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Dec 31, 2010

Wow - 2010 - What a Year!

Dec 31, 2010
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Wow!  2010 has been quite a year for this Gen X Quilter.

The year started out finishing up a lot of UFOs, started in '08 or '09 before or when pregnant with little guy #2.  After he turned 6 months old in January 2010, I starting getting my sewing mojo back. 

In the spring, my mom and I had a Mother/Daughter Quilting Day, where I taught my mom to quilt from square one.  That was in April.  Now it's all she talks about, and I was SO jealous when she called me up the other day telling me she bought a Sunkissed Layer Cake!


I started another blog (which I don't have time to keep up anymore!) as a way to have a "quilt resume" since I was thinking of applying for a PT gig at a local quilt shop.

Somewhere in there Gen X Quilters hatched, I was inspired and enlightened by all the modern quilters I was meeting online.....and the rest is history!!!

(Somewhere in there I started the local chapter of MQG as well.)

Yikes!


1. Fire Truck Big Boy Bed Quilt 2, 2. Mom & Daughter Quilting Day Runner, 3. Free Motion Practice Potholder 2, 4. Free Motion Practice Potholder, 5. Train Stocking, 6. Super Stars bed quilt, 7. Garden_quilt, 8. Mom bag, 9. Thomas quilt and swing, 10. Cookie Monster Stocking, 11. Elephant Parade, 12. 100 Quilts for Christmas top, 13. Elf Stitchette Pillow Front, 14. Say Boo - cropped, 15. front, 16. side oilcloth boxy cosmetic bag, 17. Stash-Buster Birthday Banner (Tutorial), 18. Ric Rac Burp Cloths, 19. Tooth Fairy Pillow, 20. Pinwheel Patience, 21. Toasty Mug Rug, 22. Aqua Mug Rug w. Fabric, 23. Thanks mom T-shirt, 24. Baby It's Cold Outside Snowflake Quilt, 25. Polka Party Pattern Cover, 26. Mom & Daughter Pincushions

2010 Stats:

Bed Quilts - 2

Table Runners - 1

Christmas Stockings - 2

Pillows - 2

Potholders/Mug Rugs - 4

Bag/Pouches - 3

Throws/Baby Quilts - 7

Overall, I am astounded by how much I was able to accomplish this year.  But I know in reality that I lost baby's morning nap in December, and that this kind of productivity in 2011 will be hard to match.  That's ok - I'm plenty inspired by all of you and it will just keep my list of "to-do" projects growing.

Cheers to a great year! 
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Dec 30, 2010

Pattern Release: Polka Party! Quilt Pattern

Dec 30, 2010
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Here is Gen X Quilters' 1st Pattern Release....

Welcome to the Polka Party!!



$7.00 USD


There are so many fantastic polka dot fabrics out there right now.  These playful and color-rich fabrics inspired this festive quilt. 

Doesn't it look fun?

It is a simple 3 x 4 block design.  10 of the 12 blocks have easy appliques.  The finished quilt measures 42" x 51".  It makes a great children's lap quilt or baby quilt.


This pattern consists of 13-pages of instructions plus step-by-step photos AND an applique template sheet.  The pattern comes an instantly downloadable PDF files once your payment is complete.  The pattern can be purchased by clicking on the Buy Now button above. It will also be available in my new Pattern Shop.


Fabric Requirements:

1 ¼ yards polka dot print

1 yard cream solid
¼ yd. each of 2 coordinating solids
½ yd. of third coordinating solid
2 2/3 yards backing fabric


Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the pattern...

Hope you'll join the Polka Party!




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Dec 29, 2010

Sneak Peek: Gen X Quilters' 1st Pattern!

Dec 29, 2010
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Yikes!  I'm excited and nervous all at once!  One of my goals when starting this blog in the summer was to have a pattern up on the site by the end of the year.  Well talk about just squeaking in! 

I've actually been stalling quite a bit on this just because it's really putting yourself out there.

Writing this pattern has been a great challenge - one that I'm excited to have conquered.  It wasn't easy....  two wonderful pattern testers, Crystal and Nancy, provided constructive feedback and criticism.  It helped me learn how to write for others, not just myself.

This is the beginning of a new chapter for GXQ!!


So tomorrow I will officially unveil my first pattern....

get ready for the

Polka Party!


