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Jan 31, 2011

New! Enter the Love Nest Quilt Contest with flickr

Jan 31, 2011
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Have you checked out GXQ's flickr group recently?  The Traceys reminded me that not everyone has a blog by uploading not one, not two....but FIVE fabulous modern bed quilts to the GXQ flickr group!!  She had me me slapping my forehead, thinking immediately I must add a flickr option to the Love Nest Quilt Contest...

So....

for anyone who doesn't have a blog, but would still like to enter the contest...

please upload the pic to flickr and add some more detail in the description to give us the quilt story.

You can then use the flickr URL as the link when adding your entry to the linky.

Sound good?


Remember all entries must be received by Wed. 02/09/2011!
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Jan 28, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Susanne of Susanne Loves

Jan 28, 2011
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Ahhh, the last Friday of January....what happened?!?  Well, that's ok!  Maybe spring will be here before we know it!  Today I am featuring Susanne of Susanne Loves.  Susanne is not only a great quilter, but she has that professional photographer thing going for her which makes her quilts absolutely stunning when she captures the true vibe of her work.  An artist in so many ways.  If you haven't seen her Google quilt, it's a really unique quilt that really caught my attention - so modern!  Let's learn more about her!





Susanne of the MidWest, USA

I'm Susanne, a thirty something transplant to farm country Midwest (lots of cows and corn out here!!). We’ve been here less then a year and I probably always call Seattle home.


Occupation/Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  I’m a stay at home mom to three beautiful children and wife to a brave Army soldier. We have a four year old boy, almost 3 year old girl and the baby, 14 months. The first two are 18 months apart and the second two are also 18 months apart. CRAZY TIMES!!

# Years Quilting:  I’ve always been surrounded by sewing. My mom was a factory seamstress for a large part of my childhood. (Sweatshop worker, as my other ½ likes to call it--he also calls my sewing space my sweat shop *rolling my eyes*) So, I grew up surrounded by all things sewing. I’m sure like most of you Gen Xers, “Home Ec” was still a standard part of my education and was focused on domestic things like “cooking and sewing.” So I did all of those basic hand sewing things like making pillows and sewing buttons at school.

I‘ve been quilting for about 4 years. I got into it shortly after I had my son. I received a quilt from someone I‘ve never actually met but I just fell in love with it. What I didn’t realize (until some time last spring) was that there was this huge online community of quilters and sewists who ARE actually my in my cohort!!!


How you learned to quilt:  Self taught and still learning!!! You can probably tell this by what I like to call the rule of thirds. It seems every 3rd project I sew turns out looking like my 4 year old took over my machine hahaha!!! It’s a part of the joy of learning though. Who says Julia Child never burned a meal, right?!



Favorite Completed Project
Definitely the Rhino quilt.





Every time I try to put to words why this quilt is my fav 1) I feel like I’m telling a story that is not mine to tell and 2) I get all misty eyed. It’s very special.

Other interests: I had a thriving photography business, but after the move I put very little time into building & maintaining clients. I still drag my camera with me every where, but I have lost a lot of interest in doing it as a ‘job.’ I love to read, music and spending WAY too much time looking at the internet on my phone. Friendships are also very important to me. Friendships, like quilts really do take time, effort and love to make and maintain. A quilt will NOT last a life time if you don’t treat it well. Neither will a friendship.



Workstation Setup:
Type of sewing machine(s):  Both my machines are singers. The serger is a professional 5 and the standard is a confidence quilter.


One thing I can't live without in my sewing space: Right now it's totally my heat lamp.  : ) The nights (when I sew) are SO cold even with the heat cranked into the 70's it gets chilly.


To keep up with Susanne and all that she's up to, visit her blog Susanne Loves.




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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Jan 27, 2011

Sliced Coins Quilt Along + my favorite Gap Jeans

Jan 27, 2011
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Yup.  That's right.  These were my favorite Gap Jeans.  Until I wore a hole in the knee playing cars and trains on the floor all day.  Wanna know the best part about them?


They're called "Long and Leans".  Which I think is hilarious, as I am neither "long", nor "lean". 


Anyway, 2 of the 5 pairs of jeans I've saved for no real reason are a part of this quilt-along.  It was really fun to take the scissors to them.  I'm not done cutting coins yet, but everything is coming from my stash.  We'll see where it leads.....!


