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    FQS August Sew Sampler Box Review

      What is a Sew Sampler? The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month. There are at least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Wash a Quilt

    Hi friends! Today I’ll be showing you how to wash a quilt! There are several ways to go about washing your quilts, but today I’m just going to show you how I like to do it to help prevent any damage or bleeding of fabrics or thread.   Products I recommend: Dreft Detergent or … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Bind a Quilt (Machine or Hand)

    Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to bind your quilt! There are several ways to go about binding your quilt, so today I’m just going to show you a couple of ways that I like to do it. I’ll also be showing you some tips to help you get … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, … [Read More...]

AUG
26
2016

FQS August Sew Sampler Box Review

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What is a Sew Sampler?

The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month.

There are at least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and anything else full of quilty goodness! You’ll also receive a Block Recipe card each month with three size options. These can be put together for a super cute sampler quilt! You can see previous recipe cards here.

If you’re new to sewing or quilting these are a great way to build up your stash of fabrics, patterns, and notions. Especially if you’re unsure of what to get to start out. I’ve been sewing and quilting for about a year and a half now and I think the Sew Sampler boxes are really fun and have thus far been packed with super cute and helpful tools!

 

Let’s take a look into the August 2016 Sew Sampler shall we?

I’m always amazed at how much fun stuff that Fat Quarter Shop stuffs into their Sew Sampler boxes!They also put in a product card along with a total box value each month so you can see what you’re getting. I definitely think it’s a great deal, and this month’s box was worth $58.88!

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Quilter’s Perfect Clips

This month Fat Quarter Shop included some super cute Quilter’s Perfect clips, which are very handy for all kinds of sewing needs. I typically use them to hold together thick layers of fabric when pins just don’t quite work. I also use them to hold on my binding when I’m finishing a quilt. And my kids sometimes snag them and use them as clips for their dolls hair LOL!

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Bobbin Nest

They also included a bobbin nest to hold all of those pesky rolling bobbins! I like that it keeps the threads secure as well. Right now I’ve been keeping them in the little drawer in my sewing machine, and I have thread and bobbins all tangled and messy. So this is a nice neat alternative. And it holds the bobbins in even if you flip it over, so they don’t get too crazy in there.

 

Fat Quarter Shop Tins

Ooooh, and I spy a new FQS tin in there too! Okay, so I want to just say that I’ve been eyeing these tins and wondering what I could use them for because they’re so cute. FQS sent me a few extras as well, and while I was deciding what to do with them, my daughters all came in and before I knew it, they were gone!

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So if anyone is wondering, not only are the FQS tins good for holding sewing notions, but they’re also good for holding pencils, tiny erasers, Calico Critter stuff, and really just about anything you can think of! As you can see my daughter took one for her school supplies. You can see her explaining how she’s using her Fat Quarter Shop Tin in this video.

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The Jolly Bar Book and a Sundrops Jolly Bar

I was also super excited to see that they included The Jolly Bar book along with a Jolly Bar of Cory Yoder’s new line, Sundrops. I’ve been wanting to check out this line, and it’s super fun and springy! And there are 20 different Jolly Bar patterns in the book too! Most of them look fairly easy as well, so I think they would be great for beginners!

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Binding Ruler, recipe card, and coupon code!

I always love getting rulers, you can never have enough right!? And I was excited to see this binding ruler in here. I’ve never had a chance to try one, and I think it will make bias binding super easy!

 

And of course they also included the next block recipe in the series, this month’s box has the Block #5 recipe card to add to your collection!

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And last but not least, they always include a fun coupon code as well, and that super cute “Happy Go Lucky” card allows you to grab a Jolly Bar for 20% off!

 

Click the image below to sign up for Sew Sampler box!

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And don’t forget to follow Fat Quarter Shop’s social media to keep up with all of their fun projects!

Disclosure: I received this box free for review on my blog. The opinions expressed in my post are my own and were not influenced by the company or free product provided.

AUG
24
2016

Quilting 101: How to Wash a Quilt

Hi friends! Today I’ll be showing you how to wash a quilt! There are several ways to go about washing your quilts, but today I’m just going to show you how I like to do it to help prevent any damage or bleeding of fabrics or thread.   Products I recommend: Dreft Detergent or Woolite detergent (Anything meant for delicate fabric is great!) Shout Color Catchers (I'm sure any brand will work, but I have only used these.) Watch Quilting 101: How to Wash a Quilt  I hope you enjoyed that video and that it helps you out in your quilting journey!   If you just tuned in, here are more videos in my How to Quilt Series! Quilting Supplies: What do you need to get started? How to Choose a Sewing Machine How to Choose Fabric How to Cut Fabric How to Piece a Quilt Top How to Press Fabric How to Baste a Quilt How to Straight Line Quilt How to Free Motion Quilt How to Bind a Quilt (Machine and Hand!) Zipper Pouch Tutorial … [Read more...]

AUG
22
2016

2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling his workload into manageable sections. We started introducing study skills last year and will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 7th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 7th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion English/Grammar: IEW Fix It Grammar History: Abeka History of the World Literature: Book Shark Literature (From our options program) Math: Math U See Algebra 1 (yikes!) Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: … [Read more...]

