Welcome To My Day On The 100 Blocks Blog Tour!!!


Welcome to old friends and new for my day on the 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour! I hope you are all having a wonderful time jumping from blog to blog reading about everyone’s block designs.

My block choice this time around was an easy one. A few years ago I put up a Hummingbird feeder that suctions to my living room window…ever since that day, this has been the view out of the window. The Hummingbirds love this feeder and they visit several times throughout the day.



Once in awhile we’ll get a bird or two with distinct markings and we know that those birds are repeat visitors! This has been such a fun experience for my family and so I decided to design a block around the Hummingbird theme. My block is Hummingbird Haven.


The way I made the block was to first enlarge a good photo and print it out on regular paper. I made two copies. One for cutting up into templates and the other as a placement guide.


I cut out templates for each design element and then used to Heat N Bond Lite to create the fusible appliques. I am a huge fan of fusible applique and most of the patterns I design are fusible.


I cut out my fusible backed appliques and ironed them to the background.


I’m also a huge fan of blanket stitching the edges of my fusible appliques as I did here…



I added some French Knots for the eyes of the Hummingbirds and also some metallic silver ribbon that I had on hand for the feeder to hang by.

Now that you’ve seen my block and have a feel for the design of it, how about a give away? QuiltMaker will give one lucky reader a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 10 and I will also give a second reader a copy as well! Here’s how to enter for chance to win. I will pick two random winners this weekend after the tour has ended. Just leave me a comment below and you are entered! Be sure to fill out the email address so I can contact you.

If you like this fusible project and would like to see more of my designs, please CLICK HERE to be taken to my website and online shop. You will find some adorable patterns and fun notions under the SHOP tab.

Check back here on the blog for updates about quilting fun, recipes and life updates.

If you enjoy podcasts, give mine a try…It’s called Quilt Cabana Corner and you can find it HERE on Podbean or on iTunes.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog today. I hope you enjoyed learning about the Hummingbird Haven block. I’d love to hear from you in the future! Over at my website Quilt Cabana Patterns you can sign up for my newsletter too!


Episode #40 Is Up!

Episode #40 of Quilt Cabana Corner is up on Podbean now at www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com or later today on iTunes.

We talk about a recent quilt show I attended, the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, life updates, book reviews and a magazine round up! Lots going on so go have a listen!

Books mentioned were The Husband’s Secret and The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty, The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard and Kansas Troubles by Earlene Fowler.

The Flickr Group for the Fall Postcard Swap is HERE.

I spent some time the other day gluing more fabric pieces to The Lindsey Project art quilt. I’m almost finished now with the foreground she is standing on. Here it is…

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Friday is my blog tour day for the 100 Blocks Blog Tour for QuiltMaker magazine…join me here for a neat post and a give away!


Have a beautiful day, everyone!


Friday Post & Flash Sale

Happy Happy Friday!!!!!!!

It’s snowing here and it’s very cold seeing as we woke up to cold air coming out of our heat vents! I’m pretty sure I didn’t set the heat to 62 degrees when I went to bed last night. Hoping the repairman gets here in a hurry this morning. It looks like this which isn’t bad but makes me feel even colder.

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This week I’m still working on Frozen Makeup Bags for the craft fair in December.

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I’m running in to a little snafu as stores seem to be sold out of this Frozen fabric. My intention was to bring 12 to the fair with me to sell alongside my patterns but I’ve already sold a few and I’m not quite sure I’ll be able to get more fabric. Tomorrow I’m heading to the Fabric Place Basement to visit the Boston Modern Quilt Guild for the first time so I’ll check there for it. I ordered some online at Joann’s and got notification that the order was canceled because they didn’t have it. I’m also awaiting an order of zippers…so a bit of a standstill at the moment.

I am happy to say that I’ll be delivering 10 more Comfort Bears to the police station as they get ready to head into the holiday season.
It makes me happy to know that they have something comforting to offer any child under duress.

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While I was pricing items for the craft fair yesterday, I flipped through Little Quilts For Big Occasions and started thinking about how fun it was to design these projects and what a great book it would be for kids as well as adults. The designs are holiday themed and timeless so I decided to put the book on a flash sale this weekend for 20% off in the Quilt Cabana Patterns Shop . You can purchase it for $7.95 Here are some great photos of the projects that I borrowed from the Leisure Arts website. I’m going pull out my Thanksgiving one and hang that up today. These are all about the same size so once you choose a spot in the house to hang them, you can just switch them out holiday to holiday.









I know many of you own this book already and if you do, pull it out and make one these wall hangings today…there’s plenty of time before Thanksgiving and Christmas to get those ones done!



