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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Fun?

Nope! I don’t think so, especially when it comes to quilting! Last Saturday I met up with my mom and her quilty friends at a local quilt show. We had a great time going through the show and then out to lunch afterwards. Though the show was small, there were some real works of art in there! I’m sure we aren’t supposed to post photos we took but I have to share this one. I couldn’t get over the piecing in this! I am a huge sucker for quilts with little towns depicted in them. I mean really…the love I have for this…









My students are producing awesome work as well! I have Nancy’s quilt all loaded on the long arm and ready to be stitched. The colors in this quilt are so eye catching.









Gail is about to embark on this beauty!









Carol is working on this fun quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. She is learning accurate piecing skills as we go along. The fabrics used in this quilt are so bright and cheery!









Along with the colors that are shown in the photo, there are darling pinks, purples, yellows, and greens.









I’m still working away on this portrait quilt. I love the process more and more each day that I spend on it. I’m trying hard to take my own advice about using value to its full advantage. It’s paying off with this one. I see the depth that value creates in fabric collage and it amazes me that a concept I once thought very little about, is making this quilt more than I hoped it would be. Lessons I’ve learned from reading and watching Susan Carlson and Leni Weiner are playing non stop in the back of my head as I piece this together.









The rest of the week and weekend I’ll be busy hosting Easter and having my family here. I’m excited to spend time with everyone and enjoy every minute of a full house. The bunnies are happy to see that spring might just have arrived! Here they are in their little log cabins enjoying a warmer day with the garage doors open and some fresh air.








Have a happy Easter everybody! I’m planning on another video cast for next week. I hope you’ll join me over on the Quilt Cabana Corner With Sandi Colwell youTube channel. I’ll post it here too.



And She’s Done! A Finish.

The Lindsey Project was started last year after I read about Susan Carlson’s method of painting a quilt not with paint but with fabric. It seemed like a fun way to explore a new technique and a great way to capture one of my favorite Lindsey moments when she was young and we were in Disney World. The technique was based on taking a photo, transferring the basic outlines to muslin and then using tiny pieces of fabric glued in place to make the project come alive. After the gluing came the thread sketching and then…ta da here she is!

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You might remember it started like this…

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I finished sewing the hanging sleeve on this morning and I placed it in the hallway for a little photo shoot.

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I had concerns about the face not looking exactly like Lindsey’s face but after working with some thread and paint, I got it close enough to be happy with it. Working on a very small face is difficult especially if you are not trained in art.

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As you can see in some of the detail photos, a layer of cranberry tulle was placed over the entire piece before the quilting to keep the tiny fabric pieces from falling off. They were glued but this project was done over a number of months and some pieces had just a very small amount of glue on them. The tulle made it much easier to glide around under the free motion foot without snagging the needle on unruly pieces.

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This piece will be entered in my guild’s annual show at the end of May. I think the Amanda quilt will also be entered.

So would I do this method again? Absolutely with one caveat. I would try it with a photo or drawing of a nonhuman. In Susan’s book she uses drawings of fish and of the sun and moon. I think it’s a fun and creative method of making an art quilt. The quilt has a water color like quality and it’s very pleasing to the eye.

I do have another technique I’d like to try with a human photo and that is the one that Twilter, Carol Woole, used on her art quilt of her dad. This is a technique shown on Sewing With Nancy by Tammy Bowser. It will require a software install that you can download for free for one week. After the week, you need to purchase it for around $100. I’ll think on which photo I’d like to use and then I’ll do the free download and give it a try.

Do you have a finish to share this week with us? We’d love to hear about it.

Are you looking for a quick St. Patty’s Day project? Try the Lucky mini quilt


Here it is shown with matching place-mats. Pattern is for mini quilt only, place-mats can be made with your favorite pattern or tutorial.

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Another Finish & A Start!

So, I had a finish this week! I got the quilt completely done for the music school raffle at the end of June!

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Now that this one is wrapped up I am going to work a little bit on the Lindsey Project art quilt and my niece’s t-shirt quilt all at the same time. After a crazy weekend of dance recitals followed by town meetings, bat removal from the house (more on that in the next podcast), physical therapy and getting passport applications processed, I was ready for some quilting fun today! So I started the Lindsey Project by taking the tracing I did of a photo and scanning it into the computer. I darkened the photo a bit in Photoshop so that the lines could be seen more clearly.

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Next I used Adobe Reader to print a poster that was 275% larger than my scan. At first I went with 200% and that wasn’t big enough as you can see. I felt like Lindsey’s face was a bit too small in the one on the left.

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I taped the printed pieces of paper together and laid the whole piece on the ironing board. I secured it with tape and then put a piece of muslin over that and also secured that with tape. I was able to see the lines of the picture well enough to trace over with a black marker. If I couldn’t have seen it, I would have taped it to a window (or you could use a light box). I used pencil for the facial features because I wasn’t ready to commit to that with marker yet.

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Next, I took the traced muslin piece over to the design wall and pulled out my fabric scrap bins. I recently organized my scraps into ROYGBIV order. We won’t discuss how many scraps I threw out that I now wish I kept. Insert sad face.

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I grabbed some Aileen’s Tacky Glue as suggested by Susan Carlson and in the fashion of her technique, I started lightly gluing small pieces of fabric scraps onto the muslin, staying within the lines. I got as far as completing Lindsey’s bathing suit and I love how it’s coming out so far. I definitely had a few moments of thinking this might not work out but once you step away from the design wall and put your glasses on!!!- it doesn’t look half bad.

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This has to be one of the most fun ways to assemble a quilt! I am looking forward to working on another section tomorrow…ok, maybe tonight!

I was pleased to see that my Happy Cupcakes table runner and patterns made it to Quilt Market with the lovely folks over at QuiltWoman! It is on the bottom left of the photo, hanging on the table.

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One day I’ll get to Market myself but for now, I’m just happy to be represented!