Friday, December 31, 2021

So Long 2021, Hello 2022!!!

 Wow, what a year in quilting!!!   I just love this end of year post that allows me to step back and see what a year has allowed me to create.   And looking forward to this new year is just so exciting, I have so many things I want to do in 2022 :)  So let's take a look of what has been happening over the past year!!


48 Quilts 
 (including some sneak peeks that I haven't shared yet :)





7 Mini's & Projects





And the Big Secret Reveal . . . 
One New Book Coming Late 2022!!! 



And that's Happy Quilting 2021!!!! Wow, what an incredible year!!!   And it is just so amazing to see it all together in one neat little summary ;)   You can see more details about all of the quilts in my Archive Cont. Tab at the top of the page including links to the quilts with tutorials and Pattern PDF Downloads.


As I look back over this past year, I just can't even express how grateful I am to have found this amazing industry to be a part of.  I just love doing what I do each and every day!!!   I am so blessed by all of the wonderful friends I have made through this quilting journey, and I look forward to making many more.  Thank you so much for reaching out to me in comments, emails, and sharing your pictures.  It just warms my heart and again, reminds me of how blessed I am to be able to enjoy Happy Quilting every day :)


And now, It's time to look forward to 2022!!!



So what does 2022 hold in store . . . well, Lot's more Happy Quilting, of course :)     I am super excited to get to share more of my big secret reveal as it becomes available :)  Books are always such a huge process and it is so great to finally get to share them when the time comes.     I have New Patterns all in different stages of completion that I can't wait to share.  I also really want to get some of my "waiting to be quilted" quilts done.  I have over 25 quilts with the tops, back, and bindings all done and are just hanging next to the long-arm waiting :)   So ya, look forward to seeing some oldies but goodies finally finished ;)   And of course, there will be lots of daily Happy Quilting fun!!!


And One Last Thought Before I Wrap This Up . . . Thank you!!!!

I know those are just two simple little words, but I mean them truly.   I can't believe I have been writting here for over 10 years, and if it weren't for all of you, I wouldn't be.   I am so incredibly grateful for each of you and am blessed to have been able to share this little space of my quilting joy!!!

And I guess that means it is time to say goodbye to 2021 and look towards 2022!!!!!  Bring on the Happy Quilting!!! 
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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

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 Gnomie Love Fat Quarter Bundle  from  Kimberly's Fabric Stash  is . . .   Number # 112 . . . Congrats blossomandbev!  I have messaged you :)  

     
 
               
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Olie and Evie.  Rhonda's shop is so fun and full of so much amazing quilting goodness!!!!  Of course, there is the amazing fabric shop we all know and love along with longarm quiltinggift certificatespreorders, and an awesome Clearance Sale, and Rhonda has just added lots of items to the Clearance Sale, with fabrics as low as $4.00 a yard and patterns at $5.00!! Save big on lots of new Fabric Lines discounted through the New Year!!  So fun shopping!!!   


And Rhonda's has a fantastic Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!!     Olie and Evie  is giving one lucky winner a $30.00 Gift Certificate!!!    So awesome, someone is going to get a wonderful shopping spree for some new year 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 What Bucket List Quilt do you want to make in 2022??? :)

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Olie and Evie love.   You can follow them on  FacebookInstagram  or Pinterest or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Olie and Evie Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, January 4, 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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Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas

 Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours



Each year Jacob (my sweetheart) writes a Christmas Letter and I send it out to friends and family.  So of course, I wanted to share it with my friends here at Happy Quilting!!!   So here is what has been happening with the Corry's, and just a hint, there is a little secret sewing shared in it ;)  


Dear Family and Friends

            Another year has passed us by and unfortunately the Dodgers are no longer reigning World Series Champs, but at least the Astros didn’t win.     

            We are still happily settled in Cedar City. I fill my time with work, the cabin and helping to coach our county NICA mountain bike team in the summer and fall.

            Melissa continues to occupy herself with all things quilting. People are often amazed by how many quilts she puts together in a year. She’s been working on another book that I think will be released this coming year.

