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Feb 28, 2011

22 Pillows for Christmas

Feb 28, 2011
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February seems to have been the month of Pillows....  with Sew Mama Sew's Pillow of the Day and frequent tutorial posts, pillows are on our minds!

I thought I'd celebrate the last day of Pillow Month with a special family story.

Meet Grandma Hattie.  Well, actually great-grandma Hattie.  She was my husband's maternal grandmother's mother.  Did you follow that?  Born in 1909, she was the youngest of eight children.  Her sisters and aunts were quilters and farmers wives in Michigan.  She was a smart and progressive lady, learning to drive at the age 13 and attending university for 2 years.  After having her first daughter, Marjorie, she still worked part time as a bookkeeper for her two brothers' hardware and grocery store.

Between bookkeeping and 4 children, she still found time to sew and quilt with the women of her family with babes in arms and children under the quilt frames.



This photo was taken circa 1976 or 1977.  Hattie had 4 children and 18 grand-children. She made pillows for all of them for Christmas that year.  An unbelievable 22 pillows!  Of course in the 70s, there were no rotary cutters, so all of these pillows' patterns were cut with scissors using tracing paper.


Many of these pillows are still displayed in my husband's families homes.  Remembering her for the great woman she was.  I only met her once that I can remember, and it was before my quilting days.  I never got the chance to absorb any of the craft from her before she passed in 2002 (at 93) shortly after my husband and I were married.


One of the things that draws me to quilting is the legacy of it.  Someday I would love to have a stack of quilts or pillows a mile high to pass on to my children and grandchildren, just like Hattie.  And hoping they know the care that was taken in selecting the fabric and sewing each stitch with love.

Hattie's story and these pictures were put together with the help of Hattie's daughter, Patricia.  Thank you so much for sharing Aunt Pat (she is a quilter herself and we have had a good time chatting about all these things!).

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Feb 25, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Monika of My Sweet Prairie

Feb 25, 2011
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Welcome Friday (only 23 days til Spring!)!  There is a greenhouse about a mile from home that starts the Spring countdown at 40.  Not too much longer!  Well, I am excited today because Monika of My Sweet Prairie is our featured follower.  She is the first fiber artist featured at GXQ!  If you haven't seen her blog yet, be sure to stop by and marvel at her gallery of fiber art and quilts.  She is so talented!  Let's learn more about her...




 Monika of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Occupation:  I'm an ex-trauma counsellor. These days I'm a homeschooling mama, a quilt maker and fibre artist. My business name is My Sweet Prairie because I'm terribly in love with my home land.

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: I live with my husband, our three kids, and our birds.

How you learned to quilt:   I was raised by a landscape artist and spent much of my time outside on the prairie or at the lake while my mom sat in the grass and drew. My mother couldn't sew. I have always puttered around with sewing, and stitching is definitely my passion. I began seriously quilting 4 years ago. I sew daily. About a year ago, I discovered that I can sew the landscape. Since then I've been hooked on fibre art. I have my 3rd and 4th art exhibits booked this year! I feel like I've found my calling! I have had no mentors, and am completely self taught (and internet taught), which always makes me a little sad. Joining a guild has helped.



In the past year, I've created four patterns, had some published in magazines, taught a postcards class, and had my first public solo fibre art & quilt exhibit. It's been a BIG year!

 
Favorite Completed Project:  The photo is of a piece I did called "Spring on the Prairie" - my FAVORITE. It's the dark thunderstorm coming over the sunlit field, typical prairie scene. 4x6".




Quilting workstation setup:  My sewing room is too big and too messy, so here is a photo of my two machines with their brand new quilted covers!!
 

My Machines:  Fiona is my 'new' 10 yr old Kenmore. She's portable and a total princess. : ) I will use her for piecing, teaching, and travel/workshops.

Pretty Penny is my Janome 7700P that I got specifically for the auto-thread cutter and the space (11 inch harp!). I upgraded last year from the Janome 4900.

