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Long Arm, Site Update & Give Away Winner

Happy Friday and congratulations to Margaret M. who was the winner of my 100 Blocks Blog Tour stop! Margaret has won a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 15!

The sun is shining today which seems like a giant prize for the cruddy weather week we’ve had around here. It has been conducive to quilting which is nice! I was able to get the borders on the Hawaiian flower quilt. I have it loaded on the long arm and ready to be quilted with a hibiscus pantograph and one of these pretty threads!

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So many pretty ones to choose from!

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Yesterday my Red Snappers came in the mail. They are a Mother’s Day gift from my mom! For those of you who are unaware of what these are, they are a quilt loading system for the long arm machine which eliminates having to pin the quilt layers to the leaders. The snapper clamps hold the quilt tight where it should be. That being said, I installed them yesterday and this Hawaiian quilt will be the guinea pig for using them. I’m pretty sure it took me longer than pinning just out of ignorance today though! Wish me luck! It typically takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to load a quilt so cutting that time will be a big help.

I spent the week trying out pantographs to see how I like them. I also practiced a bit of custom work.

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I also updated my Quilt Cabana Patterns website this week. It was in need of a facelift and boy did it get one! I added a menu tab called Long Arm Service which has information about how I can help you get your quilt tops quilted! Pricing and design information is all there and I’d love to help you get those tops done!

Last week I had a such a fun day teaching fusible applique to Nancy and Priscilla! It was by far the best morning of the week! Nancy and Priscilla learned how to make the Sail Away Mug Rug using paper backed fusible web and the blanket stitch technique for finishing the applique. They are fast learners and I can’t wait to see how they finished their projects up. Here are my ladies hard at work! If you’d like to learn this technique, contact me at colwellsg@comcast.net.

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That’s all for today! Be sure to check out the newly updated website!
Sandi

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Welcome To 100 Blocks!

Hey Everyone!!!

I’m so glad you are here and welcome to my blog stop for 100 Blocks Volume 15!

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My block is #1401 and it is called Bunny Love! I made this block using a fusible applique technique. I LOVE fusible applique! It’s so easy and fun.
Here is the block…

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Do you ever wonder where people get their inspiration from when they are designing a block or a quilt? I wonder all the time but for me, the inspiration came from our two adorable Lionhead bunnies. Meet Nala and Daisy…

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These two cuties bring sunshine into our lives every day. I never thought I’d be a bunny person until they came home from the 4H Fair with us. We brought Nala home two years ago (she’s on the left) and Daisy, one year ago. Daisy is actually partially blind but she gets around our living room just fine. We had never seen bunnies that looked like this before and right away, they stole our hearts.

When I was thinking about a design to submit, the bunnies came right to mind. Here are a few pictures of the process I use when creating a block.
First I like to sort through my stash and figure out which colors will go best for my design…

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I use paper backed fusible web to trace the pattern and then fuse it to my fabrics…

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I arrange the fabric pieces in a way I find pleasing and then I fuse them to the background…

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A favorite way of mine to secure the edges of the applique to the background is to use the blanket stitch. I adore the blanket stitch!!

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I hope you’ll get a chance to make this block! It’s a fun one and would be great as a pillow, tote, or kid’s quilt!

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I have a copy of QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks to give away to one lucky winner. I’ll choose a name randomly from the comment section once the blog tour is over. Just tell me your favorite method of applique and if you’d like to, please follow me on Facebook or Instagram. My Instagram is @quiltcabana.
The link to my facebook business page is:
https://www.facebook.com/Quilt-Cabana-Patterns

Enjoy the blog tour and thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out my Craftsy store for more fun patterns including my newest one, Seaglass.

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Sandi

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So much stuff….

I didn’t realize how many days had passed since my last blog post. I thought about posting several times over the last few weeks but each time I got overwhelmed by how many pictures I had so I bagged it. It has been a fun and busy few weeks here with the junior prom and Lindsey’s trip to Paris. She’s due home tonight and I can’t wait to see her! I’ll just jump in with what I’ve been working on. First off, I’m thrilled to say that my long arm frame was extended from 8 feet to ten feet on Wednesday. We didn’t have space initially to set it up to the full extent but after some furniture maneuvering, it does fit! I am so happy that I can now quilt a queen size on the frame. I’ll be updating my website this month with information on my long arm and the designs I offer.

I’ve been working on the small color theory quilts again and this time I worked in a monochromatic blue scheme. I wanted to continue my study of color and creating improv quilts by piecing gentle curves without pinning! GASP! I know, right? Unbelievably, I found it very easy and relaxing. The curves came together nicely even though I could have sworn they weren’t going to! Convex and concave can be con-tricky!!!

