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!

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Fitness Friday

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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?

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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?

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Works In Progress & Etsy

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Works in progress this week are slim. I am linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP. Yesterday I pulled out the Advent calendar quilt that my mother and I are making for the church fair in November. I got the borders on it and today I will be basting it and starting the quilting. I also used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut out the numbers for the quilt. The numbers will be fused onto each block.

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I wont’ bore you with listing all the projects I didn’t get to this week!!!

I did take a trip over to a local quilt shop yesterday. There was a coupon for 10 fat quarters for $12 in the back of the quilt show program that I attended on Sunday. It had been awhile since I had visited American Folk Art & Craft Supplies and I won’t take so long to go back next time! Michelle has a nice selection of fabrics and an easy way about her that makes you want to stay and talk for a bit. The shop is a Viking dealer and offers quilting classes. If you are in the area, go in and visit. They are located in West Hanover. Here are the pretty fat quarters I picked up…I just love that red one on the bottom right.

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I came across an article regarding Etsy yesterday. Evidently they changed their policy about the types of items that can be listed for sale. Instead of only handmade items, they are now allowing just about anything. The problem with this is that it makes it extremely difficult for handmade shops and items to be found among the thousands of listings for things such as watches or jewelry mass produced. Traffic has dropped substantially for handmade items. Etsy was intended to showcase the small business shop owner and help boost sales of handmade crafts. Now it seems they’ve forgotten that idea and have made it into more of an Ebay experience. Here is the article…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-whitehead/how-etsy-changed-the-rule_b_5708565.html

What do you think? Are you an Etsy shop owner that is suffering from this policy change?

Personally, I’ve never had great pattern sales on Etsy and do far better on Craftsy. I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the effort now to keep the Etsy shop up. I’d love to know your thoughts.

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A Post For Monday

Happy Monday!

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The weekend was beautiful and Greg and I were lucky to be in one of the most beautiful spots around…Newport, RI. We attended a wedding on Friday night for one of Greg’s former co-workers. We had lots of fun exploring Newport with all of its restaurants and shops. I absolutely loved the centerpieces and the nautical knot table number holder…there’s a mouthful. Isn’t it elegant?

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I picked up this little book in one of the shops and I didn’t put it down until I finished reading it.

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It’s a lovely book about the importance of the handwritten note and has all kinds of advice for writing them and using proper note etiquette. I don’t know why I’m drawn to books about writing so much. This one fascinated me so beware, you may receive a handwritten note from me soon!

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting fellow quilter and Twilter, Kim. We made plans to attend the Herring Run Quilt Guild’s show in a neighboring town. Kim, my mother and I had a great time looking at the beautiful quilts and shopping the vendor area. Kim’s sister, Karen, was a vendor there and I had a chance to discover her awesome patterns. In fact, my mother purchased my favorite one for me as a gift. The pattern is pictured below. If you are in the Berkshire area, Karen and her business partner run several retreats a year. Check them out at www.berkshirequilts.com. The website has the retreat info as well as the patterns they sell.

In addition to the pattern, I picked up some much needed Auriful thread in navy, red and light gray.

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I was hoping to win the raffle basket that contained 116 fat quarters but it turned out Kim’s sister won it!! Yay for Karen!

Hope your Monday is shaping up to be a good one. Tomorrow’s post will be my Banned Book Challenge quilt reveal!

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Fitness Friday!

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All in all it was a pretty decent week walking-wise for me. On Monday, I started tracking and measuring food portions again and I also cut way back on sweets. The result was a two pound loss.

Here are my steps for the week:

Friday – 10,654 steps
Saturday – 10,038 steps
Sunday – 11,286 steps
Monday – 9,567 steps
Tuesday – 10,209 steps
Wednesday – 10,148
Thursday – 11,021

This is the best week I’ve ever had with getting my steps in.

Hopefully, I can keep it up for this week.

If you missed yesterday’s post, I did a Fall Pattern Round-Up with my autumn designs. It’s not too late to make something easy and fun for the fall. Click Here for the post.

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Fall Pattern Round Up!

Fall into fall with adorable quilt patterns from Quilt Cabana! It’s never too late for easily pieced and fused wall hangings!

They make great gifts and will help you step into autumn with style.

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Both of these mini quilts are from the Third Seasonal Trio pattern series that you can find on Craftsy or through QuiltWoman.

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This cute mini quilt is part of the Fourth Seasonal Trio available on Craftsy or through QuiltWoman

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Happy Haunting is available on Craftsy.

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Three Jacks is available on Craftsy and Etsy.

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Boo-tacular is available through McCalls magazine for free as a free web bonus.

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And my book, Little Quilts For Big Occasions, has lots of patterns for year round enjoyment!
You can purchase it on Amazon or through Etsy.

Which project will you choose?

If you live locally to me and would like to learn how to make any of these projects in a private quilting lesson, please contact me through the blog or at sewsandi8@yahoo.com

Happy Fall Crafting!
Sandi

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Work In Progress and Hair Reveal!

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This week for the first time I’m going to link up with WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced. You can see her website and the progress of others by CLICKING HERE.

I made progress on the hour glass blocks this week. I am halfway through piecing the blocks and I’m eager to do more on this project. I am in love with the layer cake which was Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I laid out the blocks I finished on the dining room table to see how the colors play with each other. I’m happy pretty happy with it at this point.

