An alone day…

Hello friend,

This week was the first time in over a month that I had this happen: I had the house all to myself!ย  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 ofย  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 allย  go back I decided to really enjoy my day and have a little party with my fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to work on a quilt pattern that the Fat Quarter Shop provided for free. Click here for that link.ย 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,ย it was an AHA moment. I love it when things come together like that, don’t you?3 blocks all done!

Other than working on the blue and white quilt, I finally finished my advent calendar! advent calendar

Yay for me….only a month and a half late….Myย  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:ย heart quilt

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Finished with quiltingIt 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 willย  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?!

my rows so far

And finally, do you remember when I was working on the I Love Home BOM? I Love Home by Farmhouse QuiltsThere 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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14 thoughts on “An alone day…

  1. I love your blog posts! I love seeing what your working on. My son graduates this year also…my one and only baby ๐Ÿ™‚ He is going into the Navy and ships out June 20th. Happy, Proud, Sad all wrapped around that one so I am going to look for a not to complicated Navy or US type of quilt to make him this year.

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  2. I love seeing all your projects ๐Ÿ˜ƒ and funnily enough, yes we have 2 minions floating around the house ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ ba na naaaa ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. I have a minion in my sewing room as well!! It talks and dances when it senses movement but I keep it turned off most of the time. They are so funny to me! Your heart quilt turned out wonderfully & I love all the swirls. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve really loved seeing your Bee Happy blocks – they are adorable! She has a new one out that’s all about baking & I’m determined to make one for my mom for Christmas. She loves to bake!

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    1. I was so close to jumping into the bake sale quilt, thankfully I finally decided not to, therell be another one I’ll have to do though ๐Ÿ˜‚ minions are so funny, I watch the movies with my youngest 2 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜

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  4. So you, me and Skye all have a minion…we will have to find out if Guida has one too ๐Ÿ˜€
    Yes, Lori is doing a Let’s Bake quilt next…can’t wait to see your version…it is going to be so much fun and what a perfect gift for your mom!

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  5. I always enjoy reading your blogs and seeing what youโ€™re working on. I love the the quilt youโ€™re doing in the blues. Itโ€™s going to be awesome and Iโ€™m sure your son will love it. Your I love Home BOM quilt turned out to be so pretty with the blue borders and I really like the heart quilt. I canโ€™t remember the last time I had the house all to myself. Of course, itโ€™s only hubby and me, 2 cats and a dog. I donโ€™t have a minion watching over my fabric but I do have a red teddy bear that hubby bought me for Valentineโ€™s Day many years ago and a red haired American Girl doll that was also a gift. In my younger days I had red hair, like a new penny, and I always wanted a doll with hair like mine. Back then dolls only came with blonde or brown hair. They sit on the sofa bed and watch me sew.

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    1. Thank you Joyce! Your teddy and American Girl doll sound very special. I love those dolls…our daughter got one when she was younger that we had customized to look like her…so much fun. When I picture you as a young girl I have to think of Anne of Green Gables ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Love seeing your projects Monique. They all look fantastic. I have also just finished a couple of placemats for my little grandaughters which was supposed to be for Christmas. My daughter pointed out that rather than being late for last Christmas I am actually early for next Christmas-I like that idea better!!
    My sewing helper might just be the cute little chicken pincushion that I just finished tonight-just in case it’s too cute for me to feel okay about putting pins in it.
    I love the Bee Happy blocks-and Monique I agree with you that they are so bright and happy that I can understand why you would feel sad about finishing the quilt.

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    1. Thanks Kerrie! And your daughter sounds just as wonderful as my husband ๐Ÿ™‚
      I would love to see the placemats and the pincushion! And I totally understand about not being able to stick pins in it! Last year we made mouse pincushions as a challenge project and I just can’t use mine for that…so instead he just sits on my machine and watches while I work ๐Ÿ™‚


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