Solids For My Stash

I allowed myself some freedom to shop recently when I took a trip to a local quilt shop with a good friend. I went in search of solids or low volume fabrics, especially if I could find a good deal on them.

I did come home with a grey charm pack and two layer cakes by Jen Kingwell, and all at a discounted price. I picked these sets because they felt like great filler sets. Some simple, small polka dots and some neutral colored fabrics.

Recently I shared some tips in a Youtube for beginning quilters. One of the tips was to document the fabric or patterns you are working with so that if you ever lose sight of a project, you have pictures or posts to go back and look at for reference. I noticed on the back of the Moda sets, they list ID numbers for the colors and even some suggestions for cutting the fabric to get the most out of it.

I figured it was good to listen to my own advice and take a picture of it so that I have it documented somewhere in case something gets thrown away or lost over time.

This behind the scenes layer cake is simple and neutral. I look forward to using it with some of my other, more colorful fabrics.

The Just A Speck set is simple and colorful. Lots of variety to play with and match up.

I went out looking with my Cotton and Steel box set in mind. It’s been sitting there for two years and I’d like to play with it but needed something to balance the colors already included in the box.

So far I think these sets will work well with the fabrics in the box as you can see below.

I’m looking forward to trying something new as soon as I wrap up the few quilts I have already started.

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Something for Our Stash!

Oh goodness, how I love getting new fabric. Whether it’s bought, gifted, or won through a drawing, new fabric makes me happy. It’s like a soft rainbow on a warm sunny day.

New fabric is, to me, a sign of new things to come. Possibilities. Opportunities. A new creative mess! And I drool over the various colors and patterns that float through my Instagram feed or my Facebook page. I want to BUY ALL THE THINGS! But, alas, I can’t. I have bills to pay and groceries to buy for my growing boy who eats non-stop!

So when Christa Watson from Christa Quilts informed my mom and I that we had won a drawing for some Kona fabrics in a jellyroll, my day was completely made!!

I mean HELLO!!! Kona: Yes please!!! Robert Kaufman: OH YES! Bright beautiful colors: OH HELP ME, I’VE DIED AND GONE TO QUILTING HEAVEN!!!

At first, I was just happy to have something new to look at and play with. I had no real idea of what I wanted to do it the jellyroll but I knew an idea would come to me.

So I just snapped a few picture, fondled the fabric for a bit, then stashed it away to take out when I was good and ready to start working with it.

Just a few weeks later, long after I took these pictures and had put my fabric away, I signed up to receive updates for Christa’s website and read that by doing so, I’d receive a free pattern.

Well then, I thought to myself, it must be a sign. I happen to have a jellyroll (1 of the 2 I’d need) and I’ve been debating starting a new project. So I signed up,confirmed my email address, and BOOM! There in my email inbox was the free puzzle box pattern as promised.

Now I KNOW what I’m going to do with these lovely colors. I’ll buy another roll and use the pattern included with my subscript to make a beautiful, colorful, vibrant quilt!

I mean who could say no to this delicious fabric!

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I’ve already read through this pattern and I was happy to see it’s written in a way that speaks to my learning abilities. There are clear and written precise directions, simple pictures that are easy to understand, and there are tips along the way. There is even a suggestion as to how to quilt this project!

I’m super excited to start working on this quilt top. I have a few WIPs I need to wrap up but, come on, what’s one more project!! Especially one that will challenge me but won’t wear me down with too many new techniques. It’s just challenging enough to make me learn something new or practice in areas I need improvement but won’t deter me from finishing it!

Definitely check back as I share my progress. Don’t forget to check out Christa’s fabric shop on Amazon, The Precut Store, where you can find beautiful jellyrolls like the one shown here!

Full disclosure, this post was not required of me to write. Hell, Christa doesn’t even know I’m doing this. I’ve written this post all on my own and for a good reason: Christa is one of the most supportive and enthusiastic voices for quilters and crafters, from beginners to professionals. She works hard to put out her own professional products and to promote her store and book but she does it all while lifting others up and encouraging us all to do what we love and what makes us happy.

I’ve come to know Christa through the honest craft roomies periscope hops and since that all began, she’s been nothing but supportive of our endeavors here at Hobbies Up To Here. So I wanted to take a quick moment and give her a shout out. To lift her up and support her in all she does.

Now in the quilting community, she’s an author and a teacher and an all around beautiful quilting Jedi while I’m just a padawan still learning the ways of the Quilt Force but, as a thank you and to show my support in return, I write this post with no strings attached and with no motives other than to point you in her direction. She’s great! I promise! She’s relatable, caring, energetic, and beyond encouraging so make sure to stop by her site or her Facebook and Instagram to say hello!