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I’m also beginning work on a new book proposal that is going to require a lot of time. The result will be pictures I can’t share and a lot of time spent on the computer. If you’ve ever drafted a pattern before, you will know firsthand what I mean. I can show you the fabrics I bought today that are going in the first project that I’m working on…aren’t they pretty?

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Ok, here’s my hair reveal….Yesterday I headed out to the salon in search of a new hair style! I left the house looking like this…

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I got home from the salon with layers and a real style! This was a few minutes after I got home…

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Then I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I ran out to buy a Jon Frieda Airbrush to aid me in creating volume and style and this morning I washed it out and used the air brush and here I am…

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That has been about it for the week…I am hoping to get to making more of the baby buntings for the Angel Outfitter charity this week but my weekend is starting to book up fast so maybe next week.

Happy Wednesday!!!!

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Reunited and it feels so good….

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Last night I reunited with my quilt guild, Quilter’s Connection, and it did indeed feel so good!! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had not been able to attend a guild meeting in close to a year. Being there last night and reconnecting with some wonderful people made me realize that in order to get the most out of your guild experience, you do need to attend and participate and volunteer. It’s a large guild…302 members. That’s a lot of people to meet, learn from and be inspired by. I won’t lie, it can be an intimidating group at times but only if I let it be. There are skills of every level in this guild. We have some pretty famous names as well. Last night was Show and Tell. I didn’t want to bring anything to show because I know that the shock and awe factor of what others are showing far outshines my traditional work. My biggest fan (aka MOM) urged me to bring my Fall Jubilee Bed Runner since it is in this month’s issue of Quilter’s World magazine. I found my courage and brought my bed runner.

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I took it in stride that OF COURSE my turn came after this woman held up a monstrosity of a huge, beautiful, stunning red and white quilt…that she quilted herself because of course she did. I tried not to die on the spot. I didn’t die. I made it through. I participated and overcame the fear. You can do that too. I promise.

So here’s my yogurt story. I’m not a fan of it. I’ve been eating the Dannon Greek Light & Fits that are only 80 calories because I discovered they don’t really taste like yogurt. There are a lot of interesting flavors. On Sunday, the woman in front of me at the grocery store had about 12 of these lined up to purchase.

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I noticed the containers were orange and asked her if it was a new flavor. She told me it was Caramel Apple and it was pretty much the best thing she’s ever eaten. I said I would try them next time I was shopping because I was already in line and didn’t want to run back to the Dairy section. After a few minutes of deliberation on her part, she offered me one of the yogurts from her order. I was a bit surprised because she was so exuberant about her yogurts. I asked her if she was sure and she said that she had taken EVERY one of the Caramel Apple yogurts that was on the shelf and that she’d feel much less guilty about that, if I would take one. I laughed so hard. I told her if it would make her feel better about wiping the shelf clean then I’d be happy to take one. Guess what? That yogurt was pretty much the best yogurt I’ve ever had. It tasted like apple pie and had little apple bites in it. Yummmmmmmmmmmy. Apparently I’ll have to try a different grocery store to pick up more of them because I’m fairly sure the shelf is empty at my usual place.

Today is cut and color day. This is my “Before” photo…

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Can’t show the “After” because I haven’t gone to the salon yet. This is what I’m hoping for though…an actual style. I grew my hair longish and now it just gets either tucked behind my ears or thrown in a pony tail. I’d like something less bland. Wish me luck.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Happy Monday & Weekend Progress

Happy Monday!

It was a beautiful fall weekend around here…perfect for walking, sewing and making some homemade tomato sauce. The days were long and full and I really enjoyed myself. We hosted about 6 or 7 girls here Saturday night to celebrate Lindsey’s 14th birthday with snacks, pizza, a movie and make your own sundaes.

Friday night I had the urge to pull out my Happy Go Lucky layer cake by Bonnie & Camille. I marked the squares for stitching hour glass blocks while having a glass of wine and tweeting with my fellow Twilters! I got as far as stitching in the first direction, pressing and pairing up squares for stitching in the opposite direction…clear as mud, right? Click Here for the tutorial I’m using called Easy as Pie Layer Cake Quilt from the Moda Bakeshop.

Here’s my progress photo…

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On Saturday, Greg had Amanda drive him on errands so she could log some time driving. Her road test is coming up in November so she’ll be driving us around A LOT in the next few weeks. I got a text message from Greg that afternoon that read, “I bought you some things at a yard sale.” Be still my heart, I love that man!! OOOOOH, I couldn’t wait until they got home! He found some vintage looking sewing kits and notions and grabbed them all for $10. Some of the needles can definitely be used today but most of the items will be used to decorate the sewing studio. Great finds!

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This weekend I also finished the baby mat I was working on with the April Showers charm pack. I listed it in my Etsy shop

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I’m really pleased with how it came out.

Tonight is Show and Tell at the quilt guild. I’m excited to be attending as I haven’t attended in probably close to a year. Lindsey had a drumming ensemble that met on Monday nights and I never quite made the hour drive because of it. I’m eager to see what everyone has been working on.

I’ll leave you with a photo collage of goodies from Lindsey’s birthday party.

Have a great day!

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