QUTIs hopping under the influence this holiday season! Prizes! Join us!

Let’s hop til we drop!  Free prizes await you and your fellow “sewists!”

What’s in it for you?  Free to a randomly selected winner is a QUTI bag, cool cap and a surprise fat quarter bundle of fun!  Woohoo!

Check out the shopping page to see the loot! http://quti.org/shopping/

The fun starts now and ends on December 17th!

Here’s the gig:

1.Register on QUTI’s site by submitting your email address into the subscribed field to the right (following the Feedburner instructions and confirm your subscription via email).  Or sign up through Google Friends Connect (I am so lonely there!).  If you are already registered, thank you for following us-I will check your email from my master list! (Required for drawing) :-)

2. Either post a QUTI button on your blog or link back to QUTI in a blog post.  (This would be lovely but not required to enter!)

3.  Post a comment on QUTI indicating how you QUTI! Share a fun fact or share your favorite vice that goes with your quilting/sewing traditions. (Required for drawing) :-)

4.  Check out our fellow fab blogs tomorrow when all 250 blogs with prizes are revealed! Woohoo! http://quiltinggallery.com/quilters-fun/quilters-blog-hop-party/

Cheers!  Happy blogging and hopping!  Linda at QUTI

 

Spooky Halloween Post-by Guest Blogger Tiffany

Cheers to the QUTI Club!  Here is Tiffany, an avid QUTI follower’s post…

Ever since last year, I wanted to make a tree quilt.  I spent the summer looking at the Monkeypod trees at basketball practice and wondered how a tree would look on fabric.  Then, my son’s 2nd grade class explored thanksgiving through the 5 senses and my daughter just loved the many different happy Halloween prints at the fabric store.  Voila!  The tree quilt presented itself–a cobweb trunk with pumpkin and spider leaves, art from my 2 year old, and thoughts from my son…what an excellent way to celebrate the fall holidays!

A quilt born from celebrating under the influence of my kids, fabulous fabric, fantastically creative friends, and the holiday season before us!!

Signed, Tiffany, a QUTI fan and obsessive hand quilter

 

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!

Hold your horses!

Getting ready to baste!

My mom (Grammy) has also been inspired to get into the QUTI fun.  She decided to make a very special gift for her sister who has been a life long horse lover.  So we went on a fun field trip to the fabric store unsure if we’d find enough fabrics that would work together (the pattern we selected called for 1 yard of 8 different fabrics).  Our heads were soon spinning with too many choices!  I had my first expereince of realizing how one can get “lost” in a fabric store for hours. We found beautiful fabrics and even one that had horses galloping on it. Being the very linear thinking ladies that we are, we really pushed ourselves to think outside of the box a bit and mix up our choices.  The combination of our fabrics looks fantastic!

We certainly learned a lot of valuable lessons while tackling what turned out to be a big quilt.  As we’ve heard experienced quilters say, there’s always a mistake in each quilt but that’s what makes it so special.  Well, let me tell you, if that’s the case, this is a really special quilt!  In all seriousness, the quilt turned out great.

Learning how to join two pieces of batting.

Linda was a great coach every step of the way.  She taught us how to combine two pieces of batting, how to add fun embellishments, and ways to organize our project once we’d finished cutting.  One evening, while quilting together at Grammy’s house and enjoying a little white wine, we found ourselves in a mini dispute over the definition of columns vs. rows, but it resulted in us cracking up and asking, “Are we talking about the same thing?”

We’ve got a few last touches to add, but we can see the finish line and we aren’t even going to wait until Christmas to mail it.  We’ll be sending it to my aunt in a few short weeks, and I have a feeling that she will treasure it.

Cheers, Kelly

My favorite model trying out the quilt!

Great horse fabric!

 

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

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