Friday, May 15, 2020

Bloom-Topia Quilt Along - Release 8

Today is the Eighth Block Release of the Bloom-Topia Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and I am super excited :)   This block is so super fun to make and I love the adjustments I added to it.  Really makes it pop in the middle!!!  So let's get to it.  

So for Block 13,  (which is actually Block 12)  were adding some Stitch and Flip corners to the center and adding HST's to the corners and then adding some sashing to the whole block.   So to make the block from the Background Fabric you will not need A, or E.  You will need C (cut in half on the diagonal) and D.  For B, I used (8) 4" x 4" squares as I did not have Triangles on a Roll.   And finally, cut (2) 1 1/2" x 18 1/2" rectangles and (2) 1 1/2" x 20 1/2" rectangles for sashing.    From the Print Fabrics you will need 2 F squares, 4 G rectangles.  Then add (4) 4" squares for the Stitch and Flip centers.   And again, no Triangles on a Roll, so I replaced H with (8) 4" x 4" Print squares.  Sew it up just like the pattern calls for, only add the extra step of doing a Stitch and Flip Corner on the F Pieces :)  When the Block is sewn up, add the sashing.  

So are you joining in the Bloom-Topia fun???  If so, you can download the block pattern  and it is requested for each pattern you download to donate $5.00  to the Make a Wish Foundation :)  This is Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity QAL that is raising funds for an amazing organization.  What a wonderful way for us all to make a difference!  And wow, so much has been raised!!! 

And just as a reminder, if you are new to finding the Bloom-Topia Quilt Along, this is the layout I will be making and are the alterations referred to above ;)     I am using a Breeze Fat Quarter Bundle by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics with Gris Grunge as the background!!! And there are still a few Bloom-topia Quilt Kits and Backing Sets available if you want to make your's like the original ;) 

And like always, Fat Quarter Shop has made an awesome  You Tube video tutorial that walk you through making the blocks.  There are some great helpful hints and you can see it put together step by step!!!   

Be sure to share all of your Bloom-Topia progress on social media with #bloomtopiaquiltalong and check out Fat Quarter Shops post for Release 8 for lots more Block Inspiration!!!

And that's it for the eighth release in the Bloom-Topia Quilt Along!!!!   I will continue to share a new set of blocks on the 15th and 1st of each month. So what do you say, want to come Bloom-Topia Quilting Along??  You are going to have so much fun!!!

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tutorial Throwback Thursday - Poppies

I can't believe it is Thursday already.  Is anyone else having a hard time keeping track of the days.  Things just sort of blend all together ;)  Just keep rolling with it I suppose.  And what better way to roll, than with something super simple and super easy that it takes next to no thought to put it together.   But of course, it still looks super cute!!!   And so for today's Thursday , I thought it would be perfect to go back 3 years to the Poppies  quilt!!!    Isn't it just so happy with those pops of color!!!

Poppies  really is a fun quilt to make and is fantastic for beginners and experts alike.  It is a wonderful project for right now as everything seems just a little crazy, this is perfect for just some relaxing stitching!!!   And with lots of Stitch and Flip corners, you can make a bonus pillow with all of the scraps ;)  So fun!!!   But I just love how the layout of this quilt gives it such movement.  Almost like follow the bouncing ball ;)    It finishes at 66" x 81" so it makes a great size for snuggling up in or lying out in the sun!!    

Poppies  is a Fat Quarter Friendly quilt and uses 20 Fat Quarters.  So you can easily grab a bundle and get stitching.   And with the larger piecing, it can really show off some of your larger scale prints.  I used Ava Rose by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs and I love the colors and how they pop!! (Especially that deep coral color!!!)   So just grab a fun colorful bundle that speaks to you and is just waiting to pop!!!   

Poppies  also is perfect if you need to whip up a quilt for a Grad or a new Bride ;)  This original went to a special grad two years ago.  I love giving quilts as high school graduation gifts, it is just nice to think that they can go off to college with something to cuddle up in when they get a little homesick :)   And this design is perfect for lots of fun while still beings sweet and simple!!!

