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New Pattern Published and Another Student Finish!

Happy Sizzling Thursday! It’s 90 today and it feels every bit 90. The weather app says it feels like 96 and I believe it! But I’m thinking about Christmas and cold weather because my Poinsettia Passion table runner just came out in the Quilter’s World Autumn issue!














It’s a beautiful runner in bold colors with easy, fusible applique. It’s on sale now in your favorite fabric stores so pick up a copy and get a jump on the holiday stitching!

So, I have to brag about my students again!! How fabulous are they? Look at the t-shirt quilt that Gail made for her daughter. This t-shirt quilt is giant. I mean GIANT. It’s king size (100″ by 90″) and it was heavy. Gail quilted all of it on her domestic machine! I’m so proud of her getting this big job done and never giving up on it. It took months and it was worth it!








Now we are moving on to a fun Minnie Mouse quilt with fusible applique. It’s going to seem to like a piece of cake after that big t-shirt quilt!

Last night I had dinner with my childhood friend, Sheila. It’s so nice to catch up with a friend and have it be like you never missed a beat even though we see each other infrequently. After a delicious dinner and much laughter, we headed to her car where I picked up a bag of t-shirts for her daughter’s quilt. I’ll be working on her t-shirt quilt over the next few weeks. All that practice with Gail’s has me primed and ready!

And this lovely lady, Leah, had her 15th birthday this week. My baby is no longer a baby and hasn’t been for quite some time. She is as sweet as she looks. Love this girl.




Spring Project In Print & Updates

Happy Friday Everyone!

Hope you are all having a fantastic start to your Friday! It’s a grey one here today but I got some exercise in and ran my errands and now I’m free to blog and pack up for a guild workshop tomorrow. I’m taking Marge Tucker’s improvisational circle piecing class…now that was a mouthful. The supply list isn’t too long so I think I probably can grab it all out of my stash.

The mailman brought this yesterday…my Swing Into Spring placemats and copies of Quilter’s World spring issue…these are featured on page 100. I’m super excited to be part of their magazine once more. There’s even a quote on the right page! I had to read through it to remember what I said! LOL!!







This week I’ve been splitting my time between writinig and quilting. I PROMISED myself I would exercise at least 3 days this week and I have. I’m surely tempted to blow it off but hubs bought me a huge Zumba dvd kit and I’m determined to use it. I’ve been starting the dvd around 7am and finishing at 8am then I work on breakfast dishes and getting dressed which gets me to the computer or craft room by 9am. I’m working until 1pm then picking up the rest of the house and getting dinner prepped because the girls are home by 2pm and the afternoon/evening taxi circus begins. ¬†We have activiites every night varying with ending times between 7-9pm. Tired yet? I am. There should be some type of Uber car service for kids! LOL!!!

So in my two days that I wasn’t writing and I made it into the sewing room, I made these two blocks which are the first of the blocks for my 1930’s beach quilt (beach ¬†blanket sounds better).







Here’s the problem. I used a white fabric from my stash and what you see there is about all I have of that white. I went to Joann’s today to find it and had zero luck. I bought a few yards of Kona White and now I’ll use that for the rest of the quilt. Since this will be going to the beach and not entered in a show, I’m not going to worry about the whites being slightly off.

The other project I worked on was my redwork embroidery. I traced it and started stitching. It’s a fun project.







The stuff I didn’t do that I should have was to start designing a mug rug for Valentine’s Day, work on submission projects and list a bunch of stuff leftover from the craft fair on Etsy. Next week….

What are you all working on?


Painting, A New Toy & A Ukulele

Happy Wednesday!
I seem to be in the habit of posting on Wednesdays the last few weeks. At first it bothered me that I wasn’t getting at least a second post in each week but now I’m kind of enjoying the weekly Wednesday update. I think for the summer, I’ll continue that trend as it makes life easier with 3 kids home all day. I do have hopes of getting a podcast in soon too…

This week I’m working on the project for Quilter’s World. That is my priority for each morning until it’s finished. The deadline is the day we leave for Hawaii so I want to finish that up very soon.

I mentioned in the last post that I was on the hunt for a hand crank Singer toy model. I originally wanted the Singer Model 20 but then I found a beautiful Singer Model 40. I wanted a small hand crank to use out at the pool and also possibly to take on the trip. I found this gorgeous one on Etsy and it is due here tomorrow!


