Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Breeze - My First Pattern!!!!!

I am so excited for today!!!  I have been looking forward to it for a little while now.  Today I release Summer Breeze, which just so happens to be my first "official pattern."  Yippee Skippee!!!!  I have to say that this process was such a wonderful experience!!  I loved writing a pattern, it was such a new and fun challenge and I am just so happy with the finished result.  So let me share it with you . . . .



You can purchase the pattern or the quilt kit that includes the pattern.  Both are being offered exclusively at Burgundy Buttons.  Leah is so amazing to put this all together and of course, she has it at amazing prices.


My friend that did my blog design also designed the cover for this pattern.  Isn't it just adorable :)  Thanks again Becca!!!  So that's my big reveal!!!  It's gonna be a Happy Quilting Day for me and I hope it is a Happy Quilting Day for you as well !!!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pictures of the Sewing Room . . . As Promised

I am so stinking excited to show these pictures.  My Mother-In-Law and I unpacked the sewing room on Thursday  My Mother started painting it on Friday, and I finished it up yesterday.  Can I just say that I LOVE IT!!!!!  Here it is, my new sewing room!!

This is Work Central.  The previous owners were kind enough to ask if I wanted this huge corner desk and I quickly said yes.  Isn't it just perfect.  So much space for pinning and so forth.  And storage drawers galore.  This is a vast, vast, upgrade from my last sewing desk.  And I just love the wood floors.  I can actually baste my quilts in the same room I sew them!!!  Now all I need is a rolley chair to spin around the room in.


Okay, So I thought I had a large stash, now I realize I just had a small storage space for that stash.  I told my husband that there is plenty of room to expand the stash now.  And even enough shelves to color code it.  I want my stash to look just like the Yankee Candle Store.  I am so excited!!


And on the other side of the room, oh yes, a mini kitchen.  This room was used as a lab by the previous owners.  It will now be perfect for popping up popcorn, or making hot chocolate.  Just a fun little touch to keep the kiddos happy while I don't have to stop sewing.  Oh, and did I mention, More Storage!!!


Here is where I envision a special little something.  I have mentioned to my wonderful Father-In-Law, who is such an amazing craftsman, about building me a cutting table that I have my mat built in to.  I would have it on wheels so I can just roll it out into the middle of the room and work all the way around it.  Ahhh!!!  Heaven to not have to go up to the dining room table anymore :)


And last, an ironing station.  I scoped out a new ironing board while shopping the other day and put it on my birthday wish list. (Here is hoping, it was $40, pricey for an ironing board but it is sweet!!) Oh and yes, this room happens to be right off my family room.  Perfect!!!  And the last thing I want to mention that I absolutely love about this sewing room is the color.  Don't you just love the purple!!!  Thanks Mom for picking it out.  Now I just need to make some adorable little wall quilts to match.  Maybe I will have to join the next doll quilt swap.  Any ideas as to when that is happening???


So that is the new sewing room!!!  I just can't wait to get down there and start busting out some projects.  I can't believe I haven't sewn for like 2 weeks.  Killer!!!  Oh, and check back tomorrow where I will reveal something that has been in the works for a little bit and I am SOOOOOOOO very excited about it.  I will give you  a hint, it is in the 3rd picture :)
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Guest Blogging at Sew We Quilt (aka Stash Manicure)

****EDIT to the EDIT -  The post is up now :)  You can go and check it out :)
Well it is time for another fun filled trip over to Sew We Quilt for me.  I was so excited to be asked to guest post there again.  I always have a great time and always find lots of new friends though guest blogging.

This time my guest blog is all about my little Slice and how it made applique go from a chore to a wonderful fun and exciting experience.  So click on over and check it out :)


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Why I LOVE OxyClean!!!

You might remember a while back I posted here about how my 2 year old had colored on one of my all time favorite white quilts with crayons and I asked for suggestions on how to get it out.  . . . .  Well several of you suggested OxiClean laundry stain remover.  And so I gave it a try and might I just say, it is now my most favorite laundry tool!!


Not only did it get the crayon out . . .  But, it has also gotten out some ink stains, some food spills, and this unfortunate training pants accident.  The training pants actually dyed some of the white area pink from the pink on the plastic.  OxyClean took it all out.


So I don't want to sound like an infomercial, but I do want to pass on the good advice that was given to me.  If you have a tough stain on a most beloved quilt, give it a try.  It saved me from a near hysteric breakdown :)
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Unpacking!!

