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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.










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.








and a close up…









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.









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….









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.









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!









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


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.


Applique & Crochet

Hey, my post title rhymes and that doesn’t happen very often! LOL! We are experiencing fabulous fall weather this week. The kind where you need a sweater in the morning and then short sleeves by afternoon. The windows are open, there’s not a need for air conditioning or heat. In short, I love it. I was made for fall! Ahhhh. It makes me want to tackle projects and cleaning.

As far as my Mermaid Tale crochet project is concerned…that happy feeling dissipates slightly. I am a serious crochet fail. This is how far I’ve gotten on the mermaid blanket which eventually will look like this…









But right now, looks like this…








Don’t laugh. I can hear you! I have crocheted these couple of rows numerous times and then had to rip them out. Technically, I should be half done by now. Ugh. It’s either the wrong count of stitches or the wrong stitch! Last night, I ripped out a row of shell stitches because when I read V stitch, my mind insisted I should shell. Lindsey is hot on my tail to get this thing done. Maybe this week I’ll progress to maybe row 5!

My mom made great progress with her Yellow Brick Road quilt for Leah. I have it here and once my pink thread arrives, I’ll be putting this on the long arm and quilting a flowery pantograph. It will be my first official pantographed quilt. Isn’t this gorgeous?









I chose  an applique pattern for a table topper so I can practice the back basting applique method further. I am going to make this for my mom.









I needed to trace the sailboat onto the backside of the background fabric but I couldn’t see it well enough with my light box so I traced the pattern onto freezer paper, ironed the freezer paper onto the background, and traced around that. Now I’m ready to baste the applique pieces onto the background. Hopefully some night this week I’ll get busy on that again.









Here all four boats are traced…








Tomorrow night I’ve got a small scrapbooking crop here at the house so I’m off to prep for that! Have a good one, everybody.


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!









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.









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!







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…









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









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?


Tuesday Tidbits

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been sewing up a storm for the past week. I’ve been working on drawstring backpacks, makeup bags and hobo bags for the upcoming  comic type shows I mentioned on the podcast. A coworker of my husband’s is involved with selling Transformer items and other Marvel comic and Hello Kitty items at several upcoming events and nicely offered to take some of my merchandise along. I understand the big show is Transformer Con held in Toronto next July. I’ll be working steadily over the next few months to accumulate inventory to send there.

Here are the makeup bags and drawstring backpacks. The backpacks are made with Spiderman and Transformer fabric.

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I was asked about making a hobo bag which is something I’ve never attempted before. I found a great, free tutorial on reversible hobo bags and I was able to make this test bag.

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I liked the bag but kept thinking it was kind of small and the straps were way too short. I did a little backtracking and realized that when I printed the pattern, I had the printer set to “Fit To Page”…duh. The pattern printed but not in its full size. I pulled out the Hello Kitty fabric and some Micheal Miller dot fabric and made this! And I love it!!

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Much roomier and so cute in its reversible glory…

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I did change the pattern to allow for about 3″ longer straps. I like my straps to be long enough to swing over my shoulder easily.

You can find the tutorial here.

This past weekend Leah took her Elsa costume out for a spin when she attended a Halloween party. The only thing missing from the costumer was the tiara that she didn’t feel like bothering with for the party.

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Lindsey asked me last night if I could make her a new afghan in purple and yellow. She basically wants one giant granny square made with purple on the inside and yellow on the outside. I went to Walmart this morning and picked up Red Heart in Amethyst and Lemon. The Amethyst looks like blue in this photo but it really is purple. I am excited to have a mindless crochet project that will keep me warm on the couch at night! Yahoo!

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Quilting Daily is offering a free ebook with 6 modern quilt block patterns…check it out here.

Have a super day!


Wildfire Square

Yesterday I finally settled on a beginner crochet square to work on from the book, 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet by Leonie Morgan.
I chose the Wildfire square but I’m changing the yarn colors to suit my living room. I think I’ll make 9 squares and turn them into a throw pillow for the living room couch.

This is the square from the book…

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I like the colors shown but I like these better…

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I completed one square yesterday afternoon. It’s just a basic double crochet around a foundation ring with several color changes. This little square will need some blocking when the time comes to assemble them.
Here’s my first square…

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Yesterday was beautiful here with 50 degree weather. We won’t discuss the misery of a weather pattern that is headed our way tonight…can you hear my sighing? Anyway…I walked for a bit and had to take a picture of this poor tree at the end of the street. It was a mighty Pine that came down during a huge storm either last year or the year before. It fell straight back right off the road and it has landed in conservation land, I believe, and that is why no one has claimed it to clean up the mess. The root base is just as tall as I am. It just sits here every day and will probably sit here for eternity. Life just goes on around this poor tree that was once so tall.

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Have a beautiful day, everyone!


Chilly Crochet

Like many of you, we are experiencing bitter cold here in the North East. It makes you feel like all you want to do is huddle under a quilt and work on a project like crocheting. I first learned to crochet from my mother-in-law when I was first married. She made lovely, warm afghans that were quite large. This was the first afghan I made in this style and it ended up being the only one I made because it was just too large to keep turning on my lap. Of course, with this cold weather, perhaps I should rethink that!

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Later, when I was looking for something more portable that I could work on during piano lessons and practices, I opted to learn how to make these cute afghans from my grandmother. I think I made four or five of these. I enjoyed working on these squares and then whip stitching the squares together.

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The other day I came across a bag of blue/yellow/white variegated granny squares that I had started probably 5 years ago. I have been working on them at night but I’m not loving them. I don’t think I like the look of variegated yarn in a granny square. So yesterday I went to Joann’s and picked up this colorful book.

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I read through the book earlier in the day and at night while watching the Olympics, I used white yarn that was sitting on the coffee table and tried a few variations. None of these came out correct and of course, they should have been done in multiple colors. I was ok with this as the goal was just to practice some new squares.
Here are some of the things I tried and was not quite successful at although I really wasn’t trying to be stitching perfectly either.


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This last one was a square that uses front and back post crochet stitches. Those stitches come out slightly raised and add relief to the square. I liked the idea of that a lot.

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I’m not sure which project I’ll tackle and I do feel slightly guilty that I’m abandoning the blue/yellow/white grannies but maybe I’ll find a place to donate what I’ve done so far. Life is too short to work on projects that don’t thrill.

Are you a person who enjoys crochet? What are you working on?