Happy Little Things BOM month 4 & giveaway

Today is the release of the Happy Little Things BOM Month 4 instructions and another terrific giveaway! You can still sign up for this free block of the month hosted by Jacquelynne Steves here, and you can visit Jacquelynne for all of the latest information about today’s block and giveaway here.

Happy Little Things BOM Block 4 designed by Jacquelynne Steves.

Happy Little Things Block 4

Happy Little Things BOM Block 4 made by Julie Cefalu and Designed by Jacquelyne Steves.

This is the last block for our quilt and it is very similar to last month’s. You should be getting good at those half-rectangle triangle units by now. I’m feeling quite comfortable myself thanks to the great instructions by Jacquelynne!

Happy Little Things BOM Block 4 made by Julie Cefalu and Designed by Jacquelyne Steves.
Happy Little Things BOM Block 4 made by Julie Cefalu and Designed by Jacquelyne Steves.

Just a reminder in case you’re just joining me, I’m making all of my blocks miniature sized, so they’ll measure 6″ square (finished). I’m providing modified cutting instructions for each block (keep reading below); you’ll need to sign up for the BOM to get the rest of the instructions from Jacquelynne. My final layout is also slightly different and it includes the words “Winter Friends” appliqued in the border. This wall hanging will measure 23″ x 31″.

Mini version of Happy Little Things BOM by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Original BOM designed by Jacquelynne Steves.

Now that I have all four blocks finished, I’m going to concentrate on the final quilt assembly and applique words. Next month, I’ll have the miniature version finishing instructions for you.

Blocks 1 through 4 of Happy Little Things BOM, designed by Jacquelynne Steves.  Mini version of each block made by Julie Cefalu.

Mini Version Cutting Instructions

The mini version of this block will finish at 6″ square. All of the assembly instructions are exactly the same as the original. Remember, you still need to sign up for Jacquelynne Steves’ block of the month here to get the complete directions.

Mini version of Happy Little Things BOM by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Original BOM designed by Jacquelynne Steves.

You can download the cutting instructions for the mini version of block #4 here:

Block 4 Cutting Instructions, Mini version of Happy Little Things BOM

November Giveaway

This month’s giveaway is a copy of Morse Code Quilts by Sarah J. Maxwell and an adorable package of holiday pins from Just Another Button Company. Thank you to our generous sponsors! The giveaway will remain open until Sunday, November 10, 2019.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment telling me your favorite size quilt to make.  For me, I enjoy making lap-size quilts and smaller. Once in a while I’ll spit out a larger bed-size quilt, but I like to make quicker projects now days (instant-ish gratification).

NOTE: To leave a comment, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post (not from my home page), and look for the rectangle that says “Enter your comment here”.  Please be sure that I can contact you immediately through your email. If I choose your name but cannot contact you immediately, I will choose another winner.

Here are the giveaway rules:

  • To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite size quilt to make.
  • You must comment by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, November 10, 2019.
  • There is ONE prize per person per month (in other words, the same person cannot win two prizes within the same month.)
  • Giveaway is open to ALL.
  • Winner will be chosen at random.

Due to the high volume of comments, I won’t be able to reply to you (unless there is a direct question), but I will read each and every one.  Thank you in advance for your participation and for leaving a comment.

Happy Little Things BOM Block 4 made by Julie Cefalu and Designed by Jacquelyne Steves.

Participating Bloggers

Make sure to visit all of the participating bloggers to see their version of Happy Little Things! You can also enter the giveaway on each respective blog so you have more chances to win.

There is also a Facebook group where you can stay up to date and post photos:https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewQuiltyFriends.JacquelynneSteves/

If you use social media, please use the hashtags #HappyLittleThingsBOM and #HappyLittleThingsQuilt .

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I like to make small thin quilts that grandchildren can use as play quilts. Sometimes just a panel with borders. I also make covers for public changing tables – just the two layers of fabric, 2 half yard by WOF pieces. Just the right size and thin enough to be folded into a diaper bag.
    Now 80 years old and sewing for great grandchildren.

  2. I’m like you- lap size and smaller. One I quilt my own on home sewing machine and larger are tough. Love the winter theme.

