Monday, April 14, 2014

High School Fun

So remember when I posted about how I was doing a little Quilt show for the local High School sewing class and how I promised to share pictures.  Well, I forgot, sorry, it has been a bit crazy around here.  But I remembered this morning so we are all good now :)

The class was so incredibly fun to teach.  The girls where just blown away when I showed them some examples of more Modern and Modern Traditional quilting. They loved all of the bright new fabrics and fun chic designs.  It really was so incredibly fun to open their eyes to all of the possibilities there are in quilting today ;)

When we got to the breakout design session of the class, the girls really started to get into the fun.  I gave them all a stack of HST's and told them to create ;)

They created some ever popular designs and quite a few of my favorite designs . . .

And created some fun new innovative designs . . .

And in the end, even broke out of the idea of a square and really got the design groove going.  How fun would a quilt of just lines made by bright HST's be.  Totally on my list to make ;)

All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful experience!!   I can't wait to do it again ;)
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Back To Basics - Quilt Pattern!!!

So after this quilt won 3rd place in the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge I promised several of you that a pattern would be coming soon.  And yes, that was clear back in February.  Hopefully some of you still count 2 months as "soon".   But Yippee anyways, because today I get to share my 12th pattern, Back to Basics!!!!  It is available at both my Craftsy and Etsy shops and once again, I listed it on sale since it is all kinds of brand new and I am just so happy about it :)

I just love the way the geometric boldness of the design creates an almost random look but that at a closer glance, you see all kinds of secondary patterns start to emerge.  So fun!!

The fabric are basics from the Riley Blake Designs gal.  I love how the basic collections really add to the basic geometric design.  They were the perfect compliment.  

And a bit about the pattern.  It is suitable for beginners and up.  And it includes some of the basic piecing units so you gets lots of practice with that.  Even though it looks a little complex, the blocks are rather simple and go together really fast.

And yes, there are size options!!!!  And I went ahead and sized up the block as the quilt got larger so you wouldn't have to make a million little blocks for the queen size :)   You can make a bitty baby, like I did, or a Lap, Twin, or Queen size.  I so want to make a queen size now for my bed :)

And just a quick note on the quilting.  I did a giant spiral, which is such a fun way to quilt. It just plays so nice with all of that geometric goodness ;)  I did a Quilting Video Tutorial on how to do a Giant Spiral and you can find it here if you are interested ;)  

 I have loved this design from the initial drawing on a napkin and I am so excited to know have it in my pattern line.  I hope you enjoy it as well :)

Alright, I will wrap it up now.  Here is one more link to the pattern.   I have listed them on sale for $5.00.  They will be $5.00 until next weekend (or when I remember to change the listing) and then be listed for the original price of $8.50.   They can be found in my Craftsy Shop as well as my Etsy Shop.

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by :)  You all are the best readers and make what I do so very much fun :)

Linking this finish  to Amanda's and Sarah's and Fort Worth Fabric Studio
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Winner and Some GO HST :)

Today is the day :)  One lucky Reader is going to win this super adorable Storybook Fat Quarter Bundle!!!  Thank You to Green Fairy Quilts for their sponsorship of this fantastic giveaway :)

And the lucky reader is . . . .  # 5,   Congrats Karen!!!!  I have sent you an email :)

And in other news, I got my HST triangle groove on yesterday :)  I have never sewn HST's that were cut with a Go.  The sewing part is going a little bit slower but I know I am going to love it when I get to the no need for trimming part :)

These fabrics are Amy Ellis's first fabric line Modern Neutrals for Moda.  I was super lucky to be asked to do her a little market sewing so I get to play with these lovelies.  So fun!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Pockets and Pies Apron :)

**  Note - If you are looking for the FQB Giveaway you will find it here :)

I am super excited to share this fun little project with you today.  The amazing gals at Fat Quarter Shop have put together another wonderful Video Tutorial / Free Pattern and this time it is for this adorable Pockets and Pies Apron!! It is made with just a yard of fabric and a kitchen towel and goes together in a snap!

I made mine from a Micheal Miller print called Norwegian Woods, I just loved how those adorable mushrooms reminded me of the old Pyrex bowls my mom used to use in the kitchen :)   And a little added mushroom applique were the finishing touch.  So Cute!!

So do you want to make a Pockets and Pies Apron??   They are so much fun.  You can see the Video Tutorial here or just watch below :)

And you can find a free downloadable pattern here ;)    I can't wait to see what you decide to make yours look like :)

 And if you are having a hard time deciding, there is plenty of Pockets and Pies Apron Inspiration.  Check out the Fat Quarter Shop Blog today for lots more links of happy Pockets and Pies Apron's from around Blog Land :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Early Finish and a Giveaway!!!

First off,  I want to say a huge Thank You for the sweet comments on my new The Royal Star Quilt Tutorial I shared yesterday.  I had so much fun with that quilt and am so glad you enjoyed it too.

And today, I am a little shocked to be sharing an April Bee Block finish and it is only April 4th!!  After waiting to the last day of last month I decided it was time to get back on top of these :)  Laura  gave us total cart blanche this month asking for a 12 1/2" block in grey and pink and possibly with a Valentine's day feel.  That's it.  It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do but in the end, I went with my love of Applique.  Aren't all of those little 2" hearts just so adorable!!  What a fun block to put together!!

And I might have gone just a little overboard with cutting hearts ;)  I used my Slice Machine and was totally in a cutting groove :)  It's all good though,  I will just send the extra's along and maybe Laura can use them in the back or something :)

And one more thing.  Happy Quilting reached a little benchmark last week.  4000 followers on Bloglovin!!!  Wow, that is a lot of friends popping in to check on the daily musings of a Happy Quilter ;)  Thank you all, I am totally humbled by how this little corner of the quilting community continues to grow.  So, let's Celebrate with a giveaway !!!

Green Fairy Quilts has graciously offered this gorgeous Storybook Brushed Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky reader!!!  This line is absolutely adorable, I love it!!!

So what do you have to do for a chance to win this amazing bundle??  Simple

1 - Pop on over to the Green Fairy Quilts and choose a favorite Fat Quarter Bundle (they are all on sale right now ;)  and then pop back here and leave me a comment of what it is ;)

2 - For a second entry, you can sign up for the Green Fairy Quilts Newsletter and then come back here and let me know you did in a new comment.  

That's it.  Super easy right :)  Two possible entries per person.   The giveaway is open to everyone and it will close Tuesday the 8th and a winner will be announced Wednesday morning ;)

Good Luck to everyone and have a  Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking this block finish up to Sarah's, Amanda's, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio :)

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