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Reboot + HKQAL Annoucement

November 29, 2015

I don’t even know where to start with this pathetic blog post.  I haven’t blogged since January 26th!  Yes, it’s been close to a year.

If this is your first time visiting my blog,  let me tell you a bit about myself in a bullet point list:

  • Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah (born n’ raised)
  • Happily married for 16 years now
  • Two kids (16yr old boy & 5 yr old girl) | Teen mom before it was cool.  My husband and I said, “We’re not having another one until we get our shit together”

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  • Director of Operations for a day job
  • Bachelor’s in Business with an emphasis in Accounting
  • 34 going on 35 (or how about this born in 1980)
  • Started sewing 6 years ago (mostly self taught)
  • Starting Sewtopia in 2013 after leaving the Modern Quilt Guild Board of Directors as the Treasurer


  • Favorite color is red
  • Foodie at heart but all time favorite food is Sushi
  • Love everything Hello Kitty
  • Love everything about Adventure Time

Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations recent posted, “5 Things I Wished I’d Known before Starting a Blog”  I read the post and thought, “Shit I really need to blog more. . .”

When I started this blog it was meant for family updates, then it went through this politically rant phase.  My first entry was 3.1.04 (most of them are private now). Then it became a sewing/projects blog.

I started sewing before my baby girl was born.  I needed a hermit hobby because I wasn’t in a good circle of friends.  Making friends was hard, and I thought I should just stop trying.  Being a mom and wife with a full time job is demanding and I needed a hobby for myself.  I enrolled in a quilting class and was hooked. Started following blogs and joined Flickr groups.  My blog quickly became a place where I would show my projects.  I joined our local modern guild aka Salt Lake Modern Guild.  My hermit hobby was connecting me to more friends and I was so thankful for that.

I got caught up in creating and making my brand/name.  What does that mean? Well I had to keep making projects and showing people my creations.  I started neglecting things that were important in my life.  Selfish.  Until one day things just exploded.  Things were bad, but not enough that I couldn’t course correct.  I took a break from things and worked on my relationships at home.  Time passed and things were good.  I stopped focusing on the rat race.  I only took on what I could take and communicated more with my husband before taking on new ventures.

Sewtopia began after I left the MQG Board of Directors.  I remember starting Sewtopia and how afraid I was.  What if it’s a complete utter failure?!?! With the support of my husband and family, I knew no matter how it ended, I would have known that I tried.  Now with 3 events under our belts. I’m thankful for where I am and can’t imagine things happening any other way.

After much consideration, this blog will become a way to share my ideas and perspectives and have a conversation with friends.  It’s more a forum than a blog but regardless what it is or not, it needs to have life, meaning I need to dedicate time to write.



Rebooting my blog is on the list for 2016.  Blogging once a year is terrible.  I think my blog posts will be monthly updates on what I’m working or not working on.  With a reboot, I thought I’d announce my HKQAL!  This will be a 10 week Quilt Along.   The quilt measures 72×72,  Hope you can join along!!!


12.8.15: Fabric Requirements & Cutting Instructions

12:15.15 Block 1 thru 4 (POSTPONED)

12.22.15 Block 1 thru 4

12.29.15 Block 5 thru 8

1.5.16 Block 9 thru 12

1.12.16 Block 13 thru 16

1.19.16 Block 17 thru 21

1.26.16 Block 22 thru 26

2.2.16 Block 27 thru 31

2.23.16 Block 32 thru 35

3.1.16 Finishing #HKQAL up 

3.8.16 Extra Blocks for Twin Size

HK Quilt Finish

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  • Reply Jean Blythe November 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I love this quilt! I’m excited about making my very own HK quilt. I will probably will need to make more than one. I have daughters and granddaughters who will want one too! Squee!

  • Reply Allison c November 29, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Heck yeah! I’ve been wanting to do this for years so I’m going to get my act together and do this finally! Thanks for sharing with us and keep on truckn’.

  • Reply Diane stanley November 29, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Welcome back. I need to get shit together too and start blogging more.
    Thanks for all your honesty and friendship over the last few years. 😘

  • Reply Elizabeth McDonald November 29, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    I used to read your blog (in my email) and I am so glad to have you back! Since I feel that blog posts are gifts, I will be grateful for once a month if that is what works for you!

  • Reply Ivy November 30, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I love hearing about the lives behind the bloggers! Truly 🙂 <3 And that HKQAL looks enticing. I may have to jump in!

  • Reply charlotte m. November 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I would love to start this. My youngest daughter is 27 and she has been asking me to make here a new quilt. She would love this.

  • Reply Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} December 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Oh you know how tempted I am! We’ll shall have to see how much time I have!

  • Reply Sandra Lanter December 8, 2015 at 7:54 am

    How do I get this pattern and/or join in ? I tried clicking on the fabric requirements, etc. with no luck. I have a grown Hello Kitty granddaughter that I must make this for. Thanks Sandy

  • Reply Sandra Lanter December 8, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Well, I was so excited to see this and now that I reread this, that it is a weekly thing and I found where to get the requirements and cutting information. Thank you. Sandra

  • Reply Agnes December 8, 2015 at 10:22 am

    This looks so fun!

  • Reply Lucy @ charmaboutyou December 15, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Yes!!!! I have literally waited years for this 🙂 So super excited!! Thank you for the awesome return 🙂

  • Reply A.S. June 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I thought that when you first made this quilt (I’ve been around a while – mostly followed Sukie80 on flickr) in 2012 that Sanrio claimed that this would be a copyright violation. Did that change?