Solids For My Stash

I allowed myself some freedom to shop recently when I took a trip to a local quilt shop with a good friend. I went in search of solids or low volume fabrics, especially if I could find a good deal on them.

I did come home with a grey charm pack and two layer cakes by Jen Kingwell, and all at a discounted price. I picked these sets because they felt like great filler sets. Some simple, small polka dots and some neutral colored fabrics.

Recently I shared some tips in a Youtube for beginning quilters. One of the tips was to document the fabric or patterns you are working with so that if you ever lose sight of a project, you have pictures or posts to go back and look at for reference. I noticed on the back of the Moda sets, they list ID numbers for the colors and even some suggestions for cutting the fabric to get the most out of it.

I figured it was good to listen to my own advice and take a picture of it so that I have it documented somewhere in case something gets thrown away or lost over time.

This behind the scenes layer cake is simple and neutral. I look forward to using it with some of my other, more colorful fabrics.

The Just A Speck set is simple and colorful. Lots of variety to play with and match up.

I went out looking with my Cotton and Steel box set in mind. It’s been sitting there for two years and I’d like to play with it but needed something to balance the colors already included in the box.

So far I think these sets will work well with the fabrics in the box as you can see below.

I’m looking forward to trying something new as soon as I wrap up the few quilts I have already started.

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TGIFF: The Music Quilt Is Done!

I did it!  Whoo hoo!  The Music Quilt is finished and ready to be a birthday present for my youngest!

I began with a layer cake called “All Amped Up” that I got from Missouri Quilt Company. The pattern I used was from MQC’s YouTube video Double Slice Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial.  This was so much fun, I’ve ordered the same layer cake to make this quilt for my hubby!

The rows almost finished and up on my design wall. Yay!

I love the backing fabric! 
When it came time to actually quilt, I froze a bit.  This was my first time, and I was intimidated.  The hubs came to the rescue, both by inspiring me, and mapping out a simple diagonal straight stitch pattern that I could do with some confidence.  He even marked the whole thing!   

Fighting the bulk of the quilt was my greatest challenge, but I got it done in one day.  Here’s the final result and it’s label! 

I originally chose a different fabric for the binding, but found it easier to trim the backing and wrap it around to the front.  Katie found a tutorial about this process to help me along called Quilt Binding Without Binding.

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Thanks for all of your support and love my friends!  Have a wonderful weekend!


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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #10

Hey crafters, guess what time it is?
It’s podcast time!!!
And this is a special one. We’re celebrating our 10th episode so we have a special request from our readers.

If you are reading this and have listened to our podcast this week, check out the questions below, copy and past them into a blog post on your own page, and then answer them yourself! We want to get to know you! Link back to our page and let’s see how many quilters, crafters, sewers, and hobbyists we can bring together.

So many of our posts focus only on what we create and not who we are as people so we challenge our community to share some small tidbits about yourself with all of us!


Our theme for this episode is LET IT GO!

We talk about those UFOs that lay around. How many do you have? We made the decision that it’s ok to start a new project to keep the creativity flowing and to not stall us. We’ve each got a few projects waiting in the wings to be completed but we’re itchy to move on and start something new.

So I’m not going to kick myself for moving on and instead I’m about to dive into a new kit!


My mom is moving and grooving with her charm packs and layer cakes. I keep getting message from her at ALL HOURS showing me the beautiful creations she’s pumping out.IMG_1451



Now for our celebratory 10 questions for our 10th episode! Feel free to cut and paste these questions into your own post and share on your page. Link back so that anyone else reading can join in!

1. What do you want to accomplish in your life?

2. How do you want people to remember you when you’re gone?

3. What would you do with a million dollars?

4. Where would you go on your dream vacation?

5. If your life were a movie, who would play you?

6. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

7. What is your most embarrassing moment?

8. If you could spend a day with 1 person, living, or dead, who would it be and why?

9. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

10. What is the best gift you were ever given?

When you are all done answering your own, link back here and comment down below to share with other readers your fantastic post.

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #6

And welcome back! It’s podcast time again! This week we’ve recorded episode #6 and it’s here for your enjoyment!IMG_6544

We’ve got some crafty events coming up! In a few weeks, Dori will be taking a trip to the coast to enjoy the Sawdust Art Festival . Can’t wait to hear all about it and hopefully see some awesome pictures of some of the art works there.Even bigger than the Sawdust Festival is the Row by Row Experience about to start this weekend!!

The Row by Row Experience started in 2011 and has spread across the US and Canada. It starts June 21 and stretches through September. You collect patterns at each shop you visit. If you are so inclined to put together a quilt using the rows you’ve collected, you can enter it to win prize! You have until October 31st to enter your finished row by row quilt.

This year’s theme is H20 which is slightly ironic for us here in Southern California due to our lack of rain hahahaha. Either way we’re excited to participate. Will you be visiting your local quilt shops and playing along?

If you are a Southern California local, there is the Southern California 17th Annual Quilters Run beginning this weekend and ending June 28th. Check the list of shops to see if your quilt shop is having their own block party.

Thanks to Melanie over at Thousand Needles for sharing this with us! Maybe we’ll see ya at a quilt shop next weekend!

Layer cakes, jelly rolls, and charm packs OH MY! My mom shares some of her purchases from The Quilt Cupboard and begins her foray into the world of precuts. Her first attempt using some precut sets will be to make the Five & Dime quilt. Check out our post about our day shopping together.

She has the Ambleside precut packs and some great Christmas packs to play with. 

My first sewing attempt didn’t pan out like I wanted but I’m determined to make something my son can wear. Maybe I’ll skip this pattern and just make my own, ha!

In the end, I made this! It’s not done yet but my son loves it! Time for handles!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #5

And we’re back!!!

