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Welcome To My Blog!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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!

Sandi

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Christmas Mug Rug, 100 Blocks & Soup

Happy Friday Everyone!

We are experiencing very warm temps here in MA and it feels more like May than November! I’m at my desk writing with a Christmas tree lit behind me and it’s making me giggle that the windows are open and it’s a balmy 70 degrees out! And that is why we love New England!

I just finished up this adorable Penguin Christmas mug rug! I will have the pattern available on Craftsy by Tuesday morning, maybe sooner!

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My little mug rug patterns are $2.00 on Craftsy, go check them out!

Last week I received my copies of 100 Blocks magazine, vol. 12! My block is the sewing machine one pictured here on the Table of Contents. I’ll be a hostess along the blog tour on November 20th, so come by and you can enter win a copy of the magazine!

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I finally took a step forward with my writing a few weeks ago. I joined Compel Training which is an online writer’s training offered through Proverbs 31. This organization is a Christian ministry for women that offers devotions, training, speakers, conferences, and a daily radio program among many other things. The writer’s training program is something I’ve put off joining for 2 years. I’m so glad I joined because I can’t even convey to you here in this blog space how much I have learned about the writing and editing process in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that. If you’d like to check out Compel, click here. Fall registration is closed but it will reopen in a few months for the spring.

Last night I made Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup in the crockpot because my family loves it and my oven is STILL broken. Last week cooking without an oven was an adventure…this week, not so much. Due to a delay in a part arriving, I’ll be oven-less until next Thursday. For real. Anyway…here is the recipe and it is easy and delicious! I made some bread in the bread maker to go along with it.

http://www.littlespicejar.com/creamy-chicken-wild-rice-soup-slow-cooker/

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to the Quilter’s Gathering in NH with my mom. Anyone else heading up there? It’s my favorite quilt show. I love the beautiful quilts and they have a huge vendor’s area…be still my heart. LOL!!

Sandi

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Welcome To My Day On The Blog Tour!!!

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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.

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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….

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And a few closeups…

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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.

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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.

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.
Sandi

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Welcome To My Day On The 100 Blocks Blog Tour!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I cut out my fusible backed appliques and ironed them to the background.

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I’m also a huge fan of blanket stitching the edges of my fusible appliques as I did here…

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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!

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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!

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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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Cover Girl!!!!!

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I received an email from the wonderful folks over at QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks with my information for Volume 7 and the blog tour and guess what? My Home Tweet Home block made the cover!!! It is in the 2nd row, 2nd block from the left. I was at quilt guild when I opened the email and I wanted to shout it out but I didn’t. I would hate to have distracted anyone from Jane Sassaman’s wonderful lecture on fabric!! So I came home and shouted out instead! LOL!!

This is Volume 7 which is coming to the newsstand very soon. There will also be a companion magazine with a quilt that I made using this block. I hope you’ll pick it up when it comes out. I will be joining the blog tour with QuiltMaker beginning on April 29th.
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During the blog tour, I’ll be giving away a copy of Volume 7 and a copy of my book, Little Quilts For Big Occasions.

That’s my super exciting news this week! In terms of Workin’ On It Wednesday, I have completed project 11 and started project 12 (final one). I also finished the Mickey Mouse quilt for the church. I worked on the butterfly quilt and got this far on Sashiko…
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Jane Sassaman’s lecture at our guild meeting was fantastic. I think I’ll cover that more in depth in the upcoming podcast.

All for now…Mark your calendar’s for the blog tour! There will be prizes all along the way and a grand prize at the end. You do not want to miss it!
Sandi

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