Sunday, December 30, 2012

100 Day Hustle-Wrap Up!

Well, it's that time!  It's the end of the year and I finished some of the list.  I also finished other items that weren't on the list and others I never even touched!
Here's the rundown:

1. Lauren's Quilt finished 10/15/12

2. Custom ordered burp cloths finished 11/1/12

3. bee a {modern} swapper blocks
4. quilts for cancer blocks
5. sew.bee.create blocks
7. comfort quilts bee blocks
These were ongoing swaps and I am finishing up the last of them for the year.  Sorry, no pictures.  :(
6. not your granny's bee blocks finished 10/10/12

8. Stef and Sean's wedding quilt finished 10/16/12

9. charity quilt #1: red/green/yellows top done and ready to sandwich
I just need to quilt it!

10. charity quilt #2: blue/white
I just need to quilt it!

11. Sean's birthday quilt
Have fabrics and pattern.  Now to find the time.  Maybe for his next year's birthday?

12.  Stef's Embroidery Wall hanging
Stared at it...

13. Baby blanket for friend-Quilting as of 12/18/12
Baby arrived this week (shares a birthday with my J-boy!)  Now I really need to finish!

14. Flaming Cowl for shop finished 9/25/12

15. Lonestar Wall hanging for home
Still sitting in it's project bag!  Sigh

16. Across the Sea quilt
Still sitting in it's project bag!

17. 3x6 bee block quilt-so many squares to be made into something for me!
Yep, nothing on this one either!

18. Moody Blues bee quilt-need to put that together!  orange/yellow/black

19. my sew.bee.create blocks made into a quilt as well- Fandango Finished 12/20/12 as a gift for my Great-Grandmother!

20. Pair of socks I've been working on forever...on the needles!
Put aside to work on custom orders and Christmas gifts!

21. Ben's quilt
Nada!  One of my goals to finish this year!

22. fix bean bag
23. fix monkey stuffed animal
Still sitting in the to-do pile.

24. fix Thomas' watch
He fixed it.  :)

25. Pouches for shop:  have done two custom orders this November

26. Custom-ordered fingerless gloves finished 11/14/12

These weren't on the list:
Custom ordered sleepers for my sister-in-laws two youngest:

Made this for a friend as a thank-you gift:

Made these as a custom order for a friend:

Made these as Christmas presents:
This shawl was for my mom: sorry for the not-so-great picture

 And these were for my daughter:

I also made a 241 tote for my sister and silly me forgot to take a picture! *Updated-My wonderful sister sent me a picture!  Oh, she also sent me a picture of the wine bag I made her as well!  :)

I've been one busy lady!  I currently have another custom order on my needles for my Aunt as well as two custom ordered memory quilts.  I better get cracking if I'm to finish everything before my little one's arrival mid-February!

I'll be linking up with Kelsey!

Have a Happy New Year!

Oh, and check back in a day or so for the Traveling Stash Giveaway!  Yes, I won this last round and now I'm trying to decide what to keep and what to add!  :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Review:


Well, I have joined up with the TOS Review Crew!

I am excited to be a part of this as a way to learn about new and exciting curriculum to incorporate into our home school.  This first review is on  I currently have elementary and pre-school aged children in my home and therefore utilized that section of the site.  I also used the dailies link for general studies. has a promotion going on right now where the first month is only $1.00!  Also, they have a special promotion going on right now where you can get a one-year membership for only $49! (regular price-$64.26!)  What I love about this site is that, though I only have elementary aged students, it goes all the way through high school!

I enjoyed the ease in which I was able to navigate site to find items of interest.  Under the pre-k link, I found under lapbooking their December Lesson which is "Christmas in a Barn."  My kids and I are currently going through that lesson and are having a ton of fun with it!  We've actually never done lapbooking until this particular lesson and it was very easy to follow the teacher's instructions as to the construction of the lapbook.  Under the Dailies tab, we downloaded the Idaho lesson.  That I have slated for next week.  Again, I can't wait to do it!

