Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #11}

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Hotter-than-hot adventure filled day trips – followed by scenic drives at sundown, finding the most perfect southern biscuit recipe (and savoring a little taste of home) and holding on to these too-short summer days while attempting to wear out our rapidly expiring pool pass in the process. Another week gone by as August insists on coming to an end…

Wishing everyone a beautiful week and a very happy Five Things Friday. 😊

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up rules and info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • 50 percent off anything
  • Toll House cookie batter
  • being well-fed, well-exercised, well-read, well-rested and well-paid
  • knowing phone numbers by heart
  • successfully moving all your clothes from the washer to the dryer without dropping anything

Five smiles photo-roundup:

Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy! 🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg” alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #10}

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Did anyone else forget it’s Friday? 😳 Coming in a little late today with my FTF post – oops!

We made up for all those lazy days we had last week with a brand new week packed full of gorgeously sunny days and outside adventures. We explored our beautiful city, visited the zoo and spent way too much time at our local garden center (but we have one very happy patio full of plants and flowers to show for it). 🙂

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Happy Five Things Friday!

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • the persistence of dandelions
  • taking advantage of walking weather
  • the tangerine flask of Baltimore orioles
  • lingering over coffee and buttered muffins
  • ten most beautiful words: chimes, dawn, golden, hush, lullaby, luminous, melody, mist, murmuring, tranquil 

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy! 🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg” alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

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For the love of half square triangles {shortcuts + block design}

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Because I love HSTs and you should too!

I know there are a few beginning quilters out there who follow my blog, so I thought I’d start posting some tips, tricks and beginner basics I’ve picked up along my quilting journey. And given my love for half-square triangles, I figured what better way than to start with some easy HSTs?!

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Half-square triangles are one of the most basic blocks to piece together – and just as their name implies, they’re quite simply made from two triangles of contrasting fabric, sewn together to make a square. Commonly used as a base in much more elaborate blocks, they are often an essential part of the quilt building process.

There are a handful of different methods for making HSTs, depending on the quantity needed. In this post, I’ll be showing you how to make sets of two, four and eight.

For each method, you will need two squares of contrasting fabric. The size of your squares will determine the outcome of your HSTs. For each tutorial, I’m using  6.5″ squares.

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To make 2 HSTs:

1. place your two squares on top of one another – right sides together.
2. draw a line from corner to corner, diagonally
3. sew a 1/4″ seam down both sides of your line (2 seams total)

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4. cut along your drawn line
(1 cut total)

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5.press the seams open toward the darker fabric and trim away the excess fabric to square up your block

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To make 4 HSTs:

1. place your two squares on top of one another – right sides together.
2. draw two diagonal lines from each corner to corner – making an X
3. sew a 1/4″ seam around the perimeter of your square (1 seam total)

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4. cut along your drawn lines
(2 cuts total)

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5. press the seams open toward the darker fabric and trim away the excess fabric to square up your block

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To make 8 HSTs:

1. place your two squares on top of one another – right sides together.
2. draw two diagonal lines from each corner to corner – making an X
3. sew a 1/4″ seam down both sides of each line (4 seams total)

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4. cut along each of your drawn lines
5. make a vertical cut across the center
6. make a horizontal cut down the center
(4 cuts total)

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7. press the seams open toward the darker fabric and trim away the excess fabric to square up your block

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Just to show an example of one of the many ways to use half-square triangles, the Split Sawtooth Star Block below was made using one large HST for the center and ten of the smaller HSTs for the star’s eight points and two of the block’s corners (with two small contrasting squares for the other corners). Easy peasy!

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Need to make more? Debbie at A Quilter’s Table has an awesome tutorial for making eighteen HSTs at a time! Go check out her tutorial for Big Batch HSTs here!

