This week was the first time in over a month that I had this happen: I had the house all to myself! My kids had been off work and college and school in some kind of combination or another since mid December. Vacation time, coupled with a huge number of snow days for our youngest two probably made this the longest stretch of time off that we have ever enjoyed mid school year. And I loved every single minute of having my kids home! But when the time finally came for them to all go back I decided to really enjoy my day and have a little party with my fabric 🙂
I decided to work on a quilt pattern that the Fat Quarter Shop provided for free. Click here for that link. I love the look of old fashioned blocks and I do love the red, but I have a rather large stash of blues that has just been sitting on my shelf, so decided to make mine a blue version. ( by the way, do you have a “helper” like this that watches over your choices?!)
I am so glad that I did! I just love the way it’s looking, with some of the really light blues looking faded with age~ just the look I was going for!
After I started making the blocks it occured to me that this would make a very nice graduation quilt for our middle son….then, when I realized the colors match his chosen college perfectly, it was an AHA moment. I love it when things come together like that, don’t you?
Other than working on the blue and white quilt, I finally finished my advent calendar!
Yay for me….only a month and a half late….My sweet husband pointed out that I could look at it as 10 and a half months early. And that is why I love that man :). This was a free sewalong also and if you would like to check it out you can go here.
In my facebook group this month I issued a heart block challenge. My challenges are always voluntary and anyone can choose to participate or not. I was glad to see so many people participating because it is always fun to see everyone’s different take on a pattern and colors. Here is my version:
I decided to go bright with this one and just used scraps in the same color family for each heart. I was going to be a lazy coward and just stitch in the ditch to finish it off, but my husband thought I should do something a bit more exciting. So I decided to free-motion a swirly design all over. This worked well for 2 reasons: It hides the fact that my sashings are a bit off, PLUS it counteracts the linear nature of the hearts. Even though FMQ is scary and I’m always afraid I am going to mess up my quilt, I am actually really happy with how it turned out! I will definitely be more adventurous with my quilting in the future 🙂
It just needs the binding sewn on and then it will be all done! If you would like to check out all the other pretty hearts, please visit my facebook page ( or better yet, join in the challenge! The link can be found in the “files” section of the main page).
Pretty soon we will put our house on the market and it will be time for me to pack up my quilt room and stage it as a dining room. Before that happens I am planning on finishing my Bee Happy quilt. I am so close to done, but can I tell you a little secret? I don’t want this quilt to be done! I have loved working on this one so very much! The blocks and the colors just make me happy and I’ll be sad to complete it. How goofy is that?!
And finally, do you remember when I was working on the I Love Home BOM? There is a final prize give away that you have until January 21st to enter. It is a great prize so I hope one of you wins it! Click here to go to that contest.
Until next time~Happy creating!
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