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Nov 30, 2010

World's Easiest Guaranteed "Thanks Mom" T-shirt Tutorial

Nov 30, 2010
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Ok Mothers-of-Boys....  there are SO many tutes out there for cute frilly skirts, pillowcase dresses, hair bows and ribbons.....  what about the BOYS!!  Of course I want to make some really cool stuff for my boys for Christmas too.   I want to hear an "Awesome, Mom."  from my 4-year old.

Here is the easiest tute you've ever seen.  It will take you more time to battle the crowd at Wal-mart to buy the darn t-shirt than it will to put the whole thing together.  And since the finished tee involves Emergency Vehicles, it's sure to make your little guy smile and say, "Thanks Mom."


1 emergency vehicle cutout from panel (available here - I have a huge panel of these and don't think I need 25 of these t-shirts, so I'm making them available to you if you like. 

Note:  If you like a certain vehicle you don't see listed in the shop - but is on the panel, email me ( and let me know.  I'm testing out Big Cartel and am limited to listing 5 items at a time.)

1 t-shirt (I bought these from Wal-mart for $3.50)

fusible web the same size as your panel

coordinating thread


1.  Cut out the desired shape from the panel.

2.  Following the manufacturer's instructions, apply fusible web to the wrong side of the panel fabric.  Remove the paper backing after applying.

3.  Center the fabric on the t-shirt and press to secure.

4.  Finish t-shirt by sewing a top stitch 1/8" from the edge of the applique all the way around the rectangle.  This will create a raw edge applique finish.  You may use a zig zag or blanket stitch if you do not want the edges to fray.

Done!  Thanks Mom!

The little one refused to hold still at all...  This was the best shot I could get!  My oldest usually gets dressed first....if the little one comes out wearing his shirt, my 4 year old always has to go back and change into his.  It's not me......the 4 yr. old dresses the two of them alike!!
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Nov 29, 2010

I'm over at QuiltStory today!

Nov 29, 2010
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The lovely ladies at QuiltStory are featuring me today!  Hop over there and check it out!

Thanks Heather and Megan!
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Nov 27, 2010

Crayons + Quilting

Nov 27, 2010
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This melted my heart...

My 4-yr. old found this picture in an old High Five/Highlights magazine and colored it just for me!  Boy does he know his momma.....  he even negotiates for trips to the toy store with "Mom, after that, we can go to the quilt store...."
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Nov 25, 2010

Sew Delightful Black Friday Sale! and a Winner!!

Nov 25, 2010
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Today is the lucky day to announce the winner of Sew Delightful's It's a Hoot Layer Cake GiveAway!

And the winner is.....

Victoria Paige said...

hard to choose... I really love the It's a Hoot bundle

November 17, 2010 3:37 PM

Congratulations Victoria!

Kristen of Sew Delightful Fabrics is celebrating her Birthday today!

  And in spirit of all the Black Friday Madness, she is having a great sale - 30% OFF everything in the store!!

Go to Sew Delightful Fabric's Facebook page to get the coupon code!
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Nov 24, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Nov 24, 2010
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Hey!  I am getting with the program just in time to participate in Lee's WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced....

That Quilt Along - finished the quilt top over the weekend and dragged my poor kids to two different Joann's this week, looking for Kona for the back.  Yes, I know it's Wednesday.  That means we went to one on Monday and one on Tuesday.  The boys need an extra little something in their stockings this year for tolerating trips to Joann's/quilt shops/etc. pretty much weekly.

100 Quilts for Christmas Charity Quilt - I started designing this quilt with this fabric in mind.  Considering I've a ton of other projects going on, I thought I could make a simple quilt using pinwheels and let the cute little cowboy elephant (?) do his thing and be the focus of this quilt.  He's going to border the quilt at the top and bottom.  The baby blue pinstripe is darling!

That's all I can show pictures of right now!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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Nov 22, 2010

Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

Nov 22, 2010
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A great stocking stuffer!

Imagine my surprise at my 4-yr. old's visit to the dentist when she announces he has a loose tooth! 4! Already?!?

There's been a lot of talk about tooth fairies.  I figured I'd better make a little pillow before he actually lost it.

The cutest thing is he calls it a "wiggly tooth"....

Here's a project you can whip up during nap time (serious - I designed, sewed start to finish, and took pics before the baby woke up)!

Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial
2 - 4 ¾" x 5 ¾" flannel rectangles  
1 - solid neutral rectangle 4" x 5" for pocket
1 - 1 ½" x 2 ¾" rectangle novelty print
embroidery floss
coordinating thread
scrap of fusible web
pillow stuffing

1.  Cut all fabrics to the required sizes listed above.

2.  Fold neutral solid in half lengthwise, right sides together.  Stitch ¼" from the edge around the 3 open edges, starting at the edge next to the fold.  Leave about an inch gap in one side for turning.  Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each stitch line.  When you come to a corner, simply stop with the needle down, lift the presser foot and rotate the piece so you can begin sewing on the next edge.  Remember to put your presser foot down after turning!  Clip the corners before turning the pocket right side out.  (pocket details here)

3.  Once your pocket is turned right side out, press.  The top lip of the pocket is the fold.  The bottom edge of the pocket contains the small hole used to turn the pocket right side out.  This hole will be stitched closed later when attaching the pocket to the flannel.

It is now time to add the novelty fabric! 

Using a small scrap of fusible web, follow the manufacturer's instructions to adhere it to the 1 ½" x 2 ¾" novelty print rectangle.  Then adhere the novelty fabric to the pocket, leaving space at the top of the pocket to embroider if desired.

4.  Use a zig zag or blanket stitch to secure the novelty fabric applique to the pocket.  Embroider the wording "Tooths 25¢" using a marking pencil if desired or stitch free hand as I did.

5.  Pin the pocket in place on one flannel rectangle as shown.

6.  Stitch the pocket to the flannel starting at one edge next to the fold, making sure to backstitch a few stitches at the beginning to secure.  Continue along this edge until reaching a corner.  Stop with the needle down, lift the presser foot, and rotate the piece to continue stitching along the bottom edge of the pocket.  When reaching the opposing corner, use the same method to turn the second corner.  Stitch along the third and final edge until reaching the top of the pocket.  Lockstitch here.

 7.  Next place the two flannel rectangles right sides together.  Stitch ¼" from the edge around all four sides, leaving a 1 1/2" gap in one side for turning.   Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitching.  Use the same method here as when sewing the pocket.  When you come to a corner, simply stop with the needle down, lift the presser foot and rotate the piece so you can begin sewing on the next edge.  Remember to put your presser foot down after turning!  Clip the corners before turning the pillow right side out. 

8.  Turn the pillow right side out and stuff.

9.  Stitch the stuffing opening closed for the final step!

And there you have it!  Hope you like it!

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Nov 20, 2010

Help! I'm on a Label Quest...

Nov 20, 2010
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Hey all!  Hope you're having a great weekend!  I need to pick your brains....

(don't mind this random picture of buttons.  obviously, if I had any pics of labels, I wouldn't be writing this post!)

I am thinking about ordering some labels.  I would like to have Gen X Quilters on them in my font and the website address.  I think I want something small - like a 1/2"-1" "ribbon" for lack of a better word.  I want to be able to attach them to anything and everything - quilts, bags, mug rugs, you name it.

Do you have any recommendations?  Where do you get your labels?

Please let me know of any good places to find labels like this - or - just any labels you've been happy with!

P.S.  Don't forget to enter Sew Delightful's Giveaway if you haven't already (ends Wed.)!
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Nov 19, 2010

Follower Friday Special: Aunt Spicy and 100 Quilts for Christmas

Nov 19, 2010
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Happy Friday!  Are you starting to get in the holiday spirit?  I certainly am with all the seasonal posts cropping up all over blogland.  I think a local radio station is already playing Christmas music too?!

In the spirit of giving....

Aunt Spicy and Kate at Swim, Bike, Quilt announced 100 Quilts for Christmas, a charity event benefitting local children's charities, this week!

Are you participating?  I sure am!  You choose the quilt AND the charity, then link up to win giveaways!

Can you squeeze in just one little baby quilt this season for a child??

And now for our Follower Friday feature on Miss Aunt Spicy herself!

Aunt Spicy.
So named by my niece, and my most favorite nickname so far!

City, State: Half way between my two favorite cities Los Angeles and London!

Occupation: Professional fabric hoarder.

