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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 ( and send me your mailing info!


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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 17, 2012

Follower Friday: Meet Kristie of OCD: obsessive crafting disorder

Feb 17, 2012
Pin It Hi there!  And welcome to another Follower Friday.  This is actually the last Follower Friday feature I have scheduled for a while.  We'll be taking a little break from the weekly segment, but will hopefully start up again in April sometime.  So let's kick off this little break with a bang!

Today I am featuring Kristie of OCD: obsessive crafting disorder.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Sewing Summit, and as I'm sure you can tell from her photos below, she is a riot!  What a fun gal!  Not only is she fun to be around with a great sense of humor (if you follow her blog, you know she adds some laughs in from time to time), but she's super talented too.  Let's learn more about her....

Kristie in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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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 10, 2012

Follower Friday: Meet Erin of Two More Seconds

Feb 10, 2012
Pin It Happy Follower Friday!  Today I am bringing you a little feature on Erin of Two More Seconds.  She is one of two founders of the AMAZING conference I went to in the fall, the Sewing Summit.  She put together a great fun filled weekend for all of us who attended.  I can't make it this year..... but all of YOU should go!  Erin does some fabulous modern quilty work and I was lucky enough to have her as my Secret Santa in the Twitter Secret Santa Swap this year.  Let's learn more about her.....


Erin of Salt Lake City, Utah

Occupation: Wife, Mom, Blogger, Sewing Summit founder

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: I’ve been married 12 years to my husband, Marc, and we have 2 boys- Mason, 5, and Grahm, 2.

# Years Quilting:  I’ve been sewing & quilting off and on my whole life, but really started getting into it about 5 years ago, right before Mason was born. Then when my husband decided to go back to school for his Phd, I found myself with a lot more time on my hands and really got into the sewing blogging world. I’m so addicted now!

How you learned to quilt: From sewing blogs, YouTube videos & just winging it! To me, the idea behind making a quilt is easy (cutting fabric up & sewing it back together) as long as you break it down into manageable steps. I’m not afraid to try anything at least once, either.

Favorite Completed Project Description :  My favorite completed project right now is my Bee Tweet Virtual Quilting Bee quilt - 11 great friends each made me a crazy scrappy wonky block that I sewed up into one terrifyingly awesome quilt.

the finished quilt

It’s really wild & loud but I love it & I use it every day. I love that it’s made by some of the people I’ve been friends with online the longest.

all folded up

Quilting workstation setup:  I’m super lucky to have an extra room in our house that I can use as my sewing room. It’s in the basement so it doesn’t get the best light & gets really cold in the winter, but I can let fabric get strewn all over the place & keep projects out on the tables, so I don’t complain too much. I currently have it set up with a U shaped area with my sewing machine, cutting station & ironing board (with my laptop close by too) and it’s working out great.

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I found out that CD/DVD shelves from IKEA work great to hold fabric! I love that they’re tall and skinny and they hold lots of yardage!

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And just to keep it real, lest you think that my sewing room looks that pristine at all times (hint: no way) here’s a picture I took right after the Christmas-present-sewing-madness-rush last year. Disaster!

a Sunday project (before) - 16.365

Machine(s) you sew on: I have a few machines, but the main machine I’m using right now is the BabyLock Grace. It’s a solid little machine with a few nice extras that make it super fun to work on. It has a quarter-inch stitch that’s great for piecing. I also just recently got a serger - which both excites & terrifies me. All that threading! The fact that it has a knife in it! Scary.

Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room:  Favorite notion has to be the rotary cutter. Quilting today wouldn’t be what it is without that fabulous little tool! But my favorite things in my sewing room are the bright & beautiful mini quilts I’ve received from friends. They make my room so cheery & me happy to look at them every day.

You can find me at my blog, Two More Seconds, blogging about daily life & the sewing projects I do. You can find more about the Sewing Summit conference here (you should come!). And I’m kind of addicted to Social Media, you can follow me on Twitter or Flickr (and Instagram & Facebook too!) Thanks so much for having me, AnneMarie!!

 Love that picture of your Christmas rush sewing room, Erin....  we've all been there!  Have a great weekend everybody! Pin It

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 3, 2012

Follower Friday: Meet Kristen of K-D Quilts

Feb 3, 2012
Pin It Welcome to this week's edition of Follower Friday.  Today we are featuring Kristen of K-D Quilts!  Kristen has a cute and modern style... and she does a little of everything (modern quilts, hexies, Farmer's Wife-ing, designing her own patterns and a custom shop)!  Let's learn more about her....

Kristen of Knoxville Tennessee
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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!

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Feb 1, 2012

First Quilts on the First: Hollie of the Undercover Crafter

Feb 1, 2012
Pin It February 1st!!  Here we go - kicking off the first feature for First Quilts on the First of 2012.  Please welcome Hollie of the Undercover Crafter.  Hollie is one of the first people I "met" when starting this blog.  She bravely volunteered to be one of the first Follower Friday features - now she's back to share her first quilt with us.

Hi everyone! I’m Hollie of The Undercover Crafter and I’m so excited to be here
today at Gen X Quilters! Thanks for having me again, AnneMarie. I started quilting
two years ago after I took a class from Alissa (of Handmade by Alissa) at a local craft
shop. I had been sewing practically my whole life but I had been too intimidated
to try quilting until this class changed my whole perspective. Alissa taught me
the basics in her Coin Stacked Quilt Class, which stretched over two consecutive
Saturdays. It was all downhill from there. I started researching quilting on the
internet and my eyes were opened to all of the amazing blogs and resources out


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