can see all of the details at the Main Garden of Quilts page .  

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

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