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:   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?! 😉 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 😉

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

Where is that Calgon bubble bath when you need it?!

Oh my goodness. These last couple of weeks have just been crazy around here! I didn’t even have time to think about writing a blog post, let alone actually sitting down and coming up with something to write about! With the last days of school for our youngest two, plus high school graduation for our middle son, having to finish his graduation quilt, and hosting company for said graduation, working on our new house,  PLUS having house showings thrown in here and there, it has been a crazy, nutty, unorganized, out-of-routine couple of weeks.grandparents at graduation

But now most of that is behind us….School is done for the summer, graduation was a success, company has all returned home, quilt was done on time, and now the “only” thing I have on my agenda is house showings whenever they pop up and new house renos. Much more manageable :).

So first things first: Our middle son graduated from high school and was selected Salutatorian. For those of you not familiar with the American education system, the student holding the highest grade of all graduating students is selected as Valedictorian, the second highest grade holder becomes Salutatorian. Needless to say that we are super proud of him!

I managed to finish his quilt the day before his grad party so was lucky enough to not have to work on that till the wee hours of the morning!

I think it will look very nice lying at the end of his college dorm bed! And those are his college’s colors too! ( Total fluke; I had a lot of blues and thought those would make a nice manly quilt, then realized that blue and white were his college colors~ Yay for me!).

With school out for summer now we have a little more freedom to work on our new house. We have gotten quite a  bit done already, but there is still LOTS to do! Our oldest son has been a great help, stripping wallpapers from many rooms, and ripping up flooring and getting them ready ( by removing many, MANY staples) for the new laminate flooring that we picked out. Our downstairs bathroom is getting a complete gut job and it’s scary how much I am enjoying saying that! I ordered some beautiful new (WHITE!!) cabinets for all the bathrooms and all the old, dirty, decrepit BROWN ones are coming out! If they were in decent shape I would have just painted them, but they are not, and they have that certain old smell…

 

These ones will look so much nicer! This weekend we will shop for flooring for 2 of the bathrooms. They both have not so lovely brown linoleum that is 40 years old and I am not a fan of brown ( had you noticed?!). The bathrooms are super small so I feel like I can go CRAZY with any type flooring I want because it will not break the bank, no matter how hard I may try ;). So today I was eyeing some super wonderful vinyl that looks like tiles at Home Depot, but I’m not sure it would be too crazy and I would tire of it soon. What are your thoughts?

While our parents were here for graduation, we gave my mom and dad a tour of the new place, and they promptly wanted to get to work! So my mom cleaned out kitchen cabinets, and helped me paint over top of the wallpaper in the dining room, while my dad removed the carpet from what will become my new quilt room. My parents are always so willing to lend anyone a hand and we are so appreciative of them!

Our youngest son got in on the action too and removed a funky door between the dining and kitchen area!  I think our new house is going to mean so much more to us, because so many people that we love and hold dear are helping to fix it up! We know that it will take some time and it won’t all be done before we move in, but in a few years I think our new home will be an awesome place! And in the meantime you all get to “enjoy” the reno stories?! Teeheeeeee!

Honestly though?I cannot wait to get a room to unpack all my crafty stuff in and to get creating again! I have been grumpy and out of sorts and I really think it’s because I am not getting enough creative time. There are so many patterns out there that I want to dive into! Soon…I just have to keep reminding myself about that 🙂

In the meanwhile I do have one little, no, make that 2 little projects I can work on. In my Facebook group I challenged people to the Sweet 16 challenge. Simply put, you grab any magazine, turn to page 16, and make a project inspired by something you see on that page. This was my page 16:Sweet 16 project pageWhat to do with that?! The mirrored headboard is begging to be used somehow, but I have to figure out the details yet. Stay tuned for updates on that project.

And finally, my friend Kristie and I have decided to do yet another Christmas ornament sew-along this year! We had so much fun doing it last year, and the participants really seemed to enjoy it too, so we are repeating it again this year.Merry

More details will follow, but I can tell you that the format will be a little different from last year but we are excited about our theme and our plan! So stay tuned for more info on that project also!

Phew, this turned into a super long blog post…thanks for sticking with me all this time! And if you have read all the way to the end of this post, I have a little surprise for you: I am holding a giveaway!  One of you will have the opportunity to win this super cute Amy Bradley pattern!pattern give away

This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere ( because that is way more fun!). Just leave me your name right here in the comments and I will randomly choose a winner from all entries. Winner will be announced in my next blog post!

Until next time~Happy creating!

Monique