Monthly Archives: March 2018

Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Fun?

Nope! I don’t think so, especially when it comes to quilting! Last Saturday I met up with my mom and her quilty friends at a local quilt show. We had a great time going through the show and then out to lunch afterwards. Though the show was small, there were some real works of art in there! I’m sure we aren’t supposed to post photos we took but I have to share this one. I couldn’t get over the piecing in this! I am a huge sucker for quilts with little towns depicted in them. I mean really…the love I have for this…









My students are producing awesome work as well! I have Nancy’s quilt all loaded on the long arm and ready to be stitched. The colors in this quilt are so eye catching.









Gail is about to embark on this beauty!









Carol is working on this fun quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. She is learning accurate piecing skills as we go along. The fabrics used in this quilt are so bright and cheery!









Along with the colors that are shown in the photo, there are darling pinks, purples, yellows, and greens.









I’m still working away on this portrait quilt. I love the process more and more each day that I spend on it. I’m trying hard to take my own advice about using value to its full advantage. It’s paying off with this one. I see the depth that value creates in fabric collage and it amazes me that a concept I once thought very little about, is making this quilt more than I hoped it would be. Lessons I’ve learned from reading and watching Susan Carlson and Leni Weiner are playing non stop in the back of my head as I piece this together.









The rest of the week and weekend I’ll be busy hosting Easter and having my family here. I’m excited to spend time with everyone and enjoy every minute of a full house. The bunnies are happy to see that spring might just have arrived! Here they are in their little log cabins enjoying a warmer day with the garage doors open and some fresh air.








Have a happy Easter everybody! I’m planning on another video cast for next week. I hope you’ll join me over on the Quilt Cabana Corner With Sandi Colwell youTube channel. I’ll post it here too.



Quilting On

Lame title, eh? I wanted to pick something real cute like Springing Ahead but it’s snowing here and this is our 4th nor’easter in about 12 days or so. COME ON. I’ve got all kinds of beautiful plants in the living room trying to push me towards that fresh, spring feeling but I’ve got nothin’. So we talk about what ALWAYS cheers us up and that is quilting! My favorite topic aside from bunnies!

So…I had my wonderful ladies here last week for open sew day. It’s great fun for me to transform my first floor into a sewing retreat for the day. We have multiple cutting and ironing stations set up, lots of good food, a lot of laughs, and room to comfortably work on our projects. The hours shared with like minded people are not only enjoyable but inspirational as we cheer each other on and bring new perspectives to this hobby we all love.

Here are few pictures from our day…
Priscilla and Gail working hard…









Nancy measuring and pressing her borders…









Sharyn opening her prize for winning quilt trivia…they were excellent sports about my strange need to have organized games and goody bags at my events, lol!!! Must put that hospitality degree to good use!









Priscilla and Gail sharing a laugh over coffee and tea…









My week wasn’t all play…I did finish up a bargello wall hanging that I will be using to teach a bargello class with next month…









And I finished long arming Gail’s quilt…it’s a beauty!








And I started a portrait art quilt of my daughter Amanda.









I explain more about this process in the following youtube video. Many years ago I had a youtube channel called Quilt Cabana Corner and I posted 9 videos to that channel. Sadly, youtube won’t allow me back on the channel because it’s been too long since I posted. I started a new channel this morning called Quilt Cabana Corner With Sandi Colwell and it will be a biweekly video cast of different crafty things I’m working on. The videos will be 15 minutes or less. I’m nervous in this first one and speaking too quickly and forgot a few names…sorry about that. I do hope you’ll join me for this adventure and subscribe to the channel although I will be posting the links here as they are uploaded to youtube.

I think that about does it for the week! I hope spring has found you and that it finds little o’l Massachusetts sometime soon!

Have a great day, everybody!


Crayon Embroidery, A Finish, A Storm

Happy Monday! I missed my blog post last week and maybe even the week before. Not sure how I got so off track. During that time we had school vacation and I celebrated my 47th birthday. I also attended my guild’s Winter Free Workshop which was a lot of fun. Now I’m sitting here writing to you with the help of a generator as we’ve had no electricity since Friday. A huge storm hit us and really did a number on our little town. The crews are out on the road near our house so fingers crossed the lights will come on soon.

We had some of this to contend with as well…water coming through the bricks on the chimney and down to the ash boxes spilling out into the basement. This is an issue for us whenever there is a big nor’easter type storm. We’re lucky it’s not gobs of water. A shop vac is enough to clean it up. In the past we’ve had our chimney waterproofed and it might be time to do it again!









Before the power was lost on Friday, I did finish up the silent auction quilt for Amanda’s sorority. This was a jelly roll by Moda called Summer Breeze. I love the blue and yellow so much!









This is the back of it. The pantograph is called lilac and it works up nicely.








Last Saturday, my mom and I went to our guild’s Winter Free Workshop where members teach other members new techniques in half or full day workshops. My mother and I both signed up for crayon embroidery and we had a great time! The project was from Crab Apple Hill Studios website and we learned how to color an embroidery project, heat set, and then embroider the project. This is the start of mine. I haven’t gotten too much done on it since as I am working on my bunny embroidery first. I always wanted to know how to do this as the ones I’ve seen are so beautiful.









I’m also working on the Christmas tree skirt which is a latch hook project. For my birthday, my mother gave me this awesome table for hooking rugs. I just love it. It makes the whole project so much easier. The little bins for yarn are so convenient. I like watching tv while I work on it.









It was ordered from the Mary Maxim catalog.

Lindsey made a big decision last week! She has decided she will attend the University of Vermont! Oh boy, we’re going to be road tripping up north quite a bit between visiting Lindsey and also Amanda at the University of New Hampshire! We’re super proud of Lindsey for blazing her own trail and choosing a school that’s a bit farther away than her true comfort zone. It’s four hours from us. I know she’ll love it there. It’s a beautiful place.


What have you all been working on lately?