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Dec 28, 2010

Snowflake Quilt: Brrr! Baby It's Cold Outside

Dec 28, 2010
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Back from the LAQ just in time for the snowflakes falling....  Brrr!  A vivid and perfectly January quilt to hang in my great room.  This is a great quilt to take away those winter blahs we all feel after Christmas.  Take down the tree, and all the decorations.  You are left with an empty house.  This quilt turns blah into Ahh!

I started out unhappy with my piecing, wishing I had placed all dark and medium fabrics in the center with the snowflake.  But I do have to admit, it has really grown on me!  I love that the end finishes in white too, it's just like snow on the edge of the quilt.


Here's the adorable quilting detail - swirling snowflakes.  Wish I could say I did it!

I documented the process with this quilt herehere, here, and here.


Quilt Stats:

Name:  Baby It's Cold Outside

Size: 43" x 43"

Design: Simply Charming - Seasons January pattern.  I omitted the last border in the pattern.

Fabric: Moda Marble Dots, among other Moda wintery prints

Piecing:  Me
Quilting: Kathy Balmert (Quilty Pleasures Long Arm Quilter) and her Gammill Statler.  Snowflake pattern in varigated blue/white thread.

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Dec 22, 2010

Poinsettia Quilt and Sew Fresh Fabrics GiveAway Winner

Dec 22, 2010
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This could quite possibly be my favorite quilt. 


 It's so special when I get to pull it out at this time of year with the tree up...


I have a winner to announce before I sign off for a little bit to enjoy the holidays with family.

The winner of Sew Fresh Fabrics Pick 6 Kona Half Yards is.....

Anne!!!!  (Great name BTW..)
Anne said...


I follow you in Google. Great giveaway!

December 17, 2010 1:19 AM


Congratulations!

Merry Christmas to all of you!  Cheers!
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Dec 20, 2010

Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap Ornaments 2010

Dec 20, 2010
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With Christmas only days away, I thought I'd show you the results of the Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap.

Here are the ornaments in all their Christmas glory!
A big Thank You to all who participated!  I hope you had fun spreading some Christmas cheer.

(To see all photos of the swap, go to the Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap flickr group.)
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Dec 19, 2010

inspiration: a little this, a little that

Dec 19, 2010
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Have you seen these Sweet Sticks at Trader Joe's??  These candy sticks remind me of this colonial furniture store my parents used to frequent when I was a kid.  To keep us kids happy, they'd buy us a little 10 cent candy stick on the way out.


Anyway, I picked these up at Trader Joe's - they were 99 cents each!  Not only to you get the holiday candy, but this {tin} is just adorable for holding sewing notions!!  Just sayin'....



Out shopping at the Christmas display at Bumble on a trip to my husband's hometown...  Look at these fantastic canvas paintings hung high above the Christmas goodies....

(sorry about the quality, this was taken with my phone)

I may have to make a collage like this for my sewing space...

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Dec 18, 2010

Last WIP for Xmas - and the GiveAway Day Winner

Dec 18, 2010
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Well, this is it!  A sneak peek of the last of several projects I've been furiously working on finishing before Christmas....

(yep!  12 Days of Christmas layer cake by Kate Spain from Sew Delightful.  I needed more yardage to finish.  Can you believe I visited 6 LQS, 3 of them modern shops, and no one carried this line??  I absolutely love it!  I'm hoping to snatch up some more in after-xmas sales)


Quilting, binding..... then wrapping!  Don't think I'll have to pull any all-nighters..... thankgoodness.  Mama needs her sleep.

THANK YOU to all who stopped by during the Sew Mama Sew GiveAway Day.  It has been a bit chaotic here with Christmas sewing and two giveaways in one week. 
Without further ado!

The winner is....

Skooks said...


Very cute . . . I really want to make some of these myself too! :)

Congratulations Skooks!  I'll be sending you an email to get the mug rug and fabric in the mail!

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Dec 17, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch

Dec 17, 2010
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Hi there!  Welcome to the last Follower Friday of 2010!  I hope you have enjoyed these spotlights.... I know I certainly do because I get to chat with all of these fantastic quilters.  I'll definitely start up again in January!

Today we get to meet Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch.  I first noticed her when she linked up to GXQ because of the adorable name she has for her blog.  I love it!  Then she really hooked me when she posted her cathedral windows pillow.  I am so jealous!  It looks fantastic and SO modern.  Read on for more!


Brooke of Harrisville, Utah


Occupation: Technical Writer

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband and I have been married for seven years. We have two beautiful children. Our son is almost four and our daughter is two. No pets (thank goodness).

