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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…

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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.

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Gail is about to embark on this beauty!

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sandi

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Getting A Jump on January!

January has arrived and we are cruising right through it! How are you doing on your goals for the new year and paying mind to your guiding word? The word I chose was ‘yes’ and my goals are basically to focus on long arming and teaching. I’ve been full steam ahead with both of those things as I remind myself daily to stick to the plan. In the newsletter that I mailed out last week, we talked about how to take steps toward achieving those goals. If you’d like to join the newsletter email list, please sign up in the menu bar to the right.  I have beautiful student quilts on the long arm machine this month and plenty of side projects to share. And of course the cute bunny photo at the end of the post!

The first quilt on the long arm this year was Gail’s beautiful 1930’s vintage Christmas jelly roll race quilt. I used green thread and a holly berry pantograph and it came out so cute. We worked on the binding together during class time and she finished it up on her own earlier this week.

 

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Now I have Priscilla’s beautiful card trick quilt on the machine. She did an incredible job piecing this stunning top. Linen colored thread and a swirly pantograph will be the perfect touch for it.

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and a close up…

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I pulled out the mosaic quilt last weekend that I was working on in the fall. I decided I had been making it too complicated by not just using one piece of fabric per square but actually trying to fit 2 or 3 fabrics on a square and I was distressed by it all. I tore up what I had and began again. Now it is an official mosaic and it’s starting to come along. I’m excited by it again and that thrills me. The photo is from a lavender field we visited on Maui last summer.

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I put the final stitches in Lindsey’s afghan this week. She reminded me daily that I wasn’t working on it and now I’m done! Feels good to have this one wrapped up….

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My intention was to use purple on the finished edge but I ran out so I finished it with yellow and I like it well enough.

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I did a little bit of embroidery one night during the week on the bunny door stop. I’m hoping to do a bit more this weekend but I think I’ll be knitting. When the Patriots are in the playoffs, superstition dictates that I have to knit in order for them to win! Those in my circle know that I have a job to do during playoff season and I take it quite seriously! It’s worked pretty well so far!

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And now for the obligatory cute bunny post of my baby, Ginny….

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Let me know how your goals are coming along and if you have any crafty things you do during playoff season? I’d love to hear about it.
Sandi

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Crossing The Finish Line, Finding A New Word

So do we all feel like we’re running a race about right now? The shopping, wrapping, baking, Christmas carding, and goody delivering are in full swing! I feel like I’m headed for the finish line  and in a few short days, the big day will be upon us. Hallelujah! I could use some focusing on that beautiful baby in the manger. The timing between Thanksgiving and Christmas seems super short this year, I haven’t gotten loads done in the way of quilting but I did finish this gorgeous quilt for my mother on the long arm. I used a pantograph called Pipeline which I like very much. By the time I finished it, I almost couldn’t believe that I had done that work! It was hugely satisfying and now I am hungering for more time on the machine.

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It didn’t come out perfect but I learned a lot doing the quilting. I have several pantographs here and I’ll be adding to them after the first of the year when I can really take my time looking at what’s available and what will work best on my long arm.

It’s almost time to choose a new word for the year! My 2016 word was ‘wisdom’ as in listen to it and seek it. It wasn’t an easy word choice but it made a difference in my year. My 2017 word for the year is ‘focus’. I’ve chosen this word in years passed but this coming year it will guide me through learning the long arm business and expanding my teaching and designing schedule. I’ve been home with my kids for many years and I’ve always set aside most of my time for doing the mom things and kind of waiting around to see what everyone needs me to do. This year, I have an opportunity to really expand my business and do more with it. I’m excited about that but also really have to retrain my brain to focus on the business and to give myself permission to focus on the business more. I need to recondition my thoughts so I don’t always feel guilty about it. That’s the big thing. That’s the hold up for me. That is what I need to focus on for 2017.

The second part of my word choice is to focus on health. I’ve had crazy migraines the last month and as usual, I don’t really know why. I’ll think I know what’s triggering and then I eliminate but they come back. The worst of the headaches last year were between Thanksgiving and Christmas and here it goes again. So of course stress but also not enough exercise and too much sugar rules the day. I’ll be focusing on eating less sugar and exercising more in the coming year.

Have you thought about your word for 2017? Please share what your word choice is, I’d love to hear!

I’ll close with a picture or two of my favorite girls! We are thrilled to have Amanda home from college! She is happy to be reunited with her bunnies! Here’s Amanda and Leah with Nala and Daisy who are doing just fine in their new garage location! They are in for a visit in this photo.

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And here’s Lindsey in the holiday spirit awaiting her friends to arrive for their annual Christmas party!

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One more thing! I just ordered this daily hexagon calendar for myself for next year. I’m thinking it will expand my English Paper Piecing skills with some pretty new patterns. Check it out on Amazon! There’s still time to get one before Christmas!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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