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Jun 30, 2011

Rockin' Robin Quilt Along - The Prizes

Jun 30, 2011
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Do you need a little nudge to join in the Rockin' Robin Quilt Along??  Well, lucky day!  Prizes for 3 quilt top finishers at the end of the quilt along!  (randomly drawn from all those who finish of course)

Here are the prizes and sponsors of Rockin' Robin Quilt Along:



One lucky winner will receive a Robert Kaufman Metro Market Fat Quarter Bundle (8 FQs)




Two lucky winners will receive $25 gift certificates to the Fat Quarter Shop


Now, I have two winners to pick from my Blogiversary GiveAway......  Gen X Quilters t-shirts and 2 FQs.

Congrats to.....



Jen said...55


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.


M-R said...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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Jun 29, 2011

Vintage Table Linens make Beautiful Quilts

Jun 29, 2011
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Are you smitten with those lovely vintage sheets finding new life in a quilt?  I certainly am!  It's fascinating that we can make old new again, and absolutely beautiful.

So when I happened along this booth at the National Quilting Associations' Annual Show here in Columbus, my interest was piqued.....


This is Dusty's Vintage Linens and Buttons.  Selling solely at shows, these ladies' booth was amazing!  They collect vintage linen table cloths from the 1940s and 1950s and a rainbow of vintage buttons.


Some of the linens are new and unused with the original labels.  They look fabulous quilted!


After seeing all this, I could not resist.  This is the table cloth I wanted, but couldn't afford.


So while I was lingering in the booth forever, I heard that the vintage dish cloths make great table runners.  Ding!  Ding!  Now that's something my wallet could cover.  Here's the one I picked out...


And here it is finished and sitting pretty on my table....


I love it!  I added a gingham binding and that was it.  Who would have thought a dish towel of all things could be so beautiful!

(email dustysvintage@aol.com for a show schedule or more information)

www.lilysquilts.com


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Jun 27, 2011

Rockin' Robin Quilt Along Kickoff

Jun 27, 2011
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Well, the day is finally here!  It's time to announce the beginning of the
Rockin' Robin Quilt Along.

What is this QAL, you ask??  It's the fun, turning traditional into modern brain child of Jen of Reannalily Designs.  A while back, Jen asked a few bloggers if they'd be interested in collectively hosting a quilt along based on the Row Robin concept.

History:
In the past, Row Robin quilts were usually made by each quilter taking their turn at making one row for a quilt before passing it on.  In this case, each of the host bloggers will design one quilt block that is then used across the row.

Customize Your Quilt:
There are 5 bloggers, thus 5 rows.  You can customize the blocks to your liking - some tutorials offer several options for the blocks and/or scrappy or improvised piecing.

Decide how many blocks wide to make your quilt.

Repeat rows if you like.  Each quilt will be customized and unique!  Sound fun?

Blog Hop:
Each week, a tutorial for one of the rows will be revealed.  We'll hop from blog to blog as each designer takes a turn designing a row.  Each new row is a surprise, just like a traditional Row Robin.  When the tutorial is released, you'll be able to see each of the 5 bloggers takes on the row.

Here's a sneaky peek of my colorway.....  yep!  Central Park!



Your hosts:
Jul 5     Row 1- Lisa Marie from That Crazy Quilty Girl
Jul 11   Row 2- Melissa from Lilac Lane
Jul 18   Row 3- Heather and Megan from Quilt Story
Jul 25   Row 4- Anne Marie of Gen X Quilters
Aug 1  Row 5- Jen at ReannaLily Designs Blog

The first row design goes live on July 5th and we'll have another one every Monday for 5 weeks.

Fabric Requirements:  based on a 48" x 60" baby quilt
So start collecting background fabric (around 3 yards) and some focus fabrics (2 yards).  This would make a great scrap quilt - but I chose to use a Kate Spain Central Park layer cake.  What fun to play with so many prints!


Want to play along??  Join us!
If you'd like to join in, grab a button from my sidebar (at the top of the page), join the flickr group and tell everyone if you're as excited as we are!  We'll all be adding photos to the group as we go along.  Please join us! Pin It

Jun 26, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along: Sunday Update from the Farm

Jun 26, 2011
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FWQAL Week #2


#1 Attic Windows
Would you believe that I traced my templates backwards?  I hadn't even realized it was possible.  Just day dreaming along tracing and cutting.  Then when I went to piece the block together, my argyle templates were the reverse of the diagram.  Grrr.  I only had one charm of that fabric and it was all cut up.  So I just flipped things around a bit.  I do like the block!  It's just backwards from everyone else's.  No one will notice when I put the whole quilt together.