And....I owe you a winner! 

The winner of the Sweetwater Custom Labels is....



MOLLY!!

Molly said...

Those are fabulous! I am a follower of this blog :)
January 19, 2011 9:26 AM

Congratulations Molly and I hope we will get to see your super cool labels from Sweetwater sometime soon!



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Jan 26, 2011

Learning EQ7 with Nicey Jane

Jan 26, 2011
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I think I forgot to mention my DH put Electric Quilt 7 in my stocking this year!  I am working on my first design to learn the software using a Half-Yard set of Nicey Jane my MIL gave to me for Christmas.


So far I am pretty impressed with EQ7... especially since I have been doing all my own designs by hand and calculator for quite a few years.  So far, I love being able to see different designs/layouts and importing the fabric swatches to see them digitally before starting to cut.

Here's what I've got so far....

I'm trying to decide what solid should be my background though.
Kona Maize

Or Kona Green Tea


Any thoughts?  In the back of my head, I think I want to use the yellow shade.  How happy and cheery.  But honestly I'm a little worried it would look too neutral once it was cut.  The green looks better digitally...  and of course, there is always classic white.

It will be interesting to see how these virtual quilt designs translate to real live fabric.


Don't forget!  Today is the last day to enter for Sweetwater's Label GiveAway

AND

Enter the Love Nest Quilt Contest to win other sweet fabrics or gift cards!


Linking up to wip wed!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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Jan 24, 2011

Love Nest Quilt Contest at Gen X Quilters

Jan 24, 2011
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Ok kids!  It's almost February.....the month of LOVE!!  To celebrate and strut our stuff, let's have another quilt contest. 


We're looking to see some great inspiration here...  (After all, I am secretly dreaming of redoing our master bedroom, but shhh! don't tell my husband!)


The Love Nest Quilt Contest will be a quilt show for
bed size modern quilts

Quilts must be finished (quilted and bound).  No quilt top entries.  Anyone may enter (but it helps to follow if you don't already to stay up-to-date with the contest activities!)

How to enter:

1. Write a post on your blog for your quilt entry.  If your entry was blogged about within the last two months, you may use that post.  Otherwise, please enter an updated post on your quilt for the contest.  Tell us all the details...  how long did you work on it?  What inspired you?  Is it from a pattern or your own design?  Was this a new technique or block that you tried?  Any Ah-ha! moments? 

2. Include a link to this page in your post. The easiest way is to just copy and paste the button code right into your blog/post.

Gen X Quilters





3. After you write your post, come back here and enter it in the linky below.  Please make sure to link to your specific blog post (not just your blog) in the linky.

3.5.  for anyone who doesn't have a blog, but would still like to enter the contest...
please upload the pic to flickr and add some more detail in the description to give us the quilt story.
You can then use the flickr URL as the link when adding your entry to the linky. (edited 01/31/2011)
4. Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, February 9, 2011.

5. Blog hop among all the other entries and enjoy others' creativity.


Finding our winners:
VOTE for your FAVORITE!

After the entries close on 02/09/2011, everyone will vote for their favorite!

Voting will take place here at GXQ from Feb.10 - Feb. 16, 2011.


GUEST JUDGES to select the WINNERS!

The top 6 quilts from the public vote will be reviewed by our guest judges.  I think you may know them!

Amy of Diary of a Quilter


(Amy is a fantastic pattern designer - her simple use of color is stunning!  Last fall, she did a wonderful (and very detailed) series called "How to Make a Quilt from Start to Finish" for beginners with Make and Takes.  It answers all those questions you were afraid to ask.  She is very generous in sharing her knowledge and I love her writing style - as she really makes you feel like her friend!

and

Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts


(Vickie is one of the original Moda Bake Shop Chefs.  She has many patterns published in magazines and she just announced she is a part of the new MBS book Fresh Fabric Treats!  All this, and I am fortunate enough to be in the CMQG with her - how nice it is to know someone in real life!) 

along with myself

(I only get to be here since I organized this whole quilt show!)


will select the 3 winners from the top 6 quilts.



THE EYE CANDY


 half yard bundle of Anthology, 7 prints from Sew Fresh Fabrics

Central Park Layer Cake by Kate Spain from Sew Delightful Fabrics


$25 gift certificate to Above All Fabric

The winners will be announced on Thursday, February 17, 2011.  The first place winner will select their choice from the prizes listed above, then the second place winner will choose, and so on.