100 Blocks Blog Tour!!!


It’s coming! The 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour is almost here! I’m super excited because…


My Hummingbird Haven block is in this issue!

The day that I am hosting the blog tour is November 21st. That’s next Friday. Here is your personal invitation…In the top left corner, click on Playlist and scroll down to Hummingbird Haven by Sandi Colwell



I’ll be giving away a copy of the magazine and QuiltMaker will also give away a copy to one of my readers! When we received notification that our blocks were to be included in this very special 10th volume edition, we were asked to help out with creating a video montage celebrating this 10th volume! This is the video montage that was produced…do recognize anyone in this video? I just know that I was so excited to be in the same video as two of my sewing crushes…Nancy Zieman and Nancy Mahoney!! Take a look…in the top left corner, click the playlist and and click on the 2nd video that says QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

The blog tour runs all next week and if you don’t know how it works, this is the deal. Each day the QuiltMaker blog will list that day’s designers and their blog links. You go visit the blog and see how the ideas for the blocks were conceived and any other information the designer thinks is fun to share. Each blog will have one or two give-aways to participate in! It’s a week of fun and chances to win! QuiltMaker has a big give away at the end on their blog. So you don’t want to miss it!

Have a wonderful Wednesday. I’ll be busy working on my Frozen make up bags for an upcoming craft fair. I’ve made a few but they seem to be disappearing quickly….must.sew.faster.

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My Favorites From A Quilter’s Gathering Show

Happy Monday!
How was your weekend? I hope it was fun and spent creatively! On Saturday I headed up to Manchester, NH to A Quilter’s Gathering quilt show. It’s a good size quilt show that attracts some awesome teachers such as Kimberly Einmo and Esterita Austin. I wasn’t able to attend classes but I did get to walk the show and explore the vendors. The quilts were gorgeous and I limited my photo taking to the ones that I absolutely adored. I didn’t get close ups of the cards that went along with the quilts as my iphone was running out of memory. I think I just got one closeup. You’ll have to enlarge the photos to see all the words, sorry. I also didn’t take photos of the items I purchased because I didn’t buy very much and what I did purchase was mainly zippers…yep, exciting stuff. I’ll be vending a craft fair in December so my main goal was to walk around the vendors and see how quilt samples were hung and displayed in the vendor booths. I also wanted to pick up information on upcoming shows to vend at and leave my own information on my lecture and trunk show. I was very excited at the end of the day to run into Lori Kay who listens to the podcast and lives in my old hometown. Lori, if you’re reading, it was so very nice to meet you!

So here are my favorite quilts of the day…

Seriously, how gorgeous?

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Loved the color on this one…there’s something so nice about a red quilt.

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The very lovely Martha’s Vineyard Illusions quilt by my friend and guild mate, Pat Delaney…If you’ve ever visited Martha’s Vineyard you may have walked through that section where the little cottages look like gingerbread houses. This reflects the trim of those houses.

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This one was so cool. It’s called Pan Blackened Applique and the card says it is put together the Maine way of making each block like a potholder, so each one is completely made,quilted and BOUND and then the blocks are whip-stitched together. Love this….want to try it.

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Ok, my absolute favorite of the show…bum bum bum (that’s my trumpeting)…

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This is Fir Tree Tangle which is done with Zentangle stitching! It’s red and white which happens to be my new favorite color combo, apparently. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I went back to look at it several times. It’s done whole cloth and she painted the red outlines. I think I like this so much because it’s do-able. It’s a fairly easy concept that we can all create and have it be uniquely our own. That’s the beauty of Zentangle. I wanted to run home and start doodling with the books I purchased last year to make some Zentangle doodles.

Do any of these inspire you?


A Late Throwback & Thanksgiving

I’m late in getting my Throwback post up for the week. This wall hanging is one of my very first attempts at a landscape/art quilt. It’s a quilt of my grandmother’s home on the Cape. I’m not sure what year I made this…sometime probably between 2005-2010?

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My grandmother, Leahbelle, had this beautiful house in West Yarmouth which the whole family would visit during the summers as often as we could. It was a short walk to the beach and she had lovely gardens, shuffle board, blueberry bushes and lots of card games and crafts going on. The house is bigger than it looks in this photo as you can’t see the bay windows on the right side of the house which was her kitchen. The second floor of the house alone had two large bedrooms with a total of 6 twin beds and 1 full bed plus a bathroom. A nautical theme was carried through each room. I have so many good memories of time spent there with my family and extended family. When I close my eyes, I can see every detail of Grammy Lee’s house right down to the Tupperware of Ranger Cookies that were always waiting on top of the freezer chest in the kitchen. Grammy Lee and her husband, Ted, were avid crafters. Everything from sewing, home decor, hooked rugs, crochet, toy making, woodworking, painting, you name it…they created it. I wish I could have been more interested in what they were doing back then as I would be now. I think we could have endless conversations about crafting. I was more interested back then in the beach and any cute boy riding a bicycle through the neighborhood!! LOL!

