Tuesday Tidbits

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been sewing up a storm for the past week. I’ve been working on drawstring backpacks, makeup bags and hobo bags for the upcoming  comic type shows I mentioned on the podcast. A coworker of my husband’s is involved with selling Transformer items and other Marvel comic and Hello Kitty items at several upcoming events and nicely offered to take some of my merchandise along. I understand the big show is Transformer Con held in Toronto next July. I’ll be working steadily over the next few months to accumulate inventory to send there.

Here are the makeup bags and drawstring backpacks. The backpacks are made with Spiderman and Transformer fabric.

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I was asked about making a hobo bag which is something I’ve never attempted before. I found a great, free tutorial on reversible hobo bags and I was able to make this test bag.

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I liked the bag but kept thinking it was kind of small and the straps were way too short. I did a little backtracking and realized that when I printed the pattern, I had the printer set to “Fit To Page”…duh. The pattern printed but not in its full size. I pulled out the Hello Kitty fabric and some Micheal Miller dot fabric and made this! And I love it!!

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Much roomier and so cute in its reversible glory…

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I did change the pattern to allow for about 3″ longer straps. I like my straps to be long enough to swing over my shoulder easily.

You can find the tutorial here.

This past weekend Leah took her Elsa costume out for a spin when she attended a Halloween party. The only thing missing from the costumer was the tiara that she didn’t feel like bothering with for the party.

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Lindsey asked me last night if I could make her a new afghan in purple and yellow. She basically wants one giant granny square made with purple on the inside and yellow on the outside. I went to Walmart this morning and picked up Red Heart in Amethyst and Lemon. The Amethyst looks like blue in this photo but it really is purple. I am excited to have a mindless crochet project that will keep me warm on the couch at night! Yahoo!

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Quilting Daily is offering a free ebook with 6 modern quilt block patterns…check it out here.

Have a super day!


A Storefront, A Pattern & A Postcard

This week I got the online shop up and running on the website! You can visit the shop by clicking here.

I’m excited to have a place to directly sell my patterns, book and some interesting notions. I do hope you will come and visit the shop and check out the exciting products!

I know a few of you are in just about the same place I am in regard to opening a quilt pattern online shop so I’m comfortable sharing information about this on the blog. If you aren’t interested just bare with me a moment and we’ll get right back to quilting talk.

My website host is iPage which I like very much. Through the plan I have with iPage, I am able to open a starter shop called ShopSite Starter. This plan allows me to list and sell 15 items at no extra charge. With at least a dozen patterns, a book and several notions that I feel go well with those patterns, I filled up 15 slots VERY quickly. In fact, I had to delete patterns off the site because I was so excited about the notions I wanted to list. The alternative to picking, choosing and paring down items is to upgrade to the next level at a whopping $30 per month. This allows for an unlimited amount of products. The plan for me will be to see how well I can sell the items that are currently in the store and upgrade when the time comes…


So this is available now!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Snowflake

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I am awaiting my shipment of these to arrive so I can put them in the Quilt Cabana Patterns Shop but if you would like to order one now, you can find it on Craftsy and also on QuiltWoman.

This will make an excellent holiday decoration and a terrific gift for someone on your list!

I had some super happy mail arrive this week in the form of a beautiful postcard from Diane! Diane is my swap partner and this is the lovely postcard…

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The little crystals and that gorgeous pumpkin just make me smile. Thanks Diane! I’ll update the Flickr group and then post the link tomorrow. So if you have received a postcard from your partner, go ahead and post it to the group.

How is your week progressing?


Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek of my newest pattern that will be available soon!

Mr. & Mrs. Snowflake

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This cute snowflake couple lend their hats to help the little bird get the star atop the tree!This fun wall hanging features fusible appliqué, blanket stitching and a loopy free motion design around the background and borders. It’s a whimsical project for the holidays and easy to whip up as a gift or for your own home decor.

Finished Size: 25″ x 24″

I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available to order.



Christmas Patterns, Fitness Fri & TBT

We made it to Friday! Yahooooooooo!!!

Let’s begin with Fitness Friday or lack thereof. I’m not even going to bother posting my steps for the week as I only had one day that was over 8,000 steps. The weather has been less than stellar and the pile of paperwork and sewing has kept me a desk/sewing machine jockey all week. I did manage to lose two pounds which makes me wonder if my new diet strategy should be a daily slice of blueberry pie ala mode and no exercise because it seems to have worked for me this week!! LOL! Care to join me?

Postcard Swap Reminder —- deadline is approaching, get those postcards finished up and in the mail, ladies!

And don’t forget to post photos of them in the newly created Fall Fabric Postcard Swap 2014 group on Flickr

My Throwback Thursday photo is a day late…this is one of many gorgeous pin cushions that my grandmother, Daisy, made in the hay day of her sewing career. Isn’t it beautiful with the ribbons folded just so. I have two or more of these in my sewing storage and I’ve always been afraid to use them because they are too pretty. I pulled one out this week and started to use it because it makes me feel connected to her in many ways. I’m sure she’d rather it be used then looked at and then put away for another 5 years.