A big THANK YOU to Sew Delightful Fabrics, Sew Fresh Fabrics and Above All Fabric, for sponsoring this contest with GXQ!!

So excited to see your creations!



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Jan 22, 2011

Soft Book Tutorial @ Don't Call Me Betsy

Jan 22, 2011
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Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy put together a tutorial for an adorable little soft book for her nephew!  It's so cute and she gives plenty of ideas of things to sketch on the interior pages of the book. 
Matthew's book - the front


The little taggy sunshine is perfect for those little hands!


Matthew's book - day and night
If you haven't seen her tute, be sure to stop over and check it out.  What a great gift this would make for any little baby or toddler to love on!


Also, don't miss Elizabeth's Sliced Coins Quilt-along....it's just getting started...

She released the first post for the Quilt-Along yesterday (Cutting Instructions), it's not too late to join up!

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Jan 21, 2011

Follower Friday: Lee of Freshly Pieced

Jan 21, 2011
Pin It Yea Friday!  Our featured guest today doesn't need an introduction really....  I'm sure most of you already know her.  The lovely Lee of Freshly Pieced!  She has had two of her tutorials featured here on GXQ, hosts the fun weekly link-up party w.i.p. Wednesday, and is genius in her designs and use of fabric.  If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you are certainly missing out.  All that - and I feel lucky to consider her a bloggy friend of mine!  We've seen the gorgeous quilts, now let's meet the girl behind the scenes!




Lee of Milwaukee, WI

Occupation:   Mostly stay-at-home mom. I'm also a graphic designer, although I haven't done much "real" work in the last few years—mainly just little jobs for friends and family. And my degree is in journalism, so in a previous life I was a reporter, writer, and editor. I guess that's why I love blogging so much!

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  I live with my husband (my regular readers might know him as "McLurky"), my two lovely daughters, ages 4 and almost 2, and my standard poodle, who is so kind as to never shed a single dog hair on any of my quilts.

# Years Quilting:  Three. But I've only been quilting regularly for about a year and a half. Pregnancy and then a newborn interrupted my obsession for a little while.


How you learned to quilt:

About eight years ago, I caught an episode of Martha Stewart Living featuring a woman whose quilts just awed me. They were like nothing I'd ever seen before: Bold and bright and geometric and modern. I hadn't sewn a single stitch at that point, and had never given quilting much thought one way or the other. But when I saw those quilts, I picked my jaw back up off the floor and thought, "I HAVE to learn to do that." Unfortunately, I didn't know a thing about it, and it was a pretty unrealistic hobby for me at that point, so it didn't happen then. As time went on, I forgot the name of the quilter from Martha's show, but her work stayed with me.

Five years later, I had recently had my first child and had just quit work to stay home with her full time. My mom upgraded her sewing machine, so she gifted me her old 40-year-old avocado green Kenmore and gave me a few basic sewing lessons. From there, I taught myself to quilt using books and online tutorials. I have the screwed-up beginners' quilts to prove it.

Oh, and that quilter I saw on Martha's show? It was Denyse Schmidt, of course. She's still one of my favorite designers and such an inspiration to me.

Favorite projects:

Oooh, that's a tough one. It's hard to choose! Well, my Single Girl quilt definitely has to be one of them. It's king-size, so it took ages, but it was truly a labor of love.


My other favorite (at the moment) is my most recently completed top, my Urban Lattice Quilt-Along in Far Far Away 2.



Other interests:  Reading, travel, and reality TV. But I have little kids, so I've mostly abandoned those first two.

Workstation setup:


This used to be our guest room, then it was my home office—and now it's my sewing room. I love my space, especially my floor-to-ceiling design wall (really just a flannel sheet nailed to the wall, but it works!). It also has a nice big closet for fabric storage and lots of natural light, with two windows. It's such a great de-stresser to open that window on a warm spring day and spend a naptime sewing and listening to the birds singing.
 
 
Thing you can't live without in your sewing room:  I have to go with my rotary cutter. I can't seem to cut a straight line with scissors to save my life! I've used that thing on everything from fabric to loose threads to paper. (Yes, I change the blade often!)
To keep up with Lee and all that she's up to, visit her blog Freshly Pieced.


