Thursday, February 28, 2019

February Sew Sampler!!!

Wow, another month has come and is just about gone.   But as always, the joy of the end of the month is a new Sew Sampler box !!!      And I just smiled when I opened my February box and found that the theme for the month was Tropical Oasis.   Could it be more fitting after I had  my own little Tropical Oasis last week, to fun!!! 

And I am just head over heels for these brand new Allison Glass Sun Prints 2019 Charm Packs!!!!  I have always loved the  bright happy rainbow that Alison Glass designs in her prints.  You can't help but smile at those vibrant colors which you can totally see in the Mai-Tai quilt pattern that came in this month's box!!!!   Which is so awesome, because I am pretty sure most of us have a Pineapple quilt on our "to make someday" list, right ;)

 I just love that Fat Quarter Shop keeps sending us everything we need to make the project :)  This month's notions included an Add-A-Quarter Plus ruler, which is just a must when paper piecing!!!  As well as brand new Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper for making the quilt!!!  And I love that this design is pretty basic, so even with my limited experience of paper piecing, I can still make these!!!   And I just love the wood feel of Alex Anderson's 4 in 1 Sewing tool :)

And of course, with a new box, there is a new Barn Block!!!  And this month's block had super cute 1" finished patchwork, how great is that!!!  And it's a good think I cut a new project this week that had grey in it, because I am running out of scrap pieces of grey that are big enough for the barn and the block.   Good thing there is only 1 more block!!!  Eeekk, cant wait ;)

And that's my February Sew Sampler Box!!!   And while I can't wait for March's box, I hope the month will go just a little slower, I have a serious number of projects building up and need more time to sew ;)

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

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day, so let's have some fun!!!

First,  lets announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)  And thank you for the wonderful welcome you gave to Bear Creek Quilting Company!!!!

The winner of the Little Snippets Fat Quarter Bundle from Bear Creek Quilting Company is . . .  Number #378 . . .   Congrats Cheree @The Morning Latte !!!   I have emailed you :) 

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!!   Shabby Fabrics always has an incredible stock of fabrics, both new and a little older at amazing prices!!!!   And Shabby Fabrics is always coming up with incredible Kits and Projects!!! There new Slice Rug Project and Slice Rug Kits are a perfect example of this!!!    And they even made a You Tube video that walks you through how to make it :)  

And for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway  Shabby Fabrics is giving one lucky winner a new Slice Rug Pattern, as well as their Choice of one Jelly Roll to make it with!!!!   How fun in that!!!!   Seriously, the hardest part for this winner is going to be choosing a favorite Jelly Roll :)

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 or an anonymous comment ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment that tells me  if you have ever made any kind of homemade rug.   (I haven't but it is totally on my bucket list!!!)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Shabby Fabrics love. You can follow them on FacebookTwitterYou TubePinterest, or Instagram.  You can Sign up for the Shabby Fabrics Newsletter (top right hand corner) or Follow their Blog,  or you can Visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Shabby Fabric Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, March 5th 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, February 25, 2019

I've Got Two Tickets to Paradise

So this last week was one for the books.  My sweetheart had a conference in Maui and I tagged along.  I know, rough gig right :)  Really had to twist my arm to come along, tee hee hee. 

Each morning, while Jacob was in conference, I told myself I was going to get a ton of computer work done . . . but ya, that is super hard to do with the beach out the door and a good book in your hands.   But I will say, I did get a little done and almost have a new pattern ready to release. (I know, I have been saying that for a month, almost leaves lots of wiggle room ;)

When conference was done at noon, we were off to play!!!   We spent the week enjoying some gorgeous hikes and playing in the waves.  Although one particular wave was a little larger than I like, read spits out tons of salt water.

And of course, there was a lot of serene walks on the beach and so much amazing food.   I really love seafood and I got my fill of it this last week!!!

But mostly, I just enjoyed getting to spend a week with my sweetheart away from all the cares of the world in a little slice of paradise. 

And now, I am happy to be back home with my kiddo's (It's always nice to miss them so much that it makes leaving paradise a little easier :) and ready to get back to life.  

So I'm off to do the laundry, and maybe I will squeeze in finishing that book :)   Gotta ease back into that real life stuff, right ;) 

I hope you all have a very Happy (and maybe even some quilting) Day!!!
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Teaching Times - Bryce Canyon!!!

