Hip to be a Square Quilting Podcast http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com Quilt long and prosper. Wed, 24 May 2017 16:43:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/cropped-HtbaS-Logo-32x32.png Hip to be a Square Quilting Podcast http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com 32 32 42015711 WIP Wednesday: Defuzzing http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/wip-wednesday-defuzzing/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/wip-wednesday-defuzzing/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 16:43:12 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=4142 Continue reading WIP Wednesday: Defuzzing ]]> This week has felt like an uphill slog to get anything done. It is the last week of school, and that usually means a frajillion things happening in the evenings so the time at the sewing machine has been limited since Sunday.

I’m also trying to keep my cutting table clean and moving projects along, but frankly, there’s a been a lot of fuzz gathered on it!

I’m about to start cutting into some delicious fabric from Ink & Arrow, however, so I promise more eye candy soon!

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Sunday Stash – A Thousand Paper Cuts http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/sunday-stash-a-thousand-paper-cuts/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/sunday-stash-a-thousand-paper-cuts/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 01:57:49 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=4138 Continue reading Sunday Stash – A Thousand Paper Cuts ]]> Well, this week I’m net zero but did finish what feels like a hundred small projects.  Offset that with fabric I purchased for the border of the big project I’ve been working on, and Bob’s your uncle, net zero.

I made two FQ pop-up bins and two Sew Sweetness Kismet Trinket Boxes (only one shown below; the other is on Instagram). Lots of fussy bits, but worth it! I really hated the container my Wonder Clips came in, so the small round Kismet Trinket Box works perfect as a much cuter replacement.


I also finished my mini for the Fandoms in Florals swap on Instagram.  No finished pics until my partner gets it, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. You can see a close-up of some of the quilting here.

I’ve also taken over the Boutique area for our guild quilt show, so I spent some time sorting and pricing items.  In doing that, I’ve discovered some half-finished items that lacked binding, so I pulled from my stash to complete those items.  I’ll probably finish the rest in the coming week as I need an escape from the last-week-of-school madness!

  • Used this week:  4.5 yards
    • 1.5 yd for tuffet
    • 0.75 yd for pop up bins
    • 0.5 yd for Kismet trinket boxes
    • 0.75 yd for swap mini
    • 1 yd for various binding
  • Used Year to Date: 88 yards
  • Added this week: 4.5 yard
    • 4.5 yd for borders
  • Net Used YTD: 15 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 17 yards (19% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

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HtbaS – Episode 304 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/htbas-episode-304/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/htbas-episode-304/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 15:57:45 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=4136 In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I talk briefly about some end-of-school-year activities, my experience and tips for making a tuffet, the recent Netflix series “Anne with an E”.

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WIP Whoopsday – Little Miss Muffet http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/wip-whoopsday-little-miss-muffet/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/wip-whoopsday-little-miss-muffet/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 13:31:49 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=4134 Continue reading WIP Whoopsday – Little Miss Muffet ]]> I flaked on posting in the actual WIP Wednesday for this because I wasn’t actually finishing this little project until last night!  I signed up for a tuffet class at a local shop, Sew Main Street, for January originally so I could take it with a friend. Due to a Series of Unfortunate Events, really more Jerry-Lewis-French-farce than true disaster, I ended up not taking the class until May.

It’s not hard per se – the toughest bits are pressing the fabrics once they are all sewn together and using the giant pokey upholstery needle to tuft the tuffet with the button. Of course, the benefit of the class is that we had extra help on hand to help with the bits that require manual labor, and the kits came with the foam already adhered to the wood base and covered in batting.

If you’re local to Atlanta and want to make a tuffet, go get the kit from Sew Main Street! The pattern we used was from Erin Underwood Quilts.

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Sunday Stash – Giving Away or Giving Up http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/sunday-stash-giving-away-or-giving-up/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/sunday-stash-giving-away-or-giving-up/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 02:20:38 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=3793 Continue reading Sunday Stash – Giving Away or Giving Up ]]> It’s been another one of those weeks with a lot of stitching but not a lot of finished!  I did pull fabric out my stash to put in a raffle basket for the upcoming East Cobb Quilters’ Guild quilt show, however, since Lynn and I are donating one as The Stitch TV Show.

My kids also picked out a FQ bundle for me for Mother’s Day, so I’m dutifully logging that below.  I should get this big honking quilt top and back done this week, and then quilt a donation quilt this week. With the end of the school year looming, I don’t expect to get a lot done during the week, although I will finish my tuffet from my class on Wednesday!

