QM Staff Inventory: I Love Happy; Giveaway!

Almost from the first moment I started quilting, I realized it was good for my soul. I love that it makes me smile and I really love it when I see some fabric or a quilt and I catch my breath or laugh out loud. That’s what quilting is all about for me – making me happy.

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I designed the 2014 QM Series Quilt, Love Blooms Here.

pinit fg en rect gray 20 QM Staff Inventory: I Love Happy; Giveaway! I make and design quilts all across the board – piecing, applique, stitchery and wool applique. But my favorite is combining them. This quilt hangs in my sewing room, and I just love it.

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I’m sure you have seen those little animal soap holders. Where its mouth is wide open to hold soap or a little scrubbie? When my daughter painted a frog and gave it to me as a gift, I knew I had to make a quilt. What can be happier than 4 happy frogs? And seriously, LOVE the striped binding.

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Got Flies? Quiltmaker May/June ’14


Rolling along with the Happy 4′s, I designed this quilt for Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fall ’12. I was like a kid in a candy store while designing this quilt – it was ridiculously fun figuring out what do with all those ears.

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Peek-a-Boo Bunnies, Quilts From 100 Blocks, Fall ’12


And speaking of ears, this little quilt is one of my all-time favorites. I first fell in love with the fabrics, and knew I wanted to applique something wooly in the center. Then I found that awesome pink check at a quilt show – had to buy a yard of course – just to make sure I had enough – and the idea of a pink bunny was born. I love, love love her. She makes me happy!

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Wool Bunny


When I saw this Christmas line Candy Cane Angels by Lynette Anderson, I knew I had to design something with that fabric. (I have 6, yes 6 ongoing projects projects designed by Lynette going on right now. Yes, seriously, I do. She’s kind of my hero.) Of course it had to have wool applique, and I love the little bitty blocks in the border. I made this quilt for my best friend, so I thought of her the whole time I was making it. Making a quilt for someone you love is about the best thing in the world, I think. And it made her very happy. (Me too!) You’ll find it in QM’s Nov/Dec ’13 issue.

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Christmas Tweet, Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’13


When I was very young my grandma and my mom taught me how to embroider. I’m pretty sure they did it in hopes that I would sit still for 5 minutes. I didn’t learn to sit still, but I was intrigued enough to play around with it. Once I learned that you can embroider on more than just dish towels (remember those happy kitties-of-the-day, or the dancing frying pan and salt and pepper shakers?) I was off and running.

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Seasons Redwork

Stitching absolutely feeds my soul and makes me happy. This little quilt just sings to me. I designed it as a free block-of-the-month on my old blog, and I must have stitched it in 6 different colorways. I love, love love it. Adding embroidery to quilts is like adding frosting to a cupcake.

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Home Sweet Home


And adding wool applique to a quilt? It’s the cherry on top of the frosting on top of the cupcake.

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Winter World from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 8


I love that quilting can be so many things to so many people. It’s creative, soothing, adventurous, fun, bonding, inspiring and fulfilling. It touches our hearts and feeds our soul. And, yes, it makes us happy!

It’s a Quilt Happy giveaway! We have a fun bundle of books, fabric, perle cotton and thread for one lucky reader.

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Leave a comment for your chance to win this happy bundle!

For your chance to win, please leave a comment below before midnight Saturday, April 5. We’ll choose winners and post them here next week. Quilt Happy!

Elizabeth Lee has been chosen as our ‘I Love Happy Giveaway’ winner and has been notified by email. Thank you all for your wonderful comments on Paula’s post!


About Paula

I'm an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker in Golden, CO. I've been quilting for 18 years, including teaching, long arm quilting, designing, and stash building. I also love to read, run, stitch, play with my boston terrier and spend time with my family.
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594 Responses to QM Staff Inventory: I Love Happy; Giveaway!

  1. New to your blog. Stumbled upon it browsing the web. Keep up the great work. I am hoping you update it regularly.

  2. Doug R says:

    Quilting for others makes me happy!!! I love happy! It can’t help but make one smile. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Dana C says:

    Great Quilts – the bunny is wonderful.

  4. Diana Williams says:

    Love your happy designs!

  5. Cheryl Leabo says:

    LOVE that adorable pink wool bunny! Too precious for words.

  6. Chris Casey says:

    I’ve typed and entered 6 posts but the website rejects all of them I’m very frustrated !

  7. Chris Casey says:

    I LOVE stitching and quilting too! Thanks for the sweet designs!