  3. I like to make healthy sized lap quilts. I’m able to hand quilt them in a reasonable time period, alternatively, they don’t cost a fortune to send out for machine quilting or they’re manageable to do basic domestic machine quilting myself.

  4. I love making baby quilts. They are a very manageable size for me, and so adorable.
    I am anxious to try a mini quilt though.

  5. I LOVE minis, so I was so happy when you re-sized this pattern to a mini! I completed block 1, but need to get back to block 2, 3 & now 4. Thank you – your quilts are beautiful and your pointers about lining up sashing were so timely because I’m working on a quilt today (for Gift of Life in Philadelphia) and will use your method. My father passed away unexpectedly in 2016 and was an organ donor – this is the 3rd quilt I am working on for them 🙂

  6. I learned to quilt doing wall hangings. We get the most use out of lap quilts. Thanks for the chance to win great prizes.

  7. I’m really enjoying following along the Happy Little Things blocks hops. I’ve sewn the blocks in past hops, but time is stretched thin this go around. I am like you, I prefer lap sized and smaller quilts. Too big and I lose interest or don’t finish them! Smaller projects are done projects!
    duchick at gmail dot com

  8. I guess I sound like all the rest but baby and lap quilts are my favorites to make. I do make a lot of wall-hanging and table toppers also.

  9. I love throw quilts, probably because they are the best size for the littles who visit me as often as I can get them! Each child (4) has his or her own. I can also choose to quilt it myself or send it out if the design is beyond me.

  10. I’m a true topper for anything big. So I do mostly wall hangings and lap quilts to get them finished.

  11. I enjoy making lap sized quilts also. The cost of long arm quilting has set me back quite a lot, so I have decided to go with smaller quilts. That way I can still quilt, use beautiful patterns and fabric, and don’t feel like I am robbing my retirement fund!!

  12. I used to make all my quilts full/queen size, but I realized most people don’t use them for their beds, so I go more for lap sized now.
    Thanks for the winter mini!! It’s on my “next up” list!

  13. Right now, I enjoy making table runners, place mats and mug rugs as I am able to finish quickly and give them away as gifts- But I plan for larger quilts, Queen sized, etc for special Birthday, Anniversary presents for family and I know that they are loved and very special for each recipient.

  14. My favorite size quilt to make is 28″ x 36″ – the size requested for the NICU babies at El Camino, Good Sam, and Regional hospitals. Our Crafters for Christ church group makes them from 100% cotton flannel using 35 – 4 1/2″ squares and 4 1/2″ borders.

  15. I think I like smaller quilts that be hung because they work up faster, but I like bed size too. I haven’t started this one yet, because I have two others in the works right now, but I am looking forward to doing this one in miniature. Thank you for your instructions. I can’t wait.

  16. I have made 2 very large quilts but prefer to make throws or wall hangings. I find I get very bored when doing large quilts with the same design repeated over and over again. Thanks for a great web site. I really look forward to your posts.

  17. I like wall hanging/lap size the best. A large quilt is a nice change of pace-that I work on for months (years!).

  18. I love your idea to use a print in the center. The birds are so cute! I love making baby and lap/sofa quilt. I can make them from start to finish on my home sewing machine and I love that.

  19. I love your little blocks with the birds. They’re so cute. I like making baby to sofa quilts. I love that they are a faster finish then bed size and I can quilt these on my sewing machine. I love using my grandmother’s 1939 Singer and being able to say I made it from start to finish on such a wonderful machine.

  20. My favorite size of quilt to make has to be lap sized- big enough to cuddle and small enough to quilt on my domestic machine without too much trouble. I need to share that I LOVE your adorable birds on your smaller Happy Little Things BOM and the colors you are using. This will be so fun to see when it is all complete.

  21. I love making all sizes, but I most often make 65″ X 75″ (approximately), because they are a perfect size for most of my family and not too big to baste, and quilt myself on my domestic machine.

  22. I currently like smaller projects, as I have 3 large quilts that I have to bind, one queen that needs to be quilted and it seems i don’t them finished in the time frame I thought I would.
    P.S. Love all those little blocks and the birds are so sweet.

  23. My fave quilt size is a table topper or runner. I like to play with fabric collections and finish them up right away. Also good to give to friends.

