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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!









So many pretty ones to choose from!









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.























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.










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


Welcome To My Blog!

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









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.









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.









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







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







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…










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!









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!
































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!



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!



Fresh Start Monday

Fresh Start Monday

Happy Monday to everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and you are ready to start the week off with some great projects and a recipe. Fresh Start Monday will be a new blog series that will bring you interesting articles, products, and recipes to start your week off right. The information here will be curated by me as I go through my week and find items I feel you might be interested in reading and seeing. Not every item will pertain to quilting but many will as I know we all enjoy that!










All People Quilt has a free pattern for this adorable quilted camera case that would make a great Christmas gift! You do have to register with All People Quilt but it’s free and easy.

Top Crochet Patterns has an interesting article called ‘How Knitting Helped During The First World War’. It’s an interview with author Barbara Smith.

Accuquilt has new die sets that allow you to mix and match the dies to make more than 72 quilt blocks. The possibilities are endless as you can come up with your own designs as well as the ones provided. The Go!Qube comes in 6″, 8″, 9″ or 12″ sizes. I ordered the 8″ one for Christmas!















Karen Ehman had this super easy recipe on her blog for Cookie Crack. I haven’t tried it yet but I will be soon.














And HandiQuilter has a new long arm machine that comes on a smaller frame for folks who have limited space. It’s called the Simply Sixteen and will set you back $5,995. Maybe if you’re really good, Santa will bring you one!







Friday is my day on the blog tour for QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks! You can enter that day for a chance to win a copy of Volume 12.







Have a super day!

ps. Don’t forget to check out my Craftsy Store for fun and easy patterns like this one…



Blog Tour Winners & Guild Visit


I hope you enjoyed the 100 Blocks Blog Tour last week! I was thrilled to take part in it for my 5th time. I think it’s about time to announce the two winners of the 100 Blocks Vol. 11 magazine give away! I will be sending the winners an email shortly but I’ll post it here too.

The winners are Lisa Marie and Joy!! Congratulations!!




This has been a pretty busy week for me. I’ve been working on altering some costumes for a production of Hello Dolly that Lindsey is in next week and I’ve also been trying to figure out my new serger. Both my mom and I ordered the Brother 1034D and we also signed up for the Beginning Serger class on Craftsy. My mom has gotten much farther along with figuring things out than I have and she already made this! It is one of the projects in the class.


Clearly, I have some catching up to do.

On Monday evening, I had the pleasure of presenting a lecture and trunk show to the fun ladies of the Seacoast Quilter’s Guild in Duxbury, MA! They were a wonderful group of ladies to visit. I presented Mission Possible: A Quilting Journey which is a basic guide to taking your quilting to the next level whether you want to design and publish patterns, start a website or blog, begin a podcast or a newsletter. This presentation gives you the information in a lo-tech way to inspire you to go ahead and take that first step! We followed that up with questions and a trunk show and then the ladies presented their show and tell items. It was super fun and I loved that right off that bat, they were pooling fat quarters and drawing names for who was going home with a new stash of reds and also having a drawing for a great door prize! I really enjoyed myself and I think they all went home armed with some new information! Click Here to read more about this guild presentation.

Next up for me is getting the music school raffle quilt finished up and to continue work on my Love Notes Quilt as well as plug along with the comic collectibles sewing and I’m working on a few submissions.

What are you all working on this week?

There is a new episode of Quilt Cabana Corner up on iTunes and Podbean if you are looking to listen to some quilty talk while you stitch.



Welcome To My Day On The Blog Tour!!!


I’m so thrilled to once again be part of QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I’d like to extend a big hello and welcome to everyone who stops by this week! Hard to believe this is my 5th time!

My block can be found on page 10. It is called Sunflower Dance.





This is a fusible applique block that is quick, easy and versatile! I think sunflowers are amazing. They grow so tall and beautiful. I thought it would be fun to turn this block into a table runner that can be enjoyed year round. I made the same block but in different colors and paired it with Cross Roads blocks to get this….


And a few closeups…



My process for designing is quite simple. I like to have a sketch to work from that I’ve drawn by hand and then I use cardstock to make templates for my appliques. I use paperbacked fusible web to adhere the appliques to the project and then I finish the appliques with blanket stitching.





If you think you’d like to try a fusible applique project, head over to the Quilt Cabana Patterns store on Craftsy. There are several small projects to try including this mug rug!

mug rug cover 3

Now it’s time for a give-away!!! I’m giving away a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 11 to one lucky reader and QuiltMaker is also going to give away a copy to another lucky reader! Just leave a comment and be sure to fill out the email address. No one will see this but me so I know how to contact you if you win. Tell me what your favorite summer flower is and what you are working on this week.