I created this quilt as a reminder of how much the house meant to all of us. The quilt is fused and the actual house is a photograph printed on fabric paper. I added in the trees, flowers and bird house. I think if I made this quilt today, I’d have looked for another way to make those trees! I’m fairly sure I’d throw some textile paint on there as well.

Tomorrow I’m heading to the Quilter’s Gathering in NH. It’s a fairly large quilt show and I’m very excited to walk around and see the quilts and how vendors are displaying quilt samples. I’m 99% sure I’ll be vending the craft fair in town on Dec. 6th and as this will be my first time vending, I need some ideas on making the most of my 10′x10′ space.

The 10% off sale on Christmas patterns in my store is still happening through midnight on Sunday. Go check it out and see if you find something you like! I have some notions to go along with the patterns as well. Here’s a few Thanksgiving quilts that are also available. This first one, Bountiful, is from the Fourth Seasonal Trio Pattern and the second one is from my book, Little Quilts For Big Occasions.

Bountiful from Fourth Seasonal Trio…


Fourth Seasonal Trio quilts included in the pattern…

Fourth Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW

Thanksgiving quilt from Little Quilts For Big Occasions…

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Have a wonderful weekend!


Works In Progress

I hope everyone is having a very productive week! I am slowly working on projects in between shuffling kids around.

In the last couple of days I finished up a second Hello Kitty Reversible Hobo Bag. I love the red fabric with the black and white polka dot reverse. These are for the comic shows that are coming up.

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I also made a few more makeup bags yesterday.

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Last night I had a hankering to work on my Featherweight, Snow White. I’ve had the hourglass blocks made up for about a month so I went ahead and starting stitching blocks together to make rows. I got 4 rows out of 7 completed. I like the way it’s coming along and I think this might become the music school raffle quilt for June.

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Another project I’m making progress on is the bed runner. I’m submitting that one so I can’t post photos yet.

This weekend is the Quilter’s Gathering in New Hampshire. I’m super excited to be heading up there to see the beautiful quilts and of course, shop the vendors! Anyone else going?

I came across two great blog articles this week. One is a tutorial from Nancy’s Notion on how to make No Sew Napkins. This a great idea for gifts and when you are hosting a holiday meal. Click Here For Article.

The other was a wonderful English Paper Piecing project that Denise Panter over at Count It All Joy is working on.
Click Here for the link to that blog post. Look for the Patchwork Of The Crosses project. She always makes me want to pick up my hand projects and get working on them.

I think that’s about it for today! Enjoy!!

PS. Don’t forget Christmas patterns are 10% off in the Quilt Cabana Patterns Store.
There are also some fun notions to take a look at.


Postcard Swap, Cookies & A Granny Square

Happy Monday!

The Flickr Group for the postcard swap is open and ready to receive photos of all those beautiful postcards everyone swapped! There are only 3 pictures in there at the moment so don’t forget to add yours!
This postcard swap is slated to be the last one for the year and I have some votes for a new swap either for potholders or mug rugs. If you have a preference, let me know! The next swap won’t be until after the holidays…probably mid to end of January is when I’ll get organizing for it.

I don’t have too much progress to report as it was a busy week with Halloween and all. I did spend yesterday on the couch while the snow fell working on this giant granny square afghan that my daughter has requested. I got about this far and it kept me warm while I worked on it!

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I also ate quite a few of these…

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These are the most delicious pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting…they are so easy too. They are Betty Crocker Pumpkin Spice Cookie mix that you buy in the pouch and canned cream cheese frosting. Easy peasy and you won’t be able to stop eating them.

Just a reminder that all Christmas patterns are 10% off in the Quilt Cabana Patterns online store. No coupon code needed. Sale goes until midnight Sunday night!



Pattern Sale!!

Happy Halloween to Everyone!!! I hope you all have your costumes ready and candy by the door!

After today, I think Christmas will be on the minds of quilters everywhere. Let’s celebrate with some really cute and easy patterns. All Christmas patterns in the Quilt Cabana Patterns Store are marked down 10% today through Nov. 2 at midnight est.

Come see what’s new at www.quiltcabanapatterns.com

Click on the SHOP tab and that will bring you to the store.

Here’s a little promotional video I put together this morning.





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 ┬ácomic 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!