Mashed potatoes

Hello friends,

Some weeks I have a very clear subject that I plan to write about on my blog, and other weeks I feel like I have so many unrelated stories I want to share that I just can’t come up with a cohesive title.ย  A realย  “mish-mash”…which made me think about mashed potatoes…hence the title ( you can imagine what a fun life my husband leads living with a brain like mine~ it’s kind of surprising that his eyes aren’t permanently stuck in the eyeroll position..hahahaha…I do entertain myself so!) used with permission

Anyway, let’s get to the point, shall we? This week I have so many projects to share:

First of all I finished my Bee Happy quilt top!!

This quilt was such a joy to make, from beginning to end, and I’m honestly going to be a little sad to not have it to work on anymore. But I will display it in our living room so I will get to enjoy looking at it every day and that will be pretty good too.

I of course used my QAYG method for this, although this was really more of an “appliquilt as you go” instead. By the time I was done appliqueing all these blocks, there really wasn’t any need to quilt the blocks because there is not a lot of space left that isn’t sewn.

I do love this method so very much!

I finished the little project from my newest book too!

I was going to hand quilt it and then decided that was a crazy decision because there were so many seams in there! So I machine quilted instead ;). It looks adorable in blue, don’t you agree?

I took a webinar with the Sulky company ( yes, the maker of Sulky threads and stabilizers) and learned all about visible mending. It was very interesting and I ended up ordering the book so that I can learn more about all the different methods you can use to mend your clothes in a beautiful, but visible manner. I will share results when I mend something!

While on the Sulky website I found these beautiful sets of embroidery floss and decided to give those a try. I really, really like them! They don’t tangle like regular embroidery floss ( I think that’s because they are on a spool) and they are much, much cheaper than some other brands that come on spools! So that was a very happy discovery. I ended up using these threads on a bunny project that I found online and shared on my FB page.

Aren’t these the cutest?? They are tiny ( just about 1 1/2 inch tall) and so fun to make. I made these three to tuck into Easter baskets tomorrow!

I wanted to share the finished little table topper that I made while doing another Quilt As You Go sew along in my Facebook group. This is one of 2 that I ended up making. There are 2 ways that you can join already quilted blocks~ one with sashing, and one without. This shows the sashed type. The sample without sashing has been patiently waiting to be bound….next week, I promise! If you are interested in learning more about this method I share 2 tutorials right here on my blog. Just use the pulldown menu to find them.

Okay, then finally ( whew, there is a lot to share this week!!), I started a secret little project this week….I was doodling one night and came up with this cute little Spring project that I will share with you soon….so easy, so scrappy, and will incorporate some embroidery too:

Can’t wait to share more with you next week!

Happy Easter~Happy Spring~Happy creating!

Monique

20 thoughts on “Mashed potatoes

  1. Happy Easter Monique ๐Ÿฃ…thank you for the birthday card. It is so thoughtful of you and your card is so cute โค๏ธ. You have inspired me to do a few scrappy Easter crafts…I will send a photo next time. ๐ŸŒธ

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  2. That Bee Happy quilt top is so cute.

    I think you should do some visible mending. We all should. I actually have over the years. Sometimes it looks nice
    and It makes me feel special. haha
    This table topper is striking. I need to make many of these. They make great gifts for people we love.

    I have seen those tiny bunnies. Yours turned out very cute

    I love your secret project.

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  3. H Monique, all of your projects turned out great. I have been avoiding the Bee Happy quilt because of the size. I’m still a beginner and don’t do big thing, but your QAYG is brilliant! Makes me think I can do it. But how did you put on the back? Didn’t you have to do some quilting on the back to keep it together? Keep up the beautiful work.

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    1. Oh Shirley, just get started on it! It is such a fun quilt and I promise you will enjoy every minute of working on it! And yes, you can do it, and yes, use QAYG because that simplifies everything. Yes, in order to finish the quilt I will add a backing, pin, and then quilt straight lines on all the seams to hold it all together. Works perfectly every time and it is so much easier when you just quilt in straight lines, rather than having to go every which way. Good luck and I hope you will keep me updated on your progress ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Thankyou so much for the qayg videos with the sashing technique, that bit always confuses me. There’s another technique using wider sashing and extra batting which I haven’t got my head around.

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  5. Oh My God! Those little embroidery pieces are REALLY small…and I LOVE the blue. Your pictures and the pictures in the book were very deceptive. I never caught on to haw little this quilt will be. I was flipping through the book looking for the patterns and didn’t see them until the 5th time through. I can do this in a couple Thursday evenings with my stitching friends. So excited to start. Since I don’t have a light box and I use the sliding glass door, I have to wait to trace until tomorrow. I am praying for sunshine on Easter!!! Happy Easter to you and your family.

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