Fabric, Projects & A Special Quilt

Saturday I headed to a fabric shop with my mom that neither of us have ever visited. It was my mom’s 75th birthday and what better way to spend it than doing some quilty shopping? We headed to Fabric Corner in Arlington, MA and we each found fabric to come home with! I also came home with a shirt pattern. I’m itching to do some garment sewing as I used to enjoy it quite a bit. I made the kids lots of dresses, skirts, and ponchos when they were young and would happily wear whatever I had sewn for them. Nowadays, they’ll really only wear pajama shorts/bottoms if I make them.

So here is what I picked up at the shop…the bunny fabric is to make the girls each a pillow case and the sewing machine fabric is for a pillow case for myself. I saw this neat tailor’s chalk and I like that it is thin and triangular. We’ll give that a try. And the pattern is for the shirt. Now I need to get myself some ballpoint needles and knit fabric.







Last week I met with all three of my lovely students. Gail and I worked on her log cabin. Priscilla and I basted this beautiful Yellow Brick Road baby quilt…







And Nancy and I spent some time planning her next quilt and taking a look at this lovely heirloom. This quilt was made by Nancy’s great grandmother and handed down to her grandmother and then to Nancy. It’s stunning with its feedsack fabrics and hand stitches. The quilt does not have a label and is a good reminder of why labels are important. Although Nancy has most of the facts about the quilt, it’s always nice to have the full story. I absolutely love the blue sashing and the hand ties. What a treasure! Here is Nancy and the quilt…










This is the last week of school for us and I know the counter will be full of papers and binders any minute now. I wrote a blog article over on my other blog about how to organize all those papers! You can read it by clicking here.

how to org school papers


A Week To Top All Weeks

So, I haven’t been quilting this week…it’s been a whirlwind of activity between Amanda graduating from high school on Sunday, Lindsey having awards night tomorrow and Leah having a dance recital this Saturday!

Sunday was such a mixed bag of emotions. We are so very proud of Amanda and even though it rained, the indoor ceremony was heartfelt and beautiful. I tried not to tear up but it was impossible. We were thrilled that she ended up in the front row, center. It made for great photos!







Here we all are before leaving the house. I think the most stressful part of the day was trying to figure out what time to leave the house so were sure to get a seat in the auditorium! Families were limited to four tickets for the auditorium and then anyone else we brought could watch on the monitors in the gym.









My beautiful niece graduated on Sunday also from a different town and we were all able to meet up for a celebratory dinner after the ceremonies were complete for both girls. These two are headed to University of New Hampshire as roommates!









I woke up on Monday morning half startled that I was back to reality and in a big way with a dance dress rehearsal that afternoon and night. We aren’t allowed to take photos on the day of the recital so all the ‘dance moms’ have to get it out of our system during rehearsal!! Here are few highlights of Leah’s numbers.










classical ballet
















She’s also in a large production number and ballet with her dance company.
Saturday will be exciting for sure! 3 shows all in one day.

Awards night for Lindsey is tomorrow night. These are academic awards and she has worked herself hard this year and is very excited for it.

Around Thursday of last week the stress was getting the best of me and in addition to eating poorly (read Big Mac and ice cream), I was feeling quite deserving of some sort of reward for getting one child to the finish line of high school! LOL!! Normally that means a new quilting notion but this time I went for a new laptop. I wanted to get something very light weight that I could stick in my bag easily for writing. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it and so I purchased this Chromebook from Acer…and I LOVE IT! A Chromebook does not run on a Windows platform and allows you to use Google Docs instead and saves to the cloud as you type. It’s perfect for surfing the internet, watching Netflix, writing blog posts and articles. There is no disk drive but it does have USB ports and a card reader. I love that it is super thin and weighs very little. I took it to the dress rehearsal and caught up on emails and Creative Memories work stuff. The screen is anti-glare which will be nice for the pool area. At $159.99, it’s perfect! I noticed Amazon has dropped the price by $20 from when I first looked at it. I ended up getting this same one at Target because I was impatient and wanted it, you know, NOW.

When I can return to my quilting, I’ll be continuing work on the Seaglass quilt as well as the hibiscus art quilt.

Have a great afternoon!
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Gardens, Graduations, Gratitude

How’s everyone’s week going? I hope you all had a nice long weekend. I love Memorial Day and all the emotion it brings. We attended the ceremony at the high school on Monday morning. Amanda was playing in the band and it was just a truly moving service.

And this week we are heading straight into graduation! My girl has been busy with senior breakfasts and rehearsals and banquets and award ceremonies…so much stuff. Today she came home with the Best Eyes trophy! LOL!!

This morning I was busy planting my two vegetable gardens. This one has 2 kinds of tomatoes, 2 kinds of cucumbers, jalapenos, roasting rosemary, spinach and lemon basil.







