The Hobbyholic

I can quit any time.

High Ho. High Ho. It’s off to retreat I go. July 14, 2009

Filed under: Block of the Month,Quilting,Quilts — thehobbyholic @ 1:18 am

I left for retreat Sunday afternoon. A quilt retreat. And yes, all we are going to be doing is sewing. The whole time. It’s fabulous!

Six of us caravaned 3 hours north or so to a city outside of Waco, Texas. We got here, set up and started sewing.


We brought UFOs (Un-finished Objects) to work on. Not sure how much we will accomplish, but we have been laughing and having lots of fun.

Here is what I finished yesterday. I put the green border on.

My First Mystery Block of the Month

Each month, I received in the mail fabric for one block. I didn’t know what the block would look like. I kept up with the blocks as I got them, which made finishing the quilt a little easier. I am so happy with my first Mystery Block of the Month, I signed up for this years quilt.

Today, I wasn’t as productive. We stayed up late last night. Like, 3am late. Got a slow start to the day and have been having fun doing other things. Tomorrow I am hoping to get more done.

Here is a block I did today for the new Mystery Block of the Month.

Block 1

Tomorrow I hope to post a photo of the Pretzel Quilt blocks all sewn together.


My First Quilt July 11, 2009

Filed under: Quilting,Quilts — thehobbyholic @ 3:19 pm

It’s a Parade of quilts. Camille at Simplify and Carrie at La Vie en Rosie are hosting a challenge and posting photos of their first quilt and their most recent quilt or other project. And of course, I’m up to the challenge. Anything in the name of a hobby.

I have only been quilting two years. It is something I fought tooth and nail about getting into as a hobby. Why would anyone in their right mind buy fabric, cut it up, and sew it all back together? Such time. Such little pieces. Such craziness!

Wedding planning was over and I was just about ready to graduate college, (Finally! But that will be for another post.) and I was bit by the bug. The quilting bug. My poor husband. He didn’t even know what was coming.

When I expressed interest to my avid quilting mother, she couldn’t contain herself. She stopped everything. She quickly handed over a sewing machine, fabric (that we had picked out years before), a rotary cutter, mat and any other supplies I might need. She didn’t want me to lose interest before I had been completely sucked in. She too is a Hobbyist Hobbyholic.

Here is my first quilt.
My First Quilt

I was lucky enough to have many seasoned quilters by my side for this quilt. If I hadn’t, I may not be a quilter today. It was a challenge to say the least.

And here is the most recently completed quilt.

Most Recent Quilt

This quilt was fun to make and went together easily. Pattern is Second Hand Clothes by Paula Barnes.

Things I have learned from the first quilt to this one…

  • If it doesn’t bother you, don’t feel the need to do it again.
  • All points and seams don’t have to match perfectly. Majority of people looking at it won’t know the difference.
  • The more exact your cutting is in the beginning, the easier the pieces come together at the end.
  • Not all people can fully appreciate what goes into making a quilt from start to finish.
  • When you gift a quilt, you have to let go.
  • If you start to despise your current project, set it aside and come back to it later.
  • Being the youngest in a quilting group is okay, they seem to like youth.
  • Be open to new ideas.
  • Never say never.

“My Husband Rocks” Friday

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On Fridays I will be posting reasons why “My Husband Rocks.” I got the idea from a friend who started a blog and she got the idea from one of her friends. It is just a great way to praise and affirm our husbands.

My husband rocks. Paul has started a new business venture of Foreign Exchange Trading. It is kind of like trading stocks but with foreign currency. He didn’t get much sleep last night as he was waiting for some trading to occur. He went to bed after me and was up before me. He even slept on the couch so he wouldn’t wake me up. As I was turning the water on for a shower I noticed a spider, in the shower, that I wasn’t awake enough to kill. I mean awake enough to deal with myself. He came to my rescue. Now killing a spider doesn’t seem like much, but 5 min after waking up, he might as well have been on a white horse. To top it off, he cooked me breakfast. My husband rocks!


The Hobbyholic July 10, 2009

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Hi. My name is Robin. And I’m a hobbyholic.

To say I have a hobby would be an understatement. I have hobbIES. I love to be crafty. I love to create things. And I love to share with others and see the enjoyment it brings to them. Scrapbooking, baking, stamping, knitting, needlepoint, quilting, sewing, coin collecting, cake decorating, photography, cooking, traveling and even stamp collecting once upon a time. I’m also considering cheese making at the moment.

I never thought I would start a blog and tell people what I am up to on a semi-regular basis and yet, here I am. I started reading other people’s blogs on a regular basis as a friend of mine introduced me to Google Reader. A fabulous invention that keeps track of blogs you want to follow. I look forward to my evening down time just to see what all the bloggers on my list have been up to. Baked items. New quilts. Scrapbooking ideas. Stamped creations. Recipes. Photos. Knitting. So many hobbies and not enough time in the day.

Here is to sharing some of my favorite things and starting something new (a hobby, maybe?).