Yesterday I shared about the Cedar Retreat, and today, it's the  Quilty Friends Winter Retreat held at Bryce Canyon.  I was so excited to return to teach this year!!!!   It was my second time teaching there and it was oh so much fun to fill 3 days of sewing, friends, and food ;)   This is a tight knit group of ladies that come to this retreat every year (as in they open registration and it is full in 1-2 days) and I think they said this was it's 33rd year.  Just amazing!!!

The first class I taught was my Petal Pop Pattern pattern!!   This is always a fun class to teach and I just love getting to see that moment when the design clicks for everyone.  It really is a very simple block to make, and once the "pieced cabin" method clicks, everyone just starts flying through the blocks.  So fun!!!

And here is a closer look at each of their blocks. Everyone did such an amazing job!!!  Everyone finished their first block, and several made it through their second and third as well.  Those that were making baby quilts are probably already done!!!   I can't tell you how wonderful it is to see everyone get so excited when they sew together that last seam and see their pretty petals!!

The next day I taught my  Braided Irish Chain Pattern  with 9 amazing ladies!!!  We were a smaller class but we still had just as much fun and good times :)  But here is where I will keep it real, I woke up feeling sick the morning of this class.     I was grateful to be able to push through and we all had a great time, but I for sure climbed in bed the second class was over.   What ya gonna do.

We only had 2 block finishes in class, but everyone else was so close to finishing as you can see above.  They almost all got their smaller blocks all pieced, and just needed to sew them into the big block.  Which, if you are doing a baby, only needs some sashing after that and you done!!!!   I just love this class and I can easily say, these amazing ladies had me laughing through the entire class, which was quite a feat, considering I wasn't feeling well!!!  Thanks so much for this awesome class!!!

And since I taught at this retreat last year, I had the wonderful privilege of getting to see a few finished quilts from last year's classes!!!     And that is just such a treat :)   And sorry, these pics are a little blurry as I was in the back selling patterns, and only had my cell for taking a few quick pics.
But isn't this Corkscrew quilt just so fun!!!   It has a cute pirate theme in the fabrics and will make the cutest bedspread for a little boy :)

And there were three finishes from my Moroccan Lullaby class.  I just love seeing the contrast of the opposite print and background layouts in these two quilts.   Isn't that just stunning!!! Makes me want to remake it with a dark background for sure!!!

And then this rainbow finish is just to perfect!!!  You all know I love rainbow quilts, and I had never thought to do Moroccan Lullaby as a rainbow quilt.   That is just what makes teaching so awesome, so many amazing finishes that just spark so much creativity!!! 

And I got to take a class that last day as well with Barbara, but I didn't take any pics, because ya, I wasn't feeling great.   But all in all, still an absolutely amazing retreat and Barbara and I had oh so much fun!!!   If I have said it once, I have said it 100 times,  I love teaching quilting classes!!!!

I can't wait for June when I get to teach at the  Panguitch Quilt Walk .  Maybe I will see you there ;)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Teaching Times - Cedar Quilt Retreat!!!!

I know I say this every year, but I just love getting to teach at the Cedar Chest Quilter's Guild Retreat  because it's home ;)    I love that I get to see friends that I see all around town through the year as well as friends that aren't from around here but that I have gotten to know over the last 9 years of teaching at this retreat.    And we are a new venue now in the heart of Historic Downtown Cedar, and that just makes me smile!!!

The first class I taught was my Playground Picnic pattern.    This was such a fun class to teach!!!   I love that this block is put together in a little less than traditional way, and it is always fun to see how excited everyone gets when they see just how easy it is :)    These ladies were all so wonderful, and we had a lot of great laughs, along with a whole lot of sewing.    So fantastic!!

And here is a closer look at each of their blocks.  It really is so fun to get to see what fabrics everyone brings.  I just love seeing how some use bundles, and some mix and match their own, and they are all just so fun!!!   And many of them got a second block done as well, and it was great to get to see the A and B blocks next to each other.  Can't wait to see finished quilts!!!

The next morning I taught my True North Pattern, and again, we had such a great time in class!!!   Everyone did so good, and it was one of those classes where everyone just kept sewing even after the end of the class.  They were all so close to finishing a block and it was awesome to see them stick to it, even after the group photo and really get a lot done!!!  And I have to say, I just love when I remember to take group pics!!!  It is so great to remember each of these amazing ladies :)

And aren't these blocks just so pretty!!!   This block isn't hard, but it does take a lot of piecing and some serious seam matching, and everyone just did so fantastic!!!   I love each and every fabric combination and I can't wait to see these quilts all done!!!

