Hobbies Up To Here Episode #33

It’s that time again, hobbyists and crafters. Time for another edition of Hobbies Up To Here!

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This week we have LOTS to share with you.

Firstly, we have a new email addresses! If you have questions, comments, or concerns for either one of us, you can email us directly!

Dori: dori@hobbiesuptohere.com
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Secondly we’ll be updating our Details tab and adding a Podcast tab for easy access to our podcast episodes!

We’ve had a lot going on lately from sew alongs to finished quilts to fresh starts to quilt shows.

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Dori’s paper piecing progress.

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It’s coming along!

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Last weekend we went to not just one but TWO quilt/crafting shows here in southern California.

  • On Saturday, we took a trip to Pomona for the Quilt, Craft, & Sewing Festival at the Pomona Fairplex. There was SO MUCH to see there and my dad was in the mind to seek out long arm machines. For research purposes (wink wink).
  • Then on Sunday we went to the Friendship Square Quilt Guild show in La Habra. We saw some beautiful quilts, met lots of wonderful crafters, and even passed out a calling card or two!

Of course it’s hard to go to a show and NOT buy something. Both of us came home with some goodies.

Quilt & Coffee Chat

This week we introduced a new segment called Quilt & Coffee Chat. During this portion of our podcast, we’ll continue the discussion of past episodes, reply to blog comments, and read email from any readers or listeners we’ve received.

This week we shared comments from a few readers who gave us something to chew on and think over.

  • Nonnie from Nonnie Quilting Dreams shared some fascinating background and history on quilting terms, pressing seams, and what different types of quilters are called in the midwest. Check out her comments on Episode #32.
  • Alida  from Tweety Loves Quilting commented on Episode #30 about coding and quilting and the blend between modern and traditional quilts. She’s hosting a pretty  cool blog hop in May called Art with Fabric. Definitely check it out and see if it’s something you’d like to participate in!
  • Kati from Kati’s Quilting and Sewing shared with us her experience of learning quilting and sewing techniques from HGTV and how we just gotta get in there and give ourselves the power of knowledge by learning any terms we need on our own. Her comments are here on Episode #21.
  • I shared an email from Christa Watson that I had received. It had a beautiful picture of her thread stash that I was blown away by. So beautiful and colorful! We often forget to share other stashes we keep for all of our crafts so seeing a thread stash was fun and inspiring.

During our coffee chat, probably after the second cup had kicked in, we shared some of the other podcasts for crafters and quilters all around the web. We’re in great company with SO many awesome podcaster out there. And Nonnie has a pretty comprehensive list of podcasts to check out. She keeps it updated pretty regularly so pop on over, give it a peep, and check out some new podcasts!

And make sure you keeping checking back as I’m expecting a new mystery stash box to arrive in the mail any day now! I’m testing out some of the quilter’s box subscriptions available. So far I’ve received my first Try Me box from Quilter’s Stash Box. Next up is my first Quilty Box and in April I’ll receive a Sew Sampler box from the Fat Quarter Shop. I’m planning a full Youtube review video talking about the pros/cons of each box!

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WIP Wednesday: Jelly Roll Quilt

I needed a quick and satisfying project to get me back in the swing of creating yesterday.   I quickly went through my jelly roll drawer, and searched for the fabric that made my heart race the most.

I kept coming back to this Moda jelly roll called Sunflower Song.  Yup!  That was it! Civil War type prints in rich browns, greens, cream prints, blues and deep reds, was the ticket! 

I rewatched Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s YouTube tutorial Jelly roll race and then sat down at my machine and started stitching.  It took me more than the hour the video claimed it would take (I’m persnickety), but the basic top is done!  Yay!  I’m considering adding one border before I sandwich it and quilt it.

 I also saw the opportunity to take this finished top and cut it up into a completely different design if I wanted to take it further.  I could use my 60 degree equilateral triangle ruler (demonstrated here) or one of Crafty Gemini’s projects using her 10″ slicer ruler found in her YouTube tutorial here.  So many ideas!

For now, I’m itching to finish this simple quilt!  I’m deciding if I want to do a fun over-all free motion design, or a quick and easy stitch-in-the-ditch with my walking foot.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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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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WIP Wednesday: The “Revolution” Beatles Quilt

To say I’m excited is an understatement.  A few short months ago, I got my sewing machine out of storage after years of nonuse.  Thanks to my daughter Katie, I was inspired to make a QAYG quilt for a friend who’s son was due in a couple of months.  I remember knowing how to turn on my Viking #1+, but even sewing a straight line seemed foreign to me after so long.  I finished the quilt, and yes, caught the bug!

Now, I have a creative space that holds my new Koala sewing table, a crafting table, my mother’s bridal hutch that is bursting with beautiful fabric, my new Baby Lock Aria, and a design wall that has displayed multiple quilts in progress.  Here’s a video of that space from our YouTube channel!

It’s what’s on that design wall that has my heart stopping every time I look at it!

