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Feb 27, 2012

NQA Show Already! & Kona Color Card Winner

Feb 27, 2012
Pin It Ahhhhhh!  Hooray!!  I just received an email from the board at the NQA Quilt Show held here in Columbus each June saying that my Citrus Burst quilt has been accepted!!  Yay!!  I'm surprised to hear back this early - I didn't think we'd know until May.

Now I just have to get a hanging sleeve on this bad boy and we'll be ready to rock.  I can't wait to take my family down to see it hanging in the show!

I also owe you a winner from the Kona Color Card giveaway.  The winner is.....



QuiltyTherapy - drop me an email (annearie@genxquilters.com) and send me your mailing info!

Congrats!

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Feb 24, 2012

Sewing {Slow}

Feb 24, 2012
Pin It Sewing has slowed down a lot over here (T-1 month!)... but I'm still managing to work on a few things to get a little bit done.  I'm enjoying taking it easy and choosing to read a book with my feet up if I want.  I want to say thank you to all of those who commented on my two recent quilt finishes (Citrus Burst and Baby's Wonky Star).  I have read all the comments and truly appreciate them, but I am just unable to keep up with responding to everyone right now.  The laundry is barely done and it seems there are always dishes in the sink.  Not that it will get much better once baby arrives....  :)  Anyway, just wanted to say thanks, as I am not as active online as usual.

{Sew} Beautiful Bee.  February is Emily's month and she requested an offset block of our choice using Heirloom.  I decided to go back to some paper piecing for this block using the Noon & Light block from the Farmer's Wife.  Sometimes you just can't beat paper piecing!  I've got such a thing for orange lately..


Receiving Blankets.  A while ago I saw Allison post about making some receiving blankets for baby.  We met briefly at the Sewing Summit and our due dates are only a few days off I think.  I made note of the great tutorial she used on my baby list and planned to make some of my own.

It wasn't until just now, that I went back to link to her that I saw I actually chose the same. exact. prints. from Joann's for my girl blanket.  I'm so sorry Allison!!  Imitation is the best form of flattery??   Here they are:  one boy and one girl blanket.  They really are cute - and since I got the flannel on sale, I think each blanket cost only $8.

I did have a major mishap where I kind of went on autopilot and traumatized one of the corners on the girl blanket.  I had done one corner and walked away.... then when I came back the next day, I thought I remembered how to miter the corner without looking at the photos.  I chopped off the excess before turning it out and destroyed the corner.  Oops.  Wonderful.  Well, I performed surgery by sewing the material back on and attempted to fix it.  For pregnant sewing at 35 weeks, I deemed it good enough.  I'll just tuck that end into a swaddle....  :)

Mail.  Some fun mail arrived this week.  Mark Cesarik sent me a fun little charm bundle of his new line Cosmic Burst for FreeSpirit.  Like I said above, I'm newly obsessed with orange.  Look at those vibrant prints!
I'm going to brainstorm a little project for these goodies.  Thanks Mark!
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Feb 20, 2012

Kona Color Card {GiveAway}

Feb 20, 2012
Pin It At our CMQG meeting last week, we went around the room naming our favorite sewing room tool.  When it came my turn, I mentioned how my Kona Color Card from Robert Kaufman was such a lifesaver in picking out solids.
And that reminded me!!  I picked up an extra Kona Color Card by attending Jeni's class at the Sewing Summit and it's been hanging out in my sewing room.  I've no need for two...... so I'm sharing with you!

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Feb 15, 2012

Baby's Quilt: Charm Pack Wonky Stars Finish

Feb 15, 2012
Pin It Hold the phone.  Say what?  Yes, you heard that right folks.  Today I am posting a second quilt finish for the week.  That is insane if you ask me..... but we're getting down to the wire, so I gotta get my sewing time in before the babymoon begins.


Here it is.  Love!  HideAway is the perfect choice in my mind for a gender neutral quilt.  I was short just a couple charms, so I supplemented with 2 prints from my stash.  All on Kona White of course.  It's about 36" x 36".


