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Sep 29, 2010

Tutorial: Ric Rac Burp Cloths

Sep 29, 2010
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A good friend is having a baby today!  The quilt I made for her is still at the quilters (it's a scheduled c-section and I still couldn't get it done on time!)... so I decided to whip up some cute burp cloths to take to the hospital.  They're so cute and easy.... I think you'll want to give one (or two...) a try!


cloth diapers

1 - 4 1/2" square fabric for each diaper you plan to embellish

5/8 yd. ric rack to match

thread coordinating with rac rac

fusible web


1.  To begin, grab your diapers and fabric.  I decided to upcycle some of the old cloth diapers I have in my stash - these my mom gave me, and they were mine from 30+ years ago.  Eeek!  I guess that means you can actually call them "vintage"....

There are so many cute fabrics you can pick to embellish these burp cloths.....whether you pick something trendy from your stash, a novelty print, charm pack or a children's panel.  I had this panel in my stash and picked 3 squares out for the burp cloths.

2.  Cut the fabric into a 4 1/2" square.  I cut 3 squares, one for each burp cloth.  See my little "water" theme?

3.  Press the diapers to prepare them for the applique.

4.  Following the manufacturer's instructions, use fusible web to secure the applique 4 1/2" squares to the diaper.

5.  Stitch around the applique 1/8" from the edge to secure it to the fabric.  I used  a dark thread so you could see my stitching, but I would normally try to blend the thread color better.

6.  Next, we'll add the ric rac.  Prior to stitching in place, fold the edge of the ric rac under to prevent fraying.

7.  Starting on one side of the square, stitch the ric rac in place.  When you come to the corner, end the ric rac by tucking it under.  Start a new piece of folded under ric rac on the next side.  Continue in this manner around all 4 sides of the square.

  And it's done!  No need for anything more complicated!

After all, these are supposed to have spit up all over them, right?  But what a cute, quick and easy baby gift!

Those are NOT strategically placed legos to add color to the shot.  That is simply the reality of my living room these days!
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Sep 22, 2010

Cookie Monster Stocking: Cookie is ready for Christmas!

Sep 22, 2010
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Here is the Cookie Monster....  ready for Christmas..... and munching on Santa's cookies no doubt!!

I am happy with the way this stocking turned out.  I had no plan, only a vision of the Cookie Monster portraying my son's appetite to start.  I photocopied part of Cookie from a book and sketched the rest.  Thanks for your comments which brought the final accessories to the stocking - bites out of a cookie and the toe piece!!

I have to admit the appliques on this piece were tough.  There were many small turns I found difficult - but hopefully, no one will look too closely at the stitching.  I did the blanket stitch by hand around the cookies on the tray and hand stitched his name (which I have pixelated in these pics).  Cookie is made complete with a pom pom on his hat and one black sequin and bead for each eye.

In hindsight, I would have made the red stocking foundation a little bigger to accomodate all of Cookie Monster, but I had already made my older son's stocking this size.  And we all know that one child's stocking can't be bigger than the other!

Can't wait to hang them up in December!

This stocking is partying @


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Sep 19, 2010

Tip: Applique Placement while Stitching

Sep 19, 2010
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I'm working on stitching the many intricate appliques on the Cookie Monster stocking today.  I didn't realize I typically always place the applique shape on the left side {of where I plan to zigzag} and the foundation on the right side.  I never consciously knew this until I accidentally switched it up and then struggled with keeping the needle placed on the shape correctly. 

Maybe I like the applique on the left because I'm left-handed?

TIP:  Make a mental note of which side you like the applique to be on... Consistency here makes stitching easier!
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Sep 13, 2010

Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap with Gen X Quilters!

Sep 13, 2010
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I thought maybe we could try a little swapping fun here at Gen X Quilters.  Can you tell I've been getting into the holiday mood with the stocking? 

Gen X Quilters' Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap

This swap will consist of:

1.  Three (3) Fat Quarters
2.  One (1) Handmade Holiday ornament

Won't it be fun to get something new in the mail?  Who doesn't love getting presents?  Sign up before October 1, 2010 to be included!

Here are the specifics:

Fat Quarters Fabric Swap
-Quilt shop quality fabric only
-Fat Quarter must be 18" x 22"
-"Holiday" colors: fabric must be shades of red, green, or white.  It doesn't necessarily have to be holiday fabric, but should keep to the seasonal colors

Fabric Swaps must be mailed by:  November 1, 2010

Holiday Ornament Swap
-Using at least one (1) of the fabrics received in the swap, make an ornament to send to your partner.  Try to get to know your partner through email and visiting their blog (if they have one) so you can make something they really like (and make a friend too)!

