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Dec 31, 2012

Moda Bake Shop Top Ten of 2012

Dec 31, 2012
Pin It Holy Cow!  I am amazed... floored... shocked.  Moda Bake Shop has announced the Top Ten projects of 2012.  And my tutorial is on the list!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who loved my easy gift - So Soft Washcloths.

I am honored to be included with this fantastic list of Moda Bake Shop Chefs.  To see the other projects on the list for 2012, follow the link below.

Moda Bake Shop 2012: Year in Review

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Dec 27, 2012

Sisters' Ten BOM: The Details

Dec 27, 2012
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With all the holiday hustle and bustle behind us, it's time to start thinking about new projects.  The Sisters' Ten Block of the Month Club is kicking off just in time.  There is nothing like starting a new project with a fresh new year.  Let me tell you the nitty gritty of Sisters' Ten...

The Sisters' Ten Blocks.
This Block of the Month quilt has a theme centered around your favorite women.  Be it a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister or Friend.  We all have a woman that we look up to and aspire to be like.  These ten quilt blocks all honor those women, using their name as the block name.  Sister's Choice, Grandmother's Frame.  Quilts are a great way to commemorate these women.

The Design.
Sisters Ten BOM layout

Frequently Asked Questions.
1.  When are the new block tutorials released?  Each month, a new block tutorial will post on the first Friday of the month.

2.  How long does the BOM run?  This BOM will run one year.  January though October will have block tutorials.  November and December will be spent finishing the quilt.

3.  How many blocks are there in the quilt?  Each "half" of the quilt has 10 blocks.  There will be 10 block tutorials.  We will make 2 of each block during the month.

4.  What size is the finished quilt?  There are two finished sizes of the quilt depending on the block size you choose.
                Lap.  60" x 60" (9" finished blocks)
                Large Twin  78" x 78" (12" finished blocks)

5.  What size are the blocks?  You may choose to make the blocks as either 9"x 9" (Lap) or 12"x 12" (Large Twin) finished.  Cutting instructions will be given for both sizes.

6.  What are the fabric requirements?  

  • 9 fat quarters
  • 3 yards background and sashing
Large Twin.
  • 12 fat quarters
  • 4 5/8 yards background and sashing
I will be using Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics.  I have the full FQ bundle, so I will use more prints than just the 12 required.  I will also be using any leftover fabric for the backing. 
Lucky Penny FQ bundle
7.  I like the Sisters' Ten blocks, but prefer a more traditional setting.  Can I still join?  Absolutely!  You are more than welcome to make blocks along with us throughout the year, and if you prefer, set the blocks in a more traditional manner (i.e. 3 x 4 rows with cornerstones for example).  It's really up to you.  However, I will only be giving finishing instructions for the modern layout above.

You can make only one set of the blocks (instead of two), and then add in two additional ones of your choice for 12 total for the traditional BOM 3 x 4 setting.  -OR- make all 20 blocks and lay them out in a 4 x 5 row grid.  Let your creativity flow!

8.  It's already halfway through the year.  Can I still join?  No problem!  Block of the Month Clubs online are great because you can really work at your own pace.  No one is going to prevent you from skipping a block because you don't like it or working at your own pace, be it ahead or behind.

To me, quilting is fun and about interpretation.  I am providing the tutorials to you as a guide.  Feel free to adapt them to your liking.  After all, YOU are the person who will keep the quilt or gift it to a loved one.

9.  Is there a flickr group for this BOM?  Yes - please join the Sisters' Ten flickr group here.  It is more fun when we can share our fabric selections, progress and blocks with each other.

Looking for some fabric for Sisters' Ten?  Look no further!

Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics is carrying Lucky Penny, Salt Water, Bloomsbury Gardens, Ikebana and other new collections perfect for a BOM.

Peg at Sew Fresh Fabrics is also carrying Lucky Penny, Salt Water, and Simply Color.  All great considerations.

Be sure to check out both shops if you're in need of some FQs!

What do you think?  Sound like fun?  I hope you'll join me!  I am so excited to be starting this new and funky BOM with you.  The first block instructions go up on Friday, January 4.  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  I will try to address all getting started questions here in this post for all to read.

I can't wait!

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Dec 24, 2012

The Good Stuff.

Dec 24, 2012
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Wishing you a merry day with your loved ones.

Come back on Thursday, December 27 for all the details on the FREE Sisters' Ten BOM starting in January! Pin It

Dec 19, 2012

Holland Breeze Quilt Finish: FLANNEL backed quilt!

