Monday, May 1, 2023

Happy 7th Birthday Sew Sampler!!!

 Oh my goodness, I can not believe the Sew Sampler Box is 7 Years old :)   Happy Birthday Sew Sampler!!!!    And I am so looking forward to another year of these fantastic little boxes arriving on my doorstep, it really is just the best day of my month!!!   And so let's kick off a new year with the April 2023 Sew Sampler Box and the theme this month is Life is Better in the Garden and it is just so great!!! 

And I was just thrilled when I lifted the cover of my box to find a Sweet Acres Fat Quarter Pack!!  This is Beverly McCullough's newest line for Riley Blake Designs and it is just so cute!!  And how perfect is that Picker's Patch pattern to go with it.   I love those adorable flowers all pieced in rows.   So cute!!   This one is for sure going on my To Make list ;) 

And the notions for this Birthday Celebration are so great!!!! First off, this adorable Needle Minder by Bev to match the Pattern.   Isn't that just to cute!!!  And the new Magic Iron Cleaner, so gonna use that today!!!   And then I was super excited about the Bohin Screwdriver Set and Cord Wrap Ric Rac Set.  Both are going in my travel sewing kit as they will be super helpful when I am out teaching and retreating ;)   

And last but not least . . . With a new year of  the Sew Sampler Box, comes a new sampler quilt and this year it is the Pressed Flowers Quilt Along!!!!  I am on the fence right now if I am going to start this quilt.   I just have so many projects in the work right now, but I can also tell , this is going to be a beautiful quilt as the blocks are set on point.  So fun!!!  So I figure I will give is a few months to decide what to make these in.   Hopefully I will jump in at the end of the summer when things slow down a bit ;) 

And just a note, there are currently some openings for this new years Sew Sampler boxes but they filling up super fast. So you can jump right in and sew along with this Year 7 of Sew Sampler!!!   

And that is April's Sew Sampler Box and I am so looking forward to May's Box ;)  I can't wait to see what the Box Theme and the Block 2 will be ;)  

Only 30 Days to wait ;)   

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Barn Star Sampler QAL - Block 4

 It's Month 4 of the Barn Star Sampler Quilt Along and I am thrilled to share more blocks!!!  Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for hosting this awesome quilt along, this quilt is really oh so much fun to work on :)    On the last Friday of each month I will be sharing my new Barn Star Sampler blocks, and this month we are sharing Block 4 :)  

I am just loving all of these blocks made in a  Rainbow of Ombre goodness!!!   They just keep turning out so awesome!!    This month's Block 4 is made . . . 

in Slate 


and Blue

Aren't these Tulip Star Blocks just so great!!!  I am wishing I had a little more contrast int he blue block, but it is okay.   It still looks awesome :)    I loved seeing these blocks come together and am so looking forward to Month 5 blocks :) 

So are you joining in the quilt along star fun as well??  Be sure to share all of your Barn Star Sampler progress on social media with #BarnStarSamplerqal and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Block 4  for lots more Barn Star Inspiration!!!   

And that's it for Block 4 - The Tulip Star Block in the Barn Star Sampler Quilt Along!!!!      

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt Along - Week 4

 **  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt Along.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win some fun prizes ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule

April 26th - Jacks Blocks - You are Here
May 3 - Dutch Days and Three O Blocks
May 10 - Aurora Block and Key Blocks
May 17th - Merry-Go-Round Blocks
May 24th - Putting it All Together
June 7th - Parade of Finishes

But before we get to Week 4 . . . we need to pick the Week 3 Winner of the Betsy's Sewing Kit 10" Precut from Poppie CottonAnd the winner is . . . Susan !!!!   I have messaged you.


So now, let's get to more blocks!!!   It's the fourth week of making blocks for the Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt Along and I am just loving seeing the variety in the blocks so far!!!  Just a reminder,  I am making sharing two sets of blocks, but you only need to share one set ;)     You will need your copy of Fast & Fun Lap Quilts (which is available in both hard copy or e-book format)  for the piecing instructions as well as the Week 4 - Jacks Pattern  supplemental directions for making your blocks ;)  This week we will be making 2 blocks from the Jacks quilt!!!

