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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!


Welcome To My Blog!

Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog for the 100 Blocks Blog Tour!!!









I am so pleased you’re here and I can’t wait to share the block I created with all of you. You can find my block under the ‘Applique’ section of Volume 14.









The title of my block is “Afloat”. I’d love to tell you that I came up with the idea one beautiful summer day when the sun was reflecting off the water like diamonds….but that isn’t what happened. I was actually pretty stumped for an idea this time around. I’ve been trying to stay away from floral blocks done with applique because I think the editors get several of those for each issue. I decided on a nautical theme but wanted something more than an anchor or crab. I felt like the block needed to feel serene. I wanted to feel like I was right there on the water even though I wasn’t.
I also knew the block would feature fun and easy fusible applique…A technique I really love and can get right into!

If you’ve never done fusible applique, I’ll show you the steps for how I made Afloat and these steps are the same for any fusible applique project that I have designed through my pattern company, Quilt Cabana Patterns.

I sketched the block out with pencil and paper and then used cardstock to make the templates for the boat and dock.









Then I traced the templates onto paper backed fusible web. I needed three boats, so I traced the boat template three times.







Next was the super fun part of auditioning fabrics. I opted for bright colors against a deep blue background…







I used the iron to fuse my paperbacked fusible pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric. Once it cooled, I cut out the pieces and arranged then on the background…










The last step was to stitch around the raw edges using the blanket stitch. This could also be done with a zig zag stitch. And here is the finished block!









Easy right? If you’d like to try more projects like this one, please visit my Craftsy store where you can find 18 fun patterns – everything from mug rugs to wall hangings and table decor! Check out these holiday projects because there’s plenty of time to whip one up as a gift or for your own decor!
































And now for the give-away! If you would like a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 14 just leave me a comment and tell me a little about yourself and what type of projects you like to work on.

Don’t forget to visit my blog frequently as there’s always something fun going on!



Gardens, Graduations, Gratitude

How’s everyone’s week going? I hope you all had a nice long weekend. I love Memorial Day and all the emotion it brings. We attended the ceremony at the high school on Monday morning. Amanda was playing in the band and it was just a truly moving service.

And this week we are heading straight into graduation! My girl has been busy with senior breakfasts and rehearsals and banquets and award ceremonies…so much stuff. Today she came home with the Best Eyes trophy! LOL!!

This morning I was busy planting my two vegetable gardens. This one has 2 kinds of tomatoes, 2 kinds of cucumbers, jalapenos, roasting rosemary, spinach and lemon basil.







This one has eggplant, zucchini,and,summer squash…







This tiered planter has dill, cilantro, basil and parsley and I bought a second one that has strawberry plants.







This week is a slow quilting week for me. I don’t have lessons scheduled this week so I’m using the time to plant, take care of the pool, and start on grad party plans.  It’s a super busy time for our family but I am thankful for each beautiful day. There’s lots to do and it seems overwhelming but I’m taking it one day at a time.  I made the centerpieces yesterday because they don’t require water and can be made up ahead of time. I modified an idea I saw on Pinterest and came up with these…









I made ten of them and boy were they messy!!







The mail was fun this week as I received my thank you gift from QuiltMaker for being in their 100 Blocks magazine. It’s a super cute mouse pad with all 100 blocks. Can you spot my cupcake block?







I’m going to be launching a summer postcard swap where we exchange a landscape quilt postcard from somewhere we visit this summer. Would you like to join? Postcards won’t be due to each other until the end of September? Let me know if you’d like in on the fun! I’ll record a podcast next week and talk more about it.

Enjoy the week!


Welcome To My Day on The Blog Tour!








Hi everyone and welcome to the 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I’m thrilled to have you here as always and I’m excited to share my Cupcake Toss block with you. The block can be found on page 6 of Volume 13 and it is #1202.









Let me just start by saying, I’m a huge fan of dessert! I’d pass up salty and crunchy for cake and cookies any day! I also love flowers. Coincidentally, I originally submitted a flower block but was asked to resubmit with something other than flowers because there were several applique flowers going in the issue. It didn’t take me long to decide on cupcakes and the more cupcakes, the better!

Here is my rough sketch of Cupcake Toss. It’s hard to see as it’s in pencil but this is how I like to do my preliminary work for any quilt…a pencil and sketch pad. I usually change the design in some way before deciding on a final pattern.









Once I had the general idea, I went ahead and made up the parts of the cupcakes using paper-backed fusible web and fabric scraps.







I liked this design but then I liked the second one better.












Once my cupcake elements were fused to the background piece, I went about using the blanket stitch around the edges. Fusible applique with a blanket stitch is my favorite method of applique. Most of my patterns feature this easy and quick method.

