What’s New With Us: Episode #57

It’s an episode without a theme. This week we update you on what we’ve been up to and also what’s to come on Hobbies Up To Here!

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We have a few posts and projects up and coming so be sure to come back and check them out!

  • Basting Gun review
  • Our first guild meeting (eek!)
  • Road To California (mid-January)
  • Design wall how-to post

Jake and I finished his Darth Vader quilt. We’re very pleased with the out come!

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My dad finished his crocheted doily.

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And my mom is still working on her future grand-son’s knitted baby blanket.

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TGIFF: Jake’s Darth Vader Quilt

Months ago, my son had a little money burning a hole in his pocket. It went everywhere with him and he was always looking for something to spend it on.

Then we went to a craft show to check out all the tools and goodies displayed. While there Jake found a Darth Vader quilt kit for about $20. He bought it and took it home with the big idea to work on it with me.

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We started together in March. I did the cutting and pressing. He did the sewing. I was really impressed with his ability to sew straight although he did get a little bored at one point. I asked him to just sit through it and get the top done. Then I’d take over.

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And he did! He stuck it out and completed his first top. And look at those points!!!

Then the quilt sat for some time. More my fault than his. I had little free time to do it and I, too, get bored easily. I’ve never been good at sticking it through a whole project from beginning to end in a decent amount of time but I do try.

This past Thanksgiving I got the bug to really spruce up my craft room and get a few projects done And the first to get marked off that list: Darth Vader!

The quilting is simply straight lines on the diagonal. I also switched between red in one direction and white in the other. Sort of like the Dark Side versus the Light.

Of course, even though I did the finishing, I consider it Jake’s quilt. He did the piecing, he bought the package, and he will be the one to use it. And check out how proud he is!

Now I quilted to the very edge of the borders so it gives the back a nice clean, finished look. The stitching goes all the way to the end of the binding from the back. There is something I really like about this, and I can’t quite out my finger on it. But it’s pretty awesome looking.

I did the binding different this time. I rolled the backing fabric over to the front, glued it down, and hot pressed it together. Then did a simple straight line around the edge. And I have to say, it was a fairly easy process and gave it a very smooth look.

Even the mitered corners look crisp! I used a simple Elmer’s glue stick to first fold over the back to covered that raw edge. Then I smeared a little glue on the folded binding and pressed it with the iron onto the front of the quilt. I did use my Wonder Clips to hold it into place but I didn’t need it, honestly. The heat from the iron and the glue held really well.

Another shot, this time from the back. See how neat that is? A simple binding line and I don’t have that spot where I had to tuck the binding into itself. Instead it’s just a clean straight fold.

And with the quilting coming to the edge and folding over to the front, some of the ends dot the binding and the effect is kinda cool. Almost like stars in the galaxy peaking out of the dark skies.

The little man is pleased to have a quilt and I’m so proud that we did it together. There is another quilt in the books!

Check out our side bar for some great quilting link ups! This post will be linked over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

And if you want to hear our most recent podcast, definitely check out Episode #56 where we discuss Birds in the Air by Frances O’Roark Dowell!

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Book Review: Birds In The Air Episode #56

Hey hobbyists and crafters. It’s time for another episode of Hobbies Up To Here!

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We’ve had a very productive week off for Thanksgiving. Here are a few of our WIPS!

My mom and dad have been working on their own stitching projects. She’s flying through a baby blanket and he’s cranking out some great dollies.

I got the wild inspiration to go ahead and create my own design wall. The guys helped me put it all together and now I have one BIG design wall to play with!

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Jake’s Darth Vader quilt is quilted and now the trimming commences! Jake did the top on his own (with only a little mommy help) and I did the quilting. I’m attempting to roll the binding over as opposed to my usual strip method. Wish me luck!

I also wrapped up my box subscription showdown on our Youtube channel.

This episode we dive into the novel Birds in the Air by Frances O’Roark Dowell. I surprised my mom with a copy for each of us to read and enjoy. And boy did we!

Not only is Frances an author but she is also the host of The Off Kilter Quilt podcast where she talks of life and quilting. Check out her podcast and her website!

If you don’t want to be spoiled, listen through to minute 32 where we take a quick break and then leap into some spoilery goodness.

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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.

Sharp!

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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WIP: Jake’s Darth Vader Quilt

My son is a pretty interesting character. He loves soccer and playing Minecraft. He reads comic books and “boy humor” books like Captain Underpants. He’s fascinated with space and science and he loves the color pink.

What can I say, when I made him I broke the mould!

When I started quilting oh so long ago, Jake was fascinated with my machine and all the working bits. Then he started working on his own projects with my help.