#2 Autumn Tints
Easy peasy.  Good thing after the mishap above.  The blue sea print is from the Japanese Imports Swap.
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Jun 23, 2011

Japanese Imports Fabric Swap - UK and Ireland

Jun 23, 2011
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A little while ago, Cindy from Fluffy Sheep Quilting emailed me asking if it would be okay to replicate Gen X Quilters' Japanese Imports Fabric Swap for Irish and UK quilters.  I said "Absolutely!"  The swap was a huge success, and unfortunately due to cost and mailing logistics, I can only manage swaps for the US/Canada right now.

So an FYI for those in the UK and Ireland, Cindy is having sign ups for this swap right now.  There are only a few spots left, so hop over to Cindy's asap to get in on the fun!  They've already posted some fun prints in the flickr group. Pin It

Jun 22, 2011

wip wednesday - 06/22/11

Jun 22, 2011
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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Oh boy.  March was my last wip wed update.  Wow.  Although I'm not regular wipper, hope you'll let me join in the fun!  I'm trying to keep it short - other wise we could be here forever!  Where to start....

Nicey Jane EQ Quilt
 This chick is queen sized....  what started out as a throw turned into a queen sized quilt for my bed.  I've worked off and on on it since January, and the top is finally done!  We've painted our master bedroom that lovely shade of Kona Maize yellow.  Now all I need to do is book my rental time on the HQ Avante at my LQS.  Can't wait!  This quilt has been a time vacuum for the past month.

Supernova QAL
Has everyone else finished this??  There's a long story behind this one, but nobody really wants to read tons of text.....instead let's look at this pretty stack of fabric!  Blocks are cut and in baggies.  Just waiting for me to find the time to love them.

{Sew} Beautiful Bee
Angela's block for Sew Beautiful Bee
For Angela - complete design freedom

Sew Beautiful Bee Cara's House block
For Cara - House blocks

Commissioned work - Lumbar Pillow, Boppy Cover, Contoured Changing Pad Cover for Mom-to-be of triplets
I've been working on a pillow piping tutorial that will be posting soon using this project.

Quilt Alongs
Rockin' Robin - Coming soon to a blog near you!


fwqal button
Several blocks in...  I showed those here.

Hopefully, I'll be posting wips again before another 3 months pass!

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Jun 21, 2011

Fun New Quilty Project

Jun 21, 2011
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Well, I've been up to something....  And it's in kahoots with some other fun modern quilty bloggers!

One way to cure my late quilt along reputation is to get involved in hosting one.

Check back on Monday, June 27 for all the details!
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Jun 20, 2011

Oversized Oilcloth Beach Bag

Jun 20, 2011
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For years, actually ever since I had kids, I have never been able to find a beach bag big enough to accommodate all that is needed for trips to the pool.  The suits, change of clothes, towels, beach blanket, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, swim diapers, floatie vests, toys,  snacks….  Anyway, you know what I’m talking about.

I took matters into my own hands.  Here it is.  The largest beach bag I have ever seen.   And I LOVE it!  Worked perfect for a visit to the lake this weekend.  It's 21" x 16" x 4".

I took this green floral oilcloth print I bought last year and made this oversized bag simple.  It’s pretty on the outside.  And since it’s only going to store soggy bathing suits and towels, it’s unlined on the inside.  Yes! A simple and straight-forward project.


I was forewarned about working with oilcloth, but if you use your walking foot, both sets of feed dogs grab the material and easily feed it through your machine.  Have you ever tried oilcloth?  I made a few cosmetic bags with it last year.  It’s inexpensive (around $7 per yard) and perfect for beachy applications like this.

*again the disclaimers*: any photos that include me are taken by my 4 yr.old


I'm linking up to some fun linkies again...

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations


Fresh Poppy Design
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Jun 19, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along: Yet Another Farmer who's Wife has decided to make 111 quilt blocks

Jun 19, 2011
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fwqal button

I tried to resist..... but it was no use.  Too many of these cute blocks showing up everywhere!  It's official.  I have begun my Farmer's Wife Quilt Along.