This one has eggplant, zucchini,and,summer squash…







This tiered planter has dill, cilantro, basil and parsley and I bought a second one that has strawberry plants.







This week is a slow quilting week for me. I don’t have lessons scheduled this week so I’m using the time to plant, take care of the pool, and start on grad party plans.  It’s a super busy time for our family but I am thankful for each beautiful day. There’s lots to do and it seems overwhelming but I’m taking it one day at a time.  I made the centerpieces yesterday because they don’t require water and can be made up ahead of time. I modified an idea I saw on Pinterest and came up with these…









I made ten of them and boy were they messy!!







The mail was fun this week as I received my thank you gift from QuiltMaker for being in their 100 Blocks magazine. It’s a super cute mouse pad with all 100 blocks. Can you spot my cupcake block?







I’m going to be launching a summer postcard swap where we exchange a landscape quilt postcard from somewhere we visit this summer. Would you like to join? Postcards won’t be due to each other until the end of September? Let me know if you’d like in on the fun! I’ll record a podcast next week and talk more about it.

Enjoy the week!


Quilts, Proms & Articles

Ohhhh so much happening this week, friends. First off, it’s beautiful outside. Today is going to be 80 degrees. Yesterday was the same. The pool is open and I spent all of last week weeding and doing a little planting.  Friday was gloriously 75 degrees and sunny for Amanda’s senior prom. I pretty much bombarded Instagram and Facebook with prom photos because she was do darn happy and that made me so darn happy!! Here she is with her prom date, Kyle, and one with her sisters, Lindsey and Leah.









Lindsey on left, Leah on right.









She had a blast with her friends and declared it a perfect evening…ahhhhh, can you feel how full my momma heart is right now?

I did get the second set of 10 blocks finished on Seaglass this week! Now 2/3 of the blocks are complete and I’ll start the last ones next week.







I’m thrilled this week that I’m meeting with all three of my students. I had a wonderful day with Priscilla earlier this week working on her Yellow Brick Road baby quilt. Today I’m spending time with Nancy while we work on her star quilt and spend some time on free motion quilting. Tomorrow Gail and I will continue working on quilting her log cabin!

Nancy’s star quilt is coming out so beautifully. Look at how pretty these are!!









My issue of Quilting Arts finally arrived in the mail! My article can be found on the last page under the Last Word column! Pardon my slippers in the picture!
I’m beyond excited to be in this magazine as I enjoy reading it so much.









I’m hoping to get a podcast in next week. Is there anything you’d like for me to talk about or any questions you have? I’d love to answer them! Also, I’m thinking a summer postcard swap would be nice. Perhaps landscape postcards from some place we’ve visited over the summer! What do you all think of that?



Thursday Happenings

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by on the 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I love hearing from new readers and ones that are now familiar to me as participants on the blog hop! I appreciate all the love you have for Cupcake Toss!

Yesterday I made some major progress on my Seaglass quilt. I finished up stitching the first ten blocks and got them on the design wall!!







It felt good to have a few hours of uninterrupted sewing time!

I’ll be working on the next ten blocks this week and next. There are 30 blocks to the quilt.

A few weeks ago we got a new addition to our family…this is Aristotle, Ari for short! We thought Barney was getting lonely without his best friend, Kiwi, so now he has a playmate.









If you have the new issue of Quilting Arts magazine in your mailbox, you might recognize a familiar face on the last page! I don’t have a copy yet but I’m hearing my article is in there! Check it out! I’ll post a picture once I receive mine.


Welcome To My Day on The Blog Tour!








Hi everyone and welcome to the 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I’m thrilled to have you here as always and I’m excited to share my Cupcake Toss block with you. The block can be found on page 6 of Volume 13 and it is #1202.









Let me just start by saying, I’m a huge fan of dessert! I’d pass up salty and crunchy for cake and cookies any day! I also love flowers. Coincidentally, I originally submitted a flower block but was asked to resubmit with something other than flowers because there were several applique flowers going in the issue. It didn’t take me long to decide on cupcakes and the more cupcakes, the better!

Here is my rough sketch of Cupcake Toss. It’s hard to see as it’s in pencil but this is how I like to do my preliminary work for any quilt…a pencil and sketch pad. I usually change the design in some way before deciding on a final pattern.









Once I had the general idea, I went ahead and made up the parts of the cupcakes using paper-backed fusible web and fabric scraps.







I liked this design but then I liked the second one better.












Once my cupcake elements were fused to the background piece, I went about using the blanket stitch around the edges. Fusible applique with a blanket stitch is my favorite method of applique. Most of my patterns feature this easy and quick method.