  8. Chris Casey says:

    Stitching and quilting make me smile, too. Your sweet designs just hit me right in the heart and make me VERY happy!

  9. Making Quilts of Valor for our Veterans keeps me very happy. I love trying new patterns and using different fabrics, so I don’t get bored. Since I made 83 QOV’s last year, I get to try a lot!

  10. Joni says:

    I love the bunny quilts! So cute!

  11. Rose Cameron says:

    Even my husband knows that when I am in my sewing room, I am in my “happy place”! Of course when I am in a fabric store, or shopping for fabric and notions online, I am also there.

  12. Janet says:

    I love stitching, whether on the machine or by hand. It calms me and gives such satisfaction. I love the tactile feeling of fibers and the beauty the give when put together in a new way. I often find, I have an idea of what I want to do and while creating, find the project takes on it’s own life and finishes in a whole new way. I love it!

  13. Ann Tascone says:

    I know what you mean about quilting making you happy, but for me it was more than that. I have sewn my whole life…with my mom and later as work, community service, kids play, home dec, you name it. But after the kids were grown, I bought an old machine that was designed just for quilting, and planned to quilt with my mom. She went into the hospital the day I got the machine, and died there several weeks later. My machine sat in the corner for two years, until I walked into a quilt shop one day and signed up for a class. As I stitched the pieces of my quilt, I began to breathe again…for the first time since losing my mom I felt alive. Now I happily sit and sew and relive fun times from my past while living very much in the present…teaching quilting and sharing the joy.

  14. Melissa says:

    As a beginner quilter, I would love the opportunity to try some different thread and win these wonderful books!

  15. Nancy Angerer says:

    I started sewing when I was 8 years old — almost 64 years ago. This past summer we moved from Illinois to Alabama, and our new home had to have space for a sewing room. That is were I can usually be found.

  16. Connie Cain says:

    Love the Got Flies quilt with the open mouth frogs! Too cute, in fact all the quilts are awesome. Making quilts for granddaughters, the flowers are perfect. :)

  17. Priscilla Knights says:

    I have found my dream. I’ve always loved colors and thought how nice it would be to really be able to sew so this past winter I decided I was going to teach myself how. I’ve watched videos on sewing sites, studied pattern magazines, and used my seam ripper until we’re best friends. My heart and my hands are happy now that I am able to realize my dream.

  18. Ann Woodroe says:

    Love the peek-a-boo bunnies

  19. Shirley Burnham says:

    I love those bunnies peeking out of the blocks. I’ve done the redwork of the months.

  20. Barbara Pricola says:

    I love your bunny quilt!

  21. Barb in MI says:

    Yes, you say it so perfectly: quilting does make me happy and it feeds my soul. And you end up with a beautiful handcrafted project to keep or give away. Thank you!

  22. bamadog1 says:

    Love the frogs; can’t wait to try them. I quilt weekly with a quilting ministry at a local church and this would be a fantastic pattern for children & teens. We send quilts all over the world.

  23. Marilyn Logan says:

    What a cheery package of gifts. Really matches the weather today which is warm and sunny for a change. I love the fabric.

  24. Debbie Arbuckle says:

    this would be such a great benefit for a group I help with — all the quilts they make are sold to raise money for missions

  25. Pat Selby says:

    I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl with my grandmother and my mother. And knitting. I love to quilt. Would love to win this package. Love the colors.

  26. Mary Messersmith says:

    I love the cheery sweet color and design of your quilts, and I would love to win! Thanks

  27. Jeanette DeBruler says:

    My Mom & Grandmother taught me how to sew … . . .BUT Quilting and giving away Blankets is my h appy time ! ! ! ” That pink bunny” is going into a crib quilt SO CUTE ! Thanks for the chance to WIN! ! ! That Happy Bundle would make me VERY HAPPY ! ! Thanks Again.

  28. Cher says:

    Quilting is my happy place too. It SOOO helped me through a very difficult patch of life a number if years ago and I love doing bright, happy colors and designs. I’m retiring soon and can’t wait to let my imagination SOAR! Thanks so much for the wonderful HAPPY inspiration.

  29. Patty Cecil says:

    I just love your bunnies!!!! :) I want to make them all!!! Sooooooooo cute!!! :)

  30. Patty Cecil says:

    I just fell in love with your bunnies!!! Sooooooooo cute!! :)
    I would love to make them all! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to enter to WIN!!!!!!!! :) ec

  31. Barbara says:

    How sweet those bunnies look. Welcome spring !

