Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Desire to Inspire Challenger, Mona Phelps makes this Rhyming collection sing!

Meet Mona Phelps, the challenger who took on our September Desire to Inspire Challenge.


Mona had less than a month, since as you recall, Labor Day weekend took up the first few days. So she put in a race to the finish line for completing the September challenge. 

This month the featured fabrics were from Delphine Cubitt's Bed Time Rhymes collection which has started shipping to quilt shops in September. 

Mona Phelps

Hear from Mona:

I live in Versailles, a small town in central Kentucky (pronounced "Ver-Sales"). It's a lovely area with gorgeous horse farms. I was born and raised here and love the small-town feel. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 25 years and we have 2 children - both of whom are taking a year off from school: my daughter before going to grad school and my son before going to college. We also have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a turtle. We like to take the dogs for walks, watch movies, volunteer at church, and just hanging out with each other.
Mona received the fabrics! 

My quilting journey... when I was young (maybe 10 or 12), I hand quilted a pillow cover. I then proceeded to stuff the pillow so tightly that you couldn't see the quilting. I was very disappointed. Fast forward 30-ish years to last fall... I started sewing to make items for a craft fair. I made key fobs and lip balm key rings. After the craft fair, my interest in sewing different types of items grew - baby bibs and spit-up cloths, pillow cases, scarves, and more. As I searched the internet for easy patterns for beginners, I came across a quilt design using a jelly roll. I decided to give it a try - and was hooked!

Panel Quilt

Through this process, I realized how therapeutic sewing could be. The thought of taking a stack of fabric, cutting it apart, putting it back together, and making something completely different than what it was originally amazes me. The process is a sanity-saver.

Gift bags!

I searched the internet and watched a lot of videos to learn how to quilt. The church where I work has a prayer shawl ministry. I made my first quilt for them. Since that point, I have made 6 completed quilts and several other quilt tops. I've used that information to make handbags, totes, pouches, and much more.


I follow several quilters on instagram (where I get most of my inspiration) and tend toward more modern quilting than traditional quilt design. I have started a blog at to share both my family's and my creative side. My instagram ( is where I share most of my creations, though.

Pot holder 

Thank you to Henry Glass & Co. for the opportunity to play with some of your fabrics. One things I really like about this line is that even though the fabrics are geared toward children, you can create items that are for all ages.

Key Fob

Showing off the cute backside

Please comment on this blog post to show Mona how much you appreciate her work in this challenge! 


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Lots of cute ideas.

Quilting Tangent said...

Wonderful, cute, happy projects.

Barb said...

What awesome fabric to work with....great job!

Sewgirl said...

Nice always amazes me how creative some people are, just using a stack of fabrics!!

WyoPat said...

Love the panel quilt and the key fob--shouldn't be able to lose your keys! Such a cute and playful collection!

Joanna said...

All the things you made are pretty and useful. Love all of those polka dots.

Lin said...

Great job, Mona! I loved all of your ideas. Everything looked well made...and HAPPY!!

Linda Fleming said...

Love all the things you made with your cheerful fabrics! Well done!

Susan L. said...

Great projects!

Vicki in MN said...

Fun fabric and fun projects, nice to meet you Mona! I can relate, I have been doing craft shows for 30 years:)

Anna brown said...

Very very nice ty for the ideas. ..