I have a non-working antique Kenmore in a cabinet that was my mother's, and a non-working Brother & a Kenmore from the 70's too. I plan to learn how to fix my own machines by stripping those down. I'm stubborn, and 'I wanna do it myself'.

Isn't that insane? I actually have more machines than I have children.


Favorite tool: hmmm. That would be my CAMERA! I love to stitch my photos. : )

I also started a weekly sewing sharing circle on my blog that I call "Tips on Tuesdays". Each Tuesday has a theme and readers are encourage to leave a tip on the subject whether you blog or not.
 
To keep up with Monika and all that she's up to, visit her blog My Sweet Prairie.


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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Feb 23, 2011

Finally! That Quilt-Along Finish

Feb 23, 2011
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This quilt has been finished for a while, but with all the posting about the Love Nest Quilt Contest, it's been on the back burner.  This was my first quilt along!  Yea to finishing!

I learned some things about myself by doing this quilt.

1.  I cannot choose fabrics from a computer screen.  Remedy:  The Kona Color Chart + a choir of angels

2.  Wonk is a verb, and I'm not sure I like it

3.  $15 and a one hour session are my ticket to quilting larger quilts.  I told you about my first experience quilting on the Avante... I just can't get over doing a quilt this size in about an hour!


Photo snapped by Beth at the CMQG Sew-in

Quilt fresh off the poles (with the leaders still attached!) - Beth's photo


Draped on my favorite beadboard shelf that hubby made

This quilt may end up a gift... I haven't decided yet.  It may be hard to give away my first quilt done on the frames!


Quilt Stats:

Name: The Great Experiment

Size: 43" x 68"

Piecing: Me

Quilting: Loopy meandering by Me (on the mid-arm machine)

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Feb 21, 2011

Chatting with Amy Butler

Feb 21, 2011
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Yep!  Can you believe it?  Last week I was able to attend a meet and greet with Amy Butler at my favorite LQS Sew to Speak.

The best and most unbelievable part is that Amy didn't just sign autographs and take some pictures.  She took the time to have everyone who attended sit down and chat with her for a bit.  She was SO nice and very personable.  She seemed genuinely interested in hearing about you, your projects, life!


Me, Amy Butler, and Cristin

Cristin and I took the opportunity to chat about the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild to let her know we were up and running.  Amy lives just outside of Columbus in a quaint little town called Granville.  We (CMQG) hope to coordinate some things with Amy and her staff in the future.



I picked up a copy of Style Stitches the day before.  Lots of ladies at the meet and greet were wearing their tunics and bags made from Amy's patterns.  I SO want to make this bag on the cover.  Super cute and roomy!


We also received a copy of this pattern. 

It was great fun and so nice to chat with her!  It's nice to know someone like her is from Ohio.


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Feb 18, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations

Feb 18, 2011
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Hello Friday!  Today we have Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations as our feature.  I first noticed her super cool style when she posted a tutorial for Go Green Shopping bags.  Since then, we've become Bee buddies in the {Sew} Beautiful Bee.  If you haven't seen it yet, you must check out her weekly linky party, {Sew} Modern Monday.  Megan hosts this display of fantastic modern finishes each week.  Let's find out more about her!



Megan of a small town in Iowa

Occupation: Food and Beverage Manager and Events Coordinator at a local Country
Club

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: I have a wonderful boyfriend, Brandon, of two years
who is super supportive of my quilting addiction. He sometimes jokes I am more
attentive to my sewing than to him. :) No matter what though, he always makes
sure there is a quilt shop stop included in a trip to a sporting goods or hunting store.
What a great guy! We also have and overly energetic, year-old yellow Labrador
named Jeter. Yes, yes after Derek Jeter who plays for the Yankees.

# Years Quilting: I have been quilting for over 13 years. My first quilt was a 4-
H project when I was ten years old and that is what started it all. From there I
started working at my LQS when I was 14 (before I could even drive!) and continued
all through high school and college. I even opted for a bright red Bernina sewing
machine when I was 16, instead of a car. That screams addiction!


