Celebrate Good Times! Episode #50

We did it!!! We made it to 50 episodes!!

Happy Podcastiverary to us!

And we couldn’t have done it without you! Our fellow crafters and hobbyists!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #49

Hey hobbyists and crafters! It’s Katie and Dori with an other episode of Hobbies Up To Here!!

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Today we delve into stitching! Stitching can encompass so many things from making clothing, hand sewing quilts, and darning socks. But we focus on counted cross stitch, embroidery, and even touch a little on thread punching.

Dori shared an original piece of her’s done years ago when they had Home EC classes. Oh how jealous I am! I wish we still had the choice to take sewing classes in school!

This fine fellow was once a pillow but has since started to fall apart and is now free of it’s original purpose and ready to be mended.

We both had a history with counted cross stitch. It takes us WAY back into the late 80’s and 90’s when the internet was new and Round Robins were in.

This tool, so lovingly known as the needle minder (or as I call it The HotDog) was lurking in my closet to be rediscovered by my mom for her stitching needs.

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Lavender and Lace Angel of Light

My mom is still working on her Angel of Light, similar to the one pictured above. It’s gorgeous and intricate and even in its state of undone, it’s just stunning.

All of my cross stitching projects are in various states of unfinished (are we surprised?) and range from barely started to 90% done.

This one is so close and it’s calling me to whip out my needle and thread to get those last back stitches and details done!

Definitely check out our Facebook live video where we share a whole slew of new fun things for me to dip my needle into. Everything from iron on transfers and a gorgeous free form mandala!

Thread punching is new to both of us and this book was based along to us from my Nonnie. This is a WHOLE world of stitching I’ve never seen before but we’re both fascinated by it and may add it to our list of things to learn.

For more info check out this YouTube playlist of Punching Embroidery Designs. Finding current videos on this process is a little tough but it’s worth a look!

Dori was gifted with a pattern to make a little handy bag for all her on-the-go beauty items or crafting needs. She whipped it together in NO time and it’s just adorable!

Great finish!!!

And now time for a few shout out!
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  • Dori has a HUGE thank you to all our readers and followers for the support offered and the kind words on her finished quilt. I’m telling ya, the pictures don’t do it justice!
  • Thank you Leah for letting us know how to properly pronounce your name!
  • Hello to the ladies who visited recently. You can find G and Sherri on Instagram and also thanks Michelle for the lovely visit with Dori. And a hardy howdy to Stephanie, too!
  • Alida from Tweety Loves Quilting left a wonderful comment on our last podcast comments. We really appreciate the time and effort you took to share your thought with us. Thank you!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #48

Soooooo…..this post is a little bit late. I mean, not really because we tend to post on Fridays. BUT….this was recorded Monday and somehow I was technically challenged all week.

Any who… Time for the show!

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Dori finished her Twisted Pinwheel quilt! It came out beautifully!

Check out her full blog post here!

Her finished quilt brought us our topic this week: to finish or not to finish, and how? Some of us are really great at starting something and working on it all the way till the final touch is added.

Others, like me, struggle to finish up most of the projects laying around listlessly in our craft rooms. In this episode, we talk about finishing a quilt and the ups and downs along the way!

This week we give a shout out to Leah for her great email and support. She had LOTS to share about local groups and guilds that we could join. You can check out her crafty and creative Instagram here.

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TGIFF: The Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt!

Yay!  It’s DONE!

Last September I posted my progress on my Disappearing Pinwheel TWIST 5 quilt.   I finally hand stitched the last stitch on the binding on July 31st.  I can honestly say I loved this process, and am very proud of this quilt!

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For the first time, I sent my quilt to be quilted by my friend, Janet, rather than doing the quilting myself.  She stitched a simple and airy meander stitch which complimented the quilt perfectly.  After squaring up the quilt, I attached the binding which was another first.  This time, I chose not to do the wrap-around binding  process I’ve done on all my other quilted projects.  After attaching the binding to the front of the quilt by machine (I was excited to use the binding tool Rob Appell denonstrates here), I hand stitched it to the back.  I’m so happy I did!  I love the clean look.

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I think this quilt looks best when it’s worn by my beautiful partner-in-crime lol!

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Have a wonderful weekend, and remember…be crafty, be creative!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #47

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Hello, hello hobbyists and crafters! It’s time for another podcast episode!

Have you ever realized how easily crafting can become a one-man show? One minute you are starting a project and then within weeks you realize you haven’t really talked to another human being but HEY! You have a finished quilt! Crafting can be a very solitary part of the day and it’s easy to forget to reach out to those with common interest.

