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Jul 30, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Freda of Little Hands Warm Heart

Jul 30, 2010
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Another Friday!  Freda claims to only have been quilting for 1 year....check out her awesome quilts pictured below!


Freda of Valdez, AK

Occupation: SAHM

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  My Husband Bobby, My Daughter Sydney, our dog Saylor and our cat Bodie

# Years Quilting: 1 year.

Hand or machine piecing/quilting: 100% machine piecing and quilting. But I would like to try doing everything by hand.

How you learned to quilt: I'm self taught. I get little bits and pieces from the blogs I read, so maybe I'm internet taught?


Favorite projects: Pinwheel Sampler Quilt from the PS I Quilt Quilt Along and Big Girl Quilt I made for my daughter are my favorites. I made them with my favorite lines (Tula Pink's Nest and Chez Moi's Hunky Dory).





Other interests:  Photography...it is right up there with quilting. And reading on my nook. I got it for Valentine's Day and I adore it.


Workstation setup:  I share my sewing room with the guest room/mancave, so I don't have a great setup. My cutting table is a built in student desk and my sewing table is a student desk. But I make do with what I have and so far haven't had any problems. Although I would love to upgrade to a super nice setup someday.






To learn more about Freda or to see what she's working on, visit her blog Little Hands Warm Heart.



If you would like to be included in Follower Friday, let me know at genxquilter@gmail.com. Oh yeah, and sign up to be a follower too!
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Jul 29, 2010

Stash-Buster Birthday Banner Tutorial

Jul 29, 2010
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It’s Birthday Week at my house (my boys’ birthdays are 8 days part) and this year I was inspired to make the house festive with fabric. I kept seeing adorable banners on others’ blogs, but I didn’t want to spend money on it. Ta-dah! Here’s my version of the Birthday Banner – it truly uses up the scraps.

Makes 9 banner flags spaced 3.5” apart.

MATERIALS:

1 – 3 yd. wide bias tape

3/4 yd. assorted scrap fabric

Template plastic

Thread coordinating with bias tape



DIRECTIONS:

1. Take an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper, marking the center of the 8.5” side with a marker. Draw aline from the center point to the opposite corners of the paper forming a triangle. Cut out the triangle and trace it onto the template plastic. Cut the triangle template out.



2. Sew scraps together to make rectangular panels that are approximately 10” x 12”. I found it fun to have a theme when sewing these panels

For example – stripes, crazy piecing (anything goes), sewing half-square triangles into blocks, then sewing blocks together, etc.

3. Each 10” x 12” panel should create 2 triangles. You will need 18 triangles total (fronts and backs). I chose to make the front triangles scrappy and the back side solids. Have fun reminiscing about projects you’ve made when you find little bits of old fabric!

Trace the template on the panel making sure you can cut 2 triangles before marking. Mark triangles and cut.

4. Once you have all 18 triangles, you can begin sewing flags. Lay out the front and back sides of the flags before starting to sew.  With right sides together, pin and mark a dot on the pivot point.


5. Sew down one long side of the triangle, ¼” from the edge, pivoting at the point and sewing back up the other side. Leave the short side of the triangle open to turn right sides out.

6. Trim excess fabric from the point, making sure not to clip the stitches. Turn right sides out and press.

7. Center the middle flag at the midpoint of the bias tape. Pin in place. I used my 3.5” ruler as a guide to evenly space the rest of the flags. Pin all in place.

8. Sew along the length of the bias tape to stitch in place all flags. I actually sewed 2 lines to secure them, but I supposed you can use a double needle too. Press.



I hope yours turns out great!
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Jul 27, 2010

WARNING: Free Motion Rookie Ahead!

Jul 27, 2010
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So I watch the little video clips posted by Leah Day on  365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs and it looks so easy.  Every day she creates a new design.  I'm inspired!  I've got to try it!  Oh my.

My test piece.  I want stars for a Thomas the Train quilt for my son. 

WARNING:  Uneven stitch length ahead!



Here's the stars on the actual quilt front.  The busy pattern on the panel perfectly hides the mistakes and is a good place for me to practice.  I'm hoping no one will notice I have no idea what I'm doing.


Quilt back: Since this is a child's quilt, I think I can get away with the random uneven stars.  I think it looks almost primitive or childish.

