Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

A picture taken in Calgary over lunch today
A picture taken in Calgary over lunch today

Wow wow wow more excitement over here today! I was delayed posting this over lunch today as we had a Tornado alert here in Calgary. Not something you tend to see right in downtown Calgary. So the blog post had to wait, as I had not pre-scheduled this one.

My other big excitement today is being able to tell you all that I will be participating in the Fabri-quilt New Block Blog Hop which will be happening August 31st to September 3rd, 2015. Even more so, I am excited that the colour palatte I voted for was chosen! Apparently it was very close; but, I so love this Watermelon Summer Colour Palette by Fabri-Quilts. It includes Chartreuse (who doesn’t love chartreuse!!), Turqouise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue, and White.

Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette
Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette

I will be designing an original 12 1/2″ by 12 1/2″ (unfinished) block and writing a tutorial for how to make my block. I am so kicking myself right now that I did not sign up for the EQ7 drop on Mass Drop! I have put a request for it to come back though…pretty please Mass Drop! All finished blocks made by the bloggers in this hop will be sent out to be put together into charity quilts. My mind has already been churning ideas and the pencil crayons are out. Yes, there a few other projects to finish first but the excitement is taking over. I hope you all check back in at the end of August start of September to see the blocks that everyone on the hop creates.

Random Things About Me

So here are another five:

1) My favorite movies growing up were Rocky, The Terminator and The Lake House. Just a few weeks ago I’ve added the movie The Best of Me to this list

(I am a sappy romantic, and considering my DH is my first love and we reconnected later in life, it so feeds this in me). I could watch any of these over and over and over…

Favorite Movie - The Best of Me
Favorite Movie – The Best of Me

2) My favorite book is and will always be Watership Down. I had a pet rabbit I named Fiver in University – I taught him how to fetch sponge balls.

Favorite book - Watership Down
Favorite book – Watership Down

3) I do not like tomatoes, raw tomatoes, but I love salsa and pico de gallo.

4) My husband and I often say the exact same random sentences at the exact same time – it makes us both smile.

5) I’ve known my DH since we were both 12. We started grade 7 together and now our kids go to that same school and they have the exact same French teacher we had. It kinda freaks him out as he was not very good at French so Parent teacher night gives him a little PTSD!

Blogging Tip of the day

One tip I have read, and have seen in action, is asking questions of all of you. It is important to be relevant and to post things that YOU actually care about and want to know about and spend your valuable time reading – so what do you care about? What draws you to a blog? And why do you subscribe to a blog vs. one that you just read now and then?

Quilting Tip of the day

A big thing for me has always been to spend 15 minutes minimum creating daily. My tip is to have quilts in various stages. The ADHD in me loves this; but, frankly, it is also a necessity in my world. With an intense job, a husband, and four kids, there are days when I cannot physically get to my sewing machine; but, I could do a fabric pull for a project (I use the clear plastic scrapbook containers from Michael’s to store each project in and stack them in my “fabric closet”) or cut some pieces for another, do some EPP, sew on a binding, surf for ideas, doodle projects. Just something creative. It exercises the mind and keeps my creative flow going. There is a lot you can actually get done in 15 minutes. My caveat to this is I admit I do NOT clean up after my 15 minutes, I am a messy creative 100%, so I have not added clean up or set up in that 15 minutes! It is amazing how much chain piecing you can get done in 15 minutes when you do not clean up! Clean up I reserve for certain days. Yes, it happens. Rarely. But it does.

Tomorrow I am posting on Swaps and Why Do I Swap?

It is also the last day of the #TULAYAH swap sign ups!

Until then,

K

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2015 New Quilt Bloggers

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Hi everyone and welcome to Up*It*Is Quilts! I was incredibly excited to be selected to participate in this initiative with a group of people who are so creative and talented. Being new to this, I have found it invaluable learning from others and getting insights into how to make this site work. Fortunately for me, we have all decided to keep our “support group” of New Quilt Bloggers going as we each support each other in connecting our passions in quilting to technology.

This is my week to post and the first post will be an introduction to myself. I will post daily for this week of the Blog Tour but do not worry if you follow me my goal is simply weekly to biweekly posts! I promise not to inundate you – now, if you follow me on instagram (@kupitis), that is a whole ‘nother story…!!

