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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."



MATERIALS:

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 (annemarie@genxquilters.com) 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


DIRECTIONS:

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 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
MATERIALS:
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 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 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 11, 2010

Minky Rag Squares Quilt Tutorial @ SewSara

Nov 11, 2010
Pin It Here's a cool tutorial by Sara of Sew Sara for baby rag quilts using minky on the back....  the thing that really caught my attention was her technique!!  She cuts the front and back into squares and sews them together before piecing the quilt.  Super cool! 


If you dig a little deeper into her blog, you can see Sara made two quilts for twins.  How fun!  I've always wanted to try working with minky.  Now here's a great tute to add to the list!


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Nov 10, 2010

Embellished Baby Onesies

Nov 10, 2010
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Over the weekend, I went to a little Girls' Night Out/Baby Shower for a friend of mine.  She's expecting baby #3, and already has one boy and one girl.  What do you get for a new baby when they already have everything you need for both genders???

Here's what I came up with....


I bought a pack of white onesies and embellished them with I-spy squares I bought from Amy.  Too cute, don't you think?  When she opened them, she was surprised by their uniqueness.  (If only she knew how simple they were to make!)


I just fused the squares to the onesie with fusible web, then used a tight zigzag all around.  Done!
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Nov 8, 2010

Dutch Pinwheel Block Tutorial

Nov 8, 2010
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Ok, so now I'm on a little mission to create some tutes for blocks I love that I haven't found blog links for.  Here's my first! 

The Dutch Pinwheel. 

I found myself in love with this photo over at Angela's.  This is where I found inspiration and new life for some fabric I've had in my stash for years.  I thought I didn't like the fabric, but it turns out, you just have to find the right block for it!  I love it!  Hope you like the tute!



This block is made with 16 HST (Half-Square Triangle) units.  You will need to cut 16 - color/print 2.5" squares and 16 - white 2.5" squares.  You may use charms if you like, or also cutting 2.5" strips into squares will also work.

I used 5" x 5" charm squares for the prints and leftover strips for the white.

1.  Stack the four charm squares on top of each other.  Cut charm squares in half both vertically and horizontally to create 16 - 2.5" squares.  Also, cut 16 - 2.5" squares of white.


2.  Draw a line diagonally across the block from one corner to the opposing corner on all 16 print 2.5" squares.



3.Sew a print 2.5" square right sides together with a white 2.5" square along the drawn line.  Using chain piecing here will get these done in no time! 

Note:  I purposely didn't sew 1/4" away from the drawn line to make 2 blocks from these squares because I felt the resulting HST unit would be too small.



4.  Trim the excess material from the sewn blocks, making sure to cut 1/4" away from the sewn seam.



5.  Press open all blocks, with the seam allowance pressed toward the print.



6.   Arrange your blocks as shown below until you are happy with the fabric placements.



7.  Sew units together to make 4 rows.  Then sew the rows together.  There you go!  All done!


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Nov 4, 2010

Ditching the Pond

Nov 4, 2010
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You guys rock!!  THANK YOU so much for all your comments trying to help me figure out what color combo to go with for That Quilt Along....

After much debate, I am DITCHING THE POND (a direct quote from Angela, tee hee)..

I just wasn't feeling it.  And you know, it will never stop bothering you if you don't change now.  So!  Guess what arrived in the mail??!?!!?  Kona Robin's Egg!  (And guess who is happy, happy, happy!)


Big difference between the two.  So here's the final selections....




And cue the choir of angels......


I think this little number will be helping me out significantly.  Thanks to all those who encouraged me to get one!

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Nov 3, 2010

Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap Ornament Brainstorming

Nov 3, 2010
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I hope everyone has received those little fun fabric packages in the mail! 

(If you haven't, please let me know so I can get out the cattle prod...)


So that means one thing - - ornament brainstorming time!!!


Here's a few things I've found when brainstorming to help get your ideas flowing....

Sent out by one ambitious little Aunt Spicy




On Flickr (sorry I couldn't get the pics here on this post):




Books available at Amazon:


Remember ladies that this swap shouldn't stress you out!  I purposely chose a small and simple project (the ornament) as GXQ's first swap because a) I didn't know who would be interested right before the holidays and b) I know we've all got a million things to do for the holidays.

So!  That being said, I personally don't think you have to make an elaborate mother-of-all-ornaments creation for our swap.  Just something simple and cute to send your partner a little holiday cheer.  Hopefully, you're having fun and making a friend.



Remember:

1.  You only have to use 1 of the 3 FQs you were sent in making the ornament.

2.  Ornaments should be mailed to your partner by December 1, 2010.

3.  When you receive your ornament from your partner, please snap a pic and post it to the Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap flickr group.  It will be so fun to look at everyone's ornaments!

Have fun!  Hope these ideas help!

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