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I’m back from NYC!

PHEW!  What an amazing week at Google’s NYC offices.  The 24 other YouTube NextUp winners and I met so many amazing speakers, YouTubers and staff! I learned so much on how to promote my YouTube channel, collaborate with other video creators, understand my analytics data, interact with my audience, etc.  I have an entire notepad […]

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I’m off!

Today’s the big day!  I’m sitting here in the airport as I type this… I’m off to my birthplace, New York City, to attend YouTube’s Creator Camp.  I’m sad because I have never been away from my baby before and as we drove to the airport this morning I was a big (pregnant) emotional mess!  […]

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I’m NextUp!

Remember a few weeks ago when I asked you all in this post to vote for me in YouTube’s Next Up Contest? well…. I won!!!!!!!!!!! AHHH!!! Insane, isn’t it? TheCraftyGemini  YouTube channel was chosen as one of the winners to participate in the inaugural YouTube NextUp program!  The YouTube NextUp program is a new initiative […]

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My block is on the cover!

Look what landed on my doorstep yesterday!  My complimentary copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 3.  ….and my block is on the cover!!  There it is! Horizon block- the red, black and white block right there! Check me out!  My name and website right there in a real quilting magazine!  Pardon all my exclamation points […]

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Tutus coming soon!

I have had many requests for a tutu tutorial and pattern from my YouTube subscribers and Facebook fans. So, I’m proud to announce…..I’ve been busy working on a new video tutorial and e-pattern for tutu skirts and dresses! Here is one of my tutu skirts on my new model, Anaya!  I had to borrow a […]

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I’m a semifinalist!!

The voting for YouTube’s NextUp Contest starts today! I’ve made it this far and now I need your help! From today to Friday, April 8th I need as many votes as I can get. It’s easy to vote.   No registering for anything. Just a few clicks and a “thumbs up.” Here’s what you do:                     […]

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YouTube NextUp Contest

I’ve been busy…as usual…. This weekend I worked on a video entry for YouTube’s NextUp Contest.  This contest is specifically for up-and-coming YouTube Partners, like me! It is a RIDICULOUS opportunity to win prize money, a trip to NYC to attend YouTube’s Creator Camp and be promoted in unique YouTube programs and opportunities.   I submitted […]

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Hand Sewing Binding on Back of Quilt

I’m okay… and I’m back! Thank you all for your emails of concern regarding where I’ve been the past few months.  I really appreciate the love.  I can explain…. I promise. I’m pregnant with Baby #2! The first trimester really took a toll on me especially with a “real” job, business, and a very active […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Quilting away

It’s hard to work on my longarm quilting skills because I don’t want to experiment on any gift or customer quilts! I got a chance to load a practice piece this week to try my hand at ruler work- straight edges and curves.  I will say… I still LOVE my free-hand quilting but I might […]

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Drunkard’s Path quilt done

 Phew! I feel amazing whenever I finish a quilt! Who doesn’t? Just did an overall meander because I wanted to keep it simple and was in a time crunch!  If you’re looking closely you may see I pieced the binding. Random. The binding strips were cut from the left over pieced backing fabric.  I just […]

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My new baby!

Today I received a very special delivery…a baby to add to my collection. She is sleek and sexy and sews like butter! After days of research and reading hundreds of reviews for all kinds of sewing machines, I decided on this beauty….  A brand-spanking new Brother PC-420 PRW (Project Runway Limited Edition) If you recall, […]

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Quilty Black Friday SALES!

I’m on the lookout for the best BLACK FRIDAY deals for quilters and have compiled a little 9-list just for you!  Save yourself the hassle of waiting in the cold outside a mall or department store and just shop from the comfort of your own couch! Note:  The information included here was taken directly from […]

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I briefly recall reading about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival sometime last year but didn’t know what it was all about.  This year I did my homework and I’m excited to participate!  Amy from Amy’s Creative Side is the host and hundreds of quilting bloggers participate!  Last I checked I think there were over 500 bloggers […]

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Oh boy!

