Thursday, February 28, 2013

Easter Bunny Blog Hop

Next week Melissa at Lilac Lane will be hosting an Easter Bunny Blog Hop, and I get to be one of the bloggers participating in it.  So excited!!!   The hop is all about Easter goodies and there will be giveaways going on as well.  Here's the line up!!

Monday, 3/4      Melissa from Lilac Lane with a patchwork bunny
Tuesday, 3/5      Nanette from Freda's Hive with Easter Egg Cups Table Runner

                          Caroline from Sew Can She with Bunny Treat Bag
Wednesday, 3/6 Sabra from Sew a Straight Line
                          Clara from Clover and Violet with an Easter Basket/ lunch bag
Thursday, 3/7    Megan from Quilt Story with a bunny shirt and skirt
                          Jenny from Sew Pretty Dresses with a quiet book
Friday 3/8         Melissa (that's me) from Happy Quilting with an Easter bunting
                          Robin from Create Kids Couture with a Girl's Patchwork Skirt 



Each project will be made using a charm pack (5" squares) of Happy Ever After by Sandra Workman for Riley Blake. This is such a fun spring line and I am so excited to see projects made using just a charm pack.  I mean, who doesn't have a charm pack lying around :)

So be sure to pop on over to Lilac Lane on Monday and follow along each day to get lots of adorable Easter Sewing Goodness!!  



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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I Missed This and It's a Him!!

While I loved  my vacation, It was wonderful to get back to my children and home.  It was also wonderful to get back to what my husband has deemed "my 6th child, Bernina".  I spent most of Monday unpacking and catching up.  But come Tuesday naptime, I was so excited to run down to my sewing room and break open these lovelies!!


Out came the rotary cutter, and then I flew through some piecing and even got some quilting started.  I can just show a tiny peek as this is one of those secret projects :)   It felt fantastic to be sewing again.  Sometimes it is fun to take a little break, just to remember, once again, how much I love, love, love quilting!!


I also got some fabulous news upon my return!!  My twin Sister is expecting her second child and she just found out that it is a boy!!  Yippee Skippee!!  Her first baby, little Nancy, received Snuggly Squares and it is hanging above her bed.


This new little arrival will be sharing a room with his big sister so he needs a semi matchy quilt.  And wouldn't you know it, I have been saving some fat quarters of Pure that I picked up from Sweetwater when they were clearing out their remnants.  I have always loved this line and am so excited that it will go perfect with Snuggly Squares but still be all boy!!  

Now to decide on a pattern.  I think I want to keep it squares but change it up a bit.  Luckily for me, the wee one isn't slated to arrive for a while, which is nice because I have a few more of those deadline projects to finish first.  But it sure is going to be fun to have this one in the back of my mind pondering over ideas :)
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Aloha

So can you guess where I have been from that title??  Yup, I just got back from the beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii!!  My husband had a conference there last week and I was all for tagging along.  So for the last 9 days we have been  . . .


Walking along beautiful endless beaches.  The beaches really weren't that busy and so we enjoyed a daily walk in the morning or evening pretty much to ourselves.


Playing in the water.  We actually saw 2 sea turtles while snorkeling.  My husband wanted to swim closer to them but I admit, I chickened out and started backpedaling.  They are big!!


Chasing the waves on the black sand beach.  They call it black sand, but it is more like little black pebbles.  They felt really cool on your feet.  

Enjoying the tropical views while bombing around the island in this!!  Seriously, you can see so much with the top down that you would miss otherwise.  It is absolutely stunning to be able to see everything above you while driving through the super lush part of the island.

Hiking to lots of hidden water falls.  Some of the hikes were a little crazy and a bit more difficult that I was expecting, but they were all totally worth it.  The green is just so beautiful and the natural pools are so clear!



Rock hopping on the volcanic rock that made up some of the shore lines.  These were incredible, especially with the waves constantly crashing and spraying.

Exploring the island.  On one exploration we finally found this blowhole.  It was quite the trek and the winds were blowing at 40 mph.  Major crazy rock scaling, but oh so much fun!!

(And ya, we got a little to close to the blowhole :)

Watching the water.  I could watch the movement and color for hours.  It is so incredibly beautiful   So many shades of blue moving in and out and the sound of the waves crashing over and over.   In a word, Stunning!!



And finally, enjoying some absolutely stunning sunsets!!  I looked forward to this time every evening!


All in all . . . It was an absolutely wonderful getaway for my husband and I.  I feel like one of the luckiest gals around! (Yup, had to add the sappy photo at the end :) 

Thanks for indulging me in my little trip recap.  We took over 200 pictures so it was hard to narrow them down.  So how about some fabric!!!  I was so excited to find this Hawaiian fabric shop.  (Husband not so much, but he endured :)  


Rows and Rows of beautiful Hawaiian print bolts!!  I love all of the beautiful bright colors!!