The only downside so far is the amount of paper I'm printing out, though it's in black and white which really helps!

All in all, I plan to utilize this site more in the future!

Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


Vendor Link: (The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, owner)
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quilter's Blog Hop Party! We have a winner!

Blog Hop Party

It's that time again!  Starting today, and running until the 15th, bloggers all over the world will be participating in the Quilting Blogger's 5th birthday!  For my part in the giveaway, I'll be giving away two charm packs of Joy by Kate Spain.

To enter all you need to do is answer a question!  The other options aren't necessary to win, they just increase your chances.  :) Oh, and I'll be shipping internationally if the winner happens to live across the sea or border. a Rafflecopter giveaway I'll pick a winner Sunday morning and post on Monday.  *My Sunday will be otherwise spent celebrating my daughter's 7th birthday with family and attending our church's Cantata as four of my family is a part of the cast*

**Update:  I've picked the winner!  Congrats Laura!  I've emailed her and if I don't hear back from her within 72 hours I'll pick another winner.**

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday!

Head over to the shop to take advantage of code: THANKSGIVING10 for 10% off all orders.  Expires tonight at midnight EST!

There are also some wonderful stores over at Raising Mighty Arrows having some awesome sales and discounts (mine included)!

So, go!  Get your Christmas shopping done today!  Shop handmade and shop small!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sew Modern Monday

I figured I should write a post and link up over at Sew Modern Monday since I actually have some finishes to share! 

 My Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin Quilt (see post for more info)

A custom-ordered Project bag for the shop:

An upcycled pouch for my daughter out of shorts she outgrew:

A tote bag for a friend using a tutorial from Poppyseed Fabrics:

An Everyday Bag for the winner of the Best Bed Quilt Category over at the Blogger's Quilt Festival:

Phew! I'm so glad to have accomplished so much this past week! I have much more to do and am excited to get to them! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! (to all of you in the U.S.)

Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin-The Reveal!

Well, today is the day! I get to reveal the finished product after waiting 8 months to get my original little square back with all it's new borders. I must say, what I received went far beyond what I expected! The creativity that went in to each and every border was amazing! Not only that, my mini traveled to more places than I've been! Here is what I sent out:
And here is what I received:
Isn't it just stunning? I used very simple quilting because I didn't want to hide the pretty borders. I used mainly stitch in the ditch and a few accent stitches. I love it! It is my favorite color and I can't wait to hang it up in my sewing room. I will be linking up over at Michele's blog where she will have a link to all the other gorgeous minis being revealed. Go! Check them all out! Here is a list of the other participants: Melinda - Tilda's Twisted Life Deonn - Quiltscapes Kylie - My Addiction to Quilting Wendy - Why-Not-Kwilt Bea - Beaquilter Jane - Jane's Fabrics, though her reveal will be posted here on my blog Pippa - Pippa's Patch Madame Samm - Sew We Quilt (hasn't received her quilt back home yet, hopefully in Monday's mail) Annie - Annie's Musings Diane - The Cheshire Quilter Vicki - Sew On and Sew Forth Lisa M- A Day In The Life of Raising Six Munchkins Renae - revealing here on my blog Kathy - Qreative Quilts and Quests Charlotte - revealing here on my blog Celine - Espritpatch Lisa C-revealing here on my blog Edy - revealing here on my blog Ella - Throw a Wrench in the Works Rachel - Suz Made Me Do It Samantha - Sami's Quilts & Crafts Karen - K's Quilting Korner Leslie - Les Quilts Ann - Orange Crumpled Napkin Sharon - Dancing Through Threads Doris - Made By a Brunette Margaret - hasn't received her block back yet, will be posted on my blog when it arrives Tiffany - Pink Sweet Treats Janet - Caribou Crossing Chronicles Michele - Quilts From My Crayon Box

Friday, November 9, 2012

100 Day Hustle: Halfway Mark

Well, it's the halfway mark!  I think that I was able to get a decent dent finished on my list.  Some items are so close to being finished that I can foresee them being finished by the end of the day-Woohoo!

