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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.)


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


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 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 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 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 1, 2010

wip wednesday

Dec 1, 2010
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I'm linking up in Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday again...  I think I really like this.  It's kind nice to watch your progress on things you may not otherwise have noticed.  So, on to the projects!

1.  100 Quilts for Christmas Charity Quilt:  This is a small baby quilt and I pieced  and quilted it since last week.  It's just 6 simple pinwheels in the baby blue pinstripe and white, bordered by white sashing, then framed at the top and bottom with the cowboy elephant border.  It needs binding to be complete. I think it's cute!  I need to start my donation plan....I'd like to give it to our local Children's Hospital I used to work at and need to figure out who the right contact is.

2.  That Quilt Along:  I pieced the back (Kona Coal and Make Life by Sweetwater for Moda) which is always more work than you think since I've turned into a prewasher, and then I basted the whole thing before I turned it over.  Ahhhh!!  There are wrinkles everywhere.  My fingers couldn't take any more that day and my determination has wavered....  Must fix so I'll hopefully have some progress for next week.

3.  New Adventure in Embroidery:  I haven't really done too much in the way of embroidery.  I'm not sure what probed me to get started now.... but I've been having a great time working on this in the evening. 

 For some reason, it's SO relaxing. Here's a sneak peek! I'm so excited! I'll be posting the finished project maybe this weekend....

Now why am I blogging?  I need to be working on xmas gifts!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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