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Does anyone know of any other methods of HST making? I’d love to hear about them!

xo.a

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #9}

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Sweet little farms (and fingers), Friday reads and furry friends. Soaking up every drop of Summer while it’s still here and trying to find happiness in everything I can. It’s been a pretty lazy week around here… the kind that’s perfect for tending to long-neglected sewing projects, diving into overwhelmingly beautiful novels and seeking out the very last blooming hydrangea bush in all of Vancouver (I’m sure of it). 😊

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Happy Five Things Friday!

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • the smell of chalk and pencil shavings
  • peeling a hard boiled egg and getting a huge chunk of shell all at once
  • young robins trailing their mothers on a search for worms
  • a stack of buttered toast
  • eating the first freshly baked cookie from the oven even though it is way to hot

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Here’s a bonus happy – quilt block designing! I have no idea what I’m doing, but it seems to be working out. Love when that happens! 

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy! 🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg” alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

P.S. The newsletter is coming! Click below to sign up and be added to the email list! 💜

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #8}

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Rainy days with occasional peeks of sunshine, happy mail, one very long-awaited library book pickup, catching up on sewing projects (still working on perfecting my points) and a few days cool enough for sipping hot tea out on the patio… this was another beautiful week.

Wishing everyone a very happy Five Things Friday!

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • things that are quiet and old and simple and ordinary and very real
  • cherries in your soda
  • sitting next to your best friend
  • saltwater taffy
  • Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the setting of Gilmore Girls (TV show)

Five smiles photo-roundup:

Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg” alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

P.S. The newsletter is coming! Click below to sign up and be added to the email list! 💜

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #7}

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“Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

― Henry James


Perfectly sunny picnics and beautiful days at the beach (followed by bubblegum flavored gelato, naturally).We’ve spent every day this week outdoors, exploring our little neighborhood and finding all the hidden treasures within, while loving every minute of these gorgeous sun-filled days… surely they’ll last forever!

Happy Five Things Friday, friends! 🙂

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • a dusty gray, a soft violet, a vibrant orange, a creamy beige, a peachy pink
  • the crackling rind of roasted marshmallows
  • cozying up with a book
  • starlight and moonglow, soft rain and sea breezes, shimmering sunsets and breathtaking vistas
  • doing anything other than what you are supposed to be doing

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg” alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

P.S. The newsletter is coming! Click below to sign up and be added to the email list! 💜

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Five things to be happy about {five things friday link-up #6}

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“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”

― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Little chubby helping hands, mountain-side drives and great explorations… another week has slipped by so fast. I hope everyone is having a beautifully happy Five Things Friday! 🙂

Here are this week’s five things at random from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 Things to be Happy About, plus a five-photo-roundup of things that made me smile this week. Read on for the link-up info.

Five things to be happy about:

  • thickets of blackberry bushes and morning glory vines
  • a well executed U-turn
  • sunlight making polka dots on noses as it spills down through oak leaves
  • self-acceptance
  • falling stars after midnight

Five smiles photo-roundup:

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the rules below and link-up your own posts with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week.

FIVE THINGS FRIDAY LINKUP RULES

1. Share your post with your Five Things to be Happy About for the week. Include a list, your five-photo-roundup or both! If you need a little inspiration, visit Barbara’s website and click on the big yellow Happy House for a randomly generated list of 14 things to be happy about. Refresh, repeat and be happy!🙂

2. Link back to this site so others can get the link-up info too (you can use the button below)!

3. Comment on this post and include the URL of your Five Things Friday post, so others can visit your blog (myself included)!

4. Most importantly, visit a few other people’s blogs from the comments and leave them some motivating comment love. Let’s encourage each other – we’re in this together!

FTF pink jpg

<a href=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.wordpress.com/category/five-things-friday/”><imgclass=” wp-image-3167 aligncenter” src=”https://gypsymoonquiltco.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ftf-pink-jpg.jpg&#8221; alt=”FTF pink jpg” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

*If the code doesn’t work for you, try grabbing it here.


I can’t wait to visit your blogs and see what you’re happy about this week!

xo.a

P.S. The newsletter is coming! Click below to sign up and be added to the email list! 💜

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