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.

shadow-block-mini

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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