Monthly Roundup ~ February 2018

January seemed like it lasted forever, but this month has flown by! I have been busy, busy, busy & I’m so excited to share the things I’ve been working on in February 2018.  Grab a cup of coffee & let’s see what’s happening!

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Blog News

I finally figured out why my blog posts have been looking so funky! It was really driving me crazy & everything time I tried to figure it out I ran into things about adding code somewhere. Not my thing!  Eventually I figured out that it had something to do with my SSL certificate & “mixed content”. I found a plugin that fixed it all & I was so excited I jumped for joy! The link is to the basic plugin {non-affiliate}, but I upgraded to the pro so I wouldn’t have to deal with fixing anything in the code. Totally worth it!

I’d like to welcome all new subscribers – I’m glad to have you here! In case you didn’t know, there’s a page with free adult coloring printables available only to subscribers. You should have received a password with your welcome email for this month. I try to send out a new password at the first of every month, but sometimes it’s every other month. I’m working on some new drawings & hope to get them uploaded this weekend.

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Monthly Posts:

  • 2nd Monday ~> QAL, SAL, CAL {Something coming up soon!}
  • 3rd Monday {posts at 10 a.m. EST} ~> Craft Room De-stash Challenge from C’mon Get Crafty
  • 3rd Tuesday {posts at 3 a.m. EST}~> Pinterest Challenge from My Pinterventures
  • 3rd Wednesday ~>  Garden update {Coming back in March!}
  • 1st Friday ~> Teadoddles Talks interviews
  • Last Friday ~> Monthly Roundup

Life Events

Y’all I feel like I have “season whiplash”!  Last month I was posting pictures of snow here in the deep South & now it’s 80 degrees – which is unusual for this time of year!  Everything is blooming & pollen is everywhere.  I posted a little collection of pictures I’ve been taking when walking the dog & thought I’d share it here too.

Valentine’s day was this month & if you’re in my Facebook group you know I only asked my husband for one thing.  Cupcakes!  He brought home a dozen chocolate cupcakes – enough for us to share.  I did ask for one more thing, which has yet to happen.  I asked him to buy himself some new work pants because I’m tired of patching his!  : D

One of my former students was passing out these paper roses sitting on top of a Blow Pop to his favorite teachers.  I was lucky enough to receive one!  Such a sweet young man!

In other news, my son made the honors list last quarter at college!  He has also been offered the position of shift manager at his job & he’s only been there since October.  I’m so proud of him!  Even though I still miss him every day, it makes it a little easier knowing he’s happy & working towards his dreams.

Crafty News

My friend Monique from Farm House Quilts held a quilted postcard exchange for Valentine’s Day.  I had two partners & these are the postcards I sent out.

These are the two postcards I received.

It’s so wonderful to exchange gifts with crafty friends!  This month she is hosting a handmade gift exchange & I can’t wait to see what everyone makes.  : )

Crochet ~>

Can y’all believe I haven’t crocheted a single stitch this month?!?  I really think the sudden weather change just put me out of the mood.  I’m sure I’ll find my stitching mojo again soon & have something great to share with y’all next month!

Quilting  

It has been a big month for quilting & sewing in general.  Here’s a run down of the QAL’s I’m sewing up and/or just collecting, doll quilts for charity, & a small peak at some me-made leggings.

~>  Stars in the Night QAL {2016} <~ I have some of the background pieces cut, but I ran out of fabric! I’ve got to go through my stash & find something to fill in the spaces.  I’m determined to only use my stash to finish this quilt top!

~> Valentine quilt <~ This is a quilt of collected heart & love blocks I’ve found around the web, so it’s not technically a QAL.  I am just adding blocks as I find them until I have enough for a lap sized quilt.  Here’s what I have so far:

~> Monthly Minis from Sew Can She <~ I like to leave these minis unbound because I really like the look & they don’t usually wind up in the washer.  Here’s January’s mini quilted & February’s top cut & partially sewn.

January’s mini

February’s mini cut & partially sewn

~> Snow Much Fun from Quilt Doodle Doodles <~ I’m really enjoying the little snowmen in these blocks!  I still need to hand-stitch on some details & cut out the appliques for this month’s block, so no new pic this month

~> Starry Bright Sky from Aida {TweLoQ} Designs <~ I wasn’t very happy with my stitching on the first two blocks, but after pulling things out & starting over – repeatedly – it will just have to do!  The extra textured & scrappy blocks are so much fun to make & so much easier to do than they appear. Here’s 1 February block sewn, 1 cut, & the textured block partially made.

~> Three’s Company BOM from Patchwork Posse <~ This is definitely a scrap friendly QAL!  I’m even using scraps for my background.  By the way, Becky is the designer of the second mini quilt in the Monthly Minis QAL!

~> Wonderland QAL from Quilting Mod <~ I love just about anything Alice in Wonderland, so I could not say no to this QAL!  Most of the blocks are FPP, but some are pieced or applique.  I’m combining them with the blocks I finished for the Children’s Library QAL.  I used Wonderland fabrics by Katarina Rocella for those blocks, so it’s a perfect fit! Recently I purchased more of this wonderful fabric line from Southern Stitch Fabric to finish things up.

~> Postcards from Sweden QAL from mmm! quilts! <~ I love the bright colors of this quilt & it seemed perfect for using up scraps.  I cheated a little & busted up some of my charm packs since 5″ squares are needed!  Purples are needed to round things out, however, & that means fabric shopping!  : D

I have also been making doll quilts for the Spread the Love event happening over at Needle & Foot.  I’ve got 2 & half quilted & will finish all of these {6 total} this weekend so I can mail them out Monday.

Recently, I tested another great pattern from Seamstress Erin.  It was a leggings pattern, I loved it, & I can’t wait to show ya’ll more!  For now, here’s a sneak peak:

If you need some more patterns to collect {ha!}, check out my Sewing ~ Quilts & Crafts ~ QAL’s & CAL’s & all my other sewing boards on Pinterest.

Coming up in March…..

I’m still working on the QAL I want to run on the blog & hope to have it ready before the end of the month – but no promises!  Here’s some things that are a little more certain!

I recently acquired this fantastic set of presser feet!  I’m planning on doing a post all about them & what each one is used for.

  • Look for another fun DIY project with a second drawer from my old dresser!
  • Chocolate cake recipe – finally! : )
  • Watch, listen, read – I’m planning on starting a monthly post to share what I’m watching, listening to, & reading for the month.  I wanted it to be part of this post, but not enough time!  Have any to spare?  ; )

Hope y’all have a great weekend!