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Spring Postcard Swap Partners

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Hi there everyone,

It is time to move forward with the Spring Fabric Postcard Swap!! We have 12 participants and I have sent a Direct Message to everyone with your swap partner’s name and address. Here is some information regarding the swap and the time line of the swap:

The rules would be the same as the last time which is simply…there are no rules! If you like piecing go ahead and piece one If you enjoy applique by hand or machine, go for it! If you’d rather paint or use crayons, please do!! Everyone can do this and it’s a great opportunity to try out a new technique. We had postcards last time that had traditional binding and others that were done with a zig zag around the edge…anything goes..really!

We took our postcards to the post office in a variety of ways…some were in envelopes and others not. Those that did not have an envelope had a postage sticker affixed to them and even though some us worried the sticker would fall off, it didn’t. If you feel better placing your postcard in an envelope, by all means do it. I will do that myself this time around.

I will set up a new Flickr group to show our work once both swap partners have received their postcard in the mail.

Here is the time line…

***Work on your postcard during February and try to have it mailed in order to arrive on the first day of spring which is March 20th.

Here is the link to the original Spring Postcard Swap post which has links to tutorials on how to make a fabric postcard:

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog/?p=2701

I hope everyone has a really fun time creating a postcard and sending it off to another person who will be thrilled to receive it! Quilters are so like that 🙂

If you have questions, please send me an email or ask here and I’ll get back to you.
sewsandi8@yahoo.com

In other news…I’ve spent the last few weeks working on a project that is going in Quilter’s World in the fall. It is off my plate now and I’m needing to work on some pattern writing next. My machine went to the shop on Friday…it’s been a real bugger about free motion quilting and I hope it gets resolved with this service appt. I have pulled out some granny squares to continue crocheting and we are due for some big time snow tomorrow and Sunday…
Have a great day!
Sandi

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Announcing Spring Postcard Swap!

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Happy Friday!

AJ over at The Quilting Pot expressed interest in a spring fabric postcard swap and I thought that was a great idea and volunteered to organize it! We had a very successful holiday swap in December…I think only one postcard actually got lost in the mail which was sad but we did see a beautiful picture of it.

The rules would be the same as the last time which is simply…there are no rules! If you like piecing go ahead and piece one If you enjoy applique by hand or machine, go for it! If you’d rather paint or use crayons, please do!! Everyone can do this and it’s a great opportunity to try out a new technique. We had postcards last time that had traditional binding and others that were done with a zig zag around the edge…anything goes..really!

We took our postcards to the post office in a variety of ways…some were in envelopes and others not. Those that did not have an envelope had a postage sticker affixed to them and even though some us worried the sticker would fall off, it didn’t. If you feel better placing your postcard in an envelope, by all means do it. I will do that myself this time around.

I will set up a new Flickr group to show our work once both swap partners have received their postcard in the mail.

Here is the time line…

***Send me your name and full address by the end of January – sewsandi8@yahoo.com or message me on Twitter.

***I’ll send you an email with your swap partner’s name and address during the first week of February.

***Work on your postcard during February and try to have it mailed in order to arrive on the first day of spring which is March 20th.

I will also announce this on the podcast next week.

I think this will be so much fun! You can make it spring themed or just something beautiful that makes you feel refreshed like a spring day.

Below is the link to the holiday postcard swap information that has tutorial links.

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog/?p=2536

If you couldn’t join us last time due to the holiday craziness, please join us this time around! It’s always fun to receive a fabric goody in the mail!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Wed. Progress/Give A-Way

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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr. This is how my mailbox looked this morning on the way to the bus stop.

I hope you are having a wonderful week! The fabric postcard swap seems to be well underway. I know several participants have received their cards and are very happy with them! I mailed mine out on Monday and ran into a slight snafu at the post office. The cranky postal clerk made a bit of a stink about hand stamping the postcard and insisted on adhering a sticker label to it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the label stays on the card long enough to make it to my swap partner! If you are joining in the swap, be sure to post a picture of your postcard to the Flickr Group
http://www.flickr.com/groups/2375700@N20/
Do this after you and your partner have received the postcards.

