Quilt As You Sew Hotpad

Periscope has become one of my favorite places to hang out. I hear my phone notify me of a live broadcast and I flock to see who is sharing and what they have to say. I’ve learned so much and have really felt apart of the Honest Craft Roomies community.

While on one day, Marcia, from Crafty Sewing and Quilting, was sharing a simple hotpad quilt as you go project. We watched her work and listened to her share with us when she announced that she would send the pattern for her hotpad to anyone participating in the scope that day.

I was thrilled! I’ve been wanting to make some small projects just to practice some simple techniques and to improve my quilting. Plus I find that when I have a successfully completed project under my belt, I’m more likely to pick up another project and work on it.

So  I emailed Marcia and received the pattern with a simple request, to tag her on Instagram if I got around to making one. I made sure to do just that and share with you, my readers, my finished hotpad made with my Java set by Deb Strain for Moda. If you want to purchase and use this pattern, check out this link to her Craftsy store for the step-by-step instruction with pictures.

I love the rich colors of this fabric set and I’ve been waiting for a reason to use it again. Having this pattern from Marcia and the itch to work on a quick project for some instant success had me chomping at the bit to go. So I began with some strips, cutting them between 1.5-2.5 inches wide and varying the fabrics. I tried to allow it to build organically with enough variety but with just a touch of organization.

I used a heat resistant batting so that this project can be used as a hotpad or even a mug rug. This was a first for me and while I see its purpose, I may not go out of my way to make sure I have some on hand and might just continue using whatever batting I have available. But it’s nice to know that if I gift this, the batting will protect any surfaces or hands!

After everything was sewn together, it was time to trim the strips down to the batting so that I could fold and bind with the backing fabric. That’s when it happened…

WHOOPS! In my haste to continue working, I snipped my backing fabric. Damn!

Yeah, it’s not supposed to look like that. And try as I might, it would not work for the binding so I ended up trimming it off and going the old fashioned way with my binding. I made a simple double fold bias binding and used a decorative stitch to seal the deal.

Not too shabby! I used a red thread for the quilting and I like the way it came together. It really matched the fabric well. And it came together in under 4 hours. I am bummed I didn’t get the chance to use the backing for the binding but that just means it’s time to give it another go and this time be a little more careful with the trimming.

Thanks Marcia again for sending me the pattern and giving me the opportunity to create my own hotpad!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #9


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.


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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TGIFF: QAYG Easy Diamonds

Whew! It’s finished! I’ve enjoyed this process so much, and I’m really pleased with the final result. I began with a Fun & Done Easy Diamonds Quilt pattern in the crib size. A friend of mine was due any minute, and I wanted to present her with a gift filled with love and one that could be used until it fell apart.

I chose fabrics that were bright and comforting at the same time. I pre-washed the fabrics to make sure they wouldn’t bleed into one another, first folding each one in an accordion like fashion, then using my quilting pins to hold them together so they wouldn’t get twisted in the machine. I ironed and starched the fabrics before cutting them into strips so it would be easier and more accurate to cut and sew. I even double starched the triangles so strengthen the bias side lol!

Using a tool called the “batting buddy”, I then cut out all of the backing and batting squares. After I organized all of the strips and backing and batting piles, I was ready to sew! I loved how the sashing and binding were all figured into the squares. I used a feather stitch to sew down both my sashing and binding.

The backing (wrong side up), batting and the strips sewed directly onto the sandwich.

The squares sewn wrong sides together to create the beginning of the sashing. After sewing the sashing, the rows will be sewn together in the same manner.

Opening the sashing.

After the sashing is pressed open, each side is folded over to the edge of the batting, then folded again over the strips, then sewn down.

The binding is created in the same way as the sashing. You can see the sashing sewn down with a feather stitch.

This is the finished quilt…

Have an amazing, creative and FUN weekend everyone!


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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: QAYG Baby Quilt


My first attempt at QAYG is coming along famously.  It’s for a friend’s infant son, and I wanted fabrics that were bright and cheerful to go with a classic diamond pattern I purchased online from Fabric Junction.  It’s a wonderful Fun & Done QAYG pattern, and trust me, I’ll be using this pattern again and again!


I found some blank wall space in our family room that was perfect to put up the squares I had completed to see how I wanted the quilt to look.  I’m so glad I did…I found the second layout to be more pleasing than the first.  It made all the difference!

I like this layout better.

I still have two more rows of blocks to complete before I start the sashing and binding process, both of which are already built into the blocks.  I’m hoping to have this crib quilt completed by next week.  I’m really enjoying the rhythm of sewing this quilt, and honestly, getting reacquainted with my sewing machine all over again.  Though it’s about twenty years old, it’s a wonderful machine, and I have no desire to purchase a new one at this time.  Yay for good investments!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!  Happy Crafting!

I love watching my classic movies while I sew!

Yay! I found these labels buried in my sewing basket. Score!

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Hobbies Up To Here: Episode #4

Welcome back crafters!

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

Hobbies Up To Here: Episode #2

Hey there listeners!

Here we are again with the Hobbies Up To Here podcast.


We had some technical difficulties while recording this podcast the first time so I’m thrilled to be posting this now!

This week we chat about quilting! A hobby we both enjoy and could have talked about ALL DAY had we let ourselves.

Below are the books we mention in the podcast. Lots of different styles and techniques in our little collection.


My mom’s future project. She really has her eye on making a bargello quilt.


Ahhhh how I remember these books fondly from my childhood.


Here is the book my mom was originally inspired to use to make her first big quilts. This is my sister, circa 1986, displaying my mom’s finished project in all its glory. Her blood, sweat, and tears literally went into this finished product. I hate to see something so dear to me fade away but this quilt is on its last legs, I’m afraid.

1986 or 1987

1986 or 1987


My first foray into quilting with a pattern started with this book. I’m determined to make one correctly using this pattern as a way to see my improvement because I know I’ve come a long way but I’d like to see it in the form of a finished project!

For now  have my eye firmly set on learning how to use the QAYG (quilt as you go) method in the future.

We hope you come back again and share with us your current projects!