Monthly Roundup ~ August 2017

Another month has gone by & it’s time for a Monthly Roundup!  This month has not been as productive as I’d hoped, but I still have plenty to share with y’all.  Let’s see what I’ve been up to in August 2017….

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This is a reminder of my typical blog schedule for new readers.  I try to stick to this as much as possible, but life happens!

Weekly Posts:

  • Mondays ~> Sewing, quilting, & crochet posts
  • Wednesdays ~> DIY, gardening, & organizing posts
  • Fridays ~> recipes, health, & life lived posts

Monthly Posts:

  • 2nd Monday ~> QAL, SAL, CAL {Merry Christmas Sew-Along in progress!!  See Crafty News below}
  • 3rd Monday ~> Craft Room De-stash Challenge from C’mon Get Crafty
  • 3rd Wednesday ~> Garden update
  • Last Friday ~> Monthly Roundup

Affiliates ~>

I have no new affiliates to mention this month, but I wanted to mention Craftsy’s great deal on classes this weekend. There are over 50 classes under $15 plus 100’s more under $20!  Go ahead a stock up on some classes, so you can spend Labor Day weekend making something fabulous!

Crafty News

The biggest crafty news is that the Merry Christmas Sew-Along has begun!  I released the first ornament pattern on August 14th & everyone seems to love it!  You can find all you need to know about the SAL by clicking on the link above.  Monique from Farm House Quilts will release her pattern on August 28th – this Monday!  I’m so excited to see her design because it’s a surprise for me too!

Crafty People ~>

Crafty people are the best!  I’ve become a little obsessed with watching quilt-y YouTube videos!  Here are a few of my favorites to watch while I’m making ~>

Midnight Quilt Show with Angel Walters ~> This lady cracks me up!  I can totally relate to her quilting methods & her free motion quilting is outstanding.

Darlene Michaud ~>  Another funny lady!  She has several different series on her channel, but my favorites are the ones about crumb quilts, easy quilt blocks, & refashion adventures.  Just be warned that she has a bit of a “potty mouth”!

Crochet ~>

This has been a month for crochet!  I’ve been picking up the hook more often these days, which is typical when I start to feel fall in the air.

I posted this little make on Instagram with the caption:

“The moment Fred & Ted realized all the horror stories about marshmallows & campfires were not urban legends!”

The pattern is by Sharon Ojala from Amigurumi To Go , but I did improvise a little!  Hee hee!

I’m continuing testing out some Amigurumi patterns for Two Hearts Crochet.  They have so many cool ami & afghan patterns & they are all free!  This time I made some princesses!

I also finally finished the bobble sheep pillow…

I’ve finally picked my Moorland afghan to work on again!  The pattern was part of a CAL from Attic24 I started at the beginning of the year.  It got put away when the weather warmed, but I hope to finish it before it gets cold again.  Maybe I should spend an evening weaving ends in….

QAL’s ~>  

Here’s what I’ve managed to catch up this month!

Down the Rabbit Hole from Sarah Fielke ~>  I spent probably 2 or 3 days cutting things to try & catch up this QAL.  Now I’m unsure of the background, which is why nothing has been sewn!  I absolutely love the background fabric, but I think I need something a little less busy to go with my colorful fabrics.  Most of it would be covered up & this is fabric I would want to see every part of.  Decisions, decisions!

Aurifil DOM ~> Here are the two latest blocks…

I still need to stitch down the backing for the cutouts in the outer portion of the first one because I ran out of thread!  Of course, maybe I’ll use yellow thread for the outer portions…hmmmm….we shall see!

Milky Way Sampler from Blossom Heart Quilts~>  I haven’t done this month’s block yet, but I wanted to show y’all the new background color.  I ran out of the blue at block 6 & had to choose something different.  It still has a “milky way” sort of feel & hopefully there is enough to get through the rest of the blocks!

There are several new QAL’s in the works or starting soon, so in case you need a new project….

I Love Home from Jacquelynne Steves

I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along hosted by several bloggers, link to Facebook group

Grandma’s Kitchen from Pat Sloan

Bee Happy Sew Along from Lori Holt {templates & quilt kits also available}

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

Other Sewing…

I wanted to brush up on my embroidery skills & be ready for Monique’s SAL pattern, so I stitched up one of the Bitty Blooms patterns from Jacquelynne Steves Facebook group.  It turned out better than I hoped, especially since the start was a little rough!

See this pile of fabric & cut squares?  It’s supposed to be a quilt for my son to take with him when he leaves for college.  He leaves in October, so I’d better stop putting it off!  ; )

I want to do more scrap quilts & have been really inspired by watching those YouTube videos I mentioned before.  So I started dividing my strip scraps into piles to make blocks.  It’s fun to see the remnants and remember what they came from!  Look for more about these projects in up-coming Monday posts!

Don’t forget to check out the Great Links section in the sidebar for links to great linky parties, QAL’s, & such!  It’s below the post if you’re reading this on a mobile phone.  Also, check out my Pinterest profile for more crafty inspiration!

Coming up in September…..

Well, my office reno has kind of stalled out!  I didn’t get around to fixing up my boring filing cabinet this month, but it’s on the list for September.

Other things to look forward to ~>

  • Fall décor ideas ~ It’s coming y’all, I can feel it!
  • Scrappy quilting tutorials ~ Like I mentioned above. : )
  • It’s almost baking season & I’ve got some more family recipes to share.

Besides all that fun stuff, I’m thinking about starting my own YouTube tutorials.  What do y’all think about that?

Have a great weekend & make some great stuff!

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  1. Guida says:

    Kristie I don’t think you sleep my dear. You have done so much, all I managed to do is finish a shawl in time for my cousins birthday today, she received it yesterday. I haven’t touched any sewing and now I have to get ready for my Mum to come and stay, so no more free time (Mum has dementia). Take care.

    • Kristie Cook says:

      I probably don’t sleep as much as some, but that’s not really by choice! 🙂 I hope your Mum does well with the move. Maybe you’d be able to make her a fidget quilt. I’ve heard that can be helpful for people with dementia. You take care too Guida!

  2. Skye says:

    So many likes in this post…most of all….falls coming y’all ? adore your afghan weaving and that sheep cushion thing is adorable!!! I agree with your busy fabric, it’s awesome but maybe it can be the backing? Love your embroidery practice and as you go you’ll see continual improvement – I do ? and guess what??? We now have unlimited internet – major yay!!! So can finally binge watch all my craftsy videos, will check out your YouTube followings, and most definitely want to watch you do tutorials – even just to listen to you talk ?

    • Kristie Cook says:

      Didn’t think of using it as backing! Something to consider 🙂 I’m glad someone wants to hear me talk! 😀 Thanks Skye!

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