Let’s Get Motivated Episode #75

Sometimes you need a friend and some good ol’ fashioned inspiration to find your quilting motivation!

Through friendship and inspiration, we’ve really found our quilting mojo. Not that it was lost but it definitely took a backseat to a few of our other hobbies.

We officially finished our So Cal Quilt Run passports!!! Every square received a stamp and we turned them in to be included in the grand prize drawing for a new machine! YAY!

I’ve been cracking away at my puzzle box quilt! I cranked out 15 blocks so far this week!

The unquilting is finally complete!! And it’s all thanks to my mom and her diligent seam ripping.

Frank is really coming together and my dad is enjoying every step in the process of putting this little guy together. Doesn’t he look snazzy?

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So Cal Quilter’s Run 2017

This weekend marks the beginning of the annual Southern California Quilter’s Run. Every year, quilt shops around the southern California area open up and participate in this fun shop hop.

We discovered it two years ago and have been participating ever since. We have our pins and we get a new bar every year. There are plans and plots and snacks mades for the long hauls across Los Angeles, out to Palm Desert, and down to San Diego.

This year the theme is California’s Camping and each shop plays off the theme in their own way. Some of these shops go all out and really do a great job. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!

At each stop we’ll get a stamp in our card and some piece to a quilt that can be made from the parts gathered at each shop. Last year we received letters to be appliquéd and the year before we received a fat quarter with a block pattern.

To kick off this year, we’re going to the Orange Quilt Bee on July 14th at 3:00 to hold a meet and greet with a few other local quilters. Because the run is so large and covers a lot of mileage, it can be hard to bump into people you know so we wanted to set up a time and place to meet with other runners!

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Beginning on Saturday, we plan to head out early to reach some of the furthest stops, one being the Quilt Emporium in Woodland Hills. That entire day will be spent on the road collecting stamps and game pieces. We’ll end at The Quilt Cupboard in Placentia.

Day two will see us on the road early to reach Palm Desert for our first stop at Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations and ending up at the Orange Quilt Bee in Orange.

Once we get our first weekend under our belts, we’ll post again to share what our last leg of our trip looks like. If you want to see our antics as we race around from shop to shop, make sure you’ve liked @hobbiesuptohere on Instagram to see our posts at each shop.

And if you want to reminisce with us and see what past years were like, check out our YouTube channel for our SoCal Quilter’s Run playlist. We try to vlog as much as possible while we’re on the move!

Lastly, if you are local and running the Quilter’s Run yourself, keep an eye out for us! We’ll be sporting our Hobbies Up To Here shirts proudly and we’ll always be ready to stop for a hug and a chat!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #44

We have so much to share this week! We are all done with our So Cal Quilter’s Run 2016 and there are lots of great little shops we want to share with you!

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If you’d like to follow along with this podcast, feel free to check out the pictures that we are talking about on our Instagram feed. Scroll back to our first quilt shop, Quilter’s Cocoon, and play along as we reminisce about our 2016 run!

Below are photos that didn’t make it to Instagram but that we still wanted to share. Enjoy!

Apart of the run as to collect these laser cut letter and possibly make a quilt top out of them. But playing the game means you get randomized letters. The likelihood of getting a word randomly was a small so seeing these cute cubed pillows as an option for your letters was an inspiration.

The lovely staff at the Tops & Bobbins Quilt Shopped played up their Operation theme and dressed in scrubbed. And behind our helper here is an example of a quilt top made with the letter to look like a game of Scrabble.

In El Cajon we were treated to a game of Battleship! The ladies here was very kind and lots of fun. They were all dressed in a navel 1940’s theme including Rosy the Riveter.

While at the Quilt In A Day shop we got to peek inside one of Eleanor Burns’ studios. It was fascinating to see how it is set up especially in the lighting department. As an amateur Youtube video creator, I’m always on the hunt for new ways to make our videos better.

And while at this stop my number was called and I got to spin the wheel where I won 25% any item in the store. Of course I put that to good use and bought myself the Cotton + Steel fat quarter box set!

At our next stop Dori won a raffle, too! When her number was called during BINGO she received a free pattern! And during this stop she picked up some lovely fabrics in a beautiful far quarter bundle along with some mini quilt patterns.

We can only describe our last stop as unique, whimsical, and even magical. They carried lots of interesting and fantastical fabrics as seen in this dragon quilt here. I knew my boys would get a kick out of this piece so I snapped a shot and sent it to them!

Well hobbyists and crafters, another year, another run is done. We’ve had a blast and traveled up and down the roads of southern California through traffic and heatwaves and ill children. But all the while enjoying every minute!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #43

It’s that time of year again, hobbyists and crafters. It’s time of the 18th annual So Cal Quilter’s Run!

This special edition of our podcast is to share with all of our local listeners the schedule we have created for this wonderful time of year.

If you aren’t local, let me share with you what we’re planning for the next two weeks. Starting June 16th, 21 local So Cal quilt shops are opening up for a special shop hop event. Every year they pick and theme and every shop decorates accordingly. You got a booklet and a space for every shop so the you can collect stamps/stickers for each visit.

There are prizes, free game pieces, and lots of great people to meet and greet.

We’re looking forward to it!!!

So far we have a plan to hit most of the shops (even though we both secretly hope to hit them all and enter the drawing for the Grand Prize!)
While we have great intention to hit every shop on the list, we know that life may get in the way so our schedule is subject to change. The shops are listed by their numbers on the map and we will be visiting them from top to bottom of each list.

June 16th
Area 2
We’re starting on our home turf the first day and plan to cover all of Area 2 by Thursday.

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4. The Sew N Sew
3. The Quilt Cupboard
1. Orange Quilt Bee

June 17
Area 1
Our second day will included a nice LONG trip out to Lancaster to cover all of Area 1!

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1. Bolts in the Bathtub
6. The Quilter’s Studio
2. Cotton & Chocolate Quilt Company
4. Quilt Emporium
5. Quilt ‘n’ Things
3. New Moon Textiles

June 23-June 24
Possibly Area 3

Our schedule gets a little iffy due to my hosting responsibilities. If I no longer have a  guest at my house, we’ll definitely hit the two closer shops in Area 3 and leave the 3 furthest for another day.

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5. Tops & Bobbins
1. Busy Bee Quilt Shop

June 25
Area 4
This day is also up in the air. Until we know what days I’m hosting our international friend, I may not be available. But, if I am, we plan to spend the day traveling to the most southern area on our dance card, Area 4!

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1. Cozy Creative Center
4. Memory Lane Quilt Shop
6. Quilt in a Day
2. Fat Quarters Quilt Shop
3. Inspirations Quilt Shop
5. Quilter’s Cottage

If we feel up to it then we’ll head back out to Area 3 June 26th to go to the other shops that we missed. But as we know, everything is flexible so we’ll do what we can!

We hope you enjoy the podcast today and if you are hopping around the shops of So Cal, we hope to see you around!

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