Passing Down Crazy

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

Peace and Adrenalin


Those two words don’t go together, do they?  Except that’s what happens when I have time in my sewing room.  (The peace may have something to do with the fact that The Bickersons are all in school!)

The first project I tackled yesterday was a Block Of The Month.

This is the Designer Mystery Block of The Month from Fat Quarter Shop.    I was not going to sign up for this BOM, because I’m notoriously bad at getting them done.  Then I saw the first block, which was the Christmas gifts.  I was sold!  I’ve never done a BOM through Fat Quarter Shop before.  Let me just say that I’m really impressed.    The instructions are so well done and they’re extremely generous with the fabric.  I think there are a lot of the months that I could make a second block, especially if I ordered extra background fabric.  Each month is designed by a different designer.  For instance, the bottom right tree block was designed by my friend Heather of Anka’s Treasures.

Here’s a closer look at a couple of the blocks.

Now I have to wait for the next block.  That’s part of the reason I’m not great with BOM programs.  I’m an instant gratification kind of a gal.  Oh, well!!!

After that, I decided I wanted to try to make a Dresden Plate block.  I’ve been quilting for 25 years and I’ve never made one.  I bought the ruler a long time ago and lost it, so I bought another one!  I had to hunt for that one too.  I was going to use some scrap fabric, but I wanted it to be pretty.  So…I grabbed my Luna Notte Layer cake and started cutting.  Here’s my first Dresden Plate.

Aunt B, you were wrong!!!  This is really fun and easy!

I  played around with borders a bit too.

This is where the adrenalin part comes in for me.  By the time I was done digging through my Moda cupboard and getting more ideas, I was wired.

So wired that I went to bed at 3 AM.

Today, I’m doing laundry and sewing.  And making cookies.  It’s Frankie’s 10th birthday tomorrow and he wants to take cookies to school for his treat.  For dinner he wants a Papa Murphy’s Barbecue Chicken Pizza on The Big Green Egg.  That could be interesting.

This weekend we’re doing a little camping and four wheeling for Frankie’s birthday.  He’s bringing a friend and they’ll be busy guys.  That means I’ll have time to knit!  I started a new project, but I want to get a little further before I show you.  It looks like a blob at this point.

Gotta go reload the washing machine!  And all those little Dresden pieces are calling me.

Author: mariajhmom

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

5 thoughts on “Peace and Adrenalin

  1. The Dresden is STUNNING…love it! I’m going to work on my September block today for the fqs bom…yours look great!

  2. Woohoo for dresden blocks! I just started a dresden project this month. They’re oh so cute, but making them en masse is getting a slight bit tedious. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. I so love that you are bi-craftual!!! Just lovely!

  4. LOVE this holiday sneak preview!!!! Great blocks – wonderful fabrics.

  5. I love Dresden Plate blocks! Are you using the polka dot for the background?

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