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Sep 17, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Vanessa of The Crafty Gemini... and a GiveAway!!

Sep 17, 2010
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Well, well.  Do I have an exciting Follower Friday for you today!  Today's spotlight is on Vanessa of the Crafty Gemini. 

She is a very busy lady teaching classes, video tutorials, blogging, you name it!  She just released a brand new e-pattern this week, an adorable baby quilt called Delightful Tweets!  She has graciously agreed to GiveAway one pattern to a lucky reader!

Vanessa of Gainesville, FL

Occupation: Stay-at-home mama by day, law professor by night, and quilt designer

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: Married to Mr. Crafty Gemini, have a 12 mo old son (nicknamed) Juice, and a big friendly dog, Onyx.

# Years Quilting: almost 4 yrs

Hand or machine piecing or quilting: Machine piecing, and longarm machine quilting. I've done some hand quilting but only to embellish small art quilts. I don't have the time or patience to hand piece a big but I DEFINITELY appreciate it!

How you learned to quilt: I was a 2nd year law student in need of a creative outlet. I begged my mom to teach me how to sew. Soon after I was making all kinds of projects. A few weeks later, I stumbled across a sewing shop in town and signed up for a pillow sham class and loved it! While there an employee suggested I sign up for a beginner quilting class. I had never heard of "quilting" or a "quilt" before. LOL. It's pretty crazy when I think back to those days! (My family is from the Dominican Republic and we have no need for the traditional version of a quilt... it's pretty hot in the Caribbean!) My curiosity was piqued and after my first nine-patch quilt, I was hooked!

Favorite Completed Project: Definitely my first queen size quilt. I designed, pieced, and longarm quilted it all myself. It took almost 2 months to make and was made up of over 400 half-square triangles! The sad part was it was a commissioned project and I didn't even get to keep it.

Quilting workstation setup: We live in a 3bd house and when I was pregnant my husband tried to convince me that my then sewing room should be the baby's room and the third room should remain his office. According to him, "people sew in the garage all the time!" LOL. Obviously that was a joke. His stuff now lives in the garage and baby Juice and I each have our own "play" room. :o) I'm not ashamed to show my messy sewing room. This is what it looks like today... and now at least you know I am busy! I have a ton of projects going on at once... what quilter doesn't, right?! Those red bins on the left are all my scrap baskets. I have them separated into color combinations- greens/blues, pinks/purples, yellows/oranges/reds, blacks/whites/grays/browns), etc. I don't throw anything away! Those scraps come in really handy for small projects, applique, and art quilts! Also, I lower my regular old ironing board to the level of my sewing table and sit it parallel to me so I can sew and press in the same station. :o)

The Crafty Gemini YouTube Channel: I have dozens of video tutorials on my YouTube channel for beginning sewists and quilters. I cover tons of topics from how to stitch a blind hem to free-motion longarm quilting. Check my channel out HERE and if you like what you see subscribe for email notifications of any new free videos I add.

New Patterns @ Crafty Gemini:  I am very proud to announce my first two baby quilt/wall hanging quilt e-patterns: 1) Delightful Tweets and 2) Up, Up and Away. The quilts are almost identical in the way they come together using a ridiculously easy fusible applique technique (I have a video tutorial on this) and simple strip borders. They were designed to be for a girl (Delightful Tweets) and a boy (Up, Up and Away). They are darling little quilts that would look great as a play mat for young baby or as a wall hanging in a toddler's room! Come check 'em out

To keep up with Vanessa and all she's up to visit her blog or flickr photostream.

NOW - for the GiveAway part!!!

One Delightful Tweets Pattern!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Become a follower of GXQ and leave me a comment (or let me know if you already are one). (1 entry)

2. Blog about this giveaway and Crafty Gemini's new pattern, and leave me a comment. (1 entry)

3. Hop on over to Crafty Gemini and become a follower and leave me a comment. (1 entry)

4. Volunteer to be profiled on Follower Friday. Go to the Follower Friday page, then send me an email containing the required information. Leave a comment on this post.*** (1 entry)

5.  Sign up for the Crafty Gemini newsletter here and leave me a comment.

***You must be a quilter in either Gen X or Gen Y to be featured for Follower Friday. ***
There are no restrictions on the other entry items.

Leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. Entries will be accepted until Monday, September 20, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST.

The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator and announced on Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

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  1. I became a follower. Thanks for the chance to win the cute pattern!

  2. I became a follower of Crafty Gemini! Thanks for another chance to win!

  3. I signed up for the Crafty Gemini newsletter!!

  4. Im a GXQ follower now! Sounds like a fun blog.

  5. Im already a Crafty Gemini follower. That's where I found out about this blog. Woohoo!

  6. Im already signed up for her newsletters as well. :)

  7. I'm already a follower to both :)

  8. I'm a follower of GXQ!

  9. I'm a follower of Crafty Gemini!

  10. I am already a crafty gemini follower. Would enjoy trying her pattern.

  11. I signed up to follow you. You have a great blog thanks for sharing so much, please sign me up for the givaway.


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