Interview With My Dad Episode #79

Can you believe it? We finally have a guest!
My dad joins us to chat about Frankie!

Yes, this was how they sat together.

Too cute!

One of Dori’s little stitching projects. So adorable!

My brain!

This is my AVID wall in my room. It’s slowly coming together!

And my husband is proudly sporting a new look this fall. He is wearing his handmade Friendship Quilt! Only took me 2 years to finish this bad boy (the quilt, not the husband)!

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Notions, Notions, EVERYWHERE! Episode #78

Welcome back!
We sit down and share some of our favorite notions, both new and old!

We’ve got some YouTube videos sharing what’s in my sewing/quilting kits. Definitely check those out and don’t forget to subscribe!


Here is the list of the new items we spoke of today!

Dori’s Wire Threader

Finger Cots

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Dome Threaded Needle Case

Some of our faves that we always reach for:

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We’ve Got Updates and Progress! Episode #77

Welcome back hobbyists and crafters! Today we update you on some of our current projects and the process we are making on a lot of our quilts and stitching.


My dad has made MAJOR progress with his Frank wall hanging. This is the second one after he ran into some issues with the first.

Mom’s failure is fertilizer quilt top is done and she’s using the smaller one to practice her free motion quilting. This weekend she’s picking up some backing fabric to finish this quilt for my sister in law.

Dori pulled out her Cat in the Garden appliqué project and wanted to get it finished except some important numbers are missing for the borders!

But we have a few resources we can use to get the measurements for the borders.

Her new stitching project is really coming along and she’s enjoying the process!

I’ve got a bunch of blocks done for my Puzzle Box quilt and it’s piecing together nicely.

And I’ve attached the binding to the friendship quilt so I’m nearing the end of this two year project!!

It went on smoothly to the back and I plan to hand bind the rest! Almost done!

And I got the good word that I’m in class with Libs Elliott to make her Watcher Skull quilt at QuiltCon 2018!!!

Now we’re just waiting and hoping that another spot opens up for my mom!

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Get To Know Us Episode #76

Welcome back, hobbyists and crafters!
We’ve got a fun episode chatting about, well, US!

Thanks to all our friends and listeners who submitted questions. We had a great time sharing some unknown facts about us and really opening up to all our good friends and our new listeners!

And a quick moment to promote a contest I’m in. As a teacher, getting technology and classroom supplies to support a full class can be a daunting task. Through Duolingo, a language program that can help my English language learners, I’m trying to win iPads for my class! It would really add to my lessons and give my kids the advantage they need to help them build their language skills and their computer skills.

How can you help? Well it only takes a few moments to click this link and then vote for my class! That’s all!! And every vote helps me get closer to winning some iPads for my class to use during language and ELA centers. Thank you to all those for helping out!!

Katie’s iPad Contest Link: Back To School Classroom Contest

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WIP: The Puzzlebox Quilt

The last couple of weeks I’ve been very motivated to work on my quilts. It could be the regular podcast schedule we’ve been sticking to or meeting up with my good friend to quilt together each week. Either way, I’ve been cranking out blocks left and right.

I picked up my work on the puzzle box quilt and really went to town chain piecing like a fiend.

I took a look at the blocks and realized that I could piece most of the center pairs and not piece the whole block. Having my little thread cutter from Sunflower-Quilts really helped move this part of my process along very quickly.

It took a bit more work to organize things because originally I was completing a block each time I sat down to work and using up each color from the kit. Once I made the block, I could move on to the next color in the set. But since I switched to this new process, I only piece together a few pairs in each color and save the rest to be used later to complete the block.

It’s a good thing I like to be organized!

I am struggling a bit with the reds. They are so close in tone that I can’t quite tell them apart. We’ll see what happens as I move along through each color.

And even though I did a lot of great work on my own, getting together with my friend to quilt really motivates me to stick with it. In the span of time we worked together, I pieced a good chunk of blocks.

And I’ve been playing around with the layout on my design board. There is something fun about fiddling with how many different ways I can move these blocks around.

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Let’s Get Motivated Episode #75

Sometimes you need a friend and some good ol’ fashioned inspiration to find your quilting motivation!

Through friendship and inspiration, we’ve really found our quilting mojo. Not that it was lost but it definitely took a backseat to a few of our other hobbies.

We officially finished our So Cal Quilt Run passports!!! Every square received a stamp and we turned them in to be included in the grand prize drawing for a new machine! YAY!

I’ve been cracking away at my puzzle box quilt! I cranked out 15 blocks so far this week!

The unquilting is finally complete!! And it’s all thanks to my mom and her diligent seam ripping.

Frank is really coming together and my dad is enjoying every step in the process of putting this little guy together. Doesn’t he look snazzy?

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Quilter’s Confession: Most Disliked! Episode #74

Get ready for a laugh-fest, hobbyists and crafters!
Because this episode is a real doozy!

And you can’t say we didn’t warn ya!!

We have some great shows and podcasts to share with you. These are the things we are listening to and watching while we craft away!