It has the original box and case. I can’t wait to play with it! Last night I started cutting up scraps into 2″ squares so I can make a postage stamp quilt of some kind with the machine. I started cutting at 9pm.

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I got aggravated and remembered why I hate using scraps by 11pm. LOL! Oh my…I kept thinking, ‘doesn’t someone sell these all ready cut?’
I will press on…just not tonight.

Over the weekend I painted the girls’ bathroom. It was white with a red, white and blue lighthouse theme. Now it is aqua (Ben Moore Forget Me Not) with navy and white accessories.

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I am waiting on two new white framed mirrors to arrive to finish the project off.

Tonight I busted out the ukulele again…Linda Hicks, if you’re reading this, I know you are smiling! Linda is the one I caught the ukuklele bug from originally. I reacquainted myself with some notes an chords and worked up to playing Ode To Joy and Love Me Tender. Maybe you’ll hear me struggle through it on the next podcast!!


These beauties have been making me smile in the garden all week. They are so full of color.

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Gretchen over at 120 Blocks posted about making her dream list of what she wants to accomplish in her quilty life. I loved reading her list and feel a bit inspired to make my own and share it. I’ll work on that for next week.

What are your quilty goals?


Reunited and it feels so good….

Sing it with me! LOL!

Last night I reunited with my quilt guild, Quilter’s Connection, and it did indeed feel so good!! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had not been able to attend a guild meeting in close to a year. Being there last night and reconnecting with some wonderful people made me realize that in order to get the most out of your guild experience, you do need to attend and participate and volunteer. It’s a large guild…302 members. That’s a lot of people to meet, learn from and be inspired by. I won’t lie, it can be an intimidating group at times but only if I let it be. There are skills of every level in this guild. We have some pretty famous names as well. Last night was Show and Tell. I didn’t want to bring anything to show because I know that the shock and awe factor of what others are showing far outshines my traditional work. My biggest fan (aka MOM) urged me to bring my Fall Jubilee Bed Runner since it is in this month’s issue of Quilter’s World magazine. I found my courage and brought my bed runner.

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I took it in stride that OF COURSE my turn came after this woman held up a monstrosity of a huge, beautiful, stunning red and white quilt…that she quilted herself because of course she did. I tried not to die on the spot. I didn’t die. I made it through. I participated and overcame the fear. You can do that too. I promise.

So here’s my yogurt story. I’m not a fan of it. I’ve been eating the Dannon Greek Light & Fits that are only 80 calories because I discovered they don’t really taste like yogurt. There are a lot of interesting flavors. On Sunday, the woman in front of me at the grocery store had about 12 of these lined up to purchase.

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I noticed the containers were orange and asked her if it was a new flavor. She told me it was Caramel Apple and it was pretty much the best thing she’s ever eaten. I said I would try them next time I was shopping because I was already in line and didn’t want to run back to the Dairy section. After a few minutes of deliberation on her part, she offered me one of the yogurts from her order. I was a bit surprised because she was so exuberant about her yogurts. I asked her if she was sure and she said that she had taken EVERY one of the Caramel Apple yogurts that was on the shelf and that she’d feel much less guilty about that, if I would take one. I laughed so hard. I told her if it would make her feel better about wiping the shelf clean then I’d be happy to take one. Guess what? That yogurt was pretty much the best yogurt I’ve ever had. It tasted like apple pie and had little apple bites in it. Yummmmmmmmmmmy. Apparently I’ll have to try a different grocery store to pick up more of them because I’m fairly sure the shelf is empty at my usual place.

Today is cut and color day. This is my “Before” photo…

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Can’t show the “After” because I haven’t gone to the salon yet. This is what I’m hoping for though…an actual style. I grew my hair longish and now it just gets either tucked behind my ears or thrown in a pony tail. I’d like something less bland. Wish me luck.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


Fall Bed Runner in Quilter’s World Is Out & News

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I’m very excited to see that my Fall Jubilee Bed Runner is in the Autumn issue of Quilter’s World! I was thrilled when it arrived home yesterday as I’m really looking forward to using this on my bed come the fall. It’s a beautiful runner in batiks and would also look good in any fall or winter combination of fabrics! I hope you’ll pick up the magazine and give it a try.

I must be on a roll as I also found out this week that my block will be included in QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 10 issue! I love being part of that publication and being on the blog tour which also means a giveaway for two copies of the magazine. Stay tuned for that!

