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Jun 24, 2011

A Blogiversary GiveAway Follower Friday: Me - AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters

Jun 24, 2011
Pin It Today is my very first blogiversary!!  Wowee!  What fun this past year has been.  I look back and cannot even fathom how much I have grown - and I entirely attribute this growth to finding the quilty blogging community.  I am always SO inspired by the creativity shown here.  It keeps my to-do and wip list long!

My mom came up with the idea to feature myself on my anniversary - and lucky for me, it actually does fall on a Friday!  So here it is, a little peek into who I am...

AnneMarie - Columbus, OH

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom, aspiring quilt pattern designer, ESL tutor, and former mechanical engineer

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  My husband and I have 2 boys (almost 5 and almost 2).  We have no pets.  I believe that pet fur would drive me nuts if I was constantly lint brushing it off fabric.  But 4 y.o. is starting to ask for one.  We'll see.

# Years Quilting: 5+ years

How you learned to quilt:  
I am completely self-taught.  I received a sewing machine for Christmas the year I was pregnant with my first son.  I wanted to make a "quilt" for my baby, but had no idea how to begin.  My pregnant brain - although an engineer - couldn't even figure out how to thread the machine!  After my MIL and SIL showed me how, I was off and running.  Consulting no one, I started cutting squares of flannel with scissors and pieced together the first one.  After finishing one project, I decided to try another, this time taking some guidance from a Quilts and More magazine.

I looked at a lot of magazines and a few books from my library to generate ideas for my own designs.  It wasn't until one year ago that I discovered all the creative crafty blogs.  I blame it on the fact that my boys wouldn't let me surf during the day, and I was too tired to get on the computer at night.

Favorite Completed Project:

Although this quilt is not really modern and is made up of entirely Joann's fabric, I still have to say that it is my favorite.  I made up the design and enlarged the firetruck from the print fabric to make the applique.  This quilt is on my 4 y.o.'s bed and gets used and snuggled with every single night.  I know that he will out grow it's cuteness eventually, but for now, it's the perfect little boy quilt for him.

Quilting workstation setup:  
Ok, people.  I have to be honest.  THIS is clean with the exception of the batting piles.  I debated cleaning - or showing my workstation as it really is.  A giant scatter of usually 8 wips, stacks of fabric, and empty decaf coffee cups.  Cleaning won out - but maybe sometime I'll show you how the real artist works over here.  It's a disaster.

Lucky for me, it's in the basement.  So most of the time, I just shut the door at the top of the stairs and the mess is gone...  I don't know how some of you operate in your dining room.  It would consume my entire house!  The negative side of the basement is the lighting.  It's horrible and I struggle daily trying to get good shots without having to run upstairs every time.  That would be good exercise though.  Also, on the negative side would be the cold - hence the pink Mr. Rogers sweater hanging on my sewing chair below.

Hubby bought me this lovely hutch to store my fabric in for Christmas last year.  Haven't decided what color to paint it yet...  half yards and up.

FQ storage.  Someday I'll get to those comic boards to organize all of this.  But for now, this is it!  P.S. I love Niagara Spray Starch.


Machine(s) you sew on:
Janome MC 4900 QC.  Last year I upgraded from my beginner machine about a month or so before starting this blog.  The extension table was this year's b-day present.


Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room:  The Niagara Spray Starch shown above.  Love it!  Makes everything so crisp for piecing.  Really helps with my accuracy.


NOW - do you want to know the best part about Follower Friday Blogiversary Edition???

check THIS out!
When I ordered some new business cards, there were all these fun merchandising coupons to play around with.  I wanted one shirt for myself and picked up a couple extra for my extra special readers.  Might be fun to wear to a sew-in or something.  Of course, I'll be wearing mine everywhere!

Each winner will also get one FQ of each Bees Knees print shown above.

To enter to win one of these shirts and FQs, simply leave a comment here on this post.  Tweet, blog or Facebook it for an additional entry.  I'll pick 2 winners on Thursday, June 30th.  The t-shirts are size Large.   This GiveAway is now closed.

Thanks for being a part of Gen X Quilters!  


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96 comments:

  1. Happy Blogaversary. What would we do without blog friends???/

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  2. Happy Blogaversary! love your fabric hutch! And I'm so jealous of your sewing machine. I'm still sewing on a Kenmore. Sigh... maybe one day!

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  3. Congratulations Anne Marrie, on your blogiversary! I love your profile series and I'm glad you profiled yourself. it's fun to get to know other bloggers a bit and see where and how they work. Keep up the great work!

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  4. I love your FQ storage bin. Great way to be able to actually see what you have in your stash. And happy Blogiversary to you!

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  5. Happy One Year of Blogging! It sounds and looks like you have come so far. I too have just recently started quilting in the past few years so I can relate to many things on your blog. It's been fun following and thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I'll gladly post your blog on my Facebook for the day in exchange for another entry.

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  7. Congrats on your blogiversary! Looks like your hard work is paying off :)

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  8. Congratulations!!!! Time definitely picks up speed when one is involved in something you love! Life lived in full fabric color is the best:-) Doreen

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  9. Happy Blogiversary!! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago! I love it! Hope you have many happy blogging years to come!