Ornament Swaps must be mailed by: December 1, 2010

Pictures of  the ornaments received from the swap will be posted on GXQs' flickr so we can all see the fun creations of other swap members.

Fine print:
If you think you may not be able to complete the swap, please don't sign up.  Your group members are counting on you!

Since this is my first time hosting a swap, I'm going to keep it just within the U.S. for right now.  Sorry!

If you would like to participate, send me an email ( with your name and address by October 1, 2010.  You will be put in a group of four and partnered up.  You will send a fat quarter to the other 3 members of your group and one ornament to your partner.  I will get the information sent out within a week (by 10/08/10). 

Also, please leave a comment so others can view who is participating.  I have no idea how many swappers to expect, so please bear with me.  Hopefully, we will have a bunch of fun ornaments to share in December!

Grab a button to spread the word!  This will be fun....thanks for playing!

Gen X Quilters Holiday Swap

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Sep 9, 2010

Cookie Monster Stocking: Votes are in!

Sep 9, 2010
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Thanks so much everyone for offering your opinions.  You guys are awesome!  Well, the votes are in....  The toe piece slightly edged out presents in a close race.  A BIG thank you to Becky who came up with the great idea of taking a bite out the toe piece.  I LOVE IT!!  Maybe I'll add in a few more cookies too!  Now to start stitching all those applique....

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Sep 8, 2010

Cookie Monster Stocking: Accessorizing the Stocking = HELP!

Sep 8, 2010
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Ok ok.... I need your opinion!  The Cookie Monster is set, but I am having trouble deciding which other appliques I should put onto the stocking.  Have a look and let me know what you think!  At the end, I'll go tally the votes (insert Jeff Probst serious tone)...

#1 Plain

#2 With Presents

#3 With Toe Piece

#4 With Xmas Tree

Your help is much appreciated!

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Sep 6, 2010

Cookie Monster Stocking: Developing the Applique

Sep 6, 2010
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Happy Labor Day!  Today is actually our 8th wedding nice to have my hubby home for a long weekend!

My first step in making the stocking was a trip to the library to make copies of my favorite pages.  There were 2 pages I thought may be a possibility.  I made a couple copies of each just to be safe.

In each picture, Cookie Monster is holding a tray of cookies.  I liked this image in conjunction with leaving cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve.  I chose to use the bottom picture because I liked the angle Cookie is facing considering which way the toe will point on my stocking (to the right).

So!  Now I just cut out the top half of Cookie Monster's body and sketched the bottom half free hand on paper before transferring the shapes onto my blue monster fabric.

Add some Cookie Monster accessories....and wha-la!

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Sep 4, 2010

{Why} Make Your Own

Sep 4, 2010
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I'm joining in on the fun over at Rachel's of Stitched in Color.  She asked the question: "Why make your own?"  Everyone has a why.  You don't invest so much time, money and determination into a hobby like quilting because you think it's just okay.

I've talked about this before.... how quilting is not just something I do in my spare time ---it's an obsession.  Most other quilters I know are like this too.  It doesn't seem to be a casual hobby.  You're either all in or out.  Quilters are an extremely passionate breed.

Quilting for me is the creative outlet I've always needed and went 29 years without.  I can retreat into my "studio", aka the basement, and focus solely on my sewing which is theraputic for me.  It allows me to follow my owns whims, when you have to be so practical in the rest of life.

There is something about working on a project from start to finish, envisioning it in your mind, and watching it take shape.  Using your own 2 hands to make it happen.  The finished project is functional yet shows artistic flair, and can be an heirloom down the road.

How is that not the most satisfying personal accomplishment?

Join in on Rachel's fun!  Share your {Why} with us all.
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Sep 1, 2010

The "Fly-by-the-Seat-of-Your-Pants" Cookie Monster Christmas Stocking

Sep 1, 2010
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So my little guy is approaching his second Christmas without a stocking.  Last year, I let him use mine, since after all, he was 4 months old and it was only filled with baby teething rings. 

This year he needs his own.....something that reflects his personality.....  Seeing as he is still only 13 months, and not into the latest Buzz Lightyear doll action figure, I tried to think of something that captures of part of him, yet is timeless.

**Light bulb!**  P-E-R-F-E-C-T!  The Cookie Monster!  Except I do have to note that the little guy does not discriminate.....he will eat *almost* anything you put in front of him.  And he regularly eats more than my 4 yr.old.  It makes me laugh that his hearty appetite will now be documented through my quilting.  Ha!

So here we go.  I've no pattern.  Just an idea and a $1 Sesame Street book I picked up from Target a couple years ago.  Wish me luck!

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