Monday, March 25, 2013

Blocks of the Month & Bloggy Things

Lots of playing catch-up this weekend.. 

First, with the March Blocks of the Month.

Sugar Block Club, and the Riley Blake Mystery Block of the Month. I love how the stripes make a broken square around the SBC block.

The Riley Blake one is called Simplicity and is a simple churn dash.  

I love a churn dash, and first made one when I made A's sock monkey quilt when he was two years old.  Time sure flies. It's still one of my favorites and I even had it as my profile pic for a while.

I was so excited to discover that I had these three yards of Summer Song that I have had for forever, and had forgotten about before I ever picked up the fq packs at Tuesday Morning.  It was fun to have new prints that weren't in the fq packs. :)

I should have plenty to get through both block programs and in the end should have enough matching blocks to make into a quilt.

I've also been reading all over blogland about Google Reader going away, which was in the back of my mind but I hadn't really given it that much thought.  Until this weekend--when I went all 'Y2K panic' and decided to get with the program, so I finally checked out Bloglovin'.. and found out I need to paste a code here to 'claim' my blog. Which makes it sound like my blog is just floating around out there somewhere.  So here it is. Which, it turns out is just a link to follow my blog over there?  

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

There it is.  Claimed. Then I decided to add a social media button set, and that led to joining google+ and that led to creating a FB page for my blog, and before I knew it, I was knee deep in making sure my blog doesn't fall off the grid if Google Reader actually does go away.  I wasn't kidding about my Y2K blog panic! ha!  I've worked really hard on my blog, and I love all the blog friends that I've made, and I certainly don't want to lose anyone, and at the same time, I don't want to lose all of the blogs I follow either.  

The good news is: 

Bloglovin' is super easy to use and you can transport your entire Google Reader list over to it, without even doing this whole claim your blog thing, which I didn't figure out until later. But I guess has to be done in order to manage other things there. Like if you go to your profile and click on My Blog, it won't show up unless you have 'claimed' it. 

And you don't even have to go over to Bloglovin to read the blogs you follow.  They send you one email a day with all of the most recent updates in it.

I also checked out Feedly b/c I read some really good things about it.  It was super easy to transport my Google Reader list over to that, too.  And you can customize how it's organized on the screen, etc. Now my reader list is in two separate places.  It should never get lost. :) I feel much better, and totally prepared now with my Google Reader list backed up and then backed up again. Short of an apocalypse I'm good to go. :)

And the social media button set up there in the sidebar, I had been meaning to do that for a while.. and I found a super easy site! All you have to do is plug in the urls of each one, and it generates a code for you that you can paste into a gadget. So easy! I found it here. Okay you probably all already know about that site, as I am always the last to know anything, but if that's something you've wanted to do and haven't done yet b/c you're intimidated like me, that's a super easy site!

But just when I figured that out, I went and joined google+ which I hardly know how to use, and started a fledgling FB page. Oh well. I'll have fun figuring those out. I figure it will all come in handy at Quilt Market.

And Yay! Blocks of the Month!

Thanks for stopping by!


Links: BOMS Away Monday, Design Wall MondayLinky Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday, Show & Tell Tuesday, the DIYdreamer, WIP Wednesday, WOW-wip, We Did It Wednesday 


just when you start to figure something out they get rid of it..or so it seems! Thank you for the link for the media button!

Anthea said...

Kelli, you have all your bases covered now! I have actually never used Reader, so I am confused what all the fuss is about. I just read the new posts via the Reading List on my blogger dashboard. Now you will be so busy keeping all your links & fb updated, there will be no time for your beautiful sewing! x

Lisa Lisa said... weren't the last one to find out about that site. Remember? YOU showed ME how to use it! The blocks are looking pretty awesome :)

Maria said...

You have been busy checking out different ways to link things up and a new reader. I have never used google reader sew don't have a problem.

Just love those blocks and your goreous colletion of fabrics..
Have fun making all your blocks..

Sweet Summer Song blocks!

Thank you for all the blog information. Ni really appreciate it!!!

Love the churn dash block, too! Such wonderful fabric :)

Melody said...

Lovely blocks. I'm just ignoring this google reader stuff in the hope it will all sort itself out.

Sandy said...

The internet certainly keeps us on our toes with changes. Beautiful blocks!

Karen said...

Your blocks look great, I love the fabrics you have chosen, the tree print is great! :o)

Patti said...

Fantastic blocks Kelli! Looks like most of the quilting world has joined Bloglovin'. Like you, I also joined Feedly for backup to the backup!

Lynette said...

Hi there! And wow!! The stripes on both blocks are fantabulous. I really love what you've done with these two. :D Thanks for sharing on BOMs Away.

Yay for getting caught up on the blocks and for surprise co-ordinating fabric (that's happened to me before lol)

Cath said...

Kelli, I am so in love with the fabrics you have there and they are delightful in the Churn Dash block. I have already made sure I follow you in Bloglovin.....not letting you disappear from my cyberworld. You can also follow me on FB under Cathquilts at Bits 'n Bobs or click the button on my blog.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Dee said...

Love the fussy-cuteness of it all!

bichonpawz said...

Ooh! Hi Kelli! Love that fabric...very pretty! Hugs to Buster and hope all is well on your world!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty fabrics and I really love the blocks you have pictured. I never used google reader and not sure what to do. I am going to check out the sites you mentioned because I feel like my blog has fallen off the grid!

I love your blocks and your Y2K approach to GR going! Please give Buster a huge fuss for me!

Claire said...

I loved your Sugar BOM so much I signed up for the year, I have quite a bit of catching up to do, and that's after I pick out the fabrics. The blocks you've posted are lovely!

Sewing Mom said...

Love your progress. I have played with that Riley Blake fabric too, it's so fun!

Hey...we're both doing the Sugar Block Club!!! :) YAY!!!!

And you're cracking me up with the Y2K stuff.


change is hard and I'm going to miss my Reader but so far bloglovin seems a pretty good replacement.

Hadn't heard about Google Reader yet! Thanks for the heads-up!

Great post Kelli, with lots of good info. Thanks for sharing.
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