            Spencer is currently serving in the Frankfort Germany mission. We experienced home MTC together and even shipped him up to Salt Lake for a week while we went to Lake Powell early on. He was able to go straight to Germany from the MTC and has been over the pond (does that apply to all of Europe or just England?) since September. He is currently in his second area with his second companion. We love seeing and speaking with him every Thursday and miss him desperately. I have come to the conclusion that nothing can prepare you for your first child leaving home.

            Jessi is a junior at Success Academy and Cedar High School. She recently finished her 3rd Cross Country season. As she was able to run all season without injury it was a resounding success. She has also started dating and driving, neither of which give me significant comfort, but she hasn’t wrecked Penelope (the name she has given our 20 year old Ford Escape) and has a really good group of friends which does give me significant comfort.

            Kristian is a freshman at Success Academy and Cedar High School. He participated in his first high school mountain biking season this year (having competed as a Jr Devo rider the past 2 years). Obviously his biggest change of the year has been going from a shared room to having the whole room to himself. He keeps his room much cleaner now that his older brother is gone (one of the very few benefits to having Spencer gone). It seems Kristian has grown inches and dropped octaves in the past year and I find him to be quite helpful when working on projects around the house.

            Kamryn is a 7th grader as Cedar Middle School. She also took on Mountain Biking this year and thoroughly enjoyed herself. It was a challenge getting her over her fear on her first few rides, but once she got to know her coaches she settled in nicely and is looking forward to the spring when she can get back together with her teammates.  She also has found a love of playing the piano and is excelling quickly with her Aunt ShaLiece as her teacher. 

            Jocelyn is still our baby. I like to tease her that she doesn’t get to grow past 7. Alas she is a 4th grader at South Elementary. She spends most of her time at friends’ houses or in the basement or backyard with neighborhood friends. I’ve never known someone who can sing as much as she can. You never have to wonder if Josie is home. If you can’t hear singing, then she isn’t around.

            It has been a wonderful year for all of us. We wish you a Merry Christmas and if you are receiving this letter we look forward to the time we can see or talk with you again.

 

Love,


The Corry Family



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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

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 #616 . . . Congrats Carla Hundley!  I have messaged you :)  

    
 
               
And on to today's

And now . . . Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Kimberly's Fabric Stash.    You will find so many amazing fabrics over at Kimberly's and everyday low prices!!! Kimberly has an  App so you can shop even easier.  It is available for both android and apple.    And be sure and Sign Up for Kimberly's Fabric Stash Brand New Newsletter so you know all the sales and going's on!!! 



Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some amazing quilting goodness!!!  Kimberly's Fabric Stash is giving one lucky reader a Gnomie Love Fat Quarter Bundle by Henry Glas!!!   Oh, isn't that just so adorable!!!  



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 you are hoping most to get under the Christmas Tree??

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Kimberly's Fabric Stash  Love!!!!   You can  You can follow them on   Facebook(where Kimberly Hosts her Facebook Live every Friday at 7 EST) TwitterPinterest, or You Tube.  Or you can visit The Shop  and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Kimberly Fabric Stash Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, December 28th,  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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Friday, December 17, 2021

Christmas Round Up of Years Past :)

 So things have been a little quiet :)  You know, it is just that time of year where I enjoy lots of  family time with all things Christmas.  I have squeaked in a little stitching here and there, but school is out soon, so there won't be much more going on until the new year.   Which means, that Holiday Sale I spoke of at the end of November, will probably be a Ring In the New Year Sale now ;)  So anyhow, I wanted to still share something . . . so for today, I thought why not share a little Christmas Quilting Round-Up with some of my favorite Holiday Projects from Years Past ;)



This is Ribbons and it is a fun lap size quilt made using a Jelly Roll Race technique.  It is fantastic for a quick Christmas Quilt and there is a tutorial for it here ;)





We just love having our happy Monochromatic Stockings each year!!   My tree matches with lots of happy bright ornaments, and truly, it all just makes me smile. I did a  tutorial here for these stockings that would work in Festive Christmas Prints or Happy Monochromatic colors like mine.  My kids just love that they are on the large side ;)  





This O Christmas Trees lap size quilt was a fun improv project with just a tiny bit of paper piecing.  It is a great way to introduce yourself to paper-piecing if you want to give it a try.   And I had so much fun quilting this one ;)  You can find a tutorial for it here.  