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  10. Happy Blogiversary! How fun, I always love seeing everyone's sewing set up! Thanks!

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  11. Happy Blogiversary! Would love to win a shirt and fabric! :)
    mamaisaac09(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Happy Blogiversary! Loved reading about you AnneMarie and I really enjoyed the peek into your sewing space. I recently started using starch- why did I hold out so long?? Makes a huge difference! :) Have a great weekend!

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  13. Happy Blogaversary! I just started my blog and have enjoyed every minute. I love the title of your blog as I am an older Gen X-er. Kind of too young to be a Baby Boomer you know. I read the profiles and fit in both. AND, I love your machine. I upgraded to a Brother Quilter but would love to have a Janome or Bernina. Thanks for the Giveaway! Hope I win!

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  14. I love learning how people got into quilting, and seeing their crafting spaces :)

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  15. Happy Happy Blogiversary! It's hard to keep an area clean when you're playing in it isn't it? Mine usually looks nice and orderly for about a week before everything gets piled together. Congrats!

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  16. Happy Blogthingaymejog. I enjoy reading!

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  17. Yay! Congrats on the milestone. I love getting a peek into your sewing room. You have so much space!

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  18. Love to read your blog. I am jealous of your workingspace.
    I would love to win the shirt.

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  19. Congrats on your blog anniversary!! I too quilt in the basement!! I am enjoying following your blog! Thanks for the chance to win! ps Yorkies don't shed!! gougeonathome@charter.net

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  20. Great post! I operate from my dining room and it's a mess :) I love your sewing space. Happy Blogaversary!

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  21. Happy blogiversary! I love your workspace, so big and those tables are definitely big enough to make me super jealous! Also, way cute fabric storage! :) Congrats on your one year!

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  22. Congrats on hitting the one year mark! :)

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  23. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself. I love your sewing space, especially your hutch! :) sleepachu at hotmail dot com

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  24. Happy Blogiversary! You are a wonderful part of the online quilting community - we are lucky to have you! :)

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  25. Happy blogiversary!

    I enjoyed getting to know you better!

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  26. I like that you showed your sons quilt with the firetruck and told us it was made from JoAnns fabric. When I saw the photo, I knew I had seen the red plaid somewhere before....JoAnns.

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  27. Congratulations! I loved reading about your quilting journey and seeing the space!
    ellaredstar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  28. How fun. Congrats on your blogiversary! I enjoy reading your blog and thanks for sharing info about you today :)

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  29. Wow, your quilting story is great - your fire engine quilt is great too. Congratulations on 1 year of blogging - I enjoy reading your posts. And thanks for the chance.

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  30. Congratulations on your one year blogiversary! It is so much fun....thanks for sharing so much over this year including the Kona Swap that increased my stash.

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  31. Congratulations on your blogiversary!!! How exciting :)

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  32. Happy Blogiversary to you! I love the quilt you made for your son.

    kaety-scott (at) att (dot) net

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  33. Happy Blogiversary! Those fabrics are super duper cute! Love all your storage too and as for the messy crafting, well, I work better with 7 projects staring at me begging for attention. My craft room (also in the freezing basement) is always a disaster, hahaha.

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  34. HAPPY BLOG-AVERSARY!

    I love the FQ bundle.

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  35. Tweeted about giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/TaniaScott/status/84281451255836673

    kaety-scott (at) att (dot) net

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  36. Congrats on your blog anniversary. Love your quilting area, and I'm so jealous because you have such a large area. My sewing machine is in the spare bedroom - not much room left after the bedroom suite was put in there. But I shall not be beaten down...I've found ways to get that sewing machine in there, and I'll continue to sew. And sew. And sew.

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  37. Happy Blogaversary. And 650 followers in one year is very impressive. Can I say Jealous? Congrats!

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  38. Congrats on your blogiversary! Thanks for the starch tip...I'm definitely going to try it. It's fun getting to know your quilting journey. I really enjoy your blog too. Thanks!

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  39. Wow, congratulations on your first Bloversary! You've had a lot of success in a very short time!

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  40. CONGRATULATIONS I love your quilts and your blog

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  41. Congratulations!! I am so happy I found your blog... it makes me feel like I am not the only "young" quilter out there as all of my quilting friends here in town are 55 years plus. Thank you so much for all the inspiration you offer!

    ginette(dot)vallieres(at)rogers(dot)com

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  42. ooh! Nice fabrics, thanks for the giveaway!
    And happy blogiversary!

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  43. Happy Blogiversary!!

    Love the t-shirt design, but a Large wouldn't fit, so just consider this post a Happy Blogiversary post, if you draw my number, draw another...

    Take Care,
    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  44. Happy Blogoversary!! I have never used starch before, I'll have to give it a try ;-)

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  45. happy blogaversary,lovely fabrics and t shirt

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  46. Happy anniversary! Thanks for starting Gen X Quilters!

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  47. Congratulations!!! I love reading your blog.

