Hobbies Up To Here Episode #40

Hey hobbyist and crafters! We’re back and ready to roll with episode 40!!


This week we share the people who made us do it!
They inspired, encouraged, and even taught us how to do the things we didn’t know we wanted to do. We each shared those who got us into a new hobby or enabled us in some way shape or form. Check out our lists below!


Photography inspiration: Greg Lucker
Personal inspiration: Me (Yay!) and Jennifer Kerr
Tatting inspiration: RustiKate
Knitting inspiration: Lucy Neatby and Vickie Howell
Quilting inspiration: Christa Watson, Leah Day, Angela Walters


Personal inspirations: my mom and dad (thanks for the crafty genes!)
Quilting inspiration: Jenny Doan (and mom’s too!)
Handcrafting inspiration: Honest Craft Roomies on instagram!
Embroidery inspiration: Alyssa Thomas (by way of the Splendid Sampler)


  • We’re looking forward to our So Cal Quilter’s Run!
  • Check out GoGoKim and The Sewing Loft for a fun Instagram hop for all those quilters staying home and missing out on Quilt Market!IMG_9709
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What’s In Your Hands?

Have you ever been somewhere that required you to wait around for some time? Like the DMV or the airport? Maybe even closer to home like waiting to pick up your child from school or football practice. It’s in these times that I always find myself wishing I had something to do.

Yes, Words with Friends and Doodle God on my phone are entertaining but more often than not, I find myself bored with games and wishing for something to keep my hands busy that was also creative.

Enter hand crafts and projects on the go! I’ve recently learned of so many options for sewing or crafting while I’m out and about. Some of them have stuck while others I’ve learned to leave at home even though they appear portable. A few favorites have made their way in to my handbag anytime I leave and know I’ll be waiting for some time.

The first: hexies! Simple paper hexies used to paper piece fabric. I use premade templates and I use scraps from my stash to create hexies quickly and easily.


I currently use a basting stitch to create fabric hexies but many friends have shared that they use glue to hold down the folds. Making a good stash of hexies can keep you busy but also give you a good source of items to appliqué to a finished project.


Through the Splendid Sampler, I’ve learned to love my second favorite portable project: embroidery. With a hoop and some floss, I can create darling little pictures on my quilts to add a little something special.


After tracing a picture onto my fabric, I simply straight stitch the outlines onto the fabric I want to use for my finished product. Or, you can upgrade your skills and attempt some more intricate stitches to add depth. This is one of my favorites to take with me.

If you’d like to see some of these crafts and also what other crafters think are great on-the-go projects, then join us on Periscope at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST on May 12th for our weekly Periscope hop with the #honestcraftroomies. We’ll be sharing our favorite crafts to take with us when we must leave our sewing rooms!