If you’re interested in learning more about fusible applique and the projects I am currently working on, please come back and visit often! I update the blog at least once a week. You can also listen to my podcast, Quilt Cabana Corner.

For information on my pattern company and lessons, please visit Quilt Cabana Patterns. 

If you would like a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 13, please leave me a comment below and I’ll choose a random winner next week!



Welcome to My Day On The 100 Blocks Blog Tour!


Welcome everyone to my day on the 100 Blocks Volume 12 blog tour! I’m so thrilled to once again be a part of this fun experience with you.

My block is the Sew Happy applique block…

finished block

I think it’s fun to share photos of how the block was created. I am a big fan of fusible applique projects. Designing a project that is quick and whimsical is where I find my fun! Let’s start here with the design process. Yes, I still use paper, pencil, and hand drawn templates most of the time. I have EQ7 and an understanding of how to use it but to me, there’s nothing like starting from scratch.

design ideas

I had developed these templates when I created this larger wall hanging version of the block…

finished model quilt

I headed to my stash for fabrics and found these adorable ones from Riley Blake…


I did some simple piecing and then fused my applique to the background and headed to the sewing machine. The most relaxing part of quilting to me is adding the blanket stitch to my appliques. I just love that part! I get a hot cup of coffee and a good quilting podcast and stitch away!

under machine

If you would like to enter for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 12, leave me a comment here on this post and I will draw a winner over the weekend. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.

If you think fusible projects sound fun, please visit my Craftsy store for patterns including the Penguin Christmas Mug Rug for $2.00.


If you enjoy podcasts, please join me at Quilt Cabana Corner for a fun, quilty podcast.

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Welcome To My Day On The Blog Tour!!!


I’m so thrilled to once again be part of QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I’d like to extend a big hello and welcome to everyone who stops by this week! Hard to believe this is my 5th time!

My block can be found on page 10. It is called Sunflower Dance.





This is a fusible applique block that is quick, easy and versatile! I think sunflowers are amazing. They grow so tall and beautiful. I thought it would be fun to turn this block into a table runner that can be enjoyed year round. I made the same block but in different colors and paired it with Cross Roads blocks to get this….


And a few closeups…



My process for designing is quite simple. I like to have a sketch to work from that I’ve drawn by hand and then I use cardstock to make templates for my appliques. I use paperbacked fusible web to adhere the appliques to the project and then I finish the appliques with blanket stitching.





If you think you’d like to try a fusible applique project, head over to the Quilt Cabana Patterns store on Craftsy. There are several small projects to try including this mug rug!

mug rug cover 3

Now it’s time for a give-away!!! I’m giving away a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 11 to one lucky reader and QuiltMaker is also going to give away a copy to another lucky reader! Just leave a comment and be sure to fill out the email address. No one will see this but me so I know how to contact you if you win. Tell me what your favorite summer flower is and what you are working on this week.

I hope you’ll follow my blog and join me for weekly updates, swaps and my podcast, Quilt Cabana Corner.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit my website as well.


100 Blocks Blog Tour Begins Today

Just a reminder that the 100 Blocks Blog Tour and giveaways all start today!! Visit the QuiltMaker blog to see the tour line up and enter to win the grand giveaway here.


My day on the blog tour is tomorrow!!!!! Come back and see my block and also enter to win a copy of the magazine. Two lucky blog readers will win!


100 Blocks Blog Tour!!!


It’s coming! The 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour is almost here! I’m super excited because…


My Hummingbird Haven block is in this issue!

The day that I am hosting the blog tour is November 21st. That’s next Friday. Here is your personal invitation…In the top left corner, click on Playlist and scroll down to Hummingbird Haven by Sandi Colwell



I’ll be giving away a copy of the magazine and QuiltMaker will also give away a copy to one of my readers! When we received notification that our blocks were to be included in this very special 10th volume edition, we were asked to help out with creating a video montage celebrating this 10th volume! This is the video montage that was produced…do recognize anyone in this video? I just know that I was so excited to be in the same video as two of my sewing crushes…Nancy Zieman and Nancy Mahoney!! Take a look…in the top left corner, click the playlist and and click on the 2nd video that says QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10.

The blog tour runs all next week and if you don’t know how it works, this is the deal. Each day the QuiltMaker blog will list that day’s designers and their blog links. You go visit the blog and see how the ideas for the blocks were conceived and any other information the designer thinks is fun to share. Each blog will have one or two give-aways to participate in! It’s a week of fun and chances to win! QuiltMaker has a big give away at the end on their blog. So you don’t want to miss it!

Have a wonderful Wednesday. I’ll be busy working on my Frozen make up bags for an upcoming craft fair. I’ve made a few but they seem to be disappearing quickly….must.sew.faster.

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