Hello all of our listeners, crafters, quilters, and hobbyists!

After a long break due to illness and a wedding and work, we’re finally back to podcasting about all our hobbies.

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My mom’s first QAYG is coming along beautifully. You can see the feathering stitch really completes the looking! This is for one lucky baby boy!

And it’s official… My CIRCA 1934 quilt top is complete! Now to finish the backing and binding then to quilt them together to wrap up my entire project.  I seriously LOVE this quilt!


And congrats to my sister-face on her big day!!!

She made a lovely bride!

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WIP: CIRCA 1934 Layer Cake 

This past weekend I was gifted with a  beautiful, new, hi-tech Elna 760 and I’ve been dying to get going with it. But life has been busy with school and work and testing and the wedding this weekend so she’s been politely sitting on my desk waiting for me to turn her on and get sewing!

After Dori posted the other day about her layer cake fabrics and the simple layer cake cutting and quilting method from the Missouri Star Quilting Co, I was determined that this would be my first project. The instructions are simple and I’m all about the simple steps right now.  It simply doesn’t require a lot of cutting and I’d be able to put my new machine to work!

I had this layer cake called CIRCA 1934 from Moda just laying around in a box. It’s got a nice vintage/modern feel to it and after watching the video on how to cut and sew together this simple scrapy quilt, I was set. This would be my first project on my new machine!
I dug out the fabric and starting cutting away. It’s so simple. Just cutting the full square down to one 3.5 in strip and a 6.5 in strip first them mixing and matching them together. A simple straight seam up one side seals the two together and voila! You’ve got yourself a starting point!  
Then you press and cut again this time cutting the squares in half making them 5 in wide strips. I fed the pairs through my machine and when I was done, I had a nice little pile of squares at my feet just waiting to be snipped and pressed.
I took my long chain of squares and set up a pressing and cutting station downstairs so I could keep an ear on my son playing outside.  

I popped on Chopped and pressed and snipped while I watched some TV, totally in the zone! It was the first time in a long time that I felt completely at peace working on a new project.  By 11pm I had 49 squares made, 6 of which were already made into a long row. I’ll have 6 squares in a row and 8 rows from top to bottom. I have yet to consider sashing or binding options but I’m thinking a red to match the reds in this with some black and white pattern would look sharp!

After this day of sewing, I’m completely head over heels in love with my Elna! She’s smooth, fast, and really makes sewing simple. My favorite thing so far? The little button you push to cut your thread! Just a simple push and BAM! Your thread is cut for you within the body of the machine. How crazy is that!!!

I have tons of pictures so I’ll let them do the talking. I’m tired and ready for bed!

Look! I actually used pins!!!!

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For The Rocker, The Sewer And The Paisano In You!


Toscana. Sew Vintage. All Amped Up.

Yup, that about sums it up! I’m primarily Italian, I looove vintage era fabrics and am a rocker chick at heart. These three Layer Cake designs from The Missouri Star Quilt Co. are a perfect addition to my growing stash. I already have the piecing ideas in my head thanks to YouTube videos put out by MSQC. It would be soooo easy for me to sit at my computer and buy dozens of these packs with the excuse that I have SO many quilting gifts to make for Christmas! That justifies a rather large purchase, doesn’t it?!?

To be honest, I’m saving the Sew Vintage for myself. Each 10×10 inch square has a sewing motif. I love the muted colors and can see myself cuddled up underneath it when it’s finished, watching Sense and Sensibility or maybe Fried Green Tomatoes on the boob tube!

I’m excited about Toscana as well. With no theme printed designs, it will give me the opportunity to experiment a bit with quilting patterns that might not translate well with a directional design. I can’t wait to practice FMQ on these fabrics as well.

Now…the All Amped Up is already slated for a recipient! And it wasn’t the one I originally bought it for! I’m going to buy more packs of this design so I can make more than one quilt as requested. It will be fun fiddling with different patterns to see how I can showcase the awesome music inspired designs on each square.

Are there fabric designs that you naturally turn to when you enter your favorite local quilting store? What takes your breath away? Are there designs that you feel define who you ARE? Please share!
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The Nudy and Circa Stash

While I may not be sewing much these days, I am still working on adding to my fabric stash so lovingly stored in the corner of my craft room. I’m always keeping an eye out for new bundles and sets to fill those color gaps here and there.

So even though my son’s quilt is still hanging out in the middle of my room, undone and about 85% of the way finished, I’m buying new bits and babbles to build up my stash. Maybe it’s some subconscious way to get me into my craft room where I’ll be reminded that “HEY!! You have some projects that need to be finished!!!”

Or maybe it’s my way of continuing to avoid all these half-done quilts and side projects lying around.

Either way, I pulled together some nice little additions to my growing collection of unused fabric waiting their turn to become something bigger. This here is a layer cake for Moda called Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket. I like the vintage feel and the neutral colors with that punch of red.

Then I went ahead and picked up these bundles by Robert Kaufman to fill in any neutral or solid gaps in my rather expanding collection. I love these bundles of gradient colors and find it really hard to pull them apart. But I have and I will once I get in mind what I want to do with them.

I have a book in my collection my mom passed on to me years ago called It’s Okay If You Sit On My Quilt. It’s by Mary Ellen Hopkins and I have used it before. Now I felt that while the book made the steps simple to sew together two fat quarter cuts of fabric and create little squares in an easy manner, the squares were too small for me to work with in my beginner stages. But I’m starting to feel the pull with these bundles to pair the individual pieces up and sew them together so that I can make a quilt using her patterns.

We’ll see… I have so many works in progress that I feel slightly stupid to even consider a new one.

But it can’t hurt, right?