Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dessert Sampler - Block 3!!

I have been working on quilting and binding a stack of quilt tops over the last few days, which is always so fun!!!  And since I still wanted to do a little piecing in all of that quilting time, I squeezed in a little Dessert Sampler block goodness and made block 3!!! And this block has purple!!!!   Love it!!!

And, thanks to the super fast cupcake papers,  I already have a good amount of piecing done on the 4th block!!  It should be pieced together soon :)  , It is just so fun to have  this project  that I can work on here and there ;)  I am so loving it!!! 

Although I have to admit, I keep getting tempted to sit down and cut out all the blocks so that I can sew them together assemble line and see all of this figgy goodness come together.   But I keep reminding myself that this is not that kind of project.  Well see if I can hold out to this one block at a time for the entire project ;)  

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day so let's have some fun :)

But first, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the Coledale Jelly Roll  from Green Fairy Quilts is . . .  Number #155 . . .   Congrats Amanda Corbet!!!   I have emailed you :)      

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop is amazing and they never cease to amaze me with everything they have going on at their shop!!!  And speaking of amazing things going on . . . Fat Quarter Shop is currently hosting their Biggest Giveaway Ever with 15 Winners each winning over $500.00 prizes.  That's over $7,500.00 worth of prizes!!!   You won't want to miss this, so be sure and pop on over here to fill out your survey for a chance to win!!!!      


And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway , it isn't $500.00 big, but it is still totally awesome!!!  Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a  Twilight Jelly Roll by One Canoe Two for Moda.  This line has the softest and prettiest prints and colors.  It is going to make someone a very beautiful project!!! 
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 what is the biggest thing you have ever won?

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube 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 Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, October 16th, 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 8, 2018

3 New Charming Totes

So along with the quilt that was auctioned off for a church fundraiser that I shared back here, I decided to make a few new Charming Totes as well to help in the cause.  These are so much fun to make and are the perfect size tote for just about everything.  The only hard part was deciding on which Charm packs to use ;) 

The first tote I decided on a Flower Mill Charm Pack by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.   I love these happy prints and beautiful colors and I opted for a little more free motion quilting on the totes this time around and did a lovely loose feather.  I love the little extra it adds to the tote ;)  I also decided to fold the lining over just slightly on the top to add a little "faux binding" on the top of the bag.  I like it, but it did make the handles a bit shorter as they had to be stitched down as well.  So if I did that again, I would add an inch to the handles ;)

For the second tote for auction, I used an Into the Garden Pack by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs.   I have been saving this one for a bit, and it was just perfect for this little tote.   And I added some more flower whimsy with a feathered swirl free motion quilting design.   Both totes were a big hit at the auction and I have already seen them being toted along with the ladies who won them.  Which, of course,  just makes me smile ;)

And while I was in the tote making assembly line process, I decided that I needed a new tote for Church as well.  And I was so excited to find that Deanna Rutter's Heart and Soul Charm Pack for Riley Blake Designs had a text print that listed the Young Women values.  Since I work with the Young Women each week, it couldn't have been more perfect!!!

And this tote got a little extra love, since I was so needing these little extra features in my old tote.   Padded Handles, Pockets, and most importantly, key rings!!!!  No more digging around in the bottom of my bag to find where my keys have gone ;)   So loving it!!!

And if you find yourself needing a Charming Tote, you can find the tutorial to make your own right over here.   They really are so much fun to make, and trust me, you won't be able to make just one.   But I am telling you, the hardest part is just picking which Charm Pack to use ;)

Happy Quilting!!!

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Playground Picnic - New Finishes and a New Pattern

I am super excited this morning to share my newest Quilt Pattern in the Happy Quilting pattern lineup ;)   It is called Playground Picnic and I just love it!!!   I was able to teach this pattern a few weeks ago in a class and it was a fun time for everyone, beginners and experts alike and they go a whole lot of blocks made.  So fantastic!!!

The pattern can be found  found in my Etsy Shop,  and like all my new Pattern Releases, It is on Special!!!!  This week Playground Picnic will be marked down to $5.50!!! After that, it will be marked at the regular pattern price of $8.50 :)

The super fun thing about this pattern, is that the blocks are pieced on point.  I know right, they don't look on point.  But that is the beauty of it.  They are pieced on point, and then trimmed, with very little waste, so you will still be able to get those perfect points every time!!!   So great :)   

This version of Playground Picnic is made up using Clover Hollow by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics.    It was the perfect fabric, as Sherri and Chelsi  designed their fabrics to really read one color, and that allowed each block to pop!!!  You see every little bit of the piecing, and I just love that!! 

