Thursday, September 1, 2022

Steps to Tranquility Quilt and Free PDF Pattern!!!

  Today, I am thrilled to be sharing this brand new Steps to Tranquility quilt as well as a Free PDF Pattern for it!!! This quilt features the Love You S'More by Gracey Larson and is super 2 1/2" Strip friendly, so you can grab a Rolie Polie/Jelly Roll and get stitching!!! .

I am just loving making quilts for the family's new cabin and Love You S'More  is perfect for a fun camping quilt ;)    And the Shabby Beehive Cloud background was the perfect match to make all of those colors just pop!!!   As soon as I saw the fabrics, I knew I wanted to make my Steps to Tranquility quilt that I originally made back here. I just love the basic geometric goodness to it, and I knew it would be perfect for the mountain, since that is truly one of the most tranquil places I visit.

Steps to Tranquility is made with basic piecing. I altered the original design to make it 2 1/2" Strip friendly, and that makes it come together so much faster!!! I just loved whipping this up ;) It is made up of one basic block, a cornerstone block, and a sashing block. The three blocks come together to make this fun geometric almost plaid look. So perfect for a picnic ;)

The blocks really go together fast, and then it is just so much fun to lay them all out and play with the color and print placement. Before you know it, you will have a beautiful Steps to Tranquility quilt top that is just waiting to be loved.

And as I mentioned, there is also a free PDF Download of this pattern and I included 5 size options, so you can make this quilt in just the size you want without any quilt math. The quilt I showed is the Picnic size, and I already have a Lap size planned as well :) To get the FREE PDF Steps to Tranquility Pattern Download, just click here and download it ;)


And when it came time to quilt mine, I took full advantage of the simple patchwork grid lines. I decided to do a wavy crosshatch and it turned out oh so cute. And I love that it is not to dense either so that this can be a great snuggle up in quilt ;) Sometimes it is just fun to keep it a little softer.

And that is my Steps to Tranquility quilt!!! I hope you have enjoyed this post. Oh, and if you make your own Stitch To My Lou quilts, I would love to see them! You can share your quilts in any size 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 Steps to Tranquility quilts !!

Thank you so much for popping in today and each and every day. If you have any questions at all on making your own Steps to Tranquility quilt, don't hesitate to email me at

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

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Sweet Blend - HQM Quilt 22

 It is Week 22 of the Happy Quilting Marathon and it isn't Saturday, yippee for not waiting to the last minute!!! And this quilt was a long time coming, I actually started it back in 2019, finished the top in February, and am just now quilting it.   So without further ado, here is Sweet Blend!!    

And not only was I waiting to finish this Sweet Blend quilt, my daughter was waiting for it to grace her bed.  I started this quilt when we painted her room over Spring Break 2019 so that she would have a more tween look ;)  Kami picked the pink background (Kona Primrose)  and I loved that it won't show the daily wear as much as a white background ;)   I am just so happy it is all done and she gets to enjoy it now.  She has been so patiently waiting, and I am just thrilled with how it all came together!!    

I used Amy Elli's Wanderlust Fabric.  Both Kami and I love the bold colors and prints in the line, and it worked perfect for this Sweet Blend pattern as there were an equal number of "low volume" prints as bright prints.  So great!!! I added a little more to the pattern to finish the stars in the center row, and then needed a sashing on the top and bottom so it would be bed sized.  So my quilt finishes at 72" x 90".    

And Kami's favorite quilting motif is Loose Feathers, so of course, that is what I quilted in the background for her ;)   I did arches in the diamonds that make up all the stars and it just came out so pretty!!!  And I love Kami was nearly jumping up and down with excitement while I was quilting it ;) 

And talk about yummy texture!!!   It is just going to be so perfect for her bedroom.  It really makes it look more Tween room now, and that of course makes my Tween very happy in deed :)   So next week, I need to finish her sister's quilt that I  started on the same Spring Break back in 2019 because now that one has their new quilt, I don't think I can put the other one off very long.  Good thing this Marathon will provide the extra motivation to quilt it up!!! 

