Monday, September 24, 2012

~ Monday, Monday ~

Any fans of The Mamas and The Papas out there? I love most music from the 60s and 70s. Their song, Monday, Monday is one of my favorites. No surprise that I was singing it to myself Sunday night as I was thinking about the last few Mondays and the Mondays coming up. It's been a rough beginning to my school year and the stress hasn't let up yet.

Okay...enough of the pity party ;-) Other than work, work, work, not much has been going on around here. I finally finished a little "Happy" to be mailed today to an awesome quilty friend of mine (never mind that I'm about a week, or two, late in mailing it). That's about all the quilting I've done over the last couple of months, but at least I had a little time in my happy place, which has kept me sane. More about this later...

But with no major projects being worked on right now, I thought I would share some pictures of  quilts I made for my dad and step mom. I'm still trying to play catch up with my journaling of this quilting process ;-)

This quilt was made with the very first line of fabric I fell in love with...Pure, by Sweetwater for Moda (I'm amazed that I can remember the name). The pattern is called Diamonds at Large, from the book Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott.

I loved the browns, tans, and blues together. I love the name of the line...Pure...ah!! And the print..."pure love, pure happiness, pure laughter, pure & simple"...
I wasn't sure if it would work with this pattern, but in the end, my dad liked it, so I guess it worked out just fine.

This next quilt was made with the first Bali pop I every fell in love with...can't remember the name...haha!! But, I did really, really love it. I remember driving home from the LQS after purchasing the backing fabric saying over and over and over "I.Love.Batiks!!" I actually called my sister to share this fact with her. I believe she thought I had lost my mind!! It was the first quilt that I ever made that I almost didn't gift. I loved everything about it!! Those of you who know me, know that I very rarely will use the word "love" with anything I that I have made...but I'm getting better at it ;-)

This was my first, of two, 1600 jelly roll quilts. I'm still amazed that such a simple pattern (and I use that word lightly) can result in such a beautiful quilt. I think I fell in love with the simple lines...or maybe the colors...not real sure. But this quilt was really special to me for whatever reason, and it was oh, so hard to let it go.  


Well, I'm off now, to start my Monday, Monday...wish me luck!!

~ Michelle ~


  1. Happy Monday Michelle!!! So glad you are sharing your quilt photos with us.

  2. I was a teenager in the 80s, so I never listened to the Mamas and Papas. But I do love their version of Dream a Little Dream of Mine. Love your beautiful quilt projects! I can't imagine having much time for sewing either, so it's fun to live vicariously through your projects.

  3. I know how you feel about the school year starting up and stress, stress, stress. Love your quilts. I'm a sucker for tan and brown together! Have always loved it. Hang in there, Michelle!

  4. I love Sweetwater fabric, and that quilt turned out great!
    I have a jellyroll to do the 1600 but I just haven't sat down to do it yet. Did it come together quickly for you?

  5. Now I have that song in my head! and it's Tuesday! Like Terri, it's before my time, but I always loved oldies; the Mamas and the Papas are great. Your quilts are beautiful and when I read that you "loved" everything about that quilt, I thought "Did Michelle just say that?!? Before I even read the next line!

    And, you aren't so late with your happy, I haven't mailed mine yet... I'm sure I'll be dead last.

  6. Beautiful work, Michelle. I love the blues and browns together. I am so glad that you had time to post a blog. I always look forward to reading them.

  7. Love the Mamas and Papas music! And "boo" to Terri and Doris who are too young to have actually lived with their music. (Can you tell I have a big birthday coming up and I am NOT HAPPY about it!!!)

    Your quilts are gorgeous. I love (!) every single line of Sweetwater fabric. I used to have a huge stack of batiks but have donated most of them to a friend in San Diego. I still have some really pretty ones, though. The next time I'm de-stashing my batiks I'll send you some pictures.