  32. Diane says:

    So many beautiful quilts! I love the redwork and the love blooms here and the bunnies! Makes me want to start picking out fabrics! I love to see the look on the face of the person receiving the finished quilt, when I can part with them. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  33. Marilyn Higgins says:

    I love the bunnies, thanks!

  34. I began quilting before I learned to ride a bike. 40 years later, it still is my private place to think, create and dream. I enjoy creating quilts to help others deal with major life changes and have something new to hold on to when they lose loved ones or to help them carry their dreams on to new beginnings. While recycling old clothes keeps me busy for others, these bright colors and applique patterns bring joy and peace to my own sewing room. Thank you for sharing them with us!

  35. Sonia Afanador says:

    Love the bunny quilt. Thanks for the chance to enter the contest.

  36. Dewi says:

    I love the snowman quilt..its cute!

  37. oh your quilts shown here are beautiful and fun!!!! fingers are crossed for a win!! thank you.

  38. Lisa Shively says:

    Love the frogs and the bunny! Thanks for the chance to win.

  39. Janet says:

    What a fun giveaway! I feel the same way – from the moment I started, I loved quilting! Still do, 15+ years later. I am fiercely protective of my quilting Saturdays, and sad that that’s all I can manage.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. Mary-Jo Landers says:

    Love to applique it is so easy and looks difficult and really adds so much to the quilt!

  41. Andrea H. says:

    Love this!

  42. Andrea H. says:

    I love the bunny!

  43. Appliques are the most fun. Love cutting them out watching my favorite sports.

  44. All the appliques are something I want to do. It is a great way to use scraps.

  45. Judith Nichols says:

    Thanks for sharing your happy quilts.

  46. I love these quilts, they make me smile.

  47. Loriann says:

    I love all the Bunnies! Very cute.

  48. Darlene Krystal says:

    I love the Snowman and the Bird blocks….those two would be great for a wallhanging for xmas……love the color choices and the applique…..

  49. Susanne Tolley says:

    I love the little bunny block, when my grand-daughter seen it she fell in love with it and ask Meme can you please make me one. It is a wonderful feeling when you can spread happiness with a quilt, when you can see the joy in the eyes of the receiver. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  50. Janet says:

    I love bunnies! The next best thing is a cuddly bunny quilt.

  51. Laro says:

    I love the bunny quilts. I made the Peek-A-Boo bunnies for my great niece. Now after seeing the wool bunny, I HAVE to make this one too!

  52. Rosemary Hop says:

    With 9 grandchildren under the teenage years, I could make them very happy as well as myself. I am a fabriholic, but not much of a start from scratch designer. I would so love to have these books, etc. to put smiles on the faces of Aleena, Noreen, Chloe, Lincoln, Ella, Molly, Basim, David and Sophia, ages 9 mo. to 12 yrs!

  53. Linda Barnes says:

    I LOVE these cute and happy quilts, especially Love Blooms. They all make me smile and we all need that

  54. barbara woods says:

    Love those happy quilts thanks

  55. Loretta Yerbich Aymond says:

    I have always said that Quilting was my therapy. I agree it makes me smile, especially when I am working on a quilt for someone that I care about. Also when it is one that I design and I work through a particularly difficult problem to get it to look just the way I want it makes me feel a sense of pride. I truly love your Wool Bunny and the Seasons Redwork quilts!!

  56. Lorena Schwab says:

    My Grandmother pieced quilts and had someone else them for her or she machine quilted them. When people say machine quilting is new I like to show them my big brother’s machine quilted baby quilt which is now 74 years old. But unfortunately I never got to sew with her.

  57. Barbara DeMir says:

    The more I quilt the more I see I want to quilt – So many beautiful patterns and materials, don’t know which one to start first! Will need to live a very long time in order to do every one I want to do. Just keep adding to my to do list. The more I quilt and give away to those in need makes me happier.

  58. SueAnn Wirick says:

    I love quilting because it a creative outlet. I don’t have a Granny or Aunt who quilted so I’m our families 1st generation quilter and I really love watching the faces of those who receive my gifts of a part of me…

  59. Renea says:

    My time spent quilting is my favorite part of every day. If I don’t get a chance to quilt for even just a few minutes a day I feel as if something is missing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  60. Cindy says:

    Right now, quilting gives a purpose to my life. Due to health reasons, I’m unable to work. I can quilt though, and do so for about 4 hours a day. It is a way to schedule my day, a way to show that I’ve done something with my day, with the added plus that it makes me feel happy and fulfilled.

