Frankie Baby!

To say that my husband is proud of his very first fully completed quilting project is an understatement!  From start to finish, he did everything…choosing the pattern, the fabrics, the hand embroidery, the appliqué process, the quilting, the binding and sewing on the buttons.  ALL OF IT!  And I’m sure you’ll agree it’s not only adorable but it’s also fabulously executed!

This is the pattern that Reg chose.  Isn’t that button pack cute!?

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Using the light box he made for me, Reg traced all the appliqué shapes carefully on Wonder-Under, which I had on hand.  There were soooo many pieces lol!  Then he fused the pieces to well chosen fabrics that he felt Frank would be stylin’ in.

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Choosing a light green fabric for Frank’s skin tone, was a no-brainer.  Reg insisted Frank’s pallor was important!

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Here’s where Reg’s vision really came into play.  He wasn’t satisfied with the pattern’s suggestion for a background.  So, while on the So. Cal. Quilters Run, we kept a look out for some sort of Halloween fabric that would suffice.  We found a beautiful panel that made all the difference, and helped Frank to look like he was almost three dimensional.

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Though Reg has needlepoint experience, he’d never done embroidery before.  He chose to do a simple backstitch with black embroidery thread.  He even learned how to bury threads between the layers!

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Reg has always been a bit wary of my sewing machine.  But, determined to do this all on his own, he allowed me to teach him how to use a buttonhole stitch to anchor the raw edged appliqué pieces.  He first tweaked the stitch a bit to his liking, then setting the speed to low, patiently stitched every curve and difficult point.  Then he switched gears and quilted around the tree branches and the haunted house.

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He’s definitely a “go big or go home” kinda guy.  When stitching the handle on Frank’s treat bag, he chose this bright silk ribbon.  Now…have you noticed something different about this and the last photo?  The fussy cut spider treat bag is different, yes?  Welllll….that’s because Reg wasn’t happy with the first go at Frank.  So he made a completely NEW one!  There were a couple of things that he did differently, but he’s much happier with how the second wallhanging came out.

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Ta Da!  And here he is, all ready to go trick-or-treating!

That FACE!!!

The bag is perfect!

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I’m not a natural teacher.  Trying to translate skills that I’ve practiced for more than forty-five years was daunting for me.  I take them for granted, and with Reg being a complete beginner, I needed to remember to include the absolute basics.  He patiently listened and learned quickly.  At times, he even questioned my methods! Being quite open minded and the type who thinks outside the box, he often implemented his own ideas on how he wanted to proceed.  Trust me, I had to let go of my pride and ego to allow him to experiment and do his own thing!

Are you gearing up for the Halloween season?  How so?  Do you create and add to your collection every year?

We’d love to hear!

Dori

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DIY Steampunk Kid Costume

Every Halloween, we get creative. And not just Halloween, but it’s something about Fall in general. I love the colors, the feel of the season, and it gets my DIY craftiness going.

Because Halloween is all about becoming something you are not everyday, my son and I have always made our costumes as much as possible. And this year was no different! He wanted to dress up in the Steampunk style (thanks to the TV show Steampunk’d).

With his style in mind and a few ideas on what pieces we’d need, we headed over to Pinterest to gather some ideas and plans to bring his look together. He found one picture that turned in his main inspiration.

Then we took off to Good Will.

There we hit a home run with a $0.99 vest, a top hat, and even some goggles. We filled in the other pieces with things we had around the house. His black pants, white shirt and boots were all clothing items we already had. Then we took an old Nerf gun and some other toys that we would antique for a more steampunk look.

It turned out to be quite the undertaking. You have to lay down a good base before using the Rub and Buff wax to get that antique look. I sprayed a matte black coat on a sanded down Nerf gun and a little plastic squirt toy for his hand. Waiting for everything to dry probably was the lengthiest part to the whole process.

While I waited, I began the task of Gorilla glueing all of the cogs and chains to his Good Will top hat.

Then we waxed and buffed all of the antiquing colors onto his weapons. We used Rub and Buff in different tones and while it made it easy to change the obnoxious orange and yellow of the Nerf gun to a great antiqued weapon, I didn’t quite do it as instructed. I painted it on instead of rubbing and it just took longer than expected. I still think it’s a great product.

In the end Jake LOVED his costume and the overall look. Below are the final results (except for the trench coat he added when it got cooler).

We love to DIY and we love the Steampunk style. Pulling them both together made a great costume that got lots of compliments.

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All Things Fall Episode #53

Hello Fall!!!
Our favorite season is here and we couldn’t be more excited to get totally crafty!