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Stash Building: Dori Discovers eBay!

eBay is a magical place. You can buy anything from memorabilia to cheap electronics. It’s an odd place with a lot going on at all times from bidding to straight buying.

Years ago I discovered eBay as a great place to build my stash. For a decent price, I could buy and collect fabric sets. Fat quarters, pre-cuts, full yards. You name it, they have it. I’ve yet to use much of that fabric but it’s there for me to play with.

Not long after starting our little blog here, I told my mom about eBay and even showed her a little of my stash I had built when I had that nice disposable income. She oohed and aahhed over my pretty fabrics.

Recently, I found out that she had finally took some time to shop eBay and bought a few things herself. And boy did she shop! The joke at my parents’ house is that my dad needn’t check the mail any more because the majority of it is all for my mom!

She picked up two Robert Kaufman towers of fat quarters.

There was also a tower of fat quarters by Riley Blake Designs. I totally see a baby girl quilt in this set!

To go with the fat quarters, she also picked up some pre-cut 5×5 squares of the same patterns. Such cute little monkeys!

Oddly, as she was showing me her last bit of her fabric haul, I felt like I recognized the fabric.

That was when I looked at the salvage edge and saw that it was a Judie Rothermel set for  Marcus Fabrics, a fabric designer I have a WHOLE box of fat quarters from. Without knowing it, she had picked up fabric from the same designer as I had, just in different patterns and colors.

What can I say! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #12

It’s hard to believe but summer is officially over. The kids are going back to school and homework is now an evening activity instead of swimming until bedtime.

While it’s depressing to think that beach days are over and sleeping in is a thing of the past, now we have the holidays to look forward to!

So listen in and join us as we start talking about holiday crafting ideas, especially for Halloween, my personal favorite!

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Can you tell we’re excited about starting a project together? I think we’ve decided definitely on a table runner and going with a Halloween theme first. If we’re lucky and we like the process, then maybe we’ll do the same for Christmas and Thanksgiving!

If you haven’t had the chance to check out our vlog on opening and going through our stash, be sure to watch our Youtube video on it.

Any holiday projects on the books for you??

 

The Friendship Quilt

There is nothing like a fresh set of nicely matched fabrics all wrapped together in a pretty yellow ribbon. At least those were my thoughts when my mom brought home this beautiful kit for a quilt pattern called Friendship. She sent me a picture of it via text messages and I was a tiny bit envious of her new, shiny things.

To my surprise, she showed up yesterday with the set in hand and gave it to me as a gift! My dad had spied this quilt in the Orange Quilt Bee in Orange, CA and thought it was beautiful so they purchased the kit for me to have fun with.

Some girls like jewlery and some like flowers.

I’m happy with some fabric and a new sewing project any day!

I was so floored and a tiny bit confused (wait…wasn’t this her kit?) but also super appreciative that they had thought of me. It’s not everyday you get a gift of new fabric in beautiful earthy tones to play with!

I didn’t get the chance to dive right in due to nursing a severe sunburn but today I finally got to break into the kit and look at all the lovely fabrics and colors I have to play with.

I can’t pick a favorite because they are all too beautiful. I like the differences in the greens and the yellows and the little pop of color the blue lends to the whole thing. Just stunning!

Here are all the fabrics on display, organized by color family. It was a beautiful sunny day so I took advantage of that natural sunlight to really bring out all the beauty of these swatches.

  
  
  


  
  

Now I’m not done with either my Playful Colors Quilt or my CIRCA 1934 quilt but having this new project in my hands has made me itchy to start something new.

After talking with my mom about my “quilters guilt” (the feeling you get when you put aside an almost finished project to start something new), I’ve decided to do what I want and not what I feel I’m obligated to do.

I have this strong need to complete the work I’ve started and feel bad about starting something new without finishing the others first. But my mom reminded me that it’s pretty common for crafters to have multiple projects going at the same time. If a project isn’t fulfilling something in the maker, it’s perfectly fine to jump to another project to keep them happy and creative.  
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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #7

The Southern California Quilter’s Run 2015 is finished for us and we finally sat down to give our recap and review of the shops we visited during our short 3 day travel.

Welcome to Hobbies Up To Here with special guest Jacob!

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We saw a lot in those few days running around southern California and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

If you missed our daily vlog posts while we were on the road, check them out!

Southern California Quilter’s Run Day 1

Southern California Quilter’s Run Day 2

Southern California Quilter’s Run Day 3

Here are links to some of the guilds and shows we learned about during our travels.

