Thursday, December 6, 2012

Simply by Design - A New Pattern

Introducing Simply by Design, my newest pattern now available in my Pattern Shop :)    Simply by Design is just that.  Simple in it's design but yet so bold in it's statement.  Using monochromatic blocks makes this pattern a visual delight.

 This pattern  is suitable for beginners and up.  The pattern includes a coloring page so you can play with all of the color layout possibilities before you start to cut ;)

And I know we all love size options!!!!  The amount of blocks is the same for each quilt but the size of the block varies.  The pattern includes instructions for making 4 different size blocks ranging from 6 1/2" square to 15 1/2" square.   This allows you to make a Baby, Lap, Twin, or Queen size quilt.

This cover quilt is the Twin size and the fabrics are Simply Color by V and Co.  for Moda.   I have to admit, I have had this idea in my head for quite some time and was just waiting for the perfect fabrics to come along for it.  I instantly fell in love with Vanessa's Simply Color and knew it was perfect for this design.  

A little detail.  I used a pebbling free motion stitch on all of the colored blocks in matching colored thread and organic "straight" lines in the sashing.  I love the way the pebbles pop!!

So, do you want to make one for yourself??  My gal Leah from Burgundy Buttons can hook you up with a Simply by Design Quilt Kit  featuring the same Simply Color prints that I used!!!!  The kit is for the Twin size.  The kit also includes the pattern for free and the fabric itself is at a discount.   So pop on over and grab a kit for yourself and get quilting your own Simply by Design quilt.

I couldn't help by add this last picture.  It was so incredibly windy the day I had my little photo shoot.  I think I clipped that quilt to the rain gutter at least 30 times and caught it trying to blow across the yard at least 15 times.  I just kept waiting for a shot where it was actually lying flat.  (And in the end, I liked the one that it was blowing towards me the best :)

So this is my last new pattern for a little while.  Thank you to all of you fabulous readers and your continued support of Happy Quilting!!   Let's keep on quilting together :)  

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Herringbone and Monochromatic to finish out 2012

So it's more bee blocks today.  I can't believe that this marks the end of another year in bees.  I just love being part of them.  They provide opportunities to stretch your skills, be imaginative, and most importantly, make new friends.  So with the finish of these 2 blocks it's done with 2012 and looking forward to 2013.

For Joelle I made this fun Broken Herringbone Block using this tutorial.  This was a little tricky when we started building the block, but once you got going it made a lot more sense and went a lot quicker.  And don't you just love these happy prints!!  This is such a beautiful pattern and will make a stunning quilt!!

My second bee block is for Lisa.  She asked for anything with a ROYGBV theme.  I love rainbows!!!  So for starters I am making improv (or crazy patch, or making fabric, whatever you want to call it) monochromatic blocks which I will then piece into a basic star block design.  I am toying with the idea of making a little tutorial on how I make this block.  Are you interested??

And since it is Wednesday, why not add my little list to help me keep track :)  I am so excited to have 2 quilts in the finish stage.  Simply by Design I will show tomorrow (yippee for a new reveal) and Super Shabby Spin was mailed of yesterday to be published in a magazine.  So I can't show it until next spring.

So here's the rundown for the rest of the year :)  

Designing Stage

  • Circle Meets Square Quilt - This is getting pushed to 2013 for sure
  • Scrunchy Stripes - I think I might still be able to get this one done this year.
Piecing Stage
  • Jessi and Me Quilt 
  • Bee Block for Lisa
Quilting Stage
  • Solids Quilt for Free Motion
Completed Stage
  • Simply by Design
  • Super Shabby Spin
  • Joelle Bee Block

And here is what is on the list already for 2013 :)
  • Starburst Quilt-A-Long
  • Hugs Before Kisses
  • Read with Me
  • Ring Around

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Star and Woven

Yes, I am just posting my November Bee Blocks today.  I am officially 4 days late.  It felt so good to mail them this morning.  Sorry Pat and Jo for being a little behind :(

November had me working on 2 fun blocks!!  First, a Carpenter Star for Pat.  This is the second time I have made this block and  I love it!!  Thanks for your help in choosing the colors :)    This block was designed by Cherie and it is such a great block for working on technique.  She has a tutorial for it here :)

So many points, and if I do say so myself, pretty perfect points ;)  Not to shabby!!

Jo is making a Simply Woven quilt with solids.  These 2 blocks were fun and fast.  I think I might need to make one of these quilts.  Wouldn't it be so fun in Christmas fabrics!!

And that's November.  Now onto December's blocks.  Don't want to be late in the last month of the year  :)
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day!!!  I love this day!!!  Now I know you have lots of places to visit so lets get right to it :)

Up for grabs is a Fat Quarter Bundle of 7 Wonders by Parson Gray / David Butler which is being generously sponsored by Julie of The Intrepid Thread.  Don't you just love these prints? One word, Stunning!!  Makes me want to go to the lake!  Wish it was a little warmer around here.

And for fun I will also be sending the winner 3 of my new patterns!!! I think any of these three patterns would look just amazing done in 7 Wonders  :)  


So what do you have to do for your chance to win???

Leave a comment here of your favorite item that Julie carries in her shop, The Intrepid Thread.

That's it.  Up to 1 entry per person.  Giveaway is open to international entries.  It will close on Friday, Dec 7th at 5pm and a winner will be selected randomly and announced shortly after.

Oh, and by the Way . . . If you are stopping by for the first time, Welcome!!   I am so glad you visited and hope you will come back often.  I have so much fun sharing my passion for quilting here.  If you would like, you can follow Happy Quilting and ensure that you catch all of the Quilty Goodness :)  I promise, I will make it worth your time with tutorials, giveaways, fabric eye candy, and lots of smiles :)
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sorry Anonymous

Just a quick note . . . I have decided to disable anonymous comments.  I am sorry to those of you that are actually commenting on my blog this way but I am just getting pummeled with spam mail and some of it that is really not very nice.  I wish there was another way to solve the problem while still allowing fellow readers to comment anonymously but I don't know of one.  So . . . for now . . . I am going with this solution.

Make sure to check back tomorrow for                                                   It's sure to be fun :)
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