Last year I shared my Dollar Tree haul of all my fall goodies. I’ve done it again this year and I can’t wait to share with you all the great items I’ve picked up for my crafts this season!

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We gave a shout out to Frances over at The Off Kilter Quilt. Definitely check out her wonderful podcast. It’s a lot of fun to listen to and hear her thoughts on quilting.

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #35

Hey Hobbyist and Crafters, it’s a special day today! Not only is it our podcast day but it’s our anniversary!!!

Happy 1st year Hobbies Up To Here!!
Check out our first podcast episode for old time’s sake!
Episode One

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On today’s podcast we list our top 5 projects that are the most memorable over the last year. It’s never easy to pick your favorite quilt or craft but we made the tough choices and are excited to share them with you!

Katie’s Top Five Favorites

  • My 4th of July table runner was my first quilted project that really came together beautifully. I loved everything about it!

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  • Another finished runner, our Halloween runners, came out so different yet so great. We love them both!

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  • It seems any time I tried something new, I loved the outcome. My Christmas Dresden hanging came out beautifully and I would love to have it out all year long!

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  • The holidays really lit a creative fire and I couldn’t put it out. Along with my quilting projects, another holiday favorite was my Christmas wreath.

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Katie’s Honorable Mention

During podcast episode 4, my mom surprised me with a new sewing machine. My Elna, aka Rosy, has become my best friend. I’m so thankful for the gift and so grateful for the opportunity to work with it!

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Dori’s Top Five Favorites

  • Dori’s first favorite memory recalls her first finish! Mike’s birthday quilt, the Music Quilt, was a grand undertaking and it came out beautifully!

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  • She also did a beautiful Dresden plate for a baby quilt that came out so incredible. It really showed how much she’s grown and how far her quilting has come.

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  • She also attempted some “3D sewing” and made a purse for my sister’s birthday. While the pattern was not as clear as she would like, it still looks amazing.

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  • And Dori’s last favorite is her current in-progress project, paper piecing. Having gone from not knowing that paper piecing existing to this beautiful outcome is saying a lot about her talent!

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Dori’s Honorable Mention

It can be easy to forget where you started but Dori’s honorable mention is just that, her first official finished quilt from this past year. Her first baby quilt was not only her first in decades but her first quilt-as-you-go!

A Last Honorable Mention (Or Two!)

QuiltCon was an amazing experience! Check out my mom’s thoughts on meeting Mary Fons and Jenny Doan, our live podcast episode while we were there, our wrap-up podcast after we returned, and our YouTube video to share our thoughts.

The So Cal Quilter’s Run happens every June and local quilt shops participate in a themed shop-hop that runs two weekends in June. We went last year and had a blast and we plan to go again this year. Hopefully we’ll get to hang out again with our friend Melanie at Thousand Needles and maybe even visit a few shops together!

We have some exciting goals we want to work towards this coming year so make sure to subscribe to us wherever you can and return as often as possible to keep up with all of our crafty endeavors. And THANK YOU THANK YOU to all our listeners. Without you, we’d just be two crazy ladies sitting around, talking about our hobbies!

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TGIFF: Halloween Table Runner Sew Along

There is nothing like the satisfaction of a finished product!

This week we completed our month long Sew Along project and our table runners couldn’t have come out looking more different and more adorable than they did!

We had a nice chat last night on our podcast about what we enjoyed and what we didn’t, what we would leave as is and what we would change.

Overall, we loved our runners and how they turned out. Only a few small changes would be made.

Katie’s Binding

For me, my binding technique still needs to be refined. I’m not 100% happy with the way it came out so I feel that this is a skill I still need to improve upon even though I’ve bound multiple projects.

Dori experimented with the roll over binding from the backing and even played with a different styled stitch. It really gives the finished look a nice touch!

Dori’s Binding

Dori and both agree that appliqué is the shizz!! While Dori loves her pumpkins, she learned a few other techniques that she wants to incorporate in her next appliqué project. She’s even talking about hand stitching our appliquéd pieces. I’m good with the outcome and just need to continue practicing.

Dori’s Pumpkins

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Katie’s Pumpkin

As for our free motion quilting… WELL… That’s a whole different story. While I like my end result, I know for certain I can use a lot of practice. I need to learn to BREATHE through my free motion quilting as I tend to hold my breath. And Dori also felt that her free motion needs some practice.

We both had the similar thought it wouldn’t be so difficult and yet when we got going, we both realized that it was tougher than we expected. What we both took away from this project is that we want to work on our free motion quilting because it’s definitely a technique that we like but need some major work on!

