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! 

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

 

 

 

 

Pillow Fight…QUTI of my first stipple!

It was time to expand my horizons! Linda entrusted me with the use of the beautiful Eva Bernina.  I wanted to use the last of the special pieces of my dad’s old clothes to make a few early Christmas present pillows.  To complete the pillow top, I wanted to do my first stipple.  For a girl who is often too uptight and worried about doing things the “right way”, this was a great experience. To stipple, you really have to loosen up and let it flow. Linda helped me to use her stipple stencil to chalk out my path, we did a little stipple practice on some scraps and then I was on my way.

So much fun! To be honest, I ended up not following my stenciled path which is obvious to anyone who looks too closely at the pillow but I found my groove after a bit and I love the way it looks.  In the middle of my stipple, I did hit a bit of a snag…ok, a big snag, when I broke the needle on Eva Bernina.  Yikes!  Linda, being the wise, patient teacher that she is, didn’t blink an eye, she changed out the needle in no time flat, and I finished!

I so enjoy quilting because it makes me push myself to learn new techniques every day.  What a great model for our children in the pusuit of being life long learners.  I’m off to create some Christmas gifts now…

Cheers,

Kelly

 

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

Feeling Raggy? Baby Go Makes Being Raggy, well… Fun!

A follow up to a previous process post… Here is the finished product.  Ella and I used our Baby Go! to cut our raggy fabric with yummy colors and milky white backing…

We had fun and make a great mess cutting our fabrics… Then we pieced 20 blocks into a pattern to make a cherished gift.  It is smaller than expected but now we know to use more blocks for a bigger piece.  It will be a great cuddle piece for just the right baby!

Cheers!  Linda at QUTI.org

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 QUTI.org

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

Friday night coaster

I realized that I was officially hooked on quilting when I got home one Friday evening after a very long week of work and I felt a craving to turn on my machine and do some sort of quilting to help me wind down.

For a moment I thought about just randomly sewing fun stitches onto scraps of fabric, but it seemed a bit wasteful and unsatisfying.

So I got an evening cocktail pondering what to create to relax myself and immerse myself into the soothing quilting zone. While my husband cooked dinner (his fantastic cooking is one of his many talents) and my son was busy reenacting a Thomas the Train story, I decided to make one of the most simple, relaxing projects possible. A coaster. Within a half an hour I was able to pour one more glass and now had something to set it on!

Cheers, Kelly at QUTI

PS: Coaster works with a variety of beverages.  This was a quilting under the influence of a latte day.