This Christmas Traditions Advent Calendar is a throw back from quite a few years ago.  My children still enjoy lifting the flaps and finding a special Christmas activity to do each day of the month.  This was featured at the Moda Bake Shop and you can find the tutorial here ;)



I made up this adorable Hot Hot Chocolate Table runner a few years back and it now fits perfectly on my new kitchen counter.  I just love it and I especially love when we have our Hot Chocolate Bar each year with all the toppings in little bowls on this runner.     I made this as part of the Winter Wonderland Book tour that the mug block can be found in and the book can be found here.  


Spinning or Spiraling was a Bee Block quilt from way back.  I designed the block and then had my wonderful bee mates each make a block.   It also happens to be made from my all time favorite Christmas fabric line, Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater by Moda.  I wish I could go back in time and stash a whole ton of it ;)    There is a tutorial for this quilt here.


This Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt was so much fun to make and then Barbara did her feather magic on the quilting!!!   It has now found a Happy Home under Barbara's Christmas tree :)  The design is by Fat Quarter Shop and the pattern can be found here.  



Christmas Collection is another favorite, fun, fast quilt!!!  I took all my favorite basic building blocks like 4 Patch, HST, QST, and a Solid block and mixed them all up to make a fun quilt that really shows off the Festive Prints.   And it totally looks like a classic cheater print, love that!!!  There is a Free Tutorial for this quilt here ;)  


And last, but certainly not least, I made this Classic Christmas quilt a few years ago and love bringing it out each year.  It is made with Christmas Figs and it combines basic patchwork stars with some simple patchwork block borders.   It really does just have that classic Christmas feel ;)   There is a Free Tutorial for this quilt here ;)  



And that is my Christmas Quilting Round of years past :)   I hope you found a project that you might like to add to your Christmas Project List for years to come ;)   

Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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 Rainbow Speckled Fat Quarter Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop  is . . .   Number #407 . . . Congrats jetsongirl!  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 Festive Figs bundle just so great!!!    Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is currently offering 25% off All Christmas Fabric!!!  So many great prints to shop from!!! 


Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some shopping goodness!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $50.00 Gift Certificate perfect to use on anything in the store, so you can get just what you wanted for Christmas!!!   





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 a favorite Holiday Tradition leading up to the 25th??  (We make homemade Christmas Chocolates each year to give to friends and family :)  

 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, December 21st 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, December 13, 2021

Rainbow Petals

Remember that stack of Rainbow Scraps I shared last week . . . 

Well now it is a gorgeous stack of Rainbow Petals!!!  I am so excited that I got this all cut out and can start piecing on it first thing 2022 :)   There is just something about piecing with a rainbow of scraps that is so incredibly happy making!!!  And I love that using any kind of rainbow layout really helps to balance your scraps so wonderfully :)  

I used the brand new AccuQuilt GO! Prairie Star BOB Die  to make short work of this cutting ;)   I have always wanted to make a Prairie Star quilt, and now it is truly going to happen in 2022.   My design for this quilt has over 900 pieces in it, so talk about busting some serious scraps!!!   I can't wait to share more of what I have planned for this :)  It's going to be so scrap happy!!!  


So how about you . . . do you like piecing scrappy rainbows???
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Friday, December 10, 2021

2 Charming Totes for Christmas!!

 Charming Tote's just make the cutest Christmas Presents!!!   So excited to get these 2 totes in the mail for two very special people :)   I just love whipping up these totes, and have totally lost track of how many I have made to this point.  If you haven't made one yet, you can pop over here for the free step by step tutorial to whip one up yourself ;)  All you need is a Charm Pack and 2/3 Yard of a coordinating print.  But seriously, grab a few charms, because you can't make just one ;)  


The first  Charming Tote is in Gingham Foundry by My Mind's Eye for my Twin Sister.   When she was last visiting she mentioned how handy my tote was, so of course, I instantly figured I needed to make her one.   And I love the sophistication of this line, making it perfect for work for her.  


