Category Archives: Patterns

New Thread and an Easter Pattern

This week I tried out my new Glide thread from FilTec on the long arm. I had previously been using a cotton thread that was pretty linty in the machine. This one is a soft polyester thread with a sheen like rayon. It’s strong and practically lint free. It took me a bit to get the tension correct for using it but once I did, I had smooth sailing. I like it a lot.

My color play quilt is what I used it on and I am pleased with the results. This was also a practice with ruler work for me. I can’t wait to get the next quilt on the machine!

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The back…
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And some other shots of the front…

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I’m in the process of hanging up Easter decorations and I put this cute mini on the door yesterday! It’s available as part of the Seasonal Trio 2 collection in my Craftsy store.

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I’m preparing to record a new podcast episode tomorrow with all kinds of fun reviews of various items I have ordered recently. If you have anything you’d like me to talk about, let me know today!

Have a happy and quilty day!
Sandi

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Quilting Finish, Improv and Thread

Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you are having a spectacular start to the weekend! This week I finished up the Seaglass quilt on the long arm. I was using a feathered swirl pantograph which I love very much. This just needs binding and then the pattern drafting will begin!

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I took last week’s improv blocks that I was working on and turned them into this small piece. It is the first in a series that I am doing as a color study. This is the split complimentary piece.

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I spent some time marking the quilt and now it’s on the long arm where I’m using my new rulers to quilt it! I’m also using new thread. I ordered this box of gorgeousness from Filtec. It’s a box full of Glide thread!

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I had been using a cotton thread on the long arm and boy is it ever linty! I decided a poly might be better. I was able to order the thread right from Filtec wholesale which meant a great price on all of it. I had a bit of a struggle yesterday getting the machine tension straightened away as it was really set for cotton thread and not poly. Truly I was terrified of changing any button on the long arm since it still is new to me. After I got the tension set, I was off and quilting. I’ll have pictures of it in the next post.

I’m getting ready to record another podcast next week since everyone has been so kind and encouraging about the return of Quilt Cabana Corner.
If there’s anything you’d like me to talk about just let me know!
Sandi

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New Machine, Improv & Patterns

Yay, it’s Saturday!!! Despite the frigid temps today, I’m determined to enjoy the beautiful sunshine! Amanda is home for spring break and I’m happy to have everyone in the same place for a week. Amanda is happy to rest her sprained ankle! She rolled her ankle up at UNH this week and ended up with an air cast and crutches. Not ideal when you live on the fourth floor of a very old dorm with no elevator! Thankfully it’s feeling better now and she has a week to rest!

The mailman brought me a new machine on Wednesday! I’ve been obsessing about the new line of Ever Sewn machines that recently came out. Feeling like it was time to upgrade my travel machine, I bought the Ever Sewn Sparrow 20. It’s lightweight, super cute, full of decorative stitches and is an all around great machine! It’s not uber fancy but it’s just perfect for bringing to class or setting up in the dining room when you want the flexibility of a smaller machine. I believe these are made by Bernina for the Brewer company. They’ve been all the rage lately!

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I ordered mine through Sewing Machines Plus while they were on sale and then an additional 10% off with free shipping. Yes please. I’ll review it on the next podcast!

Yesterday I allowed myself to play with improv sewing. I’m a pinner and a careful planner so improv sewing is not my jam, so to speak. However, I made the blocks for two reasons. One is they are a study in color theory. The fabrics I chose are split complimentary which is why they look nice together!

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My goal is to make several of these type of blocks in different color schemes from the color wheel. The second reason is because I need some smaller pieces to practice ruler work and fillers on the long arm machine. I’m looking forward to quilting these and then using them as teaching tools for my students.

I particularly enjoyed piecing a block and then cutting it up to use as strips in the other blocks. It was a fun exercise!

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The rest of my week has been teaching and quilting Seaglass on the long arm. I’m almost finished with it!

I’ve also been plugging away on knitting my loom sock when I’m not playing around with the new sewing machine!

I was at my mom’s house recently and she had this pretty set up happening on her kitchen table!

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You might recognize the pattern from the Seasonal Trio series. I came home and put mine on the front door!