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I officially started my newsletter back up again this week. If you would like to be on the mailing list for it, please CLICK HERE and scroll to bottom. I do not ever and will not ever sell your email address so please feel confident adding your email to the list. The newsletter will have its own content and hopefully not repeat too many things you read here on the blog.

I think Christmas is sneaking into the hearts and minds of people this week. I LOVE Christmas and I feel like we could all use some serious joy in our hearts and minds right about now. I have had several pattern sales of Coming Down The Chimney in the last few days. If you are interested in ordering this pattern, you can find it here on Craftsy.


Another easy and beautiful pattern is the Holly Table Runner also available on Craftsy.

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And Winter Joy continues to be a hit with two patterns included in one (wall hanging and table runner) also on Craftsy.

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Something to share…I follow Glynnis Whitwer from Proverbs 31 and she is offering a free email series called 7 Days To A Hassle Free Holiday. This is 7 days of wonderful tips to destress the holidays. You can sign up for it and receive one email daily from her with her strategies. Check it out HERE.

Have a super fun weekend!


Works In Progress

Happy Happy Wednesday!!!

This week has been a productive one around here. I’ve been mostly working on getting Leah’s Elsa costume ready. She has a Halloween party coming up soon and so it has to be done by then and of course, ready for Halloween night. Leah found a do it yourself type costume on the internet where you make the skirt, bodice and cape. The neck and sleeves are just a white t-shirt. I asked her if she wanted to order a costume but she really wanted it to look like the pictures she found. It’s turning out to be fairly simple. Basically all the pieces are made, we just need to get them all on her for a trial run.

Here is Leah helping to make the cape. The white snowflakes are fabric and the smaller ones that shimmer are painted paper. We used tacky glue to attach to the tulle.

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This is how it will all look. She will have her hair done with a nice side braid just like Elsa’s.

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This week I also started making drawstring backpacks and makeup bags for a comic show that a friend is vending. Hoping to finish those up today.

I am also working on setting up a store front on my website so that I can sell my patterns for cute projects like these right on my website….

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Of course you can still find these on Craftsy in my pattern shop there. Eventually I’ll have some notions for sale there as well.

Hope you are having a crafty week!!!


Episode #39 is up & NYC & WIP

The podcast is back and episode #39 is up for your listening pleasure. You can access it through Podbean now or wait a bit until it shows up on Itunes.

In the episode I mention the blog post with photos of my fall patterns that are currently for sale. Here is the link to that:

In this episode I mention the following books:
The Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline
The Art of The Handwritten Note by Margaret Shepherd
The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
The Last Anniversary by Lianne Moriarity
Brene Brown’s three books…Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me

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This past weekend I had an adventure in NYC with Leah and Lindsey and the Michelle’s Dance Studio Dance Company. It was a whirlwind, super fun trip. These type of trips with a bus ride and planned events stresses me out like crazy so I’m considering it a huge victory on my part that I was able to go and enjoy myself. We had an absolute blast there. We left at 8am on Friday. The 4 hour bus ride turned out to be a 6 hour bus ride both ways but I had a good book and my Sashiko with me so it was fine.

Friday afternoon we discovered Times Square and the M&M Store and Toys R Us. Friday night we had dinner at Bubba Gump’s restaurant and then we went to see Matilda at the Shubert Theater. Saturday morning the dance company attended a dance workshop with a Matilda performer. Saturday afternoon we back to Times Square to go to the Hershey Store and the 3 story Forever 21 store. Saturday night we had dinner in Little Italy and then we walked to the Empire State Building and Macy’s store. Sunday we toured Radio City Music Hall and we were allowed on the stage and we met a Rockette. After that we had a few hours for last minute shopping and then we headed home. Here are a few pictures.

Radio City Music Hall and walking across that famous stage….

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The dance company outside of Matilda…

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And the beautiful Empire State Building…

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WIP include using these cartoon fabrics to make some back packs and bags for a comic show that a friend is vending at…

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And turning these beauties into a DIY Elsa costume for Leah for Halloween…

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No progress on the hourglass quilt or Project Lindsey. I did finish and mail my postcard.

Have a wonderful day!


Like Sands Through The Hourglass…

I’ve never watched Days of Our Lives but I couldn’t resist this tagline! I was a Guiding Light girl…I miss that show.

This afternoon I got the hourglass blocks laid out on the living room floor. My design wall is still sporting the Lindsey Project quilt so I had to resort to the floor.

I think it’s working up nicely.

