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Jul 27, 2011

Summer Fair: A Quilt and Recipe Show July 27-Aug 3, 2011

Jul 27, 2011
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It's time to celebrate the County Fairs of Summer with Gen X Quilters'
Summer Fair: A Quilt and Recipe Show!

The Fair starts today!

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Don't know about you, but the county fairs are pretty big here in the midwest.

I've always thought it would be fun to enter a quilt in a show at a Fair.  But the fair entries here tend to be very traditional.  Cooking and recipes for jams, jellies, barbeque, baked goods, you name it(!) are also are also pretty neat competitions.

So with the sweltering heat outside, let's make a little County Fair right here in blogland.  In the air conditioning of your living room, paruse the entries.  Enjoy some quilty inspiration and some down home cookin'.

Summer Fair has 2 parts.

1.  Quilts
2.  Recipes

Each person may share 1 finished quilt and/or 1 recipe in the linkies below.  If you don't have a blog, use flickr to participate - you can always add your story/recipe in the description.


(quilts and recipes don't have to be new - just make a new Summer Fair post)


How to enter:


Bloggers:
1. Write a post on your blog for your quilt and/or recipe entry.  Tell us all the details...  if you would like to include both a quilt AND a recipe in the same post - that is a-ok!  Be sure to list them separately though on the linkies.

That means link up a picture to your quilt in the "Quilts" section....and ALSO link up a picture of your recipe in the "Recipes" section.  Both may point to the same post.

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 Summer Fair


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.

Flickr Entries:
1.  Upload a quilt or recipe pic to flickr and add information in the description to give us some details.
You can then use the flickr URL as the link when adding your entry to the linky. 

2.  Also include a link to this post in your flickr description.

To be eligible for the prizes, you must submit your entries during the week of the show (July 27-Aug 3) in a comment on this post.  Enter one comment for your quilt entry. Enter one comment for your recipe entry.  At the end of the day on August 3, the linky lists will be closed.  Then Mr. Random Number Generator will choose the winners of the prizes.  If you submit both a quilt AND a recipe, you will have 2 chances to win.  You can also only do one or the other if you want!

A special THANK YOU to Summer Fair's sponsors!  Click here to find out all the prize details.


So sit back and enjoy the show!

Summer Fair Quilts:





Summer Fair Recipes:

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Jul 26, 2011

Summer Fair: A Quilt and Recipe Show - The PRIZES

Jul 26, 2011
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EDIT:  Summer Fair starts today!  Click here for the fun!

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Summer Fair: A Quilt and Recipe Show starts tomorrow!!

Do you know which quilt and recipe you'd like to share??

How about some incentive??

Prizes:


1.  $20 gift certificate to Crafty Girls' Workshop

2.  One yard of Alexander Henry Pirate Pups in Blue and one pattern for a "Little Wallet" from Sew Obsessed



3.  Fat quarter bundle of Forest Life and Kona from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics

4.  $25 gift certificate to Sew Fresh Fabrics

5.  1 year subscription to Fat Quarterly Magazine

6.  1 signed copy of Modern Basics, donated by Amy Ellis


7.  $25 gift certificate to Fabricworm

8.  1 copy of Block Party by Alissa Haight Carlton & Kristen Lejnieks, donated by Stash Books

9.  2 vintage Pyrex Au Gratin dishes in Blue and Yellow, donated by Gen X Quilters

Many thanks to Summer Fair's sponsors.  Stay tuned for all the details tomorrow (and/or click here for the teaser).

The fun all begins tomorrow!
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Jul 25, 2011

Rockin' Robin Quilt Along: Square-in-A-Square Block Tutorial

Jul 25, 2011
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Hi there!  It’s my turn to dish up the block tutorial for the Rockin’ Robin Blog Hop Quilt Along this week.   What fun!  It's never too late to join in.  Listed below are all the links you need.

All the Rockin' Robin Details:
Kickoff Info
Week 1 Rectangles
Week 2 Stars
Week 3 Houses
Week 4 Square-in-a-Squares
Week 5  row to be revealed on Aug. 1.



Flickr group





Here is this week's block:
My row and favorite block....



Let’s get started….
Square-in-a-Square Block Tutorial

I started out thinking this block would go log cabin style, but instead I ended up doing framed square-in-squares.  They are only slightly different (log cabins you work your frame around each side from top-right-bottom-left; frames are done sewing logs to the top and bottom, then to each side), but achieve the same look in the end.  ….The framed blocks suit my need to streamline the cutting and pressing processes.  So!  Without further ado…  Let’s begin.


Fabric Selections:  I am using a layer cake for this quilt along and I separated it based on the predominant color in each 10” fabric square.  Each block for my quilt will consist of fabrics of only one of the 5 dominant colors.  For this block, I chose to use the blue layer cake squares, plus solids white and yellow to calm down some of the busy prints.  You will need 6 fabrics in all.  You may do as you like – I just thought I’d tell you a little about how I selected what went where.


