QuiltCon 2018 Episode #87

Welcome to our QuiltCon 2018 episode! We had a fabulous weekend in Pasadena meeting up with our quilty friends and making new ones, too! Check out our Instagram page for all the pictures fro the weekend. There are a lot!!

And click the link here to read Dori’s post over at Fierce Beyond 50 about discovering her creativity, twice!

Make sure to check out our friends below and all the wonderfully crafty things they are up to!

Lorinda Davis Laurel Poppy and Pine
Kitty Wilkin Night Quilter
Sarah Goer Sarah Goer Quilts
Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs
Sara Nunes Berry Barn Designs
Michelle Bartholomew Michelle Bartholomew
Paige Alexander Quilted Blooms
Christa Watson Christa Quilts
Jamie Mueller and Jill Rimes Sunflower Quilts
Giuseppe Ribaudo @giucy_giuce
Mary Fons Mary Fons
Libs Elliott Libs Elliott
Carolina Moore 30 Minute Crafts
Daisy Aschehoug @warmfolk
Sue Miller Fabric Garden
Leah Kabaker No Idle Hands Here

I hope I haven’t missed anyone. We met SO many people and had such a good time that the whole weekend blurs together in a beautiful blend of fabrics, colors, and friends 🙂

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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!

Be sure to visit some of our friends around the internets! They have been wonderfully supportive and caring as we opened up our craft rooms and shared our stories on this wonderful podcast.

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Stephanie Socha Designs
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And also visit our Facebook or Youtube channel, linked below, to see what’s been happening outside of the blog and the podcast! Or email us any thoughts or comments!

katie@hobbiesuptohere.com and dori@hobbiesuptohere.com

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Let’s Start At The Beginning

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s a Periscope Hop night! Together with a few of my fellow quilters/crafters, we are going to be hopping from one scope to the next, sharing our stories about our quilting origins.

That’s right, ladies and gents, it’s origin story time!

Feel free to join us around 6:10 pm PST/9:10 EST tonight to hear how we got our starts in the sewing room and how our handles came to be!

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Schedule is subject to change.
For all updates and information on Periscope schedules and topics, check out the hashtag #honestcraftroomies on Instagram.

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #40

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

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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!

Dori

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

Katie

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)

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #18

It’s been two weeks TOO LONG but we’re back with episode #18!

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What we learned from this episode is that we don’t do well with late night podcasting! This one goes off the rails a bit but hang with us and enjoy the wild ride!

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend! We do celebrate Halloween and we’re looking forward to the costume parties and parades and all those goodies!

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Our Hobbies Up To Here Sew Along is all done! We’ll be posting the official finished products some time this weekend. For now, check back to watch our progress on our table runners for Halloween!

Week One
Week Two
Week Three

If you haven’t discovered Periscope yet, we highly suggest checking it out! It’s a free app that allows you to watch or broadcast live content and interact with your viewers at the same time. Dori and I both have discovered a love for Periscope.

The #honestcraftroomies hashtag on Instagram helps you to link with other quilters and see the weekly schedule for the Periscope hop that has been taking place Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We’ve had such a positive response to the hops that we’re now broadcasting two nights a week!

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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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