My Best Posts of 2015

Thank you, Cheryl, for hosting the Best of 2015 Linky Party.  ‘Tis a splendid idea!

Best of 2015 Linky Party

I chose my best based on most visited (# page views).  They are listed in ascending order.  Click on a title to read the original post in its entirety.

#5 My Favorite Tutorial – I wrote about my absolute favorite tutorial:  Faux Piped Binding, which is still my fave!

#4 My Sewing Room Make Over – I wrote about my sewing room improvements in week #2 of my WHOOMP There IT Is! linky party.   I revised my DIY sewing table, built wall to wall shelves in my closet for fabric storage and added risers to my cutting table.  *I’ve since made more improvements which I will soon be sharing, so stay tuned to A Quilted Passion!

#3 My Wishlist to Santa – This fun post features my remix of the classic song, Santa Baby. It was this year’s wishlist to Santa.  *I did get almost all the items on my list, which will also be featured in an upcoming post.

#2 WHOOMP There IT Is! #1 – The 1st post of my brand new linky party! It features a beautiful comfort quilt and Practice Makes Perfect which is a quilt I FMQ in an afternoon after taking Angela Walter’s class Help! How Do I Quilt it?

A Quilted Passion

#1 Grow Your Blog 2015 – Of course, this post is #1. It was a blog-hop specifically organized to generate blog traffic.  I had lots of visitors! (Thank you All!)  I wrote about quilting and my desire to play the bass guitar (which I’ve honestly only “practiced” once this entire year!) and why I started blogging in the 1st place.

Thank you for visiting! Here’s to a fantastic 2016!

A Thread for Life
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Cor. 11:13

The New Linky on the Blog

I’ve been contemplating starting my own linky party since I found out what a linky party was about a year ago.  What is a linky party you ask?  It’s an online get together for bloggers w/the purpose of sharing, inspiring, encouraging and growing your blog.  Simply put, a host blogger invites other bloggers to link up a post on the host blog, in the hopes of gaining more friends/visitors for both host and linker.

I’ve known from the start what I’d call it. I got the idea the 1st time I linked up at Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? …but naming the linky was the easy part.  Taking on the commitment was the hard part. After much thought (like I said, it’s been a year!) and valuable info/input from fellow hosts and quilter/blogger friends, I’ve decided to start w/a 3 mos. commitment. After 3 mos. I will re-evaluate and decide to continue or not.  I’ve been spreading the word that it would be a Thursday linky but after reading about Pet Project Show and visiting I decided to change it to a Saturday party.

Without further ado

The first party will be Saturday, October 3, 2015
A Quilted Passion

A Quilted Passion

WHOOMP There IT Is! is my new SATURDAY linky party.  It’s specifically for quilting and sewing bloggers. I chose the name in honor of finishes…however, you are welcome to link up any part of the process, from fabric selection to finish and anything/everything in between.  There’s no better feeling than being able to show-off something you spent days, weeks or even months to make.  I enjoy sharing about all my projects (and occasionally about life in general) and I know you do too. This is where you want to do it!

The first party will be Saturday, October 3, 2015. Each week the link will be open from 6a Fri to 6a Mon MT.  I’d be most honored if you join my party.

As is common w/ linky parties, there are a few “rules”.  Following the “rules” is appreciated but not mandated. But just know…I wouldn’t suggest anything I don’t do myself.

Thank your Host
Everyone likes to hear “thank you” and know their effort is appreciated.

Spread the Love
The more love you give, the more you get. Pick a number (mine is 5) and commit to visiting and commenting on that many link-ups. Let them know where you’re visiting from and ask them to visit you. (This works well for me!)

Direct Link
Use a direct link to a specific post, not your main blog.

Link Back
In your blog post, include a link back to my post/blog and/or grab the WHOOMP There IT Is! button above and put in your post or sidebar. Thanks for spreading the word!

Follow Me 😉
Of course I would love for all you linky-uppers to be followers, but it’s NOT required.

Party Hearty! 

A Thread for Life
He fills my life with good things. Psalm 103:5

My First QAL

What is a QAL you ask? It’s a Quilt Along! I first read about about  the Hillside Houses QAL by Cristina at  Pretty Little Quilts here and here…and thought, why not?  

So began my first online QAL!  It started on April 29th…so I had a bit of a late start but I’m making good progress. I’ve finished blocks 1 – 3. You can find instructions for each block by clicking on the link above or the badge below this post.  There are 3 sizes of quilts; I’m making the wall-hanging 30in x 37in. 

Block #1

Block #2

Block #3

I’ve never done a quilt w/just solid fabrics, and my selection is very limited, but I’m liking what I have so far.  

And…it gave me an opportunity to finally use a the HST Bloc-Loc Ruler I bought myself for Christmas. It squares up HSTs nicely!

I’m off to get started on Block #4.

Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

A Thread for Life
And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! – Isaiah 30:18 AMP

Linking up at:
Needle and Thread Thursday
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop
Hillside Houses QAL

Pretty Little Quilts Hillside Houses QAL