And I had some wonderful students share some finishes with me, which is always a special treat!!!   How fun is this Seeing Stars quilt from my most recent Quilt Along!!!  You all know how I love purple, so a purple and yellow mix of stars, so awesome!!!!   And so many people liked it, I am actually now going to be doing it as a BOM for our Cedar Quilt Guild, so fun!!!

And I was clear in the back of the auditorium, but I managed to get a snapshot of this beautiful Pave the Way quilt!!!    Isn't it just stunning.   Makes me want to make a Christmas version for myself!!   Love it ;)

And our guild had the wonderful treat of having Sherri McConnell and Val Krueger as national teachers.  I has not met Val (a super impressive pattern designer and long arm quilter) before and it was lovely to get to know her.   And Sherri, as always, is just amazing.  I really enjoyed getting to hear about her start in quilting, especially as it started with lots and lots of Irish Chain Quilts, because you all know, I love Irish Chain Quilts!!!  

And now, I just can't wait until next year ;)   Good thing time just keeps flying by!!!

If you are in the Utah Area, the Panguitch Quilt Walk  opens their registration on March 1st and I will be teaching the same Playground Picnic class shared above, as well as my Square Dance Pattern there in June ;)  Who knows, maybe I will see you there!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day - Welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day and today is a special TTGD because we are also welcoming a new sponsor to Happy Quilting!!!! So let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the Two Valentines Charm Packs from Olie and Evie is . . .   Number #167 . . . Congrats Amy DeCesare!!!   I have emailed you :)       


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Bear Creek Quilting Company, a brand new sponsor here at Happy Quilting!!!    I asked Shari to send me a little intro to her shop so I could share it with all of you ;)   So here's all about Bear Creek Quilting Company . . . 

Bear Creek Quilting Company started in 2011 with a few bolts of fabric and a couple fat quarters as a family business based out of Lebanon Oregon.  As word of mouth spread, so did their inventory, and  Bear Creek Quilting Company grew from there.  Today they are an amazing online store and I love that their tag line is We are a Small Business with Big Dreams!!!  Just perfect!!!  

Bear Creek Quilting Company Offers a wide variety of  premium cotton, flannel and batik quilting fabric. And I love that you can shop for that yardage by color and/or themes!!!  I love building my stash when shopping by color and theme are  an option, so much easier!!!   Along with all of that beautiful yardage, you will also find all of your favorite pre-cut  bundles (fat quartersjelly rollscharm packs and layer cakes) from your favorite manufactures.


Bear Creek Quilting also carries a wide variety of patternsbooksnotions and tools.  They have recently released a Creative Grids Ruler of the Month + Free Pattern program with new combo's announced on the 15th of the month to subscribers.  How fun is that!!!  And their Book Selection is amazing, and Mid-Month they open up pre-orders for the next month's new book releases from Martingale, so you know you will get that book asap!!!  And they always have amazing prices on their everyday selection.  


Bear Creek Quilting company is continuing to expand weekly with the arrival of new product shipments.  You can always check out what is on it's way in their Coming Soon section.    And the Aurifil Thread Gem Pack of the Month is something you totally want to watch for.  On the 1st of the month, the Gem Pack changes to a new 3 spool color collection, and with these pretty threads, you are going to want to collect them all!!!  


And you always have to be making room for those coming soon items and that means you will also find an incredible Clearance shopping section  at Bear Creek Quilting Company.  You better believe you will find all kinds of yummy yardage, bundles, and notions at stellar closeout prices here!!


Bear Creek Quilting Company understands that you have choices in purchasing your quality quilting fabric and supplies.  They believe that the more quilting fabric and supplies they have available to you the greater ability you have to create.  And they include savings and a special surprise to you with each and every order.  

Welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company!!!  I am so excited to have them as part of the Happy Quilting Family!!!

 And as part of their welcome debut here at Happy Quilting, Bear Creek Quilting Company is also sponsoring Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day and it is a big one!!!!    Bear Creek Quilting Company is giving one lucky winner a Little Snippets Fat Quarter Bundle by Bonnie and Camille for Moda !!!  That is 40 Fat Quarters of Bonnie and Camille goodness that I know you all want in your stash ;)

You have two chances to win, 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 or posting with an anonymous comment ;)    And since Bear Creek Quilting Company is new here, I thought it might be nice for your entries to allow you to get acquainted :)

1 - Pop on over to Bear Creek Quilting Company and find a favorite item that you like ;)  Then pop back here and leave a comment of that favorite item.  

2 - Sign up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter  (in the top right hand corner) and leave a comment here that you did so or already do.  

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday,  February 26th, 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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