My husband, Reg, is a lifetime Beatles fan.  He has a guitar strap that he loves-it’s the four Beatles individual faces in black and white, taken from an iconic photo from their White Album.  A few weeks ago, he told me he would love to have a quilt made around those images.  That sparked his imagination and mine as well.

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Since then, he’s gone to great lengths to make the design in his head come to fruition.  First he designed 12 blocks with borders and a creative back, on graph paper.  He then contacted Matt, a graphics designer (who’s girlfriend, Cassie, works for us), and had him take the images on the web, and turn then into a B&W file that we could have printed out.  He then had another employee’s (Teri) husband, Mark, print out the images, on both light and heaver weight paper.  Reg used the lighter weight papered images on the light box he made me, to trace each image onto Steam-A-Seam.

 After ironing the traced pieces to white Kona, I cut out all the pieces while relaxing with him and binge watching Jessica Jones on Netflix lol!

Using the heaver papered images as a map or template, Reg took all those pieces and adhered them to 16 1/2″ squares of black Kona.  I ironed them, and now they await machine appliquéing with invisible thread!

We have nine more blocks to go through this same process.  Every block is different.  Yay for husband/wife creative team work!

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WIP: Joyeux Noel Dresden Plate 

You  know that feeling you get when you are about to cut into some new fabric and you just want to keep them so pretty and perfect but you also want to play with them?

Yeah, this picture sums that up. That tense feeling of “NO! I don’t want to use it, I just want to keep it so I can look at it” mixed with “But I want to play with it too!” It’s definitely a mixed bag of feelings when it comes to cutting into a fat quarter bundle.

Especially one as pretty as the Joyeux Noel kit we added to our stash just last week. It’s drool worthy.

But I didn’t want to keep staring at it and decided to cut into it and attempt my very first Dresden plate. Using four fat quarters from each set of patterns, I cut out my plates using a nifty ruler my mom has. Then I folded each plate, right sides to right sides, along the longer end and sewed the fold together. I chained all 20 of my plates along then snipped them free.

My pile of plates waiting to be snipped.

Now it’s time to press!

Once freed from the chain, my mom taught me how to turn the sewn ends right side out and press down the “dart” so that it came to a crisp point at the tip.

This purple little tool is pretty nifty and helped me get the points nice a sharp.

After everything is pressed and my plates are ready to go, I laid them down and organized them. I had five solid fabrics that I made as my focus points and then placed one of each of the other fabrics in between. That way I felt I had a good mix of colors and patterns.

My final result!! Well, so far! By the time I got the whole circle done, I was mentally drained but very satisfied. So even though my mom sat with me and showed me how to start my center point, I just couldn’t comprehend what she meant for me to do. So I put everything I had done so far aside and promised to come back and finish it once I got some rest and was ready to take on the next step.

Even though I didn’t finish it, I have my center piece picked out and a nice green backing to put it on. I fussy cut the Joyeux Noel piece and plan to appliqué it on the center. This is turning out to be adorable as it is so I may make it into a wall hanging for the Christmas season.

I started this project at 3:00 this afternoon and wrapped up the majority of the sewing by 6:30! So the hardest work was all done within 3 1/2 hours. All I have left is to appliqué it all down then sandwich my finished top, quilt, then bind. My plan is to work with what I have and avoid buying anything new.

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #21

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving hobbyists and crafters!

We have a thankful podcast episode for you today!

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We’ve got a couple of finished quilt tops ready for some fabric shopping. We hope to visit our local quilt shop for some backing and batting.

 

Dori’s Twisted Pinwheel

 

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Katie’s Friendship Quilt

On this podcast we reach out and give all our followers and listeners a hearty thanks for being apart of our lives. You’ve touched us with your comments and your support. And a special shout out to Lorinda at Laurel and Pine who turned me onto Periscope. I’m so appreciative of the community we’re apart of there and grateful to each new friendship.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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WIP: Friendship Quilt Almost Done!

I’ve been slowly regaining my creative mojo the last couple of days. First, I cleaned my craft room then I worked on a DIY project that gave me a small yet sweet taste of success. These little steps have helped me get back on my machine and sewing again.

Feeling the itch to sew had me pulling out my friendship quilt that I started months ago. It was a kit given to me by my parents. After the majority of the top was pieced, my husband informed me that he would like to have it as his own quilt.

Okie dokie, I said! The Friendship Quilt is now his and I’m getting close to the end of this process.

 

Yesterday I fit the borders on and wrapped up the entire top of the quilt. After having my husband hold it up to himself, we decided it’s the perfect size and won’t need any more border to thicken it up.

My husband was excited to wrap his new quilt top around him and test it out, saying it’s great but that he wants a nice thick batting to make it his number one blanket to sleep with. So I have some shopping to do in the coming months. He wants a fleece like backing and a thicker batting so that he had officially get rid of the ugly blanket he uses now and replace it with my beautiful batik quilt.