Dec 19, 2012
Pin It Ruby quilt close up
Here she is... this larger-than-I-expected beauty.  I'm not sure why I was surprised at her size though.  She's a brick house with 16" blocks.

Holland Breeze has blocks made for me by the {Sew} Beautiful Bee ladies in 2011.  This finish is looooong overdue.  For some reason, these blocks ended up on my UFO table, until a thought of warm cozy flannel crossed my mind.
Ruby quilt full shot
I first saw Ruby in FLANNEL at the Fabric Shack almost a year ago.  I guess it stuck with me because it was one of those moments where you sit up straight in bed in the middle of the night,  "FLANNEL!", that I decided to use it.

Aside.  This morning Mr. GXQ told me he had a full conversation with my sweater, hanging on a hook in our room, during the middle of the night.  When I wasn't responding, he realized I was nursing the baby and he was talking to a sweater.  LOL!
Ruby quilt flannel back
Above is a shot of the flannel goodness.  This was the first time I used quilt shop quality flannel.  Let me tell you - it's a lot heavier than flannel at Joann's.  This quilt is SO warm and solid.  :)  It's my new favorite of course.
Ruby quilt label
My budget didn't allow me to spend more $ on binding fabric, so I ended up using the extra cutoff after quilting.  I don't think I'd use flannel for binding again.  Because it is so thick, it was a little hard to work with since I still made double-fold binding.  (I remembered to put a tag label on this one.  I am the world's worst quilt labeler....)
Ruby quilt fence
The boys have been using it as a tent, and it's nice since the 3 of them and I can all fit underneath it.
Squeaking this finish in before the end of the year.  :)

Quilt Stats.
Name: Holland Breeze
Size: 66" x 89"
Design: Dutch Pinwheel - 16" finished block
Fabric:  Ruby and Bliss by Bonnie & Camille; Kona in Ice Frappe
Piecing: {Sew} Beautiful Bee 2011 and Me
Quilting: LAQ Beany of Quilty Pleasures
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Dec 14, 2012

Sister's Ten Modern BOM 2013

Dec 14, 2012
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Good morning...  I am very excited to share with you today my latest project!  With the help of Alison Glass and Andover Fabrics, I have been planning a FREE Block of the Month Club for 2013.  I love taking traditional blocks and updating them with modern fabrics.  It's going to be a ton of fun... using old classic blocks in a modern and surprising way.

Will you join me?

Sisters Ten BOM 1

The Quick Skinny.
  • Starts January 2013
  • New Block tutorials post the 1st Friday of the month
  • 10 Block Tutorials; November and December will be spent finishing the quilt
  • flickr group ooh-ing and ahh-ing
  • Skill level:  Confident beginner - Intermediate
  • No mystery - You'll see the quilt design up front
Here's some eye candy for you...

I'll be using Lucky Penny FQs by Alison Glass for the BOM.
Lucky Penny FQ bundle

So for now, go finish wrapping those holiday gifts.  And if you open any fun fabric in the next week or so (or receive some gift card goodness), consider using your new pretties on this project starting up just after the New Year!

More details to come...  *fabric requirements and option of 2 quilt sizes (throw or larger) will post on 12/27**

Here's a button - won't you help spread the word?

Sisters Ten BOM 1

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Dec 12, 2012

Allotrope Pillow & Block Tutorial

Dec 12, 2012
Pin It Allotrope pillow
Once upon a time, a long long time ago, Mark Cesarik sent me a nice little package with charms of his Cosmic Burst line.  I had best intentions of whipping up a project with them before baby came back in the spring.  My pregnancy got complicated at the end and so, these poor little charms sat neglected.

UNTIL....inspiration struck!  And you know what?  Boy, am I glad I waited.  These colors are just screaming out with energy.  Sometimes the right fabrics and design just fall into place, you know?  That's how this block felt for me.

allotrope pillow side view
I turned this block I'm calling Allotrope into a pillow.  I'm gifting it this Christmas.  Perfect for a little girl.
allotrope pillow back
I used the Cosmic Burst charms and paired it with Kate Spain's Terrain.  It was a surprising pairing for me, but I am really digging how they look together.  I straight line quilted it pretty tight - something I don't normally have the patience for.  I think it adds some nice dimension here.
allotrope pillow close up
I also piped it using my Pillow Piping tutorial with colorful Terrain print.

What a difference from the original sketch I had for Allotrope with blues!
allotrope eq sketch
If you'd like to make your own Allotrope block, I've provided Allotrope templates for you.  I only used the templates for the corners though.  All the center squares are 2.5" unfinished squares sewn together to make an on-point block.  This makes a 12" block.

(I added a white border on the pillow to make a 15" square.)

