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Oct 27, 2010

60-Minute Skirt Tutorial @ From the Blue Chair

Oct 27, 2010
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Kati posted this super cute girls' skirt tutorial (60-Minute Skirt Tutorial) yesterday at her blog From the Blue Chair.  It uses less than a yard of fabric (2 fabrics) and takes about an hour to complete!  What could be better?


AND her tutorial is a downloadable pdf file....perfect if your laptop isn't right next to the sewing machine.... 

Stop by From the Blue Chair and take a peek!

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Oct 18, 2010

Block Library

Oct 18, 2010
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Did you notice my new Block Library page at the top??  I was very frustrated when I was browsing for ideas for a baby quilt I've got to whip up in no time (i.e. the baby's already here ?!?!?  Why am I so behind?)


I hope this will be a good way for me to keep track of great blocks and their tutorials, maybe some of you will find it useful too.  If you know of any other super block tutorials, please let me know!
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Oct 13, 2010

Kissy Fish Quilt Tutorial @ Freshly Pieced

Oct 13, 2010
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This quilt was too cute not to share with you....



Lee at Freshly Pieced put together a FREE tutorial for this quilt called Kissy Fish.  Isn't it adorable?  I love it!  And am putting it on my list... What a perfect baby quilt!  They really do look like kissing fish.

Go over to Freshly Pieced and check it out!


P.S.  I would like to start featuring other Gen X Quilters' original work.  If you have a tutorial on an original design and would like to have it featured here, just let me know!
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Oct 11, 2010

Tutorial: Say Boo! Wall Hanging

Oct 11, 2010
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I wasn't planning to make any additional Halloween decorations this year.... and then I was struck by inspiration when I saw my little guy wearing these Adorable pjs!


This small wall hanging is approximately 8" x 15 1/2" and was made completely from scraps!  I only had to go buy some embroidery floss which was 35 cents.  I bet you have some spooky scraps in your stash that would make this cute little ghost say Boo!

MATERIALS:

7 1/2" x 15"  black fabric for top background

7 1/2" x 15" fabric for backing

batting rectangle slight larger than top

assorted spooky scraps for applique shapes

strip at least 1 1/2" x 52" for (single fold) binding

coordinating thread for applique shapes

2 - embroidery floss (1 black, 1 orange)

fusible web


DIRECTIONS:

1.  Cut the black background fabric to size - 7 1/2" x 15".

2.  Print and cut out the templates (templates here).  I've provided the shapes for you, so all you have to do is cut them out and trace onto your fabric.  But I just wanted to show you the really "high-tech" stuff I used to make the shapes.  The ghost and the feet were sketched, but those ribbon and thread spools come in handy!



3.  When tracing the ghost onto your fabric, make sure to place him backward on the wrong side of the fabric!  This way he will be correct when you flip him over.




4.  After cutting out all the shapes, follow the manufacturer's instructions to place fusible web on the wrong side of the applique shapes.  Next position the moon, ghost, pumpkin and feet as shown in the following photo.  Fuse in place.




5.  After all shapes are fused, use a simple zig zag stitch or blanket stitch to secure the applique shapes.




6.  Now it is time for the hand embroidery.  First, write out the word "B O O" faintly using a white marking pencil.




7.  Next use a running stitch to sew "B O O" with orange embroidery thread.




8.  Use the black embroidery thread to outline and fill the triangles for the pumpkin's face and the ovals for the ghost's eyes.  Refer to the photos to place the facial features of the pumpkin and ghost.  Use the running stitch again for the pumpkin handle.



9.  For the backing fabric, cut or piece (as I did) another 7 1/2" x 15" rectangle.



10.  Layer the backing fabric right side down, batting, and then quilt top right side up and baste.  Quilt as desired.  (Note: I did not quilt mine, but there are surely many fun and spooky ways to quilt this!)



11.  Prepare your binding strips to at least 1 1/2" wide and attach to the quilt.  I used only single fold binding since this is a seasonal wall hanging and it won't be up but 1-2 months a year.  It shouldn't take much abuse.



12.  Sew a button to the center on the back of the quilt for hanging.  Simply use a piece of ribbon or yarn to hang him up!



There you are....  Done!  Wasn't that cute and simple!  Hope your little ghost is a friendly one!



Partying here:


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Oct 7, 2010

Kickoff for the Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap

Oct 7, 2010
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Wonderful!  I am SO excited for the Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap to begin!  Definitely an impressive turnout ladies!  I have to admit when I first hit the "publish" button for the swap, I feared that no one would be interested and I wouldn't have enough people to fill a group of 4.  But that was not the case!!!  We have 28, yes 28, people in the Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap.  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.


I wanted to refresh your memory on the details of the Swap.  The groups are listed at the bottom of this post.  Watch your Inbox for your group members' email and mailing addresses - you will only receive the addresses of your group.  Please check your own address to make sure I didn't make any typos, etc. 

And let's get swappin'!


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

-Please mail the FQ inside a ziploc bag to protect from water damage, spills, etc. in a sturdy envelope such as ones used for mailing cds, etc.