How you learned to quilt: I learned to quilt from my mom and grandma. They are
both very talented quilters and seamstresses. I want to be like them when I grow
up! :). Now I can hardly believe the amount of information that can be found online
for beginning quilters. It is great!



Favorite Completed Project: My favorite completed project is my crazy {9} quilt.
Probably because I designed the quilt myself and it includes Amy Butler and Kona
Cotton fabric, two of my favorite things! It was my first time FMQ on my home
machine (I used to use the long arm when I worked at my LQS) and I was super
happy with the results.



Quilting workstation setup: Unfortunately, I am not one of those lucky quilters
who have a whole room to create in. As of right now my bedroom doubles as
a “studio.” It suits me just fine, especially because most of my sewing takes place
very late at night. Or if I wake up with a great idea, I don’t have too far to go to get to
the sewing machine! :)


Sewing machine:  I bought my bright red Bernina 153 QE when I was 16 from the quilt store I worked at through high school and college. Alex Anderson was doing an event for our store at the time and she signed it! When I graduated from high school I even hauled my sewing machine off to college with me (I am a little attached, can you tell?). I love my little sewing machine and don’t think I will ever be able to part with it. It’s my favorite.

Favorite tools:  My favorite sewing tools are most definitely my set of Gingher scissors. Not only are they fabulous for cutting fabric and trimming threads but they come in all kinds of wonderful patterns.

To keep up with Megan and all that she's up to (hint, hint GiveAway time!), visit her blog Canoe Ridge Creations or also find her on flickr (canoeridgecreations).


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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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Feb 17, 2011

Love Nest Quilt Contest WINNERS!

Feb 17, 2011
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The judges votes are in for Gen X Quilters Love Nest Quilt Contest!


  Congratulations to Maryna for her Red October Quilt, Amy for her Yellow and Grey Lady of the Lake Quilt and Jenny for her Color Wheel Quilt!  Fantastic job ladies!

1st Place Red October


2nd Place Yellow and Grey Lady of the Lake


3rd Place Color Wheel

Also a gigantic THANK YOU to the sponsors of this fun contest:





Winners, I will be contacting you with details on your prizes.  Thanks to everyone who entered a quilt and all those who voted.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
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Feb 16, 2011

Love Nest Quilt Contest Finalists

Feb 16, 2011
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THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Love Nest Quilt Contest here at Gen X Quilters.  Those who entered quilts - Amazing!  I love being able to see the bedsize quilts.  Because truely, to dedicate your time and $$ into a quilt so large says a lot about each quilter as an artist.  Thank you for sharing your endeavors with all of us.


Now... the viewers at home have voted.  1,719 votes!  Here are our Finalists! 
(click on the picture for the link)

3.  Criss Cross Applesauce

6.  MacKenzie's Garden

23.  Yellow and Grey Lady of the Lake

28. Color Wheel

35.  Red October

40.  Whirrlygiggle


These 6 quilts will be reviewed by our judges Amy Smart, Vickie Eapen and myself.  Each judge will select their top three - and the results will be revealed tomorrow.

Wish each of the top 6 finalists best of luck!
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Feb 14, 2011

February Bee Blocks

Feb 14, 2011
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**If you haven't voted yet, make sure to check out this post and cast your vote for your favorite quilt in the Love Nest Quilt Contest.**


Sew Fresh Fabrics Scrap Bee
Happy Valentine's Day!  Today I am sharing with you the bee block I made for Sew Fresh Fabrics Scrap Charity Quilting Bee.  It's wonderful that Peg and Becca put together this great bee - all the blocks will be assembled into a quilt for donation to Project Linus.  If you haven't signed up for the next round yet, be sure to drop them a note!


I was super pumped to be working on the 'girly' quilt since I've made a ton of quilts for my boys.  Here is what I received in my bundle of scraps. 


I really struggled with what to do with these fabrics.  The 3 fabrics on the left were very large prints in scale - something I normally don't choose.  And I have recently realized my stash is predominantly green, so these colors were totally out of my comfort zone!