Well, my neck and back are tense.  Taking a break after about 3 rows of stars.  Can I finish it before his birthday Aug. 6?
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Jul 26, 2010

Jessica's Batik Tote Bag

Jul 26, 2010
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My friend Jessica had her baby shower over the weekend.  She is one of my oldest friends - from the junior high school era.  Remember all the bangs and braces?  We've lots of those pictures as we grew up (most of which I wonder "What was I thinking?!")

Anyway, we were in each other's weddings and now she is having a little baby boy in August.  I made this "Mom Bag" for her.  It's great for throwing books and toys  in for church or using as an overnight bag.

This is the 3rd mom bag I have made from a pattern I designed myself.  It's very basic.  No pockets, no zippers.  Just your simple lined market bag with a strap that is long enough to sling across your body.  They turn out pretty well and I am thinking of making up the pattern and posting it here.

Here are the other color variations I've made:  Large Tote, Christy's Tote.

I hope Jessica and her little guy get a lot of use out of it!

This bag is partying @:




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Jul 23, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Kathy of Little Book Notes

Jul 23, 2010
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It's Follower Friday again! I hope you are enjoying getting to know a little more about some of Gen X's Quilters. I know I am!

Kathy of Olympia, WA


Occupation: Dedicated Public Servant

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: 3 cats: Angry Bob, Scout, and Sammy Davis Jr. Kitty

# Years Quilting: 2

Hand or machine piecing or quilting: Machine all the way.

How you learned to quilt:
I bought a book about 3 years ago and then gave up when I couldn't really figure out what I needed to do versus what the author seemed to want me to do. I put it away for a year and then finally took a class at my local quilt shop. The instructor was simply wonderful. She was incredibly patient and knew just how to teach. After that class, it's been a bit of trial and error, but I love how I can always go back and get suggestions and support from the locals.

Favorite Completed Project Description:I think that my favorite project will always be the one I'm currently working on. But, my favorite completed project was my third quilt. It was a pattern called Pad Thai and designed by Laura Denison from her Passport Quilt Series. I gave this quilt to my mother and she adores it. As you can see it was a very bright project, and I loved every minute of putting it together. It also gave me confidence in working with bright colors. I need to do another bright one because that was so much fun.



Quilting workstation setup:My workstation is actually my kitchen table. Which means no one gets to eat at the kitchen table when they visit me. I also occasionally use the island in the kitchen for cutting because the light is so good there. Basically, the whole house is my workstation.

I've had a few people make funny faces at me when I tell them I'm a quilter. The usual response is, "What are you, 80?" But, then they see what I do and what my fellow quilters do and that attitude quickly changes to appreciation. I can't describe how much I enjoy quilting - from picking out the patterns and the fabric to slowly putting it together. It's such a challenge and so much fun - I really hope that I am quilting until I am 80.
To learn more about Kathy or to see what she's working on, visit her blog Little Book Notes.
If you would like to be included in Follower Friday, let me know at genxquilter@gmail.com. Oh yeah, and sign up to be a follower too!

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Jul 22, 2010

Gen X Quilters' GiveAway Winner!

Jul 22, 2010
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Thank you to everyone who participated in GXQ's 1st GiveAway!! There will hopefully be many more to come....

Our winner is...... NANCY SUE.. Congratulations! Hope you enjoy the Gingher Thread Snips! (Send me an email with your address.)




Stop by again tomorrow for another Follower Friday. See you then!
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Jul 21, 2010

Snowflake Quilt: Blocks and Layout

Jul 21, 2010
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**Don't forget - Today is the last day to enter for our GiveAway (until tonight @ midnight)!!! See Post on 7/19/2010.***



More work on the Snowflake Quilt: After cutting the charms, I started sewing blocks. There are 3 blocks used for the center snowflake.
You know how excited you feel when all the blocks are done and you can layout a portion of the quilt? Sometimes this is my favorite part. I hurriedly shoved all the scattered toys to one corner of the basement (my workspace is shared with the boys' toy room) and began laying blocks into the snowflake shape.


Bummer. This layout was a bit of a let down already! :( Rookie mistake. I failed to notice when looking at the pattern that the authors had used all dark or medium blocks in the center to really highlight the white snowflake shape. Well, the corners are all clipped, so there is no going back now. Hopefully, it will grow on me as the rest of the quilt comes together.... Pin It

Jul 19, 2010

Gen X Quilters’ 1st GiveAway!

Jul 19, 2010
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Gen X Quilters is closing in on one month old. Let’s celebrate with a giveaway – and hopefully, spread the word!