And . . . I even got to take a little class on Hawaiian quilting.  I forgot to take any pictures during the class, but this is the general gist of what we were doing.  It is all hand quilting of turned applique.  It was major intense hand quilting.  I don't see myself making a Hawaiian quilt anytime soon (we all know I am not such a fan of hand quilting ;) but it was so much fun to learn how it is done!

So now it's time to get back into the swing of things.  I think Mother Nature is trying to help us get used to Utah again as it is snowing outside :)  Gotta love it!!

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Starburst Quilt Back

Well, I decided that my Starburst Quilt is going to be quilted via a Long Arm.  And, I figured, why not turn it into a little girls day out!  So come Monday, my Mom, my Mother-In-Law and I will be cruising on down the I-15 to have a little date at Let's Quilt!!  Oh, I am so excited for another Long-Arm Adventure!!  I have absolutely fallen in love with working on those large machines!!   Both my Mom and my MIL have never quilted a quilt using a long-arm and they are so excited!!  We are guaranteed to have lot's of fun and I will try to remember to take pictures :)



So anyhow, in order to quilt this up . . . I need a quilt back!   I pulled some fabrics from the good ole stash in orange, pink, and black to match the top :)  I just love the look of a pieced quilt back.  They are always just so much fun!!



Have a Happy Quilting Weekend and I will catch up on Monday evening with all of the fun from the Girls Quilt Day Outing :)
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Virtual Quilt Bee

So have you heard about Amy's Smart's new Virtual Quilt Bee???  I love Amy!!  She is the nicest person in the whole world, and I am being totally serious.  I met Amy at the first Sewing Summit and we became fast friends.  So of course I was all, "Uh Yes a million times over" when she asked me to be a designer for the bee :)



The Virtual Bee will be a lot like a Block of the Month except it will be every other week.  And each post will be done by a new designer who will be hosting a tutorial for an 8" block.  The cool part is that the block will be done in 2 ways.   One block will have a  traditional feel using the incredibly fun Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille and One block with more of a modern flair using a monochromatic color palette of Kona Solids!!

  

This Bee is going to be super casual, allowing participants to do as much or as little as they feel up to.  You can read all about it here.  So whether you want to jump on board or just watch from the side lines you should check it out!!  We are going to have so much fun :)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hugs Before Kisses - A MBS Quilt Tutorial


Okay, so I have been hinting for the last week or so about this tutorial and today is finally the day!!  Introducing . . . Hugs Before Kisses my newest  Moda Bake Shop Tutorial !!  


X's and O's are my favorite part of Valentine's day!! (Yes, I know it is past Valentine's day, but I figured we can celebrate love for a whole month :)  When I was a kid, my Grandparents used to send me presents with XOXO written on the card or in the front of the book.  Those far away hugs and kisses have always meant so much to me.  So around this time of year, I always have a desire to figure out some design that I can tie X and O into :)  This years happened to be a twist on a basic lattice quilt.


The quilt measures 72" x 72", just the perfect size for you and someone special to snuggle up in :)  It is made using a Honey Honey by Kate Spain jelly roll and some Bella Solid.  It really is a fun quilt to put together and is very beginner friendly.  Don't you just love how those lattice strips blend together framing out the O's :)  So fun!!!


And since this quilt is all about love, I decided to quilt it up with fun hearts and loops.  This was my first time trying this out and it was super slick!!  The motion is very relaxing, easy to pick up, and a great way to give a dense look without taking all day to quilt.  I made a video tutorial of the FMQing that can be found in my Video Tutorial page, if your interested :)


So what do you say??  Do you like it??  Do you want to make your own version??  Well then pop on over to the Moda Bake Shop and check out the step by step free Hugs Before Kisses tutorial .  Oh,  And make sure you gets lots of Hugs and Kisses from whomever it is made for :)


I'm Linking up to Quilt Story :)
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Starburst Quilt-A-Long - Finishing

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Starburst Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of the $75.00 Gift Certificate grand prizes sponsored by The Intrepid Thread ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Once again, here is the schedule, but if you want to work ahead you can use the tutorial  just be sure to take pictures of your weekly assignments so you can link them up for weekly prizes :)

January 14 - Cutting Post
January 21 - Goose in the Corner and Half Square Triangles
January 28 - Flying Geese
February 4 - Building Blocks - At least 2
February 11 - Finish Blocks and Sashing
February 18 - Baste it, Quilt it, Bind It
March 4 - Starburst Parade and Grand Prizes


Alright, We need a winner for last week's assignment!!

The Quilt Top winner who gets a Amy Butler Spots Charm Pack is  . . .#10 -Mary- Congrats :)



I am so excited for this week!!  This weeks assignment is to finish your quilt top!! I just love seeing it all come together!!    


