Hobbies Up To Here: Episode #4

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Thanks for listening and returning to our blog to see what’s shaking!

Here is today’s podcast, Episode #4.



It was a pretty emotional episode as my mom surprised me completely! I had no clue she was hiding a new sewing machine for me. I’m so grateful and honored to have a new machine to learn on!

Keep an eye out for a future blog post looking at my new baby and what I hope to do with it. I can’t wait to set up my first visit to the machine shop to learn about all the bells and whistles.



Isn’t she beautiful!?!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Whether your babies came from you, were adopted, or are four legged fur babies, we wish you a wonderful day relaxing and celebrating with your family.

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Past posts mentioned:

Quilter’s Question About Machines

Quilter’s Question About Binding

WIP: The Marvel Quilt Katie

WIP: First Quilt As You Go Dori

Mother’s Day Java Mug Rugs!

My brain works in mysterious ways.

I tend to get great gift ideas. Like blow your socks off great ideas.

But I get these ideas late without much time to execute these great gift.

This year is no different. I had this fabulous idea to make mug rugs for the mothers in my life.

Of course this would require fabric, planning, cutting, sewing and time. And I had a week…

Sigh…The shipping alone on the fabric took three days so in the end I had four days to make four mug rugs.

But I did it! I stuck with my plan and made four adorable little gifts that each mother raved about! It felt so good to set out a goal, accomplish it and then see the results bring smiles to the faces of the receivers.

Mother's Day Gifts

I made one for The Guys mother, which I posted about earlier. That one I called The Espresso Mug Rug. It came out a square 8×8 and I was impressed with my first go-round.

Espresso Mug Rug

Cute no?

Mitered Corner of Espresso

I struggled a bit with the binding because I felt a full 2 1/2 strip folded down and sewn would be too bulky for such a small project. Well I didn’t take into consideration that my seam allowance would be the same if I didn’t adjust it. And of course, I didn’t so I had to do some trimming to get the binding to fold over properly.


The Cafe Windows Mug Rug

This one I lovingly called The Cafe Windows Mug Rug. I had a fat quarter with these adorable red/black/white squares that looks like little advertisements for different types of coffee drinks you’d buy in a cafe. I got the bright idea that I’d cut four of them out and frame them like little windows.

Cafe Windows

The left side

Not bad overall but I made a few mistakes planning it out. First, I didn’t add a top or bottom border because I wanted it to be more rectangular than square. Because I didn’t give myself an allowance around the squares, I ended up binding over the quilting. You can’t really tell unless you are a quilter and looking at it really closely.

Cup O Joe Mug Rug

This one is the Cuo O Joe Mug Rug. Now this one I both love and hate. I love the quilting on it. I decided to quilt just that inner rectangle. And to do that, I pulled the last stitch in between the layer and anchored it down with a seam across the top and bottom.

But the binding on this one, my oh my, what a pain in the ass. I can’t tell you exactly what I did wrong. All I know is that it’s a mess. I can see it because I know, I was there, but this could have been so much prettier had I taken more time to work out the binding.


Messy messy

I may attempt this one over again and see if I can make it neater.

Beans Mug Rug

Coffee Beans Mug Rug

This last one is my favorite of the bunch because it’s different. Again, the binding is atrocious (Look away all you excellent quilters…LOOK AWAY!!!) but the colors, the quilting and the design are just adorable.

Coffee Beans

So cute!

Yes…I have no words. This one is self explanatory.

In the end I could make a mug rug from start to finish in about 3 hours. At least the length of a full movie with a little added time before and after for prep and clean up.

Mother’s Day… a day to celebrate the women in your life. I happen to be blessed with a fabulous mom and two wonderful grandmothers. All of them have been such big impacts on my life that I was more than happy to make these little rugs. With all the sweat and tears that went into them, I knew it was nothing close to what they’ve gone through for me.

And to add to the happiness of the holiday, I got to spend some of it with a new woman in my life. Someone who knew me as a child and as a friend to her son. Now, we’re both adults and both mothers with a lot in common.

