Friday, January 28, 2011

My apologies...

I am so sorry I haven't blogged in over a week! AH!  I've been so busy with all kinds of stuff that I don't even know where to start to update you all.....

I guess I'll start with some good news... 

I was recently accepted into YouTube's exclusive Partner Program!  This is so exciting for me because as most of you know my YouTube channel hosts over 40 free crafting video tutorials.  Now I'll be able to earn some revenue for all my hard work! This also means I will be posting videos more often to try and maintain my following and gain new viewers. Yay me!
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In other news....I have seven beginning sewing videos posted at eHow.com!  This is another great way for me to get exposure..... can you say 80 million viewers!?  If you know anything about eHow.com you know whenever you are looking for something on Google, and eHow link will pop up!

You can watch my new eHow videos HERE.
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I'm also working on a pattern product review and a new giveaway for you so please stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quilting Lodge update!

Many of you remember Quilting Lodge as one of my blog sponsors.  They have hosted giveaways and offered sales exclusive to Crafty Gemini followers.  Well, they recently traded in the auctions on eBay for their very own official website!

In honor of their grand opening they are offering a 15% discount on all orders until Jan 28th!
To take advantage of the sale just enter this coupon code at checkout: GRAND15

I hope you will take advantage of the grand opening sale and check out what goodies they have!
They carry fabric by the yard, pre-cuts, notions, books, patterns, quilting software, etc.
Some designer fabrics they carry include Moda, Timeless Treasures, Alexander Henry, etc. 

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Alliance for American Quilts

About a year and a half ago I entered an online giveaway and won!   My prize was an autographed copy of Meg Cox's The Quilter's Catalog- A Comprehensive Resource Guide.  I love it!  If you've never checked it out you are missing out.  It's a very insightful book for both beginner and advanced quilters.

Anyway, ever since then... I subscribe to her newsletter.  This month's issue is the first with nice bright pictures and the format is more like a print out newsletter.  To subscribe, go here: http://tiny.cc/lugre

The newsletter included information on something totally new for me: Alliance for American Quilts Contest.
This competition is for donations of 16" x 16" quilts.  "All entries will be auctioned with 100% of the proceeds supporting the AAQ and its projects. This auction is one of our most successful annual fundraisers and a great way for quiltmakers to support our mission in a creative way."

The theme is Alliances: People, Patterns, Passion. For complete guideline information click HERE.  They are giving out tons of prizes and the grand prize winner will receive.. get this:

"The Grand Prize winner will choose from any of Handi Quilter machine quilting systems: an HQ Sweet SixteenTM sit-down machine; the HQ18 Avanté, an 18” longarm; or the HQ24 Fusion, a 24” longarm. Everything you need to get started is included: machine, table/frame, bobbin winder and “Getting Started” DVD and training with your local HQ Rep" 

WOW!

Non-refundable entry fee: Non AAQ members pay $25 for the first quilt entered and $10/ea for subsequent quilts. Alliance members pay $5 per quilt. 
Consider joining AAQ because it only costs $25 per year. Click HERE for details.

They've posted different inspiration ideas on the guidelines page for you to get those creative juices flowing!  I think I'm going to enter a quilt.  You should consider it too!



Monday, January 10, 2011

Custom Baby Quilts

Just finished a new custom baby quilt for a friend.  She is excited to give this baby quilt to a friend at the baby shower later this month.  I designed this quilt, pieced it and quilted it myself.


Two-color combo drunkard's path blocks in alternating positions. 
 Baby boy's name appliqued on.

Free-motion squiggly quilting in blue on blue areas and in brown in brown areas. 

Used a coordinating striped backing and I'm very happy with the way the quilting looks on it. Simple and fun, perfect for a baby. 

I also used the backing fabric for the binding....and I love that speckled look on the binding. 

I have people ask me all the time if I take custom orders.  I do! 
If you are interested in placing a custom order just contact me at: craftygemini{at}gmail{dot}com
I offer FREE shipping on any custom quilt orders in the U.S. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Kiddie Handle winner & new quilt update

Finally!  Sheesh..... Blogger has been acting up on me since yesterday and wouldn't let me post a new blog posting. 

Sorry about the delay in announcing the Kiddie Handle winner. But without further ado....

The winner is:



Congratulations to Annette!

annette said...
Vanessa, your tutorials are truly inspiring! This cute little "toddler" leash would help me hang on to my ever-wandering 17 mos. grandson. He is always moving around and I have a hard time keeping up with him. Thanks for all you do to help us sew very useful things with our fabric scraps (I am a quilter by nature so I have a lot of scraps! Happy New Year  
Thank you to all who entered!  I'm glad to hear so many people all over the world enjoy my video tutorials! 
 