If you’re interested in learning more about fusible applique and the projects I am currently working on, please come back and visit often! I update the blog at least once a week. You can also listen to my podcast, Quilt Cabana Corner.

For information on my pattern company and lessons, please visit Quilt Cabana Patterns. 

If you would like a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 13, please leave me a comment below and I’ll choose a random winner next week!



Cranking Stuff Out

Happy Thursday!

It’s been a super busy week here with vacation ending, doctor and dentist appointments, music shows, a dance comptetition and plays. That seems to be our anthem over here right now. Tomorrow my baby turns 18! I can’t believe how fast that happened. It’s surreal! Happy birthday, Amanda!

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In the middle of the craziness I’ve been trying to work on a few projects in small increments because that’s all I can give it right now. So I started laying out the Seaglass half square triangles in the correct order for the blocks. I’m only pinning and sewing ten at a time right now.
All those half square triangles will look like the block on the right. There will be 30 blocks in the quilt.







I’ll continue stitching those together over the next while. I also started the Kiwi pixelated quilt.









I pressed all the fabric then cut enough for just a few blocks because I was so eager to get hand cranking that I didn’t want to spend hours cutting first. I put the pieces I cut into plastic bags labeled by color.









There are so many shades of green in this quilt that it will pay to stay organized. Next I sat at the hand-crank and started stitching! I got one block made at the kitchen table while waiting for dinner to finish cooking.










I have enough fabric cut to do a few more blocks before I’ll have to head back to the cutting table and really get into it.

My Disney pictures arrived from Shutterfly this week so I pulled out my new Creative Memories Fast2Fab album and started taping photos into it and journaling as I go. It took just a few minutes to do about 5 pages! I’m thrilled with these beautiful albums that come with pre-designed pages and page protectors. Not all of my albums are this easy nor will they all be but for a short trip to Disney, this is perfect. I can go back through and add stickers and more embellishments if I feel like it but I’m really enjoying the simplicity of this right now.







Yesterday I tried out Facebook Live on the Quilt Cabana Page. It was a short video to try out the new feature and it was fun! Hopefully this link will work and you can see and hear what I’m working on. I enjoyed doing it and hope to do more in the future both for quilting and scrapping.


Have a wonderful and quilty week!


Missing Kiwi And A New Old Machine

This week was a bit rough around our home. Sadly, we said goodbye to our beloved green Kiwi.








We’ve had these two parakeets for about 5 years or more and like any pet owners, we fell in love with both Kiwi and Barney. A few years ago Kiwi developed a tumor that eventually went away but then developed another one that became problematic. On Tuesday, she underwent a risky surgery to remove the tumor and unfortunately didn’t make it through the operation. We are all missing her sweet face and Barney sure misses his right hand girl. They were always together even at the surgery. Barney was there for moral support at the request of our vet.

Yesterday I was watching an episode of The Quilt Show where they talked about a website called YouPatch where you can turn a photo into a pixelated quilt pattern. I decided to try it out with a cropped version of the above picture of Kiwi. I thought it would be so nice to make a pixelated quilt as a remembrance of her.

I went online and jumped right in to the very easy online ordering system. I designed the quilt based on their suggestions and had the options of how large, how many colors/fabrics and more. It was super easy. In 10 mins or less, I was ready to order. This is what the quilt will look like. The pictures are grainy cause they are right off my computer screen but you get the idea.









Here they are telling me how many patches and how long it will take to piece the top. I had options before this to choose the size and how many pieces I wanted, etc. I could also see how long it would take to piece with each change I made.









It also shows me what a sample quilt block will look like.









The pattern includes everything you need from yardage to fabric colors and instructions. It’s 18 pages long. The fabrics they suggest are all Kona and the manufacturer’s numbers are on there so I know exactly what to order.

You can design your own quilt, pay the to design it or make one of their already existing patterns. Check it out! It’s very cool.

Last year or perhaps the year before, my husband came upon this Singer Spartan machine at a yard sale.

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He called me to go have a look and it was in great condition so I bought it (sorry ladies, he’s taken! LOL). It’s been sitting under my cutting table waiting to be used. In the meanwhile, last summer I bought a toy Singer handcrank and had fun with it out at my pool.







I began to wonder what it would take to turn that Spartan into a full size handcrank. I researched it a bit on my own and decided I was probably better off leaving it to the experts. Last week I brought the Spartan over to the Singer store in Pembroke, MA and the nice man who owns it said he could do it for me. Of course first he wanted to know where I was going to sew that didn’t have electricity! LOL!!  I explained it was more of a novelty situation and he seemed to understand that. So I’ve left the machine with him to be serviced and renovated into a handcrank! I’m super excited about this and can’t wait for that phone call to pick it up!

Have a great weekend, everyone!