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I’ve been enjoying the mini quilts on the front door for a few months now. I like to pull in the driveway and be greeted with a quilt! I know, I’m a nerd. Anyway, if you’re looking to decorate for St. Patty’s Day, there’s plenty of time to make this mini. There are four Seasonal Trio patterns and each one has instructions for three projects. Check them out here on my Craftsy store:

https://www.craftsy.com/search?query=quilt%20cabana%20patterns

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Enjoy the weekend!

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The Real Finish

The camouflage quilt has been completed and is in the hands of one happy Army mom! I got up on Sunday determined to finish the quilt before I allowed myself breakfast or a shower! Coffee was not part of that deal! LOL!!! Jenny is the very proud mom of soldier, David. She was looking for something special to send him as a surprise. She wanted it to be a quilt he could snuggle with and really use. We came up with the design and opted for a warm, fleece backing. She’ll be shipping it to him this week. I’m beyond happy that I could help her out.

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Friday night was fun as Leah attended the 8th grade semi formal! She had a blast with her friends! Here she is before she left for the night.

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If you are interested in scrapbooking, Creative Memories came out with the March products! I am in love with the word bubble punch and I really like the 2″ x 3″ pocket album for all those school wallet sized photos and even for credit cards! Let me know if you’re interested.

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My next project will be a new pattern for Quilt Cabana. It’s the Seaglass quilt. I’m dying to get started on it this morning. These are the fabrics that I’ll be using.

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Happy Tuesday!

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Sweet Things and Projects

I missed the Fresh Start Monday post yesterday so I’ll hold off until next week and continue on with today’s post instead! I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day on Sunday. We had a very cold day with temps at -11 when we woke up. It was a great day to hang out by the fire and work on hand projects and think about all the things I should be doing but I wasn’t! LOL!

Greg made us all a nice dinner of homemade macaroni and cheese with bacon. It was perfect comfort food. Amanda had a nice day out with her boyfriend, Dan. We all enjoyed gifts and a cake!

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I made the cake with my favorite pans from William Sonoma. They are the Celebration Layer Cake pans. One box cake will make four layers in these pans.

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The “We Still Do” sign was part of my gift to Greg. I found that on the Proverbs 31 website. And the adorable milk bottles with the striped straws came from Target.

I made the girls Valentine cards with my new border maker and punch from Creative Memories. It was fun to play around with them.

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I spent most of the afternoon reading and working on this hexie project I started on the plane to Hawaii last year. It was fun to get back into that.

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And yesterday the fabric arrived for my newest Quilt Cabana Pattern. I can’t wait to make this quilt!!!

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This is school vacation and poor Lindsey is having oral surgery tomorrow so my blogging might be spotty over the next few days.

What are you all working on?

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Fresh Start Monday, Update & A Blizzard!

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Happy Monday! We are bracing here on the south shore of MA for a blizzard! Schools were called off last night and everyone is in hunker down mode. That translates to get ready to sew mode of course!

I’ve been working steadily on the camouflage quilt over the last week. I am a half yard short on the camo fabric but I’ve been able to plug along and get patches sewn while I wait.

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I’ve also been working on article writing and designing a new pattern for Quilt Cabana. It’s going to be a pretty one! I’m excited to order fabric and get going on it. More on that later…

For a kickstart to your week, I found a free tutorial for a microwave cozie. You can find that here. It’s a nice, quick project. UPDATE: The server for that website it temporarily down as of 2/10/16. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully it will be back up soon.

Sadly, Hancock Fabrics has filed for bankruptcy. This will result in some stores closing. You can read about that here.

And here’s a video fresher on how read a quilt pattern. This is great for any new quilters out there! Click Here.

Friday was also a snow day for us and the girls brought some snow in for Nala to play with. It was her first snow experience and she liked it! How cute is she? Love this bunny!!

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Fresh Start Monday, Updates, Patterns

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Happy Monday! Are you ready to be inspired for the week?

Today I have a great article for you on 16 Things Successful People Do On Monday Mornings. Maybe you could find a thing or two on the list to add to your routine and set you up for a successful week.

