Monday, February 13, 2017

Scrappy N Happy Quilt Cruise!!!!

Wow, Wow, and Triple Wow!!!  This post has been a few days coming because I just keep trying to figure out how to put such an amazing week into words ;)   I can't even begin to explain how much fun it was to quilt and cruise with such an amazing bunch of gals!!!!   Let's just say that the Scrappy N Happy Quilt Cruise was indeed very, very Happy!!!

So in case your wondering, here is how it works ;)   Each day you are "at sea" you get to take a class that runs from 9 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon.  There are 3 days "at sea" and three teachers that rotate around to your class . . . so by then end of the cruise you have taken 3 Scrappy N Happy Classes and have lots of progress on 3 Quilts!!!

Now let me tell you, these gals in class were so amazing!!!   They were determined to make the most of every sewing minute ;)   They came back late at night and sewed into the wee hours of the morning.   They squeezed in some pressing between evening shows, (which were amazing!!!)  came back from ports and went right to their machines,  some didn't even break for lunch ;)   In fact, we even had a few little naps in the afternoon right at our sewing machines we worked so hard :)

 And yes, we even had an entire quilt top finish!!!!   And isn't it just so Scrappy and Happy!!!    I just love it!!!   Really, these gals were just incredible and I was so blessed to get to spend the week with them all ;)

And oh my goodness, what a fun filled week it was!!!  Right along with the sound of machines humming away was plenty of laughter and smiling and hugging ;)   Most of the gals came with a friend or family member and it was so wonderful to see everyone getting to know each other throughout the week.   Isn't it amazing the common bonds we share through quilting!!!

And speaking of bringing family along . . . I was so blessed to have Barbara and my two Sister-In-Laws, Charlotte and Becca come along!!!   Becca has done a quilt or two in the past and this was all new to Charlotte and it was so fun to see them both gain more and more confidence as the week went on ;)   Here are their starts from the 3 Classes, aren't they just so happy!!!

And we also brought some good friends along ;)  A huge thank you to our wonderful friends Becca and Clint Larsen  who agreed to come cruise along and keep my sweetheart entertained while I was teaching ;)

And boy oh boy, did they stay plenty busy on the boat.  There are no shortage of activities on Oasis of the Seas.  That is one big boat!!!!    That's Jacob in the red shirt climbing the rock wall ;)  And they even got my husband to agree to an 80's Dance Party!!!  (which some of the gals from Stitchin' Heaven might have gotten video of and if it surfaces at some point, let's just say we might have lost some of our moves over the last 20 years ;)  

And on the Port Days, Jacob, Clint, and Becca had some amazing activities planned as well ;) We played just as hard off the boat as we did on the boat!!!  Here we are hiking up the Dunns Water Fall ;)

And getting ready to go down the longest Zip Line over water in the world!!!  It took us a full minute to go down and boy were we humming along, so fun!!!

And of course, we took advantage of lots of Sun and Sea :)   The water is just so gorgeous and I think I could have stayed in there all day.   Seriously, some of the prettiest beaches I have ever seen ;)

It truly was just an absolutely amazing week!!!  A huge, huge, huge, thank you to Stitchin' Heaven for inviting me along ;)   I loved every minute of it!!!

 And one last picture, just because I can't help laughing every time I look at it  ;)

Good Times!!!!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Splendid Sunday!!!

Wow, can you believe it!!!!  Today the 100th block of the  Splendid Sampler is being shared!!   It certainly is a Splendid Sunday!!!   So, let's get to those last 3 blocks that I have left to share ;)

First up, is the Fleur de Lei block designed by Lynn Harris.  I had so much fun with this block.  It reminded me of taking a class with a local Hawaiian to try to teach me their needle turn applique method used to make gorgeous Hawaiian quilts.   Ya, this machine applique was a bit easier for me to do ;)  

And next up is the Four Corner Spinwheel block designed by Kimberly Einmo.   Doesn't this just remind you of those fun little pinwheel that you used to make as a kid and pin to the eraser of a pencil.   I used to play with those for hours ;)   And of course, I just love putting this together with all of those fun flying geese and wonderful points.  So fun!!!

 And finally, the final blocks to share is the Centered block designed by Kate Spain.   And so of course, I had to make it purple!!!   Another wonderfully fun block to make with lots of fun points and plenty of purple prints.  

And wow!!!  Just Wow!!!!   It still kind of seems surreal that it has been a year and we have gone through 100 Block!!!   Amazing!!!!

