2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 6 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 13 posts. There were 40 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 542mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 30 views. The most popular post that day was Episode 8 – More chatting.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were withinaquarterinch.wordpress.com, quiltinggallery.com, sewstitchcreate.com, bigtent.com, and scientificquilter.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for winnie the pooh diaper cake, quiltsnkids, quilts n kids, bubble jet set 2000, and quilt studio.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Episode 8 – More chatting March 2010


Episode 7 – You Were Always on My Mind January 2010


About June 2009


Episode 6 – Learn How To Treat Your Own Fabric For Ink Jet Printing September 2009


Episode 10 – Ready Set Serge June 2010

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has stopped by the blog or listened to an episode of Quilts ‘n Kids in 2010.  It turns out that 2010 was more Kids than it was Quilts (but I would not change a thing – well some of it I would). 

I hope to get back on the blogging/podcasting horse very soon.  In the meantime, share your pictures and ideas with me and let me know how you have been.  Did you get anything fun for Christmas we can all drool over and wish we had received?  Or did you receive something and feel you need to make a PSA to warn others from purchasing this item?  I did receive some fun things I want to share with you, but my birthday is next weekend and I expect to get a little more quilty goodies.  After that, I can share everything with you at once. 

Until we chat again, take care and quilt, quilt, quilt!!!


Episode 10 – Ready Set Serge

Welcome back. 

Podcast: Episode 10 – Ready Set Serge  

Ready, Set, Serge: Quick And Easy Projects You Can Make in Minutes  


Backpack I made and donated to my friend’s school for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Placemats donated for school's silent auction.


Pillows for "goody bags" from the sleepover.


More pictures to come once I discover which camera I took them all with!  




Podcast: Interview with Linda Ruff

Repost of Episode 9 for iTunes purposes (UGH!!)

Episode 9 – Interview with Linda Ruff

Lesson learned.  Do not upload two podcasts at the same time because iTunes will only pick up one of them.

Episode 9 – Interview with Linda Ruff

Here is an interview I did back in February 2010 – this is May 2010.  Am I a little behind or what?

Podcast: Episode 9 – Interview with Linda Ruff

Check out Linda’s website at www.fabricyardfabric.com to find all of her patterns and fabulous fabrics.  I do want to try the Fajita Skirt with the Foxy Lady Aqua Fabric.  Doesn’t it look delish!

Episode 7 (repost) – You Were Always on My Mind

If you listen to the podcasts off of iTunes, then you have not been able to download Episode 7.  This is just a repost of the same Episode found on my blog, but for iTunes purposes.  Let’s see if this works….

Podcast: Episode 7 – You Were Always on My Mind

Episode 8 – More chatting

Show notes for Episode 8 – Just some more chatting

Podcast: Episode 8 – More Chatting

Thanks to Lisa at A Stitch of Faith for letting me know that it is okay not to edit my podcasts.

I got creative this weekend and pulled out the Hexagon die for the AccuQuilt GO!  Each die comes with a pattern inside and I decided to make the table topper for that die.  I had never worked with Y seams before Saturday.  At first, I decided Y seams were a B****.  But after a while, I quit fighting the fabric and let it speak to me and figured out how to do it.  I can’t take all of the credit though.  Something in the back of my mind kept thinking Kaye Woods or Eleanor Burns.  As I recall, I watched one of them tell me how to sew a Y seam.  It had something to do with folding the fabric in, so I just did it.  I think it all laid pretty flat.  Take a look and let me know what you think.  I know the fabric choices are questionable, but they were available in my stash and reminded me of spring.

Hexagon Tabletobber and matching coaster

Here are the hotpads I made.  I found these at http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=550

Hotpads made from scrap material with the GO! 2 1/2" die.

See the jewelry/treasure box my mother in law made me for Christmas.

My MIL is such an awesome bi-crafter. This is quilt blocks done in needlepoint.

I received the Martelli Rotary Cutter for Christmas.  I really like it.  It took a couple of tries to get used to, but I like it!

I like my new Sewline TRIO marking pen as well.

Sometimes we forget to treat ourselves to a little pampering.  If you live in the Denver, CO area and are looking for some TLC, call Jenn at Body & Sole.  Ask her for the Michele Treatment.  You will love it!!!

Check out this awesome Ginger Garlic Beef recipe.  Note:  The recipe calls for beef broth, but does not tell the user when to add it.  Once I mixed it with the soy sauce mixture and once I mixed it in with the vegetables.  It worked great both ways.  If you try it, let me know what you think.

Here are some pictures of the Kindle Covers I have done:

First cover I made

Picture of the first Kindle Cover I made

Open view

Open view

Easily folds back for reading

Easily folds back for reading

Getting fancy with the closure

Getting fancy with the closure

Episode 7 – You Were Always on My Mind

I’m back. I am so sorry to have been such a terrible friend for so long. How rude of me to have not checked in with everyone earlier. But don’t doubt my fondness for you for a minute, because you were always on my mind. Life just happened to get in the way and really slowed down my quilting, blogging, podcasting, etc.

Podcast: Episode 7 – You Were Always on My Mind

Also I am sorry for the terrible show notes this time, but I cannot remember what I talked about the other day. I think the summary of the podcast is that I am now a stay at home mom (SAHM). It’s been fun and I love spending more time with my babies and I actually have time to focus on hubby. Sadly, there has been even less time for my other love, quilting. I am trying to be creative with things to do with Jadyn during the day and with Dylan after school. SAHMs please feel free to send me any thoughts you have for entertaining kids.

I did create my own pattern for the GO! and instructed a class on that one.

I made 6 totes for the kids teachers for Christmas and did not take a single picture of any of them. However, giving them away has resulted in interest and people want to place orders. Yea!!!

My brother in law gave us Kindle’s for Christmas. The books I have read since Christmas are:

The Crossroads Cafe, Suite Scarlett, Murder Takes the Cake, The Velveteen Rabbit, Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes – all were found for free in Kindle Store

The Shack, Finger Lickin’ Fifteen, Kindle Shortcuts, Hidden Features – books purchased in Kindle Store

I have downloaded quite a few more free books that I cannot wait to read. I enjoyed all of the above mentioned.