Here is my original list:

  1. Lauren's Quilt finished 10/15/12
  2. Custom ordered burp cloths finished 11/1/12
  3. bee a {modern} swapper blocks
  4. quilts for cancer blocks
  5. sew.bee.create blocks
  6. not your granny's bee blocks finished 10/10/12
  7. comfort quilts bee blocks
  8. Stef and Sean's wedding quilt finished 10/16/12
  9. charity quilt #1: red/green/yellows
  10. charity quilt #2: blue/white
  11. Sean's birthday quilt
  12. Stef's embroidery wall hanging
  13. Baby blanket for friend-top done!
  14. Flaming Cowl for shop finished 9/25/12
  15. Lonestar Wall hanging for home
  16. Across the Sea quilt
  17. 3x6 bee block quilt-so many squares to be made into something for me!
  18. Moody Blues bee quilt-need to put that together! Fandango 
  19. my sew.bee.create blocks made into a quilt as well- orange/yellow/black
  20. Pair of socks I've been working on forever...on the needles!
  21. Ben's quilt
  22. fix bean bag
  23. fix monkey stuffed animal
  24. fix Thomas' watch
  25. Pouches for shop
  26. Custom-ordered fingerless gloves on the needles!
As I made progress, I would post where I was or cross it off if I finished.  Here are pictures of what I finished:
#1: Lauren't Custom Quilt:
This is a memory quilt that I made for her son, Greg, using clothing she had saved from his childhood.

I used a neutral brown for the backing, I believe it's Fox Trails Stars.

 I chose this red for the binding as I loved how it brought out the red within the quilt.

#2. Custom ordered burp cloths
These were made for a friend I knew growing up who is expecting her third child.  They are awaiting the little one's arrival to find out if it's a boy or a girl-which will be really soon!

These were so much fun to make!  I used cloth diapers and flannel.  I prewashed everything because of their inherent shrinkage nature.  I used a blanket stitch to secure the flannel to the diapers for durability, because they are going to see ALOT of use!  :)

#6.  Not your Granny's Bee blocks
These were late finishes in the bee department.  I was a bad bee-mate.  But, they were finished nonetheless and I love them!

#8. Sean and Stef's Wedding Present
This was so much fun to make.  I used Pure by Sweetwater as that is her living room color scheme and the pattern is from Distant Pickles called Cosmic Burst.

#14. Flaming Cowl
This is currently a listing in my shop and was a ton of fun to make!  The pattern is Husk by Lisa Mutch over on Ravelry.

And these are what I have made progress with:
#13: Baby Blanket for friend:
I have finished the top and just need to sandwich, quilt and bind.  I used the Starburst tutorial from Melissa over a Happy Quilting.

#20: Socks for me.  
I'm close to getting the first of the two finished.  Here is a not-so-great shot of them. I am using the Flutter-by pattern I found on Ravelry.

#26: Custom ordered fingerless gloves
I have finished one and am only about 12 rows away from finishing the second!  This is the one where I forsee finishing by end of day!  This pattern is called Geology Mitts over on Ravelry.

All the others I have either made some progress and forgot to take pictures or I haven't even looked at them!  I hope to have quite a few more crossed off come December 31st; especially since some are to be Christmas gifts!

I am linking up over at Kelsey Sews!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WIP Wednesday

It's been a while since I've written a post for WIP Wednesday, and it's not for a lack of WIPs, but of time! I've been working on many projects, a mix of bee blocks, shop orders, and gifts.  It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, though one would think we're celebrating Christmas at the end of the month with what decorations are around everywhere!

So, here are some pictures of what I've been up to:

 These bad boys were custom ordered from the shop and I finished them off and sent them out last week.
I've been working on these for myself.  They will be my first ever pair of socks that I've made!
And this will be a baby quilt soon!  I just need to sandwich, baste and quilt.

I have so much more I'm working on, but no corresponding pictures.  Oh well.

In Progress:  5+
Finished: 1
No progress: Too many I'm afraid.

I'll be linking up over at Freshly Pieced.


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