Today is my Dad’s birthday. Our family lost him three years ago but we still celebrate his birthday. Next to Christmas, it was his favorite day. I tell you, he was like a little kid every year. He would be sure to let my siblings and I know weeks in advance that his special day was on its way and he couldn’t wait to eat cake and ice cream and open his presents.

So, in honor of Dad and how much he loved his birthday YOU are getting a present today!

**Cue the cheers and the band!**

I created an easy and fast quilt pattern, using 2-1/2″ strips and 5″ squares. It is perfect for a jelly roll* and charm pack. I made this several weeks ago because I had a package of Bali strips I wanted to use. I had the entire quilt finished in a weekend. The centers provide a place to show off your free motion quilting skills – I quilted a flower motif in the center of each block.

*To make the quilt as pictured, you will need an additional 6 strips (assuming jelly roll has 42 strips). You can use fat quarters for the extra strips, as they are cut in 9″ lengths. If you don’t want to use additional fabric, just eliminate the bottom row.

Joie de Vivre Quilt Pattern

The name of the pattern is Joie de Vivre, which when translated from French means Joy of Living. The name is perfect for the quilt and its vivid colors, and accurately describes my Dad.

If you would like a digital (PDF) copy of the pattern, simply click here to download your copy.  It’s my way of saying thanks for being a reader/follower of this blog, for all your support, and to say Happy Birthday, Dad!

Wasn’t that fun? 🙂

Now on to this weeks Main Crush Monday party. First, let’s check in with some of the great link ups from last week.

First up – Janice @ Color, Creating & Quilting. She’s making her version of the Pretzel Twist pattern. I like this pattern a lot and may add it to my “I want to do that” list.



Yvonne – Quilting JETgirl quilted this beautiful quilt that will be a Christmas gift. This was a collaborative effort with her Mother and is going to make a wonderful gift. Check out her wonderful quilting!



Finally, Sarah @ 123 Quilts has a lot of projects going on, and these curved pieces really caught my eye. I can’t wait to see what she does with them.

Curved Piecing


Now, what are you working on that you are excited about? I would love it if you would link up and share. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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