To these women and all the other women in the world in the role as mother (whether by giving birth, adopting or because it’s just your nature to nurture) Happy Mother’s Day everyday. Without all of you, we’d be savage little buggers living a Lord of the Flies kind of life.

We love you!

Weekend Update: Mama’s Day!

I’m a day behind on my weekend update. But it’s for a good reason. It”s because I was a zombie yesterday.


So tired was I that by 8:45pm last night I had passed out fallen asleep and didn’t officially wake until 6:15am. I had a few awake moments throughout the night but overall I slept like the dead.

The weekend was quite big and the main cause for my exhaustion. From Saturday till late Sunday night it was go, go, GO! So let’s begin at the beginning.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of exposing Jake to his first symphony and ballet performance, Sleeping Beauty! Near us there is a concert hall that has family theater performance where the plays are condensed down to 45 minutes and written with kids 5-11 years old in mind.

At first, I was concerned that Jake would be too much of a boy (the dirt and bugs kind) to sit and watch a ballet. But I was convinced that with the instruments playing behind the dancers, his interests would be piqued. And I was RIGHT!

The ballet was phenomenal and the orchestra performed beautifully. It was probably one of my favorite mommy/son events to date. Jake loved it and loved the characters and the story telling. He even liked the ballet! I teared up over the music. Hearing the tunes of my favorite Disney animated movie performed live was a special moment for me. I’ve always loved Aurora and her story. And Tchaikovsky’s music is just so breathtaking. Sigh…

I left walking on air, wanting to tip toe around like a ballet dancer. Jake wanted to come back to see a future performance involving the symphony and space! I had a hard time explaining to him that it won’t be for months till that performance is available but I did promise him we would put it on our calendar and come back for other performances.

I spent the rest of Saturday visiting with family, making time to run with my sister and her boyfriend and sewing. My gifts for Mother’s Day were little mug rugs I made using my Moda Java fat quarters. Pictures to come, I promise. I made four of them and got to the point I could complete one in the time span of one movie, roughly about 2 hours.

They weren’t perfect but I loved each of them. They came out so darling!

Sunday rolled around and my day would prove to be bittersweet. In the morning I spent my time finishing up the mug rugs I had left. Then we dressed and headed out for brunch with The Guy’s family. His mom loved the mug rug I made and the sweet treat of biscottis to go with it. It was a beautiful morning with lots of people I love. And a great way to start my day except that my son seemed to have woke up bitten by the bug of mischief.


In the middle of our Mother’s Day celebrations we had a soccer game. It was Jake’s last spring season game and we all headed out to support him. Sadly, Jake’s coach didn’t show up and we were short on players. So I stepped up to coach the game and we borrowed a player or two from the other games.

The game was rolling along fine when a parent from the other team wasn’t happy. Long story short, in the middle of the game from the center of the field, I had a verbal altercation with this parent. I was both upset and sad that what could have been a nice little 5 year old no scoring, just for fun game was turned into a messy argument.

And I’m not one for confrontation so it took me all I had not to fall apart and cry. Well ok, I did cry, I just wait for our break time when I could turn away. But after the game my sister had to drive me home as I couldn’t get it together. I was visibly shaken and bothered. And I knew then, after such a disappointing season, that the signs were clear: we’re not meant to be in this league right now. Not while Jake is so little. Maybe when he’s older.

The day finished with a wonderful seafood dinner with my family and more loved ones. My grandmothers loved their mug rugs and gifts of flavored coffee. My mom loved her’s, too. I felt that they were a all huge success!

My Mother's Day Gift from Jake

On our way home from dinner, sitting in the dark backseat of my sister’s Civic, Jake grabbed my arm and hugged it tightly. Then, in the blinding darkness, he began to sing along with the song on the radio. I saw my sister’s eyes catch mine in the rearview mirror, slightly misting as she listened to his sweet little voice cut through the melody.

None of us in the car could help it. We all smiled at the pure and sweet tone of his little voice. The one by one we each joined in and sang together the whole way home…