And when it came time to quilt it I went with an all over Swirl with an open center.   I love how this designs add so much movement, and all of those beautiful swirls soften all of those wonderful angles.  And my Pearl 402 So Fine thread blended perfectly with all of these colors.  It really is my go to quilting color ;)  

And that is my new Playground Picnic quilt!!!!  I am just head over heals with this finish and am so excited to be able to share this design in pattern form.   So let me tell you a bit more about the pattern ;)

Like all my patterns, Playground Picnic has size options so you can make the quilt size that fits you ;)  You will find 5 size options, a Baby, Lap, Picnic, Twin, and a Queen size.  The block really does piece together quickly, so even if you are making the queen size, you aren't going to get bogged down in this project :)

And this quilt is Fat Quarter friendly, so it is super easy to grab a bundle (like the Clover Hollow one I used) and get going.   I also included a second Fabric option in the pattern for Yardage or Scrappy layout.   And I wanted to try out the scrappy version, so I whipped up this adorable Baby Size scrappy version of Playground Picnic as well. 


I just used a Navy for the background, and then cut all of my print fabrics in wonderful scraps all from my Yellow Bin.    Isn't it just so fun!!!  I love how all of those scrappy prints just blend together to make a seemingly two color quilt.   Just perfect!!! 

And the pattern makes it super easy to know exactly how much to cut from your scraps to make this go together super quick while doing some serious scrap busting.  Yippee!!!

I quilted this version of Playground Picnic in an all over echoed paisley design.   And I used Navy thread and love the way it pops on the yellow.   And if you like this design, I have a video tutorial here on how I do it ;)

 And that's the second Playground Picnic.    And both options are in the pattern!!!  And just like all my patterns, this is a full color pattern that can be printed in either page format or book format.  It is filled with lots of wonderful illustrations to guide you along each step of the way.   You are going to have so much fun putting this together ;)  And of course,  if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me ;)  

And those are my new Playground Picnic quilts and the new Playground Picnic pattern!!!!  Again, the pattern can be found in my Etsy Shop and will be on special for $5.50 all this week ;)

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up these Quilt Finishes to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's :)

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Looking Like a Quilting Kind of Weekend :)

So as I sat down to figure out what was next on my list of "quilty things to do" and I realized that I have 3 quilt tops that have all just been finished that now need to be quilted.   So ya, it looks like it is going to be a happy quilting kind of weekend :) 

First off is the Seeing Stars Quilt Top!!!  I am so excited with how amazing everyone's quilt tops are looking and it is making me want to guarantee that my top is quilted and bound for the parade. In the past, my QAL tops have kind of fallen into the to be quilted pile and had to wait around to be quilted, but not this year.   This is the first thing to get quilted this weekend, now I just need to decide what kind of quilting to do on it ;)  I am thinking it should have Stars in it, but we shall see ;)

Next up, a little secret sewing project that I will be sharing next week :)  This is the Shortcut Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop that I shared a little tidbit of back here .  The blocks were done for pretty much a month, and got set aside because I was so busy with the QAL ;)  But yesterday, I sewed the blocks into a quilt top and it's part of the weekend quilting party!!! 

And last but not least, another Shortcut Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop that I shared a little tidbit of back here  as well.  This one has been great to piece in little bits between the QAL posts, and I managed to finish sewing it up earlier this week which is great, because Homecoming for my Alma Mater is next Saturday and this quilt will be donated to help raise funds for scholarships.  So fun!!! 

And I have to say, with all of this quilting that needs to be done, I was ecstatic when  Fat Quarter Shop announced last weekend that they now sell Long Arm supplies.   I have been wanting some new supplies for some time but you all know how we just kept getting by with what we have on hand.  Like unwinding half full bobbins, and using regular quilting pins that bend and dull in no time.  And trying to eeek the oil out of the bottle that came with the machine, that your children conveniently broke a few months ago.   Gotta love it right ;)  But then there just happened to be a great Flash Sale that I couldn't pass up, and it just made sense to throw in a few more supplies, you know, so you can get the free shipping ;)    Can't wait to get over to the machine and try out these new little notions :)

Here's to a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!! 

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