P.S. Are the any other questions you would like me to ask our featured Follower?  I think it's really fun to see everyone's workspaces.  If you think of anything else, just let me know!

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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Jan 19, 2011

Sweetwater Custom Labels GiveAway!

Jan 19, 2011
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A while ago I asked in this post where everyone was getting quilt labels from...

There were quite a few suggestions and I did a bit of research on all the suggestions before I decided to start working with Sweetwater (thanks Wendy!).

Yep... that's right, the same Sweetwater who designed Make Life, Pure, and (I want it so bad) Sunkissed lines of fabric.  They have a very diverse business from creating those fabric lines we know and love, to labels, to stationary, to graphic design....


I wrote to Sweetwater asking about designing custom fabric labels, and I worked with Lisa to develop what I liked.  She made design suggestions which helped me improve the readability of the label.

GXQ prototype label

Lisa and Sweetwater's customer service was above and beyond.  We've communicated back and forth several times trying to get the sizing, readability and colors right.  I really felt taken care of.


GXQ labels rev 2, 3 and 4

I have decided to go with the labels on the top left hand corner, which are in charcoal grey.  They come with the fusible web on the back, so all you have to do is iron on and stitch secure.  I could not be happier!

Now for the awesome part....

Sweetwater is giving away 25 small custom fabric labels to one lucky GXQ reader!

You can view the label styles here.

The winner can choose their favorite style, and then choose colors, wording, etc.


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


3. Go to Sweetwater's blog and subscribe there (or let me know if you already do). (1 entry)

4. Tell us what you've made using Sweetwater's fabric lines. (1 entry)

Leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST.


The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator and announced on Thursday, January 27, 2011. 

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Jan 18, 2011

Wormy Love: Patchwork and Embroidered Pillow Tutorial

Jan 18, 2011
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Hi all!  Just wanted to share that I'm guest blogging over at Stash Manicure/Sew We Quilt today.  I've really gotten into the cute little hand embroidery that adds some Pop! to patchwork lately.  I've written a tutorial on how to make this little Valentine-y throw pillow.  It whips up pretty quick!


Also.... make sure to check back in next week!  Gen X Quilters next Quilt Show/Contest will be kicking off...

We're talking great quilts to inspire us....

.....sponsored prizes for the winners.....

....and Guest Judges.....

Hope you'll join in the fun!



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Jan 17, 2011

Yippee! I did it!

Jan 17, 2011
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On Saturday, we had our first sew-in for CMQG.  I already had arranged it with my husband that he was watching the kids for a big chunk of the day....  and I had just finished my class on longarm quilting on Thursday....

So I jumped at the chance to quilt on the long arm machine while at the sew-in.  I brought my quilt from That Girl's Quilt Along - which had pretty much reached UFO status.

Here's the result!

 quilt top - basic letter Ls

This was my first experience quilting on a frame!  (I learned on an HQ Avante, which I incidently learned is actually a mid-arm machine.)

Once I was able to get over my nerves, it was great.  With each pass, I felt my shoulders loosen up and my quilting was more curvy.  Before I knew, it was done!  It took about one hour to do all the quilting with 2 thread breakages to slow me down.  Still, I think that's fast.  But more importantly, I enjoyed it.  Can't wait to get back there and try some more.


quilt back

By all means, I am a rookie.  But I am so encouraged to try more. 
Gotta love the stitch regulator. 
And the freedom you feel steering the needle over your canvas.

I recommend giving it a try if your LQS offers this...

The only thing I am disappointed about is that I missed most of the girl chat going on in the back for the sew-in because the frames were in the front of the store.  :(  Next sew-in, I don't want to miss it!
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Jan 15, 2011

The Black Sheep Dresden Pillow and January {Sew} Beautiful Bee Block

Jan 15, 2011
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wip no longer!  I made good use of my practice dresden block for the {Sew} Beautiful Bee - and turned it into a pillow for my kitchen breakfast nook.  Or at least, it used to be my nice breakfast nook for reading the paper with a cup of coffee.  Now it has been taken over by furniture for pint-size people and Cherrios crumbs.

(We'll just crop that out of the photo and go back to imagining the steaming coffee with paper and some jazz playing in the background....)