But of course, there will still be more Splendid Sampler fun to share ;)   I mean, I still have to put the top together right ;)    And . . . There just might be a giant celebration on the 14th and there just might be  lots of giveaways to go along with that celebration.  And that just might be Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day, so there just might be double giveaways . . . Just maybe :)   

I hope you all have a very Splendid Sunday!!!
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Star Light Star Bright Mini

With Quilt Con just around the corner it was time to ship my MQG Mini Swap quilt ;)  And now that it is off to find its secret friend, I can share it here ;)    So here it is, my Star Light Star Bright Mini!!!  Isn't it just so fun :)

   I decided to call it the Star Light Star Bright mini because that is just what it is.  Lots of Light fabrics making a wonderfully fun background and lots of Happy Bright Fabrics making those dancing stars!!  And just in case you are curious, I shared the process of how I made this little mini top right back here ;)

And when it came time to quilt, I decided on a straight line grid.   It takes a little while as these are 1/2" grid lines, but it is so totally worth it.  I just love the balance it gives to the random layout of the stars and chopped up background.

And doesn't it  add the coolest texture!!!   I just love it!!!

And here is hoping that my super secret partner loves it just as much ;)  I had so much fun making it up!!!  I just loved the happy bright colors, you can't help but smile when you are sewing with such happy fabrics!!!   I haven't done a swap in a while and this was just a joy to get back into them ;)   Here is to finishing up this mini and looking forward to many more!!

And I had my own special package arrive as well :)  How adorable is this mini!!!  Thank you so much Jerriann Massey!!!   It is so cute and I just love that the heart is a home.  Perfect for our family :)

Thank you so much for popping in today ;)

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting weekend!!!

Linking up this finish to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;) 
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jacob's Ladder Start!!

I have always wanted to make a traditional Jacob's Ladder Quilt so when the gals at Fat Quarter Shop emailed me that they were sharing a new Jacob's Ladder Quilt Pattern I was all over it!!!   I planned to work on this during my quilt cruise, but there wasn't a second to squeeze it in . . . so here is my start from the last few days.  Isn't it so fun!

I changed up the design just a bit playing with solids in red, white, and black.   The nice thing about the solids is that it allowed me to strip piece all of the 2 patches to be made into the 4 patches so they went super quick ;)

And I am using the same block layout and just altering the color placement of the reds and blacks. Now that I have all of the 4 Patches and HST made it is just like making bit 9 Patch Blocks ;)  They go together so fast and I just love seeing all of the points come together to form the ladder!!

Aren't the blocks so fun in this layout!!!  I just love how bold and crisp they are in the classic red, white, and black!!!

And a few seams later I have a super fun start to my Jacob's Ladder quilt ;)  This would be a cut little baby quilt, but I already have plans for this start.

One crisp, beautiful, Jacob's Ladder large lap quilt perfect for snuggling up in!!!   EEEkkk, I can't wait to finish up these blocks and get it all sewn together ;)

So I best get trimming up these HST and sewing up these blocks :)   Here is hoping I have a finish to share soon!!

And if you have had a Jacob's Ladder Quilt on your bucket list for a while, be sure to pop on over to the Jolly Jabber and check out Fat Quarter Shops pattern ;) You are going to love it!!!   And of course, there lots more blogger friends that have made their own  Jacob's Ladder Quilt so pop on over for lots of Jacob's Ladder quilt inspiration ;)  

Thanks for popping in today. 

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Day!! 

I know mine will be filled with some more Jacob's Ladder Block making ;) 
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!   Let's have some fun!!!

First,  we need to announce the winners from the last two weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway's!!   The winner of a  Carolyn Friedlander Big Stitch/ Aurifloss Thread Set from Fat Quarter Shop is . . . Number #114. . . Congrats Janie!!! I have emailed you :)    


And, the winner of a selection of quilting patterns from Olie and Evie is . . . Number #64. . . Congrats Lori!! I have emailed you as well ;) 


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  Julie has an adorable Etsy shop with lots of amazing fabric goodness!!!  And, she always has amazing prices (including the awesome Sale Selection) that make it so fun to fill up a cart ;)  

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for an absolutely adorable Bunny Tales Quilt Panel and a Bunny Tales Soft Book Panel both by Lucie Cravatto for Studio E Fabrics!!!  Aren't those just to cute for words!!!

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 Childhood Story/Book :) 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. love.   You can follow them on   FacebookInstagram, or Favorite their Shop.  Or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Scarlet Thread Quilt Co. Love!!!

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