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Getting Ready & Something New

How’s that for a post title? I couldn’t think of anything outstanding so I went with Getting Ready & Something New. I am about to start the process of getting my patterns and products ready to sell at Christmas On The Common on Saturday. This is our town’s annual Christmas festival complete with parade, craft fair, performances and all manner of yummy food. I’ll be vending from 9-3pm at the Quilt Cabana Patterns table. This time around feels remarkably different from my first time vending last year. This year I pretty much know what I need to bring and what can stay at home. The only downside to vending this event is that Leah is performing and so is Amanda which means I need to get some table coverage so I can sneak away into the auditorium to see one dance and the other play with the jazz band. This leaves middle daughter to watch my table – only she signed up to sell cookies with her classmates all day. I nicely pointed out that Quilt Cabana pays table help and the school doesn’t…is that wrong? I needed leverage, so there you have it. ¬†Bad Mama….

This morning I finished up a bib order and they came out so cute with rick rack and matching snaps! I love those snaps! To find out more about them, click here for the post where I discussed the snap setter.


My sewing for the craft fair is done now and next I need to work on a Christmas gift for someone who may be reading, so no more details right now. After Christmas I have a few custom quilt orders and I have a few pattern ideas waiting to become realities. I wish designing patterns was a faster process but it truly is not!

To add a few more things to my ever-growing list of creative pursuits, tonight I ordered a bunch of supplies to stamp metal for jewelry. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try. I’ll keep you posted on the progress and a tool review once I play with it all.

I’m also working on a sister website to this one. It’s currently under construction although you can visit but there’s really not much content in it. It’s www.sandicolwell.com. Building a website is time consuming and I’m not finding a lot of extra time in my day as you can imagine these last few weeks. This site will be focusing on writing, devotionals and the busy lives of moms and dads just like yourselves. I’m slightly hesitant to share it so early but maybe you all can spur me on to get going with this project and I really want you to participate in it as well. Go have a look…


Fresh Start Monday!

Fresh Start Monday








Welcome to Fresh Start Monday. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Hard to believe this is the last day of November and the holiday season is here! We got our tree up and I think the bunny kind of likes it!









It’s Cyber Monday here which means lots of deals around the web. Here are few noteworthy ones to consider. Amazon has a 40% off sale on the Brother SE400 sewing and embroidery machine. You can pick this up for $299.97

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Shop Amazon – Save 40% off Brother’s Sewing Machine





Craftsy is having a huge sale on 900+ classes now through midnight!

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Missouri Star Quilt Company has these adorable sewing cookie cutters on sale today among lots of other deals and steals!

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Here’s an interesting article about craft fairs and organizers and what they should expect from artisans who sell at their fairs and what artisans should expect from the fair organizer. Food for thought.

And here’s a heartwarming story about a man from Britain whose family received a quilt in a care package during World War Two and he still has it to this day.

Have a fabulous Monday!

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Quilt Show Pictures & Progress

It has a been a very fast week! My mom is here visiting and we are having a great time sewing together with our sergers! My mom is working on zippered box pouches with Hawaiian fabrics. They are beautiful and I love that the purple one is going to me!! Thanks mom!


I am working on toiletry bags for the craft fair in December. I have ten of them cut out, edges serged and ready for zippers. I am hoping to complete these by early next week.


Last Saturday we attended the Quilter’s Gathering show in Manchester, New Hampshire. We only went up for the day but the show is a multi day affair with some great teachers including Susan Brubaker-Knapp. We did catch a glimpse of her from the lobby! The theme of the quilt show was Improv and there was a separate exhibit hosted by the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild with all modern quilts. The reactions to this modern section were varied. I heard some people who loved it and I heard others who didn’t seem to get it or weren’t interested in even looking. I enjoyed the exhibit and saw a lot of interesting work. I guess we still have a divide in our industry as to thoughts on modern quilting.

Here were some of my favorites of the day…

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And my absolute favorite….

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I have long wanted to enter a quilt in the show but I thought any entries had to follow the theme of the show and that has deterred me. However, I ran into a fellow guild member who also belongs to the Gathering and she said quilts of any theme could be entered. I’d love to enter one next year…maybe now I will!

Next week on the blog, I’ll be trying a new format to bring more content to you all. I think this will bring the blog to a more consistent level rather than once per week or when I can get to writing a post. Also, next Friday is my day on QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour as well. You can enter for a chance to win a copy of the magazine!

Don’t forget to check out the Penguin Christmas mug rug on Craftsy as it makes a great gift that works up quickly.




Penguin Christmas Mug Rug Available!



Get your Penguin Christmas Mug Rug Pattern on Craftsy!  Available now for $2.00!

If you enjoy whipping up a fun and easy fusible project to keep or gift, try the many patterns available at Quilt Cabana Patterns!


Pattern Sale!!

Happy Halloween to Everyone!!! I hope you all have your costumes ready and candy by the door!

After today, I think Christmas will be on the minds of quilters everywhere. Let’s celebrate with some really cute and easy patterns. All Christmas patterns in the Quilt Cabana Patterns Store are marked down 10% today through Nov. 2 at midnight est.

Come see what’s new at www.quiltcabanapatterns.com

Click on the SHOP tab and that will bring you to the store.

Here’s a little promotional video I put together this morning.