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Greg came across an interesting article the other day about how Germany is considering a ban on late-night work emails. Evidently they did a study that showed a relationship between constant availability and an increase in mental illness. If this ban goes through, employees would be allowed to ignore emails that arrive after 6pm. One company even allowed 100,000 of their employees to delete any such emails. I would LOVE to see this adopted here in the USA. After-all late night emails could seriously cut into quilting time for some people!! The article even points out that people should have time to develop their hobbies and personalities without the stress of a request sitting in their inbox. Here is the link to the article…


What do you think about this? Do you frequently receive work emails late at night and does it stress you out?


WIP, Good News & A Flange!

Happy Wednesday!!!

Let’s start with good news…my podcast, Quilt Cabana Corner, is coming back! During the summer I had made the decision to stop podcasting due to the expense of it and the time commitment. Yesterday I was able to get a better pricing plan for the podcast and I’ve missed talking to you all so I renewed my account and there will be a new episode next week! You can find the podcast through Podbean and also through iTunes.

My WIP have been varied this week. I have spent more time at the computer than the sewing machine but I did finish up the Advent wall hanging that is going to the church for the fair raffle. I love how it came out especially the flange that my mother suggested and prepared for it. First though, here is the finished quilt…

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It will be displayed at the fair with a candy cane in each pocket. I love how it came out. See the little red ridge in between the border and the binding? That is a flange. Here’s a little tutorial.

The flange is a 1″ piece of fabric that is folded and pressed in half. You make enough for all four sides of your quilt.

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Line up the raw edge of the flange with the raw edge of the borders. I did the sides first followed by the top and bottom. You are not mitering the corners of this flange just simply stitching it on with a very scant 1/4″ seam. You don’t want the stitching to show when you add the binding and fold it over.

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When you have attached the flange to all four sides of the quilt, it looks like this…

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Then you add the binding in your normal way. Here’s a close up of it on the quilt…

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I think it add a beautiful touch to the edges of a project.

Other things I worked on this week include the hourglass blocks. I have all the blocks made and am in the process of trimming dog ears and trimming each block to 9″. I will lay them out tomorrow morning and post a picture then.

I made some steps forward in terms of setting myself up to vend at local quilt shows. I signed up for PayPay Here so that I can accept credit and debit and I also visited the New England Quilt Supply Company which is about 15 minutes from my house. I took a tour of it and I was completely overwhelmed with how much stuff they have…floor to ceiling fabrics, notions, books, everything…three floors worth of it too!! I opened an account there so that I can purchase items to sell alongside my patterns. It’s shaping up to be a very busy time here at Quilt Cabana Patterns and I’m loving every minute of it! I am also working on putting together a trunk show and lecture to present at area quilt guilds so if you’re local to me (MA) and would like me to come visit your guild, get in touch!

I can barely catch my breath here this morning. I am in the midst of packing for a trip to NYC with my girls and the dance studio. We are seeing Matilda on Broadway, touring Radio City Music Hall, the girls will have a workshop with a Broadway performer and we’ll eat and shop. I can’t wait! The last time I was in NYC was in the early 90′s with my sister for a tour that her work put together. That was a long time ago.

Have a wonderful day!


Fitness Friday


Let’s hear it for Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

This wasn’t my best walking week but I still managed to get 10,000 steps in on a few days. Here’s where I stand for the week of 9/19

Friday – 10,002
Saturday – 5,531
Sunday – 3,252
Monday – 5,539
Tuesday – 10,008
Wednesday – 9,314 –so close but too tired to walk living room laps at 9pm
Thursday – 10,323

How did you do this week?


Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week and fellow quilters, Tanesha and Sandy, are hosting their annual Banned Book Week Challenge where they invite other quilters to make a small art quilt depicting a book from the Banned Book List. At the end of the week, they are awarding some wonderful prizes to a few folks. Photos of the art quilts are in the Flickr Group. Go on over and check out these awesome art pieces. Maybe you’ll be inspired to read one of the books that have been banned or challenged or maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own piece?

This is the first year I have participated in the challenge and I chose Roald Dahl’s James & The Giant Peach. I remember reading this book when I was younger and I don’t recall being frightened by it but being too scary for the target audience is one of many reasons this book is challenged. You can read in depth about it HERE. It’s basically accused of being scary, using mysticism, having sexual references?, promoting bad behavior, drugs and alcoholism and of course promoting child abuse (remember how bad James was treated by his aunts). When I read that book in grade school, I had no idea it contained all of this nastiness. I was just enchanted by a boy riding in a giant peach. I thought it was imaginative and interesting. This book for some reason reminds me of the two libraries I spent time in as a child. I fondly remember the Browne School Library which was in my elementary school and the Children’s Room at the Watertown Public Library.

Here are some photos of my art quilt….

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This is fusible machine applique and the peach was made out of Angelina Fibers which were pretty fun to work with. I used a tiny smear of craft glue to adhere it to the quilt before I stitched it down. I used metallic thread for the spider web strings that carried the peach all over the place in that book and also for the lettering.

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Have you read many of the books on the list? Which would you pick if you were to make a quilt from it?