Wednesday, September 21, 2011
So I got home with my little purchase and immediately threw everything on that "sewing commitment" pile aside and began to work on a new project. I just couldn't help myself. (please tell me other's do this as well) I was just so excited and I have so been wanting to work with some beautiful fall colors ever since I saw that Rachel's Celebrate Color Inspiration palette for September. So much color inspiration going on there!! (And if you haven't checked out the Celebrate Color campaign you should check it out, it is awesome!!!)
So I set to work and a day and a half later I had this :) Isn't it just so much fun!!! I have wanted to make a quilt in this "whirly gig" pattern for so long and now I can say I finally did it!!!
I just love the beautiful browns, blues, and greens and reds. And then the Pink just pops :) I had some Spirit Charm packs lying around that have been waiting to find the perfect use. And they found it :)
I finished it up with a fun swirl free motion pattern. I haven't done this in a little while and forgot just how much fun it is!! I am just so happy with this quilt and it was so much fun to put together :) Yippee Skippee for Fall Twisting!!!
And being the mulit-tasker that I am, you know I couldn't completely throw everything to the wind to make this. So . . . I decided to take pictures along the creative process and I will be guest posting a step-by-step tutorial on how to make this little beauty at the beginning of next month. So if you have had a "whirly gig" quilt on your list of projects check back :) It is so much fun and so very easy, I know you will just love it :)
Posted by Melissa Corry at 8:29 AM
Monday, September 19, 2011
Posted by Melissa Corry at 8:45 AM
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I am also still trying to find the best way of doing giveaways. I know some of you responded with the idea of just leaving one comment. And I agree that makes it fair for all, and makes it super easy (no hoops to jump through). However, I also feel like it really isn't fair to my sponsors who are the ones graciously providing the prize for the giveaway. I really like to try and help generate interest in their shops while doing giveaways (as honestly, that is the entire point behind giveaways, right :) So I don't think that is an option right now. But if you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them :)
So . . . Let's get to what everyone really wants to hear about . . .The Winner!!! If Our Good Friend Mr. Random.Org will hand me the envelope . . . . . And the Winner is . . . . .
Congrats to Shayshap!!! Please email me your mailing address and your lovely hometown pack will get sent out to you asap :)
Thanks again, all!! And have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
Posted by Melissa Corry at 8:17 AM
Friday, September 16, 2011
We have made it to the end!! It is final layout day!!! Way to go :) Unfortunately, I am not quite as far as many of you and therefor today's tutorial will be with digital pictures instead of camera pictures. I am sorry if this causes any issues for any of you. I tried, but just couldn't get my stars all done and after 2 hours of straight contractions yesterday night (which eventually died off, grrr) I decided I better get this post up asap.
So here it goes!!!
STEP 2 - CUTTING AND MAKING BORDERS
STEP 3 - ADDING BORDERS
And now adding the sides is the exact same process. Just align your side as you go sewing 1/4" seam along the edge. Press your seam, trim the excess fabric and Whala!! The first border is added. Your top should look something like this.
Now adding the second border is the exact same process as the smaller border. Add your top and bottom border first. (If you are doing a square you will want to make sure you are doing the same top and border first and that you haven't flipped the quilt :) Then add the side borders second.
And Yippee Skippee!!! Your entire quilt top is done!!!! Way to go!!! Don't you just want to sit back and stare at it :) (I know I will as soon as I get it done)
And as always, should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at happyquiltingmelissa (at gmail (dot) com!!
Okay, this is where it all ends :( I am actually sad to see this coming to a close. It has been so much fun. I have just loved watching your stars come together and to see the amazing variety!! Thank you to everyone that has participated along with me!!! You are what makes doing things like this so worth the time. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
GIFT CERTIFICATE DRAWING!!
Since this is a rather large project I assume most will be sending their tops off to be quilted. Or some of you might be brave and quilt it on your own but I understand that will take some time. So because of those factors, you are not required to have your quilt completely finished in order to enter into the Fat Quarter Gift Certificate drawing.Just have your top done.
ONE LAST NOTE
With all the above said about not having to finish your quilt I wanted to take the time to mention the following . . . Please don't let this fall into a lonely WIP pile. You have put so much work into it. And your blocks are all so amazing. Please finish this up. I promise to get mine done soon as well. And please, please, feel free to add your completed project to the flickr group. I just love to see things all quilted and bound. So beautiful!!!
THANK YOU ALL FOR QUILTING ALONG WITH ME!!! I AM ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE!!!
Posted by Melissa Corry at 9:28 AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Alright, thanks to my biggest WIP (The soon to be delivery of our 5 child) I feel like it is crunch time. I have all of these commitments I need to keep and time is winding down until the wee one arrives. Luckily, this last week was super productive as far as organizing, prioritizing, and cranking out some of those commitments. However, I can't show most of any of it as it is all being saved for future posts (mostly on other's blogs :)
You know that song from Oklahoma "I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No". Well that is me, not with kissing, but with taking on more quilting commitments. I just have so much fun with challenges, guest posts, and designing, how can I pass any of them up. I know that I am stretching myself thinner each time but I just can't help it, I can't say no :)
But, with all that said, I feel like this weekend really got me more on top of everything and hopefully, if I can keep the pace for a few more days, I will be ready to have the baby without any major concerns of missing any deadlines.
So . . . What can I show you for this weeks Work In Progress . . .
First off, I sewed my 2 patches into 4 patches for my hugs and kisses quilt. This was mostly due to the need of having all of my pins back, I was going nuts only having 1/4 of them available :)
Second, I pulled out these lovelies from the Block-A-Palooza that I bombed out of. I figured they would work perfect for the 100 Quilts for Kids Campaign that Kate is putting on. They are going to be collecting some at the Sewing Summit so I am hoping to have it finished by then :)
Posted by Melissa Corry at 8:57 AM