# Years Quilting: One - I started quilting in January 2010.

How you learned to quilt:

 I don't know exactly how I happened upon Alison's blog, Cluck Cluck Sew, but after seeing all the cute things she's made, I was really inspired to start quilting. I started buying fabric here and there. I did (and still do) a lot of blog hopping to find tutorials for how to make different types of quilt blocks. Whenever I came across a term I didn't understand, I would look it up. I don't have a history of quilting in my family (just sewing), but my mom has been a good resource for sewing-related terms I didn't understand. I also joined the Salt Lake City chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild earlier in the year. The girls in the guild have been a wealth of knowledge for me.


Favorite project: This is a toss-up. I have two favorites, but for different reasons. My first favorite is this quilt, called Life Is What You Make It. It was the first real quilt that I made and it's my favorite one to snuggle under. I love the design and the fabric collection (Make Life) is really well-suited to this type of quilt design.
Life Is What You Make It


My other favorite project is this cathedral windows pillow that I made. It's a favorite because this was the first time I tried doing something that was "hard." I was really proud of myself for not only trying something outside my comfort zone, but also because I love how the color combo works together. This project even inspired a project for 2011 - my year of the cathedral windows quilt! (I know, I'm crazy.)
Cathedral Windows Pillow

Other interests: Quilting is pretty much what I spend my spare time doing. My husband is really into photography. Last year, he told me I should get a hobby so he wouldn't feel so bad about all the time he spends doing photography. That's when I picked up quilting and I'm surprised at how much it consumes my life. I work a full-time job from home, so the only free time I get to sew and quilt is at night after I put my kids to bed. That's my me-time and I'm so glad my husband encouraged me to find something I love and enjoy so much. In my non-sewing hours I enjoy reading. My sister and dad (a former librarian) are my designated book recommenders so I always have a good book on my to-read list.

My husband and I worked out a pretty sweet deal earlier in the year. He wanted to buy a new camera after having bought a camera a year and a half earlier. I came up with a contract that if he bought the new camera (which was a significant amount of money), he would have to do the dishes for the rest of his life. He thoughtfully considered the deal and agreed to the terms. Now I have a full-time dish-doer at my house. The only problem is that now my fabric purchases are starting to add up. Pretty soon, he may suggest that we revise the terms of our agreement. That's okay though, because even if we do renegotiate, at least I've gotten a year (or more) out of no dish-duty. =)

Workstation setup:  

Unfortunately, I don't have a dedicated work space for all my sewing. When you live in 1200 square feet, you have to make the most of the space that you do have. I do my sewing at the kitchen table, my cutting on the living room floor/counter/kitchen table, and I store my sewing supplies and fabric in my bedroom and my daughter's room. I keep dreaming of the day I can have a room dedicated to sewing and quilting. I'll even share with the mister if I need to.


To keep up with Brooke and all that she's up to, visit her blog Pitter Putter Stitch.


If you haven't already, don't forget I have two giveaways going on this week!  Today is the last day to enter for my GiveAway Day mug rug and Kokka fabric.  You have until Tuesday to enter for Sew Fresh Fabrics' Kona Pick-6 Half Yards GiveAway!

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilters' Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to annemarie@genxquilters.com. Have a great weekend!
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Dec 15, 2010

GXQ New Sponsor: Sew Fresh Fabrics and a GiveAway!!

Dec 15, 2010
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Hello everyone! I am very excited to bring to you Gen X Quilters' new sponsor, Sew Fresh Fabrics....  just in time for the Kona Your World Swap!


Sew Fresh Fabrics is a relatively new shop, opened just over one year ago, specializing in modern fabrics and Kona Solids. Peg and Becca run the shop together and are admitted fabric addicts!

Sew Fresh Fabrics now carries over 60 shades of Kona Solids.  Bubblegum, Eggplant, Violet, Sour Apple, Blue Jay, Baby Blue, Cayenne, Yarrow and Spring were just added this week.


Peg and Becca have graciously agreed to offer you a fantastic giveaway in their introduction to you....

 A Kona Pick 6 Half Yards Bundle!!


for anyone who is thinking of participating in the GXQ Kona Your World Swap - this is ALL the needed fabric!

And even if you're not, who wouldn't want 3 yards of Kona to play with?


