MCM #38 – It’s a Double Crush Week

Today I’m going to veer off topic for just a minute. My first crush this week (I have two) has absolutely nothing to do with quilting, sewing, or anything fabric related. But I’m so excited I just had to share  – I hope you’ll bear with me!

Over the weekend I received this pic from my youngest son and the message “I wonder what it could be?”

Diploma from WVU Normally a picture of an envelope wouldn’t  bring me to tears. But this one did and I’ll tell you why. This diploma has been nine years (9!) in the making. Anthony moved to Morgantown two years after he graduated high school and has been working a full time job and attending school since. He has had to take multiple semesters off, move from apartment to apartment as roommates came and went, and handle a grueling work schedule on top of a difficult course schedule.

There is so much more to this story and I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice it to say, I am soooo super proud of him and he (and his degree) is my Super Crush on this Main Crush Monday!

To keep this a bit quilting related, I’ll share a pic of a quilt I made for him January 2015. You can read all the details on his quilt in these posts:

Anthony's Quilt

Now on to my second crush – those doggone hexies! Yes, the hexagon bug has bitten me hard. I haven’t even made it to Cleveland yet for my visit with my M-I-L, and I already have all these made:

Hexies - Rainbow

Do you see the rainbow theme I’ve got going on there? Not on purpose, it’s just worked out that way so far. I still don’t have a plan for these yet, and none of them have been pressed. They are so. much. fun. to make. I’m using up some of my scraps — yay! — so I’m just going to keep making them. I think I would love to make myself a zipper bag or pouch using a few of them, but I don’t know yet. Ideas?

I found a shoebox size plastic bin that I’m storing the completed pieces in, along with the supplies I need to make more. I’ll be taking this bin with me on my trip. I love that this project is so contained and not messy, as we all know sewing is a lot of time.

Hexie Shoebox BinI will be cutting more paper templates and prepping more fabric before I leave. I like cutting the fabric in a hexagon shape before using. It makes it easier for me to use with the template. Just stack the fabric in five or six layers, lay a template on top, and trim around it leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ on each side. Fast and easy and keeps everything neat.  I can’t wait to see how many of these I’ll have finished by the end of the week!

Now that you’ve seen my two crushes for this week, let’s read about yours! First though, let’s take a look at a few of the link-ups from last week.

Janice of Color, Creating, and Quilting co-hosted a shadow box mini quilt-along. Last week was the reveal of all the mini’s and there were so many really adorable ones. You can find all the links on her blog, as well as read about her first ever mini finish.


Photo by Janice of Color, Creating, and Quilting!


Kat of Rose Prairie Quilts is making these gorgeous Cleopatra blocks. She shares a link to a free pattern from Robert Kaufman that uses this block. I have never seen a block like this before and I love the look of it.

Photo by Kat of Rose Prairie Quilts & Farm

Photo by Kat of Rose Prairie Quilts & Farm


Then Jennifer of A Quarter Inch from the Edge shared two adorable mini mini quilts that she and Jennifer swapped. Look at that cat! She designed this mini specifically  for Jennifer of Little Black Cats, and then put the blog initials on the back. Genius!

Photo by Jennifer of A Quarter Inch from the Edge

Photo by Jennifer of A Quarter Inch from the Edge

Last week’s links were full of some serious cuteness and inspiration. (Like, I wish I would have had the time for the shadow box mini quilt along!) I know that the crushes you share this week will be just as great, so link up!

Please note – I’ll be gone this week and busy with my M-I-L caretaker duties so responses to comments may be a bit slow. But I’ll be reading them and all the link-ups whenever I can, so keep them coming!

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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26 Responses to MCM #38 – It’s a Double Crush Week

  1. kris says:

    Wow Beth you have so much going on here….but congrats to your son …that is the best!!

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  3. Hi Beth! I am so far behind on reading my regular blog posts, I just now saw this post! I can just imagine how proud you are of Anthony. That is a great accomplishment! Thank you so much for featuring the Shadow Block Mini! That was so much fun! Jen and I decided we most definitely want to do this again so maybe we’ll catch you at just the right time next time. Blessings on you while you travel to care for your mother-in-law.

  4. Congratulations to your son!! I loved seeing his quilt again. Has it really been that long since you made it?

  5. Susan says:

    I got nothing done last week, so no crush to post, but I had to tell you congratulations to you for your son’s diploma, AND congratulations to him for not giving up when it was tough!

  6. Tish says:

    Congrats, you one proud momma! That’s a huge accomplishment for him, I would have cried too. Kids, what do they do to us?? You are cracking me up with your hexi addiction. Hexies, the new quilting drug 🙂

  7. Congrats to your son! Love your little hexies!

  8. Susan says:

    Congrats to your son! And those hexies are cute – you may have to make several things with them!

  9. Bonnie in Va says:

    Isn’t that wonderful news for you and him! It sounds like he REALLY earned his degree. Congratulations to you and him! Your hexies look good enough to make me want to make some… er, no. NO NEW PROJECTS!

  10. quiltkat2 says:

    Congratulation to your son and his super mom..I want to thank you for showing the block i made. It is a beautiful one and will make a gorgeous quilt. Thanks again

  11. Sandra says:

    Congrats to your son, Beth and to you! Having had a daughter graduate in May of 2015 from Wayne State after a 5 year journey, not to mention the 4 previous years of learning, one in university, the other 3 in the work force and all 9 while working and moving 2000 miles across Canada away from family, I can totally appreciate the double whack-master CRUSH feelings you are having as a mama-bear right about now. 🙂 Fun hexies, and hey Cleveland?! You’ll be relatively close to me! Now I’m headed back downstairs to finish the feathers on Dayna’s grad quilt (yep, a bit more than a year overdue…ahem)

  12. What a great achievement! Many Congratulations to your son! Your hexies look so pretty, Beth 🙂


  13. helen says:

    fantastic news about Antony, that’s a great achievement. I’m sure you are very proud.

  14. Alycia says:

    Yay for your Super Crush!!! What a great feeling!!

  15. Kathi Riemer says:

    You must be so proud of your son What an accomplishment! You are so brave to love hexies. They scare me to death.

  16. Good for your son! His determination will get him far.

  17. Linda Mincher says:

    Congratulations to your son!

  18. Kate Heads says:

    Wonderful news about your son, he has done so well, no wonder you are so proud of him.

  19. Karen Goad says:

    what an accomplishment for your son – perseverance! so many takes years now to get a college degree – cost have sky rocketed so much. I love your hexie bin – what kind of paper are you using for yours? I actually have ideas for another hexie quilt going through my mind and keep telling myself I have to finish the current one first – I know it can be done as I have a completed hexie quilt on the bed right now! Have a good week with MIL

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  21. Congratulations, Mom, what a great accomplishment. Your hexies are wonderful and so pretty.

  22. Lisa says:

    Congratulations to Anthony! That’s wonderful news. I’ve had that hexie bug in the past but it has been lost by the wayside. Maybe I can pick it up again this winter.

  23. Kate says:

    Congratulations to your son on his graduation. To have stuck with while working full time is quite an accomplishment. Enjoy your slow stitching this week. Love your rainbow hexies.

  24. Such exciting news for you Beth. You must be one proud mama! Your gorgeous hexie collection is certainly growing and reminds me to drag my (very) small box of hexies out one of these days…

  25. Congratulations to your son, that is a huge accomplishment no matter the circumstances. 🙂

  26. Nann says:

    Congratulations to your son on his accomplishment! Your hexies look so tidy.

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