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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!


Fillers, Favorite Rulers and a Selfie

I’ve happily spent the last two days working on quilting the blue monochromatic quilt. I had to laugh at myself that I finally got the long arm machine extended by two feet and then I put a super small quilt on it! LOL! One of the reasons I made this quilt was to practice ruler work and fillers. The other two reasons were to play with color and to figure out improv piecing.

Because this piece is small, the quilting also had to be small. I had a few doubts as to whether my machine could handle going as slowly as I needed it to. That might sound weird because typically you see long arm quilters buzzing around at a decent pace. But when the mission is accuracy and you are using rulers, you have to go slow. The slower I went on the machine, the happier I was with the results and I’m thrilled to pieces that my long arm can work well in a slower speed.

Using Cindy Grisdela’s improv style and Judi Madsen’s methods of marking and quilting, I was able to tap into techniques I haven’t done before. I keep wanting to call this quilt Small Blue for some reason so that shall be its name and here she is…









Each pieced curve has a different style of filler quilting. I used several designs including wishbones, geometric squares, pebbles, meandering, half moons,  paisleys, swirls, and continuous line curved squares. The top and bottom borders have curved lines.
















In deciding whether to use the continuous line curved squares on that last bottom strip, I knew I had to go very small. I marked a half inch grid and then set about quilting in between the lines. It was exhilarating to quilt! Each row was inspiration to keep going.









My favorite rulers so far in this long arm journey have been the ones you see here in the picture. The A1 Straight Edge which is yellow and has the
handle on it and the set of Mini Curve It rulers. Both of these were ordered from Judi Madsen’s website, Green Fairy Quilts.









While I was quilting, I knew my face was holding a very serious and focused expression. I started to wonder if I might be one of those people who sticks their tongue out or something while they work lol!!! Curiosity got the better of me and I set my phone up on a timer for a selfie. No tongue is wagging so I guess I’m good!!!








The black straps on my shoulders are the straps for my back weight. I try to use it when I’m long arming or piecing for a long time at the sewing machine.

If you listened to the last podcast episode, you’ll remember I mentioned having joined the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals led by Morna McEver Golletz. One of the benefits of belonging to this organization is being in contact with like minded individuals in the craft business world. This week I started up with an accountability partner. Her name is Janice. After an initial phone call where we got to know each other and get a feel for each other’s businesses, we set up our weekly goals and plans for how to achieve them. We will talk again on Monday night to check in and share how we did on meeting those goals. I have four areas to work on this week and I’m feeling pretty good about them. One of my goals includes getting 10 hours on the long arm and I’m halfway there. Getting time on the machine gets a little bit difficult on teaching days but I will have to work around that to get to ten hours. I find myself thinking about Janice all week and wondering how she is coming along with her goals. Hopefully we’ll both hit the mark this week!

Have a super day today!


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!


Works In Progress

I hope everyone is having a very productive week! I am slowly working on projects in between shuffling kids around.

In the last couple of days I finished up a second Hello Kitty Reversible Hobo Bag. I love the red fabric with the black and white polka dot reverse. These are for the comic shows that are coming up.

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I also made a few more makeup bags yesterday.

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Last night I had a hankering to work on my Featherweight, Snow White. I’ve had the hourglass blocks made up for about a month so I went ahead and starting stitching blocks together to make rows. I got 4 rows out of 7 completed. I like the way it’s coming along and I think this might become the music school raffle quilt for June.

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Another project I’m making progress on is the bed runner. I’m submitting that one so I can’t post photos yet.

This weekend is the Quilter’s Gathering in New Hampshire. I’m super excited to be heading up there to see the beautiful quilts and of course, shop the vendors! Anyone else going?

I came across two great blog articles this week. One is a tutorial from Nancy’s Notion on how to make No Sew Napkins. This a great idea for gifts and when you are hosting a holiday meal. Click Here For Article.

