Happy Leap Day & Home Sweet Home

Happy Leap Year, Friends!  Do you know of anyone who is born on Feb 29th?  I can’t say that I do.  I hope you have had a great February.  February practically flew by me.  But that only means one thing — we are closer to Spring!


I shared with you last week that I do so love house quilts!  In fact, I am on a personal quest to make as many house quilts as I can!  Here are a few in my own quilt collection, all designed by me!









A quilter who loves house quilts just as much was musing with me the reason of why house quilts are so well-loved.  I suggested that perhaps house quilts invoke so easily the sentiment of Home Sweet Home!

Last week I shared about my new house quilt pattern Maisons de Patchwork that is offered in my pattern line.


HIgh Res_For Sale 1a_76 x 86

I also shared with you that I am making the quilts from my patterns right along with you!  While I am waiting for the beautiful gray and coral floral fabrics to arrive, I started making the quilt in Christmas fabrics for a Christmas version of the quilt!  All the house blocks are now completed.  I am in the process of getting the star blocks made…


I have plans to add a wee bit of embroidery to the windows of the house!  I had hoped to get to it this past week, but time just got away from me.


The Maisons de Patchwork pattern is available for purchase HERE.

The reason I share my Christmas houses is that I want you to know you can use any fabrics of your choice for my Maisons de Patchwork pattern.  I would like to see a version done using reproduction fabrics.  So, if that’s your style…. just sayin’!

While we are on red/green, you might have seen this quilt on my Instagram feed.

Fabric Mock Up_Island Batik

The pattern Macarons was added to my Etsy shop yesterday, available for purchase HERE.  This is another fabric-independent design.  It is also Fat Quarter Friendly — just add your favorite fabrics!  You will need 18 Fat Quarters — so start raiding your stash!  I tend to use quite a few fabrics in my for-sale patterns — because I love the visual effect of the controlled scrappy look.  It’s fun for me to try to find where else in the quilt a certain fabric is used.  However, if you are into the more uniform look, you can use 4 FQs of the same print + 2 other FQs, or any combinations of your choice to make 18 and come up with a different final look of the quilt.

Cover Photo

Since I started my blog post today about home sweet home, I will leave with the words of the hymn “Happy the home when God is there” — one that I used to sing as a kid.

1. Happy the home when God is there,
and love fills every breast;
when one their wish, and one their prayer,
and one their heavenly rest.

2. Happy the home where Jesus’ name
is sweet to every ear;
where children early speak his fame,
and parents hold him dear.

3. Happy the home where prayer is heard,
and praise is wont to rise;
where parents love the sacred Word
and all its wisdom prize.

4. Lord, let us in our homes agree
this blessed peace to gain;
unite our hearts in love to thee,
and love to all will reign.

Have a blessed weekend, and Happy March to you!


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13 thoughts on “Happy Leap Day & Home Sweet Home

  1. Wendy, your house quilts are heart warming!! You make choosing a pattern very difficult as you have so many tempting me. We have a friend celebrating his birthday today!! The other three years, he celebrates March 1. Happy Spring, sweet friend!!

  2. Good Morning, Wendy! I, too, love House quilts! I haven’t made one in years, and you’ve inspired me. Your quilts always lift my heart, as do your words. Your posts combine my love of quilts with my Savior. It’s great to follow a Believer!

    Much love to you and your daughter! Eileen Sherrill, Franklin, TN


  3. I love all your House quilts. It makes me think how fun they’d be to have a special exhibit at a Quilt Show of your House quilts. And your new patterns are stunning.

    My morning news shared a cute story about Leap Day. Two sisters were each born on Leap Day (4 years apart). And, it turns out the delivery doctor was also a Leap Day baby. Makes one wonder what the odds are, given I too have never met a Leap Day baby!

  4. I love “House” quilts!! However, I have yet to create one. That task is on my bucket list, 😂, someday!!! Your “Macarons” quilt is perfect for a CA son. I already have the perfect stash of fabrics. Thanks for the pattern!! Enjoy this “extra” day; do only what brings you joy!! ❤️❤️ PS. I love your entry photo—-china teacups, sweet floral fabrics, and yummy threads.. 💞 😊

  5. My goodness! I had no idea you had so many house patterns and that is definitely one of my favorite kinds of quilts. I LOVE reproduction fabrics so I would be delighted to start a new project using your house pattern. I never even thought to do one in repro fabrics! Your house quilts are absolutely gorgeous.

  6. Great to hear from you again. Your pieces are always exquisite! I do know a leap year baby…although he is not a baby anymore…I have a dear cousin born on this day. I must be off to FB to wish him well!!

  7. Lots of sweet homey quilts! :) Why yes I do know someone born on leap year and I’m in California to celebrate her 18th birthday, my older sister Vera. She only gets a birthday every 4 years so we decided to celebrate this one.

  8. I love the house quilts. All of the versions and styles. How wonderful
    I should make a bunch of these quilts too. One day…

  9. I adore house quilts AND house cross-stitched pieces. There’s just something so cozy about a little house made of fabric and/or thread. Love that hymn, too. It’s not sung very often anymore and I enjoyed reading through the verses here this morning. Happy stitching today, Wendy. – suzigrammy

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