Well this year he turned the big 1-0. And with some of his birthday money, he bought himself a quilt kit at the Pomona Crafting Fair.

Along with all of his interests, Star Wars is a big one, too. And this old school Star Wars mama is completely thrilled with this.

His kit came with two panels that included all his fabrics. We had to cut them apart to get started. The Vader panel is the center piece to the whole project which I felt was a great choice for Jake. Other than some light piecing around the edges, the main focus is already done for him.

So we sat down together and worked through this project. I did the cutting, he did the pressing. Then he sat down to sew and I took over the pressing so that he could focus on keeping things neat and straight.

He was pretty proud of his progress and I made sure to document his journey. Who knows how long he’ll enjoy sewing let alone the company of his mother!

The next day we sat down and really planned to whip through the rest of the borders. The project is fairly straight forward so I wanted him to work through it from beginning to end and not lose focus.

And we finished. Well, with the top at least. After we had everything squared up and ready to go, we shopped for his backing fabric. We went with a Kona solid in black to keep it simple.

I’ve left enough fabric to roll over from front to back as the binding. I figure I’ll be binding it although I’d love to see him attempt to quilt it. That may be asking a lot but it’s worth a try!

I was really proud of him. He stuck with this project and saw it through to the end of the top. He put a lot of effort into it and made sure he took his time to do his best. It’s a good looking top that just needs some quilting and binding!

Did I say he loved Star Wars? Well I wasn’t lying! This is his newly made Imperial Assault Carrier that he made on his own (I only helped a little).

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #33

It’s that time again, hobbyists and crafters. Time for another edition of Hobbies Up To Here!

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This week we have LOTS to share with you.

Firstly, we have a new email addresses! If you have questions, comments, or concerns for either one of us, you can email us directly!

Dori: dori@hobbiesuptohere.com
Katie: katie@hobbiesuptohere.com

Secondly we’ll be updating our Details tab and adding a Podcast tab for easy access to our podcast episodes!

We’ve had a lot going on lately from sew alongs to finished quilts to fresh starts to quilt shows.

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Dori’s paper piecing progress.

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It’s coming along!

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Last weekend we went to not just one but TWO quilt/crafting shows here in southern California.

  • On Saturday, we took a trip to Pomona for the Quilt, Craft, & Sewing Festival at the Pomona Fairplex. There was SO MUCH to see there and my dad was in the mind to seek out long arm machines. For research purposes (wink wink).
  • Then on Sunday we went to the Friendship Square Quilt Guild show in La Habra. We saw some beautiful quilts, met lots of wonderful crafters, and even passed out a calling card or two!

Of course it’s hard to go to a show and NOT buy something. Both of us came home with some goodies.

Quilt & Coffee Chat

This week we introduced a new segment called Quilt & Coffee Chat. During this portion of our podcast, we’ll continue the discussion of past episodes, reply to blog comments, and read email from any readers or listeners we’ve received.

This week we shared comments from a few readers who gave us something to chew on and think over.

  • Nonnie from Nonnie Quilting Dreams shared some fascinating background and history on quilting terms, pressing seams, and what different types of quilters are called in the midwest. Check out her comments on Episode #32.
  • Alida  from Tweety Loves Quilting commented on Episode #30 about coding and quilting and the blend between modern and traditional quilts. She’s hosting a pretty  cool blog hop in May called Art with Fabric. Definitely check it out and see if it’s something you’d like to participate in!
  • Kati from Kati’s Quilting and Sewing shared with us her experience of learning quilting and sewing techniques from HGTV and how we just gotta get in there and give ourselves the power of knowledge by learning any terms we need on our own. Her comments are here on Episode #21.
  • I shared an email from Christa Watson that I had received. It had a beautiful picture of her thread stash that I was blown away by. So beautiful and colorful! We often forget to share other stashes we keep for all of our crafts so seeing a thread stash was fun and inspiring.

During our coffee chat, probably after the second cup had kicked in, we shared some of the other podcasts for crafters and quilters all around the web. We’re in great company with SO many awesome podcaster out there. And Nonnie has a pretty comprehensive list of podcasts to check out. She keeps it updated pretty regularly so pop on over, give it a peep, and check out some new podcasts!

And make sure you keeping checking back as I’m expecting a new mystery stash box to arrive in the mail any day now! I’m testing out some of the quilter’s box subscriptions available. So far I’ve received my first Try Me box from Quilter’s Stash Box. Next up is my first Quilty Box and in April I’ll receive a Sew Sampler box from the Fat Quarter Shop. I’m planning a full Youtube review video talking about the pros/cons of each box!

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