And that is my Poppies  Quilt!!!     I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday as much as I have!!!      To make your own Poppies  quilt  just click on any of the project name links for the free step by step tutorial.    And when you are done,  I would love to see your Quilts!!  You can email me a picture at, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  :)   I can't wait to see your Poppies Quilts!!

Thanks for popping in today and sharing poppies with me!!! 

  I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Charming Baby Sew Along - Week 6!!!

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Charming Baby Sew Along.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win some fun prizes ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule


It's the sixth week of the Charming Baby Sew Along and were putting it all together!!!  I am so, so, excited to see all of your blocks come together into a quilt!!!!    You will need your copy of Charming Baby Quilts  if you need to do any catch up on the blocks as well as the Week 6 Charming Baby Sew Along Pattern for the cutting and piecing instructions ;)  This is the week we have been waiting for, the Quilt Finishing!!!

And of course, the Pieced Back :)   Don't want to forget that rocket ship :)  

The quilt finishes at 66" x 88" so it makes a wonderful twin size quilt or a great snuggle up in size ;)  And I know you are all so excited to see all of those blocks you have pieced come together!!   And I am just as excited for you, so fun!!!    So get your Finishing Pattern and let's get stitching!!!  


And just like that, you are done with Week 6  of The Charming Baby Sew Along where we will put it all together!!  It's so great to have you all quilting along!!!!   Be sure to pop over to all my Sewing Along Friends and see their finished quilts for lots of inspiration!!

      Amanda Castor - Material Girl Quilts
      Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner
      Beverly McCullough - Flamingo Toes
      Melanie Call - A Bit of Scrap Stuff
      Pat Sloan - Pat Sloan's Blog
      Fat Quarter Shop Friends - The Jolly Jabber


 And it's almost time for someone to win our amazing grand prize from Moda Fabrics !!   I know that you all want to win this huge assortment of 18 Charm Packs with this exclusive zipper pouch and sewing tins and thanks so much to Moda Fabrics for sponsoring this giveaway :)
      Everyone that finishes their quilt top (doesn't have to be quilted) will be entered to win the grand prize, and you have until May 26th to get it finished up.   I will announce the winner on the 27th ;)    So get stitching!!!   And once you are done with your quilt top, take a picture of it and either email it to me, share it on social media with #charmingbabyquilts, or add it to the linky at the end of the post.   Everyone who finishes their quilt top will be entered to win!!!!!!

And we still have one more Weekly Giveaway!!!   I am hosting this week's Charming Baby Sew Along giveaway!!!  You can win 2 Charm Packs of Bloomington by Lella Boutique and a spool of Aurifil thread!!! This is the line I used to make the A Star is Born Quilt on the cover of the book.   Oh, and since Bloomington is now available for the giveaway, it also means the A Star is Born Quilt Kits and Backing Sets are finally in stock!!  Several asked when they would be available,  so I thought you might like to know ;)

To Enter this Weekly Giveaway . . . simply leave a comment on this post telling me about the first baby quilt you ever made :)        

And you can have more chances to enter on my Instagram and Facebook pages ;)    


Now, as just mentioned, you only have to have your quilt top done to enter into the grand prize drawing . . . However,  I wanted to encourage you to finish these quilts and not set them in a pile of "to be quilted" so I am planning a Parade for the 27th of May :)  The parade will show off all quilted and bound Charming Baby Sampler Quilts!!  

So, how do you finish up those quilts??? 

Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!  I know, I make it sound all so simple.  If you are new to quilting, and need some help with these last few steps, you can see my Video Tutorials that go over the basics of how to do this ;)  Also, there are some helpful free motion quilting tutorials if you are stuck on how you want to quilt your project ;)   I quilted mine with an all over Curly Q that I really love to use for sampler quilts as it makes for great texture and is simple enough not to take attention away from all of those fun blocks!!!  