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Here is the final piece which I’ll mark for quilting next and then put on the long arm for ruler work practice. I love that by working on these small pieces, I learn color theory, improv piecing and ruler work! It’s the perfect hat trick!

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This week’s fun news is that my bunny block made the inside cover of 100 Blocks this time around!

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I will be hosting a stop on their blog tour on May 2nd! Here is the awesome thank you gift I received for being part of their magazine! I love it!

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While Lindsey’s been in France, I began working on her Love Notes quilt. I made the same quilt for Amanda when she went to France two years ago. Back then Lindsey asked if I would make one for her when it was her turn to go on the trip! I ordered the fabric two years ago and now I’m making it!

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I have the half square triangles done and in piles for 42 blocks. This afternoon I pieced the first two blocks. I love making these cute little love notes!

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For Easter I decided to surprise my mom with a bouquet she could really get into…who doesn’t love a flower pot filled with fat quarters!

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This week I also treated myself to new fine and extra fin pins! What a difference these make!

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And lastly here’s a little peek at my Lindsey and her prom date, Alex. They had a great time!
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Have a wonderful weekend, I’ll be back next week with more to share!
Sandi

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Blog Tour Winner & Stuff

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We have a blog tour winner from last week’s QuiltMaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour! And the winner is Becki! I have contacted her through email and she will soon have a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 14 in her mailbox!

I was blown away by the comments left on the blog tour post.  Every one of you had such nice thoughts about quilting and what it means to you. I mean you also had nice thoughts on my block, Afloat, which is awesome as well! The personal stories and the amount of sharing made my heart so joyous! What a community we have among us! I feel blessed and I hope that you do as well.

I was also impressed with the amount of other crafting everyone is doing…from knit to crochet, to scrapbooking and card making… it was so fun to read through and see how creative we all are!

I’ll be back next week with more quilty fun and in the meanwhile if you mentioned that you are a scrapbooker or you’d like to explore that as a craft, please visit my Creative Memories Facebook page. I’d love to hear from you over there and have you sign up for that newsletter!

https://www.facebook.com/cmAdvisorSandiColwell/

Happy Thanksgiving! May your bellies be full and your hearts even fuller!

Warmly,

Sandi

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Welcome To My Blog!

Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog for the 100 Blocks Blog Tour!!!

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I am so pleased you’re here and I can’t wait to share the block I created with all of you. You can find my block under the ‘Applique’ section of Volume 14.

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The title of my block is “Afloat”. I’d love to tell you that I came up with the idea one beautiful summer day when the sun was reflecting off the water like diamonds….but that isn’t what happened. I was actually pretty stumped for an idea this time around. I’ve been trying to stay away from floral blocks done with applique because I think the editors get several of those for each issue. I decided on a nautical theme but wanted something more than an anchor or crab. I felt like the block needed to feel serene. I wanted to feel like I was right there on the water even though I wasn’t.
I also knew the block would feature fun and easy fusible applique…A technique I really love and can get right into!

If you’ve never done fusible applique, I’ll show you the steps for how I made Afloat and these steps are the same for any fusible applique project that I have designed through my pattern company, Quilt Cabana Patterns.

I sketched the block out with pencil and paper and then used cardstock to make the templates for the boat and dock.

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Then I traced the templates onto paper backed fusible web. I needed three boats, so I traced the boat template three times.

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Next was the super fun part of auditioning fabrics. I opted for bright colors against a deep blue background…

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I used the iron to fuse my paperbacked fusible pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric. Once it cooled, I cut out the pieces and arranged then on the background…

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The last step was to stitch around the raw edges using the blanket stitch. This could also be done with a zig zag stitch. And here is the finished block!

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Easy right? If you’d like to try more projects like this one, please visit my Craftsy store where you can find 18 fun patterns – everything from mug rugs to wall hangings and table decor! Check out these holiday projects because there’s plenty of time to whip one up as a gift or for your own decor!

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And now for the give-away! If you would like a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 14 just leave me a comment and tell me a little about yourself and what type of projects you like to work on.

Don’t forget to visit my blog frequently as there’s always something fun going on!

Sandi

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Happy Thursday!

Happy Thursday Everybody!

I missed my post last week and this one will be quick as I’m also preparing my post for next Thursday (November 17th) when I will be on the QuiltMakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour for Volume 14! Say that ten times fast! This time around I created a nautical block and my post will take you through the steps as well as offer a chance to win a copy of volume 14! Yay!!!!

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The tour runs the whole week long and is always a lot of fun!

