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!

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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!

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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

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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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The Friendship Quilt

There is nothing like a fresh set of nicely matched fabrics all wrapped together in a pretty yellow ribbon. At least those were my thoughts when my mom brought home this beautiful kit for a quilt pattern called Friendship. She sent me a picture of it via text messages and I was a tiny bit envious of her new, shiny things.

To my surprise, she showed up yesterday with the set in hand and gave it to me as a gift! My dad had spied this quilt in the Orange Quilt Bee in Orange, CA and thought it was beautiful so they purchased the kit for me to have fun with.

Some girls like jewlery and some like flowers.

I’m happy with some fabric and a new sewing project any day!

I was so floored and a tiny bit confused (wait…wasn’t this her kit?) but also super appreciative that they had thought of me. It’s not everyday you get a gift of new fabric in beautiful earthy tones to play with!

I didn’t get the chance to dive right in due to nursing a severe sunburn but today I finally got to break into the kit and look at all the lovely fabrics and colors I have to play with.

I can’t pick a favorite because they are all too beautiful. I like the differences in the greens and the yellows and the little pop of color the blue lends to the whole thing. Just stunning!

Here are all the fabrics on display, organized by color family. It was a beautiful sunny day so I took advantage of that natural sunlight to really bring out all the beauty of these swatches.

  
  
  


  
  

Now I’m not done with either my Playful Colors Quilt or my CIRCA 1934 quilt but having this new project in my hands has made me itchy to start something new.

After talking with my mom about my “quilters guilt” (the feeling you get when you put aside an almost finished project to start something new), I’ve decided to do what I want and not what I feel I’m obligated to do.

I have this strong need to complete the work I’ve started and feel bad about starting something new without finishing the others first. But my mom reminded me that it’s pretty common for crafters to have multiple projects going at the same time. If a project isn’t fulfilling something in the maker, it’s perfectly fine to jump to another project to keep them happy and creative.  
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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #9

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Hey hobbyists and crafters! What’s shakin’? It’s summer time and we’re trying to keep as cool as possible in this sticky humidity all while creating and making things with our hands. So take a seat, grab some iced tea and listen to our newest podcast episode.

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My mom’s QAYG blanket is done! I looks great especially after a good wash. Now it looks cozy and ready to gift to a new baby!

Now she’s moved on to her new WIP, her music quilt. It’s a bit busy but it’s still a quick and easy pattern to follow. Her work wall really comes in handy to see the whole project in one glance.

I’m SOOOOO close to finishing my Playful Colors quilt, I can taste it! After our podcast I got down and finished those last borders. I’m ready to sandwich this then quilt the top down so I can hurry up and bind it!

My mom and I talked about my love of girl things like lotion and makeup today. It’s a hobby I’ve embraced only in the last 3 or 4 years but one I find very creative and fun.

And yes, I am wearing clothing…

Journalling! It feels good to be crafty these days and making things that are beautiful and inspiring. I never force myself to sit down and write but when I do, I enjoy making my pages bright and colorful.


My mom poured her first doll mold and has started branching out. This is Madison, or it will be. I’m curious to see how her dolls comes together when she paints the faces on. For now, it’s just some human bits and pieces lying around, looking sinister. HAHAHA!

Linking up this week with a few great blogs. Don’t forget to check them all out!

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WIP: July 4th Table Runner

During the Southern California Quilter’s Run, I picked up a little kit to make a table runner. At first I pretty much thought I was nuts. Not only would I have to follow a pattern to make the blocks in it but I would also have to measure and follow the instructions to make this thing come together.

BLACH!

I hate following directions when it comes to crafts! Mostly because it makes me feel like I’m not free to be creative and that is what I love most about making things, the freedom I feel to create anything I dream up.

So I was tentative to pick this up but it was really cute and I knew someone who would enjoy a 4th of July table runner. In the end the cute colors and the simplicity of the runner called to me so I bought it and set out to make it before the 4th.

My in-laws host a HUGE 4th BBQ every year and I’ve been going for 5 years now so I wanted to surprise them with a little decorative gift for their big parties.


My first two blocks came together super easy but my third one decided to be a pain in the butt. I couldn’t get things to line up and I was working on being as exact as I could be. I measured and pressed and even used some fabric starch made JUST for quilting.

In the end the three came together nicely and it was time to cut the rest of the fabric. 

And then I blew it! I somehow mis-cut my gingham fabric. The pattern called for two large swatches to be placed in between so that there was a block at each end and one in the middle. I swear I was paying attention but cut it about 1/2 an in short making the fabric unusable in that state. So, I improvised.

Or went “rogue” as I told my mom by text message. I left the fabric as it was but instead made smaller swatches at the ends and then made two bigger swatches between the blocks.

I think it came out handsomely!   
Picking the backing fabric was tougher than expected and I went back and forth over what to use. The border fabric, while adorable, turned out to be my black sheep fabric. It stuck out and made matching anything to it super rough.