And that is Quilt #22 - All the Trimmings ;)  22 Down and only 4 more quilts to go in the Happy Quilting Marathon :)   Ready to make Josie just as happy next week :)  

And that is it for today, thanks for popping in to share this finish with me!!! 

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

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Tuesday, August 30, 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 $25.00 Gift Certificate from Olie and Evie  is Number #177  . . . Congrats cottoncandie305!  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 . . . here is a favorite of mine called Citrus, isn't it just so happy and bright!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is also offering all Happy Quilting readers has a special discount of  20% off  Your Entire Order with the code "HappyQuilting" good until Friday!!!  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 if you had to change your name, what would you change it to???  

 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 6th, 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 29, 2022

Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Trunk Show!!

 Thank you so much for all of the love for my new Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book!!  You all are just so sweet, I am just thrilled that you love it as much as I do ;)  

Martingale , my Publishers did a Trunk Show of my quilts and shared it on You Tube and of course, I am just thrilled to be able to share it with you all.  It's always fun to get to see the quilts in person, vs pictures, and a video is a little closer to that in person feel ;)  So here are my Fast & Fun Lap Quilts  all made with 10" squares.  

And just a reminder, Fast & Fun Lap Quilts releases October 3, But  I actually have some advanced copies and have listed them in my Etsy Shop, so you can get them pre-release, so cool!!!   And of course, I will personalize and autograph them, and leave you with one of my sewing mantra's :)   Oh, and I know, shipping cost stink, so I gave you a little discount on the price of the book :)  

I will be sharing lots more about Fast & Fun Lap Quilts in the future.  So excited that it is here :)  

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Be Fruitful - HQM Quilt 21

It is Week 21 of the Happy Quilting Marathon and exhaustion almost got the best of me today.   I quilted this yesterday and just needed to add the binding, but after fighting a cold all week, I ended up with a migraine today.   And let me tell you, it is hard to bind when you can not see the needle on the machine, tee hee hee.   I am sure in real marathon's, people feel way worse with only 5 miles to go, so I figured I best suck it up, and not trip so close to the end.   And I pushed through and here is Be Fruitful just in the nick of time!!!   

And let me tell you, I am so happy it is done because this is one of my "older" waiting around to be quilted quilts ;)  I actually made the plan for this quilt back in 2019 using the Be Fruitful block from the Goodness Grows Sampler.  I finished the quilt top in April of 2020 and planned to get it quilted right away.  Well . . . two years later and it's done!!! And isn't it just so happy :)  

I used the scraps from my Goodness Grows Sampler to make this Be Fruitful quilt.   And I just love all of Corey Yoder's fabrics and this Sugarcreek line was sure a cute one!!  To make the quilt, I simple made 16 blocks, and then sashing's with stitch and flip cornerstones.   The blocks are 15" finished and the sashings were 3" finished so the quilt ended up being 75" x 75" so it is a great picnic size quilt ;)  

And as I said, I wasn't feeling great (colds are no fun) when I quilted this, so I went for a nice and fast finish with all over loose feathers.   I just love how fun these are to quilt, I just flow all over the quilt with my little arched feathers :)  And you guessed it, 402 for the win on thread choice ;)  

And now this Be Fruitful Quilt is finally all finished and ready to be gifted.  I think this is another one that would make a  lovely wedding or graduation gift.  It's so nice to be getting a stack of these done so I am set for weddings and graduations for a little while now ;)   I can't believe how many of these were just waiting to be quilted, but this one was totally worth the wait!!! 

And that is Quilt #21 - All the Trimmings ;)  21 Down and only 5 more quilts to go in the Happy Quilting Marathon :)   Next week I have hopes to start earlier in the week and not leave it until the very last second, no way can I not finish now :)  

And that is it for today, thanks for popping in to share this finish with me!!! 

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

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