Here’s the loot. Gingher 4.5” thread snips. I can’t believe I’m giving these away….. they are nicer than any scissors I own. My SIL Liz, costume shop seamstress extraordinaire, swears by them. Someone is going to be a lucky dog.


Here’s how to enter:

1. Become a follower of GXQ and leave me a comment. (1 entry)

2. Blog about this giveaway and GXQ, and leave me a comment. (1 entry)

3. Subscribe to GXQ (in a reader or email) 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. Request to have your blog added to the list of Gen X/Y Quilter blogs as a comment on this post.*** (1 entry)


***You must be a quilter in either Gen X or Gen Y to be featured for Follower Friday OR to be included in the blogroll (items #4 and #5). ***

There are no restrictions on entry items #1-3.

Leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST.

The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator and announced on Thursday, July 22, 2010.
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Jul 17, 2010

Perfectly Personalized Pretty Pincushions

Jul 17, 2010
Pin It Try saying that 5 times fast! Whew! My parents came to visit this week while my husband was in Japan to help with the boys. My mom came with this little project in mind.

We made these pincushions with fabrics from my stash and personalized them using my machine. The buttons and ribbon were also things I had lying around. Cute and "free"!

She's trying to convince me to make up a bunch of them and sell them at the church holiday craft fair.


These pincushions are partying here:


The Girl Creative



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Jul 16, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Paige of Dirt Road Quilts

Jul 16, 2010
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It's Follower Friday! Here's Paige. She just posted over on her blog that she'll be away for a little while since she's getting MARRIED in 2 weeks! Congrats Paige!


Paige of Kingston, GA


Occupation: Certified Public Accountant (ew! but I've got to fund my fabric stash somehow)


Significant Other/Kids/Pets: 3 dogs/assistant quilters & 1 hubby-to-be


# Years Quilting: 6ish.

Side note: I have a BFA in Fine Art with a concentration in painting. When I told my professor I wanted to paint with fabric instead of paint and a brush, he told me to go for it. And I've been quilting ever since.


Hand or machine piecing/quilting: Machine for the most part, although I recently took a "Big Stitch" hand quilting class at my LQS and really loved it!


How you learned to quilt: I'm totally self-taught but I have had so much inspiration and encouragement from other amazing quilters all over the world.


Favorite project: The first quilt I ever successfully machine quilted. I destroyed a few getting there, so when I finally completely and totally made a lap-sized quilt from start to finish, I was oh so proud. I don't even like the design of it but I still tear up everytime I look at it. :)


Other interests: When my fiance is able to rip my hands off my sewing machine, we like to pack up a cooler, the dogs and our friends and head out on the lake. I also have an obsession with photography.

To learn more about Paige or to see what she's working on, visit her blog http://dirtroadquilts.com/.




If you would like to be included in Follower Friday, let me know at genxquilter@gmail.com. Oh yeah, and sign up to be a follower too!
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Jul 14, 2010

New project: "Simply Charming - Seasons" Snowflake Quilt

Jul 14, 2010
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When I picked up this pattern book, I was surprised to find that I liked 9 or 10 out of the 12 patterns inside..... Usually, it seems only 1 or 2 catch my eye, so finding this pattern book was exciting. There is a pattern for each month of the year, all of them based on using charm packs. Super cute!

It came with a kit for the "January" quilt - a snowflake lap quilt. I am usually against buying kits since I love the process of picking out your own fabrics and watching everything come together, but I decided to give this one a shot. Below you can see the kit and a photo of the finished pattern.

Instead of charms, the kit had 11 - 6" cuts of different fabrics. So the first step was to cut the fabrics into 5" charm squares.




Next I plan to start making blocks for the center snowflake. Slow progress, but I'm sneaking downstairs to cut during naptime!
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Jul 12, 2010

Does the Process Pledge make you feel naked?

Jul 12, 2010
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There. I said it. That's how the Process Pledge makes me feel. Now don't get me wrong.... what a fantastic idea to showcase all the hard work that goes into a quilt. But boy, does it make me feel vulnerable, exposed......naked.


Isn't it hard as an artist to show your work before it's finished? Until it's perfect - and everything is exactly the way you want it? Am I the only one who feels this way?


I think the Process Pledge will help me as a quilter to admit that not everything turns out right the first time. And hopefully, recognize that mistakes help me gain knowledge and learn. So although, this is going to be like pulling teeth at first, I'm pledging and willing to try.


