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Camo Quilt

This week I have quite a few projects in progress. You know it’s bad when you have to set up a an extra table to hold the overflow!

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Amanda’s Love Notes quilt is halfway quilted. I’ll work on that more this weekend. The Nordic quilt is on hold until Amanda’s is finished. That’s the red and white one pictured on the right back of the table. The beach quilt is coming along and is meant to be a slow project. I’m not in hurry and we certainly don’t have any beach weather right now! It does have me thinking though about a quilt in the planning stages of design that I’m calling Sea Glass…more on that later.

The one that I am focusing on this week is the camouflage quilt for a soldier in the army from our town. His mom asked if I could make a camo quilt and so I’ve begun. I wasn’t sure how to incorporate camouflage fabric into a quilt at first but I came up with this on EQ7 and his mom liked it.

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It has all the army colors and will have a warm, camo fleece backing. I realized I’m half a yard short on the camo fabric and so I ordered more today. The rest of the fabric is cut and I’ve started piecing. The fabric is about 56″ wide and is fairly easy to work with as it’s 100% cotton. It’s a little thicker than regular fabric though.

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How is your quilting coming along this week?

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Works In Progress

I hope everyone is having a very productive week! I am slowly working on projects in between shuffling kids around.

In the last couple of days I finished up a second Hello Kitty Reversible Hobo Bag. I love the red fabric with the black and white polka dot reverse. These are for the comic shows that are coming up.

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I also made a few more makeup bags yesterday.

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Last night I had a hankering to work on my Featherweight, Snow White. I’ve had the hourglass blocks made up for about a month so I went ahead and starting stitching blocks together to make rows. I got 4 rows out of 7 completed. I like the way it’s coming along and I think this might become the music school raffle quilt for June.

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Another project I’m making progress on is the bed runner. I’m submitting that one so I can’t post photos yet.

This weekend is the Quilter’s Gathering in New Hampshire. I’m super excited to be heading up there to see the beautiful quilts and of course, shop the vendors! Anyone else going?

I came across two great blog articles this week. One is a tutorial from Nancy’s Notion on how to make No Sew Napkins. This a great idea for gifts and when you are hosting a holiday meal. Click Here For Article.

The other was a wonderful English Paper Piecing project that Denise Panter over at Count It All Joy is working on.
Click Here for the link to that blog post. Look for the Patchwork Of The Crosses project. She always makes me want to pick up my hand projects and get working on them.

I think that’s about it for today! Enjoy!!

PS. Don’t forget Christmas patterns are 10% off in the Quilt Cabana Patterns Store.
There are also some fun notions to take a look at.

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Works In Progress

Happy Happy Wednesday!!!

This week has been a productive one around here. I’ve been mostly working on getting Leah’s Elsa costume ready. She has a Halloween party coming up soon and so it has to be done by then and of course, ready for Halloween night. Leah found a do it yourself type costume on the internet where you make the skirt, bodice and cape. The neck and sleeves are just a white t-shirt. I asked her if she wanted to order a costume but she really wanted it to look like the pictures she found. It’s turning out to be fairly simple. Basically all the pieces are made, we just need to get them all on her for a trial run.

Here is Leah helping to make the cape. The white snowflakes are fabric and the smaller ones that shimmer are painted paper. We used tacky glue to attach to the tulle.

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This is how it will all look. She will have her hair done with a nice side braid just like Elsa’s.

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This week I also started making drawstring backpacks and makeup bags for a comic show that a friend is vending. Hoping to finish those up today.

I am also working on setting up a store front on my website so that I can sell my patterns for cute projects like these right on my website….

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Of course you can still find these on Craftsy in my pattern shop there. Eventually I’ll have some notions for sale there as well.

Hope you are having a crafty week!!!
Sandi

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Episode #39 is up & NYC & WIP

The podcast is back and episode #39 is up for your listening pleasure. You can access it through Podbean now or wait a bit until it shows up on Itunes.
http://quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com

In the episode I mention the blog post with photos of my fall patterns that are currently for sale. Here is the link to that:
http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog/?p=3313

In this episode I mention the following books:
The Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline
The Art of The Handwritten Note by Margaret Shepherd
The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
The Last Anniversary by Lianne Moriarity
Brene Brown’s three books…Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me

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This past weekend I had an adventure in NYC with Leah and Lindsey and the Michelle’s Dance Studio Dance Company. It was a whirlwind, super fun trip. These type of trips with a bus ride and planned events stresses me out like crazy so I’m considering it a huge victory on my part that I was able to go and enjoy myself. We had an absolute blast there. We left at 8am on Friday. The 4 hour bus ride turned out to be a 6 hour bus ride both ways but I had a good book and my Sashiko with me so it was fine.