So About Me 

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This picture says it best. I am lucky enough to have reconnected with my high school sweetheart and we got married during what turned out to be a natural disaster in 2013. We are together much of the time and you will find me referring to Geoff as my DH (Dear Husband) as he puts up with my fabric ” messes ” – tours quilt shops with me – watches our crew of four kidlets while I am off to sew… I think (know) he is a keeper, especially since he made a bet with me over a longarm for our wedding anniversary #helpagirlgetalongarm and I won! So this Friday my Millie APQS should be arriving! (Anticipated arrival date) and you bet I will be posting pictures of setting up!

The wedding picture above shows what I live. I believe in finding something to laugh about everyday. Find something good in each day and something to be grateful for. At dinner, we sit with the kids and go around the table with each person saying what the best part of their day was, and one thing they are thankful for. No matter how bad the day was I feel that is so important. Life is short. We don’t know how short it will be. So laugh everyday, show love to your friends and family, and most definitely sew everyday!

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Favorite quilts from the past year

Part of my Blog assignment is to show you pictures of my three favorite quilts from the past year.

My first has to be my improv quilt for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge I made for QuiltCon 2015. I submitted it under the wire, which is very much me – I will admit I have what is called “deadline addiction”, and I will blame my first profession, journalism, being the root of this.. (okay okay maybe I am actually built this way..). This was the first quilt (other than a baby minky & rag time quilt) that I had ever done and finished about 80×90. So I was just proud to finish on time and then stunned when it was accepted into the show. I had to finish it on my daughter’s little sewing machine as my Bernina had broken down. DH had a hand in the submission as I was called into work when it all had to be submitted online – true team effort – then a beloved IG friend ended up mailing it in for me!

Here is September Dawn – I will post a picture of the entire quilt Tuesday my apologies the photo is on a different hard drive not my phone! I grabbed this picture of it someone else has actually posted on their site!

September Dawn close up - partial picture
September Dawn close up – partial picture

I have gotten involved in quite a few swaps on IG this year so my other two quilts I am going to post I did for swaps. First is my Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap. I combined Carolyn Friedlander’ s pattern with AG fabrics.

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#alisonglassminiquiltswap

The next was my quilt for The Cotton and Steel mini quilt swap (one of my favorite fabric lines when not using solids or Tula!). I adapted The On the Bubble Quilt from @coopcrafts  (IG handle) to create what I call my Mini On the Bubble Quilt. I had a lot of fun with this one and will post a tutorial for it on Tuesday.

Mini On the Bubble Quilt
Mini On the Bubble Quilt

Blogging Tip of the Day

Create posts when you have time and take advantage of the scheduling feature so that you can be consistent with posting (and prepared). Save as drafts, ensure you have your pictures added (which note I failed to do with one this time!) and release something of interest weekly or biweekly. You want to keep up interest but not overwhelm. This is my goal!

Quilting Tip of the Day

Mini Swoon Block for Modern Bee 2015
Mini Swoon Block for Modern Bee 2015

Working on this Mini Swoom Block with all the HSTs I always cut my squares just a bit larger (by 1/8″) and sewed with a scant 1/4″ seam. This gives some “wiggle room” and I also press my seams open and pin pin pin. And pin some more for perfect points. Doing this block also had me finally “mark” my sewing machine with Washi tape for the 1/4″ line. I have never done this before and well , I so wish I had done this long ago!

I will post a new tip each day this week and more projects/tutorials. Tell me what types of projects you would like to see? As well, would any health and lifestyle pointers be welcome? I am often asked as I practice Medicine (as my day to day, and many a late night, job!).

Lastly, I leave you with a picture of myself- I am blonde; but, this is when I decided to surprise my DH with strawberry highlights last fall. And yes, he actually noticed!

Kathryn Upitis  (aka Dr. Kathryn Dundas)
Kathryn Upitis (aka Dr. Kathryn Dundas)

Tomorrow some random fun facts about me to help you to get to know more about myself and my quilting.

Until then!

K.

Sewcial Swarm

Please be sure to visit the other members of my 2015 New Quilt Bloggers swarm to see what they are up to. We are the anchors of this tour!

Sewcial Swarm:

Host: Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination

Stephanie @Quilt’n Party

Jane @Jolly and Delilah Quilts

Deanna @Stitches Quilting