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  48. Happy blogiversary and thanks for this awesome giveaway!

    I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/QuixoticWeetzie/status/84329259631513600

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the inspiration that you have given to me over the months!

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  50. Happy blogiversary! Your first quilt is super cute, and it definitely doesn't look like a first quilt -- the appliqued fire trucks are awesome. I hope you get to celebrate with a yummy dinner! :)

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  51. Great interview.. Love the cabinet and set up ....

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  52. Congratulations! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. Happy Blogoversary! Great T-shirts, those are super cute! I love your first quilt. Just because you define yourself as a modern quilter doesn't mean everything you make or love has to be modern :) Thanks for all the great blog posts.

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  54. Happy Blogiversary!
    Your sewing place very comfortable, love it..
    Thanks for the chance to win the fabrics and T-shirt :D

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  55. OMG , nice to see YOU here! This is great! Happy blogiversary... and may I say that is my FAVORITE MACHINE EVER. I sold my 4900 to upgrade to the 7700... and I still get choked up thinking about it. My purple 4900 was the best ever. Good for you!
    I personally would love to win that T. ; )
    ~Monika

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  56. Congratulations on your blogaversary. You have a very lovely sewing place. I wish mine looked like that!

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  57. Happy Blogiversary! I just love your sewing space - perfect, lucky you!! Thanks for the chance to win the t-shirt and beautiful bundle of fabric!!

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  58. I tweeted your giveaway @mimistarquilter!

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  59. Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for sharing a bit about yourself.

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  60. love your quilts, love your give-a-ways, love your swaps! Can't believe you've only been doing this a year!!

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  61. Cute t-shirt! I would love to wear one. I love your blog too!

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  62. Congratulations on the blogiversary!! Love your T-shirts!!

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  63. Congratulations on your blogiversary . I love the hutch you store your fabric in.

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  64. Happy anniversary. Congrats on cleaning your sewing room. I clean about every 6 months and I'm about due. It's getting so I can hardly walk around my cutting table and I am cutting in a space of about 9" by 12 ". Then there's the stack of projects threatening to fall over on my machine. I start with such good intentions but one thing leads to another and there's fabric piles, scraps, squares, possibles, maybes, and general mess. Luckily, I can also shut the door and only let those with understanding hearts or similar addictions enter.

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  65. Happy Blogiversary! I love seeing your sewing space. Do you have trouble with your machine bouncing on your table when you sew fast? I don't usually sew fast but when I do, I get the bounce.

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  66. YAY you! What a great achivement, thank you for sharing that love!

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  67. Happy one year anniversary of blogging. So nice to learn about you. Thanks for a chance to win the t-shirt and fabric bundle!
    esterling9 at aol dot com

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  68. Happy Blogiversary! I like your shirts!

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  69. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sazzyfrazzy/status/84541691750653953

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  70. Congrats!
    So happy that you started blogging a year ago - I love reading your blog!
    Cute shirts, too!

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  71. Happy Blogiversary! Has it only been one year?? I must have been one of your first followers. I love the shirt and would be so honored to have one, of course, fabric is awesome too :)

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  72. Happy Blogiversary! You have a beautiful sewing area! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  73. Happy Anniversary on your wonderful blog. It is thrilling to see the new generation of the quilting world.

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  74. Happy Anniversary, AnneMarie!

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  75. Congrats on your blogiversary!Hope next year is even better!

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  76. Happy Blogiversary AnneMarie! You followed a mother's advice - I'm keeping this post on the qt unless I win - because my Mom would love for me to follow more of her advice! The fire truck quilt is great - wish we had a little grandnephew - all are girls.

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  77. So glad I found your blog....it's amazing!

    Thanks for a fun giveaway!

    Julie
    wjtrout@paulbunyan.net

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  78. Gina S. :Happy Blogiversary! At least i know i'm not the only one in the basement! Love reading your blog and will add you to my fb. :)

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  79. Happy Anniversary! I love reading your blog and joining in on your swaps!
    katrina_hertzer2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. Congratulations on your blog-aversary!

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  81. I love Gen-X Quilters! Happy Blogiversary!

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  82. Oooo - love those fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway chance! :)

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  83. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/birdie00000/status/85169136266780672

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  84. How exciting to have your blogiversary! I love your sewing space. I operate out of my dining room and believe me it's tough. I have sewing supplies spread in different closets throughout the house.
    I would love a basement to house my sewing space. I'm sure I would have to have one good oil filled space heater to keep me company.

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  85. Yay, how fun to learn more about YOU! Happy blogiversary, your blog is such a wonderful gathering place for all us Gen X Quilters! : )

    The t-shirts look fab, BTW!

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  86. I would love to win a T Shirt!

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  87. I loved reading how you came to quilting and seeing pictures of your workroom. From another GenX quilter in Australia.

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  88. hello!
    I want to play with you...please enter my name....
    lapappilon.blogspot.com
    lapappilon@gmail.com
    Hugs
    Eva from Serbia

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  89. Congratulations Anne-Marie on your Blogiversary! I have so enjoyed your blog during the past year. Great ideas and inspiration.

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