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 Fresh Fabrics and tell me your favorite finds in a comment. (1 entry)

3.  Go to Sew Fresh Fabrics blog and become a follower there (or let me know if you already are one).  (1 entry) 

4.  Go to Sew Fresh Fabrics Facebook page and "like" SFF.  (1 entry)

5.  Go to Gen X Quilters Facebook page and "like" GXQ. (1 entry)

Leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST.


The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator and announced on Wednesday, December 22, 2010.  Pin It

Dec 14, 2010

Kona Your World Fabric Swap

Dec 14, 2010
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It's that Kona Color Card that started it all....  seeing all 200+ shades displayed in one place..... and wanting MORE!!

My new found fascination with Kona Solids is going Swappy in the New Year!  Wanna join in?


Gen X Quilters' Kona Your World Fabric Swap


This is an opportunity to join a new centralized swap to receive a rainbow of new Kona colors to expand your stash of solids.



 Fabric Details:

1.  Each swap member will send 12 Fat Quarters of Kona Cotton Solid fabric to me.

Fabric must be cut into Fat Quarters (18" x22").  12 FQs = 3 yds total

2.  Each FQ must be labeled with both your name AND the Kona Color Shade.  (Make sure to put your name, so you don't receive your own fabric back!)

You may send any combination of colors you like - all one color or several shades.  It's entirely up to you!  Kona Solid Fabric must be new and unwashed.




Shipping Details:

1.  Your package of 12 Kona FQs (labeled with your name and the Kona Shade) should be placed in a ziploc bag to protect the fabric.  The fabric fits into a 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" mailing envelope.  I recommend using the USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope, which costs $4.90 for shipping in the U.S.


2.  Included inside your package, please put another Self-Addressed USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope for me to mail the swapped fabric back to you.  Postage is paid on these packages at the time of shipment.

3.  There will be a shipping and handling charge of $6.00 to have the swap sent back to you.  I will request the payment via PayPal.  Payment must be complete prior to the shipment of your package!


Once I receive every one's FQs, I will sort them out and give you back an array of 12 beautiful new colors for you to try!


To Sign up for the Kona Your World Swap:

Email me at annemarie@genxquilters.com and leave a comment here for fun so we can see who's in!

This swap will be limited to 50 participants.  Sign ups start today and end 12/31/2010 or until the cap is reached.


FQs must be mailed to me by Jan. 31, 2011.

I hope to have the packages back to you within 2 weeks - for a Happy Valentine's Day I guess!

(Participants must be in the U.S. or Canada please.)


And here's a button to spread the Kona love....
Kona Your World Swap at Gen X Quilters



A big Thank You to Lee, who designed the button too!
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Dec 12, 2010

GiveAway Day and GXQ 100 Posts!

Dec 12, 2010
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 Hello hello hello!  Absolutely Welcome to any new vistors here today through Sew Mama Sew's GiveAway Day!

I am very excited that pure coinsidence put GiveAway Day AND my 100th post on the very same day!  So it's reason to celebrate!

Here is my GiveAway....


This mug rug was made by me in my little addiction to making them.  They are so cute and easy to whip up!  This one uses a couple charms from a Robert Kaufman charm pack and some Kona Orange/Turquois. 

 ....And because everybody loves fabric.... I'm throwing in 3/8 yard of Japanese Kokka Russian Dolls cotton/linen fabric!!

Here's the back...


So sit back, grab a cup of tea, and paruse Gen X Quilters for a while.  If you like it, I hope you'll come back soon.  If you've been here a while, thanks for listening and helping me grow as a quilter over the past 6 months.  Here's to another 100!!


To enter for the GiveAway, simply leave me a comment here on this post.  If you are so inclined, tell me something you'd like to see from GXQ in the future.

The GiveAway will remain open until Friday, Dec. 17, 2010.  And I am willing to ship internationally.

The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator and announced on
Saturday, December 18, 2010.



 
Check back again later this week..... GXQ is having a big week!
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Dec 10, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Kati of From the Blue Chair

Dec 10, 2010
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Hi there!  Today we have a great feature for Follower Friday!  Kati of From the Blue Chair is sharing with us today.  She has a fantastic modern style, and she has inspired my new fascination with pillows.  Kati has done quite a few and they are all awesome.  Check out the argyle one on her blog when you get the chance.  Let's find out more about her!






Kati of Salt Lake City, Utah


Occupation: Currently a stay-at-home mom. In a previous life I was an adoption social worker helping birth parents and adoptive parents as well as teaching medical professionals about infant adoption.


