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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Blog Tour Winners, Quilt Show

Hello there!

I hope everyone enjoyed the 100 Blocks Blog Tour last week! I can’t even begin to thank everyone for the thoughtful comments that were left on my blog in regard to my Ukulele-lei Block. I was thrilled to be a part of the fun once again. The winners of the two issues were Karen and Linda! I have emailed both of you so check your email accounts!

I am going to try to reply to as many of the comments as I can over the next few weeks. Some of you had left questions within your comments and I didn’t have time to answer them as the blog tour was happening. I’ll do my best to get to all of them starting today. I will be answering them through email with you.

It has been a busy week with Thanksgiving prep starting and half days for parent teacher conferences. My exercise and diet routines have all but disappeared. I am hoping to get myself organized this week as much as I can at this point. One of things I have done today is to sign up for Becky Higgins Project Real Life Class that begins on January 9th. It’s a 12 week course that focuses on not only the Project Life Scrapbook method but on organizing your life, decluttering your space, making the most of your time with friends and family and seeing the blessings in all of it. I signed up through Big Picture Classes and the course is $99. My friend, Tina, has taken this class before and she has inspired me to try it this year as well. I hope you’ll join us too!

Last week I didn’t post much on the blog due to the tour so this week I want to post some pics from the Quilter’s Gathering quilt show that I attended two weeks ago. It was a lovely quilt show in Manchester, NH. I have gone several years and it’s by far, my favorite show. I’ll break those pictures up into a few different posts.

I loved this quilt with all the flower appliques. The picture doesn’t do it justice!
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This quilt blew me away…the maker photoshopped a picture of her daughter with daisies and then had the photo made into fabric.

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This quilt was just stunning…the use of color so creative and I believe the use of color category is the ribbon she won.

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This was one of my favorites. I’m a sucker for 1930’s prints and this was a beauty. I wrote this one in as my popular vote winner.

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My next post will have more from the quilt show and a peek at what I purchased.
Enjoy the day!!


Welcome To The 100 Blocks Tour!!


A great big welcome to my day on the QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour for Volume 8!!! Are you ready for more fun and a give-away?

My block, Ukulele-lei, is located on page 22 of Volume 8 and it is block #701.


Let me start at the beginning…the idea for this block was born out of an upcoming trip to Maui (which we took in August) and from my having recently taken up the ukulele. My fellow guild member and friend, Linda Hicks, is a ukulele enthusiast as are several members of her family. After reading on Linda’s blog about how fun and easy the ukulele was to learn, I decided to head right over to the music store and plunk down $40 for this baby…trust me, no one in my family was surprised! I tend to get quite excited about things and promptly act on them.

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When it came time to choose a block design for 100 Blocks, I knew instantly what I wanted to make. I also knew every piece of fabric and detail that would go into it…sometimes designing is like that…you just know.

Here is the drawing…yes, I’m mostly a pencil and paper girl. I do own and use EQ7 but I really love the paper and pencil.


This background fabric was a fat quarter gifted to me by my mom. She purchased it at our guild’s boutique and I think it couldn’t have been more perfect for this block.


I am also a cardstock, tape and paper punching kind of designer (can you tell I’m also a scrapbooking person?)…here are my templates…


So then the work of tracing and fusing and stitching began…


I had some lovely silver metallic thread on the thread rack and I thought that adding an element of sparkle would be just what the block needed to be complete…



I was thrilled to see that Ukulele-lei made it on the cover of 100 Blocks Volume 8! It’s special to me as a symbol that it is never too late to start learning something new. That’s the way it is with quilting too…we all can learn new techniques at any time. We’re never too old or young to learn.

I would like to give away two copies of 100 Blocks Volume 8 to two lucky readers. The blog tour ends on November 15th, so on November 16th, I will randomly select two winners from the comments submitted here on this post. Leave me a comment and be sure to enter your email address so I know how to contact you – easy right?

If you are interested in seeing more of my work as well as patterns that I have available for sale, please CLICK HERE for my website. If you are interested in my book, Little Quilts For Big Occasions, please CLICK HERE.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoyed yourself and will come back again! I update this blog a few times per week. You can also find me on Twitter (@quiltcabana) and Facebook (Quilt Cabana Patterns). I would also love for you to listen to my podcast, Quilt Cabana Corner. You can find that on iTunes and also on Podbean. Here is the Podbean link:


Enjoy the rest of the blog tour, click on photo below to return to the QuiltMaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.