To make your 2 Jacks Blocks, you will be using directions from pages 47-51 in your book and the Week 4 - Jacks Pattern  for supplemental directions.  

And while there are only 2 blocks this week, they take a little more time to make, so keep that in mind ;)  Of course, they are still super fun to make, just lots and lots of little stitch and flips :) 


And just like that, you are done with Week 4!!  And now, you get to share your progress!!!   Lets see your week 4 Jacks Blocks and enter to win prizes :)    Here's how:

If you use Facebook or Instagram  be sure and use the Hashtags #fastandfunsampler and #fastandfunsamplerqal  in your post. And you can tag me @happyquiltingmc as well, if you like ;)    

If you don't use social media, no worries.   Just email me a picture at and I will post a picture for your with the hashtags included so you will be eligible for prizes as well.  


 Of course, everyone that finishes their quilt top between May 24th - June 7th will be eligible to win one of three amazing Grand Prizes of  $75.00 Gift Certificates to Fat Quarter Shop!!!  Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for these generous grand prizes to help keep us all motivated to keep up!! 

But for this week, we also have a giveaway for everyone who finishes their Jacks Blocks!!!   This week, you can win this beautiful Betsy's Sewing Kit 10" Precut!!  Poppie Cotton is sponsoring this giveaway and I thank them for helping to keep us motivated!!!  

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is share your Jacks Blocks with Hashtags #fastandfunsampler and #fastandfunsamplerqal  on  Facebook or Instagram or email me a picture of your blocks to by May 2nd at midnight.     I will share the winner at the beginning of next weeks QAL post :)  

And that is it for Week 4 of the Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt Along!!!  I can't wait to see your Jacks blocks.   And of course, if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to leave them in the comments below, or email me at

I hope you all have lots of Happy Quilting times as you Quilt Along for Week 4 :)  

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

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

First, we are going to announce the winners of last week's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  

The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . . #146 . . . Congrats to walkerlely!!  I have messaged you :)


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts.  Green Fairy Quilts is your home for pre-cut goodness and they always have amazing sales going on every weekend on a selected pre-cut or notion!!!   And did you know that Green Fairy Quilts has a Deal of The Day, I just love these!!!    And Green Fairy Quilts is currently having an  Amazing  Riley Blake Pre-Cut Sale!!!!  with 50-70% off!!!!  It's a great time to stack up on your favorite Pre-Cuts, including Quilt Kits, (I have my eye on this Pixie Ville Row Quilt, so cute!!!!)

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts will be giving one lucky reader an Ally's Garden 10" Stacker by Dani Mogstad for Riley Blake Designs!!!  This is such a gorgeous fabric line, I made this beautiful Dutch Days Quilt with it and I am using it in my Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt as well!!  So fun ;)

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 Do you name your Sewing Machines?? 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Green Fairy Quilts love.   You can Sign up for their Newsletter which I highly recommend as it will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales!!  You can follow them on Instagram or Facebook,  or you can visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Green Fairy Quilt Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, April 12th, 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, April 24, 2023

LA Fabric District

 Thirteen years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Chicago Fabric District.  It was just when I had started my blog and I was mesmerized by all of the amazing fabrics.  It was a trip I would love to repeat, especially with a little more experience under my belt.  Fast forward 13 years and lots and lots of quilts later, and I got my wish.   Only this time, I was visiting the LA Fabric District.  

Streets full of beautiful bolts!!!   I was pretty much perma-grin the entire time.  

I mean, how can you not be, with bolts stacked in piles, and fabric cascading from the walls.   What a way to spend an afternoon.  It was harder to find "quilting cotton" , but I scored some awesome Minky and Linen to add some fun texture to my quilts!!!  

And I just had to share this last picture!!!   Yes, I brought the family along for the ride.   They are so very supportive, and while they did paste on smiles for this picture, the also didn't complain about me walking in and out of at least 20 fabric shops and petting every bolt as I went by ;)  They just followed along and indulged me in my love of fabric.   I sure love these guys!!! 

If  you ever get a chance to visit a Fabric District, I highly recommend it.  It truly is an awesome experience.

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

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