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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...]

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    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, … [Read More...]

JUL
13
2016

Quilting 101: How To Piece Fabric

Hey guys and welcome back to another video in my Quilting 101 series. Today I’m sharing my tips and tricks for piecing a quilt top. Usually when you talk about quilting most people think of a finished quilted product. But quilting can be separated into two main parts. Piecing your quilt usually refers to taking smaller pieces of fabric, and sewing them together to create an overall design for your quilt top. You can piece your quilt back side if you want to as well. The actual quilting comes in when you create a quilt sandwich using backing fabric, batting and your pieced quilt top. You can either hand quilt or machine quilt the layers together using your preferred method of quilting. I’ll be doing a video on various ways to quilt coming soon! So now that we’ve cleared that up, today I’m going to share some helpful tips for piecing your quilt top as well as some common terminology that will help you follow quilt patterns. Watch Quilting 101: How to Piece a Quilt Top … [Read more...]

JUL
11
2016

Tip Tuesday: Student Organization Tips

Hi everyone! Welcome back to another Tip Tuesday episode! Today I’m sharing how I keep all of our homeschool student materials organized. I’m also going to be showing some of our homeschool room as well as an update on how we’re using our workbox system.   So if you want to see how this mama of four keeps all of our materials organized and easy to access check out my Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Student Organization Tips here!         Check out this post for more details on how I organize our daily and long term school work! Student Organization   I get a lot of questions on our desk set up. And most of you know I’ve used some form of the workbox system developed by Sue Patrick for the past several years. I have to say that organizing our daily work has been a sanity saver for me. Put, the workbox system is a way to organize all of the daily school work for your student. You can use rolling carts, plastic crates, file … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2016

Sherbet Stars Quilt Tutorial

Hi everyone! As promised, I have a super fun and easy quilt tutorial for you today. This one is great for beginners and comes together really quickly. It uses all HSTs which means “Half Square Triangles”. There are a lot of ways to create HSTs, and several different designs you can get simply by turning them around. Today I’m going to show you an easy way to create 4 HSTs at one time.   You can use any fabric selection you like, but I thought I’d share with you what I used just in case you were curious. Background: 1-1/2 yards Moda Bella White 9900-97 Stars: 18 FQs, I used Fresh Cut by Basic Grey for Moda Backing & Batting: 4-1/2 yards backing fabric & batting (I use Warm N White 100% cotton batting) Binding: 2/3 yards, sub cut into 8 – 2.5” WOF strips (WOF = width of fabric)     Watch the Sherbet Stars Quilt Tutorial here!     For those of you who like to reference the cutting instructions in print, … [Read more...]

JUL
03
2016

Happy July 4th 2016!

Hi friends! I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear.   I love this time of year! For us it means summer BBQs and picnics, swim days, concerts, family, and friends. Sweet tea, front porches, and good neighbors! And of course you knew I’d have to make a quilt to decorate right? I made one for me and one for my mama. The blocks are from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book and I added some fun mini-star sashing in between for fun! These were super fun to make, and even better to cuddle up with for fireworks!   What will we be doing over here at the Confessions household? Getting up early to check out the July 4th Parade Possibly witnessing a rodeo. (Tinker Bell has high hopes of seeing a pig there.) Relaxing and spending the day with family and friends Maybe a little swimming Enjoying some yummy BBQ … [Read more...]

JUL
01
2016

July 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hey everyone! It’s July first, can you believe it!? Summer is already flying by for us, and there’s so much I still want to do before school starts! But worry about what to cook isn’t one of them. So today I’m sharing my July 2016 Monthly Meal Plan with everyone. This way we can spend time having fun with the family, and not worrying about what to make.     I don’t know about you, but being home all day with 4 kids makes me feel like I’m just going from one meal to the next. As soon as breakfast is cleaned up, people start asking about lunch! Not to mention snacks and dinner prep. So if you’re like me and don’t want to worry about it, this meal plan is my gift to you! Go forth and enjoy your summer!   Download the 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like … [Read more...]

