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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 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:


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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 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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