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?  :-)

Got BooBoos? A Cute 5 Year-Old Creates a Hello Kitty BooBoo Buddy!

My daughter loves her booboos!  She makes them up just so she can be dramatic and get a icepack or a bandaid (they are so fashionable now-a-days ya know).  And yes, I have been known to sport a Hello Kitty or Dora bandaid when I really needed one and these were the only things within reach!  Ahhh, the joys of motherhood!

Reading my, yet another new, sewing/quilting book, (yes I am a bag and a book hag!)… with Ella by my side, she picked up my post-it notes (yes, post-its are up there with my Sharpie obsession!), and tabbed her booboo project in this great book-Sewn By Hand.

Being the hyper and all so patient mama, I decided it would be best to do this not by hand but by machine!  So smart…

So off we go and thirty minutes later-voila! Booboo buddies R Us! I highly recommend this fun and quick project with your little ones!  Cheers! Linda at

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

Wanna Ruana? The Frugal Sewist Decides… Yes!

While visiting family in Dallas a few months ago, I went to Soma and Chicos for my usual shopping spree and I purchased an impulse Ruana … See, isn’t it so tropical for my island climate?  I agree, thank you.

So, after spending way too much on my impulse purchase, wondering if I will ever really wear it, I packed it away and brought it back to the islands.  Well, it turns out, I do wear it and love the comfort.  It also looks quite nice and fancy… Re-looking at this, I decided, how hard would this really be to make?  Famous last words…

Ok, my husband is doing his usual dinner prep-did you hear that ladies?  I am sooooo lucky, my husband actually loves to cook.  Tonight was no different…. He decided that he wanted to cook under the influence.  But really ladies, this is an every night occurrence, the husband cooking and him cooking under the influence! This gives me time to sew and quilt-again, I am sooooo lucky! He calls this dish “Left Over Roast Chicken Under The Influence with Oregano and Spinach Soup.”

Okay, so my husband wants to get to into the blog… He thinks I should post a picture of his project classic car to attract quilter’s husbands, and I told him to step away from the computer and stick to his “knitting” so to speak!  Ha! Stay tuned for future posts!

Ok, back to me… a few days ago, I went to the fabric store… wait, clearly I DO NOT NEED TO GO INTO A FABRIC STORE FOR A VERY LONG TIME (I have ALL I really need)… Linda-focus! Okay… fine, but I wanted to get some fun things to give away on our blog.  Oooops, I should probably be more discrete about that…

Ok, back to the story, I found two yards of 50% off fabric that was light and airy… sorry, I have no idea, if it is silk or otherwise, but it hangs so light and breezy…  so for $11.00, yes, you “heard” right… $11.00.  This may not seem like a deal to you but when you live on a island where everything comes by boat, we get excited about sales!!!

Ok, back to the story, I poured a drink and “dove” in.  I just (I kinda measured, I kinda pinned, I kinda cut straight, and I kinda ironed the hem, not really, I didn’t even plug in the iron) kinda prepared the fabric.  It actually turned out so lovely!  Eva Bernina did me well but since it was my first time using this light and airy fabric, it took patience!  It isn’t perfect, but no one is going to inspect it as I wear it and IT DOES look lovely!

Yes, Ella wanted to model it… are they both so lovely together!

Cheers!  Linda, Clearly Sewing Under The Influence