Friendship Square Quilt Guild

Quilters By The Sea 

Quilters By The Sea Quilt Show August 2015

San Diego Quilt Show September 2015

Road To California Quilt Show January 2016

A shout out to Sonja at the Golden State Quilt shop in Campbell, CA. If you are doing the Row by Row experience this year, check out her shop up there. Her row is very cute! She turned us onto the Generation Q Magazine and we’re super impressed with it so far. I even went and got myself a subscription!

And now for my WIP this week, my patriotic runner from Stars and Scraps Quilt Shop in Corona, CA. The colors are so rich and just beautiful. I’ve officially cut all the triangles and center squares expect I ran out of my lighter color, EEK! I’ll run to JoAnn’s tomorrow to get a scrap to fill it in. It’s a light cream/white solid and I only need two more A blocks!

I’m making the 9 inch square and plan to make a full table runner with it as a gift.

Stickies to help me remember what each color will make in the pattern.

Such gorgeous, rich colors. I can’t wait for it to come together!

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Borders, Sashing, and Backing OH MY!

Have you ever pulled out a WIP and realize that you are missing a part of it? If you have, then you’ll sympathize with me . If you haven’t, then I hope you never do. It sucks!

I pulled out my Playful Colors quilt the other day to finally get cracking on the final steps. I’ve acknowledged that I don’t like wrapping up a quilt as much as I like put the top together. Once the pieces are all together and I have to start putting the borders on or adding sashing, I start to get distracted and lose focus.

I’m at that point now with this quilt and my CIRCA 1934 quilt, too. My CIRCA top is done and just needs borders, quilting, and the binding. My Playful Colors quilt needs the sashing to finish the top then the borders, quilting, and binding. But, the speed and interest I had originally has dwindled and I’m finding myself interested in started another project instead (OH SHINY!).

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But I know better. I need to wrap these two up before I get going on anything new. Sadly, after a pricy trip to JoAnn’s I realized I’m missing a square. Dang! And I have only three strips of this pattern available to make a new square. So, I’m going to have to adjust my layout and go with what I have.

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I also found out that the fabric I originally wanted is not being sold at the JoAnn’s near me and I can’t find a swatch of the fabric with a salvage edge that has the name on it so I went searching around the internet and couldn’t find the extra fabric. Once again I thought I was all set and now I’m having to change things up at the last minute.

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Instead of a goldenrod fabric with orange polka dots, I’m making the sashing from this vibrant striped fabric. At first I worried it would be too busy but it has a lot of colors in it that match the variety in the charm pack. I got a nice yellow and a beautiful green to make the borders out of.

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Just laying together it looks like it will work! I’m crossing my fingers it will work once it all comes together.

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While I was there I also got the fabric I’ll need for the borders and backing of the CIRCA quilt. I wanted simple and strong so that it looked like the quilt top was framed with a cream matting and a final black border. I think I hit the mark with the cream/white fabric.

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I struggled a bit with the red because it’s more of an orangey/rusty color than a true or cherry red. I threw a lot of reds down against the top and just couldn’t seem to find a good match. Then I red across this red and felt that it was pretty close and doesn’t seem to clash even if it is not perfect.

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Again I’m crossing my fingers that everything comes together and that the colors work and don’t clash.

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Honestly, looking at all of them together I almost think they could have made a great blanket! I think I may need more of that striped fabric. It’s seriously amazing! These pictures don’t really do it justice!
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For The Rocker, The Sewer And The Paisano In You!

            

Toscana. Sew Vintage. All Amped Up.

Yup, that about sums it up! I’m primarily Italian, I looove vintage era fabrics and am a rocker chick at heart. These three Layer Cake designs from The Missouri Star Quilt Co. are a perfect addition to my growing stash. I already have the piecing ideas in my head thanks to YouTube videos put out by MSQC. It would be soooo easy for me to sit at my computer and buy dozens of these packs with the excuse that I have SO many quilting gifts to make for Christmas! That justifies a rather large purchase, doesn’t it?!?

To be honest, I’m saving the Sew Vintage for myself. Each 10×10 inch square has a sewing motif. I love the muted colors and can see myself cuddled up underneath it when it’s finished, watching Sense and Sensibility or maybe Fried Green Tomatoes on the boob tube!

I’m excited about Toscana as well. With no theme printed designs, it will give me the opportunity to experiment a bit with quilting patterns that might not translate well with a directional design. I can’t wait to practice FMQ on these fabrics as well.

Now…the All Amped Up is already slated for a recipient! And it wasn’t the one I originally bought it for! I’m going to buy more packs of this design so I can make more than one quilt as requested. It will be fun fiddling with different patterns to see how I can showcase the awesome music inspired designs on each square.

Are there fabric designs that you naturally turn to when you enter your favorite local quilting store? What takes your breath away? Are there designs that you feel define who you ARE? Please share!
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