The second  Charming Tote is for my Mom ;)    I choose to make it in Notting Hill by Amy Smart, because she was born in England and lived there as a young child.  So of course, the cabbage roses, vintage drawings of English landmarks, and tiny British flags are just perfect for her!!   

And since these are for "super special people", I made them Deluxe :)  I added in some pockets in the lining, a small key chain holder, and put a strip of batting in the handles for extra comfort.  It only takes a second to add in these little features and I know they will be so super helpful to them both :)  

Now to get these in the mail :)   Homemade Merry Christmas is always so fun!!!

So do you have someone special you want to make a Charming Tote for??  Pop over here for the free step by step tutorial 

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting (and Merry and Charming) Weekend!!! 

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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 3 Moda Scrap Bags from Green Fairy Quilts  is . . .   Number # 211. . . Congrats thesmittenchicken!  I have messaged you :)  

   
  
               
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop is amazing and they never cease to amaze me with everything they have going on at their shop!!!     And did you know they have a 24 Hour Flash Sale every day with 2 Flash Sales on Tuesdays!!   And not only do they have a daily deal, they have a Fabric Basic, Pattern, and Notion of the Month!!!!     All Kimberbell Basics are on sale and you all know how I just love polka dots!!!  Also, All Fiskars Products are on sale for the Notion (Time to Stock Up on Blades!!!) , and Me and My Sister Designs Patterns are on sale for the Pattern.   Save 20-30% off of all of them for the whole month of December!!  So great ;) 

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!


And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away this amazing Rainbow Speckled Fat Quarter Bundle  by Rashida-Coleman-Hale!!!!  This is one of my new favorite basics, doesn't that metallic speckle just make you so happy!!!   It's just so pretty in all it's sparkly rainbow goodness!!!   




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 was the last song you sang along to?? 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube or at their Blog.  You can Sign up for their Newsletter which will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales, or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, December 14th,  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, December 6, 2021

Planning Some 2022 Projects!

 Yup, we are still just starting December and  I find myself planning my sewing for 2022 :)   Gotta love it!!  But my fabric for the Heart Felt Charity Quilt Along arrived the other day and I just can't wait to get started on it!!!   I have already pressed it all and am gearing up for cutting.  I am so looking forward to making this quilt next year, this will be my 8th year participating in the Fat Quarter Shop Charity Quilt Along and it is truly one of my favorites every year!!!  Are you going to quilt along??  You can see more details about it here!! 


And, speaking of charity quilting . . . If you have been around here for a bit, you know I do a lot of Quilting in Red, White, and Black.   And just about every Red, White, and Black quilt I make is donated to my Alma Mater, Southern Utah University.   The quilts are raffled or auctioned at school events and all the proceeds go to Scholarships.   I just love being able to use my passion for quilting to help my favorite school!!!  So when I saw that Riley Blake is coming out with a Red Hot Fabric Line that has 21 Red on White and 21 White on Red prints, the gears started churning!!!   I popped over to EQ8 and came up with 5 quilts in these fabrics, I just couldn't stop :)   They are so easy because all I have to do is pop in the prints into a design and add a black background.  The first quilt I designed is going to be a free tutorial in February, (more coming) and the second is going to be a picnic size version of my Ring Around the Rosies Quilt from Charming Baby Quilts ;)   Isn't that just so fun!!!   So ya, lots of Red, White, and Black for 2022!!  




