New Year’s resolution from a fellow fabricholic!

Help, I need a 12 step program!!! It is like I woke up one day and *poof* I practically have a fabric store in my sewing cave!  Where did it all come from?  I promise that I only went to the fabric store once, slightly under the influence, and came back with goodies that I didn’t really need… but that is another story.  The rest, well… is history now. Yes, I am girl that fellow QUTI girls come to when they need just a little bit of black, or a little bit of Wonder Under, or a little bit of this or that… yes, I usually deliver and don’t let my girlies down!

So here it goes, a public announcement to the world… wait for it…. wait for it….

I, Linda, vow not to buy any fabric in 2012.  There, I said it.  Whew… I feel so righteous!  Can I do it?  Eeek! I have more than I will ever need to complete at least a year’s worth of projects.  And to honor our family’s financial goals, it is the least I can do… and I might even have fun at it!  My husband better watch his back… you know, literally, as I might need to re-purpose his nice work shirts to stitch in desperate times and desperate measures…

Oh, to all of my online and local retailers, don’t worry, I will still support our nation’s economy with scads of notions, and stuff… you know, it takes more than fabric to make cherished memories!

What is your sewing resolution!  I will pick a winner on January 6th based on the most wild, silly and most QUTI comment out there.  Happy wild and righteous planning!

Cheers!  Linda at Quilting Under The Influence

P.S., aka Footnote, aka disclosure…  That doesn’t mean I can’t participate in a fabric exchange or accept fabric gifts… come on, I have to be reasonable with my resolutions, right?  :-)

Sassy Gifts for your Quirky, Quilty, QUTI friends!

Join the QUTI crew with a fun cap and pinkalicious tote bag for the holidays!  Each purchase comes with a secret quilters gift to keep or regift to your quilty friends!

Check out the shopping page to order now! http://wp.me/P1JRkn-7k

Cheers!  Linda at Quilting Under The Influence

Olivia for Olivia!

Ella was invited to a lovely 6-year-old party for one of her best buddies named Olivia and I just couldn’t resist making her a “namesake keepsake” to bring along…  The girls dressed up in their princess attire, had their make up, nails and hair done, and they flaunted down a run way of sorts for good ol’ fashion “best friends forever” fun!

Ian Falconer rules! Ian Falconer is an award winning author, illustrator and stage designer. He is also the creator of Olivia, our favorite piglet. Olivia has been the subject of many of Ian's books including Olivia (for which he won the Caldecott Honor in 2000), Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia's Opposites, Olivia Counts, and many more including this year's Olivia Goes to Venice.

Check out Olivia's website for more fun!  http://www.oliviathepiglet.com/

BFFs rock! 

Angry Birds for Birthday! An off… but on… topic post!

Grandma Diane and Great Aunty Linda visits Hawaii for Zack’s 8th Birthday!  What a whirlwind of fun! Grandma always makes an original and creative cake for the kid’s birthday and this year was no different.  Following a previous themed post (http://wp.me/p1JRkn-8i), Grandma decided to create an Angry Bird masterpiece!

She ordered the birds online with her new iPad (yes, she is that hip). Next step, did you know that sling slots don’t seem to exist in Hawaii?  We searched, called, and foraged to no avail…and bought a bamboo rice paddle to transform into a sling.   Brian, my lovely husband carved, dremeled and sanded it into a lovely art piece.

In standard form, Grandma super glued her thumb to the Angry Bird sling…you know, the rubber band portion that completes DIY sling?  She decided to use a knife to separate the two… eeek!

We transported the cake carefully with over an hour commute to the amazing Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden (http://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/hmbg.htm) in Hawaii for Zack’s Fishing Birthday Party!  And wouldn’t you guess it, it poured with sheets of rain for two hours straight and EVERYTHING but the cake got drenched!  I will spare you with the dripping wet pics!  Zack said it was an awesome party and he LOVED fishing and stomping in the mud!  Of course!!!  A great time was had by all!

Quick coasters for home, birthdays or change it up for Christmas!

One night after a long day of work, handling the bustle of the day, a 4:30 am workout and more-I REALLY needed a mental break!  I pulled out Eva and we had a talk.  I told her that I just wanted to do something fun, I sipped a cold beverage and realized I didn’t have a coaster at bay… ah ha!!!  The universe delivers!

Just what the doctor ordered!  Ella and I started to cut out lovely flowers with our Accuquilt BabyGo! and away I went!  I was on a roll!  I made a set of quick and fun coasters with flair!  I experimented with different stitches and fabrics-all from the sewing cave!  Woohoo!  What a quick fix and sense of accomplishment!

What are you working on?  QUTI wants to know!

Aloha and cheers!  Linda at www.quti.org

 

 

Eva Bernina gets a new dress…

A new dress for Eva!

On a whim-I know-shocking!-I made Eva a “dress” fitting for the royalty that she is… White waffle weave fabric keeps her warm inside and a pretty pattern shows off her shape… You all know I LOVE rickrack so of course she got some of that!

Voila! Cute red polka dot ribbon keeps her dress on and discrete!

Cheers!  Linda at www.QUTI.org

 

 

 

 

Azuma-Bukuro-WHAT??? Translate=An Amazing Gift Bag!

Still working on my Christmas collection… who I am fooling?  I am just getting started!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this fun and quick bag!

I wrapped up those napkins I made previously and it made such a lovely birthday gift for one of my best girlfriends!