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I finished up the Star Wars quilt and Lindsey gave it to her teacher who was quite pleased with it! Here it is hot off the long arm…

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I had some issues with quilting around the orange peel shapes. I wanted to echo stitch around them and underestimated how difficult that is on a long arm. The machine glides effortlessly which is good but bad when you are really trying to concentrate on stitching straight. It came out ok but it’s not as neat as I would like….practice, practice, practice!

I vend at a Christmas Fair in December and usually in November I try to go great guns getting some sewing done. I offer my patterns and book along with a few notions and items like pillow cases, zippered pouches, etc. This week, I opened up a beautiful fat quarter bundle of blueberry and cranberry fabrics. I made zippered pouches and travel tissue covers with the fabric. The travel tissue covers were easy and fast and I made a whole bunch!

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Next week, I’ll make more zippered pouches and pillowcases. I have several items for kids already made as well.

What I’m most looking forward to is finding some time after these items are made to get back to designing. I haven’t forgotten about the Seaglass quilt…it’s ready for the long arm and then it will be pattern tested and ready for the Craftsy store.

That’s about it for today! Join me for the 100 Blocks Blog Tour next week!!!

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New Projects, New Bunny

Hey there,

This is turning out to be a great week for getting things done in my own little crafty world. I often struggle with myself over my own perceived lack of productivity but in reality, we’re all just doing the best we can with the time we have in a day. Not everything is getting done but enough is getting done that I feel pleased. Next week might be a different story but this week, all is well…except for the coffee I just spilled all over the laptop.

So let’s start with honest to God cuteness…Amanda surprised us by coming home over the weekend. She wanted to help her boyfriend move in to his college dorm as he helped her. Our plan was to use Saturday morning to visit the 4H Fair which is where we got our bunny, Nala, last year. I pretty much think we all knew if we saw another Lionhead bunny, there’d be a good chance that bun would come home…and here she is!

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This is Daisy and she is four months old. She’s adorable and doesn’t mind being held which is quite different than Nala who hates to be picked up. We noticed that Daisy was banging into things every so often and I took her to the vet to confirm our suspicions that she can’t see all that well. Yup, she’s partially blind. In our family that means she gets more hugs, love, attention and supervision! Nala and Daisy are experiencing a very slow introduction as Nala isn’t too sure what this little white snowball is doing in our house yet. I’m sure in time, they’ll be best buds.

Ok, for the quilty news, I finished the Seaglass quilt top! I am very happy with how it came out and now I’ll look forward to quilting it on the long arm. When it’s complete, it will be a pattern for sale on Craftsy.

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Yesterday I finished up quilting Nancy’s beautiful quilt on the long arm. She was brave enough to entrust this beauty to me and I’m so glad. It came out very nice and I can’t wait for her to see it in person!

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I got the great news this week that another of my blocks has been chosen for the next QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks magazine coming out in November! That means another blog hop and give away! More details will be posted later.

I finished the Disney scrapbook from the trip that Greg, Leah and I took with the dance team that Leah is on. It felt so good to wrap that up.

And I am taking on another new crochet project or two. I am the worst, slowest crocheter in history for sure. But I can’t say no to Lindsey when she asks for this…

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Really. Ummmm ok. Let me order that along with some sock yarn and book on crocheting socks while I’m at it…

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Once I struggle through the first mermaid tail, I have two other requests from Amanda and Leah for one. Lord help me.

That is what’s happening this week here at Quilt Cabana. What are you working on this week?

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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.

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

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

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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…

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

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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?

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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!

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Welcome To My Day on The Blog Tour!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

Sandi

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Having A Magical Time!

Last Thursday Greg, Leah and I headed to Disney World for a 5 day trip with Leah’s dancing school. Leah is part of the dance company that competes and gets to go on some awesome trips! The girls performed on Sunday night at Disney Springs formerly known as Downtown Disney or the Disney Marketplace. We had a really fun trip and were so proud of Leah and all the dancers from Michelle’s Studio of Dance!

Here are few pics from the trip…

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The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival was happening while we were there. Really, that deserves a post of its own. Here’s a pretty decent shot though of how beautiful everything looked.

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My Fitbit saw a lot of steps! I ranged from 17,000 to 25,000! Now that I’m home, my Fitbit is wondering what the heck happened! LOL! I’d say that now that spring has arrived, I’ll be walking but we just got 5″ of snow this morning! Yuck. I’m over it. Bring on spring for real!

Today I worked on my next 100 Blocks submission and tomorrow I’ll be back at work on the Seaglass quilt in addition to teaching and getting ready for Easter dinner.

What have you all been working on?

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