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May 19, 2019
Play Time from Hobbies Up To Here

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 … Continue reading Play Time

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April 16, 2019
April challenge sponsor, spring flowers and a special gift from The Crafty Quilter

I almost forgot to announce this month’s sponsor for the 2019 UFO & WIP ChallengeFat Quarter Shop is generously providing a $30 gift certificate to this month’s winner.  Whenever I shop online, one of the first places I’ll search is Fat Quarter Shop.  And I love checking out their daily flash sale, and their weekly precut specials.  To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is add a photo of your finished project(s) to the link up which will open on the last Sunday of April (28th).

 

It’s Tax Day!  I’m acutely aware ...

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April challenge sponsor, spring flowers and a special gift from The Crafty Quilter

I almost forgot to announce this month’s sponsor for the 2019 UFO & WIP ChallengeFat Quarter Shop is generously providing a $30 gift certificate to this month’s winner.  Whenever I shop online, one of the first places I’ll search is Fat Quarter Shop.  And I love checking out their daily flash sale, and their weekly precut specials.  To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is add a photo of your finished project(s) to the link up which will open on the last Sunday of April (28th).

 

It’s Tax Day!  I’m acutely aware ...

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April 8, 2019
i've fallen . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

. . . and I can't get back up on the proverbial blogging horse!

I hesitated using that title since I have had shoulder surgery recently and didn't want to alarm anyone, but every time I went to start a post, that commercial went through my mind.  But I also couldn't bear to put a pic of a woman sprawled out on the floor at her most vulnerable hour of need (I know, I know, it's a paid actress).  Besides, the turtles are starting to show themselves in the sanctuary ... hibernation time is ending!

We've even found a ...

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April 4, 2019
Celebrating women from Sew Preeti Quilts

My mom was just 14 when she was married off (nobody asked her). Of course she was not "sent" to her husband's house for another year (she was too young).
My dad encouraged her to continue her education. She completed high school and received a BA in Geography. I was born.
She furthered her education and received an MA in Economics. My sister was born.
My dad encouraged her to get a job.  She refused flatly.
No, she was determined to be a full time mother and a homemaker.
And that was that.

My sister, mom and me

Some ...

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March 26, 2019
Peep, Peep! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

I love little chickens, I think they are so cute! My sister and sister in law both have chickens and I love to visit the little chicks. So in celebration of spring let's make some little chick mug rugs. These are quick and easy and perfect for a beginner appliquer. I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you all how to do fusible applique. It's quick and easy!

Trace your pieces onto the heat n bond. Make sure to draw on the paper side.
Iron onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Cut out your ...

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Peep, Peep! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

I love little chickens, I think they are so cute! My sister and sister in law both have chickens and I love to visit the little chicks. So in celebration of spring let's make some little chick mug rugs. These are quick and easy and perfect for a beginner appliquer. I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you all how to do fusible applique. It's quick and easy!

Trace your pieces onto the heat n bond. Make sure to draw on the paper side.
Iron onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Cut out your ...

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March 15, 2019
Hippity Hop! from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Well, you can't have Easter without some cute bunnies. So I made up a really cute bunny mug rug for you. This pattern is super quick and easy. I whipped these up last weekend, the same time I was making my little chickens.
I like to use the embroidery stitches on my machine to make the
bunny's eyes and whiskers.

I made up a few in different colors, using fabric from
my fabric stash.
This fun pattern can be found on Etsy as instant downloadable PDF's. There's still time to whip a couple of these up ...

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Hippity Hop! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Well, you can't have Easter without some cute bunnies. So I made up a really cute bunny mug rug for you. This pattern is super quick and easy. I whipped these up last weekend, the same time I was making my little chickens.
I like to use the embroidery stitches on my machine to make the
bunny's eyes and whiskers.

I made up a few in different colors, using fabric from
my fabric stash.
This fun pattern can be found on Etsy as instant downloadable PDF's. There's still time to whip a couple of these up ...

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March 7, 2019
Selvedge Mug Rugs from Magpie Quilts

I collect the selvedge from my bought fabrics so I can make these pretty mug rugs. Normally, this piece of the fabric ends up in the trash, but I will cut them off both sides of a piece of yardage. When fabric is pressed and squared and ready to be cut, I line up my ruler and cut about 1" off the edges. This gives me the white strip with the fabric details like designer, manufacturer and colors plus about 1/2" of the actual printed fabric. Some people prefer to sew and not see any of the fabric, but ...

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March 2, 2019
in and out and again . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had high hopes for February, but they didn't carry me very far, huh? And then I went and had surgery on my left shoulder yesterday, which means March will be very hit or miss . . . 
one day post-op...huge, football-like shoulder pad
the rotator cuff tear, halfway repaired
Because I don't enjoy typing one-handed, and my laptop doesn't auto-correct or do speech-to-text!  LOL!  I know, I know, first world problems!  :)

I purposely scheduled my surgery for the end of February so that I could attend our Stitcher's retreat on the 20th.  What a glorious long weekend ...