I apoligize for this less than thrilling post with no pictures.  Just giving an update.   I am up to my elbows in boxes and packing paper.  The upstairs is just about done and then I can refocus on the downstaris.  The important part of that being my new sewing room!!!  I can't wait to open up those boxes and spread my fabric out.  There is going to be so much storage. Much, much, much more than I had in the old place.  Mostly, I just can't wait to unpack my sewing machine.  I miss it!!

I promise to take some pictures when I get it set up :)  (And when I find the camera, tee hee hee)  So that is the goal for the next few days.  Get the house unpacked, with high priority on the Sewing Room!!!
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Monday, June 20, 2011

1000 and a Winner :)

Yippee Skipee!!!  Happy Quilting broke 1000 followers!!!  Do a happy, happy, joy, joy dance!!!!!  I have to say, I am just blown away at how fast Happy Quilting is growing.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of you out there that have helped to make this milestone possible.  I am just tickled pink!!

And, today is also the day to announce the winner of the Sew Obssesed Sponsor Giveaway . . . .Sooooooo



Mr. Random. Org choose  . . . . .



Kylie 56 said...
I like the Folk Life by Anthology Fat Quarter Bundle, my mom's birthday is coming up and it's just her style.


Congrats Kylie!!!  I have sent you an email to get your address :)

And thank you again, to all of you, that make Happy Quilting such a Happy place to visit :)
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Friday, June 17, 2011

3-D Sewing

*** Note - If you are looking for the Sew Obsessed Sponsored Giveaway you will find it here :)

Let me start by saying I am not much of a 3-D seamstress.  Anything that isn't sewn completely flat tends to intimidate me.  My 3-D sewing mostly consists of some Halloween costumes, some pj's, some dress-ups and a few bags.  But nothing that really needs to look all that great when it is finished.  I have always been okay with this but every Easter and Christmas there is a small part of me that wishes my girls could have the cute matchy-matchy dresses that I made for them.

So, when I saw this beautiful taffeta (which is more green then the picture shows) with the felt damask print at the store yesterday (in the clearance section no less) I thought "Oh my goodness, wouldn't that make just the most beautiful Christmas dresses for my girls this year", which was quickly followed by "But there is no way you could get that turned into beautiful Christmas dresses."  So I put the bolt back and continued to browse through the other bolts.

Then it hit me that I was at the store with my amazing Mother-In-Law, who happens to be one of the most amazing seamstresses I know, and who know lives 2 doors down from me!!!!  Hallelujah!!!  I grabbed the bolt from the stack and ran over to where said seamstress was browsing and told her my crazy idea to make Christmas Dresses out of this beautiful fabric.  In a few minutes measurements were figured, yardage was calculated  and this beautiful, stunning, fabric was in my cart.   And I am so happy and not worried one bit about taking on such a big task (for me) because I know I will have a pro right by my side.  Thanks Mom!!!

And the best part of it all was seeing my 5 year old's face when I showed her the material.  She rubbed it, and petted it, and danced around with it wrapped around her waist.  She is such a little princess.  So stay tuned for when I show you my first attempt at some primo quality 3-D Sewing :)


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sponsor Giveaway : Sew Obsessed

It's a giveaway kind of day!!!  Today, the brand new Sew Obsessed shop is sponsoring our giveaway.   you might remember when I posted about their grand opening here :)  If you haven't checked them out yet, now is totally the time to do it!!



You can find their Online Shop here :)  Their Website here :)  And their personal blog here :)

And as a special treat for Happy Quilting Readers . . .  Annie has offered you all  a 15% discount on your order!!!!  Just use the coupon code HAPPY at checkout!! The coupon code will be valid until the 20th.   Isn't that awesome!!  So click on over and find your favorite prints.

Believe me, it won't be hard to find some favorites!!!!!  Here are some of my current favs :)



On to the giveaway.  How you you like to win this lovely stack of Urban Chicks Fat Quarters from their Dream On line!!  I figured you would like that :)


The Nitty Gritty . . .   You have three chance to win, and please, leave a separate comment for each (for a total of 3 comments max :) If you leave one saying I did it all, Mr. Random.Org will only count it for one.

1 - Be a follower of Happy Quilting or become one and leave any old comment.   Meaning I am a tired of reading "I am a follower" comments so feel free to be creative, make me smile, the sky is the limit.  (as long as it is clean :)  

2 - Visit Sew Obsessed and find your favorite item and then leave a comment here.  Just leave a comment telling me what item you found at Sew Obsessed that you just love.  I am very interested to see what everyone likes.