Significant Other/Kids/Pets: A husband who is highly tolerant and supportive of my hobbies. Three little kiddos—a three-year-old daughter and 20-month-old twins (a boy and a girl). Finally, Pixel is a shih tzu/yorkie mix who has been demoted as head of the household and still mopes about it.


# Years Quilting: I officially say I have been quilting for one year, but that’s not entirely true. I have made several unimpressive quilts in the past, but only discovered my true addiction to quilting when I learned I could free-motion quilt on my sewing machine. I came across Crazy Mom Quilts through a friend’s blog and saw her tutorial on free-motion quilting. It was a brilliant day. I started immediately and have never looked back. I have made approximately 20 quilts in the past year—all of which I have quilted on my machine.


How you learned to quilt: When my twins were about six months old, life finally started getting back to some kind of normal. Everyone was on the same sleeping/napping schedule and for the first time in months, I had free time again. I started looking for a hobby I could do from home because leaving the house with three very small children is near to impossible. I started collecting crafting and sewing blogs to follow in Google Reader. I learned to quilt from dozens of fabulous quilt bloggers. The internet brings so many possibilities and makes the information so available. People are amazingly generous in sharing their quilting knowledge and tutorials.

Favorite project: It’s so hard for me to pick just one quilt as a favorite project. They are each my favorites for different reasons. I like choosing new things that will challenge me, and I can learn from. One of my favorite projects was the quilt I made for our bed. I made a couple pillows to match and just really like the set.




Other interests: About five years ago I won first prize in a recipe contest through the magazine Quick Cooking. With my prize money I purchased two things that changed my hobbies forever: my first sewing machine and my first version of Adobe Photoshop. I have since purchased a DSLR and love photography. I’m self-taught and always learning, but it’s become a very fun hobby for me. I have also done quite a bit of digital scrapbooking and even designed and printed a family cookbook for my mom and siblings several years ago for Christmas.


Workstation: I’m so lucky to have a dedicated space for my sewing. I use a desk my dad built for me as a child. I’m left-handed so he built me a left-handed desk, and it’s perfect for sewing. I try to stay organized, but it doesn’t always work. I share my corner of the family room with the dog and her kennel. Sometimes we get in each other’s way, but she usually just hangs out with me in front of my desk while I sew. My design wall is simply a white piece of felt held up by pushpins. I love putting my projects up as I work on them. It keeps them out of the way while giving me the chance to really work through my design.




My blog is named after my sewing chair. I refurbished this chair from Goodwill and really love it. I came
up with the blog name at 1 a.m. when I couldn’t sleep. It just popped into my head and seemed perfect.


See what Kati is up to!  Stop by From the Blue Chair for a visit!



Be sure to check back on Sun/Mon as I am taking part in GiveAway Day, hosted by Sew Mama Sew!  It will be fun! 

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilters' Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to annemarie@genxquilters.com. Have a great weekend!
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Dec 9, 2010

100 Quilts for Christmas Charity Quilt Finish!

Dec 9, 2010
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Yea!  I managed to finish this charity quilt for the 100 Quilts for Christmas event in time!  I love the soft baby blue color and the very simple pinwheel design.  This quilt didn't need much to show off the cute elephant cowboy fabric.  (sorry it looks so rumpled...  the quilt got kind of squashed when it traveled on a road trip in the car this past weekend.  Nothing a little fluff in dryer can't take care of!)


After doing a little research on blanket donations, I decided I am taking this little guy to Project Linus.  There are several LQS that take donations, and honestly, I thought that would be easiest with my two boys in tow.


It's backed with a soft cuddly baby blue flannel.  I hope it makes some little boy's Christmas!

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Dec 7, 2010

Go Green Shopping Bag Tutorial @ Canoe Ridge Creations

Dec 7, 2010
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Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations is a new find for me!  She did this super cute and easy tutorial for Go Green Shopping Bags which look fantastic and are really addictive to make!


I thought it would be great to highlight her tute now because of the big push to use upcycled or reusable items as wrapping paper for gifts this holiday season.  Imagine receiving a gift wrapped up in one of these - and then being able to keep and use the adorable bag shopping!?!  Great idea!!
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Dec 6, 2010

Elf Stitchette Pillow

Dec 6, 2010
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I AM SO EXCITED!  I suddenly felt the urge to start an embroidery project... 

(I think I am realizing as I write the reason: quite a few people bring their handwork to the CMQG meetings.  But since I lead everything, I really can't do something else on the side...  But their stuff looks fantastic...  Anywho!)

