Hobbies Up To Here Episode #48

Soooooo…..this post is a little bit late. I mean, not really because we tend to post on Fridays. BUT….this was recorded Monday and somehow I was technically challenged all week.

Any who… Time for the show!

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Dori finished her Twisted Pinwheel quilt! It came out beautifully!

Check out her full blog post here!

Her finished quilt brought us our topic this week: to finish or not to finish, and how? Some of us are really great at starting something and working on it all the way till the final touch is added.

Others, like me, struggle to finish up most of the projects laying around listlessly in our craft rooms. In this episode, we talk about finishing a quilt and the ups and downs along the way!

This week we give a shout out to Leah for her great email and support. She had LOTS to share about local groups and guilds that we could join. You can check out her crafty and creative Instagram here.

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TGIFF: The Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt!

Yay!  It’s DONE!

Last September I posted my progress on my Disappearing Pinwheel TWIST 5 quilt.   I finally hand stitched the last stitch on the binding on July 31st.  I can honestly say I loved this process, and am very proud of this quilt!

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For the first time, I sent my quilt to be quilted by my friend, Janet, rather than doing the quilting myself.  She stitched a simple and airy meander stitch which complimented the quilt perfectly.  After squaring up the quilt, I attached the binding which was another first.  This time, I chose not to do the wrap-around binding  process I’ve done on all my other quilted projects.  After attaching the binding to the front of the quilt by machine (I was excited to use the binding tool Rob Appell denonstrates here), I hand stitched it to the back.  I’m so happy I did!  I love the clean look.

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I think this quilt looks best when it’s worn by my beautiful partner-in-crime lol!

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Have a wonderful weekend, and remember…be crafty, be creative!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #35

Hey Hobbyist and Crafters, it’s a special day today! Not only is it our podcast day but it’s our anniversary!!!

Happy 1st year Hobbies Up To Here!!
Check out our first podcast episode for old time’s sake!
Episode One

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On today’s podcast we list our top 5 projects that are the most memorable over the last year. It’s never easy to pick your favorite quilt or craft but we made the tough choices and are excited to share them with you!

Katie’s Top Five Favorites

  • My 4th of July table runner was my first quilted project that really came together beautifully. I loved everything about it!

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  • Another finished runner, our Halloween runners, came out so different yet so great. We love them both!

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  • It seems any time I tried something new, I loved the outcome. My Christmas Dresden hanging came out beautifully and I would love to have it out all year long!

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  • The holidays really lit a creative fire and I couldn’t put it out. Along with my quilting projects, another holiday favorite was my Christmas wreath.

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Katie’s Honorable Mention

During podcast episode 4, my mom surprised me with a new sewing machine. My Elna, aka Rosy, has become my best friend. I’m so thankful for the gift and so grateful for the opportunity to work with it!

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Dori’s Top Five Favorites

  • Dori’s first favorite memory recalls her first finish! Mike’s birthday quilt, the Music Quilt, was a grand undertaking and it came out beautifully!

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  • She also did a beautiful Dresden plate for a baby quilt that came out so incredible. It really showed how much she’s grown and how far her quilting has come.

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  • She also attempted some “3D sewing” and made a purse for my sister’s birthday. While the pattern was not as clear as she would like, it still looks amazing.

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  • And Dori’s last favorite is her current in-progress project, paper piecing. Having gone from not knowing that paper piecing existing to this beautiful outcome is saying a lot about her talent!

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Dori’s Honorable Mention

It can be easy to forget where you started but Dori’s honorable mention is just that, her first official finished quilt from this past year. Her first baby quilt was not only her first in decades but her first quilt-as-you-go!

A Last Honorable Mention (Or Two!)

QuiltCon was an amazing experience! Check out my mom’s thoughts on meeting Mary Fons and Jenny Doan, our live podcast episode while we were there, our wrap-up podcast after we returned, and our YouTube video to share our thoughts.

The So Cal Quilter’s Run happens every June and local quilt shops participate in a themed shop-hop that runs two weekends in June. We went last year and had a blast and we plan to go again this year. Hopefully we’ll get to hang out again with our friend Melanie at Thousand Needles and maybe even visit a few shops together!

We have some exciting goals we want to work towards this coming year so make sure to subscribe to us wherever you can and return as often as possible to keep up with all of our crafty endeavors. And THANK YOU THANK YOU to all our listeners. Without you, we’d just be two crazy ladies sitting around, talking about our hobbies!

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WIP Wednesday: It’s A Twofer!

I’ve been having a blast power sewing the past couple of days.  I finally got the borders on my Disappearing Twisted Pinwheel #5 in time to go to the Orange Quilt Bee on the 25th for their monthly 25% off batting and backing discount.  I love how feminine this quilt top turned out!

Then, yesterday I was able to finish attaching the final rows to this quilt I saw demonstrated by Rob Appell of Man Sewing.


He called it the Gears Quilt.  Though I was unable to find written instructions, I used the video tutorial to get an idea of how to assemble the quilt.  It’s more narrow than I expected, so I’m going to add two borders for both width and length.  I think this combination will work wonderfully.


I decided not to add the gear appliqués, but I will be using an overall quilting stencil that I bought at Road To California from Full Lines Stencil.  Music notes!  Yay!  Since this quilt is for my guitar-playing husband’s birthday next month, I need to get on it!

Happy Quilting!

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