  24. I love making mini quilts 12″ x 14″ as I have two hangers. I have christmas ones and easter ones and welcome ones. I am able to change them all the time for a differemt look.

  25. When I first started quilting I made big quilts but now I prefer to make lap size quilts. Have a lot of quilts I want to make and need to do smaller ones.

  26. p.s. I meant to tell you how much I liked your little bird in the center of your block! If he doesn’t epitomize “happy” I don’t know what does! It’s a cutie.

  27. I like lap size quilts (around 50×70) as they are easy to quilt on my home sewing machine and still a good size to use.

  28. I’m like you this time of year, cute quick projects that I can finish as Christmas gifts. Normally, I’m happy making lap size or baby size quilts Lori

  29. I kind of need (almost) instant gratification. My favorite size quilt to make is a large lap (almost twin) sized throw. They are versatile for bed, covering up on the sofa and my grandbitties love them for their juvenile beds. I do make wallhangings, and large bed quilts. My second favorite size is table runner! Thanks for a chance to win!

  30. Lap sized quilts are definable my favs! I’m about to quilt my own when they are small; plus, I’m just more of an instant gratification type myself!!

  31. I have to say that I love your mini quilt! I prefer to do minis between 18 and 24 inches big. Jadahlgr at yahoo dot com.

  32. My favorite quilt to make is a wall hanging. It’s instant gratification. I love to display and use larger quilts.

  33. Right now I am just doing one block at a time. Our new house has speakers in the walls that I’m planning on hiding with one block. Sounds strange but the speakers are connected to nothing that we can find and are ugly, so a quilt block will work.

  34. I like to make quilts no bigger than lap size. This size is still manageable to quilt on my domestic machine.
    I prefer to make smaller items like table toppers and small wall hangings. These items are quicker to make and usually end up being gifts.

  35. I mostly like making lap and baby size quilts. For the holidays I will be working on table runners. For small gifts I like making coasters, mug rugs and pot holders. They are always nice for hostess gifts.

  36. Hello! I like making twin size quilts best – throw size never seem quite big enough, or versatile enough!

  37. I like small projects. I’m working on hand sewing that I can do while I’m at the hospital for 3 hours once a month.Amy

  38. I like making lap size quilts the most. They can be finished in a reasonable amount of time before I get tired of working on it! Plus I can quilt lap size or smaller on my domestic machine, saving money!

  39. My favorite quilts are king sized quilts! The bogger, the better! Thank you for the giveaway on the blog!
    -Jean ❤

  40. My favorite quilt size to make are the baby quilts. They are fun & I don’t get bored making the same blocks. Thanks!

  41. I’m into small wall quilts right now. My interests seem to change when a pattern comes out that really grabs me.

  42. For me I enjoy making lap quilts a little bigger than most. Plus baby blankets, Queen size quilts and table runners. Hard for me to make a choice.

  43. Hi Julie, thanks so much for your wonderful patterns. I have Happy Little Things Mini blocks 1, 2, and now 4, but I missed Block 3 and I can’t find it here on your site. Did you skip that one for any reason? Thank you. Karen

  44. I’ve made all sizes from wall hanging to king size. I love making them all…but, a twin size is most likely my favorite. The reason being is that it’s most usable and I can bind it without making myself crazy.

  45. I love making big quilts — I need to get several quilted!!! My sewing machine I have had for 20 years died – I have a new to me in Florida- which I will use once I get there at the first of the year!!

  46. I enjoy making twin and bigger quilts. It’s nice to be able to wrap your whole body in a quilt made with love.

  47. I like making twin sized quilts because they’re not too big but they are big enough to get really snuggly with.

  48. I am like you….I like making smaller projects. I have never made anything larger than a throw size quilt; most of my projects are wall hangings and baby quilts.

  49. Right now I’m enjoying making table runners, (8 so far) other times it is wall hangings. So my favorite size is what I’m in the mood to make with the fabric I have. You know how “scraps” grow which leads into a scrap quilt for a bed or wall hanging, etc. It’s like which is your favorite color, its so hard to choose. Thanks for the chance to win.

  50. I enjoy lap quilts also. Now that my linen closet is getting full of them I have started doing more seasonal wall hangings. Love your Winter Friends!

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