Collage quilting,wallpaper, and grand ideas….what?

Hello again,

For a while now I have been very fascinated by collage quilts. I have picked up a few books about it and follow a collage quilt group on FB, but I had not yet ventured into making a quilt of my own. Last year ( just before we moved and I made one last visit to all my favorite quilt stores in and around Intercourse, PA ( weird town name, but true. Why they changed it from “Cross Keys” to Intercourse I will never understand!) I picked up this pattern:ย  ย The subject seemed so appropriate and I thought it would be a great way to venture into collage quilting. I had SO much fun making this one, although I have to say that the instructions were rather vague and I’m sure I did a million things the wrong way! But I like how it’s looking so far and that is all that matters, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I still have to straight stitch around all the applique pieces with black thread and then it will be done! Maybe I can share the finished project next week.

Other than the applique quilt, I sewed a label to my scrappy flower quilt ( Hey, I have to follow the advice in my own preachy post, don’t I??). I used a leftover flower block from the front, so this label was super quick and easy to make. I thought I had come up with an ingenious way to finish the edges (a quick zig-zag around the outside, mimicking a serger), but it turned out very messy and uneven. I will NOT be using that method again!


I also picked up this adorable book when Martingale had its huge sale a few weeks back: and just HAD to start this little number:

It consists of 18 teeny, tiny embroideries ( they measure 1.5 by 2.5 inches!) that you then combine with scraps to make this little quilt. I decided to make mine in blue, rather than red. I’m a rebel that way ;). It is just so much fun to add embroidery to a quilt, and this one was a lot of fun to work on in the evening.

This is my progress so far and I’m hoping to get the whole quilt top done this weekend so I can big stitch quilt it!

On the house reno front, we have now successfully removed wallpaper from all but 2 rooms in our home! As you may recall, there was wallpaper EVERYWHERE ( even on the ceiling in one of the bathrooms!). Our latest victory was the hallway, where the wallpaper wasn’t ugly or anything, but it was damaged in some places and was also pretty dark in color and absorbed all light. A bit of a dark hole therefore.


The walls need a bit of repair and then we’ll be ready to give it a nice coat of paint. And then we’ll move onto the dining room! I have grand plans for that room, which will have to get done in stages I’m sure. ( I am great at having the ideas and the vision and then leave it up to my poor husband to figure out all the math for materials and execution ;)~have I mentioned that he is a very patient man?? Thank you J, for putting up with all of it! ). Right now the dining room has a low, thin chair rail and some pretty overpowering floral wallpaper. That all has to go. In my mind I see a beautiful room with white wainscotting about 3/4 of the way up, with a dark color paint on the top quarter of the wall….

Let’s see how that works out!

Finally I have to share this super cute container that I found at HomeGoods this week! I needed something to hold my Fat Quarters as my collection has been growing lately and I ran out of room…oops! Anyway, this sweet little stand was on clearance so I scooped it up and brought it home.

And look how much more room I have now for MORE Fat Quarters!

Finally I just want to tell you all a great big THANK YOU for reading my blog! I realize that there are a LOT of blogs out there, and I really appreciate that you choose to read and follow mine. I have nothing special to share, no big corporate sponsorships, and not many giveaways, so I really appreciate you all. Just thought I would let you know ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time~happy creating!


19 thoughts on “Collage quilting,wallpaper, and grand ideas….what?

  1. Hi Monique,
    Once again I love all the patterns you share! They are all so unique and cute. That little cart is really adorable and what a great find. I have some UFO embroidery projects that I pick up now and then and youโ€™ve inspired me to return to them. Have a great weekend!

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  2. I always enjoy reading your blog. You are at the top of my list! I love the dinning room idea. I think that would be beautiful. I just recently received the AQS quarterly magazine and sales booklet. On the front cover of the sales booklet is a collage quilt pattern for sale. I am thinking of ordering it. It is a pattern of collage flowers. I had never heard of collage quilts before or just never paid attention. I really like it!

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  3. Your blog is very nice to read. I love looking at all the things you are working on, and I am inspired to maybe learn to embroider because I love all the little things you can embroider and incorporate into a quilt block. it looks like so much fun. I like putting bindings on by hand, so maybe I will like small embroideries.


  4. Love reading your blog. This months American Quilter magazine has a great bird collage quilt with step by step instructions. I think Iโ€™m going to try it.

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  5. Absolutely love how it’s all coming along. With the zigzag edging, I think it’s a hit and miss if it looks neat or not. I’m interested in seeing how your dining room paint job comes along too

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  6. Hi Monique…really like your sweet embroidery quilt project. Looking forward to seeing it all finished. I am working in and off with a hexie lap quilt…thatโ€™s as far my hand stitching gets at this time. Your home is looking great…. I hope the dining room is completed your way, the photo is beautiful ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. You make the most beautiful items and I love your idea for the dinning room. You know you could be an interior decorator. My DH is not quite as patient as yours, plus Im the one that always asks how much is that going to cost??, I used to be in accounts, so that budget stuff just hangs in there. Oh well better to do that then end up in the poor house. Cant wait to see your finished items, love your little stand/container. Take care.

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    1. Hahahahaha, yes, I have a VERY patient husband…he’s a keeper for sure…but don’t tell him . I don’t need him to get complacent ;). As for the cost of home improvement, we are doing a bit at a time, but I like to think ahead…plus, doing most of the work ourselves saves a ton of money. It of course also helps that we sold our house so that we have some of that money to reinvest into this new home ;). Good luck, and our offer to come help still stands, as long as you pay for our trip over to Australia ๐Ÿ˜‰


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