Friday, September 30, 2022

Playing The Scales - HQM Quilt 26 - Celebrating the Finish with a Free PDF Pattern!!!!

 It's Week 26 of the Happy Quilting Marathon and can you believe it!!!!   It's the last quilt of the Marathon ;)   I am so, so, so excited to share the last of the Happy Quilting Marathon Quilts today.   And here it is, Playing the Scales!!!   And to share in the excitement of this Marathon finish I made a FREE PDF Playing the Scales Pattern so you can all make your own as well :)  

I originally made Playing the Scales back in 2013 (ya, it's an old one)  and shared a step by step tutorial for it.   It has always been a super popular tutorial, but I have to say, it was a little hard to follow.  I have learned a thing or two in 10 years of writting ;)   And with the release of my new Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book next week, it seemed only fitting to share an all time Favorite Lap Quilt as a FREE PDF Pattern.  

These fabrics in this version of Playing the Scales is Dwell in Possibility by Gingiber.   You can use Fat Quarters or Jelly Roll Strips to make this quilt, the main thing is that you separate your fabrics into what I like to call High Volume and Low Volume prints.   You just really want to make sure there is good separation between the two, so you can really let the design shine.  

And for quilting up my Playing the Scales, I went with pretty feathers quilted in a nice Gold thread.   I love how the thread just pops.   And I did the feathers on the High Volumes and Low Volumes in opposite directions, just to add additional movement.   I remember when feather's used to scare me so much, I am so happy that they have become a favorite quilting design of mine ;) 

 Don't you just love the movement the quilting adds to it, so great!!!   I have to say, I am just thrilled with the finish!!!!   Not only do I have a new super fun version of Playing the Scales, but there is a Free PDF Pattern for each of you to make your own as well ;)  It finishes at 62" x 66" so again, amazing lap size!!!

And that is Quilt #26 - Playing the Scales ;)  I can't believe I made it!!!   Thank you so much for all of your support and cheering along the way.  This was a huge quilting goal to pull off, and I couldn't have done it without all of your wonderful motivation and kind words!!! 

And that is it for today, thanks for popping in to share this finish with me as well as all of the previous 25 finishes in the Happy Quilting Marathon!!! 

Now I am making a goal to quilt up the top as soon as it is finished being pieced, no more 26 quilt top build ups ;)   Well see how it goes, tee hee hee ;)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

September Sew Sampler Box!!!

 September brought a new  Sew Sampler box in the mail and I am so very excited for it!!!     How great is this Life is Sweet themed box :)  Let's check out this amazing Sew Sampler Goodness!!  

I was thrilled to find a gorgeous 10" Stacker  of Daisy Fields by Bev McCullough.   I have already made a Free PDF Project from this line and can say it is just gorgeous!!  How can you not just love the beautiful navy's, golds, and teals in this lie, and the prints are just so cute!!!  And I love this Exclusive Sweet as Honey pattern.  I might have already cut it out :)  

And the notions that  Fat Quarter Shop sent along this month are so cool!!!! I always love a new Seam Ripper that is nice and sharp.   And this Ergonomic Seam Ripper fits so nicely in my hand.  And the Magnetic Seam Guide is super cool.  I have seen these in classes before, and students just love them.  And I don't know if I will use the Thimble Pad, but I know lots of hand sewers who can use them :)  

And alas, I think the Bliss Quilt Along for this years Sew Sampler boxes might be going along the way side.    Maybe I will just need to get a   Bliss Quilt Along kit featuring Stitched Fabrics by Joanna Figueroa so I can make it all after the fact :)  

And just fyi, the Sew Sampler box Subscription now has openings!!!  So there is no wait list, and you can sign up and get a new box next month.  So fun!!!   This truly is my favorite Subscription and I just love when it arrives each month and I get to enjoy all of the quilty goodness in each aqua box!!! 

Hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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 #125  . . . Congrats mischief_unmanaged!  I have messaged you :)  
And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    Did you know that Jamie makes a new Lou Lou Bundle every Tuesday . . . there are so many to choose from and they are all just stunning!!!  Isn't this new Autumn bundle just so great!!!    Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is having a  Fantastic Sale with with lots of amazing discounts!!!! And don't forget to pop over to Lou Lou's Fabric Shop each day for the Daily Deal!!! 

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for some shopping goodness!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate perfect to use on anything in the store, including any of the awesome Lou Lou Bundle's or on the Daily Deal!!  Just perfect!!!!  

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 tell me what is your favorite Sport to Watch??  

