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Oct 29, 2012

Baby Gift Quilts

Oct 29, 2012
Pin It This post is waaaay over due.  Little Mr. M is over 7 months old and I am just now writing this post to showcase the quilts he received when he was born.  Better late than never?  That's my philosophy for birth announcements too since there a few I have yet to send.

What better gift for a quilter's son?
Amy, Lee and Elizabeth made this quilt for the little guy.  It showed up on our doorstep as a complete surprise!  That is the best kind of surprise.  It's made up of some scrappy log cabins.  I love how these blocks meld together.  Lee straight line quilted it pretty tight on the diagonal, so it's holding up well to washings.  Thank you so much ladies!

My mom (who I taught to quilt in 2010) brought this quilt to the hospital for Mr. M.  She used some great prints for a boy from Sweetwater's Make Life line.  Pinwheels are always a good choice for baby. She straight line quilted a grid pattern.  Thank you Mom!
Pattern modified from: Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Magazine May/June 2011-- Joseph's Pinwheel

Mr. M's last quilt he received was made by my husband's Aunt Jenny.  Aunt Jenny gave me encouragement and support when I first began quilting.  She was the first person I knew who quilted.  She makes tons of quilts for all the babies (19 and still counting) on my husband's side of the family.  This adorable little firefighter quilt has been temporarily confiscated by my middle son who loves fire trucks.  Thank you Aunt Jenny!

I just love these quilts, not only because they are darling, but because they come with love from family and friends.  My kids love to cuddle in them, pile them up and jump on them and use every last quilt we own to make forts.

I guess what I'm saying is:  You can never have enough quilts. Pin It

Oct 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Water Pitcher Collection Quilt

Oct 26, 2012
Pin It I've finished the Water Pitcher Quilt - and just in time for Blogger's Quilt Festival! Welcome to anyone who's come from BQF I haven't met before. I'm showing my latest finish today. Although this is a small quilt, I've been working on it a long time since each block became a pattern.

Here is a picture of my inspiration for this quilt. This collection of water pitchers is in my dining room and I love their timeless-ness and elegance. With my new found love of creating my own paper piecing patterns, I decided to create a series of quilt blocks.

 The first Water Pitcher block is my favorite. I like how the octagonal shape imitates the circular shape of the real thing. And this is where I decided each block should have a two-toned pitcher if possible.

My FMQ on this quilt is typical of how I operate. Usually a "wing-it" philosophy that gets me in trouble now and again. I am usually limited in how much time I have to sew, so instead of researching how exactly I should quilt this, I sat down to "get 'er done". Here's what I came up with.

I am hanging this quilt on a small quilt rack my hubby made for me in our entry hallway. To use the shelf/rack, the quilt can be no bigger than 32", so I simply had to sash these 12" blocks to make the whole thing fit. I think keeping it simple in this case was just fine though since each pitcher block is so intricate.
This quilt is cheery and makes me happy!

If you would like to make your own version of these blocks, they are all available as patterns both in my shop and on Craftsy.

You can purchase ALL four Water Pitcher blocks together and save $.
I've bundled all 4 patterns into one PDF for $7.50.
Individually the blocks are $2.95 each (except Water Pitcher #2 (yellow) - which is FREE on Craftsy).
water pitcher block patterns are available here and here
water pitcher #2 (yellow) is a FREE download available only at Craftsy here (FREE!)

Quilt Stats:
Name: Water Pitcher Collection
Size: 30" x 36"
Special Techniques Used:  Paper Piecing
Design: Water Pitcher Blocks #1-4 by Me
Fabrics:  Kona PFD and Kona Bone; Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt (pink); Sweet Pickins' by Darlene Zimmerman (yellow); Feedsack by Sara Morgan (blue); green is unknown from my stash
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: Me
Best Category:  Wall Hanging, Home Machine Quilted Quilt

Thanks for visiting and now I should get over to BQF to see all the inspiration!
Amy's Creative Side
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Oct 23, 2012

Water Pitcher Pattern GiveAway Winners

Oct 23, 2012
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I owe you some wonderful winners of the giveaway I was having to celebrate finishing the four Water Pitcher Paper Piecing Patterns.

