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! 

Do your quilts hang low, do they wobble to and fro?

Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow…? Hang-Ups are QUTI’s new fav!!!

While trying to transform Ella’s room to meet her new 5 year old expectations (her what??? Exactly…I digress)… I Googled (is that actually a word yet?), to find an easy way to hang a few quilts.  Her stark white walls needed a quick splash of color!

Yippee!  Look what I found!

It was a miracle that I could find tacks and voila, I had wall art!  Check it out!

Hung Up!

As for the quilt, it was a first attempt at a quilt concept I am in the process of perfecting, I hate the trunk, but love Ella’s Pre-Kindergarten friends in the tree…

Here is how you use them, I loved how I could just use tacks for a quick install or use the cool hard core tape option-I am now a quilt hanging rock star!  Ok, not really, but I felt righteous!

What are other ways you use to hang and display your quilts? 

Cheers!   Linda at www.quti.org

 

My Namesake Gets a Keepsake!

Blue, bunnies and brown! Woohoo!

As some of you might remember, I cleared out, organized, and carved a path in my sewing cave (see related post http://wp.me/p1JRkn-ez) to accommodate house guests-my mom and my Aunty Linda.  Yes, my namesake and my mom came to visit the islands and to play with the kids, of course!

Little did they know, we had a packed week filled with cub scouts, birthday parties, regattas, Halloween parties (plural)-a relaxing Hawaiian vacation it was not!

In anticipation of Aunty Linda’s visit and her own Hawaiian birthday celebration, I ordered lovely Lily and Will Jelly Roll Blue by Bunny Hill for Moda Fabrics and coordinating fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.  http://www.fatquartershop.com/Lily-and-Will-Bunny-Hill-Designs-Moda-Fabrics.asp  Love the Fat Quarter Shop!

I then consulted my quilting library of books and patterns-how did I collect so many in such a short amount of time??? Sound familiar?  I chose Bars of Gold from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott.  An excellent book-get it! http://tinyurl.com/74zgh5t  Check out the Quilt Room too! http://www.quiltroom.co.uk

I finished the quilt top in time for her arrival and her birthday celebration but needed to finish the quilt before her departure!  Eeek!  We celebrated and toured Hawaii with a drive around the island, fishing, a play date, a plumbing leak, a visit with the turtles on the North Shore, soap making, Cub Scouts, Halloween parties, trick or treating, and more!

All the while, we indulged each night with a little cocktail or wine to celebrate that we actually got through our hectic, yet fun-filled days!  With a day to spare, in true QUTI style, I finished it! Whew!

 

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!

The sewing cave transforms! DIY organization at its best!

Ok, I don’t know about you, but I LLLOOOOOVVVVVEEE fabric and I have now joined a 12 step program of fellow fabricholics!  I tell my friends that “friends don’t let friends” go the fabric store alone..

I hit bottom when family confirmed their plans to stay with us in October for my son’s birthday… they mentioned that they also want to actually sleep in a bed… details, details, I thought.  After really thinking it through, I realized I needed to transform my sewing cave into a habitable space-ugh.  The only thing that could actually survive in that room “as is,” would be fabric and notions, since they seemed to be fine “arm in arm” in disorganization.

Then one day, Ella mentioned that she now wants a big girl bed since Zack got a big boy bed in the prior months (see prior saga http://wp.me/p1JRkn-6F)… really?  Like I need another room to organization like a need a hole in the head, I thought…  A light bulb went on (yes, it is a rare and beautiful thing…) and voila, company bed solution solved!  I sourced an amazing girly set complete on Craigslist with a bed, mattress, desk and a chest of drawers… a truly lovely set.  Then I broke down Ella’s princess castle and used the core bed as a daybed for the sewing cave!

Back to the DIY organization!  I searched YouTube for tips and learned a lot about “containing the beastly notions and threads.”  Then a trip to Costco for shelves.  And again, voila!  A beautiful new room to meander through and guess what… there is even room for more fabric!  I rock!  Woohoo!

 

 

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

 

 

1, 2, 3 Birds on a Wire… a commissioned journey

During a recent family visit to Dallas, Texas, I stopped by a local quilt shop with my step-mother, affectionately called, my wicked step mother, and we bought a modern quilt book (see related post http://wp.me/p1JRkn-31).  My brother was intrigued and quickly picked not only his future bed quilt, but an accompanying wall ensemble.  It was a little much, but he IS my only brother after all! Honestly, I was touched he was interested…

A few weeks later, David (my bro) called with “a great idea…”  He says “Our childhood friend is getting married in two months, wouldn’t it be nice if you made that “Birds on a Wire” wall project for him?” Honored by the gesture and thinking it would actually be a sweet and sentimental gift, I said yes!  I naively went forward to my first commissioned piece.

First of all, most of you know this, but when you are quilting for something for yourself you feel you can experiment and have “special moments/mistakes” and carry on.  Well, when it is for someone else and for their wedding and hopefully, for the rest of their life, it puts a certain pressure about the project.

Ella is always up for a picture...

Those damn birds, I hand turned and stitched them with care.  Patience is not my virtue, so I conquered one bird a night.  My husband would call out each night-one bird on the wire… two birds on the wire… and so on-so cute! It actually kept me motivated and wiling to put up with the challenges of those beaks!!!

To add to my naivety, I decided to do my first stipple on the wall pieces.  Eeeeekkk!  I was righteous with my first stitches and didn’t practice anywhere else first.  It turned out lovely with one major technicality.  Who knew (everyone else apparently), that you should start your stipple in the middle and work outward.  I started on the top and went my merry way, naively all over the place and ended up with a huge section of gaping and extra fabric… ugh.  I learned that seam ripping stipple is an exercise in patience, let alone skill.

Once finished, I was so proud and made in with a day to spare… the package made it from Hawaii to Portland for the wedding with 24 hours to spare.  Eeeek!

I understand the gift was well received and I told my beloved brother he will have to wait for his birds as I need a bird break! :-)

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

 

 

 

 

Flamin’ Hot Big Boy’s Quilt…

Zacky, my sweet, sweet, almost 8 year old boy, approached me while quilting and asked why Ella has so many quilts… Ah….hmmmm…. quick on my feet…. I asked if he wanted one for his new big boy bed (knowing this is where he was heading).  He said yes, I want a quilt with flames.

Flames?  This is not exactly what I had in mind when looking at fabulous modern quilt books full of simple and beautiful ocean blue quilts with angelic young boys slumbering under…

I decided that it will be his quilt after all, so I better figure this out.  I ordered flame material online (I wasn’t about to search the State of Hawaii for this one!) and decided to adapt a pattern from my fab modern quilt book.

Then the family got involved in designing! The funny picture is Zack’s shorts left over from folding laundry got accidentally pinned to the back of the quilt!  LOL!

Okay, I decided to test out and practice my machine quilting techniques so I quilted each circle differently!  Silly and fun, I tell you…

Cheers!  Linda at QUTI.org

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