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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 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 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 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 11, 2011

Yup. Tweet me in!

Jun 11, 2011
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The Midwest Craft Caucus has given me a kick in the pants to get with it!  
Look for my post next week on using social media to market your crafty business...

and in the meantime.....

Follow Gen X Quilters on Twitter!


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Jun 9, 2011

Japanese Imports Fabric Swap - Complete and Success

Jun 9, 2011
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The Japanese Imports Fabric Charm Squares Swap is complete!!  I mailed out all of the packages on Monday to the 27 participants.  Everyone should be getting a nice surprise in their mail box this week!  Wanna see the results??

Before the sort

Each person sent in one yard of Japanese Import fabric cut up into charm squares.  In return, each participant received 2 charms from each package sent in.  The result?  A wonderfully unique charm pack in hard to come by Japanese fabrics.  I REALLY love how this swap turned out.

Laying out envelopes and sort prep

I created a flickr group for each participant to upload a photo of their purchase for the swap after buying.  The intention of the group was to try and eliminate duplicates.  Success!  No one sent in the same material, and we had a nice variety of girl/boy/neutral prints.

This mosaic shows some of the fabrics included in the charm pack.  (not all were available to go into the mosaic and I forgot to take pics of those not on flickr)



Also, when one swap comes to an end..... we all know that means another swap is just beginning...  

Keep your eyes peeled for the next GXQ fabric swap coming soon!
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Jun 6, 2011

Midwest Craft Caucus: Grassroots Business Conference for Crafters

Jun 6, 2011
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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Midwest Craft Caucus this weekend.  Talk about motivating!  The conference was filled with around 100 crafters and artisans of all experience levels, each passionate and obsessed with their craft.  This group had energy.  Energy to meet, inspire, build connections and help strengthen the handmade community.  I gained WAY more from this conference than I expected to.  And I was only able to attend Day 1 of the two day conference.




The purpose of the conference was to get the handmade community together to discuss how to effectively build a successful craft business, share information learned by those with more experience, and build community among crafters.  I attended most of the “business-y” sessions because I know this information is crucial to me at this point where I am just getting started in pattern design.

If any of you are interested in learning some information about this type of stuff, I’d be willing to do a couple posts from the notes I took.  It applies to anyone trying to start a handmade business via etsy, craft fairs, and online shops.  Fascinating!  

If you have something similar in your area, I’d highly encourage you to attend.  

Making crafty connections locally is always fun!
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Jun 2, 2011

GXQ Patterns now available on Patternspot!

Jun 2, 2011
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I am so excited to tell you that my Gen X Quilters patterns are now available for purchase at Patternspot.com!


Patternspot.com is a new marketplace for downloadable sewing and quilting patterns hosted by C&T Publishing.  C&T Publishing has been well-known since 1983 for their wonderful sewing, quilting, craft, mixed media and fiber arts how-to books.

With the launch of Patternspot.com, shoppers now have access 24/7 to hundreds of instantly downloadable patterns.

Be sure to stop by my collection of patterns and follow me on Patternspot.com if you'd like to be alerted when new patterns become available!
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