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January 26, 2019
A Home for Fabric Scraps Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley... from Living Water Quilter



A Home for Fabric Scraps

Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley Dot fabric have a home. AccuQuilt heart, butterfly, star and flower die waste are now artful mug rugs.

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There was a good amount of fabric leftover after cutting these fun shapes. So, I had an idea to use my Olfa Rotary Cutter with pinking blade to echo trim the fused fabric.

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Next, to keep it simple, I selected contrasting 10-inch squares from the Paisley Dots pre-cut Stack. Even thought the slivers of fabric are fused to the fabric, I chose to quilt the mug rugs with numerous straight ...

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January 24, 2019
Misc. Sewing from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

This is my first 'complete' finish for 2019.  I actually finished it Jan 13th, but haven't had much time to blog.  This is winging it's way to it's new owner now.
table runner

showing fun floral backing

The hearts are paper pieced and can be found for free here.  I pieced this on my 1927 Singer 15 hand crank, and quilted it on my Janome.  Most of the fabric in the hearts are scraps leftover from my son's wedding signature quilt

Last week my large quilt guild had a schoolhouse as the program.  I was one ...

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December 12, 2018
12 Days of Christmas,Day 12 from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Day 12

Today is the last day for the 12 days of Christmas. I am amazed at how quickly it went! I have a sweet marshmallow snowman to share with you. He's taking it easy in a mug of hot cocoa. Soaking in his own chocolate hot tub. When the boys were small I always greeted them with mugs of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and a heaping bowl of popcorn when they would come in from playing in the snow. Sometimes, I would bring the treats outside to them if they were having too much fun building snow ...

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12 Days of Christmas,Day 12 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Day 12

Today is the last day for the 12 days of Christmas. I am amazed at how quickly it went! I have a sweet marshmallow snowman to share with you. He's taking it easy in a mug of hot cocoa. Soaking in his own chocolate hot tub. When the boys were small I always greeted them with mugs of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and a heaping bowl of popcorn when they would come in from playing in the snow. Sometimes, I would bring the treats outside to them if they were having too much fun building snow ...

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December 11, 2018
12 Days of Christmas Day 10 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Day 10

Welcome to the tenth day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you!
One of my favorite patterns is Tea with Frosty. It's a sweet teapot design featuring a snowman. I like to leave mine out all winter. In Minnesota I can leave my snowmen out until Easter!  Yesterday we hosted my husband's family Christmas celebration.  It was a lovely day and we enjoyed seeing everyone. With all of the preparation that went into it, I'm certainly ready to put my feet up and relax with a ...

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12 Days of Christmas Day 10 from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Day 10

Welcome to the tenth day of the Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. I've got another fun project for you!
One of my favorite patterns is Tea with Frosty. It's a sweet teapot design featuring a snowman. I like to leave mine out all winter. In Minnesota I can leave my snowmen out until Easter!  Yesterday we hosted my husband's family Christmas celebration.  It was a lovely day and we enjoyed seeing everyone. With all of the preparation that went into it, I'm certainly ready to put my feet up and relax with a ...

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December 1, 2018
12 Days of Christmas- Day 1 from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Day 1

Welcome to the first day of Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. During the next 12 days I will share with you some fun, quick and easy projects and recipes for those last minute Christmas gifts and gatherings. Let's have some Christmas stitching fun! Today we will kick off the Quilt Doodle 12 Days of Christmas with an adorable mug rug you can make for yourself to decorate your sewing space or make up a few to give to your sewing/quilting friends!

Snow Much Sewing Mug Rug is a festive mini quilt that can be used ...

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12 Days of Christmas- Day 1 from Quilt Doodle Doodles

Day 1

Welcome to the first day of Quilt Doodles 12 Days of Christmas. During the next 12 days I will share with you some fun, quick and easy projects and recipes for those last minute Christmas gifts and gatherings. Let's have some Christmas stitching fun! Today we will kick off the Quilt Doodle 12 Days of Christmas with an adorable mug rug you can make for yourself to decorate your sewing space or make up a few to give to your sewing/quilting friends!

Snow Much Sewing Mug Rug is a festive mini quilt that can be used ...

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November 4, 2018
Extra hour from Quilt in Progress

I used my extra hour today to get in a little sewing. I am done with the first round of treatments for the cancer, so no more steroid, and no more insomnia sewing. I have to be intentional about it now.

I decided to purchase the ribbon for the zebra stripe, and applique it to the fabric. It is not double-sided, so I had to get creative to make it look so. The zebra is part of a baby animal safari print I had bought at Jo Ann Fabrics several years ago, to decorate my classroom according to the Safari ...

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