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I am so thankful to Sew Bittersweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts for hosting A Lovely Year of Finishes.

My March finish is the infamous Happy Day Quilt

Meet Happy Day!

Like all proud moms, I will now barrage you with pictures of this quilt from inception (note that I did not say conception, because that would be weird.) to completion.

It all started with a couple Jelly Rolls and some fabric…er…I mean, some Jelly Roll fabrics.

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Moda’s Bobbins and Bits, to be exact.

Then some brain-wavin’ and strategizing.

The brainwave process calls for a total takeover of the dining room.

The brainwave process calls for a total takeover of the dining room.

Then some sashing.

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Then an inspection

This guy is hard to please.

This guy is hard to please.

And my little quilt top was done!

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Now for some layering. This is not my favorite part. Historically, I’m pretty bad at it. But this time I had a plan.

A ping-pong table, masking tape, and spray adhesive. Call if overkill, but it a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

A ping-pong table, masking tape, and spray adhesive. Call if overkill, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

With each layer quite “adhered”, I was ready to try my hand at quilting this bad boy.

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I went for the full monty stippling technique. It’s quite forgiving, which is what I needed.

After sewing on the binding I knelt in prayer while it had its first washing. There was a lot of potential for those colors to run like the wind all over my pretty Kona White sashing. It was a solomn 35 minutes.

But, alas! My baby handled its first bath beautifully.

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Just look at that scrumptious Minky on the back. Wow! I need a grandkid to snuggle up and nap under this…

All joking aside, I’m in love with this quilt. Not just because I think its dang pretty, but because it is a beautiful bundle of motivation. And that’s just what I need as I start my April project.

Happy Day!

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