Katie’s FM Webs

More FM Webs

We both used a fabric pencil to draw in the straight lines and a few of the strains between but found that it was easier to just go with it after awhile instead of spending time drawing in every single line.

Dori’s FM Web

We both had a problem with nesting threads on the back of our runners though we tried different techniques. I know we need to tack down our quilting but my machine didn’t want to corporate with me and make it neat. So I have clusters of thread knots along the edges of my backing.

Katie’s Nests

Katie’s Finished Product

In the end we have a finished product ready to be placed out for everyone to see for Halloween! It’s been a learning experience but we got a lot out of it.

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #17

Hey! It’s Friday! You know what that means…

PODCAST TIME!!!

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Bring on da funk!


No not that kind!

The kind when you find yourself in a rut. How do you work through it? We talk about our issues with losing our creative mojo and how we work through when we just don’t want to!

Shout out to all my Periscoping ladies! There are so many of us tuning in once a week or so to chat about our quilting habits and hobbies. Check out the hashtag #honestcraftroomies on Instagram to join in the fun. If you’d like to participate check out Kitty at Night Quilter to be added to the schedule for the next hop!

And thanks to Christa at Christa Quilts and Gina at Gina Pina for popping on last night to participate in my evening scope from my craft room. And to Lorinda at Laurel and Pine for saying “Good morning!” before we started our podcast.

Our sew along is taking some hits as we find it harder and harder to make time to work on our runners. But we’re still aiming to finish before Halloween happens so we can display our hard work!

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Sew Along Week 3: Borders, Backing, and Quilting Galore!

A day late but never fear, we are here!!!

This week both of us had company in from out of town plus a lot of events going on so it was a weekend without sewing…EEKK!!!

That also meant no podcast this week and our Sew Along is a day late. BUT, we have an update and our next steps to begin wrapping up our table runners for Halloween.

Before going ahead, check out Week 1 and Week 2 first to see our process from the very beginning.

Don’t forget to check out our past podcast episodes if you haven’t already. We talk about all our hobbies and then some!

For week 2 we focused on our appliquéing. Our tops were done and we had an idea for our appliqué images but we both had very different ideas on placement and design. Which is what makes this whole project awesome. We each have similar  goals but will end up with different results.

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We initially went with the original size from the link but realized as we went along that it’s actually a bit too small. So we amped up the size and made it bigger! Due to this being my first attempt at appliquéing I decided to leave out some of the smaller details and simply added a second leaf to my pumpkin. I also attached it to the center of my runner.

My mom chose to make TWO pumpkins, one on each end. Her thought is that she tends to place her decor right in the center of her runner so having the images on the ends would keep them visible and the table runner usable. Makes sense!

As you can see from our fabric choices below , we have some similar thoughts about fabric and color but we are VERY different. While we both chose to go with three colors and range from orange to yellow, I went with a deeper orange and made a wide jump to a lemony yellow at the center. My mom stayed closer in tone with her colors and her change from the darkest shade to lightest has less of a jump and more of a flow.

Mine (left) and my mom’s (right)

Test run

To make sure I didn’t screw up my whole runner, I was smart and took my time making a smaller pumpkin to do a test run with.  I was really happy with the outcome! I used a black thread and a blanket stitch to give my design a Frankenstein like appearance and I think it worked out well!

My finished project!

While I think overall I did a pretty good job, my tight corners and smaller spaces need some work! I couldn’t remember where the needle would land with the stitch so I would pivot incorrectly and it got a bit jumbled up on my leaves.

For my mom, she went a completely different direction. Using the same stitch, she actually changed out her thread and used a different color for each piece. She went with yellows and oranges that matched her fabric. So not only did she do TWO pumpkin, but she also had to change out her thread for each new fabric!

She even has a nice green for all of the smaller details and the leaves. Fabulous!

Now it’s time to start wrapping things up. Time for our week 3 steps!

Week 3 Instructions

  • Using your choice of multiple fabrics, cut 1 1/2 inch strips from one and 2 1/2 inch strips from another. Then, attach the smaller strips to the patchwork top followed by the larger strips around the outside.
  • Press and trim where needed.
  • Layer using the top with the borders attached, batting, then a backing of a new fabric or a previously used fabric. For a fold over binding that matches your backing fabric, make sure to leave 2-3 inches or more of the backing fabric extended beyond the end of your runner.
  • With basting pins or spray, adhere the three layers together, smoothing out as you go.
  • Quilt with your choice of pattern. Have a blast designing as you wish!

Week 4 we’ll trim the layers and get to binding. How we will bind our runners hasn’t been discussed but for now we’ll focus on layering everything together and getting that quilting finished.