Fabric Swaps must be mailed by: November 1, 2010.




Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap Groups

Everyone has been placed into a group of four.  You will send a fat quarter to the other 3 members of your group and one ornament to your partner.  The first and second names listed in each group are partners with each other; the third and fourth names listed are partners with each other.  Kapeesh?

Group #1
1 Becky L.
2 Lisa C.
3 June
4 Andrea

Group#2
5 Aunt Spicy
6 Becky J.
7 Jennifer J.
8 Brenda

Group #3

9 Jennifer S.
10 Elizabeth D.
11 Tisha
12 Caren

Group #4
13 Diane
14 Brooke
15 Julie
16 Alexis

Group #5
17 Lee
18 A.J. Dub
19 Adrienne
20 Tammy

Group #6
21 Tricia Ann
22 Elizabeth O.
23 Nancy
24 Lisa B.

Group #7
25 Vanessa
26 AnneMarie
27 Katrina
28 Judy Pin It

Oct 6, 2010

Spooky Quilt Contest 2010!!

Oct 6, 2010
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Let's hear it for GXQ's first Quilt Show!  In the spirit of the season - it's the.....



**Applause, applause!!  The crowd goes wild!**


Here are the TRICKS:

1.  To enter, you must be a quilter in Gen X or Y and a follower of this blog (sign up now if you aren't already.  This includes feed and email subscriptions).

2.  Quilts must be finished (quilted and bound) and have a Halloween or Spooky theme.  No block or quilt top entries.

3.  Quilts can be any size to enter - and they must be quilts!  No quilted accessories, toys, etc.

4.  Submissions will be accepted until Saturday, October 23, 2010.

5.  Everyone will vote for their favorite!  Voting will take place here at GXQ from Oct. 24 - Oct. 29, 2010.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, October 30, 2010.



Here are the TREATS:

Grand Prize Winner - The quilter whose quilt receives the most votes will receive a $35 gift certificate to Above All Fabric.

1st and 2nd Runners Up - Will receive $10 gift certificates to Above All Fabric.



A big THANK YOU to Melanie at Above All Fabric, who has graciously offered to co-sponsor this contest with GXQ!!




So let's see those Spooky Quilts!

(there's plenty of time to whip up one of those cute monster blocks I've been seeing on flickr...)



When adding an entry to the Flickr group, make sure to put the next sequential number before the title of your quilt.  (I labeled mine #1 since it is the first entry.  The next entry is #2, etc.)

You do NOT need a blog to enter.  Just post the quilt photo to Flickr and add it to the group.


And grab a button - you can shamelessly plug your own quilt for votes!


Gen X Quilters Spooky Quilt Contest






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Oct 4, 2010

It's starting to get Spooky around here....

Oct 4, 2010
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Every year around September 1st, I get excited to decorate for Halloween.  We're usually one of the first houses in the neighborhood with our Halloween lights up around Labor Day.  I start to think of the brisk temperatures, the smell of the air, apple picking, and football.  Who doesn't love fall?  Now that it's officially October, things are starting to get Spooky around here! 

This Halloween quilt rounds out my collection of ceramic pumpkins and spooky knickknacks. Log cabin blocks (pattern here) were used to make the ghost and pumpkin shapes. This was probably only the 2nd or 3rd real quilt that I made.   I tried some hand basting applique to create the faces and stem.


I hope you're ready for things to get Spooky at Gen X Quilters!!!
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Oct 2, 2010

Changing Lanes

Oct 2, 2010
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Last week I realized it's been only 3 months since I started this blog.  I am so happy to have made many new friends and I have to admit I spend way too much time reading what all of you have going on in your corners of the world.

Along with my newfound addiction to the blog world, I have realized my inspirations in quilt design and fabric selection have totally done a 180.  The "old AnneMarie" was completely limited by the offering at my LQS - which I now realize is very traditional in terms of fabric selection and patterns.  I would find a few Moda lines I enjoyed, but it mostly has more "country and traditional" than I would like.
In addition to only looking locally, I also want to mention that my young boys, who tend to pound on the keyboard and wiggleworm in my lap during waking hours, severely crimped my surfing style for anything quilty in the past.....and most days, by the end of the day, I was just too tired to spend any time in front of the glaring screen.

Then, for some reason, I started Gen X Quilters.  I feel like I have been awakened by all of you!  I now see SOOOOOO much more that is out there.  I used to struggle to pick out fabric for quilts and now everything I see....I want.....  (this could be a serious problem actually.....)   It seems so silly that just 3 months ago, I was basically unfamiliar all the other wonderful online fabric shops that offer modern stuff.  I am trying hold back on buying all this great stuff because I so badly want a long-arm (eek!), but who knows if that will ever come to be....

Anyway, thanks for listening to this little confession session.  Although I still have a pile of older projects to finish, I plan to be changing lanes.  Hello "new AnneMarie".....blogger and online-fabric-buying-junkie, looking to make some of those Fresh Modern Quilts!!
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