  • Used this week:  6 yards
    • 6 yd given away
  • Used Year to Date: 83.5 yards
  • Added this week: 1.25 yard
    • 5 FQs for Mother’s Day
  • Net Used YTD: 15 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 16 yards (19% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

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The Stitch TV Show – Episode 218 Audio Only http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/the-stitch-tv-show-episode-218-audio-only/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/the-stitch-tv-show-episode-218-audio-only/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 12:30:54 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=3786 Continue reading The Stitch TV Show – Episode 218 Audio Only ]]> In this episode of The Stitch TV Show, Pam and Lynn talk about jurying a quilt show, squaring up quilts, and share our experiences in submitting quilt patterns for publication.

Our next Virtual Stitch-In is May 12, 2017 at 7 pm US Eastern, and then again on June 16.

This is the audio-only version of the YouTube video, produced as a quilting podcast. See show notes, links to the various things we talk about, photos, and more on The Stitch TV Show page!  I’ll be back next week for the usual solo geeky fare!

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.

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WIP Whoopsday – Introducing the Soft Pant Studio! http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/wip-whoopsday-introducing-the-soft-pant-studio/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/wip-whoopsday-introducing-the-soft-pant-studio/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 16:19:47 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=3789 I’ve been doing more work on my as-yet-not-revealed quilt project but I took some time out this weekend to set up a new video recording space.  At my house, it’s upstairs in what used to be a small bedroom next to the master bedroom.

This room served as a nursery for my daughter, who is now 11, and since she moved out into a regular bedroom 9 years ago, it’s been the Christmas wrapping paper room and place where the cats hide all of their ping pong balls (I discovered that last bit when re-arranging furniture this weekend).

The only furniture in here (besides the wrapping paper bin!) was the vanity in the picture and a cedar chest.  The nook where all the quilts are hanging used to be a closet with a door, but we re-jiggered it to act as a nook for the vanity long before The Stitch TV Show even existed.  Our plan for this room was to serve as a giant walk-in closet, and we can still do that on the empty wall to the right of this set-up, but for now, it’s my new studio space!

Normally I would keep the vanity in the nook from a room arrangement flow, but just to the right of the current position is a window, which can give daylight during daytime recording.  The mirror on the vanity is not so I can gaze adoringly at myself while stitching, but rather to reflect more light onto me during filming; ditto for why there’s a lamp right there on the vanity.

You’ll note there’s no sewing machine.  That’s because we learned, to no one’s surprise, that sewing machines can be loud, so Lynn and I focus on doing handwork as we’re doing the virtual stitch-ins (next one on May 12!).

So, exciting times ahead. With this set-up, I’ve considered publishing my podcast recording as a video hosted on our YouTube channel for those that prefer video. Fear not, the podcast is not going away! There will still be audio files in iTunes and Google Play for listening while commuting, and it’s a matter of me figuring out how to pull the audio feed from a video (probably easy) and also how to add the front music bumper to the video stream (also probably easy, knowing YouTube).

If you want another sneak peek of what else will be happening at Soft Pants Studio starting in June, go see this post in Facebook!

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Sunday Stash – Zippo http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/sunday-stash-zippo/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/sunday-stash-zippo/#comments Mon, 08 May 2017 02:11:13 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=3784 Continue reading Sunday Stash – Zippo ]]> Well, technically an unproductive week per the numbers, but I just put the final stitches on ALL the blocks for the big projects I’m working on right now. Whew.  It’ll be ready for assembly this week, although this week is bananas with baseball practice, art class, and my own tuffet class on Wednesday!

I did also finish the Saturday Sampler blocks for this month so I’m ready to finish the layout for the Summertime Blues quilt and get it assembled. The Great Grunge block below shows my mistake (whoops), which I did subsequently fix!


  • Used this week:  0 yards
    • Sad trombone!
  • Used Year to Date: 77.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Huzzah!
  • Net Used YTD: 10.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 16 yards (21% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

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HtbaS – Episode 303 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/htbas-episode-303/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/htbas-episode-303/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 21:30:32 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=3780 In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I talk about getting my first magazine pattern published: No Regrets! I also give an update about my job situation (ugh), the Atlanta roads (more ugh), and the bags I’ve been making lately.

If you want to get a copy of the pattern for the No Regrets quilt, check out Issue 16 of Make Modern Magazine. Use code “friends16” to get a digital copy for only AU$5 until June 1!

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WIP Wednesday – Helperful http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/wip-wednesday-helperful/ http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/2017/05/wip-wednesday-helperful/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 01:39:48 +0000 http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/?p=3777 Continue reading WIP Wednesday – Helperful ]]> I can’t yet show details of what I’ve been working on this week, but you all should know that Nina is providing appropriate supervision to keep me on track.

Just as well because I got word today that the only other remaining guy on my team at work turned in his notice. He’s not in the US, so wasn’t affected by the same mandate I had, but he had been “encouraged” to go into the closest office to him. He has a 2 hour commute one way with no good alternative public transportation, so I can’t really blame him. The cheese stands alone, you guys. It’s not a good week.

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