Etsy has opened a store inside of the famous Macy’s store in New York! Eight designers will have the chance to see their products inside the store. The designer list will rotate. Mostly it is designers from New York so if you fit the bill, check this out!

If you are a fan of vintage, Pyerex is turning 100 this year! Here’s a cute look back on the history of these iconic dishes!

If you need a quick Valentine gift, check out my Craftsy store for the Sweet Valentine Mug Rug and the cute Valentine mini quilt in First Seasonal Trio.

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This weekend I worked on Amanda’s Love Notes Quilt. I have the center quilted and now I need to quilt the borders.

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I only squeaked out one more block for the 1930’s Beach Quilt. It’s the Flower Basket block which is my current favorite!

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These beauties came walking down the street Saturday! They took us all by surprise!

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This weekend I decided to sign on as Creative Memories Advisor. I have long been a fan of scrapbooking and CM products. For years I wanted to be a Consultant or Advisor as they are called now. So I took the plunge hoping to reignite my own love of scrapbooking. Looking through photos is a beautiful way to revisit memories. My kids still pull out the scrapbooks I’ve completed and enjoy looking through them. And I do as well. So the next step of my scrapping journey continues. Please visit my Facebook page that I’ve set up for this purpose. It will be updated like the Facebook quilting page. I’d love for you to join me. You can sign up for bi-weekly newsletters on each page. You can also sign up for the same quilting bi-weekly newsletter on this page in the right sidebar.

I’m off to clean up my studio and get ready for a quilty week! Enjoy the day!

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Sweet Valentine Mug Rug

The Sweet Valentine Mug Rug pattern is here on Craftsy and Etsy!  Perfect for giving to the one you love (or keeping for yourself!).  Get it now for $3.00 and share the love!

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Need more Valentine ideas?
Try First Seasonal Trio for a cute Valentine mini quilt. Also included in this pattern are instructions for the Winter Pleasures and Lucky mini quilts.

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New Blocks, Workshop and A Mug Rug Pattern

I’ve been working away on a few things this week. I’ll start with my progress on the beach quilt. I squeaked out two more block over the weekend so I have four now.  I’m using my Accuquilt dies to make the blocks and it is super easy as long as you use a scant 1/4″ seam. The 1/4″ on the foot I have is too generous and the 1/8″ didn’t seem big enough so scant is the winner!

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I spent a few minutes on my red work while watching the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday…

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Today I finished up this sweet little mug rug and the pattern will be available on Craftsy next week…

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I took Marge Tucker’s Improv Circle workshop on Saturday with my mom. We had a great time chatting and sewing. It was a lot of fun. The idea was to learn to use strips to make improv circular blocks. The block could then be combined into a larger piece such as this one that Marge designed. I borrowed this photo from her website. The quilt is called Hay Bales and it is quite stunning.

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So let’s just say that though I won’t ever be afraid of curved piecing again after doing a whole day of it, my blocks certainly do not even resemble hers. Not even close. In the spirit of ‘fun’, I finished one block and then attempted another. The one on the left is my first correct block. Take a look and then we’ll talk about the second one….

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The one on the right is, shall we say, ‘not right’. The gal at the next table ‘accidentally’made her block look as though it were spinning in motion. That accident looked pretty good to my mother who decided to accidentally on purpose make hers look the same. Well, serendipity is just that…a pleasant surprise. Perhaps not to be replicated. My mother got very excited and then I too became excited and thought I’d give it a whirl…no pun intended. The way to accomplish the happy accident was to add strips to the center circle on 3 sides then 4, etc. Adding to 4 sides was how the original block was done. All this to say, mine ended up looking like a giant eyeball and my mother’s well, it looks like an itty bitty bathing suit bottom or one side of a bra! LOL!!!! When we realized what was happening and nothing could save us, we sat and giggled and got down right punchy. That happens in the sixth or so hour of straight sewing. Yup.

Neither of us made it the guild meeting on Monday night to show and tell our blocks, probably a good thing!

Marge’s work is beautiful and when done correctly, it was a fun technique.

Have a great Thursday and here’s a little something to make you smile…

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