Fresh Start Monday

Fresh Start Monday

Welcome to another Fresh Start Monday post! These posts will be appearing on Mondays and designed to bring you fun and interesting items from around the web both quilting related and not. Enjoy!!






This adorable Christmas In Paris embroidery pattern is free right now over at Sealed With A Stitch.









Abby Glassenberg had this interesting 2015 Gift Guide for Creatives listing on her blog this week.

Hancock Fabrics is having a big pre-Thanksgiving sale until the 24th.

InCourage had this post, Surprised By Good, about the perfect or not so perfect Thanksgiving. It’s a great read for all us dreaming of the picture perfect Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Accuquilt is having a big Black Friday sale on their cutters and dies and you can shop it now.

And here is one of my previous blog posts with the recipe for a Thanksgiving family favorite, Allison’s Chocolate Pie.

Happy Monday Everyone! Here’s to a fresh start.

Tis the season for Winter Joy! Find this pattern in my Craftsy store.



Welcome to My Day On The 100 Blocks Blog Tour!


Welcome everyone to my day on the 100 Blocks Volume 12 blog tour! I’m so thrilled to once again be a part of this fun experience with you.

My block is the Sew Happy applique block…

finished block

I think it’s fun to share photos of how the block was created. I am a big fan of fusible applique projects. Designing a project that is quick and whimsical is where I find my fun! Let’s start here with the design process. Yes, I still use paper, pencil, and hand drawn templates most of the time. I have EQ7 and an understanding of how to use it but to me, there’s nothing like starting from scratch.

design ideas

I had developed these templates when I created this larger wall hanging version of the block…

finished model quilt

I headed to my stash for fabrics and found these adorable ones from Riley Blake…


I did some simple piecing and then fused my applique to the background and headed to the sewing machine. The most relaxing part of quilting to me is adding the blanket stitch to my appliques. I just love that part! I get a hot cup of coffee and a good quilting podcast and stitch away!

under machine

If you would like to enter for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 12, leave me a comment here on this post and I will draw a winner over the weekend. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.

If you think fusible projects sound fun, please visit my Craftsy store for patterns including the Penguin Christmas Mug Rug for $2.00.


If you enjoy podcasts, please join me at Quilt Cabana Corner for a fun, quilty podcast.

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Kam Snap Setter & Wednesday Progress

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I spent some time going through the items I made for the upcoming craft fair. I realized that the snaps still needed to be set on the baby bibs. I had been putting it off because, quite honestly, I didn’t feel like learning how to use the new tool I bought to do it! After a little chat with myself about getting over it, I pulled out the Kam Snap Setter package and began to learn with the help of Kam’s website and tutorial. There are no written directions in the package. You have to go to their website for instructions but it was super easy! The starter set I purchased came with everything I needed including the tools and snaps in various colors. The snaps are plastic and colorful which was important to me as I want them to look nice on baby items. I chose the set below that had white snaps as well as the rainbow colors. Here are Amazon links to two sets – one with white snaps and one with only rainbow colors.

It was a simple process of using the included awl to poke holes in each side of the bib. Next, you put a snap prong through one side of the fabric and a male or female socket over the prong.




















Using the snap pliers, you squeeze the prong and socket together and you have one side of the snap!


Repeat for the other side…


And you are done! So easy.


These bibs will join the following items for sale at the craft fair in December. I’ll also be selling patterns and notions. I enjoy this fair so much because the whole town comes out for a parade and performances at the high school by the different dance studios and school bands. Leah will be dancing and marching in the parade and Amanda will be performing with the jazz band. There’s lots of food and of course, Santa is there too! It takes place on December 5th at the East Bridgewater Junior Senior High School.

These will be at my table…







Don’t forget Friday is my day on the 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I hope you’ll join me for a give-away!

It’s almost time to pull out holiday quilts like this one. Find this and more in my Craftsy Store!


****I am an Amazon Affiliate and would love for you to order the Kam Snap Setter through the links above. Purchases made through the posted links help to fund the website and podcast.