Number of Years Quilting: I am not sure how long I have been quilting. About ten years ago my Mom and I made a tie quilt (old-school style, with quilting frames), and I was making baby blankets around that same time as well. But I think my first real quilt (larger than a baby blanket) was one I made for a friend who had moved to England. I wanted her to have something bright through the winter, something to remind her of California and friends and family who love her. I just kind of made up the pattern, using some of my first "designer" fabrics and a sheet from Anthropology for the back. I was so smitten with it, I made two more for another friend and her daughter!

Hand or Machine Quilting: I am super lazy, machine all the way!

How did you learn to quilt: Watching my Mom, she is genius! I have distinct memories of falling asleep to the sound of her sewing machine in the other room!

Favorite project: Can anyone choose a favorite project? Isn't that like choosing a favorite child? Here's just one....

Other interests: In addition to discussing fabric designers as if they were on a sports team, I tend to also discuss clothing and home decorators with as much ease. Though if you want to pit me in a discussion more heated than a political debate, well just challenge me on the ranking of handbag designers!

Workstation setup: Nothing fabulous, my sewing has taken over my entire super-tiny living room, fabric is stashed everywhere my shoes aren't, and the machine is set up on the table. I dream of someday having a whole room dedicated to crafting, with big bright windows and space to lay out something larger than a baby blanket! Someday!

To check out what Aunt Spicy is up to or for details on 100 Quilts for Christmas, visit her blog Aunt Spicy.  Hope to see you at the 100 Quilts for Christmas link up!

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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Nov 18, 2010

Advent Calendar @ Freshly Pieced

Nov 18, 2010
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Ok, so the fabulous Lee of Freshly Pieced has done it again!  You simply must check out her

she designed using Spoonflower.

Too cute isn't it?  And Lee is absolutely right...I would LOVE to have this instead of another cardboard calendar.  What a great gift idea!

Be sure to hop over to Freshly Pieced and check it out!

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Nov 16, 2010

GXQ's New Sponsor: SEW DELIGHTFUL FABRICS!! and a Giveaway!

Nov 16, 2010
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Hello everyone!  I am gushing with excitement!  Today I am so excited to share with you Gen X Quilters' first official sponsor....

Sew Delightful Fabrics is a relatively new shop, opened less than one year ago, specializing in Moda fabrics and precuts. Kristen runs the shop and is a stay-at-home mom to 3 children. 

She loves sewing, quilting, and knitting in her spare time...

Here's why she started this shop.....

I opened my shop because I was unable to find any fabric in my town or near by that I liked and the service at these shops needed improvement. I was buying fabric online all the time and after my youngest was born my husband and I decided it was a great time to start my own shop.

I wanted a shop that when my customers made a purchase they felt like they were buying from a friend. I always want my customers to be happy. I also have a love affair for Moda and their precuts!!!!

Sew Delightful Fabrics has a GREAT special going on right now - All Charm Packs are $6.50 for the month of November!  Here's a sample....Be sure to check it out!

Kristen has graciously agreed to offer you a fantastic giveaway in her introduction to you....

An "It's A Hoot" by Momo Layer Cake!!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Become a follower of GXQ and leave me a comment (or let me know if you already are one). (1 entry)

2. Hop on over to Sew Delightful Fabrics and tell me your favorite finds in a comment. (1 entry)

3. Blog, tweet, or post to facebook about this giveaway..., come back here and let me know in a comment. (1 entry)

Leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST.

The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator and announced on Thursday, November 25, 2010.  Someone's going to have a HAPPY Thanksgiving!!
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Nov 15, 2010

Elephant Parade Quilt

Nov 15, 2010
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Each quilt we complete becomes our favorite for a short period of time... but this one, called Elephant Parade, will continue to be on my list because it has a special story.

My husband has worked for a Japanese company for 9 years, and it wasn't until a couple months ago, we finally had our first Japanese guests over for dinner.  They were expecting their first child and had some questions for us.

Sure!  No problem, I thought...  we'd been through it twice after all?  It wasn't until they arrived and we started really getting to know each other that I realized how difficult it would be to have your first child in a country that wasn't your own.  I remember how difficult it was to be a first-time parent - and the over-whelming feeling I had walking into Babies'R'Us for the first time.  Now imagine doing this thousands of miles from home and trying to understand everything-baby in a different language.  My heart really went out to them.