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Sew Along Week 2: Time To Appliqué

Week 1 was a huge success! Not only did we both get our tops done in time but we also really liked how they came together. Nothing is worse than working hard on a project and not loving how it turns out!

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My mom did add an extra row and my son did accidentally get a bloody nose while holding my runner, but all in all they came out great! If that is the worst of the issues we run into, then I’ll be happy!

Now we’re ready for week 2! Appliqué!

Through the wild world of Pinterest, we found our template for our pumpkin. Kathryn over at The Scrap Beach posted her layered pumpkin template and we fell in love with it.

We decided that we would appliqué before we added borders so that we wouldn’t have so much extra fabric to manipulate while sewing down our designs. For now that seems like a GREAT idea but we won’t really know until we’re done so make sure to check back and see how it worked out for us.

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Using my mom’s homemade light table to trace and cut out out pumpkin appliqué pieces really helps to see through the designs and onto the appliqué paper, giving us more precision when tracing. My mom is a step ahead of me due to the supplies being handy in her work space so we were able to see that the pumpkins are a little too small.

Yeah…it’s cute but not quite what we are going for. With some elbow grease and lots of patience, we were able to enlarge them a bit using my mom’s  printer/copier. Now we have two sizes to work with if we choose.

My mom has her fabric all picked out with a sparkling orange as her biggest pieces, a lighter orange with some white and yellow texture to the second layer, and the top being a muted yellow.

Even though her colors look great and there is enough fabric for me to cut from it for my own pumpkins, I wasn’t sold on it. It just wasn’t ME.

Now these….THESE are very moi!

So together we went to Joann’s and I played with all the fabrics! I love fabric shopping. I’d rather shop at a quilt store, especially some of the smaller ones near us but sometimes Joann’s is all I can manage time wise (and cost wise). I was a little pressed for time so I had to skip the smaller mom and pop shops.

Smartly, my mom brought her runner with her pumpkin already ironed on. I was able to match the fabrics to her runner and sift through all the colors until I made my decision. I tend to walk into our local shop and take over this little workbench they have set up near the fabric section. I spread out all my choices and play with everything I think looks good.

And here they are!

In the end I went with simple patterns but a gradient change from dark orange to a light lemony yellow. Now for our plan!

Week 2 Instructions

  • Piece and trim runner top.
  • Choose three colors/patterns to layer for your pumpkin and two for your leaves/tendrils.
  • Using the template for the pumpkins (or your choice of picture) print and resize as needed.
  • Trace your picture onto paper backed fusible webbing.  We used Lite Steam-A-Seam2.  Remember that your traced image will be fused to the back of your fabric, so take note of the direction of the design and flip the image before tracing it, if needed.
  • Cut out the images on the fusible webbing with a bit of a margin around each piece.
  • Peel one side of the paper backing, and place sticky web side to the wrong side of your fabric.
  • Cut out each appliqué piece.
  • Apply to your runner, layering from the bottom to the top piece.
  • Then appliqué into place using thread and stitch of your choice.

Check back on Friday for our podcast when we dish on our experience for week 2 of our sew along. If you missed last week’s podcast, listen here and find out what worked and what didn’t.

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{VIDEO} DIY Scrappy Halloween Headband

There is nothing more satisfying then finding a creative way to use all my scraps.

Seriously. I’m that nerdy.

When our scrappy Halloween quilts were done, I was left with a small pile of fabric pieces that seemed big enough to be used for something.

But what?

Then I remembered our Dollar Tree haul and some headbands I bought.

Putting together the scraps and the headband with a glue gun gave me a perfectly scrappy, spooky Halloween hairpiece that is just adorable!

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Super cute!
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Here is a tutorial video with some hints and tips to make your own scrappy headband!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #16

It’s time for our favorite part of the week, Podcasting day!!!IMG_6544

Week 1 of our Sew Along is officially in the books and we have two amazing looking runners all ready to be appliquéd! Time to cut out our pumpkins and make some fabric decisions!

Me: Left Mom: Right

Love the way these came out. So fresh and bright! Very spooky and Halloween-y.

Now it’s time for  appliqué! We’ve realized our pumpkin appliqué is a bit small so we’re going to see if maybe we should make it 2-3 pumpkins per runner instead. Check back Sunday!

And here is a sneak peek at my head band DIY tutorial for my rummage crafting! Yes, rummage crafting! I’m making it a thing! Just rummage through what you have at home and make something with it. I’ll post the video to YouTube tonight or tomorrow so check our channel there to make your own Halloween scrappy headband!
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