Happy Little Things BOM participants

Hey everyone! I am so excited to be participating in Jacquelynne Steves’ upcoming free block of the month, Happy Little Things. It starts on August 5 with instructions for one block each month and finishes with assembly and border instructions in November.

I'm participating in Happy Little Things BOM hosted by Jacquelynne Steves

Giveaway information

Today, Jacquelynne is having a giveaway on her blog to introduce you to all of the other participating bloggers!

Prize includes Dwellings Contempo fabric by Benartex,  Aurifil thread box designed by Jeni Baker, a package of Heat n Bond by Thermoweb, a package of Pin Mini’s which have been created to coordinate with the Happy Little Things BOM by Just Another Button Company!!! The retail value of this prize pack is over $80 US. Giveaway is open to US and International entrants; you must go here to enter.

Happy Little Things giveaway @ Jacquelynne Steves

Participating blogger

If this is your first time visiting here, welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by. I have been a participating blogger for Jacquelynne’s BOM’s for the past four years. One year I made each block into a wall hanging representing a different season. Below are my finished quilts (and wall hangings) from each year.

The nice thing about this block of the month is that you can follow the participating bloggers to see how they make each block. Some of us will do the applique version, some will do the embroidery and others will use a focus fabric. It’s so nice to have options! And I love seeing the different color palettes that everyone chooses.

In the past, I have always included the applique that Jacquelynne provides. I love the charm of applique and her designs are so cute! This year I’m doing something different. I’m going to make a mini version of each block. My blocks will finish at 6″ instead of 12″, and they will be made out of “winter” fabric. I’m using an older collection titled Jingle Birds by Keiki for Moda Fabrics along with some of my own blenders.

Because my blocks will be so small, I won’t be doing the applique. Instead, I will fussy cut the cute birds from one of the prints which will fit inside a 2″ finished square just right!

Fussy cut 2″ squares from Jingle Birds fabric

If you’re interested in making the mini version of this block of the month, make sure to follow me. I’ll share my piecing tips, and I’ll be posting the revised cutting instructions each month on my blog. I will NOT be providing any other instructions; you’ll need to sign up at Jacquelynne Steves blog to get all of the directions for making the blocks.

I’m intending on making this into a small wall hanging with the addition of some applique words. It will be perfect for the winter months. You’ll have to come back on August 5 to see exactly what I’ll be doing!

I hope you’ll join us in making Happy Little Things. Jacquelynne is providing instructions in two colorways along with fabric kits available for purchase here. Plus, there will be monthly giveaways AND did I mention that it’s free?

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful week full of happy little things!

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  1. I did your mini version of save the bees. I plan to do it with this one too, I love your fussy cuts with the birds!

  2. To ‘newbies’ these smaller projects are very satisfying and actually show the history of the learning process of the quilter! Personally I have followed you Julie from the beginning and have found your style always, in class and here, so very ‘user friendly’ … thank-you.

  3. I have never made a mini block so I am not sure if I do or not. I look forward to finding out if I do or not. Looking forward to the BOM.

  4. It’s interesting to see how each person who is offering us an opportunity to win from Olfa is doing her block w/ her own style! They are all so cute!

  5. I have enjoyed making quilts ever since i was 8 or 9, it has always been a learning process and i always look forward to seeing whats next!!!

  6. I DO like piecing tiny blocks: lot of them into large quilts I also like your fabric choices. I’m glad to find you blog.

  7. I am joining in the Happy Little Things QAL, but I already follow your blog. This is an entry for the give away.

  8. Hi – already follow you. I am joining in the Happy Little Things QAL. This is an entry for the give away.

  9. Hi Julie.. I am excited to see all the choices of fabric for this next fun adventure. I do enjoy ‘mini’ quilts and love the ones you have posted!!

  10. I am so excited that you are doing this winter variety! I have all of the Jingle Birds fabric (I LOVE those birds!) so I am excited to follow along and maybe sew your version of this BOM! Thanks for being so creative!

  11. Your choice of fabrics are beautiful Julie and I love those birds. Looking forward to seeing all the entries.

  12. It’s going to be sew much fun! Thank you sew much for sponsoring Jacquelynne Steves! She’s such a sweet lady! She has awesome designs too! I can’t wait to see your take on this BOM!

  13. I was wondering if the Jingle Birds fabric is still available? I would like to follow along on the smaller version of the Happy Little Things BOM with you.

  14. I just signed up. Thanks for sharing with us. Did you do the Merry Mini Quilt see along by the Fat Quarter Shop?.

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