Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day and I am super excited because this post also just so happens to be my 1000th post!!!!   Seriously, I am just blown away by that.   What fun this is to share my daily quilting adventures with you all :) Thank you so much to each of you for coming back and sharing each day 1000 times over!!!

So to start things off today, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  And can I just say wow!!  What a huge turnout for our very first TTGD :)  Okay, now let's not leave you in suspense any longer.    The winner of the A Field Guide Fat Quarter Bundle from Green Fairy Quilts is . . . 

#251 . . .  Congrats to  tlcala4me!!!!   I have emailed you ;)


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Bear Creek Quilting Company.  Along with sponsoring the giveaway, Bear Creek Quilting Company has marked down all of their Fat Quarter Bundles, their Charm Packs and Layer Cakes, and their Aurifil Thread !!!  No coupon necessary :)  

And today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a gorgeous Vintage Farm House Fat Quarter Bundle by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass.   That's 26 beautiful Fat Quarters and a panel!!!  I love the purples :)

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 includes the number 1000.  It can be anything as long as 1000 is in it ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Bear Creek Quilting Company love.   You can follow them on  PinterestFacebook, 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 Bear Creek Quilting Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, October 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, October 13, 2014

On the Bandwagon

So there were two things at Spring Market that I just knew I needed to be a part of and it has only taken me to Fall Market to get around to it.   I finally put in my order and over the weekend a squishy package arrived with these two lovelies!!!

I am sure by now you have all seen this amazing image of the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt.   It is amazing!!!  This went on my To Do list the day after I got back from Spring Market and I knew I had to make it.

And now I have this gorgeous spread of patterns!!!   I have no idea when I am going to make this, what fabrics I am going to make it in, ect, ect.   Really I have no plan at all.  I just know that I want to make it someday and I needed the pattern to do that ;)

And the second little set of goodness, these Cotton + Steel basics.  I loved  these basics at Market and I am falling for them more and more seeing all of the amazing projects made with them.   So once again, I have no idea what I plan to do with these, I just wanted to have some to play with so when inspiration strikes, they will be there ;)

So here I am, probably jumping on the bandwagon a little late, but I am on it,  Now I just need to decide what to do with them besides pet them ;)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

October Bees - Check :)

After shipping out last months blocks the last day of the month, I was determined to get on top of things this month ;)  So here it is the 10th and I am done.  Not to shabby ;)  I had so much fun this month with my blocks.

The first was for the Bees Knees bee and it was a block that I have had on my "To Do" list for a long time.   Shari  asked us to make a Modern Maple Leaf block from Amanda-Woodward Jennings pattern found here ;)  This block was so much fun to make.  It just moved making an entire quilt of these way up the to do list ;)   And this was actually my first time ever quilting with linen.   Ya, It was so fun!!

Now Shari was kind enough to cut everything before sending it so I totally didn't do this on purpose, but look how awesome, this little giraffe lined up perfectly.  Don't you just love it when that happens ;)

And for the Beejeebers group, Barbara asked us to make a Delectable Star block using this pattern by Cindy Carter.   This is going to be so pretty in Christmas red and green.  I can't wait to see it all come together ;)

And now my cutting mat is clear and I am ready to take my cut squares from earlier this week and start turning them into quilt tops ;)   How about you, any fun quilting projects on your list to do this weekend??

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Snapshots Quilt-A-Long with Fat Quarter Shop

So did you happen to see the Fat Quarter Shop's new 2015 Quilt-A-Long??   It is called Snapshots and it is so adorable!!  You remember the Wishes Quilt-A-Long from this year to benefit Make a Wish Foundation, well Snapshots is the 2015  quit-a-long and it will be benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital :)

The Quilt Along has 12 traditionally pieced picturesque (novelty) blocks that capture and celebrate moments of happiness in our lives.   Each time you download your monthly block you will have the opportunity to donate to St. Jude and Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $10,000 from those donations for a total of $20,000!!!

There are Quilt Kits available as well as a Pieced Baking Kit.  Isn't that just so fun!!! 