Cutting Requirements:
(1)   2.5” square for center (fussy cut if you like)
1st Frame - From 1” strips:  (2) 1” x 2.5” and (2) 1” x 3.5”
2nd Frame - From 2” strips:  (2) 2” x 3.5” and (2) 2” x 6.5”
3rd Frame - From 1.5” strips:  (2) 1.5” x 6.5” and (2) 1.5” x 8.5”
4th Frame - From 1” strips:  (2) 1” x 8.5” and (2) 1” x 9.5”
5th Frame - From 2.5-3” strips:  (2) 10.5” x 2.5” and (2) 2.5” x 13.5”  **generous width to allow for wonkiness**
**Note:  For ease of instruction, none of the frames in this block contain any additional prints which add scrappiness to the block.  Other blocks in my row of framed squares for this quilt DO contain other bits and pieces of coordinating scraps.  You may make this block as scrappy as you want by improvising to add scraps here and there to your strips.  Just make sure your logs are the correct dimension in length as called out above before sewing onto the block.


Block Layout:


1.       Start with the 2.5” square.  Sew a short log of the 1st frame set (1” x 2.5” strip) to the top and bottom of the 2.5” square.  Press seams out toward the frame.


2.       Next sew a long log of the 1st frame set (1” x 3.5” strip) to the left and right sides of the unit from step 1.  Press seams out toward the frame.  Square up the block if there is any fabric overlap (here you can see excess fabric as the side logs are longer than the unit from step 1).  You may also add wonkiness to each frame layer at this point if desired.


 3.   Sew a short log of the 2nd frame set (2” x 3.5” strip) to the top and bottom of the unit from step 2.  Press seams out toward the frame.

 4.  Next sew a long log of the 2nd frame set (2” x 6.5” strip) to the left and right sides of the unit from step 3.  Press seams out toward the frame.  Square up or add wonkiness as desired.


 5.  Sew a short log of the 3rd frame set (1.5” x 6.5” strip) to the top and bottom of the unit from step 4.  Press seams out toward the frame.

 6.  Next sew a long log of the 3rd frame set (1.5” x 8.5” strip) to the left and right sides of the unit from step 5.  Press seams out toward the frame.  Square up or add wonkiness as desired.


7.  Sew a short log of the 4th frame set (1” x 8.5” strip) to the top and bottom of the unit from step 6.  Press seams out toward the frame.

8.  Next sew a long log of the 4th frame set (1” x 9.5” strip) to the left and right sides of the unit from step 7.  Press seams out toward the frame.  Square up or add wonkiness as desired.


 9.  Sew a short log of the 5th frame set (2.5” x 10.5” strip) to the top and bottom of the unit from step 8.  Press seams out toward the frame.


10.  Next sew a long log of the 5th frame set (2.5” x 13.5” strip) to the left and right sides of the unit from step 9.  Press seams out toward the frame.  Square up or add wonkiness as desired.  Remember the 5th frame was cut generously to allow for extra wonkiness or for people like me whose blocks always end up a tad short.  Make sure to square up your unfinished blocks to 12.5” when done!  Have Fun!


Be sure to check out the other designers' colorways:



Megan and Heather at QuiltStory

and Melissa at Lilac Lane.



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Jul 22, 2011

Flickr Friday: Rockin' Robin

Jul 22, 2011
Pin It Rockin' Robin Quilt-Along:  3 weeks down, 2 to go.  (including my tute on Monday...)

Last week Melissa of Lilac Lane highlighted some of the wonderful Rockin' Robin quilts in progress. It's SO fun to see everyone's take on the designs.....I thought I'd take a turn and highlight some of MY favorites this week!

Here's some of your quilts for Rockin' Robin....

All of these can be found in the Rockin' Robin flickr group here.

Wonderful job!  You guys are really making it your own.

*I have to give a special shout out to photo #4.  That's my mom's Fandango version!  I taught her to quilt last year and she has thoroughly become a fanatic just like me.  This is her first quilt along and she is a brand new flickrer.  Way to go Mom!
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Jul 20, 2011

GXQ's next Quilt Show: Summer Fair coming soon!

Jul 20, 2011
Pin It The heat of summer is in full swing and  it's just about time for the county fairs...

It's almost time for Gen X Quilters' next Quilt Show  -

Summer Fair: A Quilt and Recipe Show!


EDIT:  The Fair starts today!  Click here for the fun.
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Don't know about you, but the county fairs are pretty big here in the midwest.

I've always thought it would be fun to enter a quilt in a show at a Fair.  But the fair entries here tend to be very traditional.  Cooking and recipes for jams, jellies, barbeque, baked goods, you name it(!) are also are also pretty neat competitions.

What:
So with the sweltering heat outside, let's make a little modern County Fair right here in blogland. In the air conditioning of your living room, paruse the entries. Enjoy some quilty inspiration and some down home cookin'.  I know I've seen plenty of good recipes on quilty blogs!

