QuiltCon 2018 Episode #87

Welcome to our QuiltCon 2018 episode! We had a fabulous weekend in Pasadena meeting up with our quilty friends and making new ones, too! Check out our Instagram page for all the pictures fro the weekend. There are a lot!!

And click the link here to read Dori’s post over at Fierce Beyond 50 about discovering her creativity, twice!

Make sure to check out our friends below and all the wonderfully crafty things they are up to!

Lorinda Davis Laurel Poppy and Pine
Kitty Wilkin Night Quilter
Sarah Goer Sarah Goer Quilts
Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs
Sara Nunes Berry Barn Designs
Michelle Bartholomew Michelle Bartholomew
Paige Alexander Quilted Blooms
Christa Watson Christa Quilts
Jamie Mueller and Jill Rimes Sunflower Quilts
Giuseppe Ribaudo @giucy_giuce
Mary Fons Mary Fons
Libs Elliott Libs Elliott
Carolina Moore 30 Minute Crafts
Daisy Aschehoug @warmfolk
Sue Miller Fabric Garden
Leah Kabaker No Idle Hands Here

I hope I haven’t missed anyone. We met SO many people and had such a good time that the whole weekend blurs together in a beautiful blend of fabrics, colors, and friends 🙂

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This Episode Has No Title Episode #86

WARNING!

This episode of Hobbies Up To Here is unfiltered, barely edited, and very, very real. My mom and I sat down after numerous failed attempts to record an episode and what we created is hilarious and very all-over-the-place. We jumped from topic to topic, occasionally forget what we were talking about, and we even get interrupted.

Nevertheless, it’s us. All ADD and distractible.

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Hello 2018! Episode #83

Hello to 2018!
Here at Hobbies Up To Here we hope your new year has started on a positive note and that you enjoy this new episode!

For all pictures mentioned in this episode, check out our Instagram account!

Will you be at Road to California? How about QuiltCon? Let us know in the comments!

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What We Want, What We Got Episode #73

It’s official, hobbyists and crafters…

I'm Going to QuiltCon 2018!

Well, it really should say WE’RE going to QuiltCon but you get the idea!

We’ve got a two part episode for you today to talk all about our plans for QuiltCon followed by an update sharing what our schedule ended up actually being.

We hope you enjoy hearing us plan and plot out our ideas for February and that you’ll return as the event get closer to share your QuiltCon 2018 schedule with us!

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Glimpse Into The Future Episode #70

Summer is here and we’re ready to get crafty!!

A few of the big California quilting events have us excited and pumped to get out there and mingle with our quilty friends.

So Cal Quilt Run 2017

It’s time for the annual quilt shop hop here around Southern California! We’re excited that this year my dad is on board and ready to run with us. He’s got it all planned out already!

We’re also planning on a meet and greet at one of our local shops to meet with other So Cal quilters that are also listeners of the podcast. We’re aiming for a meeting at the Orange Quilt Bee but don’t have a set day and time yet. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for an event notification soon!

Dori is thinking of heading to a local retreat in October up to Big Bear. I may not be a member but I may just drive up and crash with the quilters for a day!

Road to California 2018

Have yet to make it to Road to California but Dori has gone twice in and lived to tell about it! We’re aiming to go in 2018 together this time and maybe even sign up for a class or two. Pubic registration opens July 8th!

QuiltCon 2018

QuiltCon is coming back to Pasadena and we’re excited to sign up for classes and lectures! We really enjoyed our first trip in 2016 and we’re looking forward to experiencing the joy and creativity all over again! Public registration opens July 8th!

Hobbies Up To Here Episode #31

Hey hobbyists and crafters.

It’s been a full week since Quiltcon 2016 and we’re dealing with the aftermath. New followers (hey everyone!!!), lots of content (hello blog posts galore!) and a few bumps in the road (where are all of our podcasts in iTunes?). But we’re managing to make it through and to continue doing what we love: getting’ crafty!!!

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Dori managed to crank out a new quilt top and I finished block 2 of my Splendid Sampler.

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Dori’s Jelly Roll top.


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Block 2 Wings

We love hearing from our followers and listeners so feel free to sent us a message via Twitter: @kekibird or @doricrafts. We really appreciate your friendship and your support!!!

The music heard in this week’s podcast is a live recording of my dad playing Fire and Rain by James Taylor.

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QuiltCon: Meeting Mary Fons

Every community has it’s Super Stars, those who go above and beyond in talent and work ethic, those whom we admire and respect and set the creative bar to new heights on a regular basis.

Having the opportunity to meet my favorite quilting icons at QuiltCon2016 in Pasadena this past weekend, was a dream come true for me.  Not because I could claim that I had actually met them, but because I think it’s important for me to share my gratitude with these incredible women for inspiring me, and for going the distance to share their gifts with all of us.  Super Star status notwithstanding, they are first and foremost human beings, and just like the rest of us, they like to hear that their passionate service and personal sacrifice hasn’t been given in vain.

Mary Fons has fascinated me from the get-go.  Her story, both professionally and personally, resonated with me, touching both the quilter and the Mom in me as well.  My daughter, Katie, had the same kind of sewing (or non sewing!) background as Mary, and both of them now enjoy learning about this quilting thing and partnering with their Mothers on blog posts, YouTube and podcasting adventures.

Mary was standing in front of the C&T Publishing booth chatting with three other women when I came tip-toeing up to her.  I didn’t want to interrupt, but I had only a few minutes before my next lecture, and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to catch her out and about again with her very busy schedule.  So.  I took a breath, stepped into the circle, and joined in the conversation.

It wasn’t long before the other ladies left to do some more shopping.  Mary and I immediately began having what I consider to be a wonderful, deep, soul to soul conversation.  It’s funny how not one person walked up to her during that chat, no one interrupted us, even for a second….I call that a meant-to-be moment for sure!