Enter guilds and groups! We’ve talked before about our feelings on joining a guild in the area but now we’ve added to our search. Instead of just seeking out quilting guilds, we’ve joined some knitting and crocheting groups through Meetup.com. SO far we’ve joined four groups and we already had our first event with one of them! We’re very excited to add these groups to our web of creators to hang out with and learn from!

We’ve also realized that while we are sewing or crafting, we like to send a little time with other podcasters chatting away while we work on our own. It helps to also feel connected even if it isn’t in person!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #46

Hey hobbyists and crafters! Episode #46 is ready to roll out!

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Going into this episode we had NO clue what we would talk about. We were without a topic!!! Instead of our usual discussion about some crafty topic, we decided to just sit and chat about what’s going on in our lives.

We chat about our new healthy lifestyles and the few crafty things we’ve got our hands in. I share my issues with too many electronics in everyday items (I see you Sleep Number bed). My mom shares some of her thoughts about exercise and getting herself moving again!

My mom is super happy with her interaction with the people over at Doll Makers Journey. Not only has she learned a lot from their tutorials and videos but they have been nothing but wonderful when an item she ordered didn’t arrive. They were quick to resolve the issue and with a great sense of humor about it. Thanks Mary Ann!

My baby quilt is moving along. I shared my disappointment in it this week but the positive response from our readers kept me going and I’m now putting the blocks back together. I’ll post updates soon!

Myra over at Busy Hands Quilts is hosting a new Friday link up. It’s for those projects that just don’t get finished by Friday but you’d like to share all your hard work. Check it out by using the link attached to the button below!

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WIP: Flannel Baby Quilt

Sometimes, the best way to get back in the swing of things is to start up something new. Now I have more than enough projects going on but none of them are calling to me. I’m still working through Darth Vader and it’s going well but I was already feeling less interested in it and I knew, if I wanted I stay motivated, I would need something new to draw my attention in.

While out and about with the guys, we stopped in our local Joann’s and a pack of flannel charm squares caught my eye. I had a gift card and a coupon (YAY coupon!) so I picked up two packs and a new seam ripper.

I broke my old seam ripper when I used it to try and pick out a fluff ball inside my machine.

But I digress. 

I decided to string the blocks together in rows of three with the intention of making a version of a 9 patch quilt. The quilt will be for a friend’s baby boy who is about 6 months old.

Now this is my first time using flannel and it’s not so bad but I do love my cotton. It doesn’t shift and move on me as much. This flannel seems finicky too. Some of the squares are not perfectly cut and I had some trimming to do to make them work.

It came together rather quickly and it got me moving and stitching. My machine whirled and I worked through it until my bobbin ran out then I’d switch it up with Darth Vader and sew a few rows on him until that bobbin ran out. It’s a new concept for me, working through the bobbin then switching up projects until that bobbin runs out.

We’ll see how it goes…

From rows to blocks, I finished them all, played them out, then took them to the cutting board. Then came time slice and dice. I decided I wanted to play and to cut into the blocks to make up interesting patterns. Like cutting into a block to make a disappearing 9 patch.

Sadly, after the first cut, I didn’t like it…

It’s too busy…

Oh well, I’m powering through. I think, had I included one common solid in each block, it would have worked out better.  I just think that with all the busy little patterns, it’s a bit too much. But, who knows!? I might work out just fine!

My current book in progress: The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I am back on the workout train and this book has a lot of interesting info for both the diet and your workout routine. I’m not ready to get into the weight room (I have major anxiety about it) but my eating has been super clean and healthy and I’m moving everyday, even if it is to catch Pokemon!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #45

Crossing fingers there are no technical issues this week, here is episode #45!!!

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Jake and I recently shared a new DIY project we attempted at home with some old crayons. So far, we’ve had some major success!

Have you ever had an Ah-Ha moment?
Those moments when something clicks and inspires you?
This week we share some of our recent ah-ha moments that got us going creatively!

Dori’s doll making interest has been sparked again! This time with soft dolls. And a recent ah-ha moment has her inspired and seeing doll making in a whole new way!

Angela Walters and Christa Watson shared a shirt design on Instagram with the slogan “Finished is better than Perfect” and this really stuck with me. So much so I’ve jumped back on my machine and I’m working on a few projects at the same time without the worry about it being perfect.