QuiltMaker sent out an email that they are having a wonderful give-away for all 8 volumes of 100 Blocks to one lucky reader. Enter Here.

I have been entering blog give-aways and long arm give-aways like there’s no tomorrow! Hope I get lucky on something! LOL!!

Over the last week I had very little time to sit and sew. Yesterday I was determined to take the day to finish the blanket stitching on the turtle quilt around all the cut edges. I did finish that and got both borders on the quilt which now makes it a nice lap size for Leah.

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I love the pop that the pink border gives the project. I have to take a break from this quilt to work on some magazine submissions but hopefully in about 2 weeks I’ll be basting and quilting this for her.

First and foremost on my to do list is to purchase a new computer. This one is crashing whenever it feels like it and the kids have lost a few assignments they were working on due to that. We are waffling between a new desktop pc or a laptop and docking station. I think we are headed toward the laptop and docking station. Of course with the excitement of a new computer comes the dread of reinstalling and moving files. Ugh. I did do a major back up about a week ago. Ordering something will be this afternoon’s project.

Have a happy and quilty day!

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Post Card Swap Info/Tutorial Links

Hi Everyone!!!

Are you ready for the postcard swap? There are 10 of us signed up and I will be emailing you your partner’s name and address in a few short minutes! If you don’t receive an email from me in the next little while, check your spam folder just in case that’s where it landed.

Here are some tutorial links for how to make a fabric postcard. Remember…there are no rules on this! Please just have them in the mail by the first few days of December. If you are nervous about having the postcard hand stamped, feel free to mail it in an envelope. Sandy and I mailed ours without envelopes and they did arrive in perfect condition. If you have any questions, please contact me at sewsandi8@yahoo.com.

http://www.patchworkposse.com/2009/08/lets-talkfabric-postcard-tutorial/

http://needledmom.blogspot.com/2008/04/fabric-postcard-tutorial.html

http://quiltnpiece.blogspot.com/2013/06/fabric-post-card-tutorial.html

http://quilteddelights.blogspot.com/2010/11/as-requested-here-is-my-version-of.html

This is the one I made last year…

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Sandy’s from last year…

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Link to the blog post where I talk about how I made mine:

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog/?p=1449

I set up a Flickr Group called Fabric Postcard Swap for us to upload pictures of our postcards. Please don’t add photos until your swap partner has received the postcard…we don’t want to ruin any surprises!! Here is the link for that.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/2375700@N20/

Have fun with your creations! I can’t wait to see them all!
Sandi

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Fabric Postcard Swap Sign Up

Happy November 1st!

If you would like to sign up for the holiday postcard swap, I am extending the sign up until Sunday night at midnight. So far we have 7 people and it would be great to have a few more!! It would be doubly great to have an even number of participants but if we don’t, no worries, I’ll be happy to swap with more than one person.
My email address is sewsandi8@yahoo.com if you’d like to sign up.

Here are postcards that Sandy H. and I exchanged last year.
Sandy’s…

postcard sandy

Mine…

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Here is the blog post where I talked about the fabric postcards and did a brief tutorial on how to make one…

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog/?p=1449

We had a lot of fun making these for each other. They are simple to make and allow for unlimited creativity plus it’s nice to connect with other quilters at this time of year. On Monday I will mail out your partner’s name and address. I will also post some tutorials on fabric postcard making. You will have the whole month of November to complete it and get it in the mail. Easy peasy and so much fun!! Join us!

Last night was Halloween and only one of my kids went out! Boy, do I feel old. Leah went as a 50’s girl, Amanda had jazz band and Lindsey passed out the candy.

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Isn’t she cute?

Today I’m working on this little mini nativity quilt design. It’s only a 12″ x 12″ which makes small applique pieces a problem. I could go in the direction of something larger or leave it as is and work with small’ish pieces. I’d love to add animals and a shepherd but then you’re into really tiny pieces. I did a detailed nativity quilt a few years ago and ended up using markers to draw in some details.

nativity mini quilt for blog

Tomorrow I am heading to NH with my mom for the Quilter’s Gathering quilt show. I love this show…such eye candy and lots of vendors! Need I say more?
What will you do over the weekend?