We may not be quilting much these days but it’s still a favorite hobby of ours. Sharing our concerns or frustrations together can really help us know our intentions and also where we need to work a little harder on our interests. That’s what friendship and quilting buddies are for!

Gettin’ It Done All By Himself (almost)!

A few years ago, my son asked if I could teach him to sew and piece a block. Oh he was a cute little thing then and really took to piecing the bright colors from a simple fabric kit I had bought.

Then a long lapse in time away from the craft room happened and about two years ago we got back to piecing his block and completing it.

He was pretty happy with his block but it didn’t keep his attention long enough to come back to it and do any more or anything else to that one block. What can I say,  Pokemon and soccer occupies the majority of his attention!

After along time collecting dust in the closet, he finally asked again to pull out that block and make something of it. He really wanted to quilt it himself especially after having watched a long arm machine run in a shop we had visited. Watching the beast of a machine smoothly lay down stitches in a beautiful swirling pattern was enough to inspire him.

So I sandwiched his block with some random fabric from my stash and some scrap of batting left over from a bigger project. He’s really into purple these days so finding a swatch of purple and black fabric was just what he wanted.

His quilting was simple. Using a walking foot, he echoed the colorful swatches in his block. I guided him here and there but for the most part he did the work all himself. He kept his speed low and simply walked along to quilt his block together.

He helped me trim his block but using the rotary blade has always been tough for him. I’m making a note to myself that he needs a blade that works for both right and left handed people.

I really wanted him to help with every part of the process so he pressed and arranged his binding strips after I sewed them together.

It took a bit of team work but he pinned the binding down and got himself all set up to sew it to his block.

That walking foot sure came in handy. Every time he sat at the machine, it was the only foot he used. I figured with all the fabric and the larger base on the foot to line up against the edge, it would all make it easier for him to get done what he needed.

At this point he informed me he wanted to hand stitch the binding. I was pretty impressed. That’s a big task to undertake! But I happily set him up and gave him some pointers until…

UH OH!

My poor kiddo. When will I ever learn that he’s a lefty!!! I mean I’ve only been his mom for 11 years!! I started him off in the direction a right handed person would sew but once I handed it to him, he realized that wasn’t going to work for him.

He gave it a good try but it just wasn’t turned right and he was more frustrated than anything. Trying to sew the binding upside down just wasn’t going to work. I apologized and promised I would get it right next time and decided to just have him finish it off on the machine.

And here is his very first finished block! Now he did help to make his Darth Vader quilt but I did the quilting and binding. This time, he did most of it himself with only some help from me.

He’s pretty stinking proud of his mish-mash block with flowers on the back and stripes on the front. It took him some time to finally feel the need to do something with it but in the end, he’s happy and I’m so proud.

So Cal Quilter’s Run 2017

This weekend marks the beginning of the annual Southern California Quilter’s Run. Every year, quilt shops around the southern California area open up and participate in this fun shop hop.

We discovered it two years ago and have been participating ever since. We have our pins and we get a new bar every year. There are plans and plots and snacks mades for the long hauls across Los Angeles, out to Palm Desert, and down to San Diego.

This year the theme is California’s Camping and each shop plays off the theme in their own way. Some of these shops go all out and really do a great job. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!

At each stop we’ll get a stamp in our card and some piece to a quilt that can be made from the parts gathered at each shop. Last year we received letters to be appliquéd and the year before we received a fat quarter with a block pattern.

To kick off this year, we’re going to the Orange Quilt Bee on July 14th at 3:00 to hold a meet and greet with a few other local quilters. Because the run is so large and covers a lot of mileage, it can be hard to bump into people you know so we wanted to set up a time and place to meet with other runners!

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Beginning on Saturday, we plan to head out early to reach some of the furthest stops, one being the Quilt Emporium in Woodland Hills. That entire day will be spent on the road collecting stamps and game pieces. We’ll end at The Quilt Cupboard in Placentia.

Day two will see us on the road early to reach Palm Desert for our first stop at Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations and ending up at the Orange Quilt Bee in Orange.

Once we get our first weekend under our belts, we’ll post again to share what our last leg of our trip looks like. If you want to see our antics as we race around from shop to shop, make sure you’ve liked @hobbiesuptohere on Instagram to see our posts at each shop.

And if you want to reminisce with us and see what past years were like, check out our YouTube channel for our SoCal Quilter’s Run playlist. We try to vlog as much as possible while we’re on the move!

Lastly, if you are local and running the Quilter’s Run yourself, keep an eye out for us! We’ll be sporting our Hobbies Up To Here shirts proudly and we’ll always be ready to stop for a hug and a chat!

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What We Want, What We Got Episode #73

It’s official, hobbyists and crafters…

I'm Going to QuiltCon 2018!

Well, it really should say WE’RE going to QuiltCon but you get the idea!

We’ve got a two part episode for you today to talk all about our plans for QuiltCon followed by an update sharing what our schedule ended up actually being.

We hope you enjoy hearing us plan and plot out our ideas for February and that you’ll return as the event get closer to share your QuiltCon 2018 schedule with us!

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