  61. Joan Moriarty says:

    Quilting is my quiet time. Just my time. I don’t even need music or t.v.! I find myself lost in what I am doing—a sort of meditation. Who could give that up? I love the fun and whimsy of Paula’s quilts and yes, do they bring a smile to one’s face. absolutely!!!

  62. Lily Kamikihara says:

    Quilting makes me happy so I try to quilt everyday. If I get too busy with other things and don’t get to sew, it feels like there’s something missing. Luckily looking through quilt magazines or watching a quilting tutorial on the web can perk me up.

  63. Terry says:

    I love being creative and quilting is perfect for that!!!

  64. Debbie Reber says:

    Would love to win the happy bundle! Thanks for the giveaway!

  65. Deb says:

    I like the Christmas Tweet!

  66. Reta Haube says:

    Sewing has been a part of my life almost as long as I can remember. For a long time the focus of my sewing was making clothes; first for myself and then for my children. I even made a wedding gown for each of my daughters. It wasn’t until I retired that the focus turned to quilting. I am blessed to be able to make many quilts for those in need of a little extra comfort.

  67. Reta Haube says:

    Sewing has been a part of my life almost as long as I can remember. I learned on a treadle machine and doing hand embroidery. I didn’t really get into quilting much until after I retired. In the past 14 years I have made many quilts most of which have been given away. These days my specialty is what I call comfort quilts which are made for those with cancer or other life threatening illnesses. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to do something I love for someone in need.

  68. Sarah Shell says:

    Quilting is a huge part of my life. I got hooked on wool applique a few years ago and now dye wool for a local quilt shop and teach wool applique classes. I love the wool patterns in Quiltmaker Magazine. The combination of wool on a pieced cotton background is my favorite way to express my creativity.

  69. Shelly Hawkins says:

    As a new “empty nester”, looking for something to keep me busy was a challenge. I always loved quilting and decided to try it. Almost a year later, here I am loving quilting and cannot get enough of it. I have requests from family all over requesting quilts. At the end of a fully of quilting I am happy, satisfied and feel free from stress. What more can I ask for?

  70. Pat says:

    Quilting also makes me happy. It has been my friend through many military moves and a constant through good and bad times. Got my copy of this issue today and love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. debbie siltala says:

    quilting is my “me time” . I learned early on that for me to be there for others, I also had to have time for me, otherwise I burn out, lol. I would love to win your great give-a-way. thanks for the opportunity.

  72. Evelyn Frankovich says:

    Quilting gives me an opportunity to share a worthy gift with my loved ones. As I cut, sew, and quilt, I keep a pad and pen nearby to jot down the thoughts , memories, & prayers for whomever will receive the quilt. After the quilt is made, I write a letter to that person, referring to my notes. The letter is then included with the quilt. My children & grandchildren say they cherish the letters as much as the quilt. This Quilt Happy Giveaway would help make a lovely quilt to give to someone special.

  73. connie from St. Louis says:

    Quilting is my creative outlet, it lets me play with fabrics of my choice and a pattern of my choice. I have gotten into working with wool applique on a cotton background, this is so easy. Lately, I have started doing redwork, I had forgotten how very relaxing this is, I can just prop my feet up in the recliner and stitch for hours. If I decide I need a change, that is when I go to the wool applique, always have one or the other going at all times. The prize is absolutely wonderful, would love to win and thank you so much for the opportunity to win.

  74. Christine Smith says:

    Quilting is my quiet time. It brings me to a serene, happy place. I would love to win the Quilt Happy Giveaway bundle. I would make a pretty little quilt for my baby granddaughter for her 1 year birthday in June. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  75. Brenda Lewis says:

    I have been quilting since 2007 and find it so relaxing and that it takes my mind off the stresses of work. I love Lynette Anderson’s quilts also and completed her Scandinavian Christmas quilt and I love it.! It was so much fun doing applique, embroidery and piecing all in one quilt! Just received my Quiltmaker magazine and love the frog and lamb quilts! So cute!

  76. Belinda Blackmar says:

    As far back as I can remember, I have always admired anyone with the “art” gene for drawing and painting. While I don’t have that talent, quilting has given me the ability to draw/paint via appliqued fabric. I, too, have a happy heart.