And finally, I always try to make a Scrap Quilt or two each year.  This year I made the Cabin Among the Stars Quilt to par down my Neutrals scrap bucket, and the Stacked Squares Quilt to par down my Low Volume scrap bucket.   So for 2022, It's back to a Rainbow of scraps!!!   And I have some fun ideas for using up all these little rainbow scraps.  And I am so grateful that my AccuQuilt will make quick work of the cutting!!!   Truly, when it comes to scrap quilts, (especially small scraps)  I have found my AccuQuilt is my best friend, it just saves so much time :)   And ya know, time is that thing that I always seem to be running short on, as here I am planning for 2022 when I still have 25+ quilt tops to quilt, tee hee hee.   


So how about you . . . any plans starting to percolate for 2022 quilts??   What is on your To Make List that you just know you are going to cross off in 2022???  

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Texas Monthly - Month 12!!

 Can you believe it!!!  It is the last month of the  Texas Monthly Block of the Month program!   This BOM is hosted by Stitchin' Heaven  and is so much fun!!!    Were making the borders this month and then it's on to finishing it all up, so exciting!!!   

So let's get going!!  There are 2 sets if borders blocks this month.     So let's get piecing and get to see this quilt top all finished up!!!  


Cutting

I like to start out by pressing all of my fabrics.  Then it is time for cutting!!!  I like to cut all of my pieces for both borders as well as the binding at the start. 

And with all your pieces cut . . . you are ready to move on to the first border.






The Inner Border

The inner border is 4 sets of mitered seams.  To do this, choose 4 of your 2 1/2" x WOF strips. (You can choose any colors you like, I just picked the ones to match the original ;)   Be sure and trim the selvages from your strips before starting.  On the wrong side of the 4 strips, mark a dot at 2 1/2" in from the edge of the strip.  Then draw a line from the top corner to the dot. 
 

Now you are ready to stitch your mitered seam.  Place a Marked strip onto a strip (again, you can choose any colors) with right sides together and with the strips at 90 degrees as shown.  Pin the strips together at 90 degrees and then stitch directly on the drawn line.  Repeat this for all 4 strip sets.  


Now trip a 1/4" away from the seam line and press the seam to one side.  It doesn't matter which ;)  You will now have 4 mitered strip sets.  


And it is time to add them to the quilt center.   Layout your 4 strip sets on either side of the quilt center as shown.  Obviously, these are larger than the quilt center, but no worries.  We are going to center them first and then trim the excess before we stitch.  


So to center the first two side strips, fold the quilt center in half as shown.  Mark the center points with a pin.  Then open your quilt center again.


Place your side inner borders onto the quilt center with right sides together.  Align the center of the Inner Border seam with the Marking pin on your Quilt center.  Pin the center in place on both inner side borders.  


Then align the rest of the 2 inner borders with the side of the quilt top and pin in place.   Trim the excess on the ends of the border.  I find the easiest way to trim is to simply flip the corner of the top over, align with the edge of the quilt and trim (shown on bottom left corner.)   Once you are all pinned, stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge of both inner side borders.  


Press the seams outwards towards the inner borders.   Now we will repeat the same process for the top and bottom inner borders.


Find the center of the Top and Bottom of the quilt top.  Align and pin the top and bottom inner border's with the center and then the rest of the border.   Trim the excess on the edges.  Stitch a 1/4" seam on the top and bottom of the quilt top. 


And once again, press the seams outwards towards the inner borders.   Your quilt top should measure appx. 72 1/2" x 74 1/2" unfinished.    Now go ahead and set your quilt top aside for a minute so we can move on to piecing the outer borders.





 The Outer Border

FLYING GEESE UNITS

We start the outer border by making some Flying Geese.  We made Flying Geese Units back in Month 5 so this will be a snap ;)  Start by gathering your Outer Border pieces.   We will be making 2 sets of Flying Geese in each color, one with a White Goose and one with a Colored Goose.   We will make 8 sets of each in the blue, yellow, and purple, and 16 sets of each in the red. Note, this means you will have 16 red, 8, purple, 8 yellow, and 8 blue 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles that you will not be using for flying geese ;)  




On the wrong side of all the 2 1/2" squares mark a diagonal line.   For the rest of this, I will be showing the process on two flying geese units, the right side is the Colored Goose and the left side is the White Goose.  But you will want to chain stitch all 80 Flying Geese units for each step of the process as  it will save you a lot of time ;)  
Place a marked square onto the left side of the rectangle with right sides together as shown.  Stitch on the drawn line.  Trim a 1/4" away from the seam line.  Press the seam upwards towards the small triangle. 