Black Sheep Dresden Pillow

I'm pretty happy with the way this came out.  First off, I'm super pumped that I tried a new block like the dresden that I probably wouldn't have tackled without the Bee.  And second, I piped this pillow....so again, pumped for doing something new.


back of Black Sheep pillow


Thanks to Cherie for getting all of us so inspired!  Here is my first official bee block....


Can't wait to see how it all comes together!


Blogger's Pillow Party

I'm linking up to the Pillow Party...
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Jan 14, 2011

Follower Friday: Vicki of Sew Inspired

Jan 14, 2011
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Good Morning!!  Is everyone covered in snow??  We have some, but nothing compared to other parts of the country.  Stay warm! 

Today we have Vicki of Sew Inspired as our featured guest!  I first started following her when I saw her Little Witch quilt that was entered in the Spooky Quilt Contest in the fall.  She has a bunch of really cute doll quilts she's done for the DQSs and many free tutorials (quilting and garment-related) on her blog.  I am always so jealous of those who have picked up the knack for making clothes.  Here's more about her!


Vicki of Kansas City, Kansas side

Occupation: Stay at home mom, aspiring quilt designer and writer

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband and I have been married for 13 years and we have 3 kids. The boys are 10 and 6 and our little girl is 2. We don't have any pets.

# Years Quilting: 13

How you learned to quilt: I learned to quilt partly from the book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. My neighbor had made some of the quilts from this book and I bought my own copy and made a couple of the quilts from it in my first couple of years quilting. I did a little hand quilting but decided it was too time consuming, so I took a machine quilting class at my LQS to start learning free motion quilting. I also subscribed to a couple of quilting magazines for the first few years after I started quilting and I learned a lot from them, too.


Favorite projects:

It is really hard to pick only two!

I'm going to go with my hen and chicks quilt that I made for DQS8 last year:

DQS8 finish--

and my lavender scrap quilt:

scrap quilt front

Other interests: reading, sewing clothing, spending time with my family

Workstation setup:

Here's a pic of me sewing my son's cape for the school wax museum yesterday. As far as my sewing station, mostly I sew at the kitchen table and my fabric and patterns are stored in a stack of bins in my daughter's bedroom. I'm planning on setting up a sewing station in my bedroom in the next few months so my girl can have her room to herself and also so we can get it properly furnished for her.

To keep up with Vicki and all that she's up to, visit her blog Sew Inspired.



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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Jan 12, 2011

wip wednesday - 01/12/11

Jan 12, 2011
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Although we are almost halfway into January, there has not been a lot of sewing going on here.

We have now crossed the one month sick mark - at least one of the 4 of us has been sick since Dec. 11th.  This past week, my youngest (17 mo.) was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and a double ear infection.  Needless to say, the majority if my time and energy has been caring for the fam.  Babe is on the mend though!  Hubs got his antibiotics yesterday, so hopefully, we'll be in the clear soon!!

(...before the whole cycle starts again....  Ahhhh.  Winter.)

So here is my small wip list.


{Sew} Beautiful Bee Blocks

This month kicks off my first bee, and let me tell you....this is SO much fun!  The ladies of the {Sew} Beautiful Bee are super talented and are all excited about expanding our horizons to try new things and push ourselves creatively.  This month we are making blocks for Cherie and she requested Dresdens.  Most of us bee-ers had not tried them before, so it's been a fun month watching all of us try practice blocks first (check them out in our flickr group.)

Above shows my practice block.  I call it "Black sheep" - even though it is really a Kona Expresso background and the toile.  If you look on flickr, you'll see why... everyone elses blocks have large flowery prints like the Soul Blossoms fabrics Cherie selected for us to send back to her. 

This is turning into a pillow for my kitchen.  The toile is the fabric I used to make my kitchen curtains.



Sewing for Me

After the frantic sewing I did to get Christmas gifts done and the stress of my first pattern release right before New Year's, I was/am (?) a bit burnt out (add family sickness here).  So I decided I needed to sew something for myself.  I took a bunch of charms, cut them in half, and just started sewing.  This is as far as I got.  I don't have a plan, nor do I know where it's going right now.  I'm ok with that.  I'm just enjoying putting some fabric under the needle.



Sneak Peek at a new tute

Even though my xmas decorations are still up, I am thinking V-day already!  I've been working on this little tute here..... a little patchwork, a little embroidery.... 

No progress
  • That Quilt Along - basted.  Think I am going to try to quilt this one on the long arm after I finish classes.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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