The six winners are:

1.  The Reader
2.  Linda
3.  Amy Crafty Shenanigans
4.  Rhonda D.
5.  Katie B.
6.  Bea Garcia

I'll be emailing you shortly!

I'm working on hand stitching the hanging sleeve on the back of this quilt in the evening.  Can't wait to show you all the blocks quilted and finished.  If you didn't win, remember Water Pitcher #2 is ALWAYS FREE.  You can start with giving it a try!

water pitcher block patterns are available here and here
water pitcher #2 is a FREE download available only at Craftsy here (FREE!)
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Oct 22, 2012

{betty dress} quilt block pattern

Oct 22, 2012
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Here is my latest mini.  Is it vintage yet modern?  I am so happy with how it came out.    The background print contains vintage ads/logos for sewing notions and trimmings (available here at Sew Me A Song).  I immediately had this curvy paper pieced dress in mind when reading the text.  So I drafted up a 10" block featuring this ladies dress to feed my paper piecing addiction yet again.
Look at those curves!  Although the skirt is only solid green, I visually wanted to add a pleat or dart look.  The skirt is paper pieced in four sections to add the visual interest.  Then I added the scalloped quilting down the skirt using the pleats as guidelines.  These were the first curves I've actually ever pieced myself.  It's not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.  I tried it first on a test block before using my real fabrics.

 As I've mentioned before, I am focusing on smaller projects and building my confidence in FMQ and other skills.  The scallops and the loops (a la Denyse Schmidt) in the border were an experiment.  I like the effect of those loops on the solid border.  The grey color adds some modernness to the otherwise vintage feel.

Here is the paper pieced block standing alone without the border.

I've made the {betty dress} block up into a pattern if you'd like to try it yourself.  You can get it in my pattern shop or on Craftsy.
The {betty dress} is a PDF pattern.  The finished block measures 10" square.  The pattern includes written instructions, a diagram of the block, and mirror image pattern pieces.  This pattern does not teach you how to paper piece.  {betty dress} is an intermediate level pattern.  There are 2 curves and 2 y-seams.  This block is a great place to try out these techniques!

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Oct 20, 2012

{simple} saturday

Oct 20, 2012
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I finished up quilting the water pitcher quilt this week.  I'm trying to improve my skill at FMQ and branch out from the stipple I always use.  I started quilting without a plan (bad idea!) and made some mix of stipple and arcs or waves.  Oi.  I think I need this book or this book to help me out.  *hint hint Mom!*  It's not bad, but it could be better.

Today I'm hoping to put on the binding and hanging sleeve.

water pitcher block patterns are available here and here
water pitcher #2 is a FREE download available only at Craftsy here (FREE!)

  What are you working on this weekend?
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Oct 18, 2012

Why boys in a Quilt Shop is bad for your WIP list.

Oct 18, 2012
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One of my favorite restaurants (Jason's Deli) is located across the street from my LQS.  Each time we eat there, it's a running joke that I ask who out of my four boys "wants to go to the Quilt shop?"  Usually it's closed.

Last week, when we went to eat, it was actually open.  Lo and behold, somehow I managed to convince my entire family of boys to stop in with me.  I was excited at the chance to feel some of the pretty fabric on a spur of the moment stop.

I didn't find anything to buy.  Two of my boys did.  I tried to protest....saying that we hadn't come there to buy fabric for them.  My 4th "boy", Mr. GXQ, stepped in.  He claimed that if I took my boys to the fabric shop, I couldn't deny them a purchase.  

I guess I now have 2 pillows to make.  The ladies working at the shop enjoyed this banter as I objected.

Ready Go! by Clothworks

Batman by Camelot Cottons

I also stopped into an antique shop this week and found an old Twister game for $2.  Remember my original Twister-inspired quilt?  I actually have another one that has been sitting as a UFO because I gave the finished one to my niece and nephews.  My SIL mentioned the game board I made was having tough time holding up to friendly abuse from being played, so I made a mental note to pick up an old game for the second version.  I guess this UFO is coming out of hiding?

I am trying to make my WIP short.  What is happening?

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Oct 15, 2012

Water Pitcher #4 Block Pattern & GiveAway

Oct 15, 2012
Pin It Here is the fourth (and final!) water pitcher in the series of paper pieced blocks.  Woo hoo!  A classic two-toned water pitcher and basin. 
 What fun it has been designing these.  I like that these blocks feel a little different in that I've used color in the background to create the shapes of the pitchers.  Of course, I'd love to see some different color pitchers on low volume backgrounds too.