Now repeat for the right side.  Place a marked square onto the right side of the rectangle with RST as shown.  Stich on the drawn line.  Trim a 1/4" away and press upwards towards the small triangle.  


With your chain stitching, you should now have 80 Flying Geese each measuring 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished with the total number of each layout as shown below.   I don't trim my geese, but if you decide to trim them exactly to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" be sure that you leave a 1/4" seam allowance on the top and that your side corners point.  


ARROW BLOCKS

Now it is time to sew the Flying Geese Units into Arrow Blocks.   Here you can grab those colored 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles that were set aside.   And again, I will show the process with one, but you will want to chain stitch all  40 of your Arrow Blocks to save time.
Layout the following three units in the same color: a Colored Goose Flying Geese Unit, a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" Rectangle and a White Goose Flying Geese Unit as shown.   Place the Top unit onto the center with right sides together.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.   Then place the Bottom unit onto the center with right sides together.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge, and be sure to stitch directly through the center of the Thread X to get a perfect point.  Press the seams inwards towards the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle.  


With your chain stitching, you should now have 40 Arrow Blocks each measuring 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished with the total number of each layout as shown below.   Again, if you decide to trim, be sure and leave your seam allowances and corner points.  


PIECING THE OUTER BORDERS

Now it is time to start piecing the outer borders into rows.  Place 5  Arrow Blocks in the following color order in a row.  Layout 8 sets just like this and chain stitch all 8 sets.  Place the second Block onto the first Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.   Then place the third Block onto the first/second Block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Continue in this fashion until you have sewn all 5 blocks into a row.  


And a little helpful hint, if you flip your blocks over when you take them to the sewing machine, you can see the thread X and sewing directly through the center of it will give you your perfect points ;) 


Once you have all 8 rows sewn together, press the seam allowances open.  


Now all that is left is to add in your White squares and rectangles.  Layout your 8 Arrow Rows with the White squares and rectangles as shown below.  The side borders have the larger rectangles in the centers and the the top and bottom borders have the squares on the ends.   


Sew the pieces into the 4 border rows.  Press the seam allowances towards the white squares and rectangles.   And now you are ready to add the Outer Border to your quilt top!!!  


ADDING THE OUTER BORDERS TO THE QUILT CENTER

This is just like adding the inner border, but on a larger scale.   Layout your 4 Outer Borders as shown below.  


Place the 2 side borders onto the sides of the quilt top center with right sides together.  Align and pin the sides.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges.   And note, when stitching the seam, if you sew directly at the bottom of the Fabric V's on all your flying geese units, you will get nice perfect points.  


Press the two outer side borders inwards towards the inner borders.   Now just repeat for the top and bottom outer borders.  Place the top and bottom outer borders onto the top and bottom of the quilt top center with right sides together.  Align and pin and then stitch a 1/4" seam (catching the Fabric V's)  along the pinned edges.   Press the seams inwards towards the inner border. 


And your Quilt Top is complete!!!  Isn't it just gorgeous!!!   It should measure appx. 80 1/2" x 82 1/2"


Great job!!!  Isn't this just so exciting!!!!!  A year of stitching together and what an amazing finish to show for it!!!!   All that is left now is to Baste it, Quilt It, and Bind it ;)  If you are new to quilting, I have some Video Tutorials here that can help you with finishing up your quilt!!! 

I can't wait to see all your Texas Monthly quilts done!!! 

If you have any questions on this tutorial, please don't hesitate to email me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com or leave a comment.  

 Hope you all loved stitching along, I know I sure did and I can't wait to get this all finished up and gifted to a special Texas friend ;)  

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