Check out this blog for a great tutorial and other great items.  Coco-Stitch also sells these on Etsy!  Check them out! http://www.etsy.com/shop/cocostitch?ref=em

http://coco-stitch.blogspot.com/2010/11/simple-azuma-bukuro-bag-tutorial.html

Cheers!  Linda at QUTI.org

Celebrating our first month of QUTI!

Here’s to a great first month of this fun, wild, creative, expressive ride we call QUTI.org!  At our inaugural QUTI board meeting held this past week (ok, it was just Linda and I chatting at our dining table, with input from Grammy who skillfully managed making dinner and watching over Sean while we “worked”), we took time to celebrate the exciting sense of community that has been created through this venture.  We also are inspired to plan for new and exciting QUTI opportunities.

As we look ahead with anticipation, we aren’t entirely sure where the road will lead.  But isn’t that why the journey is great?  We hope that you all will continue to share your QUTI stories with us, and we promise to do the same for you.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Free gifts!  Be sure to become a QUTI subscriber by entering your email address on the right side of our home page.  We will need your snail mail as well so that we can treat you to some fun QUTI goodies.  Must subscribe by September 7th to receive our first free gift.
  • Look for more quirky and crafty blog posts on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the girls at QUTI.
  • And coming soon…QUTI merchandise!

Please take a moment to read our inspiration page.  This month we remember Kelly’s Aunty Jan; a quilter, runner, volunteer, and beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunty and friend! Quilting provides a beautiful opportunity to find one’s sense of creativity, perspective, and inspiration.  Thanks for being a part of our inspiration.

Cheers! Kelly

Squawk, Squawk! Angry Birds Have Invaded Our Home!

My dear sweet boy… I was working at our dining room table as I do more often than not, and Zack says  “Mama, can I sew?  What?  I say… “I want to make an Angry Bird.”  A what?  I say… Oh the uber popular Apple iPad App… of course!

We recently watched the family movie “Rio” so I guess he was feeling “birdy, birdish, or a little birdizzy…” Squawk, squawk!

We went into my “sewing cave,” I will call it that for now since it needs to be hidden until it gets properly organized and it has many twists and turns and surprises!

He wanted black, white and insisted on yellow.  I, of course, found it all in the cave!  I worked away on my computer thinking he was back on his computer.  OMG!  He cut two pieces of fabric in circles, cut out the eyes and started hand stitching! OMG!  I guess he WAS listening and watching during his “super secret” stitching sessions at home (not at school since other boys would know… hello!… he is a growing 7 year old with these new mature concerns! where did my baby go?)  Ok, back to the story…

He exceeded my expectations by cutting out the white fabric in the shape of eyebrows and colored them in with a Sharpie (ohhhh, a man after my own heart-a Sharpie!)… Yes, I AM a Sharpie Geek!  Linda-Focus!  Ok, fine… All of this without guidance.. a true artistic creation!

He finished it with Eva Bernina and I ragged his edges for a ruffled, angry bird look!

He was soooo proud and I have to admit, I was beaming with pride from ear to ear…

Cheers!  Linda from QUTI

My first machine…shopping under the influence of too many choices!

After a few weeks of having quilting lessons at Linda’s house, it was time that I took the leap and purchase a machine of my own.  This was it!  I was really going to “do” this quilting thing.

I was excited, and so was my mom (aka Grammy) who is also my neighbor and was looking forward to sharing this investment with me.  Grammy used to sew once upon a time, but somehow forgot to teach me!  Her old workhorse of a Singer had been a good machine, but sadly when loaned to a friend years ago, it was never to be seen again.

So off we went to the local sewing machine store to shop.  Linda said that rather than just look online, I needed to “touch” some real machines to get a sense of what I liked.  What I liked?  At this point, I didn’t even know what I liked!  Do I want a heavy machine?  Brand specific?  A certain size? Alas, the trip was worthwhile as the well informed salesman actually let us sew some stiches on a few different machines.

I found one that met all my criteria, and was whipping out my credit card, when our shopping savvy friend gave me the signal to slow down.  She was already ahead of me and had looked up the model of the machine I liked online.  Of course, they were cheaper online, but I was conflicted.  Earlier that day, knowing that we’d be going to the store, I had secretly pictured myself at home later that night sewing on a sparkly new machine.  Hmmm, patience is a virtue?

So we walked out of the store, machineless, and I spent the next few hours at home tracking down the model of the machine.  I also had to try to beat the system in terms of finding a way to get around the ridiculously high shipping charges often tacked on to items being mailed to Hawaii.  I was lucky and through Amazon found a retail store on the mainland that would send it free shipping. Woo hoo!

So I waited, and waited, excited to get home each day to see if it had been delivered.  Once the “approximate shipping date” came and went, I kept my cool and gave it two more days.  By day three of “Seriously, where’s my machine?” I shot off an email to the retailer, and lo and behold (maybe by my putting it out into the universe), my machine arrived that afternoon.

Isn't she beautiful?

The Singer Confidence 7467. I do love her and promptly named her Singeria (recipe for the machine inspired cocktail to follow in a future post).  The only slight disappointment is that it did not include a walking foot like the one at the store had as part of the accessories package.  But, all in all, no complaints.  Lots of options for fun stitches, it’s sturdy, sews straight, and as Grammy marvels, “Sewing machines are so much more user friendly now!”

 

 

 

So, in the spirit of helping other fellow newbies with some direction and inspiration, tell us:

  • What machine (or in Linda’s case, machines) do you have?
  • Did you name your machine or are we just quirky?
  • What tips would you provide other newbies?
  • If you could buy any machine, what would it be?  Dream big!

Cheers, Kelly