What a busy week!  I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever (only been a week in reality).  I am working on some new quilt patterns, quilting for customers, Halloween, and trying to get all my school stuff caught up because we leave for vacation on Saturday! Here is the latest quilt on my frame… […]

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Quilt remix

I did a lot of sewing this weekend!  My local Husqvarna Viking dealer hosts a Christmas quilt competition every year where the winners win gift certificates to the store.  I’ve never entered before and hadn’t thought about making a Christmas quilt for this year’s competition. After a convincing e-mail from one of the store’s employees […]

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Red, White and Black

If you’ve been following me for a while you have probably heard read me say that my favorite colors are red, black, and white.  They have been since I was a kid. My first car in high school was a red 1992 Honda Civic hatchback with manual transmission. It took me a while to save […]

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Gainesville Modern Quilters!

Gainesville Modern Quilters Ok..ok… I know.  I’m crazy.  But after much harassment encouragement from some of my local quilting buddies I have decided to take the plunge and put together a modern quilt guild chapter for those of us that live in the Gainesville, FL area. If you live in the North Central Florida region […]

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Shoofly Safari

I can’t hold it in any longer!  I have to share my latest quilt with you! Remember the sneak peak  gave you HERE?  Well, I have to admit.. I lied.   I originally told you this quilt was for a “customer” because I thought my mother-in-law was reading my blog.  Turns out she isn’t.  How did […]

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… on Safari

My latest commissioned work is for a customer who loves animal prints.  Here are the fabrics I had to work with…. and a few sneak pics… sorry I can’t show the finished quilt just yet…but yea, the entire quilt top is done. I’ll give you a hint.  It is the same block over and over […]

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Busy Bee

I hope you all had a great weekend.  I had a fun time with the hubby and son but I spent it mostly working.  Finishing up a quilt for my cousin who recently moved to NYC.  Kept it nice and simple with loops and swirls.  I love the colors!  Hmmm.. is it me or is […]

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My new obsession

I don’t really know how this all started but I have new obsession with Dresden Plate blocks!  Weird, eh? A very traditional block for a very non-traditional quilter. Even though I am obsessed with a traditional block that does not mean I have to keep the fabrics traditional.  You know me and my bright colors….. […]

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My helper

What a busy weekend this was for me!  Thank goodness I have a hands-on husband who looooooves his baby (but not more than I do, of course).  These two jokers play all day long!  Inside, outside, under the rain, at the park, with the dog, in my kitchen, etc….All the while I’m in my sewing […]

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{WHY} I make my own stuff

I’m joining in on the {WHY} fun with Julie of Stitched in Color. She asks, “Why make your own? What got you started?  What keeps you going?  Why is it worth it?” I make my own stuff because it’s so much more personal and heartfelt than something that was mass produced (whether in the U.S. […]

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3-way Giveaway….winners!

A big thanks to Jojo’s Quilt & Gift Shoppe for sponsoring another fabulous giveaway! …drum roll please… …and the winners of the 3-way Giveaway are: -Prize #1: $30 Gift certificate to Jojo’s Quilt & Gift Shoppe: kitkat234 said… Follow on twitter @kitkat234 & tweeted: September 3, 2010 8:17 AM   -Prize #2: $30 Gift […]

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I don’t know what got into me last week when I decided to make some dolls…yup, dolls?! Pretty crazy because I don’t like or collect dolls and I don’t have a daughter.  I guess I just let my creativity guide me… and I’m so glad I did. This one is a wacky doll that I […]

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FQ Giveaway winner!

WOW!! We had 75 people enter this week’s Fat Quarter Giveaway! Thank you all for joining in on the fun…. I selected the Random Number Generator has selected the winner…. ….and that winner is: deserae said…”My favorite is MODA 12 Days of Christmas Ivory Stockings, Trees Fabric!!” Deserae has won 9 fat quarters- Red Rooster […]

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Free-hand quilting

I’m almost done quilting my first queen size quilt!! This is a commissioned project and after sending the client different free-motion/free-hand quilting designs she decided on my Swirly Floral. Here it is and I’m ecstatic! Can you believe it?! Sometimes I amaze myself… I don’t use ANY kind of template, or computerized program or tracing, […]

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Fat Quarter Giveaway

We can all use some more fabric, right?? Well, thanks to our generous sponsors at Quilting Lodge we are giving away 9 gorgeous fat quarters! Yup, you read it correctly- NINE! The fat quarters are Red Rooster fabrics from the Garden Fantasy collection. Aren’t they just darling?! Here are the giveaway details: 1.  Go over […]

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Big quilts

…are definitely not my favorite kind of quilts to make.  :o/ They bore me to death more than anything. I am still working on the queen sized quilt I was commissioned to make. It’s due by July 18th. I have 21 out of the 30 blocks made. phew. I still have to connect all the […]

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I love Fabric!