I decided to try a totally new technique for me - strings.  I used Elizabeth's tute featured on Sew Mama Sew last week.  Guess what?  I love strings!  Paper piecing wasn't nearly as intimidating as I thought.  I enjoyed working with the linen (khaki center cross and teal print) which was new for me.  Only I wish I had some other solid that matched to use as a border, so I had to use the large pink floral that I had tons of.  Hope it will blend ok with the other blocks?



{Sew} Beautiful Bee


Emily chose Drunk Love blocks for February in the {Sew} Beautiful Bee.  This block was new to me too - and went together very easily!  This combination of Anna Maria Horner prints and Kona Ash/Coal went together like peas and carrots.  Fun!  Hope she likes it!



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Feb 11, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Angie of Crafted Angles

Feb 11, 2011
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**If you haven't voted yet, make sure to check out this post and cast your vote for your favorite quilt in the Love Nest Quilt Contest.**

Welcome to another Follower Friday!  Today we feature Angie of Crafted Angles.  She considers herself a relatively new quilter, but by the looks of the list of her WIPs, she's definitely no rookie!  She's got a lot of great projects going on and a super cool format to her blog.  Let's learn more about her...





Angie of Philly Suburb, PA

Occupation: Business Analyst

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:

I am married to my awesome husband, Jim. We have one chocolate lab named Dunder.

# Years Quilting:

Although I learned basic quilting 4 years ago, I truly only started quilting regularly last year after

my 19 year old brother suddenly passed away. I found quilting to be a form of therapy. Over the past year, I followed many blogs, took four series of quilt classes, started a blog, and joined the Philly Modern Quilt Guild. It has been a great outlet.

How you learned to quilt:

I was temporarily working in Virginia for a few months. On my way home each night, I drove by G Street Fabrics in Centreville, VA. A lady that worked on Mondays helped me pick out fabric for a quilt. Since my schedule didn’t allow for me to take a class, she provided the basic directions to get started. Each Monday, I came back and she described the next step. After a few months, I finished my first quilt, which was a Turning Twenty pattern. Since then, I taught my mom how to quilt and we have taken several classes together at our local quilt store.


Favorite Completed Project Description:

My favorite quilt that I made was a Pickle Dish quilt from batiks using a paper piecing technique. The finished size was 72″ by 72″ and was machine quilted. This quilt was given to a friend for her wedding earlier this year.



Quilting workstation Setup:

Last month, my husband completed my Quilting Room. I have a folding table on bed risers for a cutting station. Under the table, I have some of my fabric stash organized in storage bins. I do all of my piecing on an old desk with a small cutting mat and iron at arm’s reach. Since I don’t have a design wall yet, I have a spare bed that works for my quilt layouts.



Machine(s):  I have a Bernina Aurora 440 Quilter’s Edition. 

Tool you can't live without in your sewing space:  My favorite tool is my seam ripper, as I use it all the time!
To keep up with Angie and all that she's up to, visit her blog Crafted Angles.


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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Feb 10, 2011

Love Nest Quilt Contest - VOTE NOW for your favorite!

Feb 10, 2011
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All the quilts are in for the Love Nest Quilt Contest. We have 41 entries! There are some great quilts for the first bedsize Quilt Show at GXQ...


Let the voting begin....

see the poll in the right side bar to cast your vote (make sure you remember your favorite quilt's Number!).


Remember, there are some great prizes from Sew Delightful Fabrics, Sew Fresh Fabrics and Above All Fabric at stake - vote for your favorite!

If you have entered a quilt, free feel to post about the contest and voting. But please encourage your readers to truely vote for their favorite quilt. 



Voting will end February 15, 2011 @ 11:59 PM EST. The top 6 quilts from the public vote will be announced on February 16, 2011. 

Our judges, Amy Smart, Vickie Eapen, and myself will then select the top three quilts who will be our prize winners.  Winners will be announced 02/17.  Best of luck to all the contestants!


Here are the contestants:





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