LAST ASSIGNMENT - FINISH UP THOSE QUILTS

So basically, finishing a quilt consists of 3 steps.  Basting, Quilting, and Binding.  Which sounds so simple but is actually a rather large part of making the quilt.  If you are new to quilting, I thought you might find these three video's helpful.  They go over the basics of these three steps and the options available to you and will be this weeks "tutorials ".

BASTE IT



QUILT IT

BIND IT


Oh . . . and if you are stuck on what type of quilting to do, you can see my Free Motion Quilting Video Tutorials here.  Maybe one will help to spark an idea and show you how to do it :)

So once it's finished up then what???  Let's review!!!

GRAND PRIZE LINK UP

The Grand Prizes that you are hoping to be picked for is a  . .

A $75.00 Gift Certificate that you can spend as you like!!



In order to be eligible to win the Grand Prize you need to Link Up your completed quilt top (not quilted yet, just the quilt top) at the end of last weeks post that you can find here!  There is no linky this week to link up to :) You have until March 4th to get your quilt top sewn together and linked to be entered :)  

STARBURST QUILT-A-LONG PARADE

Now, as just mentioned, you only have to have your quilt top done to enter into the grand prize link up . . . but I wanted to encourage you to finish these quilts and not set the quilt top in a pile of "to be quilted" so . . . I am planning a little Parade for the 4th of March :)  The parade will be for quilted and bound Starburst Quilts!!  So, if you would like your quilt to be in the Parade, please send me an email (happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com)  with your favorite Starburst Quilt picture attached as well as the name you would like your photo listed with, where you are from, and a blog or flickr photostream link if applicable.  You can email me anytime from now until the morning of the 4th and I will get you added to the Parade!!!

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's finishes!!!  You can decide if you would like to add your finish picture to the Flickr group now or wait until after the parade to keep it a secret :)  Grand Prize winners will be announced on March 4th followed by an amazing parade filled with all of your beautiful quilts!!!  Can't wait!!!

So now what do you do??? 

 Baste, Quilt, and Bind!!

Then email me your finish by March 4!!!!   

Any questions??  Send them to happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Pre Quilt-Con Sneak Peek

Christa from the shop Christa Quilts! contacted me this last week asking if she could showcase my Refracted quilt in her Pre-Quilt-Con Sneak Peek.  Well of course I was totally honored and said yes in a second!!  So, if your like me, and can't attend Quilt-Con and want to see a little taste of the quilts in the show, pop on over to Christa's Blog and check it out!! (or if your going and want a few spoilers, you can pop over too :)


I still can't believe that my quilt will be hanging in a Quilt Show.  Ahhh!!  So exciting :) I am not expecting to win or anything, but I am just super excited that one of my quilts will be hanging with so many other quilters works of art.  It really is an awesome feeling to be part of a group that I admire so much!!
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Friday, February 15, 2013

A Beautiful Pillow for this Lucky Girl

Last December I was a super lucky girl!!  I won a very special prize during the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and it arrived this week after a little trip over the "pond"!!!  See what I mean by being so lucky . . .

Alison of Little Island Quilting made this beautiful pillow just for me.  Isn't it just fabulous!!  She asked us to give her three words to describe what type of pillow we would like.  I don't remember my words . . . but she sure interpreted them great!!    I love the colors, the design, the quilting!!  I love it all!!


  And look, she even finished it with an invisible zipper.  I wouldn't even begin to know how to do that!


This will be my beautiful pillow's new home.  This is Mom's chair, and it is only fitting it be adorned with this special pillow!!  Thank you a million times over Alison!!  You are the greatest!!


And one last thing.  Alison is having a bit of a hard time at the moment.  He stunning quilt that was sent to Quilt-Con has been lost in the mail.  So if you have a moment,  pop on over and write her a little something to help try and cheer her up.  I know it would mean a lot and I am sure we can all understand how hard this would be.  Here is hoping it get's found soon.



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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valantine's Day Tutorials


Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!!!!!

So last year at this time I was finishing up my first Blog Hop.  The Simply Charmed Blog Hop :)  It was so much fun.  Makes me realize I need to do another one some time. (You know, when I have a minute or 2)   I thought I would be fun to share the tutorials from the hop today.  I mean, after all, they are filled with lots of hearts and hugs and kisses :)



 Heather from Quilt Story with the Heart Garland Tutorial

 Melissa from Lilac Lane with the Be Mine Tote Tutorial

Angela from Cut to Pieces with the Pincushion Tutorial

 Natalia from Piece N Quilt with the Trio of Pillows Tutorial


 Corey from Little Miss Shabby with the Shabby Heart Pillow

Have a Happy Valentines Day and be sure to give an extra hug or kiss to the ones you love!!!

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