3 - Alert the Media - Post on facebook, twitter, or your blog about this giveaway.  Leave a comment saying where you posted and a link to that post :)  You can post on all 3 sites but it only gets you one entry, but the giveaway fairy will smile down on you :)




So that's it :) The giveaway will close on Monday the 20th at 5:00 EST and I will announce a winner shortly after.   Good Luck to all and Happy Quilting!!!
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Utah!!!!!!

We made it and everyone is still in one piece!!! Actually, the trip went very smoothly. The airports were great, so many kind people offered help, and the kids behaved way beyond what I expected.  I might even go as far to say that they were pretty close to little angles. (minus one or two incidents :)

So thank you for all your well wishes, and good luck's.  They were so appreciated and apparently they worked as well :) 

Wishing you all a Happy Quilting Day from my new home in Utah!!!

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Winner!!!

So I was not suppose to have internet this morning but I am grateful they haven't shut it off yet.  In all of the crazy loading the truck yesterday I forgot to announce a winner.  So . . .   Here it is!!!



The winner of the Pat Bravo Nature Elements Fat Quarter Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop is . . . .





Stray Stitches 94said...

I have included your giveaway in my blog today:
http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2011/06/block-and-another-start.html
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Teachers Gifts - Check

*** NOTE - If you are looking for the Fat Quarter Shop Sponsor Giveaway of Pat Bravo Nature Elements Fat Quarter Bundle you will find it by clicking here :)


Teacher's gifts are done.  I was reminded of how difficult it can be to let your children do the project while you just "help".  I always want to just take over so that I know it will be finished to my standard.  I have to keep telling myself to let go because it means more for them to do it than for it to look perfect.  Ah, good times :)


In the end, with some "help" from mom, I think they turned out really good and I hope their teacher's just love them :)  I especially love the pictures the kids did :)


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WIP Wednesday - The last South Bend Edition :)

*** NOTE - If you are looking for the Fat Quarter Shop Sponsor Giveaway of Pat Bravo Nature Elements Fat Quarter Bundle you will find it by clicking here :)



I am happy to say, that I am "on schedule" for my WIP to be completed in South Bend.  (Which is good as I am moving this weekend :)  I have been going crazy gang busters to get everything squared away so I am pretty excited to have it all almost all done :)


After 7-8ish hours of quilting yesterday, I can say I am almost done with this project.  Ya, I am showing the back as I can't show the front yet :)  All that is left is to bind it (today's project) and then it moves from WIP to Completed, Yippee Skippee!!!



I went for a flower, leaf, and swirl pattern.  I did it in a rather small size, especially compared to the size of the quilt :)  (75 x 75).  So ya, my shoulders are a little sore this morning :)



Yesterday we got about half way finished with Teacher's gifts :)  We plan to finish them when the kids get home from school and hopefully I will be able post the completions tomorrow.  


And that is it for the South Bend WIP!!!!   Yippee Skippee!!!  


So now, it's on to thinking about Cedar City WIP's - I won't have my sewing machine for a few weeks as it will be on the moving truck (this very well might kill me :)  So my first WIP will be to get my new sewing room painted and ready to welcome all of its lovely fabric goodness home.  This is the color I choose, What do you think??





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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sew Mama Sew - Game Time Picnic Quilt

*** NOTE - If you are looking for the Fat Quarter Shop Sponsor Giveaway of Pat Bravo Nature Elements Fat Quarter Bundle you will find it by clicking here :)

Okay, So I have been so excited to post about this!!  I am being featured on Sew Mama Sew!!!  Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!!  For their Summer Sewing series I made up a little tutorial for a Game Time Picnic Quilt.  You remember those adorable 30's prints??  Well here they are!!


This quilt doubles as a checker / chess board.  The little pieces are so cute.  I had so much fun doing the applique for the chess pieces.  And there is also a part in the tutorial to make a cute little travel bag for all of those cute little pieces :)


And when you are done playing games, you can just lounge around and enjoy the summer sun :)


So if you just love this idea and want to make one of your own, click  on over to Sew Mama Sew for my step -by-step tutorial.  Oh, and they also happen to be doing a summer giveaway with great prizes, so if you click on over and leave a comment on the tutorial you will have a chance to win :)


Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, June 6, 2011

The Fat Quarter Shop and Sponsor Giveaway!!!

I am so excited to introduce Happy Quilting's Newest Sponsor!!!  It's The Fat Quarter Shop!!!!!! Thank you so much to Kimberly Jolly and crew for being the newest part of Happy Quilting!! 