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Episode #32 Postcard Swap, Book/Scissor/Iron Review and More!

Episode #32 of Quilt Cabana Corner is up on Podbean and will be on iTunes later today. This episode has lots of great information, so I hope you’ll join me!!

Some show notes:

EDITED – the thread sketching ebook I mentioned as being free is actually $5.97 – my mistake, didn’t realize that I purchased that one. However, www.quiltingdaily.com does have a free thread sketching book that includes part of the Susan Brubaker Knapp book. The $5.97 book is there as well or you can find it at www.interweave.com

Postcard Swap – if you are interested in taking part in holiday or winter themed postcard swap where you make a fabric postcard and mail it to another person, please let me know by the end of October. I need you to send me your first and last name as well as your address and I will pair everyone up. Postcards need to be made in November and in the mail (taken to post office for hand stamping) by December 1’st so your swap partner will have it to display thoughout the holiday season. I will provide links for tutorials on how to make the postcards in another blog post. Based on the success that Sandy H. and I had last year, I think this will be very fun!!!

In this episode, I reviewed the book, Quilter’s Handy Guide to Supplies & More. I gave a brief review on the show but here is the written review of the book. Take a minute to read it as the book is very good. It is available for pre-order. You can order on Amazon here….
http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Handy-Guide-Supplies-More/dp/1607057697

And through C&T here…
http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3049

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Quilter’s Handy Guide to Supplies & More
Dawn Cameron-Dick

I recently had the opportunity to review the Quilter’s Handy Guide to Supplies & More by Dawn Cameron-Dick. The book is published by C&T. The book is an overview of all things related to quilting and it has the added bonus of some entertaining and inspiring quotes sprinkled throughout its pages. I was first drawn to the book because I enjoy reading everything I possibly can about the quilting process. As a person who is self taught, I know I can benefit from these types of books and I always learn something new. This book was no exception and I found myself taking lots of notes as I read through it.
It is a very well thought out book with great photography, easy to read diagrams and a section for notes at the end of each chapter. I particularly liked the way the book was laid out and how easy the graphics were on the eyes.

The book is broken down into the following chapters: Needles, Threads, Sewing Machines, Batting, Fabric, Bits & Pieces (a catch-all category) and Resources. The Needles chapter is very comprehensive with information and graphs on needle types and sizes. I had no idea there were so many parts to a needle!

The Thread chapter gives an excellent description of what kind of fibers thread is made from and how it is made. A table indicating thread use and proper needle size is included in this chapter. Good information on thread weight and usage as well as a discussion on thread breakage is provided. If I had to choose which chapter I took the most notes on and learned the most from, it would be this one! There are so many threads on the market and it’s hard to know which one to select, this chapter helps to de-mystify that process.

The Sewing Machine chapter gives a nice review of a machine’s features, feet, cleaning, tension and tips on purchasing a machine. A nice tip from this chapter is that the clear plastic extension tables for sewing machines can also double as a light box!

The Fabric chapter is interesting with a brief description of how fabric is made. The chapter touches on the wash or no wash debate as well as information on color bleeding and fading. Some great tips are given in this chapter on how to test for bleeding and what can be done about it after the fact.

The Bits & Pieces chapter is full of a bit of everything. It covers storing quilts, setting up a sewing area, rotary cutting, rulers, basic cutting formulas and pressing. I loved seeing the different layouts in the book for setting up a sewing area that works best for you.

The end of the book contains a Resource page with information for different manufacturers mentioned in the book.

This book would make a wonderful gift for a new quilter who is just learning to navigate the sometimes confusing world of quilting. I am also pleased to have this in my library as a reference guide and I’ve been quilting for nearly ten years! The information in the book is current in the industry and it is presented in a clean, concise way with beautiful graphics.

You can find this book on Amazon and through C&T.

Here is the link for the Panasonic iron:
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-NI-C78SR-Steam-Stainless-Steel-Soleplate/dp/B000H1YS28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381500694&sr=8-1&keywords=panasonic+iron

Quilt Market – If you are there and could stop by booth #315 which is the Quilt Woman booth, please take a few photos of the booth and my quilts being displayed…I would really, really, really love that!