So, of course, after they left, I decided I HAD to make them a quilt.  I sketched out a couple different versions of this before finally settling here.  I used 2 fabrics from Robert Kaufman's Urban Circus with Kona Turquois and Kona Orange.  Although I am still trying to figure out free motion, I managed to do a little echo around the elephant applique in the center (which I think looks awesome if I do say so myself!).

Their son is the cutest little guy and has two gracious and loving parents to guide him throughout his life.  I hope this little quilt will keep him cuddled nice and warm even after our friends return to Japan.

This quilt is partying at:

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Nov 13, 2010

Letting Go..... And Embracing Your Inner Wonk

Nov 13, 2010
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Have you ever had palm sweat right before cutting fabric and squaring up your blocks?

That is what's been going on here today as this engineer goes wonky for the first time.

I like right angles, formulas, calculations and black and white answers.  That's why quilting works for me.

  *sigh*  But part of my journey here is to reconnect with my artist self.  So although optional in That Quilt Along, I will wonk!  Got to try something new, right?? 

(BTW, is wonk a verb in quilting vocab??  I'm making it one, kinda like when someone says "So-and-so "facebooked" me...")

First thing I did was go buy the 10" square ruler/grid Jennifer said we shouldn't run out and buy.

I knew there could be no wonky for me without the comfort of those grid marks telling me it would be ok.

After a few blocks, I got the hang of it, knowing I was still creating a 9" square - just not everything inside would be perpendicular.  For now, I'm ok. 

We'll see how I feel about this after sewing the blocks together...
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Nov 12, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Cherie of Sew and So Quilts

Nov 12, 2010
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Hi!  Welcome to another Follower Friday!  Today we meet Cherie of Sew and So Quilts.  The Christmas quilt she listed below as her favorite project really caught my eye because I started/tried a quilt with the same pattern.  I ended up abandoning it.  Look at the beauty and success Cherie had with it - even winning an honorable mention at a show!  Gorgeous!   Let's learn more about her....

Cherie of Hattiesburg, MS

(originally from Southern Louisiana, transplanted to Virginia for more than 10 years, and now back in Mississippi)

Occupation:  Full time mom and full time nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department (where I use my sewing skills almost every day!)

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  2 daughters, ages 6 and 2, 1 husband, 1 black lab

# Years Quilting:  Although I've been sewing for more than 20 years, I just started quilting about 18 months ago.

How I learned to quilt:  My very first quilt was from Camille Roskelley's Wild Thing pattern. Since I was accustomed to starting and finishing a project in 1-2 days, I whined and complained the entire time with the construction of the quilt and swore I would never make another quilt. Fast forward to stitching the binding and sending it through the wash to produce that crinkly goodness...I was hooked! I've made at least a dozen quilts, many pillows, and all sorts of quilted accessories.

Hand or machine Quilting:  I machine-stitch nearly everything and only hand-stitch binding if I am entering a show. Since I am pretty much self-taught (thank you, online tutes and YouTube!), I am frequently finding ways to improve both my piecing and my quilting. While I love quilting, I still enjoy more instant-gratification-type projects (tops/dresses for the girls, accessories, pillows, etc).

I belong to the New Orleans Modern Quilt Guild, where we just returned from a fabulous retreat! There is SO much talent in that group, and I really enjoyed being with other young women and mothers who enjoy quilting too! I expect that you will be seeing some of their work in upcoming publications.

Favorite project:  My favorite quilt is this year's Christmas Quilt, made from Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas using Schnibbles Times Two's Plan C. I even won an honorable mention at our biennial quilt show last month :) It's quilted with a candy cane and peppermint twists pattern, using a computer-assisted longarm machine.

Workstation set up:  My quilting space was supposed to be a guest bedroom, but I have gradually taken over. I figured that there was no sense in dedicating a room solely for the guest we have about 3 nights a year! I have an idea board, cutting table, and an ironing center. We just had a local furniture maker build a custom unit for me (based on some Pottern Barn pieces, but not Pottery Barn prices!). I LOVE it! These pictures are from the day I set up everything--I don't think it has been so neat and tidy since then :)

Stop by my blog, if you get a chance...I'd love to hear your comments!

To keep up with Cherie and all she's up to, visit her blog Sew and So Quilts or see her on flickr (wright_cherie)!

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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