100 Blocks Vol. 8 Blog Tour Is Coming!



I am SUPER excited to once again be involved with QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks magazine and blog tour! Do you see the little ukulele block on the cover? That’s mine!! On November 13th you can come right here and find out how I chose that block to submit and how I made it. There will of course, be giveaways! QuiltMaker will have a list of blog participants on their site where you can hop from blog to blog and win prizes and get inspired! My day happens to be the 13th but the fun will be all week from the 11th to the 15th.

I will be giving away two copies of 100 Blocks Vol. 8 to two lucky winners at the end of the week. I hope you’ll join in on the fun!!



Fun Friday Fabric, Photos, Week’s Progress

Oh so many things to say on this Friday!! First off, I have to start with how completely floored I am by the kind words left on my 100 Blocks Blog Tour post! I didn’t realize until last night that so many people had left comments on the QuiltMaker blog as well expressing their love of the Home Tweet Home block, quilt and my design process. I wish that I could speak with each of you personally and tell you how excited, moved and thankful I am for your kindness. Much love to everyone and welcome to all the new readers of the blog!

I will choose winners this evening for the two copies of the magazine and the copy of Little Quilts for Big Occasions. I believe there are 350 or more comments on that post and I will choose randomly from those comments for the winners. I will notify you by email if you have won.

This week was a busy one and I missed my Workin’ On It Wednesday post due to wanting to leave the blog tour post up as the first posting for this week. Here is my progress…
I caught up with Project Life through March 2013
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I pulled out Lindsey’s quilt and got it pin basted…this is the in progress photo..
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My mom came down last weekend and we chose the jelly roll strips for the vest she is making me…aren’t they luscious? There’s enough for two vests!
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I worked on my thread sketching on the butterfly art quilt. I have the flowers completed and will work on the butterfly next.
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I started the Couch To 5K running program and along my running route this week, I took this picture of the Vinca Vine growing up the tree stump. Something spoke to me about this photo and I now need to somehow turn it into an art quilt. photo (73)

Speaking of art quilts…have you begun your Project Hope Online Quilt Show 2013 art quilt yet? I have a rough idea in my head of what mine will look like. I will begin work on that in a few weeks.
Remember…it’s an art quilt that reflects the themes of hope, love and peace, 12″x 12″ and should be up on the Flickr Group by the last day of June. Click Here for more info.
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I’ll leave you with this fun link once again provided by my oldest daughter, Amanda, on 31 Insane Fabrics You Can Actually Buy.
Click Here For The Fabrics



Welcome To The 100 Blocks Blog Tour!!



I am so thrilled to be part of the QuiltMaker’s 100 Block Blog Tour once again! I was doubly thrilled when I saw the magazine and realized that my Home Tweet Home block was among the blocks chosen to be on the cover! I’m happy you’re here and let’s get started…oh and don’t forget at the end of the post you can comment for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 7 (I have two to give away) and one lucky winner will win a signed copy of my book, Little Quilts For Big Occasions.

My block is #628 in the magazine.

I thought you might like to see how I came up with the block design and also see the wall hanging I designed in a different color scheme to go along with it.

Here is the highly technical sketch of my design!
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I use a sketch book and colored pencils to get an idea of what I want the block to look like and which colors I think will go nicely with it. I don’t always stick to the original sketch though. The project usually grows from that original to something similar but not exact. In this case, it was pretty close.

I took the sketch to my fabric stash and chose these pieces to create the block.
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The next step was to create the templates that would be used in the design.
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I am huge fan of fusible applique and I use it in almost all of my quilts. Here the design is being built. Once I have all the pieces, I head to the ironing board to fuse them down and then start stitching around the appliques with a blanket stitch.
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I added some buttons as embellishments and here is the final block and a closer view of the details.
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Our family has two parakeets so I was happy to work on a block that featured sweet little birdies.

When I thought about making a wall hanging using the block, I went right back to my sketch book…
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I knew I wanted to try the block with muted colors just to see how it would come out! Turns out, I absolutely love it! This quilt can be seen in the Designer’s Gallery section of the magazine.
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And here’s a closer look at the detail.
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I hope you have enjoyed this stop on the blog tour and I encourage you to visit all of the designers on the tour this week! There are chances to win at each stop and a grand prize at the end of the week. Click here to visit the QuiltMaker blog to see a list of all the participating blogs and a chance to win the grand prize.
Leave your comment below for a chance to win!