Don’t you?! I always go to the fabric shop to buy one thing and end up walking out with tons more than I expected… what a surprise, eh? Last week I was at my local Joann’s and came across this gorgeous lightweight blue cotton fabric with the prettiest white embroidery and scalloped edge! The craziest […]

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My first Queen sized quilt

::sigh:: I was recently commissioned to make a Queen sized quilt.  Yea, I know what you are thinking…. I’m insane for taking on this job. I know I am but I figured why not? I love a challenge! Remember the quilting software I always blog about…it’s fabulous! But like everything it has its pros and […]

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You win and I win!

Today is May 24th!  My older sister’s 31st birthday.  Wow… that means my 27th birthday is only 8 days away! (I digress)…..ahem, Today is also the day I announce the winners of the Mother’s Day Giveaway! These two lucky ladies win quilted zippered cosmetic pouches! and the winners are…… drumroll please……………………. 1)Winner of the leopard […]

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Busy Bee

I haven’t forgotten about you all.. I have just been swamped with work.  I just posted my June 2010 sewing & quilting class schedule for those of you living in the North Central Florida area. Classes will be offered at Cootie Coo Creations in High Springs, FL.  Check out the schedule for registration and pricing […]

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New Sponsor and New Fabric

Please help me welcome a new sponsor- Quilting Lodge! The team behind this great online store is a mother and daughter quilting duo who carry an amazing selection of fabrics, notions, quilting software, and tons of other sewing & quilting related goodies!  Did I mention they carry fabric?…  as in really great quality designer fabrics […]

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Grab my button!

Yipee!  I found a real simple tutorial online that showed me how to post the html code for my own customized Crafty Gemini button! I created the button myself using Photoshop 7.0 and then saved it to my Photobucket account so it would have an internet location that is accessible to everyone and…. voila! Peep […]

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My patchwork tattoo!

My husband and I have been plotting and designing our new tattoos and while he knew exactly what he wanted to get I was bouncing all around…. as if I’m not already a scatter-brain. What I did know was that I wanted something that would be a tribute to the craft I love sew so […]

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Bargain hunting

::Pat myself on the back:: I’ve always been a thrifty shopper but lately I have really stepped up my game. I specifically want to share with you my latest sewing find!— a (practically) new basic Brother LS-1217 sewing machine on my local Craigslist site for $20! I could hardly believe it! Granted, I don’t need […]

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Luck of the Irish!

I am a member of a group on CafeMom called Sewing Diaper Divas, where we do what? Can you guess?? Discuss anything “sewing cloth diapers” related—-duh! And guess what else we do!—- SWAPS, SWAPS, and more swaps! woo-hoo! My favorite! Every month there is a different swap theme and this month’s was: “The Luck of […]

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San Diego Chargers Quilt!

This is a wall hanging quilt I recently finished for a friend of mine’s youngest brother. He is apparently a HUGE San Diego Chargers fan and his mom wanted to surprise him with a newly redecorated room in everything CHARGERS!!! He just got home and absolutely loved his wall hanging quilt. I also made a […]

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Baby Booties!!!

I just made my baby his first pair of mama-made booties!! Aren’t these adorable!!?? I used a pattern and tutorial by Michele Q. ‘s blog, “On Pins & Needles.” The link can be found at: The tutorial was great! … she had pictures for every single step and the pattern only has 3 pieces! […]

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Baby Quilts!!

Here are 2 of the quilts I have been recently commissioned to make. I have blurred out the babies’ names for privacy purposes… I created an alligator applique by hand and used a Florida Gator fabric border for this baby boy quilt since the gift was for Gator Alumni that were having a baby boy… […]

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APRONS, APRONS, APRONS!! So, my new favorite projects to make are aprons!! This is one that has our sorority’s colors that I made for one of my sorority sisters as a graduation gift! I made it cute and short for that extra sexy look! She loved it and I am looking forward to making more […]

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More handmade backpacks!!!

Here are two more backpacks that I made in the last 6 months… One is University of Florida Gator quilted drawstring backpack… like my Obama ’08 backpack (see blog entitled: Obama ’08… BACKPACK for more info). The other backpack was made using a sewing pattern.. I used black twill to construct the backpack itself and […]

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