If you make one, be sure to add it to GXQ's flickr group.  I'd love to see it!
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Dec 10, 2012

No-Sew Easy Gift for Quilters - Hand Sewing Kit

Dec 10, 2012
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Are you looking for a great no-sew gift for your favorite quilting or sewing enthusiast?  Why not make up your own Hand Sewing Kit?  All you need to do is fill a small cosmetic bag with some hand sewing staples...
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Possible Items for Hand Sewing Kit.

  • (1) Small Cosmetic Travel Bag.  This one was $1 at a dollar store.
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Needle book
  • Needles and pins
  • Needle threader
  • DMC Embroidery floss
  • EEP (English Paper Piecing) templates
  • Buttons
  • Seam ripper
  • Measuring tape
  • Pens and small note pad

hand sewing kit inside 2

Easy as pie!  This kit comes with me whenever I am binding or doing embroidery.  I like keeping it all in one place and contained.  And it's easy on my budget.

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Dec 6, 2012

Husband in a Fabric Store, Part 2

Dec 6, 2012
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Japan trip Dec 2012
In August, I hit the Japanese fabric jackpot.  See, that's the business trip that my hubby realized there is a fabric shop in the very train station he takes to and from work every day when he's in Japan. Only catch is: he usually heads in before the shops open, and returns after the shops close.

He just returned on Sunday, which means he was there over the weekend.  And so, he spoils me once again!
Echino Ni-Co - 2011.  Mari is spot on again!  This was her pick.  I'm thinking bag (hobo maybe?) and I want it made yesterday...
daisy chain lime
Daisy Chain by Prints Charming for Kokka

Daisy Chain tan
Daisy Chain by Prints Charming for Kokka

Liberty 2010.  That's all this one says.  I love the richness of the colors and it's Japanese vibe.
minakoko collection (by koko seki) for Lecien (pink panel).  This is actually a repeat of a print he picked up for me last time he visited.  (Not surprising that a guy who doesn't shop, let alone fabric shop, would accidentally pick the same print twice.)  I'm considering giving some away....  maybe when I reach 1000 followers....

In related news, Mr. GXQ has recently been appointed CFO of this little blog here.  I should be keeping better track of my spending, etc... but I'm just so darn busy creating!  Actually, although I am a numbers person in most respects, for some reason I despise budgets.  He's going to help me out.

To prove his... ahem, uh... dedication to GXQ, he not only called me from the fabric shop in Japan to talk fabric - BUT he also shot a couple videos of bolts for me to see.  Too bad we have dumb phones and I couldn't see them until he got home.  

But it made me smile, nonetheless, to think that my hubby is shooting video in a fabric store in a different country....  :)  All for his crazy fabric-aholic wife.

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Dec 4, 2012

Teacher Gifts - Keychain Clutches

Dec 4, 2012
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Look at these!!!!  Super cute right?  Last week, I showed you the Pleated Pouches I made.  I loved the way they came out, so this week I tried another Michelle Pattern - the Keychain Clutch.  Even cuter!
keychain clutch solo green
I've had my eye on this pattern for a while.  I finally decided to purchase it to make gifts for my boys' teachers.  It's perfect - cute, unique, made from scraps and only took 1-2 hours to put together.
keychain clutch lip balm inside
I'm going to stuff them with some lip balms and maybe a little bottle of hand sanitizer.  I figure all teachers need to bathe in the stuff to keep from getting all the kiddies' germs.

Can you guess what leftover layer cake I used for the linings?
keychain clutches inside lining
Yep - 12 Days of Christmas from Kate Spain lines 3 of these Keychain Clutches.  I was pretty excited to find that the pattern pieces fit onto a 10" layer cake square.  I always have those leftover from other projects.

This pink/brown Clutch was my test run.  It supposed to be for one of the teachers, but once I discovered that ombre pink button in my stash, I decided I had to keep it.  Plus it matches with my Cosmo bag.  :)
keychain clutch ombre button
I think I'm going to keep this pattern in my back pocket as a great easy gift.  Next year's teachers won't know it's my go-to pattern right?
4 Keychain Clutches
I also finally figured out how to sew a button on with my machine!  Janome has a bunch of short videos showing how to use different features/feet on their machines.  I am happy to say I'll be using the button foot frequently now.

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Dec 2, 2012

{simple} sunday

Dec 2, 2012
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It's December now.   Say wha?  All the quilters are furiously working.... working on secretive gifts for the holidays.  Fun to work on - but no fun to blog about!  Busy busy.

How behind are you?  Me?  Yeah, I need another cup of coffee....

Cosmic Burst by Mark Cesarik
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