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Oct 30, 2010

Spooky Quilt Contest 2010 WINNERS!!!

Oct 30, 2010
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Drumroll please!

And the winners of Gen X Quilters Spooky Quilt Contest 2010 are:

1)  Patchwork & Candy by SewSara    $35 gift certificate to Above All Fabric

2)  Spooky Little Quilt by Vickie at Spun Sugar Quilts $10 gift certificate to Above All Fabric

3)  Spooky Wonky Log Cabin by Kati at From the Blue Chair   $10 gift certificate to Above All Fabric

Many thanks to all who entered and shared your spooky creativity with us!  I loved getting to see all the different quilts.  There were 19 entries - which I think is fantastic for the first, of hopefully many, GXQ Quilt Shows.

I hope you had fun viewing the quilts and have some inspiration for next year!

A BIG thank you also to Melanie at Above All Fabric for co-sponsoring this event with Gen X Quilters. 

(I don't know if you saw, but Above All Fabric is having a huge Fall Sale right now!!  I already stocked up on some great fabrics for only $3.99 & $5.99 / yd.)

I hope everyone has a Happy and Safe Halloween!!

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Oct 29, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Rebecca of Merry Made Quilts

Oct 29, 2010
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Hi there and welcome to another Follower Friday!  This week I want to introduce you to Rebecca of Merry Made Quilts

She does some fabulous work and her mission in her blogging and quilting really pulls at your heart.  Rebecca and her family are preparing to adopt and she is using her quilting as a means of raising money for the adoption.  What a wonderful way to pour love into your quilts!

Rebecca of Saint George, KS

Occupation: Stay at home mommy! I got my degree in Elementary Education but right now I'm only warping 2 young minds with it!

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: One fantastic hubby/2 needy and slightly neurotic doggies/ 4 yr old daughter (who is already asking for her own sewing machine!) and 2 yr old son

# Years Quilting: I'm still a newbie with only a few years under my belt!

Hand or machine piecing/quilting: I started out with my first several quilts being completly hand pieced and quilted, but recently I've been doing both! I like to always have a hand project going for car waits (nothing quite so boring as sitting outside preschool!)

How you learned to quilt: My fabulous Mommy taught me when I was little but it never really stuck until I was pregnant with my 1st and just wanted something to give her that was hand made by me. So, I turned to all of those fab. bloggers and tutorials out there!

Favorite project: My first ever bed quilt! I jumped right in with both feet! I had NO CLUE how long it would take to hand piece, baste, and hand quilt a queen sized quilt. I had never even done a quilt sqare before! All I had was a pair of fabric scissors, a pencil, thread and ONE needle!! I think the sheer number of hours in this quilt is the only reason it's still my fave!

Other interests: I love to crochet, read, photography is another obsession of mine!

Workstation setup: This is proof that you don't need anything fancy...though I would KILL for a table!! I blogged about the whys of this set up here... blame it on the midgets in the house!

To keep up with Rebecca and all she's up to, visit her blog Merry Made Quilts!

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilter's Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to Have a great weekend!

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Oct 28, 2010

That Quilt Along and some Kona help!

Oct 28, 2010
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I'm very excited to be participating in Jennifer of That Girl.....That Quilt's "That Quilt Along" - it's a first for me!


I debated about selecting a charm pack.....and realized none of them were calling out to me.  So, I decided to try to make use of my stash.  I cut four FQs into a charm pack (fussy cutting one of them even!) and ordered my Kona Solids online.

Does anyone else have trouble picking out the right color online??  I saw that they offer those color charts for around $15 - I wonder if that makes it any easier...

I heard the mail truck pull up (somehow you can't miss it, even as a kid, our mail truck had the same loud seemingly-broken muffler) and went running out.  Ripped open my package...... and........ oh.  Slightly disappointed.

2 yds. Kona Pond and 1 yd. Kona Snow.  Not sure Kona Pond is exactly what I had in mind.  Any thoughts?  Should I reorder something else?  It's only too late once I start cutting....  Here's another pic without Pond if you need a fresh point of view...  Opinions please?!?!

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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 24, 2010

Come one, come all! VOTE NOW in the SPOOKY QUILT CONTEST!!

Oct 24, 2010
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Ok kids!  All the quilts are in!  We have 19 entries!  There are some great quilts for GXQs first Quilt Show - the Spooky Quilt Contest!

Let the voting begin....

see the poll in the right side bar to cast your vote.

Remember, there are some great prizes from Above All Fabric at stake - vote for your favorite!
(Most entries have the quilt front and back loaded onto flickr.  I have only displayed the front of the quilt in this post. 

Go to the flickr group to see all the photos entered or to see them full size.)

If you have entered a quilt, please free feel to post about the contest and voting.  May the best quilt win!

Voting will end October 29, 2010 @ 11:59 PM EST.  The winners will be announced 10/30.

Here are the quilts in no particular order.

#1 Spooky Wonky Log Cabin

#2 Spooky Pinwheels on Green

#3 Friendly Ghost

#4 Scaredy Cat

#5 Haunted House

#6 Boo-tiful Bento Box

#7 Day of the Dead

#8 Patchwork and Candy

#9 Purple and Black

#10 Pumpkins Gone Wild

#11 Little Witch

#12 Spooktacular

#13  Lucky #13 Halloween Runner

#14  Happy Little Pumpkin

#15 Spiderwebs

#16 Boo Who Who?

#17 BQ Halloween

#18 Spooky Little Quilt

#19 Boo! to You

Thanks for voting in the Spooky Quilt Contest!

Edit due to some comments re: difficulty seeing the thumbnails
Go to the flickr group to see all the photos entered or to see them full size.