I will be quilting along (so excited) and will be sharing my new block each month right here!!!!  The Quilt Along officially starts January 15th, 2015 and we will release the first block pattern on the 15th of each month for the rest of 2015. 

This is such a fantastic quilt and a fantastic cause!!   You can find more details about the Quilt-A-Long in the Fat Quarter Shop's Intro post ;)  I am so looking forward to Quilting-A-Long with the Fat Quarter Shop and can't wait to get started!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Christmas Keepsakes Blog Tour and Giveaway!!!

Today is my stop on the Christmas Keepsakes Blog Tour hosted by Shabby Fabrics.  This is their very first blog tour and I am so excited to be able to be a part of it!!  

Christmas Keepsakes is the new Block of the Month exclusive to Shabby Fabrics.  It is a 10 month program offered in both Laser Cut and Traditional Applique.    This  quilt measures 36" x 36" featuring 9 adorable eight inch appliqued blocks.   

As part of the hop, we were asked to play with a block or two and share our experiences of using Laser Cut Applique.   And let's just say, I love it!!!!   I got to work on the Bell and Gingerbread House blocks.  And didn't they turn out so cute!!!

So let me share with you a bit about my experience with Laser Cut Applique!!!   To start, I received two lovely packages in the mail.  Each package had a wonderful set of instructions, and when I turned them over, I shrieked!!!  Oh yes, those are all of the applique pieces already cut!!!   

I opened the package to find that not only are the pieces already perfectly cut out for you, they also have fusible web on the back of them.   So basically, I had to trim my block background to 8 1/2" square and head over to the ironing board.   So easy!!!

Using the position guide sent with the packet, I placed all of my applique onto the block.  

And then simply pressed and fused the applique in place.   So my applique was ready to stitch about 5 minutes after opening the package.   I am so loving Laser Cut Applique!!!

The Gingerbread House had a few more pieces to place so it took me maybe 8 minutes from the time I opened the packages.   I found it helpful to use a ruler to make sure my windows and doors were all aligned nice and straight.  

So with that, 15 minutes later I was ready to stitch, which is my favorite part of applique!!!  I decided to add my batting before secure stitching all my applique so that each piece would really pop.   

I opted for a blanket stitch in black.  I think the black really complemented all of these beautiful Christmas Fabrics ;)  I find secure stitching applique to be so relaxing.

And the gingerbread house was so much fun to stitch.   So many fun little pieces!!

After everything was stitched in place it was time to quilt the background.  I did a micro stipple to add lots of fun texture.  It's been a bit since I quilted something on my home machine, I was a little rusty ;)  

Then just trim the excess batting and add on all the perfect little finishes.   Buttons, ribbons, and stitching, oh my!!!   

Then a quick binding (using some of my leftover scrappy bindings :) and in a hour and a half  from start to finish, I had two adorable Christmas mini's!!!!    

The Bell!!

And the Gingerbread House!!

So ya, pretty safe to say that I am hooked on Laser-Cut Applique!!!  It takes out all of the not so fun part of applique and leaves you with the totally fun part!!!    I can't wait to do more!!

So if you want to give the Laser-Cut Applique a try, or if you want to do the Traditional Applique, here are a few more details on the quilt.  
size: 36” x 36”
sign-up cost: $10
Traditional: $14/month
Laser-cut: $17/month
US shipping: $3/month
International shipping: $7/month
10-month program
starts in January 2015
runs through October 2015

Be sure to follow along with all of the other stops along the blog hops way.   (There will be a giveaway at each stop!!!)

Monday, October 6th

Tuesday, October 7th
Wednesday, October 8th
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Thursday, October 9th
And let's get to that Giveaway here!!!   Shabby Fabrics is giving away a $25.00 Gift Certificate to one lucky Happy Quilting Reader!!! 

To be entered to win, Simply leave me a comment telling me what your favorite block in this adorable Christmas Keepsakes Quilt is ;)    

That's it, super easy!!  One entry per person and international entries are welcome.  The giveaway will be open until October 15th, and I will announce a winner the morning of the 16th ;)

Thanks for stopping by and have a very Happy (and Merry) Quilting Day!!

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