The other was a wonderful English Paper Piecing project that Denise Panter over at Count It All Joy is working on.
Click Here for the link to that blog post. Look for the Patchwork Of The Crosses project. She always makes me want to pick up my hand projects and get working on them.

I think that’s about it for today! Enjoy!!

PS. Don’t forget Christmas patterns are 10% off in the Quilt Cabana Patterns Store.
There are also some fun notions to take a look at.


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.





A Storefront, A Pattern & A Postcard

This week I got the online shop up and running on the website! You can visit the shop by clicking here.

I’m excited to have a place to directly sell my patterns, book and some interesting notions. I do hope you will come and visit the shop and check out the exciting products!

I know a few of you are in just about the same place I am in regard to opening a quilt pattern online shop so I’m comfortable sharing information about this on the blog. If you aren’t interested just bare with me a moment and we’ll get right back to quilting talk.

My website host is iPage which I like very much. Through the plan I have with iPage, I am able to open a starter shop called ShopSite Starter. This plan allows me to list and sell 15 items at no extra charge. With at least a dozen patterns, a book and several notions that I feel go well with those patterns, I filled up 15 slots VERY quickly. In fact, I had to delete patterns off the site because I was so excited about the notions I wanted to list. The alternative to picking, choosing and paring down items is to upgrade to the next level at a whopping $30 per month. This allows for an unlimited amount of products. The plan for me will be to see how well I can sell the items that are currently in the store and upgrade when the time comes…


So this is available now!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Snowflake

hi res snowman pic for QW

I am awaiting my shipment of these to arrive so I can put them in the Quilt Cabana Patterns Shop but if you would like to order one now, you can find it on Craftsy and also on QuiltWoman.

This will make an excellent holiday decoration and a terrific gift for someone on your list!

I had some super happy mail arrive this week in the form of a beautiful postcard from Diane! Diane is my swap partner and this is the lovely postcard…

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The little crystals and that gorgeous pumpkin just make me smile. Thanks Diane! I’ll update the Flickr group and then post the link tomorrow. So if you have received a postcard from your partner, go ahead and post it to the group.

How is your week progressing?


Fall/Winter Projects

Quilt Cabana Patterns has quite a few fall and winter patterns that are fast and easy! If you’re looking for a nice weekend project, check these out!

Let’s start with a free one…Bootacular is available free right now through McCall’s. Click Here.




Three Jacks and Happy Haunting are available through Craftsy. Click Here.

fall projects three jacks






Winter Joy and Holly Table Runner are also available through the above Craftsy link.


fall projects winter joy





Coming Down The Chimney is available through QuiltWoman. Click Here.

Coming Down The Chimney Hi Res Photo for blog




The Seasonal Trio’s are also available through the above QuiltWoman link.

Fourth Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW




First Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW



Third Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW




This one is more spring-y though…

Second Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW



The Gingerbread Table Runner is available in the Etsy store. Click Here.

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Little Quilts For Big Occasions has several winter projects. The book is available on Amazon and the Etsy store.


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fall projects little quilts back



Whew! I think that is it for now….
Happy Quilting!!


Skirt, Cool App and Thread Painting

Hello there and happy Tuesday!

This week I finished up Amanda’s skirt. She chose the fabric and asked if I would make her a short’ish, simple skirt. I love the fabric she picked out. It’s a beautiful Michael Miller print. These short skirts are all the rage for her age group at the moment and she wants me to make more of them for her. It was a simple pattern from New Look and took very little time to make. Due to the fact that it is short, the girls wear spandex shorts underneath or longer bicycle shorts or legging underneath when it’s cooler outside.

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The directions in the pattern say to finish the seams with a zig zag, overcast stitch or by pinking the edges. My pinking shears are so dull at this point, they are useless. I don’t own a serger and I didn’t feel like zig zagging so I pulled out my rotary cutter with the wavy blade and trimmed the edges.

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It looked so cute when I finished, I had to take a picture. It was simple to do, looks good and the seams won’t fray in the wash.