That’s it for today…enjoy the podcast!!!

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Good news, a playful project and a postcard!

How is everyone today? I hope you are making it through the holiday season with joy in your hearts. I had a joyful moment this week when I heard from Pat who lives in Marion, LA who wrote to tell me that she saw my “Comin’ Down The Chimney” quilt pattern in McCall’s and had wanted to make one herself for the holidays but ran out of time. When Pat arrived at her quilt guild party, she was happy to see that ten, yes, ten! of these quilt tops were made up and being given as door prizes! Pat won one!! I’m so happy for her. The guild gave the main applique part of the quilt as the prize and the recipients can finish them up however they choose. I thought that was one awesome idea! Pat and her friend, Theresa, were kind enough to send me photos of the quilt tops they won. Pat is also trying to locate a photo that shows all ten quilt tops displayed at the party. Here are their prizes…

Thank you Pat and Theresa! Enjoy the quilts!!!

Last week while I was on the treadmill, I watched an episode of The Quilt Show with Jan Krentz. Jan was showing how you could use striped fabrics in your quilts for maximum “wow” with little effort!
I kept thinking about her techniques and went to Joann’s to find a square ruler and some striped fabric. I made up this little quilt to in a very short amount of time last night.

I used the marking on the ruler with the striped markings on the fabric and made up these blocks. It was easy and I like that it looks like I spent more time than I did. My oldest daughter has laid claim to this when it is finished. I wished I had put them together a bit more wonky though and not so symmetrical. The reason being that I don’t love how the very center diamond came out. The actual center of that one looks off because of the how the stripes fall on the fabric, whereas in the rest of the diamonds, the centers all came out perfect because the stripes were lined up just so. No matter which way I turned things, it wasn’t going to be perfect in that center diamond. Next time, I’ll purposely make it all not quite match up and then it will be more a little more “fun” looking.

As some of you may know, I did a postcard swap with Sandy of Quilting From The Rest Of Us. We both made a fabric postcard following directions from American Patchwork and Quilting (December issue). I think we both agree, that it was an easy and fun project and it was very exciting to receive one in the mail! Here is the postcard I received from Sandy…

How beautiful is that????????? The colors are gorgeous, the decorative stitches are fun and the whole thing was a joy to receive! We’ve decided to make it a tradition to send one to each other in the coming years. I thought I’d share some photos of how I made my postcard that went to Sandy. We both have different styles and of course mine was to use fusible applique. Here is a brief tutorial of how the making of the postcard went down….by the way, the post office hand stamped these for us and it cost about .45 cents or so to mail.

This is a 4″x 6″ piece of double sided fusible Peltex with the front fabric fused to it and then trimmed down even with the Peltex.

I recently purchased this Christmas Sizzix die on clearance and decided to pull it out for this project. I could have designed my own ornaments but quick and easy was the name of the game here. You could use clip art as a template as well. I placed fusible web on the back of the fabrics being used for the ornaments and then die cut them and fused them to the postcard.

Here they are fused. In hind sight, I wish I had fussy cut more of the fabric for the ornaments but I was trying to stick to a certain color scheme and I knew these fabrics worked well together as I had used them in my Disappearing 9 Patch.

Here I used blanket stitch and zig zag to quilt the postcard and at the same time secure the applique. This was all done on machine before I placed the backing fabric on the postcard. Here you can see that I have finished stitching and I have fused the backing fabric to the Peltex. Now you can’t see my stitching on the back of the postcard. I then trimmed the backing even with the postcard.

Once the fusing was finished, I did a zig zag around the edge. Next time, I would run a second zig zag right over the first so it stands out more. I was having some machine trouble at this point for some reason and didn’t want to have a second go around with it. I could have also done a regular binding as Sandy did.

I used a ruler and a permanent marker to draw the address lines and to separate the address section from the message section. I used permanent markers to write the message and address.

So there you have it! Voila…a fabric postcard!

I am off to finish Christmas shopping and hopefully quilt something today!
Sandi

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