Projects Update for Feb.

It has been awhile since I checked out where I was on various projects.  The ones with pictures are my progress shots for February.  Than I listed the projects I want to finish this year.  Ouch!

Currently in the Oven ~

Spring Wall Hanging ~ all pieces are cut, all applique pieces are traced out.  This is my top priority at this point.  I am gonna get this done by St. Patrick’s Day when all the green will get taken down around the house.

This kit was from Connecting Threads using a Fat 1/8th Package and some additional yardage.

That leaf looks really lonely there without the stems of flowers.  After making the basket blocks I am getting very excited to see the finished wall hanging!

Warm/Cool Quilt Along ~ top is pieced, ready for layering and basting.  This is going to end up being a doll quilt.  The batiks I used were 5″ Square pack from Connecting Threads. I am really glad to see ‘sew’ much progress on this project this month!

Scrappy Doll Quilt ~ A new project that is going to be a 4-patch design with white sashing between the 4″ blocks.  I cut a whole bunch of scraps down to 1.5″ squares and using Bonnie Hunter’s idea from www.QuiltVille.blogspot.com I am using pairs of these 1.5″ squares as leaders and footers while piecing other projects.  {PS ~ Bonnie’s site is where I have found some truly wonderful scrappy quilt designs.}

It has been surprising how many of these pairs get sewn in one sitting using this trick.  The left bin is the finished pairs ready to be pressed open, and the right bin is the remaining 1.5″ squares.

Ms. V’s Fresh Flowers Quilt ~ I have finally taken a stand on the quilt pattern, sorted out the charm squares, and am ready to start piecing.  Hopefully I will start sewing rather than switching my mind again, LOL!  Ms. V really needs me to finish this quilt, as she has started to take a real liking to Ms. E’s Fresh Flowers Quilt.

Backburner Projects ~

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along

Fall Wall Hanging

Snowball Runner

Lovely Queen Quilt

Little Bro’s Quilt

Count-Down Wall Hanging

…and a couple of projects that didn’t get done for Christmas this past year…  hangs head in shame…

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for Work In Progress Wednesday.

Would love to have you back on Friday to link up any sewing or crafty finishes you have this week during Finished it Friday hosted here at The Spunky Diva.

 

Patriotic Jelly Roll Wall Hanging {Quilt Idea}

Here is an idea that popped into my head after seeing this neat flag quilt on Pinterest from A Diary of a Quilter.

Using an assortment of Jelly Roll strips from any fabric collection with a Red, White, and Blue combo of fabrics will lend this wall hanging a wonderful scrappy feel.  While using precuts will make it a fast and easy project to complete.

Finished size would be 35″ by 23″, and it can hang either with the 35″ across the top or by the 23″ side.  Which makes it versatile to fit wherever you want to hang it.  Here are the details as assumed by The Electric Quilt Program.

Since I am planning on using 2.5″ strips for the Red and White Strips, and also for piecing the Stars section, I figure that you will need 4 to 6 – 2.5″ by WOF {width of fabric} strips of Blue; 4 – 2.5″ by WOF strips of Red; and 6 – 2.5″ by WOF strips of White for the top.  For the backing and binding a yard should be sufficient of any blue fabric.  Use the same blue fabric for the binding and the line around the Stars section to add a cohesive feeling to this scrappy project.

Piecing the Red and White strips from 6″ sections of jelly roll strips will add even more scrappy interest to this fun and funky wall hanging.

Here are a few of the Moda fabric collections I think would create a wonderful wall hanging for the upcoming Patriotic holidays.

Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabics {link to the FatQuarterShop page}

Prairie Paisley II by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson for Moda Fabrics {link to the FatQuarterShop page}

… and a third choice…

American Banner Rose, also by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson for Moda Fabrics {link to the FatQuarterShop page}