  77. Marsha T says:

    I enjoy quilting more since coming back to it after a 20-year hiatus while getting my kids to college age and working and moving across country (twice). I find it peaceful and serene and a way to enjoy the colors and the patterns that emerge from under my needed.

  78. Rhonda Davis says:

    I’ve sewn for years but didn’t start quilting until a year ago. I love it and trying new-to-me technics is SEW fun!

  79. I never used a sewing machineuntil about 4 years ago when I took a quilting class
    that my friend was going to teach. I had to buy a machine because I did not have
    one. So started sewing until I had the front of a quilt made and I truly enjoyed It.
    I wasn’t perfect but am getting better as I go. I am so glad I took the class.

  80. Janet Crossman says:

    I agree with you totally, quilting makes my soul sing, smile and soothes. It helps get through all the rough spots in life. Takes me away from worry and gives the space a caregiver needs when caring and worrying about her husband that has a critical and terminal disease. Nothing like a new pattern that speaks to you or a piece of fabric that makes you smile.
    thanks for the giveaway.

  81. Linda Holt says:

    Love the block with the little red bird.

  82. Nita Chase says:

    I started quilting 2 years ago and love the time alone pondering new projects, figuring out problems and finishing a gift for a loved one.

  83. Sharon says:

    Sewing has been a part of my life for almost 60 years now. As the 2nd oldest of 8, I learned to make my own clothes at a very early age. One of my grandmas taught me to sew and knit, and the other taught me to crochet, embroider and quilt. I will be forever grateful. I instantly fell in love with the “Got flies” pattern. My Mom (God rest her soul) LOVED frogs and had quite a collection of “frog” things. I plan on making that quilt and calling it “Mama’s Frogs”…

  84. Dolores Ives says:

    Like so many others making a quilt gives me calm and happiness. I’m still new enough at it that I’m surprised and delighted at how much the recipient likes their quilt.

  85. Pam Sickles says:

    I too have loved to sew from the 1st time as a child my mommy let me sew by hand. I made many lil projects by hand. Before I was allowed to sew on the machine. I haven’t gotten a lot of time to sew, but now that I am older I am starting to do some patchwork, applique and a combination of other projects, like pillow covers, tablecloths and runners. Want to start small so I will not be overwhelmed and give up! i so enjoyed reading your article! And am going to check out Lynne Anderson. Thank you so much for sharing your happiness and excitement!

  86. Susan Paxton says:

    I am always Happy when I am Quilting!! I love how you combine so many artforms into your quilting…I have not gotten that far yet but it looks like this giveaway could help change that. Thank you for sharing..

  87. Dj Merritt says:

    I love the fun freedom you stitch into your quilts. They are beautiful . I have only been quilting for just over a year and I had NO idea how much I would need to learn but it has simply taken over my life at a time when I really needed something . I love it. Thank you for this opportunity .

  88. Barb S. says:

    I too am a “happy quilter”! The creative process, the relaxation of working on a project, and the joy of fellow quilters are all part of what I love about quilting. I am passing on the craft to my neighbor who is just now finishing her first wall hanging and she is already hooked on quilting. I love the look on her face as she learns each step, it’s pure joy, she claps her hands and say yeah, I got it!

  89. JanB says:

    I loved all the quilts but especially liked the Seasons Redwork. Embroidery is one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful ideas and the inspirations that they set in motion for us.

  90. Barara Esposito says:

    So inspiring! Quilting IS my happy place! I am just settling in to my new quilt room (hubby graciously moved his office out a few weeks ago! YAY!) Just yesterday I though, “If I never leave this room it would be OK…well except to get more fabric!” My stash would keep me for a while though, and my “just have to try” project list seems to get longer every day! Now I can add some of your wonderful ideas to my list. Love the happiness your quilts inspire!

  91. Theresa Nicholas says:

    I wanted to quilt from the time my grandmother gave my husband and me a quilt for a wedding gift. I was 18. I thought I had to have a huge quilting frame like you see in old pictures of women at a quilting bee, unless I wanted a tied quilt which to me wasn’t good enough. Over the years my husband assured me that some day we would have enough room for a quilting frame. I was in my early 50′s when I found out a friend from work was a quilter. I was so excited. I started asking her questions about her quilts and asked to see them. When she saw my enthusiasm, she offered to teach me. That’s when I learned how much things had changed and that I didn’t need a quilting frame. I’ve been quilting ever since. I am so grateful to my friend.

  92. Sylvia Piche says:

    I’d really like to win. The quilts shown are great.

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