Katie soon joined us, and, you guessed it (if you read my blog post about meeting Jenny Doan!) the first thing she uttered was “Mom?  I CAN’T TAKE YOU ANYWHERE!”!  Yes, I was hugging the heck outta Mary, and yes, I was tearing up lol!  Such a lovely, amazing young woman.  Later that day, we stood in line to have Mary sign a poster of her lovely quilts for us.  Though all of us were quite exhausted by then, she was just as gracious and attentive as she was when I spoke to her earlier.

 Oh!  By the way!  Mary and her mother, Marianne Fons of Fons & Porter, have added a new adventure to their creative journey.  They recently started a podcast together called Quilt Your Heart Out.  The unique thing about their podcast is the we can participate!  Mary and Marianne invite their listeners to call this number- (773)273-9120- and leave a brief message with a question we would like to have answered.  The other fun thing is, it doesn’t have to be a quilting question;  it can be a LIFE question!  How cool is that?  If your question is chosen to be on their next podcast, “Heather” will call you ahead of time to set it up so that you will be able to ask your question live on the next broadcast.

Well my lovely friends, it’s time for me to CREATE!  Let’s get our quilt on!

MUAH!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #30

The episode you’ve all been waiting for is finally here.
Our 30th!! The big 3-0!
And it’s a very special episode, too!
Not only did we celebrate our 30th episode but we did it in style; QuiltCon style!
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This year QuiltCon was held in Pasadena, CA, a city only an hour north of us so we decided to take advantage of this opportunity (especially since it was literally in our backyard) and go to our first convention.

Ready to go!

 

We also took our podcasting gear, our cameras, and all of our Hobbies Up To Here goodies. We passed out our cards and proudly wore our tee-shirts emblazoned with our logo and names.

  

One of the many winning quilts

 
  

  

Words to live by

 

It was an awesome weekend, one I wished never ended but as with all things good and bad, it had to come to a conclusion. 

 

Crafty Gemini showing off her ruler

Visiting the vendors

 

 

Ready for Gwen Marston

 

Next year QuiltCon 2017 will be held in Savanah, Georgia and we’ve half a mind to go. Maybe, sorta. Ok we kinda want to go but haven’t decided completely if we will make the trip out there.

Either way our first QuiltCon was a huge success and we are so grateful to all of the Modern Quilt Guild for putting on this amazing event. 

Till next year!

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QuiltCon: Meeting Jenny Doan

I’m not one to just “meet” someone.  I experience them, and allow them the opportunity to do the same with me, if they so wish.  Such was the case with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company.

 Jenny, along with her husband Ron, were at the Sizzix booth at QuiltCon in Pasadena this weekend.  Though I don’t consider myself a “fangirl” type of person, I definitely felt my heart skip a whole lotta beats when I spied her gentle face and open smile.  You see, along with my daughter Katie, I see Jenny as a savior of sorts…If you’ve listened to our podcasts, you know that a year ago, I was simply getting through my days sitting, eating and watching television.   Though a quiet and thoughtful existence, I didn’t recognize that I was, in fact, in a severe depression.

At that time, Katie invited me to podcast with her on one of our mutual interests, books.  I accepted, and we found that we enjoyed the process, as well as the gift of spending time together in our mutual world of crafting, hobbies and handwork.

Hobbies Up To Here was born in April, 2015, from that simple invitation.

Katie’s love for quilting sparked an old flame that was still burning quietly inside me.  I had no idea where to start cultivating the skills I would need to begin creating again.  I turned to YouTube, typing in “quilting” and waited hopefully for instructional videos to pop up on my screen.

Enter Jenny Doan, and her fun, inspiring and anyone-can-do-this tutorials!

I had never heard of precuts, and that first video used a “layer cake”.  With a few cuts and a huge amount of enthusiastic, happy instruction, Jenny showed me how I could make a quilt in very little time at all.  I was HOOKED!  From that first video called Double Slice Layer Cake Tutorial, I actually made my first quilted quilt (I had made tie quilts in the 80’s) for my son Mike’s 30th birthday.  Whoo hoo!

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So, when I got the chance to meet her,  I folded her up in a hug, and whispered in her ear.

“You saved my life.”

I meant every word.

Now, she could have patted me on the head, said gee that’s nice, and sent me on my way.  She stopped her world and took the time to engage me, to share with me, to connect with me and to thank me.  It must have been nice to hear that she had made a difference in my life, not just as a quilter, but as a human being.  Our moment was touching and life affirming.  When Katie joined us a few minutes later, she took one look at me and quipped, “Are you crying???  Geez Mom, I can’t take you anywhere!”  Jenny and I simply laughed, hugged again, and I set her free to see to her other admirers.

You see?  There’s a difference between meeting someone, and experiencing them; I received a genuine gift on Friday, that, I hope, cultivated a lasting memory between the two of us.  Even if it’s only one moment…being present, awake and aware, can be magical.

It was for me.

Love,

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #28

Hey hobbyist and crafters! It’s once again podcast time!!

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Do you have a creative family? Did you grow up in a home that was always making something?

Today we chatted about our thoughts on the topic of creative DNA. Can you inherit your creativity? And if you didn’t, can it blossom on its own?

Also, we’re making February the month of finishes! We have a few quilts ready to be done so check back to see what we’ve accomplished this month.

The Twisted Pinwheel 5

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Basting the Friendship Quilt

 Don’t forget to link-up to our QuiltCon 2016 post where we’re gathering friends’ Facebook pages, Instagram accounts and blogs of those who will be attending QuiltCon in Pasadena. Link yourself up and checkout who will be there!

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