I’m excited to quilt this one because there are so many wide open space that I can play with. Each square is large in the center with a wide border on each side and a square at each corner. I see so many possibilities with the quilting that I can’t wait to get through the process of basting the layers together and jump right into quilting.

I’d like to set a goal and get this thing done before 2016 rolls around so that he can use it through the cooler months.

This set left me with a bunch of great scraps so after the borders were complete I started to play around with them and create an improvisational quilt square. There is no pattern and no guidelines other than to just work through the process as each piece is added. So far I’ve got a good working base and I’m enjoying the free creative process here, although that slanted edge there makes me a bit nervous…

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WIP: Sew Along Table Runner

We love Halloween! So this past weekend we decided to start a Halloween craft together!

Using our Haunted Mansion charm pack by Moda, we planned it out together! You can check out our post here to see our layout and applique plans.

I had a good start this weekend due to some free time. Plus I knew that if I didn’t get a jump on it, my week would fill up fast with work. While my mom and I were able to work together a bit on our runners, we spent most of our time apart working separately.

This is my mom’s layout as she had it on her design wall. Pretty cute thus far! 

Later on she sent me a picture of her finished top! How quickly she worked!

Great job, mom! Our next step will begin this weekend when we design and layout our appliqué pumpkins!

Now for my runner….with a story.

My runner top was completed yesterday. I put a lot of the work in earlier in the week due to my hectic schedule of work and mom duties. I really wanted my runner to come out well so I took the time to square things up, press my seams open, and spray the snot out of it with fabric starch. It was looking great and I was super pleased with my finished product.

Then my son happened…

I told him to grab my runner so we could snap some shots for the blog today. He happily ran upstairs to get the runner and model like the goofball he is.

Then this happened.

Poor guy is prone to nose bleeds. He has them at night, in the morning, at school, while walking, talking, hell even when swimming. You name it, he’ll bleed.

While he was holding my runner, all perfectly pressed and immaculate, he suddenly exclaimed, “MOM! Bloody nose!” Of course this would happen right at the moment I have him hold my project I worked so hard on! Gah!!!

Lucky for me I have some Oxiclean handy for his nosebleeds.

I sprayed this stuff on all the spots and worked quickly to scratch out the blood spots on the runner. Oddly, it didn’t make a HUGE mess, it just happened to have dripped ALL THE WAY DOWN. Just a drop every couple of blocks down the whole way.

Sigh….

It’s now drying out on our patio. I just had to laugh. It’s been a rough week. We’ve had plumbing issues and I’ve had to deal with tension at work so my sewing was one of my joys that helped me get away from the bad things happening. So for it to get dirty with blood was just comical, in a Murphy’s Law kinda way.

I’m still proud of my work. It looks great and I’m ready to start the road to appliquéing my pumpkin on!

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WIP: The Disappearing Pinwheel 5 TWIST Quilt

Ohhhh mannn am I loving this pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company called The Disappearing Pinwheel 5 TWIST Quilt. I’m making it with two layer cakes; one in lovely vintage fabrics, the other a solid white.

Sewing the 10 inch layer cake squares together around the perimeter.

Cutting the sewn squares from corner to corner twice to make half square triangles. The finished block is on the right.

Pressing open the half square triangles.

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The finished block.

 

 

 

 

 

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I still have two more rows to finished.

I decided to take my time with this quilt top. It was important to me to set my sewing “style”. Though I made one block in it’s entirety to experience the process and see how it would turn out, I’ve found that I like to sew in an assembly line, much like Jenny Doan of MSQC.  There’s a kind of mediative feeling I get when sewing this way.
I’m hoping to get this top completed in a day or two.  I’m itching to go shopping for the backing, border and binding fabric!  Whoohoo!
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WIP: Binding the Playful Colors Quilt

I’m there!! I’m sooooo close!

I started the Playful Colors quilt on a whim. It was just something to do with a charm pack of crazy colors. It slowly grew into something that involved patches, sashing then borders. Slowly this whimsy of a project turned into a full blown blanket that is now on the verge of being done.

You can check out the vlog I made showing the sandwiching of my quilt. Thank goodness for smooth floors!

As of today, I’m officially binding it! WOOHOO!!! I started hand stitching my binding on this weekend after I butchered the quilt to near demolition. My binding didn’t attach properly and I took a short cut that ended up making a mess of everything. Still bummed about that but it’s working out ok as is.

I really like the way the quilting came out.

 

  
I did a simple wonky square inside every other patch. I used a gradient yellow-green thread on top and a solid green thread in the bobbin and that came out perfectly.


Now I’ve got my Wonder Clips in place holding my binding in place. I tend to stitch while my husband plays video games or watched football. That way we’re still hanging out yet I can wrap this project up at the same time.

My mitered corners are a bit of a mess due to the issues I had with the binding going on in the first place. But I’m happy to see this quilt wrapping up!

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