 Now if you haven't heard of The Fat Quarter Shop, you very well might be living under a rock :)  But seriously, The Fat Quarter Shop is amazing!!! 




The Fat Quarter Shop selection is phenomenal.  They carry over 20 different manufactures lines.  Ya, so basically, if you are looking for it, you will find it there.   Fat Quarter Shop has excellent customer service and with guaranteed same day shipping, you know your order will arrive asap.  (Which is always nice when you happen to be waiting on that last bit of fabric to finish up a project :)

You can always find the newest lines in their What's New section.  And of course, where they are always making room for those newest lines, you can always find pages and pages of great Sale items.  I love a good sale!!!!

The Fat Quarter Shop also has so much more to offer than their amazing fabric selection.  You will find tons of Block of the Month kits, Patterns galore, Magazine kits, Books, Quilt Clubs, Notions, Thread, Ribbon . . .  The list goes on and on!!!

And to keep up to date on all the latest Fat Quarter Shop goodness, you can follow The Jolly Jabber.  The official blog of the Fat Quarter Shop.  Kimberly blogs over there and always has super fun posts including the 3 for Me and Designer Tidbits segments.  I love them!!!



 And, last but certainly not least . . . .  as part of their introduction, The Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a fantastic giveaway!!!  How would you like to get your hands on an entire fat quarter bundle of Patricia Bravo's Nature Elements!!!!  Oh, the possibilities for these beautiful prints are endless!!!


You have three chances to win, and please, leave a separate comment for each (for a total of 3 comments max :)  (If you leave one saying I did it all, Mr. Random.Org will only count it for one)  


1 - Be a follower of Happy Quilting or become one and leave a comment. 


2 - Be a Follower The Jolly Jabber  or become one and leave a comment.


3 - Alert the Media - Post on facebook, twitter, or your blog about this giveaway.  Leave a comment saying where you posted and a link to that post :)  You can post on all 3 sites but it only gets you one entry, but the giveaway fairy will smile down on you :)

So that's it :) The giveaway will close on Friday the 10th at 5:00 EST and I will announce a winner shortly after.   Good Luck to all and Happy Quilting!!!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Moving

I don't know if I have mentioned it here before, but we are getting ready to move across the country one last time.   My husband is finishing here at the end of June and we are moving back West to Cedar City, Utah!!!  I am so excited. .  My husband grew up there and I went to college there.  We both just love it and I can't believe after 10 years of waiting, we are a week away from moving to what has always been home in our hearts!!  The kids and I are going back 2 weeks early to get things set up.  And yes, I will be flying 5 months pregnant with 4 kids, I hope we all make it in one piece :)

So I have one week until I move!!  Crazy!!!  Because of this, I thought I would mention, if my posts seem a little more chaotic than usual, understand that things are a little crazy around here.  Never fear though, there will still be lots from Happy Quilting!!  In fact, I have 2 big posts planned for next week and I can't wait for them!!!  (But I will, so you will have to as well :)

And just to give you a little taste of the craziness that is our house, while preparing for a showing yesterday (I really hope someone buys our house soon :)  I came upstairs to find this.  Talk about a guilty face.  Oh yes, that is mascara.



Sometimes I wonder how our house is still in one piece :)  Thank heavens for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers!!!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight!

So ya know how there are always amazing deals going on and sometimes it is just hard to keep track of them all.  Enter my Sponsor Spotlight section.  See, over there on the right hand column, just under the buttons of where you can find me, well that is my newest addition to the blog.  Here, I will list all of the sales, giveaways, and general good timely info to know about my wonderful sponsors.  Just wanted to let you all know :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Improv. Quilt Back Complete

Well that is one thing more I can cross of my "to do" sewing list, Yippee Skippee!!  So what did I think of Improv. piecing. . . .   Well, I have to admit, it was a little hard for me.  I kept finding myself wanting to layout a design.  I would piece together a few pieces and then start laying it out again to make a pattern.  I had to keep scooping it up in a pile and telling myself to stop cheating :)

I didn't do anything to crazy.   Mostly I did some random horizontal lines and then cut them up to add some vertical lines.  I really like the way it turned out (sorry for the lousy picture).  It fits the project perfect and by the end of the process I was really starting to have fun.  It was a blast to be surprised by the look that just kept changing.  I think I will for sure be doing this again in the future.

My favorite thing about this type of piecing . . . It used about every little scrap I had leftover from the top.  I had to grab some white out of my stash to make the project large enough, which I was really excited for.  It has cute little dragonflies on it in all different colors and frames the randomness.  I think it was the perfect finish :)

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