My Happy Place Row Along Day 2…

My Happy Place RAL 2018Well, day 1 didn’t go without its little quirks… My blog was having issues in the early morning to afternoon and it was difficult for some to access the site. I am lucky, I have a great host who is quick to help whenQ things go wrong. I have never stayed with a host as long as I have Inmotion Hosting, I usually will leave a host when they aren’t around to help with the little quirks that come up, and the one thing time after time that has impressed me the most about Inmotion is that they are quick to get you back up and running.

We had a small issue with the scheduling also but got it sorted out and that blog that was missing has been added to today’s schedule.

I thought the rows from the first day were amazing and from the comments, I’ve seen on each blog, so did you. I know the other designers love hearing from you so please do keep those comments coming.

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My Happy Place Row Along … Starts Now…

My Happy Place RAL 2018And off we gooooo….It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for getting it’s start here today at Seams To Be Sew. In this post, I’ll be listing all the giveaways today, the various bloggers who are participating today and I myself am hosting Cheryl LaPlante’s row, so you’ll find her pattern in this post to.

Welcome to the first day of the row along, I hope over the next six weeks, each Tuesday and Thursday you’ll find some fun rows of patterns that you to would like to create and share with us. We encourage you to not only download the pattern but make the pattern. As a pattern designer and blogger myself, I can honestly tell you that nothing gives me more joy than to see someone who’s made one of my creations. It’s just a feeling of happiness like when you’ve helped someone also. You feel warm and giddy inside. I believe we all feel that way at times. So you can imagine how we all feel to.

First I’ll get you started on who’s being featured today…

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My Happy Place Row Along Schedule…

My Happy Place RAL 2018Hi Everyone… This evening before the start of the row along in the next few hours, I am posting the schedule as a helpful way for you to find who is on what days. While I will also post this daily along with all the giveaways and such, I do want you to have a reference to the schedule should I be late posting one day for some odd reason.

I’ll make this post brief with just the schedule, but will also add a few noteworthy things to it such as the PInterest link for the row along, Hashtags you can use such as: #myhappyplaceral, #myhappyplacerowalong2018, and #myhappyplaceral2018. Thanks to Karen Overton who created these for the row along.

If you’ve never participated in a row along before or followed a long with it. It is very easy. I’ve posted all the info before in this post here. You can also find this post by clicking the logo on the side of this blog for the row along.

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Let’s Have A Little Release Before The Row Along Starts…

Sue/Sam Cupcake Of The Month - Sept.

Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy!! I was able to finish the Sunbonnet Sue/Sam patterns up last night for release today and I am so happy and glad they are finished now for you before the row along starts tomorrow. Because I will be posting often this post will get dug down in the list pretty quickly, so get yours downloaded as quickly as possible.

This release also includes the Cupcake Of The Month for September. Yeppers I got her done. 🙂 She is free this month for you.

This months releases for Sue/Sam are the Northwest Territories, Sue is the free block, Massachusetts, Sue is the free block, and North Dakota, Sam is the free block.

Lets get right to the nitty gritty… I’ve got to still post the schedule for the row along today and I’m going to put that in a separate post.

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Ottlite and Martelli Notions

My Happy Place RAL 2018Today is the last day of  the announcements for the giveaways. I believe in a post I did for Qwilt Qwazy Queens 2016, I mentioned that my sewing room has no overhead lighting in it. You can imagine what this is like when your sewing at night and have very little lighting. At first, I purchased some cheapie lamps from Amazon, they are floor lamps, but all they do it seems is light the ceiling. That is of no help when your sitting there stairing at a ruler and fabric and you need to make a precise cut. So, I took the plunge and purchased some better lighting. I purchased some Ottlite’s. They have been a sponsor of several of my events at this blog and I wanted to give back. Ottlite is not an inexpensive solution, but it is the best solution for me. I need good lighting. I have bad eyes, and they aren’t getting any younger. I’ve only lived in one state ever that didn’t require I wear glasses while driving and it’s not my current home here in Colorado either. I can be sited with a ticket if I’m not wearing them. Suffice it to say I keep a pair of glasses in the car all of the time. 🙂 I couldn’t afford to buy all the lamps I needed at once, but I did buy one a month for several months until I got enough lighting going on in my sewing room that I felt I could see well enough with. Every single lamp in my sewing room is an Ottlite lamp. I simply love them. There are 5 lamps in my sewing room currently and I’d like to get one more for use in the closet area as I keep bins in there of the small things like buttons, beads, paints, etc… They are on a shelving unit and it would help to not always carry a lamp over to the closet. 🙂 Sometime soon I’ll buy another lamp. But during the Row Along, you can win there newest designed lamp. I hope you will love them as much as I do.

