Play Time

At the beginning of each year, my mom and I choose words to live by. They can be actions or descriptions but the purpose is to guide us throughout the year. My word this year is practice. I’ve learned a lot over the last four years here at Hobbies Up To Here and I realized I don’t take a lot of time to practice what I’ve learned. Instead, I rush into new things to learn new techniques rather than putting effort into improving the skills I already have.

So I wanted to focus on this for 2019. Taking time to practice. Making small things. Focusing on one skill and improving it. Create multiples of a project to get in as much practice as possible.

The year has not given me much time for practice. My son decided to play two sports this past season. I’ve been working harder than ever at school. And when I get free time, I tend to choose to do very little. I’m not going to berate myself for this because, #selfcare, but I did decided to venture into my craft room today to create something. Anything.

I went in with a simple purpose: just sit and finish a small project. No worries about perfection. No stress about gifting it to anyone. Hell, it didn’t even need to be anything. Just sit down and sew.

I pulled some scraps and pieced together a simple mug rug with fabric that was already cut. I had no use for this fabric in anything else so I was free to do with them as I pleased.

In a span of 90 minutes, I pieced and quilted. I bound and cleaned up the loose ends. And I was happy with the result. I simplely just allowed myself to play. To practice. To enjoy.

Are there things I would change? Yes. The binding is not my favorite piece. It was too big for such a small project. So I’d change that in the future. Otherwise, I did exactly what I set out to do. I played and practiced and finished a small project.

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Blending Episode #101

Hey hobbyists and crafters! We’re back with a new episode sharing our thoughts of blending multiple crafts to complete a project. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram!

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Mother’s Day is coming up soon and if you have a crafty momma in your life, check out our two affiliate links below.

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Hello, Crobbies #99

Hello 2019!
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Katie’s Word for 2019

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Dori’s Word for 2019

We’ve got a question for you: Is the blog going the way of the dodo bird? We’ve been using our blog less and less and we are debating whether it’s an efficient use of our social media time. Do you still blog? Are blogs still relevant? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Year In Review Episode #98

2018 is on its way out and we’re about to ring in 2019. Can you believe the year is over? It’s been a long and bumpy road but a crafty one, too! In this episode we review 2018 by our Instagram posts and share the big moments of each month.

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We hope you enjoy this fun reflection podcast and if you can, check out our Instagram feed to follow along with the memories posted there. Have a great new year and see you all in 2019!!

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Top 5 Hobbies Up To Here Posts of 2018

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Another year, another Top 5 list! We’re about to say goodbye to 2018 and ring in a new year. But that can’t happen until we look back and review what were our most popular posts and projects this past year! So let’s take a look at what we’ve accomplished in 2018!

Top Viewed Post for 2018

TGIFF: The Curved Log Cabin

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Although this was a 2017 post, this finished quilt remains our most viewed post for 2018 with a total  of  612 views! Having used a Missouri Star Quilt Co pattern and tutorial, my mom gifted this lovely blue and yellow quilt to my sister, Jen. It’s definitely a stunner with the clean white framing and the beautiful blue and yellow flowers. We’d have to say we like this quilt too!

Most Comments AND Most Likes of 2018

TGIFF: The Beatles Quilt

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This post took TWO of our top spots for 2018! And there is no questioning why. This quilt is amazing! From the detailed faces to the stark black and white mixed with the delicate, flowing feather quilting, this quilt is a real eye catcher. It received 16 comments and 10 likes! This quilt went to the OC Fair and made it up on the wall but sadly did not receive any awards due to a technicality. We know, deep in our hearts, that it was a winner, for sure!

Most Popular Youtube Video of 2018

Flosstube #1: Introductions

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This year we ventured into new territory with our multiple hobbies. While we love to quilt, we also love to cross stitch! And through the power of the internet, my mom discovered Flosstube, a whole community of stitchers on Youtube sharing their WIPs and FFOs and hauls. We decided to take the plunge and make our own Youtube series about our stitching projects. Our first video was a hit with over 4,000 views, 194 thumbs up and 108 comments! Since then we’ve published 6 other videos and we’ve had a blast with each one!

Most Popular Podcast Episode of 2018

QuiltCon 2018 Episode #87

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It was another QuiltCon year and another chance for us to meet up with our friends and follow quilters. And boy did we have a blast doing JUST THAT! This was our second year at QuiltCon and so far our best year. We enjoyed every waking moment walking the floors, chatting with friends, filming our experience and even taking a class with Libs Elliot, a favorite designer. This ended up being our most popular podcast episode this year!!

What a year! We’ve had many completed projects finally come off our design walls and we’ve started so many beautiful projects. The friends we’ve met up with this year have kept us motivated and laughing. It’s been a great year for Hobbies Up To Here and we hope make more memories in the new year!

We hope you enjoyed this review of our year and that you take a moment to reflect on what you accomplished! This post is brought to you by Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs, a great friend and follow quilter. We had the pleasure of not only joining her the past 3 years but also meeting her in person this year. If you enjoyed this, check out her linkup with other blogs reviewing their best of 2018.

