Let's quilt and be happy! Fabric friends are always welcome.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Great Yo-Yo Quilts designed by Marcia Layton

Our quilting friends really enjoy Marcia Layton's clever yo-yo quilts, and her newest quilt is now available! RACCOON RIDGE

Yo-Yos and other trims add dimension to the quilt. Round yo-yos are the log ends on the cabin and grace the corner blocks of the "frame." Heart-shaped yo-yos form the foliage of the trees. The bodies of the animals are also formed by yo-yos.

We used Modascape Log Cabin print for the cabin and border. Modascapes Bricks is excellent for the chimney and foundation.

The quilt block on the door is a great touch.

Lollipop Lane is perfect for the coming season. The gingerbread house has an "icing" roof and the lollipop sticks are made with intertwined rick rack. Love the ribbon candy look of the border.

Other designs include Spooky Hollow, Harvest Road, and Lion's Den.

Lion's Den is an excellent child's gift. It's fun to talk about the animals and make their sounds. The alligator's mouth even opens and closes.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Evie plays Monkey See, Monkey Do!

Karen's granddaughter Evie is crazy about monkeys. She loves anything with monkeys. For her second birthday last month she had a monkey theme birthday party. Monkey plates, Monkey goodie bags, monkey games, monkey prizes, monkey gifts and even monkey clothes! And a banana cake. In the photo is Evie on her birthday wearing her monkey shirt and sitting in her monkey chair.
So of course I was glad that we have a monkey soft book panel, "Monkey See! Monkey Do!. I made a book for her and I read it to her when we skype. It's so much fun to see her imitate me like a little monkey - monkey see, monkey do. We especially enjoy "pat your head, Make a funny face and sing a song. Evie is growing up so fast! I am thankful that I can spend special moments with her.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


It's always great to learn new techniques. Barb Soumar of Flamingo Island Designs will be at Crafty Threads for a Trunk Show on Friday, September 9, 2011 and a Workshop on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Barb has developed creative techniques to give textures, depth and dimension to her original landscape designs. Please view her video and also visit her website. Call our shop, Crafty Threads, for more information about attending the Trunk Show or Workshop. 888-74-QUILT.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


We've discovered Ruffle Fabric and we love it. Please visit Ruffle Fabrics Blog for a variety of projects and tutorials. And Happy Apple Quilts now has Ruffle Fabric available.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


This year's theme is "Sew for the Love of It!" Join the fun. You choose the project, whether it’s an article of clothing, a toy, something for your home, an accessory, a quilt, or even an item for your car or boat. Click for entry rules and details and also to see previous years contest entries.

Submissions for the contest will be accepted August 10, 2011 through September 30, 2011. Winners will be notified October 31, 2011 and announced on November 1, 2011.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fabrics for $4.99 per yard

We have so many new fabrics arriving that space is needed in the shop. So, July 2 - July 9 over 175 bolts of fabric will be $4.99 per yard. The sale will be at our shop: Crafty Threads, 12230 Race Track Rd, Tampa, FL and also on the website www.happyapplequilts.com. Please shop early for best selection.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Easy, quick quilt patterns designed by Karen Grof for Happy Apple Quilts, including wall hangings, bed sizes, table runners, placemats, tree skirts, pillows.

REFLECTIONS: Five sizes, Lap, Twin, Full, Queen and King. Beautiful in Asians and Florals, but also a terrific design to use for a guy quilt. I made one for my son using black bears and a northwoods look.

BEARS IN THE BUNKHOUSE makes a fun play or snuggle quilt.See BUCKAROO BEARS pattern for this bear applique in a different setting and sizes snuggle and twin

SUNFLOWER SKY is a 38" X 38" wall quilt and brings in the sunshine of summer all year long.

Friday, June 3, 2011

42nd Annual NQA Show in Columbus, Ohio

Happy Apple Quilts will again have a booth at the NQA show. We have so many new items this year: new kits, new t-shirts, and of course LOTS OF NEW FABRIC!
The 42nd Annual Show is June 16-18, 2011 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. It's a great show with Special Exhibits, 400 Competition Quilts, Classes and Vendors.