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.
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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!

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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 #15

Hey Hobbyists and Crafters! It’s time for another episode of our podcast!!

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We talk about our process and journey along the road to a finished product. With each step we take, we learn something new and get closer to being better crafters. Even mistakes are welcomed as we always learn something from them!

This week we have a finished quilt!

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And lots of new things to share!

I’m testing out Periscope as a way to reach new audiences who are also into crafting and creating. If you want to see what I’m sharing, follow me @Kekibird

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My mom is working on a new table runner for Christmas using some border fabric and a triangular ruler.IMG_0180

She’s still deciding on the quilting design she wants to go with but so far it’s looking great!IMG_0179

We can’t seem to get enough of quilting so as we finish one project, we start another! Together we’re going to take a table runner for Halloween using our Haunted Mansion charm pack from Moda.

My mom is also going to attempt to make a maxi skirt! Plush next square in her Spring Bouquet quilt has arrived and she’s ready to get it started!

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