Babies, birthdays, winners, and more

Hello again,

These past few weeks have been filled with a little bit of everything, from meeting our new grandniece to house renovations, and all kinds of other stuff in between, so let’s get going!

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A couple of weekends ago,  my hubby and I drove up to Canada to help my dad celebrate his birthday  and to meet our new grandniece. It’s always fun to go and surprise my parents~after all, we don’t do that 14 hour return trip very often! I made my Dad his very own birthday- candy- message- board, which everyone enjoyed reading. I also got to deliver my baby quilt in person and then got in some good cuddle time with the baby!

Back home again, we have been busy with a few more home renovations…they seem to be never-ending, but we do have the finish line in sight now! We finally started on our master bedroom! We probably should have started here so we could have a nice retreat at the end of the day to relax in, but instead we have been putting this one off. Do you remember the lovely Cannabis inspired wallpaper it had?

Well, under that layer was another layer of striped circus tent  paper, and under that we were left with a gluey, gooey mess. And lots of nail holes….lots and LOTS of nail holes. No wonder we left this room till practically last! Anyway, we have gotten started washing the walls and filling all those nail holes. Next will be the ceiling which needs a fresh coat of paint, and then we can start the painting of both the walls and the trim. It’s going to be a gorgeous room when it’s all done and I can’t wait to reveal it to you!

Another smaller project I have been working on this week is the painting of this cabinet.



It is a build-in and was brown and my original idea was to build some small barn door style doors for it so we could hide video games and movies on those shelves. Actually, to be truthful, my original idea was to take a hammer and demolish it, but you know how those guys on TV make it seem so easy? Yeah, it’s not! So now my cabinet has a few “distress” marks from where I tried to remove it…

Anyway,  it turns out that this cabinet is one of the few places where I can place my “pretties”, so a paint job was the next best choice. This took more coats of paint than I was hoping, but here it is, in all its glory:


Not a huge difference, but I like it much better and that is all that matters.

I think I shared that I joined a local quilt guild and this past week it was Show and Tell time. I wasn’t sure about bringing any projects to share, but my friend Colleen convinced me I had to. Can you guess which quilts I decided to bring?? My scarecrow runner and my mash-up quilt! The runner is my most recent project, and the mash-up quilt is my favorite quilt…shhhhh, don’t tell the others 😉

There were some beautiful quilts shared and I especially loved the 2 old ones that had been made in the early 1900’s! My neighbor guild attendee shared a whole lot of Trip Around the World quilt variations and she offered to share her pattern with the members of the guild. Of course I took her up on her offer! I have never made a Trip quilt so I am eager to start. This is one of Judy’s creations:

quilt by Judith Ray
Trip Around The World by Judith Ray

I might just have to copy Judy’s colors…you know how I’m a big fan of red and this quilt makes me happy ;).

Speaking of things that make me happy….a few weeks ago I was on Pinterest ( it’s a black hole…don’t enter if you value your time… 😀 )and I ran across these little teeny, tiny quilts called Inchies. They are a 1 inch sized quilt! Oh my! I was instantly smitten and was pinning every Inchie Pin I could find! I couldn’t find many tutorials on how to make them so I have been experimenting myself. I did decide right away that mine were not going to be “Inchies”…no way, no how! That is way too small for me,  but I think the ones I came up with are super cute and still little enough. Now to come up with a name for these…hmmmmm….. Stay tuned because I will definitely be sharing a blog post about my process and thoughts and ideas. And this might just become the next challenge in our facebook group  😉 .72123805_10157651841345522_75387297498923008_n.jpg

Finally, I want to thank all of you who left  comments on my 200th blog post. I want you all to know how much I appreciate the sweet thoughts and wish I could send every one of you a little something….but I had to narrow it down to just 3, and those winners of my prize giveaway are: Marlynne Joy Snare, Brenda Furlong, and Joyce Statton! Congratulations ladies! Please email me your mailing address and I will get your surprises in the mail to you :).

For next week’s blog post I am hoping to be able to share a quilt I started last weekend, plus some photos of the Fall quilts I pulled out for decorating. And I’m really hoping to get to play with some more Inchie-inspired creations!

Until next time~happy creating!


26 thoughts on “Babies, birthdays, winners, and more

  1. Your cabinet turned out great, looks like your Dad enjoyed his big treat laden Birthday card, My kids made one for my husbands 60th bday and it was a huge hit.

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    1. I don’t think that my parents had ever seen a birthday card like this so it was fun! And my daughter and I had fun buying all the different candy bars and coming up with the sentences to use the candy bars in…double the fun 😉


  2. How delightful a mega family dose of love and cuddles!
    I just saw a video by Donna Jordan on how to make a Trip Around the World, I’m planning on giving it a try!
    I really liked the way she organized the pieces, into quarters/ circular order for sewing.
    Your house renovation is just gorgeous.
    Happy Stitiching!

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  3. I am so glad you kept the build-in cabinet. And I enjoy reading your blog and everything you are doing from the family, house renovations to your adorable quilts. Keep on doing what you are doing because you do it well.

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  4. Monique, you remain an inspiration! I don’t know how you accomplish so much and still manage to host a fun, and informative Facebook group. Kudos to you ! I had to laugh at your cannabis inspired bedroom wall paper.comment. You have a great sense of humor. Thanks for all you do for us !

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  5. Monique I love it now when your done please come stay with me for a month or so just to help me decorate my house cute and Uncluttered and I have sewing machines and sergers to play with on your down time I’ll feed you good bring the whole family

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  6. Your shelf is so cute. I always have to have a place to put out a few of my favorite goodies. Thank you so much for picking me to win something. It’s so much fun to get a surprise in the mail. I’ve messaged you my home address.

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  7. Oh, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a winner. You have totally made my day, week, month…., Thank you so much in advance. My email address is attached so you can get me to your email so I can send my home address.

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  8. Oh Hope exciting my name was one of the 3 winners. Love your blog. The inches are fun
    are fun to make. I made 2 1/4” size for all the seasons on a vacation one year. Was going to send a picture here but don’t see how too!

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  9. Love the cabinet! I joined a quilt guild last week too! and I have a Trip Around the World quilt I started several years ago I would love to finish. If you start one, maybe I can follow along and get mine finished!

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  10. I am just shocked that you didn’t want to sleep in a room decorated in marijuana leaves! Loved the baby quilt. Loved the shelf. I adore built-ins. Do you need a passport to go to Canada? The only time I’ve been there, you didn’t. I imagine times have changed. Can’t wait to see what you do with that room……

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  11. I could have said the very things about you my sewing friends said, but instead I will tell you “YOU ARE A FANTASTIC PERSON ALL AROUND!” My first quilt class in 1975 was a Trip Around the World and now I am working on Lori Holt’s blocks.

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