JUN
29
2016

Quilting 101: How to Cut Fabric

Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series.  I hope you enjoyed last week’s video where we learned all about fabric. And today I’m going to show you my methods for cutting up all of that pretty fabric! Cutting accurate pieces is one of the first steps to creating a beautiful quilt, so let’s get started.   For today’s video you’ll want to get out your self-healing cutting mat, a clear acrylic ruler, a rotary trimmer, and some fabric.   Here are the supplies I’m using: American Crafts Self Healing Mat Olfa Splash 45mm Rotary Trimmer Creative Grids 6.5” x 24.5” ruler Watch Quilting 101: How to Cut Fabric here!   I hope you enjoyed today’s video keep reading for lots of great quilty links!   Here are a few of my Quilting Tutorials online: Rag Quilt Tutorial DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game (*Great for learning beginning skills!) Patchwork Book Cover Quilt-as-you-go Book Cover Kids Pillow with … [Read more...]

JUN
27
2016

Tip Tuesday: Teacher Organization Tips

Hey guys! I’m back today with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today I’m going to share my tips for organizing your school room, teaching supplies, and record keeping. We’ll also discuss some things to consider when choosing a space for your homeschool as well as a few organizational tips that have helped me keep everything neat and tidy. Organizing all of those fun school supplies is my favorite part of homeschooling. And preparing your school area is not only fun, but also a wonderful way to start the year. Kids will get excited about the prospect of a new year, and you as the teacher will rest comfortably knowing that your school area is organized and ready to go! So check out today’s Tip Tuesday: Teacher Organization Tips now!   Links mentioned in this video: Homeschool Room Tour My Teacher’s Desk Organization Tips Curriculum & Teacher Manual Storage Tips My Teacher Supply List Mavalus Tape The Container Store Plastic … [Read more...]

JUN
26
2016

Baker’s Dozen Quilt Kit Giveaway!

Hey guys! I have a super fun giveaway for you all today. As many of you know Stitches_N_Giggles4U is one of my favorite Etsy shops and she is always up for doing a fun giveaway for my readers. Now I know it’s mid summer for most of us, but that’s the perfect time to start a Christmas quilt! Yep, you heard me! If you start now, you have a really good chance at getting this baby done in time for the holidays!   And since I love Sweetwater Fabric, I chose this super cute Christmas tree quilt kit called Baker’s Dozen by Amy Friend for Moda Fabrics. The kit includes the pattern and all the fabric you need to complete the quilt top & binding. Here’s what the inside of the box looks like. As you can see you get a great selection of the fabrics and then they also provide you with the creamy snowflake print for the background.   The kit came with the grey cross weave material for binding, but I went ahead and ordered some extra of the red print since I … [Read more...]

JUN
22
2016

Expedition Earth: Germany Unit Study

  Guten Tag! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Germany! My husband’s family is German, so this was a special week for us. We even sampled some of his grandma’s butter ball soup and homemade kraut burgers! Yum!   Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Germany & the Baltic Sea on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in German – Guten Tag (Good Day) Learn about Neuschwanstein Castle Prayed for the German people Learned a German Song Had bread with Neutella & lemonade! Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Germany Read: Geography from A-Z pg 23 Highland, Lowland, Hill, knoll, Pg 43 Valley Learned about Germany from National Geographic Kids German Composers: Ludwig Van Beethoven, & Johann Sebastian Bach Watched The Sound of Music (I know it takes place in Austria, but it’s close to Germany, and we found it on the map before watching, … [Read more...]

JUN
21
2016

Quilting 101: How to Choose Fabric

Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series. Today we’re talking all about fabric! I’m going to show you all about precuts and yardage, share what I like to buy. And then I’ll share some of my favorite places to get my fabric too!   Fabric is one of my favorite things about quilting. It’s also one of the most dangerous parts as there are so many fun lines out and they always have new ones coming too! If you’re new to sewing or quilting it can be difficult to know where to start with getting fabric. But don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it in no time! And just a friendly PSA: fabric is addictive, proceed with this video at your own risk! So let’s get started with today’s Quilting 101: How To Choose Quilting Fabric   I hope you enjoyed today’s video keep reading for lots of quilty links! For more information on some of my favorite fabric designers and places to shop check out this post! How to Get Started Quilting: All … [Read more...]