I feel like the worst quilt-alonger ever.  I am notorious for not keeping up with the schedule.  I've finished 2 QAs, both late (this one and that one).  But I have Supernova blocks cut and not single stitch stitched.  I recently bailed on my friend Elizabeth's Kaleidoscope QA because I promised myself I'd finish SuperNova first.

NOW, I go and buy this book!


The thing that really intrigues me is the learning aspect of this quilt.  A chance to try so many blocks (111!), learning from the experience of each one.  Plus, using modern fabrics on traditional blocks....so cool.  So cool.

So I'm thinking Sunday is going to be my FWQA block day.  Maybe I'll have blocks to show every week?  Or continuing in my QA normal mode of operation, maybe I won't.  Whatever.  I'm just going to enjoy going slow on this one.

#21 Contrary Wife

#84 Spool

#41 Friendship Star

Warm up for Dear Jane??


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Jun 18, 2011

Need a Quilt Block tutorial? Check out GXQ's Block Library

Jun 18, 2011
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When is the last time you stopped by the Block Library?  If you haven't been there recently, Gen X Quilters' Block Library now has over 50 blocks linked directly to the tutorials.  It's a great place to go for a little inspiration.... Pin It

Jun 16, 2011

Utilizing Social Media for your Craft Business

Jun 16, 2011
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Social media has quickly changed the online community.  Within a few years, the way small businesses can market and promote themselves has greatly expanded via social media platforms that are fast becoming the way many get their news, upcoming event updates, sales and promotion information, and friend/family network updates.

Crafters can utilize these social networks to promote their products and share the stories of their craft process, hard work, and passion for what they do.  Here’s a list of the media that crafters are using to communicate and display work.

  

Blogs – hosted by Blogger.com, Wordpress.com, Typepad.com.  Blogs started out as a form of journaling and have exploded across the web.  Blogs offer a way to share detailed information on crafting processes and unlimited pictures within a post.


Facebook – A social media platform that started out as only being available to college students.  Now opened to the rest of the world, both personal and business Facebook pages offer updates with link sharing, picture and video uploads.


Twitter – Catering to the increasing short attention span of users, “Tweets” are limited to 140 characters to share information.  Micro-blogging.  Twitter offers an introductory "course" for those interested in using Twitter for business communications.  Look here for details on how to tweet for business, including building a following, and earning your customer's trust.


Flickr – A photo sharing site, hosted by Yahoo, is a great way to create a visual photo portfolio of your work.  A great way to network with other crafters.  Social groups are also created within flickr where people can join and work on projects together, or share projects made with certain themes, etc.


Pinterest – Currently an invite only site, pinterest is a place to collect photos of things that interest or inspire you.  A virtual "pinboard".  You can “pin” others’ photos you enjoy when surfing online, then be able to find the original source at a later time.  Photos are grouped into categories to organize your inspiration.


Tumblr – Similar concept to blogs but a simple and lightweight version.  Tumblr focuses on image content to inspire, but you can also send text, etc to your tumblelog.  This platform emphasizes that it is extremely easy to use.

Etsy – An online marketplace for crafters of handmade goods and vintage wares.  There are now over 800,000 merchants selling on etsy.  Crafters are able to set up an online “store front” to sell their crafts and crafting supplies.


Making them all work together..
There are sites which can help you connect several of the social media sites.  This will enable you to write a blog post, and automatically have Facebook and Twitter update direct followers to the new content on your blog.  NetworkedBlogs (for blog/facebook connection) and Hootsuite(social media dashboard connects facebook, twitter, blogs, linkedin, etc) are sites that perform this task for you.

Increase your contact with potential customers by letting the customers choose their favorite platform to follow you by always listing all your methods of contact in your signature.  i.e. list all forms of social media you actively participate in

EXAMPLE Signature

AnneMarie
Gen X Quilters
Patterns: Available @ Patternspot.com http://patternspot.com/users/71

You can also put all of your contact information into Google Profiles, and then when someone searches for your business, the above signature is provided, and customers have ways to contact you.

Are you using any of these social media platforms to build relationships and connect with potential customers for your business?

If not, try adding one application at a time, become comfortable with it before including another.  There is certainly a knack to communicating via each platform.  Hope this little review was helpful!

This information was compiled from notes I took when attending the Midwest Craft Caucus.  June 4, 2011.


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