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Jul 9, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Jeanne of Grey Cat Quilts

Jul 9, 2010
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Welcome to the first Follower Friday! I hope you enjoy reading a little about Gen X/Y Quilters.


Jeanne of Janesville, WI

Occupation: Retail Grunt/Resident Girl Geek at the Local Comic/Gaming Shop

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: Married to JohnPaul for nearly 6 years, mother to Zebediah (2 ½ years old), and owned by 3 cats, Angel, Demon, and Little Bit

# Years Quilting: Since I was 16, so going on 14 years now

Hand or machine piecing/quilting: Everything’s by machine right now, though I look forward to a time when I can do a hand project without little hands grabbing at sharp objects.

How did you learn to quilt?:
A friend of mine got pregnant in high school, and complained about the smallness of commercially available baby quilts. I got the bright idea that I would make her one, and proceeded to check a book out of the library. So, I taught myself, cutting and sewing everything by hand, tracing templates, designing quilts on graph paper, hand-quilting with a lap hoop – all very low tech, all very slow. A light bulb went off in 2002, when I realized that everything I was doing by hand could be done by machine, or otherwise sped up. I got a cheapie sewing machine for that Christmas (long since replaced!), started into rotary cutting, and haven’t looked back!



Favorite Completed Project: My Double Wedding Ring quilt.

Other interests: Cooking, Cleaning, Reading, Writing, Digital Scrapbooking, Collecting and Reading Comic Books, Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition. Drawing, Movies, Anime, Jewelry Making/Beading

What Inspires You?:
Primarily color, shape, traditional patterns and fabric. Occasionally, I’ll see a pattern that makes me drool, but I’m awful on the follow-through front. I like to look at other people’s quilt, just for the “Oh, pretty!” factor, but I very rarely replicate other people’s quilts.

Your Quilting Set-Up?:
I took over the second bedroom in our apartment once my son refused to sleep alone. I have a Brother PC-210, the Project Runway Edition, for piecing and simple machine embroidery. I have a Little Gracey II Frame, and Janome 1600P for machine quilting.





To learn more about Jeanne or to see what she's working on, visit her blog Grey Cat Quilts or check her out on Flickr.





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Jul 7, 2010

Introducing Gen X Quilters' Follower Fridays!

Jul 7, 2010
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To facilitate a little networking within GXQs, I will be showcasing a little profile information on a different follower each Friday (provided there are enough of us!?).
It will hopefully encourage us to check out each other's blogs and make connections. If you see something you have in common with someone, start up a conversation!
Look for the first Follower Friday post this Friday, July 9!
If you would like to be included in Follower Friday, let me know at genxquilter@gmail.com. Oh yeah, and sign up to be a follower too!
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Jul 5, 2010

GenX Quilters Tip: Mitered Corner Quilt Labels

Jul 5, 2010
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My sister-in-law Liz showed me this tip recently. It's so simple and it gets rid of the bulk- I'm not sure why I wasn't doing it before. She gets a shout out here for going back to nursing school. She spent several years working as a seamstress in costume design before deciding to do a career change. Happy Birthday Liz!



Press in 1/4" of fabric, wrong sides together on all 4 sides. Open fabric to reveal crease lines.


Fold each corner in at a 45 degree angle so that the hypotenuse of the triangle lays on the intersection of the crease lines. Press.


Keeping the corner tucked inside, fold 1/4" seam sides in again. Press and pin.


You are now ready to hand sew the label to the quilt. No bulky corners and a nice clean finish!




If you have tip to share with GXQs, please email me at genxquilter@gmail.com. (You may have already published it on your blog - that's okay!)






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Jul 1, 2010

NQA Fabric Finds

Jul 1, 2010
Pin It My first trip to NQA in Columbus, OH made my feet tired and my mind excited! What could possibly be better than having aisle after aisle of every quilting item thinkable all in one gigantic room? Plus, all the show entries to inspire you? Whoa! One day was not enough...


As every quilter I know is also a fabricaholic, I thought I'd show you my bag of loot...




I typically don't think 30s fabrics are my style. Bargain bin: $2.50 for the half-yards and $1.25 for the fats. At that kind of price, it doesn't hurt to try something new...
No plans, just add to the stash.


Can't wait to figure out something to do with the pink stripe.

I had the small blue and green prints in my stash. The complimentary fabrics were in the clearance section. I couldn't resist.

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