I was inspired and decided to give it a try!  Here's what I came up with...



It little while ago, I found the Wee Wonderfuls site while browsing for ornament ideas for the Ho-Ho-Holiday Swap.  I ended up making one her free patterns for my partner.


I saw a bunch of other super cute free projects while I was there and remembered this little Elf Stitchette pattern when I was struck with the embroidery bug.  The pillow is completed by some prints from the 12 Days of Christmas line.




There is also an adorable little boy elf that I think I may have to make to keep her company.


If anyone else knows of any cute embroidery sites, I think I may have started a new little habit....





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Dec 3, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Traci of Real Photography

Dec 3, 2010
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Yippee!  The return of Follower Friday!  Can you believe that I'd never skipped a Friday since starting this post over the summer until last week?  Well, it returns with a Bang!  Today we meet Traci of Real Photography, who is a professional photographer and quilter on the side....her photos are simply GORGEOUS.  They make you want to wrap up in her beautiful quilts and have a warm cup of tea.  Seriously.  Here's a little about her! 


Traci of Colorado Springs, CO

Occupation: Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband, Nic, and I have two kiddos--our four year old son, Will, and 8 month old daughter, Ellie. Will is my helper when it comes to most projects--he has all sorts of opinions about color and placement. I work from home, so our day tends to bop between normal stay-at-home-mom activities, me cramming in editing/accounting/emails for my full time job as a photographer, and sneaking in some sewing time.

People often ask how I find the time, and that is simple: I stay up wayyyyyy too late and get up too early! That and I got a new super low maintenance hair cut that has given me back 25 minutes of my life each day. The fact that it's sort of hideous is beside the point. :P

# Years Quilting: 13 years--I started my first quilt at the age of 14 while living in England. (If you think that makes me a huge nerd you should know that my sister designed, appliqued, and finished her very own Star Trek Voyager quilt. So no, I am not the nerdiest teenager ever.)

Hand or machine piecing or quilting: I love hand quilting, and have a giant queen sized quilt block sampler that I am hand quilting, but with so little time and so much cute fabric, I've been machine quilting everything lately--even binding! The faster I can get that quilt finished, the more fabric I can play with! :D

How you learned to quilt: My mom was taking a quilting class with a group of American expatriates shortly after we moved to England. I stole her book and read ahead--teaching myself from the book. I fell hard for the Baltimore Album style and would love to finish the Baltimore Album style quilt I started some day! (When I get even slightly sad about not having much time for crafts, I just remember that I will be an incredibly busy old lady when I hit that nursing home--I'll finally have time to finish all of the hand-work projects I started as a teenager! Let's just hope I don't get arthritis!)

Favorite Completed Project: I'll share two. The quilts that mean the most to me are these matching baby quilts. They're not modern--the design is firmly entrenched in 1983, but I passed my baby quilt down to my son, and when I was pregnant with my daughter my mom surprised me with a matching quilt for her. The fact that she lives in Seattle and we live in Colorado made it even more amazing, and the fact that my dad was a critical part in sketching, shopping for fabric and putting the whole thing together made it that much more special.



Since that one is a bit of a cheat since I only made the binding on the original quilt, I'll share something I actually am responsible for, too. :) I am loving this Halloween quilt right now.  I'm very excited for it to be a part of our Halloween traditions and memories.




Quilting workstation setup: My 'workstation' is a bone of contention in the family--I use one half of our large dining room table and it makes Nic a little bit crazy. Right now it's been in disarray for a few weeks as I try to finish off several projects at once (two quilts, two halloween costumes, and a table cloth). But since it's located right at the center of our home, it makes the perfect spot for grabbing 5 minutes to sew here and there when the kids are playing nicely! And yes--that is how I usually quilt at night: with both a mug of tea and a glass of wine.



My motto: At this stage in my life, I've given up the idea that craftsmanship in my quilts is important. Done is better than perfect. Sometimes done is even better than good. :P I use that quote from the Ramona Quimby books: "It would never be noticed from a trotting horse" as my guide. Is it bad enough that someone would notice it in passing? Okay--rip it out and fix it. If not, keep moving forward!



Where to find me: As a new craft blogger, I would love to have more people visit my sewing blog! I update it several times a week. I'm also active on flickr with the user name Traci Turchin.  



If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilters' Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to annemarie@genxquilters.com. Have a great weekend!
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