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

Finished it Friday ~ Week 8 of 52

Welcome to another Finished it Friday!!!
You would think with not posting last Friday I would have tons of projects completed for this Friday…  Not!
Between a teething toddler {which equaled little sleep} to a rambuctious toddler {they traded off keeping mom up all night}, the horses tearing down their fence, muddy toddlers {from out ‘helping’ mom with weeding}, and a generally busy week keeping up with said toddlers… sewing just wasn’t high on the priority list.
However… one partial finish is…
I did get my Warm/Cool Quilt-Along top pieced and I love how it turned out.  It might turn into a doll quilt though.  This was the first time I sewed bias sides for the HSTs and a lot of my points either got chopped off or have gaps.  Not the best example of my ‘stellar’ workmanship.  A wall quilt should at least have the apperance of ‘stellar’ workmanship… Don’t you think???  PS ~ I mixed up my squares when piecing and so the finished top is totally different than the original layout, LOL!
We did have a fun Valentine’s with the girls.  Mr. SD picked up roses for me, and roses for the girls.  They love their ‘roses’.  Added bonus… their roses are still going strong while mine are in the trash can, LOL!
Both girls received tote bags from Grandma that I embroidered using the Sweet Varsity Alphabet from Planet Applique.  This was the first I have used my embroidery machine since making Christmas outfits.  Ouch!  I still find it amusing that for all my desire to purchase an embroidery capable machine, I use it for quilting more than I do the embroidery.
Not a finish, but a start ~ I came across a ‘recipe’ of sorts for home made citrus~vinegar cleaner.  Put citrus peels in a mason jar, add vinegar, let sit for two weeks.  Then use 50/50 with water to clean anything.
I can’t wait to see how this works.  With the two girls I really want to get away from solvent cleaners.  Natural is definitly the way to go, but sometimes it is hard to give up those commerical cleaners that get the job done.  But… using baking soda on the dishes has had amazing results, so I can’t wait to see how this citrus/vinegar cleaner holds up to the competition.
Now onto the FiF link party!
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RULES:
1) You can link-up multiple projects you finished or made progress on each week, but… please link to the specific post. The goal of this link-up is to encourage you to finish your UFOs {Unfinished Objects}. So link-up your progress reports as well as finished project posts.
2) Visit and leave comments on other projects linked-up. We all l-o-v-e comments. Share the Love!
3) Please post the Finished it Friday button on your blog {somewhere, anywhere is fine!} and share a link back to this link party in your post {again somewhere, anywhere is fine!}.
4) Last rule… Have fun, be inspired, and get sewing!
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!


Heart of Gold {Book Review}

Looking for your next historical fiction novel?  I highly recommend this newest release by Robin Lee Hatcher.


A Heart of Gold, by Robin Lee Hatcher, was a fantastic historical romance set in a little gold town in Idaho during the Civil War.  Ms. Hatcher is a favorite of mine, and I think this book is going to be one of my favs from this favorite.


Her characters are very well developed in a quirky setting of the small gold town of Grand Coeur, Idaho. The town is full of details that show you what living in one of these developing towns may have been like at the turn of the Civil War.  Ms. Hatcher explores how even though the War was far removed geographically from small western towns that it still had an impact on the residents and had far reaching fingers.


While Shannon Adair was definitely the lead female character, I found that my favorite character was Alice Dubois {the dying sister of Matthew Dubois the leading man of this story}.  Her strenght of faith was amazing.  Here she is dying of a tumor and she has the presence of mind to know that she will not pass one moment sooner than is in God’ plan.  That was something I definitely have needed a reminder of lately.  Just from the sense of being a worrywart that thinks about oddball things {not that you could tell by this blog, LOL}.  With my two young girls I have wondered how life would go on for them should something tragic happen.  The way Alice handles the certainty that he will be leaving her young son behind was a great reminder that God always has the final say and that He already knows what your future holds.


The relationship that develops between Shannon and Matthew is so sweet.  One of those unexpected friendships that turns into so much more.  They both have much to overcome in order to develop into the people they are at the end of the book.


I adore books that make me think about my own life, beliefs, and actions.  This book definitely challenged me personally which puts it at the top of my favorites list.


Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!


From Publisher – Book Description


Against Shannon’s wishes, love stakes its claim in her heart. Will she discover treasure or treachery?


When Shannon Adair accompanies her minister father to the western gold rush town of Grand Coeur, she’s certain she’ll never be happy away from her beloved Virginia, even though the South is still gripped in civil war.


Wells Fargo driver Matthew Dubois isn’t sure the lovely Shannon belongs in Idaho Territory either, but he is a desperate man. His widowed sister is dying and leaving her young son, Todd, in his care. Matthew wants to return to driving coach for the express company soon—so he’ll have to find a wife to look after the boy when he’s away.


Shannon is determined not to lose her heart to a man who is neither a Southerner nor a gentleman. But love stakes its claim. Now, will her heart survive learning the truth behind the courtship?
DISCLOSURE: I recived a copy of this book from BookSneeze to review. However, the opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.


Why the lapse in posting…

I managed to miss posting last week’s Finished it Friday post due to an Internet outage. While we have been getting some much needed rain here in Central Texas it has been playing havoc with our Internet service. Mostly due to the fact we are in the boonies and can’t use a standard provider.

