Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn



There were flowers.

There were balloons and streamers.

And more streamers.  (Thanks, Superblonde and Ms In Charge for your mad decorating skills!!!)

And chocolate cake.  Man, who are those old geezers???

The cake was made by Ms In Charge and a fabulous neighbor.  We have the best neighbors.  The husband is a little strange, but the wife and kids are awesome!

I did get some quilting time in today.  My Hero has a new, old office.  It was built in 1914 and was a Mental Institution.  Feel free to leave comments!!!  It was a huge mess last summer, but we renovated it.  The oak woodwork was amazing!  We went with yucky green, brown, golden tans, and rusty orange for colors.  There’s one large room where (what do I call them???  I can’t call them secretaries.  Let’s just say they’re the women that do all the work) the ladies have their desks.  There is one huge wall and it’s painted a warm gold.  It needs something.  Art work wouldn’t begin to cover it.  So here’s the start of a very large quilt that’s going on the wall.

These are two of four blocks, one for each season.  The one on the left is spring and the other is summer.  I’m pretty close to being finished with the other two as well.  The house blocks are from a Fig Tree Quilts book.  However, I couldn’t find it anywhere on her site, but all the quilts in it have house blocks in them.

These four blocks will be the center of the quilt.  From there, I’m not sure where I’m going.  The fabric is an older Moda line called Sonnet by April Cornell.

Oh, I forgot to tell you what I got for my birthday.  My Hero got me two new chairs for my sewing room.  Remember these chairs?  I put fancy wheels on them so they wouldn’t scratch the floor.  Well, I got what I paid for.  They were cheap chairs and the parts that held the wheels were plastic.  So now I have ugly black expensive chairs in my sewing room.  They’re exactly what I wanted though.  Thanks, honey!

I bought myself a present too.  I’m not sure I love it because it doesn’t seem to get very hot.  The verdict is out on whether it will stay or go back.

Thanks to everyone left a comment wishing me a happy birthday.  It was fun to see them throughout the day!

And now, I’m going to bed.


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

12 thoughts on “Celebrations!

  1. ahhh looks like you had a wonderful birthday, the cake looks totally yummy—love the new quilt!!

  2. What a lucky woman you are to receive gerber daisies, balloons and chocolate cake for your special day! You so deserve it.

  3. Happy birthday. Looks like you were treated very well. That iron must be a disappointment though since it’s not heating up to expectations.

  4. Happy Birthday! Looks like lots of fun. 🙂

  5. Here I am, always late to the party! Love the finished quilt from yesterday, the first one. Love the new shawl, hate the yarn! I did an Icarus with that yarn and gave the remainder away. I didn’t want to ever see it again! But the shawl it made is beautiful.

  6. Happy Belated birthday — great photos, so it looks like you had a lot of fun!

    Thanks as usual for sharing your projects and I love the “yarn description” of the latest shawl — makes me not think I’ll go crazy buying it. But what about for a “summer” yarn? I like to have something on my arms in the car — for some reason, the “air” always is a little too cool just below the shoulders. But of course I don’t want a wool shawl for inside the car in the summer (I know, picky picky)

    Too bad about the (red) chairs — they were so cute! And the iron: we had to replace ours, and just ordered a heavy Black and Decker — hubby (who does the Amazon ordering) said the ratings were much better, while I tried to convince him that quilters have been swearing by Rowentas for years. I’ll let you know. I just want something that will get hot, is heavy duty (I’m sorry, light plastic irons just don’t cut it) and will also survive a few knocks off the ironing board LOL.

    And doggie looks so cute, too. After two out of town wedding trips this summer we plan to get a “new” dog (wonderful old dog died a couple of years ago) …. can’t wait!!

  7. Happy Birthday! Today is my son’s birthday as well. Tell My/Your Hero that the red nose is just the perfect touch! Let’s see in the last week he’s modeled a shawl and a red nose! He’s definitely a keeper!

  8. Happy Birthday!!! It looks like your family really knows how to throw a party. Also, I have enjoyed all the pictures of your quilts… are one talented lady! And, I love your tutorial on Moda Bake Shop. I am getting tired thinking of all you have been doing. LOL

  9. Happy belated Birthday! Gorgeous flowers. The gerbera daisies are my favourites.

    Your quilts are amazing! You do beautiful work!!

  10. Happy happy birthday!!

    And omg, that is going to be one stunning quilt!!

  11. Happy Birthday Maria! Sorry to hear you don’t like the iron. I love mine. I think it gets plenty hot and the steam is wonderful. Haven’t you had that iron before and maybe this one is a lemon? PS – Thanks for sharing the Rebel Roses quilt 🙂

  12. I need to learn how to knit for the portable reason too. Thinking of hexagons though. My husband has a crooked nose (from being broken)and I find it very endearing. Don’t know if I’d be thrilled from a mother point of view though.

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