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Oct 22, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy

Oct 22, 2010
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Welcome to another Follower Friday!  Today's feature is Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy.  Her Rockets and Robots quilt (shown later on in the post and on QuiltStory this week!) really caught my eye.  It's something I can see making for my boys.  She is a new quilter, but I really can't believe how many fantastic finishes she has!  Check her out!

Elizabeth of Tampa, FL

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  My husband John and I have been married for almost six years, and if nothing else, he's thrilled that I quilt because I like to keep our house cold! He tries to throw in his two cents every now and again, about quilt design or fabric selection, and he's a good problem solver if I find myself in a bind. He's my biggest supporter, that's for sure, and I adore him. My son, Ryan, who's 2 1/2, is possessive of my sewing sometimes - he loves when I make things for him, and reluctant for me to make things for other people. I've also got two pets - Sebastian, a cat who thinks he's a dog, and Sam, a dog who wishes he were a cat so he could eat cat food.

# Years Quilting: Less than a year. I made my first quilt in February, after getting my first sewing machine at the end of January. I always was interested in sewing, but growing up, I learned to cross-stitching. I wasn't very good at it, but I liked the making something. Quilting has quickly become an addiction since I started; it's a huge stress reliever for me. And with a two year old, I need all the stress relief I can get!

Hand or machine piecing/quilting: Machine all the way. I'm practically allergic to hand sewing of any kind. The last big quilt I finished, the Rockets & Robots Oh My quilt, I did hand-finish the back of the binding, and I cursed most of the way through it. I really liked the look it had when it was finished, but wow, I truly disliked the process. I'm not sure if I'll do that again, honestly. I really love the speed of sewing with a machine.

How you learned to quilt:  I learned to sew using a book called SEW: The Sew Everything Workshop, which was super helpful. It had a small quilt in it, one that was hand-tied, and that piqued my interest. I started checking out every single book my local library system had on sewing and then quilting, and then I started devouring everything online I could find about quilting.

Favorite project: That's a really tough question! I really love all the quilts I've made. I love the Rockets & Robots Oh My quilt I made for my son's big boy bed. I adore the bright colors and the fussy cut robots throughout the quilt. You can read more about that quilt here.

Other interests: I love to read, always have. I've even taken to listening to audiobooks on occasion while sewing or quilting, when I don't have to think about math and such, when I'm just mindlessly piecing or quilting. I also love to bake, write, listen to music, and shop, for books or fabric.

Workstation setup:  My sewing area is a corner of the sitting room adjacent to my bedroom. I use my dad's old desk as my sewing table, which works pretty well. I have a small cutting mat there on my desk, and have an extra large one that I use out on my dining room table from time to time. I've got lots of artwork from my son, and the "thank you" artwork my niece sent when I made her mixtape quilt earlier this year.

I've got some really cool things in progress at the moment, including my first tutorial. I'm working on making sure the math is perfect, but I'm hoping to release it in the next few weeks. I'm really excited about it, and if you visit my blog today, you'll see a sneak peek!

To learn more about Elizabeth, be sure to stop by her blog Don't Call Me Betsy.

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilter's Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to Have a great weekend!

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Oct 20, 2010

Hurry! Enter your Spooky Quilt by Saturday!

Oct 20, 2010
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DON'T FORGET!!  The Spooky Quilt Contest will be accepting entries until Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the sPoOkY time of miDniGhT!!

Voting will begin on Sunday.  Make sure to stop by next week to cast your votes!

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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 15, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Jennifer of That Girl....That Quilt

Oct 15, 2010
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Hi!  And good Friday to you!  The trees in my front yard decided it was fall and lost almost all their leaves overnight.  So today, the boys and I will be raking and jumping in the big piles, enjoying the few nice days we have left!

Today we meet Jennifer of That Girl....That Quilt, but of course, a lot of you already know her!  She is super talented and invests a lot of emotion into her quilting.  Many times what she writes really resonates with me.  Hope you enjoy her spotlight!

Jennifer of Argyle, TX {Near Dallas}

Occupation: Investment Advisor

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: Steve is my awesome husband! He is my quilt photographer, sewing machine fixer and occasional quilt baster. Chaney is my adorable and super creative 6 year old. Buddy & Gus are our goofy beagles who love curling up with a quilt almost as much as I do.

# Years Quilting: I've been quilting for 3 years. I got my quilting supplies for Mother's Day and it's been a passion ever since.

Hand or machine piecing/quilting: I started out hand piecing and hand quilting because I was terrified of using a sewing machine. I finally got brave and learned how to use a machine and now I love hand sewing and machine sewing equally.

How you learned to quilt: I am completely self taught. Books, blogs, and the internet were and still are my go-to resources.

Favorite project: Serendipity Quilt - I love this quilt because it came together easily on a really bad day. I put a lot of feeling and emotion into my quilts and I love looking at this quilt and remembering that even a little creativity can make almost any day a better one.

Other interests: I love sports, both watching and playing. I treasure books almost as much as fabric so if I'm not quilting, I'm probably reading. I coach my daughter's softball team which is a blast even if it feels like I'm herding cats on occasion. ;)

Workstation setup: This picture was taken the day I set my studio up. I must admit that it's never looked like this again!

Blog Name (blog address)

 Quilting is a passion of mine because I truly believe that the creative process can be very healing. I blog because I love to write so what better to write about than the quilting process? I never expected to make the friends that I have made through blogging and it's so exciting to watch the online quilting community grow every day!

To learn more about Jennifer, be sure to stop by her blog That Girl...That Quilt.  She'll be releasing a new pattern called Intersection{s} very soon!  Watch for it!!

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilter's Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to Have a great weekend!
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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!


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


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!

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