AUG
17
2016

Quilting 101: How to Bind a Quilt (Machine or Hand)

Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to bind your quilt! There are several ways to go about binding your quilt, so today I’m just going to show you a couple of ways that I like to do it. I’ll also be showing you some tips to help you get your binding right the first time!   In the video I’ll be showing you how to: Create straight edge binding Create bias binding Machine bind Hand bind (This usually means attach the binding to the front side using your machine, then hand sew the binding on the back side to finish it off.) As you can imagine this video got to be a bit long, but I really wanted to show you how to bind using your machine as well as hand bind. I tend to machine bind mostly just because it’s faster, and I like the finished look. But I know several people who prefer to hand bind because it’s a nice relaxing process, and you can’t even see the stitches on the backside of your quilt so … [Read more...]

AUG
15
2016

2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, and 7 soon as well.   This year continuing to focus on more independent work skills. As students get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling their own workloads into manageable sections. We started introducing more independent work over the last couple of years, she will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 8th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 8th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion Cooking: At options English/Grammar: IEW … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2016

2016-2017 First Day of Homeschool!

Hi friends! Wow, I can’t believe we’re starting out 10th year of homeschooling today. It’s been quite a ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities! We’ve got our new curriculum all sorted in our work drawers, and the school room has been cleaned out, de-cluttered, and sanitized. Even the birds got a fresh new cage cleaning! The kids are all sad to see summer go, but they’re also excited for a new year and they’ve even said they’re excited to start school, so I take that as a bonus! As a side note, I let the kids make their first day of school grade cards (see above) this year, and I thought it was funny how well they reflected their personalities! Some are straight forward and to the point, and others have a little more...shall we say flare? Love them all! For our first day we usually… Eat a good breakfast! Take first day of school photos Take a quick tour of the classroom, and their workboxes so they can get a feel of what … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2016

Quilting 101: How to Free Motion Quilt

Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to free motion quilt! This has been one of my most highly requested videos, and I’m hoping that it will inspire you to give free motion quilting a try. I know it can sound a little intimidating, but I assure you that it’s a lot of fun, and I think you’ll be glad that you gave it a go!     To free motion quilt you’ll need the following supplies: A Free Motion Quilting foot for your machine (This link goes to FMQ foot for a Juki, you’ll want to get one that fits your specific machine.) Machingers quilting gloves A practice piece of batting & fabric (basted together and ready to go) Thread (I use Aurifil 50wt 100% Cotton thread) Needle (I use Organ 80/12 or 90/14 needles)   Watch Quilting 101: How to Free Motion Quilt     I hope you enjoyed that video and that it helps you out in your quilting journey! If you just … [Read more...]

AUG
08
2016

2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing our 2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul with you.   We have four children and this year we spent about $150 on supplies total. I usually average around $100-$150 on supplies including a few extra things that we have to purchase for their weekly options program. This year I ordered most of our supplies online, but I did pick up a few extras at a local store as well. I hope you enjoy this video!   Watch Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Supply Haul here! Here are some links to products mentioned in the video, I think I found everything, let me know if I forgot anything! (Disclosure: Links below are Amazon affiliate links, I do receive a small compensation if you purchase products from these links. So thank you for helping to support my blog!) Frixion Erasable Pens Desktop Carousel Snowmen Stackable Pencils Gummy Bear Stackable Pencils Regular Stackable Pencils Fun Iwako Animal Erasers (20 Pack) Expandable Acrylic … [Read more...]

AUG
07
2016

Busy Mom’s Guide to Home-cooked Meals

As a busy mom of four, I find meal planning a little on the stressful side. I actually enjoy cooking, however when we’re busy with school and other activities, I don’t always have time to run to the store, or think of something healthy and tasty for my family. I don’t know about you all, but it’s really easy for me to want to run out and grab something quick when we’re in between activities, or coming home late from something. But as we all know, that can get expensive, and it’s really not very healthy depending on what you grab on the go.   But with just a little planning, it’s easy to skip the take-out and create a variety of home-cooked meals for your family, even when you’re busy like we are! As most of you know I always post my monthly meal plans here on my blog, but I’ve had also ton of requests for weekly shopping lists as well as a list of all of my recipes in one location, so I put all of that together in my new book! I’ve also added in a new customizable … [Read more...]

AUG
04
2016

Quilting 101: Star Sashing Tutorial

Hey guys! I have a fun tutorial for you. I made this patriotic quilt for my mom this year, and I had so many questions on how I created the star sashing in between my blocks. I put up a tutorial on Instagram, but since that’s kind of hard to find in my feed, I wanted to have one here for you all for easy reference too!   So let’s get started!! These instructions will show you how to create one of the stars, so you’ll just repeat the process for however many sashing stars you’ll need to fit your quilt. Step 1: Cut as many 2.5” x (Width of your block) strips as you need to go in between your quilt blocks. Your strips will be the length of your unfinished quilt blocks. Since my quilt had 12 – 12.5” square blocks, I cut 17 - 2.5” x 12.5” strips. This will be enough strips to go in between my rows going across, and between the blocks vertically. Cut 1 – 2.5” x 2.5” square for your star center, and 8 - 1.5” x 1.5” squares for the star points. Since I am making 6 … [Read more...]