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I spent quite a bit of time yesterday on BJ Adams’ website. I was reading all about her work in my Master’s Art Quilts Volume 1 book and I was intrigued right away. She creates the most amazing art quilts that she first draws by pencil and paper and then recreates in thread. She works a lot with series quilts and carries the theme through from one to another. Her design and use of the human hand in some of her art pieces is just stunning. The detail is incredible. The thread painting is something most of us will only ever dream of achieving. Grab a coffee and click on her website. When you get to the home page, be sure to click on the links to see the quilts in that particular series and then click the link to see each quilt because you will see not only the quilt but a detail photo of the thread painting.
CLICK HERE to go to the website.

I also clicked on her blog and now subscribe to it. Somewhere in a post she talks about playing around with the WURM ipad app. It’s not meant for serious artists but it’s so fun to play with and can certainly be used as color and design inspiration for a quilt. Here are some doodles I made using the app. Beware that there are two similar apps listed…the WURM one and the WURMY one. I purchased both for $1.99 each but the WURM one seems better.

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Can you see how inspiring this could be? All you do is choose your shapes and colors or let the app decide for you and drag your fingers around. That’s it!

Have a beautiful and crafty day!


Handmade Gifts & Beading

Happy Saturday Morning!

Today in my inbox was a link to a free ebook with 6 handmade gift ideas for quilters. This is being offered through Quilting Arts. Check it out, looks like some neat holiday ideas.


When I was showing you the quilts from my mom’s house a few posts back, I showed you her underwater quilt but not the detailed beading. We took a beading class through our guild and this is some of the fabulous work my mom continued on her own with over the course of that year. Two of these came out a little blurry, I must have had too much coffee or not enough that day…you decide! LOL.





I would not have had the patience to do this but I’m glad she did because it’s lovely and exactly what the quilt needed to really shine.
What’s the plan for the weekend? Quilt show? Quilting at home? Vacation?


Feeling Fall-ish

I have a few more weeks of summer left but today I woke up with that energized feeling that usually comes in fall and on New Year’s Day.  Suddenly I want to finish up my summer projects and get going on a new year for Quilt Cabana Patterns.  My company calendar runs Sept. to Sept. (in my mind) because I started QCP in the month of September.  I have a lot of “irons in the fire” at the moment and each one brings a new challenge and chance to bring you all something new.

First of all, my quilt, “Boo-tacular”, will be featured in the Oct./Nov. issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.  The lovely staff over there sent me a wonderful picture of the quilt in the magazine to be used on my blog/website but I don’t believe I can post that until the magazine is on the newstand in the next few weeks.  Once I see it’s out there for sale, I’ll post the picture.  I can’t wait to share it with all of you!!

Soon I’ll be getting my “Leahbelle’s Garden” quilt pattern ready for sale.  This quilt was featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts in July.  This quilt is a tribute to my grandmother’s garden.  This grandmother would be Leahbelle, not Daisy, who I mentioned in my previous post on “Why We Quilt”.  Leahbelle was also an avid seamstress and all around crafter as well as a gardener.  I’m lucky to be blessed with such creative roots.

I can’t wait to record the next episode of Quilt Cabana Corner which will come out in September.  I have lots of ideas for that podcast as well as the popular Magazine Round-Up!

I’ll be taking my yearly trip to Keepsake Quilting the week after next.  Pictures will be  posted!

Little Quilt For Big Occasions continues to do well and I hope you all have ordered your copy either from me or the other retailers I’ve listed in recent posts.  You can still get a copy and if you live in MA, you can have it signed personally by me at Pieceful Quilters in Middleboro, MA on Sept. 10th from 1-3pm.

Also in the works is something of a personal challenge I’ve been working on for the last month.  This will take some time to complete and all I can tell you is that it will involve your ebook reader and quilting….

Do you feel Fall-ish yet?  What’s on your to do list for the cooler months that you  have been putting off all summer long?

Have a super day!