Once you have your quilt finished it is ready to be showcased in the Parade.  To be in the Parade, please send me an email at  with your favorite finished Charming Baby Sampler Quilt picture attached as well as your name the way you would like it listed with your photo, where you are from, and a Link if you would like me to link your picture . . .  Blog, Instagram, or Facebook will work great :)    You can email me anytime from now until the evening of May 26th and I will get you added to the Parade!!!  

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's finishes!!!  It has been so fun to see all of your quilt blocks each week and I can't wait to see them all quilted and bound  ;)   The Grand Prize winners will be announced on May 27th at the end of the amazing parade filled with all of your beautiful quilts.!!!  I can't wait!!!  


 Just a reminder . . .  Don't forget to share your finished quilt tops by linking up below or post on social media with the Hashtag #charmingbabyquilts  or you can always email me a picture and that will enter you for the Grand Prize Giveaway!!!!   And don't stop at your quilt top . . . go ahead and finish it all up and then email me a picture at to be in the Charming Baby Sew Along Parade!!!!

I can't wait to see your quilts!!!
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

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

First, we need to announce the winner from last Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from Thousands of Bolts is . . .   Number #62 . . . Congrats Nancy in IN!!!  I have messaged you :)    


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Olie and Evie.  Rhonda's shop is so fun and full of so much amazing quilting goodness!!!!  Of course, there is the amazing fabric shop we all know and love along with longarm quiltinggift certificatespreorders, and an awesome Clearance Sale!!  And Rhonda is giving all Happy Quilting Readers 15% off regular priced items with coupon code MaySave15    Be sure to pop on over and check it out!!! 

And Rhonda's has a fantastic Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!!     Olie and Evie  is giving one lucky winner a $30.00 Gift Certificate to use in her shop!!!    So awesome, someone is going to get a wonderful shopping spree for some end of the year fun :)  

You have two entry chances here on the blog, 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 Besides Fabric, do you Collect Anything??

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Olie and Evie love.   You can follow them on  FacebookInstagram  or Pinterest or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Olie and Evie Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, May 19th, when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

You can also pop over to my Instagram and/or Facebook to enter there as well :)  

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Grad 2020 Masks!!!

13 of the Youth in my Church are graduating from High School this year.  I figured they needed custom masks for the occasion made of course, in their school colors!!!   I used this free Face Mask pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop and added the applique before sewing the two pieces together.  Didn't they just turn out so cute!!!  Even if they never wear them, I thought they would just be great to hang next to their diploma or with their tassel just as a reminder that they graduated in Quarantine :) 

So here is some of the tidbits I learned along the way, just in case you want to make a special applique mask for someone special ;)   And if you have never done Applique before, I have a Video Tutorial here that will walk you though it step by step.  It's super easy!!!   So, first off, I put Heat N Bond Lite on the back of a large piece of material and then from that cut out all my applique letters.  I was planning to use my Alphabet GO! Die, but the letters were to large,  so I went old school and used my Slice Cutter.  It isn't near as fast, (took me 1 1/2 hours to cut out all these letters) but it still beats cutting them out by hand ;) 

From there just press them onto one of your rectangles.   You can secure stitch them so they hold on better, but I was making 13 and didn't have the time to secure stitch them all.   So I am just counting on the Heat N Bond ;)   And something to help that out, when you go to pleat the masks, only press the edges, and not over top of the applique letters.  That just made them want to come loose.

Which occasionally, they are still going to do.   Nothing like a glue stick to solve that problem ;)  For those pieces of applique that had an edge or two popping up, I just put a little glue stick on the back and pressed in place with my finger :)  Good as new!!!

And that was about it.  The rest is just basically following the pattern ;)  I used the large size as I wanted plenty of room for the lettering.  I can't wait to give the Graduates these.  We are having a Graduation Drive By Celebration on Tuesday and these will be in the graduates gift baskests.  Should be an awesome day!!!   I love that we can still celebrate the big accomplishments, we just have to think outside the box of how to do it ;)

I hope you are all having a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!   And if I don't have time to get on by tomorrow, here is wishing you all you amazing women a very  . . .   

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