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For our quilt and coffee chat this week, we shout out to a few friends, fellow crafters, and followers who have reached out and made our day a little brighter with some kind words of encouragement.

  • I recently had the pleasure of some back and forth with Pat Sloan on a YouTube video of mine. We chatted a bit about The Splendid Sampler and about the flexibility of the sampler.
  • Our sweet follower Sandy has been catching up on some past podcast episodes and we wanted to give her a shout out and a thank you for the uplifting and positive encouragement!
  • Also to Claudette, a YouTube subscriber that has been very supportive of our YouTube adventures. She’s been watching for a while and leaves comments of the most wonderful and positive words. Thank you!!
  • If you caught my Instagram post the other day of a new show that I found on TV called Craft Wars, then you’ll want to check out this YouTube Channel for this awesome, FUN show (if you can get past Tori Spelling as the hostess). It’s pretty inspiring and lots of creative fun.
  • I also received some happy mail and I really enjoyed the goodies in this Stash Builder Box!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #44

We have so much to share this week! We are all done with our So Cal Quilter’s Run 2016 and there are lots of great little shops we want to share with you!

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If you’d like to follow along with this podcast, feel free to check out the pictures that we are talking about on our Instagram feed. Scroll back to our first quilt shop, Quilter’s Cocoon, and play along as we reminisce about our 2016 run!

Below are photos that didn’t make it to Instagram but that we still wanted to share. Enjoy!

Apart of the run as to collect these laser cut letter and possibly make a quilt top out of them. But playing the game means you get randomized letters. The likelihood of getting a word randomly was a small so seeing these cute cubed pillows as an option for your letters was an inspiration.

The lovely staff at the Tops & Bobbins Quilt Shopped played up their Operation theme and dressed in scrubbed. And behind our helper here is an example of a quilt top made with the letter to look like a game of Scrabble.

In El Cajon we were treated to a game of Battleship! The ladies here was very kind and lots of fun. They were all dressed in a navel 1940’s theme including Rosy the Riveter.

While at the Quilt In A Day shop we got to peek inside one of Eleanor Burns’ studios. It was fascinating to see how it is set up especially in the lighting department. As an amateur Youtube video creator, I’m always on the hunt for new ways to make our videos better.

And while at this stop my number was called and I got to spin the wheel where I won 25% any item in the store. Of course I put that to good use and bought myself the Cotton + Steel fat quarter box set!

At our next stop Dori won a raffle, too! When her number was called during BINGO she received a free pattern! And during this stop she picked up some lovely fabrics in a beautiful far quarter bundle along with some mini quilt patterns.

We can only describe our last stop as unique, whimsical, and even magical. They carried lots of interesting and fantastical fabrics as seen in this dragon quilt here. I knew my boys would get a kick out of this piece so I snapped a shot and sent it to them!

Well hobbyists and crafters, another year, another run is done. We’ve had a blast and traveled up and down the roads of southern California through traffic and heatwaves and ill children. But all the while enjoying every minute!

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WIP: Quilting Darth Vader

I’ve been quiltingly stunted. No sewing, no quilting, no piecing. Nothing. We can blame the move, the virus I caught, or the general craziness that has been our last month.

After all the hustle and bustle of the last couple of weeks, I was looking forward to a day with nothing on the schedule. That day was last Sunday and I requested that we did very little. I mean, staying in jammies all day and no moving around much. I decided with this much needed downtime I was looking forward to getting into my craft room and doing some sewing.

I decided to pull out Jake’s Darth Vader quilt. Jake made the top himself (with only a little bit of my help) and I had already pinned the layers together. It’s been sitting my “to-do” pile for a while and I have a simple straight line quilting plan, nothing super fancy so I pulled this project to work on.

I didn’t spend too much time tracing some lines onto my fabric, instead I made a few and then used my guide for the first time. I had to fish it out of some hideaway in my machine but I’m glad it wasn’t far away.

I’m using a white Aurifil thread and I think it’ll look sharp on the black fabric. Kinda like pin stripes. My lines aren’t super straight but I’m not worried about them being perfect, I’m focused on getting this quilt finished.

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So far I’m half way done! I got all the lines quilted across going in one direction. Next I’m planning to turn it and go the other direction. It’s got a little bit of a wave to it but I can live with it. It gives it texture and flow.

The back looks great, too. All stark and black with sharp lines of white. And I think going back the other way will look great, making little diamonds across the quilt. Jake thinks it’ll look like two Lightsabers fighting.

Whatever makes my little guy happy!

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