This Summer Fair has 2 parts.

1. Quilts

2. Recipes

Each person may share 1 quilt and/or 1 recipe in the linkies next week. If you don't have a blog, use flickr to participate!  I'd like to include as many as we can! (quilts and recipes don't have to be new - just make a new Summer Fair post)

When:
Summer Fair: A Quilt and Recipe Show will begin next Wednesday, July 27, 2011.  All the specifics for linking up your entries will be in the kickoff post next week.

Prizes:
And what is a quilt show without prizes???  No voting this time.....  if you link up a quilt, you get one entry.  If you also link up a recipe, you'll get another entry.  That's 2 chances per person to claim some awesome prizes!!  The details of the sponsored prizes will be given next week.

Sponsors:
Summer Fair's wonderful sponsors will be providing some juicy giveaways.  A HUGE Thank You to Gen X Quilters' Summer Fair sponsors!



So grab a button and your favorite summer quilt and recipe.  Take some pictures and get ready to link up next week!  Join in the fun starting Wednesday, July 27!
Gen X Quilters Summer Fair
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Jul 18, 2011

Rockin' Robin Quilt Along: Cute Little House Blocks

Jul 18, 2011
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How are your RR quilt blocks coming along?  It's Monday and time for the next block tutorial.   It's week 3 of the Rockin' Robin Quilt Along and today we are making some cute little houses with QuiltStory.

Here is a look at my blocks and row....




These houses are SO cute!  What a nice little city to add to this quilt.  I am using a Central Park layer cake on a Kona Maize background.  

Be sure to check out the other host's colorways:



Melissa at Lilac Lane

and of course, get the tutorial HERE at Heather and Megan's /QuiltStory.


Can't wait to see your creations!


Rockin' Robin Details:
Kickoff Info
Week 1 Rectangles
Week 2 Stars
Week 3 Houses

Flickr group
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Jul 17, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along: Sunday Update from the Farm Week #4

Jul 17, 2011
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#20 Churn Dash

I am really liking this color combo!  I ordered a FWQAL scrap pack from Sew Fresh Fabrics and couldn't wait to use some of my new little scraps!  Such a classic block....



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#6 Big Dipper

Finally crushed my need to use solids in every block.  How do I turn that button off?  I've become so accustomed to using them.  I like this block because it uses a modern print with a 30s print.  Unique in my world! Pin It

Jul 15, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Melissa of Sew I Was Thinking

Jul 15, 2011
Pin It Welcome back to Follower Friday!  We've had a couple weeks off, so it's nice to see another quilter highlighted again this week.  Please welcome Melissa of Sew I Was Thinking!  I first started following Melissa around the time she posted her NKOTB quilt featured below.  And her name for the quilt...hilarious!  How can you not love it?!?!?  Let's learn more about her....




Melissa of Palmdale, California

Occupation: Full Time Working Mom & Wife

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband and I meet 17 years ago and feel in love almost immediately. We were two crazy kids in love. We have 3 crazy kids and 1 even crazier Basset Hound. 

# Years Quilting: I started quilting almost two years ago... by accident. I had no intentions on becoming a quilter. I bought a sewing machine just because I wanted to make curtains for our living room (which I haven't made yet, BTW). I didn't even research sewing machine's before I bought one. I was at Joann's and the lady there talked me into buying the "Quilter's" model because it had more features and come with more presser feet... I told her that I didn't think I would ever use any of it.... BOY WAS I WRONG. I went home and started "Google-ing" sewing and one blog led me to another and before I knew it was bit HARD by the quilting bug. I haven't looked back since.

How you learned to quilt: Online blogs and tutorials, YouTube and books.


Favorite Completed Project: My favorite quilt so far was the one I made for the Robert Kaufman Solids Challenge. I made a New Kids on the Block Quilt and I had tons of fun with it and it's quirky and cheesy (even down to the name I gave it... "Business in the Front, Party in the Back").  It's a perfect "Gen X" quilt!

Sewing Workstation Setup:



Machine(s) you sew on: Nothing too fancy, a Singer Confidence Quilter. It really has everything I need. It's a great deal for the price. I'd love a fancier machine, but I can't justify spending tons of money, cause my machine has tons of useful features.
Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room: My seam ripper!!! I made a ton of mistakes while trying to learn the craft, so this little tool was my lifesaver.
To keep up with Melissa and all that she's up to visit her blog Sew I Was Thinking or find her on Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/17800123@N07/


Fun Stuff: I am hooked on Flickr swaps. I find tons of inspiration from other flickr'ers and I think it's neat that I am making something for a total stranger at the same time that another total stranger is making something for me... and the end of the process, we each end up with fabulous handmade items and we've formed new "virtual friendships".




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.  Happy Friday!


I forgot to announce the winner of Dewberry Lane's GiveAway!  Congratulations to Annaliese!  I'll be emailing you soon!

Annaliese said...


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Suscribed to newsletter...such a cool site!

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