I hope you’ll follow my blog and join me for weekly updates, swaps and my podcast, Quilt Cabana Corner.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit my website as well.


100 Blocks Blog Tour Begins Today

Just a reminder that the 100 Blocks Blog Tour and giveaways all start today!! Visit the QuiltMaker blog to see the tour line up and enter to win the grand giveaway here.


My day on the blog tour is tomorrow!!!!! Come back and see my block and also enter to win a copy of the magazine. Two lucky blog readers will win!


Blog Tour Winners!!!


I hope you all enjoyed the 100 Blocks Blog Tour!! It was wonderful to see so many comments on the blog and to hear all of your stories about Hummingbirds.

I used a random number generator to choose two lucky winners who will each receive a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 10! The winners are Kathy G. and Lisa Marie. I will email you both in a few minutes for your mailing addresses.

I’ve managed to get a small amount of quilting done this week on a project I am working on for a magazine submission. I have also worked on an afghan I’m crocheting at night while watching tv. The rest of my time has been spent watching my oldest daughter, Amanda, grow up right before my eyes. Last Tuesday she was inducted into National Honor Society, on Wednesday she had four dental implant posts placed in her mouth and on Sunday she passed her driver’s license road test. Phew…that’s a week for the history books! I’m happy to say that the mouth pain is finally starting to subside for her. She and my other two daughters were all born without a significant amount of second teeth under their baby teeth. This is hereditary as I am also missing about 5. The girls are missing many more than that and it has been a very long road for Amanda. Now we can finally see the end of the tunnel so even though the week felt unending and nerve wracking, I rejoice in knowing we are making progress.

The next few days will be spent preparing my home and kitchen for Thanksgiving. There won’t be much quilting to blog about.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if I don’t get a post up before then!


Welcome To My Day On The 100 Blocks Blog Tour!!!


Welcome to old friends and new for my day on the 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour! I hope you are all having a wonderful time jumping from blog to blog reading about everyone’s block designs.

My block choice this time around was an easy one. A few years ago I put up a Hummingbird feeder that suctions to my living room window…ever since that day, this has been the view out of the window. The Hummingbirds love this feeder and they visit several times throughout the day.



Once in awhile we’ll get a bird or two with distinct markings and we know that those birds are repeat visitors! This has been such a fun experience for my family and so I decided to design a block around the Hummingbird theme. My block is Hummingbird Haven.


The way I made the block was to first enlarge a good photo and print it out on regular paper. I made two copies. One for cutting up into templates and the other as a placement guide.


I cut out templates for each design element and then used to Heat N Bond Lite to create the fusible appliques. I am a huge fan of fusible applique and most of the patterns I design are fusible.


I cut out my fusible backed appliques and ironed them to the background.


I’m also a huge fan of blanket stitching the edges of my fusible appliques as I did here…



I added some French Knots for the eyes of the Hummingbirds and also some metallic silver ribbon that I had on hand for the feeder to hang by.

Now that you’ve seen my block and have a feel for the design of it, how about a give away? QuiltMaker will give one lucky reader a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 10 and I will also give a second reader a copy as well! Here’s how to enter for chance to win. I will pick two random winners this weekend after the tour has ended. Just leave me a comment below and you are entered! Be sure to fill out the email address so I can contact you.

If you like this fusible project and would like to see more of my designs, please CLICK HERE to be taken to my website and online shop. You will find some adorable patterns and fun notions under the SHOP tab.

Check back here on the blog for updates about quilting fun, recipes and life updates.

If you enjoy podcasts, give mine a try…It’s called Quilt Cabana Corner and you can find it HERE on Podbean or on iTunes.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog today. I hope you enjoyed learning about the Hummingbird Haven block. I’d love to hear from you in the future! Over at my website Quilt Cabana Patterns you can sign up for my newsletter too!


Episode #40 Is Up!

Episode #40 of Quilt Cabana Corner is up on Podbean now at www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com or later today on iTunes.

We talk about a recent quilt show I attended, the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, life updates, book reviews and a magazine round up! Lots going on so go have a listen!

Books mentioned were The Husband’s Secret and The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty, The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard and Kansas Troubles by Earlene Fowler.

The Flickr Group for the Fall Postcard Swap is HERE.

I spent some time the other day gluing more fabric pieces to The Lindsey Project art quilt. I’m almost finished now with the foreground she is standing on. Here it is…

photo (27)

Friday is my blog tour day for the 100 Blocks Blog Tour for QuiltMaker magazine…join me here for a neat post and a give away!


Have a beautiful day, everyone!