Water Pitcher #4 is a PDF pattern.  The finished block measures 12" square.  The pattern includes written instructions, a diagram of the block, and mirror image pattern pieces.  This pattern does not teach you how to paper piece.  Water Pitcher #4 is an advanced beginner level pattern.

water pitcher block patterns are available here and here
water pitcher #2 is a FREE download available only at Craftsy here (FREE!)

Here are all the blocks in the series.

Next I will start working on a small wall hanging sized quilt to display all the blocks in. 

Do you have a favorite?

Would you like a chance to win your choice of the water pitcher patterns?  I am giving away SIX copies of water pitcher block patterns.  The winner gets to choose which pattern they receive.

Here's how to enter:

1.  Tell me which one you would pick if you won.  (1 entry)

2.  Become a follower of GXQ (or let me know if you already are one).  (1 entry)

3.  Tweet or Facebook this giveaway.  Include @genxquilters in your post. (1 entry)

Leave a separate comment for each entry on this post.  Entries will be accepted until Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

The winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.
This giveaway is now closed.

water pitcher block patterns are available here and here
water pitcher #2 is a FREE download available only at Craftsy here (FREE!)

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Oct 13, 2012

Missing the Summit...

Oct 13, 2012
Pin It ...I was sitting here missing the Sewing Summit, knowing a bunch of my friends are chatting and sewing it up in Salt Lake City, Utah.  And then this instagram/tweet came in...

That's Amy/Sukie.  She took me to Red Iguana last year before dropping me off at the airport.  I was 4 months pregnant then and developed a serious craving for the mole sauce served there.  Only problem was that restaurant is 1700 miles away from Ohio.

No matter.  She over-nighted me the fresh mole sauce so I could satisfy my crazy craving.  That's why sewing/blogging friends are so great.

Hope you guys are having a great time - Amy, Elizabeth and Lee!

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Oct 11, 2012

My "new" sewing space

Oct 11, 2012
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It's been about 3 1/2 months since our move.  I set up my new sewing space a while ago and took some pictures right away while things still looked nice and clean.

I thought I'd share these photos with you today...
Surprisingly, the new space doesn't look much different from the old space.  I'm in the basement again.  
The basement walls are tan.  I've got about the same amount (plenty) of space.  I'm using the same $40 fold-down banquet tables.
Actually, this basement came with a "built-in" design wall.  The basement is finished with an Owens-Corning Basement system - which means that the entire room is covered with some special acoustic, mildew-resistent heavy duty woven fabric.  If I use pushpins, I can use the entire basement as a design wall!  You can see some of my minis in the photo above.

One new element I added was shelving storage.  I found these wrought iron shelves among the things we had tucked away and weren't using.  I decided I would use one shelf for holding my finished quilts.  Here's where they rest when it's not their turn to be on display on the main floor.  The other shelf I decided to use for storing my sewing books, patterns and magazines.  Now it's all in one place when I'm looking for a certain pattern....

A year or two ago, it seemed almost everyone was reorganizing their stash.  Folding, refolding.  Posting about it.  I never did because that took away from valuable sewing time.  When we moved, I finally decided I'd had it with the haphazard fabric piles.  Wow.  I should have done this ages ago.  It makes such a difference.  Pulling out fabrics to coordinate together is a completely different story now.

Keeping it real....

This isn't nearly as bad as it gets sometimes, but here's a snapshot I ran down and took today.  Anytime, I start think glamorously about my "studio", one of my kids rams his tricycle into the back of my chair while I'm sewing.  :)

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Oct 8, 2012

Water Pitcher #3 Paper Pieced Block Pattern

Oct 8, 2012
Pin It Here is the third water pitcher in the series of paper pieced blocks I designed.  Portly and stout.  It took some nerve to cut into this blue fabric - it's one of my favorites I've been hoarding.  I'm not normally a 30s repro girl, but for some reason I just love this print.  It's Feedsack by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabrics.  It was the perfect choice for me in this pitcher block.
Water Pitcher #3 is a PDF pattern.  The finished block measures 12" square.  The pattern includes written instructions, a diagram of the block, and mirror image pattern pieces.  This pattern does not teach you how to paper piece.  Water Pitcher #3 is an intermediate level pattern.