Next is Martelli Notions, they to have been very generous in many of my blog events always with an offer of one of there wonderful rotary cutters and some extra blades. While it took me a bit of getting use to cut with mine, I absolutely love it and actually use it more now than I do my original Olfa cutter I bought back in the early 80’s. The great thing about the rotary cutters from Martelli Notions, is that they are meant for people who have problems with there wrist such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, and even tendonitis. You do not need to use a lot of pressure to cut with these cutters and that’s a bonus to anyone with these wrist issues. They even offer a rotary cutter for left handed people.

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BlocLoc Rulers and Moda Fabrics

My Happy Place RAL 2018Oh my goodness, can you believe it’s Thursday already. We are just 5 days away from the Row Along starting. I feel like a little girl getting ready for Santa to come leave the gifties under the tree I am so excited. 

We have 47 bloggers participating in this years Row Along, that’s 47 free patterns to come your way over the course of the event. Each blogger will be featuring one of these giveaways I’ve been writing about all week long.

Today’s featured giveaways are from Moda Fabrics, and BlocLoc Rulers. One of the funny things about Moda is for many years I thought there name was actually Moda Bake Shop, because I kept hearing about the great things they were showing on that blog. I’d go and look and wonder where the fabric collections were. I know, it’s crazy, but I really did think that for a very long time. It wasn’t until I decided to write them to ask for giveaways that I really had to track down just who Moda was and how to contact them. They are such a creative fabric company with there fun prints and fabrics, who couldn’t resist hitting the fabric shops just to see what’s new.

On the other side, BlocLoc Rulers was a company I just happened on when looking for a new 6×24 inch ruler this past summer. I had apparently dropped mine on the floor and didn’t notice, and what did I do? I ran over it with my chair and split that puppy right in half. So I had to go on the hunt for a new ruler. I happened upon Blocloc by looking for those rulers and what’s even cooler, they are just about a two hours drive away from me here in Colorado. How cool is that? They have some really cool rulers, and so I wrote  them and asked if they’d be willing to do a giveaway and they were very happy to, so this years row along features there rulers.

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Electric Quilt and Sulky Intl Are the Featured Giveaways for the Row Along … Today.

My Happy Place RAL 2018Did you know that the reason I opened this blog when I did was because I had joined an EQ blog hop? Yep, I had originally planned back in 2013 for a summer opening, but when I joined that bloghop, I had barely been working in EQ and had to quickly learn something about it so I could post on my day of the blog hop… That was 5 years ago.

Today, I love EQ just as much as the day I started learning it. I’ve been an EQ owner since sometime back in the 90’s.. I just never took the time to properly learn how to use it. Six years ago, we had just moved to a new home in Italy and I decided then and there I was going to get back into quilting. One of the first things I did was upgrade EQ from version 6 to version 7, and now as of last October, version 8 is out. New users of the software are loving the new interface which they updated with that version and are finding it easier to use. I am proud to be able to offer a full version of EQ as a giveaway at this year’s row along.

I am also a Sulky lover. I’ve used Sulky threads since the early 80’s and I love them today as much as I did back then. My first sewing with metallic thread was on Sulky thread and I still own the jacket I made with it back then today. It no longer fits, but it’s one of the things I have made that I am proud of.

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