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And if you are curious how our past years have measured up, check out these former Top 5 posts.
Top 5 Hobbies Up To Here Posts of 2015
Top 5 Hobbies Up To Here Posts of 2016
Top 5 Hobbies Up to Here Posts of 2017

 

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What’s New, Hobbyists? Episode #97

It’s official! We can begin to celebrate the holidays!
And a hobbyists, we celebrate the holidays with new projects. Whether for gifts or for fun, we’re always up for a new adventure!

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Show Notes
Crafty Gemini Tips for Sewing Clear Vinyl 
Calico Project Bag Tutorial
G and Sheri and their Wombmate Creations
Frances O’Roark Dowell and her Friendship Album 1933 Quilt Fiction 
Marie Boswick’s The Second Sister is going to be a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie
Piecemakers Craft Festival is happening December 1st in Costa Mesa, CA

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When Life Happens Episode #95

We’re back…. AGAIN! Yes it’s been a few months since we’ve recorded a podcast and we’ve missed chatting together about everything crafty. But life happens! And one thing we can do when life happens is to learn from it. This episode we update you on what’s been happening the last two months and then sharing how we’re scheduling our crafty time.

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Check out Sarah from Stitchin’ Mommy. She was the fellow Flosstuber that gave us so many great suggestions about how to schedule our time to find balance between projects.

And don’t forget to check out our guest appearance on Stephanie Socha Design’s podcast Make and Decorate! You can find episode 5 on her website or on iTunes.

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Traveling Episode #94

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We’re home from our travels and we want to share some of our adventures with you! Check out this newest episode! Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review for us on iTunes!

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TGIFF: My Circa Quilt

This past week and I was able to sit down and wrap up another quilt! My Circa quilt was started in May of 2015. I used a Missouri Star Quilt Co. tutorial on their YouTube channel called the Double Sliced Layer Cake. It was a really simple pattern and made for a really dynamic top.

The Circa layer cake has a really vintage feel to it with the muted colors and the pops of red. So I chose to frame this top with off-white and black to give it a clean finish.

I’m super excited about this quilt because it’s MINE! The first one I’ve made just for me. It’s what I would look like if I was a quilt!

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I used an Aurifil red thread* to quilt the top in a geometric pattern of boxes. It’s a very tightly quilted top so when washed, it scrunches up really nicely.

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I matched the red in the quilt with a red backing framed again by black. Right before I started binding, I did run a quick black straight stitch throughout the border to tack it down.

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Now it’s been washed and dried and has the cozy, cuddly look. I still have some threads to bury (as is evidence in the above photo). This quilting pattern took A LOT of thread so there was a lot of stopping and starting. I need to get out my Sench needles to finish up that last step for this beauty.

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Sharing Our Favorites Episode #90

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We’re still in celebration mode! It’s our 3rd anniversary and we’re partyin’ like we don’t have to get up the next day! And this episode is a list of some of our current favorite podcasts, YouTube channels, and books.

Here is a list of our favorite things right now. Check them out and share with us YOUR favorites!

Sewing: Podcasts
Sewing Out Loud – Mallory and Zede
Love To Sew – Helen and Caroline
Sewing: Books
Fit For Real People – Pati Palmer

Quilting: Podcasts
Off Kilter Quilt – Francis O’Roake Dowell
My Creative Corner 3 – Vicki Holloway
Lazy Daisy Quilts – Daisy Fredricks
Quilting: Books
It’s Okay If You Sit On My Quilt Book – Mary Ellen Hopkins
Quilting Made Vintage – Jera Brandvig
Christa Watson Quilting Books – Christa Watson
Quilting: YouTube Channels
Midnight Quilting Show – Angela Walters
Missouri Star Quilt Co – Jenny Doan
Fat Quarter Shop – Kimberly Jolly
The Quilt Codex – Zarkadia

Knitting: Podcasts
Craftish – Vickie Howell
Curious Handmade – Helen Stewart
Knitting: Books
Stitch ‘n Bitch – Debbie Stoller
Cables Untangles – Melissa Leapman
New Knits On The Block – Vickie Howell
Knitting: YouTube
Legacy Knitz – Chelsea and Sue
A Makers Pilgrimage – Aidan

Stitching: YouTube
Twisted Stitcher – Vonna Pfeiffer
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Stitching: Podcast
Fiber Talk – Gary Par and Christine Williams

Katie’s Random Sh*t: Books
Love Her Wild – Atticus
Katie’s Random Sh*t: YouTube
GlamlifeGuru – Tati Westbrook
Rachhloves – Rachel Cooper
BeautyBroadcast – Emily Noel
Katie’s Random Sh*t: Podcasts
LeVar Burton Reads – LeVar Burton
Lore – Aaron Mahnke
Tales – Vanessa Richardson
Haunted Places – Greg Polcyn