There is just one more water pitcher in this series.  I should be able to post it next week.  Then I will start working on a small wall hanging sized quilt. 

Let me know if you make one, I'd love to see it!

Here are the blocks in the series so far...

water pitcher #1 available here and here
water pitcher #2 available here (FREE!)
water pitcher #3 available here and here Pin It

Oct 7, 2012

{simple} sunday

Oct 7, 2012
Pin It I think I like the idea of doing a very simple post on the weekend.  Last week I did my first {simple} saturday.  This week I am following suit.  I guess it will be my version of Wordless Wednesdays.  Except on the weekend.  And with some words.

Hopefully it will reflect my attempt to unwind in my world and enjoy the simple hum of my sewing machine.

  • one photo
  • a few words to tell you what I'm working on this weekend
  • feel free to join me, but I'm not going to complicate things by making a linky party (remember this is about no stress).... :)
Here it goes.

I am beginning paper piecing Water Pitcher #4.  The last one!  I really enjoyed making these patterns.  Going from concept, to draft, to pattern.  Grabbing my decaf coffee and heading downstairs.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
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Oct 5, 2012

Sew Me A Song GiveAway Winner

Oct 5, 2012
Pin It Oops... this post is a day late.   No matter - we've got a winner to announce!

Congratulations to Barb in Mi!  You are the winner of the Color Basics Bundle from Sew Me A Song.

Check out these other texty fabrics from Sew Me A Song....

Barb, I'll be sending you an email shortly.
Have a good day everyone.

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Oct 3, 2012

First Quilts on the First: Jodie of Seamless Nights Boutique and Lake Erie Longarm

Oct 3, 2012
Pin It Holy cow October 3rd already!  This fall is certainly moving right along.  Well, with a new month we have a new First Quilt feature.  Please welcome Jodie (Seamless Nights Boutique and Lake Erie Longarm) to First Quilts on the First.  Congratulations to Jodie on her new baby boy and thank you for still participating in this series while on maternity leave. Let's hear about her first....

Hi Anne Marie! Thank you so much for having me on the First on Quilts! I started quilting 4 years ago at 34 yrs old and have been addicted ever since.

I woke up one morning and felt the need to make a quilt and decided that I was going to make a friend a quilt for his son. It would be a photo quilt. My mom helped me with the design and fabric. It was a pretty easy pattern. I think they were 4 x 6 squares with sashing. So one night I had the middle all sewn and it just needed borders.
I was sipping on some vino and put my glass on the ironing board as I laid out the topper on the floor so I could take a picture and as I was getting up I bumped the ironing board and down came the glass of wine all over the topper… soiled the fabric and smeared the pictures. I was devastated! Almost in tears I decided to clean up and deal with it in the morning. So when I woke up I decided to make the quilt better than before. I actually put the pictures in a pattern and added sashing with some print and I must say that the quilt looked better second time around.
And I had so much fabric left over so it wasn’t that big a deal. So the moral to my story is keep your wine glass far away from your topper! LOL.  And I haven’t spilled since. You can still sip and sew! I love my sewing and my vino!
I have also donated my services and made quilts for fundraisers. I have made quilts for
the American Cancer Society  each ribbon represents a different type of cancer and for the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania.  The topper is made with registered Girl Scout fabric and the quilt pattern is also a registered Girl Scout design.
A few years ago our City was nominated to be An All American City and one of items they had to present was a quilt block and I was asked to design it on behalf of our City. I had about two weeks to design and sew it! I decided to include sights that represented our city and got permission from all to be included.
Of course my children and hubby need a few quilts. Nicolina is 20 months and Dino is 11 weeks…

One project I am always working on is my selvage quilt. I collect and save the selvages from all my projects. I hope to sew this one together real soon!
I recently got to meet Mary Fons from Fons and Porter Quilts this weekend! She was super sweet and so down to earth! Thank you for thinking of the quilters in their 30’s Mary!
You can find me on Facebook and Etsy as Seamless Nights Boutique.

My mother and I just started a longarm quilting business this year. You can find us at Lake Erie Longarm and on Facebook.   Thank you!

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