So… after feeling completly disconnected to the world for the past week… we are back on line today.

Quick update on Week 5′s FiF Link-up:

The party had over 200 views, and the most clicked on entry was the DIY Ice Pack from New Life Overnight.  Ice Packs are a definite must have with kiddos around, and I have to say that I will be trying out her way of making some myself!

My favorite link was a pattern by Blissful Sewing for a lovely girls dress and shrug.  What a beautiful creation!

On another issue… several people had issues getting the Finished it Friday button to show up correctly on their blog posts.  I have reformatted the code for the button by adding the graphic to Photobucket, and it seems to be working on my blogger test blog.  I would love to hear back if you try the new code and it does/doesn’t work.  Thanks!!!

PS ~ have you heard that GFC Followers are going to be phased out?  I have heard this a couple places, but it seems to be from one source… I am not sure if it is correct or not.  If you know something or can share a link to this info from someone other than LinkyFollowers that would be awesome!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Two new sheets for the ‘Control Center’

Hey there ~ Here’s an updated on my ‘Control Center’ Notebook.

With Ms. E and Ms. V keeping me super busy with their going separate ways… Gotta love that Ms. V is walking, but… LOL!  I have been working on being more organized, or at least having a better place to keep track of everything.

After looking at several ideas gleaned from Pinterest I started out with a yearly calender {my creation available for printing here FREE} and a daily schedule {available here for FREE}.  My idea was to see what else I needed as I made it through this first year as a SAHM.

Here is what I have added so far:

Monthly Meal Page ~ just a lined sheet of notebook paper with 1-30 or 31 for the days of the month.  I write down what we had for dinner after the fact.  This is really valuable when planning meals for the next ‘period’ since I can refer back over the last month and previous month to keep meal repeats down to a minimum {which is important to Mr. SD}.

Action Plan Page ~ A list of 5 lines for each week of the month.  I fill it in at the beginning of the month with items from my to-do list that need to be completed by the end of the week.  By putting them on the action list it gives these items individual attention.  It helps to weed through and actually get some of the never ending to-do list done.  Click here to open and print the Action Plan sheet.

Blog Statistics Page ~ I started out with my blogging sheets in a separate section of the ‘Control Center’ notebook, but found that I never found the time to turn there.  By putting my blog statistics page in with the other pages for each month, I actually ‘see’ it and take the time to fill it in as the month goes.  I am still not using a post planner {hence why some of my blog posts seem to come from out in left field}, but try to keep posting 2 to 3 times a week plus the Finished it Friday link party.  Click here to open and print the monthly blog statistics sheet.

Run down of what I have for each month ‘section’ as of Feb. 2012:

Monthly Calender; with important dates noted

Action Plan Page

Meals Sheet

Monthly Blog Statistics Sheet

It has amazed me how seeing what other people do has been so helpful to me, and I hope that seeing what I am doing, and the process as it evolves, helps you to ‘solve’ your organizing and planning questions.  Print these sheets as you need or come up with your own to help you in your quest for orginization!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

Finished it Friday ~ Week 5 of 52

Hey there, and welcome to Week 5 of Finished it Friday for 2012!

My project for this week was getting my Valentine’s Decorations completed.  I always seem to have great ideas, but seem to never get them completed. {don’t we all?} You can see details of what I did in the Valentine’s Mantel on the Cheap post.

Do you have Valentine’s projects you are working on?  One of my all time favorites, that is on my craft bucket list, is a string quilt

Last week the FiF list received more than 160 views.  The ‘Catalog Cans’ by Jamie at Kreyv: to crave and ‘Aladdin Pants’ from Blooms and Bugs tied for the most clicks last week.

Congrats ladies!

Now I am off to work on my project for next week.  I am thinking a dress for Ms. V or maybe a refashion for Ms. E.  We will just have to see what happens!

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RULES:

1) You can link-up multiple projects you finished or made progress on each week, but… please link to the specific post. The goal of this link-up is to encourage you to finish your UFOs {Unfinished Objects}. So link-up your progress reports as well as finished project posts.

2) Visit and leave comments on other projects linked-up. We all l-o-v-e comments. Share the Love!

3) Please post the Finished it Friday button on your blog {somewhere, anywhere is fine!} and share a link back to this link party in your post {again somewhere, anywhere is fine!}.

4) Last rule… Have fun, be inspired, and get sewing!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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~ About Me ~


I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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