Fresh Start Monday

Fresh Start Monday

Happy Monday to everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and you are ready to start the week off with some great projects and a recipe. Fresh Start Monday will be a new blog series that will bring you interesting articles, products, and recipes to start your week off right. The information here will be curated by me as I go through my week and find items I feel you might be interested in reading and seeing. Not every item will pertain to quilting but many will as I know we all enjoy that!










All People Quilt has a free pattern for this adorable quilted camera case that would make a great Christmas gift! You do have to register with All People Quilt but it’s free and easy.

Top Crochet Patterns has an interesting article called ‘How Knitting Helped During The First World War’. It’s an interview with author Barbara Smith.

Accuquilt has new die sets that allow you to mix and match the dies to make more than 72 quilt blocks. The possibilities are endless as you can come up with your own designs as well as the ones provided. The Go!Qube comes in 6″, 8″, 9″ or 12″ sizes. I ordered the 8″ one for Christmas!















Karen Ehman had this super easy recipe on her blog for Cookie Crack. I haven’t tried it yet but I will be soon.














And HandiQuilter has a new long arm machine that comes on a smaller frame for folks who have limited space. It’s called the Simply Sixteen and will set you back $5,995. Maybe if you’re really good, Santa will bring you one!







Friday is my day on the blog tour for QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks! You can enter that day for a chance to win a copy of Volume 12.







Have a super day!

ps. Don’t forget to check out my Craftsy Store for fun and easy patterns like this one…



Quilt Show Pictures & Progress

It has a been a very fast week! My mom is here visiting and we are having a great time sewing together with our sergers! My mom is working on zippered box pouches with Hawaiian fabrics. They are beautiful and I love that the purple one is going to me!! Thanks mom!


I am working on toiletry bags for the craft fair in December. I have ten of them cut out, edges serged and ready for zippers. I am hoping to complete these by early next week.


Last Saturday we attended the Quilter’s Gathering show in Manchester, New Hampshire. We only went up for the day but the show is a multi day affair with some great teachers including Susan Brubaker-Knapp. We did catch a glimpse of her from the lobby! The theme of the quilt show was Improv and there was a separate exhibit hosted by the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild with all modern quilts. The reactions to this modern section were varied. I heard some people who loved it and I heard others who didn’t seem to get it or weren’t interested in even looking. I enjoyed the exhibit and saw a lot of interesting work. I guess we still have a divide in our industry as to thoughts on modern quilting.

Here were some of my favorites of the day…

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And my absolute favorite….

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I have long wanted to enter a quilt in the show but I thought any entries had to follow the theme of the show and that has deterred me. However, I ran into a fellow guild member who also belongs to the Gathering and she said quilts of any theme could be entered. I’d love to enter one next year…maybe now I will!

Next week on the blog, I’ll be trying a new format to bring more content to you all. I think this will bring the blog to a more consistent level rather than once per week or when I can get to writing a post. Also, next Friday is my day on QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour as well. You can enter for a chance to win a copy of the magazine!

Don’t forget to check out the Penguin Christmas mug rug on Craftsy as it makes a great gift that works up quickly.




Penguin Christmas Mug Rug Available!



Get your Penguin Christmas Mug Rug Pattern on Craftsy!  Available now for $2.00!

If you enjoy whipping up a fun and easy fusible project to keep or gift, try the many patterns available at Quilt Cabana Patterns!


Christmas Mug Rug, 100 Blocks & Soup

Happy Friday Everyone!

We are experiencing very warm temps here in MA and it feels more like May than November! I’m at my desk writing with a Christmas tree lit behind me and it’s making me giggle that the windows are open and it’s a balmy 70 degrees out! And that is why we love New England!

I just finished up this adorable Penguin Christmas mug rug! I will have the pattern available on Craftsy by Tuesday morning, maybe sooner!



My little mug rug patterns are $2.00 on Craftsy, go check them out!

Last week I received my copies of 100 Blocks magazine, vol. 12! My block is the sewing machine one pictured here on the Table of Contents. I’ll be a hostess along the blog tour on November 20th, so come by and you can enter win a copy of the magazine!