My next bit of news relates to the podcast. After many years and several episodes, I have decided to give the podcast up. I have loved recording Quilt Cabana Corner but frequently I feel I hold information back on the blog to “save” for the podcast and then the podcast rolls around and the news is kind of old. It’s hard to keep up with a podcast, blog and social media and to keep the content interesting. I’d like to concentrate more on the blog at this time. I’ll most likely do one more episode to wrap it up in the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, if you have something you’d like me to talk about on the blog, please let me know.

We have one more postcard swap left on the calendar for the year. The postcard swaps have been happening since the holiday one last December. The first day of fall is September 23rd and that just feels a little to soon for me. How about if we plan for one where the postcard arrives in time for Halloween? That gives everyone a bit more breathing room for the end of summer plans we all might have! I will do a more detailed post in the next few days and start the sign up.

That’s all my news for today. I’m hoping to take my blueberry girl, Lindsey, over to the blueberry farm to pick even though, she has two blueberry bushes here at the house. The girl LOVES blueberries.

Have a beautiful day!


A Chilly Tuesday

This kind of sums up how I feel today…I need a steaming mug of something to ward off the cold temps…

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Find the pattern here

It’s just.so.cold. I really feel for those of you who are suffering with even colder temps than we are here in MA. I nearly froze my face off at the bus stop this morning! I still can’t wrap my brain around how some of the kids didn’t want to wear jackets and opted for sweatshirts instead…really? I mean, really? I’ll take my hat, scarf, gloves and warm parka, thank you very much!

If you are interested in watching Sewing With Nancy on your Ipad, you may enjoy the PBS app where you can access lots of her half hour shows and some of her shorter video clips for free. Just search PBS in the app store on your Ipad. I’m going to watch her 30th anniversary specials this week. My mom was checking all of those out and she definitely recommends the app!

On Twitter recently, someone posted a link to a news story about a young woman who turned 24 and spent her birthday doing 24 random acts of kindness. I didn’t watch the video because I had some thoughts of my own based on just the headline. Something about it really spoke to me and I decided that when my birthday rolls around in February, I will tackle 43 random acts of kindness but I will give myself the year to complete them. I’ll keep track of what I’m doing and share it here. I didn’t watch the video because I didn’t want to be persuaded by what the young woman chose to do.
I’m sure I’m going to need a little help along the way with ideas for this project. What are some of your favorite RAK’s? Send me a note and I can get an idea page started. I’m sure that my birthday will be filled with fun and love as it always has been and I’d like to pay that all forward. It’s also a way to engage with others and continue to pay homage to my word choice of the year, “engage”.

During the hub bub of the holiday season I received news that a project I am working on will appear in the Autumn issue of Quilter’s World magazine! I am delighted to be part of that publication again.

Yesterday I finished up my Christmas wall hanging that has to be under wraps for a bit longer. Today I am working on the above mentioned Quilter’s World project which involves some flying geese…perfecting those is the project du jour!

What’s happening in your world today?


Workin’ On It Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

This week I was busy scrapping and didn’t get too much quilting done. I am headed to the church quilting group this morning. We’ll most likely baste the quilt I pieced last week and I’ll bring it home to sew around the edges and get it ready to be tied.

I did scrap 24 pages while at the retreat. I liked the layouts I created but my two favorites were these. The first picture is a little hard to see because of the protective pages over it but you get the idea. This was from Disneyland.

The next one I absolutely love. It is the first page of Lindsey’s album which is a surprise so I hope she’s not reading this!!!

I opened the door this morning to find a package that had been sitting on the steps all night long in the rain! It must have come UPS while I was out late yesterday afternoon or evening. It was my quilt being returned from Quilter’s World. I almost died when I saw it. Thankfully the package was left in a plastic bag and the quilt itself was in two layers of packaging. They had sealed the quilt up so well that not one drop of water was able to get through. I’m amazed at the care they took in sending this back. It was like it was hermetically sealed! LOL. Anyway…I made page 88 of the April issue of Quilter’s World! This is my Floral Mix-Up quilt. It was made with beautiful Riley Blake fabrics that were sent to me from the magazine. I loved every minute of making this one.

Here’s another photo of it that I took before sending it off.

And a close up…

So go pick up Quilter’s World and then you can make one of these!!

Last night I finished reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton for book club. It was about 660 pages or so and very slow to get started but the second half of the book was fabulous with a big twist at the end…It was very good. I think I’ll work through the 3 quilt magazines that are begging to be read this week and then start The Fault With Our Stars by John Greene.

Have a good day!