 ENTRY 2 - Lets show Lou Lou's Fabric Shop some Love!!!!   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram.  Or you can follow their blog or  visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Lou Lou's Fabric Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, October 4th 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, September 26, 2022

Fast & Fun Lap Quilts!!!

It's officially one week away from the release date of my new book, Fast & Fun Lap Quilts!!! And that means it is almost time to start the Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book Tour with all kinds of Quilting Eye Candy and lots of Layer Cake Giveaways!!!    And I attempted a video, I really have no idea what I am doing, but it gives you an idea of all the quilty goodness in this Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book :)

I just can't wait to share all of the quilts from Fast & Fun Lap Quilts with you.   And I am super excited to have lots of Quilty Friends that will be sharing their quilts from Fast & Fun Lap Quilts as well.  Isn't it just so fun how 1 Layer Cake and some background fabric can make so many amazing quilts!!! 

                    Aurora                                          Diamond Dash                         Dutch Days

               Keystone Corners                        Merry Go Round                            Puzzle Box

                Three In A Row                               Treasured                                     Jacks

I was super lucky to teach one of the quilts from Fast & Fun Lap Quilts at Garden of Quilts last week.    We had such a fun time sewing up blocks from the Aurora Quilt and I was just thrilled with all of the amazing progress everyone made!!!  Aren't their blocks just stunning!!!  And there is even a sneak peek of a new version of Aurora there in the background. (Needed a sample for class as my quilts from Fast & Fun Lap Quilts are currently in transit ;)  

And this class brings me to one of the things that I am most excited about for Fast & Fun Lap Quilts!!!  I know we are not all able to attend classes due to distance, so when writting this book, I tried to give you all of the hints and tips and tricks that I would share if you were in my class.   The book is just full of these happy little highlighted boxes that share lots of quilty goodness so that making these quilts truly is Fun and also Fast!!! 

Fast & Fun Lap Quilts releases October 3, so there is only one week left to wait for them to be in your local quilt shops and for the Book Tour to Begin!!!  I am so super excited for that!!!      But I actually got some advanced copies and have listed them in my Etsy Shop, so you can get them pre-release as well.    Oh, and I know, shipping cost stink, so I gave you a little discount on the price of the book :)  

 Thanks for popping in today!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Nordic Nights - HQM Quilt 25

It's Week 25 of the Happy Quilting Marathon and I am excited to share another Happy Quilting Marathon Quilt.   And wow, this one was pushing to get it done this week and I quilted, and bound the entire queen size quilt today, but I am super thrilled to share it!!!    Nordic Nights sure looks pretty in happy Spring colors!!!! 

This pattern is one of my Happy Quilting patterns and I just love making it.  It really is a fun pattern to make and uses my Modified Drunkard Path Templates.  And yes, It is curved piecing, but it truly is not as difficult as we make it out to be in our heads.  I have a step by step tutorial here for using these templates, and it only takes a few blocks practice to really get the hang of it ;)  This is the queen size version, and it finishes at 95" x 95".  

These fabrics are Painted Meadow by Robin Pickens for Moda Fabrics.  The line is a few years old, as I was originally making this for a Charity Quilt to auction off at UQSM but then good ol Covid hit, and the retreat got cancelled.  Now that it is all done, I think I will find another Charity event to donate it to.  It's just such a pretty quilt, and I feel like that was it's intended purpose to start, and should be it's finish as well ;)   

And even though I quilted it all today, I still wanted to do custom quilting on this!!!  It took a little longer, but was totally worth it.   I used my original Nordic Nights quilting plan as a jumping off point, and then altered it to make it a little faster ;)   Still pretty feathers in the background, but I quilted them all in one direction and then changed the block centers to wavy lines to highlight the star.   Then all over paisleys in the blocks, but I just used a nice pink thread that matched with all the colors ;)  I just love the way it turned out, and still got it done in time for HQM this week!!!  Wouldn't want to miss the deadline with only 1 more to go :)  

 And truly, I am just thrilled that this quilt is done!!!!  I was saving it towards the end because I really wanted to quilt it up fancy, and I am so glad that even with a time crunch, I still did it up pretty fancy.   I am just so happy to have another version of my Nordic Nights quilt and I excited to find out where it can do some good.  

And that is Quilt #25 - Nordic Nights ;)  25 Down and only 1 more quilt to go in the Happy Quilting Marathon :)   Oh my goodness, so, so, so close!!!  

And that is it for today, thanks for popping in to share this finish with me!!! 

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!

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