Remember you can always make your own Kiddie Handle by checking out my step-by-step video tutorial HERE.  
 
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In other news, here is a sneak peek of my progress on a new quilt I started as part of a Robert Kaufman Kona solids (brights) Charm Pack challenge my local modern quilt guild  is participating in..... I'll post a picture of my inspiration when I get closer to being done with it so you all can tell me if I did good.....

Monday, January 3, 2011

Plans for 2011

I have a lot planned for 2011!

One of the most exciting things we are doing this year is buying a house.... a farm house to be exact!
My DH and I are starting our official search this month and are very excited!  We are looking for something on 2-5 acres of land.  I can't wait to live in my secluded little country home growing all my herbs and veggies and quilting the days away.  Hmmm.. maybe something like this on 5 acres?



With the purchase of a new home comes a lot of tightening up our budget.  Thankfully, I'm really good about saving money and not spending extra on unnecessary things. I'm sure it also helps that I hate shopping.  There is something about being in a mall with so many stores and choices that drives me crazy! I only go when its absolutely necessary and I go knowing exactly what I'm looking for so I can be in and out.  I'm not a window shopper or someone who likes to just walk around stores waiting to see if something catches my eye. I'm just too impatient and hyper for that.

We don't have any credit cards either.  Which is a huge relief! We only buy things cash in this house.  Which is actually very liberating to say type. 

Where I am going to have to tighten up my belt is in cutting back on my fabric purchases!  AH!  
My mother came over a few days ago and helped me organize all one third of my fabric stash in my studio closet.  Now, I can at least see these fabrics and can scavenge around to see if I have something I can use instead of going straight to the fabric shop.  They aren't arranged by color or anything I just needed a quick solution to the disaster that was taking over my studio!

I think this will help for now and I can only hope to organize a huge quilting room in my new farm house where everything will be sorted by color.  Ah... to dream.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Kiddie Handle Tutorial & Giveaway!

My DS is 16 months old and a very active walker runner.  He hates riding around in buggies and is too grown to be worn on my hip.  Even when I try to carry him it looks like I'm lugging around a 3 year old.  He recently measured in the 90% (for height) for kids his age and I can see people looking at me like, "let that big kid walk on his own."  So, I started having him hold my hand as we walk around and that worked for a little while.....my back just can't take it anymore. And I really don't want to put one of those baby backpack leashes that are out there. 

Here is my solution.... a Kiddie Handle. 

A super easy quilted project that anyone can do.  It's just a quilted strap that connects to you and the child/toddler holds on to the other end. Obviously, they can let go at anytime but I think this is a great way to start teaching your child that they should stay nearby and not wander off.  It has worked for us so far so I'm super happy! Thankfully, my DS is really good about staying close to me.

He actually likes holding on to his Kiddie Handle!

Now for the giveaway:

-I am giving away the Kiddie Handle (pictured above) I made in my video tutorial to one lucky winner.
-The fabric is Lollipop by Sandy Gervais for MODA fabrics.
-Just watch one of my video tutorials HERE and come back and tell me what you thought about it.
-Giveaway ends Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:59pm (EST). 
-Winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 5th.

If you want to make one for yourself or to give as a gift, here is my step-by-step video tutorial. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Goodbye 2010!

It's officially 2011!  

Here are some Crafty Gemini numbers for 2010:

-Crafty Gemini video tutorials topped 305,000 views!
- Blog subscribers topped 600 subscribers!
-Launched an online store with 5 e-patterns!
-over 100,000 blog visitors!
 
WOW! I could not have met any of these milestones without you! 

Thank you for all your comments and support this past year!

I'm looking forward to posting a lot more tutorials and giveaways this year!
 
Now I'm off to work on one of my quilty new year's resolutions: 
finishing and submitting my book proposal! 
 
Wish me luck!




One lucky winner!

The Quilt Pattern Magazine Blog Tour is now officially over and the new first issue has been launched!  If you are just joining us, there is a brand spanking new online only quilting magazine that is now up and running! Visit The Quilt Pattern Magazine for more info. 

The Quilt Pattern Magazine

It's time to announce the winner of the FREE one year subscription to the new online quilting magazine: THE QUILT PATTERN MAGAZINE.

And the winner is.....comment #29:
Nancy Sue said...
I love the idea of an online magazine where I can print just the items that I need. What a great green way to start the New Year! Thank you for participating in the blog tour! nsue21702 at gmail dot com
CONGRATULATIONS TO NANCY SUE!
Thank you to everyone who participated! Don't forget you can still subscribe to this fabulous e-magazine for only $13.99 (US).  Don't miss out on January's issue...and subscribe today! 
Click HERE to subscribe.
 
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