I used the Wonky Star tutorial found in the Block Library.  It was perfect for using a charm pack.  Oh, and did I mention everything came from my stash?  Boy, does that feel good.


Some DS Picnics and Fairground prints for the backing and binding.  That little green gingham is so sweet.


I can't wait to use it!  Both my other kids used the baby quilts I made them heavily.... tummy time, diaper blowouts, reflux and all.  I expect this quilt will absolutely take a beating.  But that's exactly why  I made it this way.  The wonky stars look eye catching, yet are a snap to whip up, so this quilt came together very quickly.  I'd recommend it if you're looking for a quick gift.

I even (gasp) pre-washed and dried this one.  Those quilty friends who have been to my house notice that the majority of my quilts have not been washed.  I am secretly afraid something really bad will happen, so I avoid it if I can.  But with a baby quilt, there's no denying it's gonna need washed.  A lot.

Finished before the big day.  Mama's happy.  :)  *sigh of relief* Pin It

Feb 13, 2012

Citrus Burst: Supernova QAL Finish.

Feb 13, 2012
Pin It So finally!  Here it is... My Supernova QAL finish.  This has been in my UFO pile since last spring and sometime this fall I decided I wanted to finish it up so I could enter it in the NQA Show here in Columbus.

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Feb 8, 2012

wip wednesday - 02/07/12

Feb 8, 2012
Pin It There is not much wip-ping over here... but I thought I'd still write what I've been up to...

Here's how my sewing time has been spent the past week:
Supernova quilt.  My 5 yr old snapped this pic of me binding my Supernova quilt.  Almost there.  I was pleasantly surprised when my longarm quilter called me a mere 2 weeks after dropping it off.  I couldn't believe it was done!  I think she must have taken one look at me and thought there was no way I was making it to my due date.  And since I want to get this quilt finished, photographed and submitted to NQA before baby comes, quite frankly...I'm in a bit of a rush.

       Sidenote:  I happened to be at the hospital where I will deliver late last week for an appointment.     While walking through the corridors, several people stopped me to tell me I was heading the wrong way.  "Labor and delivery is that  way."  Groan.....  still 6 weeks people!

{Sew} Beautiful Bee Block.  I finished up January's bee block for Cherie by the skin of my teeth.  It's a Carpenter Star.  Isn't the fabric selection lovely?  I can't wait to see all of these blocks put together - the Secret Garden fabric is gorgeous.
Cherie's Carpenter Star

Hop over to Lee's to see what everyone else is up to!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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Feb 6, 2012

GXQ's Quilt Block Library: 120+ Links to Free Tutorials

Feb 6, 2012
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The new year has brought a wealth of quilt block tutorials!  For those who haven't checked out Gen X Quilters' Quilt Block Library, it's a linky list hosted here on my blog that shows photos of quilt blocks linked directly to the free tutorials.  I regularly troll quilty blogs for any tutes that catch my eye.

The Quilt Block Library now has 120+ quilt blocks!

If you've written a free tutorial for a modern quilt block and I've missed it, feel free to add your link.  I love being able to scan the list for ideas for my next quilt...

Also, don't forget to PIN the Quilt Block Library on Pinterest, so you remember where to go next time you need an idea! Pin It

Feb 2, 2012

So Soft Washcloths Tutorial

Feb 2, 2012
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Are you looking for a quick and easy project to whip up as a gift?  Or maybe freshen up your own bathroom?  Or replace those ratty washcloths the kids have been using forever?

Head over to the Moda Bake Shop today to check out my tutorial on these quilted washcloths made using layer cake squares.  It's a great project that takes just a little time and can make a fun baby or housewarming gift.  They are easily customized with monograms or names too...
I used the new line Ten Little Things from Jenn Ski and some coordinating minky.  It's great for making some "boy" gifts.  But really any leftover layer cake squares you have from old projects would work wonderfully!

Check out the Tutorial here. Pin It
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