I finally took a step forward with my writing a few weeks ago. I joined Compel Training which is an online writer’s training offered through Proverbs 31. This organization is a Christian ministry for women that offers devotions, training, speakers, conferences, and a daily radio program among many other things. The writer’s training program is something I’ve put off joining for 2 years. I’m so glad I joined because I can’t even convey to you here in this blog space how much I have learned about the writing and editing process in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that. If you’d like to check out Compel, click here. Fall registration is closed but it will reopen in a few months for the spring.

Last night I made Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup in the crockpot because my family loves it and my oven is STILL broken. Last week cooking without an oven was an adventure…this week, not so much. Due to a delay in a part arriving, I’ll be oven-less until next Thursday. For real. Anyway…here is the recipe and it is easy and delicious! I made some bread in the bread maker to go along with it.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to the Quilter’s Gathering in NH with my mom. Anyone else heading up there? It’s my favorite quilt show. I love the beautiful quilts and they have a huge vendor’s area…be still my heart. LOL!!



A Finish & A Clean Space

This morning I finished the binding on the baby boy play mat! It’s just now fresh out of the dryer and so crinkly and warm. I’ll be taking this along to sell at the upcoming Christmas On The Common craft fair.


I spent some time in the sewing studio this week cleaning up and rearranging. For me, rearranging usually happens like this…I move the sewing table, ironing board, and file cabinet around and then six months later, I move it all back where it was originally! Sound familiar? All is not lost though, because I clean a few things out along the way. I think it’s important to have a new look and feel fresh in my work space. The cleaned off counter tops and dusted cabinets give me a sense of renewal. I couldn’t wait to get in there and work this week.

Here is the view as you enter the studio. Note the sewing table has been moved from where you see the end of the ironing board back to the window area. This set up is more in line with Leah Day’s suggestion of keeping the back of the sewing table up against the wall so the quilt can gather on the table and not fall down to the floor creating a pulling effect.


The bookcase remained the same. Nothing new there except now the file cabinet lives next to it instead of near the window where the sewing table is now. The bags and boxes on the file cabinet are inventory for Christmas On The Common. And now the ironing board sits in front of the bookcase under a ceiling fan/light which gives me great light for pressing.


These two hutches are perfect for storage. Previously, the design wall was covering the hutch fronts but I’ve taken the design wall down for a change of scenery. Fear not, in six months or less, it will return!


This counter space is one of my favorite areas but one that tends to become very messy as I drop items off to the sewing studio here. There’s always a pile of something that needs putting away. I like to clean this up once in awhile in the hopes that it will rekindle my longing to scrapbook. It’s hard to have a craft area that is home to two different crafts that each take up a considerable amount of space (and time!). Under the counter is where all of my half finished crochet, embroidery, felted wool, and cross stitch projects dwell.


I don’t like clutter. I have a lot of clutter to clean up before the hosting palooza of the holidays begin. I had so much going on this summer that I nearly felt paralyzed by it all and unable to clean out and simplify my work space and home. I can’t explain what a horrible feeling that was and how much time I feel was wasted except for the fact that I firmly believe I was exactly where I was supposed to be and doing what I was supposed to be doing even though I couldn’t see it then. As some of you know, I am a huge Becky Higgins fan. Becky is the creator of the Project Life scrapbooking system. She is way into clean lines and design. This inspires me. Earlier this week she released a video of the Project Life office. If you enjoy clean lines, beautiful color schemes, and simplicity, you will love this video. It is 8 minutes long. Prepare to drool. Oh and turn your volume down a little as the music seems to be a bit loud in the background.


The last thought I want to leave you with is a link to Morna McEver Golletz’s blog about what judges are looking for when they critique a show quilt. I have never entered a juried show but if I do, I will reference this article. Enjoy!


Don’t fall off your seat

Don’t fall off your seat or anything but I recorded a podcast episode today! Yes folks, episode #43 is up!

It should show up on iTunes later today.

I mention Ann Shaw and her blog is and Abby Glassensberg’s article on Amazon Handmade. Also Pat Delaney’s website, Crabtree Lane Studios.

If there is a question or topic you would like me to cover on my podcast, please let me know. I’d like to hear about your issues and thoughts on quilting and items related to quilting and crafting. Feel free to contact me here or at

Have a great day!