So I went with a white fabric dotted with blue and red stars. It fits in and was only the back so the top and back won’t be seen together regularly.

Then came the quilting!!! DUH DUH DUUUUNNNNNN!!!

I’ve been waiting for a project to finish for awhile now so I could jump in and so my first free-motion project. I picked a multicolored thread that had a red/white/blue theme to it and set to make a swirly pattern just for simplicity.

I took off with confidence and quickly found it to be HARDER than I expected. I had practiced on smaller pieces and was able to make a systematic swirl I was happy with but suddenly, with knowing this would be given as a gift, my nerves got the better of me and I realized I need more practice!

In the end the product I came out with was satisfactory. My stitches are nearly uniform enough but good enough to give the overall appearance of  something made with love.

For my first attempt I’d say this is pretty decent!!!

Now to bind! I haven’t decided how I want to do this, whether entirely by machine or by both machine/hand. With three days left I can do either, especially with my son being gone and having some time to myself.

  
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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #7

The Southern California Quilter’s Run 2015 is finished for us and we finally sat down to give our recap and review of the shops we visited during our short 3 day travel.

Welcome to Hobbies Up To Here with special guest Jacob!

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We saw a lot in those few days running around southern California and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

If you missed our daily vlog posts while we were on the road, check them out!

Southern California Quilter’s Run Day 1

Southern California Quilter’s Run Day 2

Southern California Quilter’s Run Day 3

Here are links to some of the guilds and shows we learned about during our travels.

Friendship Square Quilt Guild

Quilters By The Sea 

Quilters By The Sea Quilt Show August 2015

San Diego Quilt Show September 2015

Road To California Quilt Show January 2016

A shout out to Sonja at the Golden State Quilt shop in Campbell, CA. If you are doing the Row by Row experience this year, check out her shop up there. Her row is very cute! She turned us onto the Generation Q Magazine and we’re super impressed with it so far. I even went and got myself a subscription!

And now for my WIP this week, my patriotic runner from Stars and Scraps Quilt Shop in Corona, CA. The colors are so rich and just beautiful. I’ve officially cut all the triangles and center squares expect I ran out of my lighter color, EEK! I’ll run to JoAnn’s tomorrow to get a scrap to fill it in. It’s a light cream/white solid and I only need two more A blocks!

I’m making the 9 inch square and plan to make a full table runner with it as a gift.

Stickies to help me remember what each color will make in the pattern.

Such gorgeous, rich colors. I can’t wait for it to come together!

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WIP: First Quilt As You Go

And it begins!  My first Fun And Done QAYG quilt!

I’ve decided to make a crib sized quilt for a friend of mine who is due any day now.  She’s expecting a boy, so I went with some primary colors and complimentary fillers.

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The pattern is an easy Diamonds Quilt pattern I bought from Fabric Junction.

I made the decision to purchase the “batting buddy” offered to help me along.  Anything to make my piecing and sewing go faster and more efficient, I’m totally down for!

As of now, I’ve cut most of the strips, and will use the batting buddy template to cut the backing and batting.

Then I’ll begin to assemble the blocks.  My machine has been sitting for a while…the next decision I’ll need to make, is to take it in for a “spa” tune up day, or take a chance and sew my blocks.  I may just take a chance…I’d hate to break up the rhythm I have going!

For now, my kitchen island serves as my cutting table.  Soon, I hope to have one in my sewing/crafting space!

I’ll keep you updated.  Until then, have a wonderful hobby filled day!

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WIP: Playful Colors Quilt

This past Friday, I wrapped up my Old Yeller quilt! Yay! 12 years in the making and it’s finally complete!

So I’ve moved on to my next WIP, my Playful Colors Quilts. This was a random combination of squares from a Moda charm pack called Lollipop. It kinda kooky and reminds me a bit of the 70’s and early 80’s.

Like tossing some pick-up-sticks into the air and then playing a game with them, I literally have no plans for this pack. I just sewed them together, willy-nilly and let things organically work their way together.

I have sewn myself into a corner a little bit. Finding a way to bind it all together with a common fabric is a little tough. But I picked up a swatch of this yellow and red polka dotted fabric I had from another project and I tossed it next to my panels. Low and behold, it kinda works!

It’s a bit loud and might even be a bit obnoxious but this seems like a good match up. With the red in these squares being more rusty than vibrant, I think the mellow yellow hue with the red dots will work fine next to all of the squares.

I showed this to my mom when we got together to record our first Hobbies Up To Here podcast and she even agreed that it works. This was a big step for her as she tends to like more traditional colors and patterns. I was thankful for her eyes.

If you missed it, we’ve started a new podcast and renamed this here blog from In Stitches! to Hobbies Up To Here! Check out our first podcast and check back in for weekly updates!

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Hobbies Up To Here: Episode #1

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