Friday afternoon we discovered Times Square and the M&M Store and Toys R Us. Friday night we had dinner at Bubba Gump’s restaurant and then we went to see Matilda at the Shubert Theater. Saturday morning the dance company attended a dance workshop with a Matilda performer. Saturday afternoon we back to Times Square to go to the Hershey Store and the 3 story Forever 21 store. Saturday night we had dinner in Little Italy and then we walked to the Empire State Building and Macy’s store. Sunday we toured Radio City Music Hall and we were allowed on the stage and we met a Rockette. After that we had a few hours for last minute shopping and then we headed home. Here are a few pictures.

Radio City Music Hall and walking across that famous stage….

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The dance company outside of Matilda…

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And the beautiful Empire State Building…

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WIP include using these cartoon fabrics to make some back packs and bags for a comic show that a friend is vending at…

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And turning these beauties into a DIY Elsa costume for Leah for Halloween…

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No progress on the hourglass quilt or Project Lindsey. I did finish and mail my postcard.

Have a wonderful day!

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WIP, Good News & A Flange!

Happy Wednesday!!!

Let’s start with good news…my podcast, Quilt Cabana Corner, is coming back! During the summer I had made the decision to stop podcasting due to the expense of it and the time commitment. Yesterday I was able to get a better pricing plan for the podcast and I’ve missed talking to you all so I renewed my account and there will be a new episode next week! You can find the podcast through Podbean and also through iTunes.

My WIP have been varied this week. I have spent more time at the computer than the sewing machine but I did finish up the Advent wall hanging that is going to the church for the fair raffle. I love how it came out especially the flange that my mother suggested and prepared for it. First though, here is the finished quilt…

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It will be displayed at the fair with a candy cane in each pocket. I love how it came out. See the little red ridge in between the border and the binding? That is a flange. Here’s a little tutorial.

The flange is a 1″ piece of fabric that is folded and pressed in half. You make enough for all four sides of your quilt.

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Line up the raw edge of the flange with the raw edge of the borders. I did the sides first followed by the top and bottom. You are not mitering the corners of this flange just simply stitching it on with a very scant 1/4″ seam. You don’t want the stitching to show when you add the binding and fold it over.

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When you have attached the flange to all four sides of the quilt, it looks like this…

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Then you add the binding in your normal way. Here’s a close up of it on the quilt…

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I think it add a beautiful touch to the edges of a project.

Other things I worked on this week include the hourglass blocks. I have all the blocks made and am in the process of trimming dog ears and trimming each block to 9″. I will lay them out tomorrow morning and post a picture then.

I made some steps forward in terms of setting myself up to vend at local quilt shows. I signed up for PayPay Here so that I can accept credit and debit and I also visited the New England Quilt Supply Company which is about 15 minutes from my house. I took a tour of it and I was completely overwhelmed with how much stuff they have…floor to ceiling fabrics, notions, books, everything…three floors worth of it too!! I opened an account there so that I can purchase items to sell alongside my patterns. It’s shaping up to be a very busy time here at Quilt Cabana Patterns and I’m loving every minute of it! I am also working on putting together a trunk show and lecture to present at area quilt guilds so if you’re local to me (MA) and would like me to come visit your guild, get in touch!

I can barely catch my breath here this morning. I am in the midst of packing for a trip to NYC with my girls and the dance studio. We are seeing Matilda on Broadway, touring Radio City Music Hall, the girls will have a workshop with a Broadway performer and we’ll eat and shop. I can’t wait! The last time I was in NYC was in the early 90’s with my sister for a tour that her work put together. That was a long time ago.

Have a wonderful day!

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Works In Progress & Etsy

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Works in progress this week are slim. I am linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP. Yesterday I pulled out the Advent calendar quilt that my mother and I are making for the church fair in November. I got the borders on it and today I will be basting it and starting the quilting. I also used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut out the numbers for the quilt. The numbers will be fused onto each block.

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I wont’ bore you with listing all the projects I didn’t get to this week!!!

I did take a trip over to a local quilt shop yesterday. There was a coupon for 10 fat quarters for $12 in the back of the quilt show program that I attended on Sunday. It had been awhile since I had visited American Folk Art & Craft Supplies and I won’t take so long to go back next time! Michelle has a nice selection of fabrics and an easy way about her that makes you want to stay and talk for a bit. The shop is a Viking dealer and offers quilting classes. If you are in the area, go in and visit. They are located in West Hanover. Here are the pretty fat quarters I picked up…I just love that red one on the bottom right.

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I came across an article regarding Etsy yesterday. Evidently they changed their policy about the types of items that can be listed for sale. Instead of only handmade items, they are now allowing just about anything. The problem with this is that it makes it extremely difficult for handmade shops and items to be found among the thousands of listings for things such as watches or jewelry mass produced. Traffic has dropped substantially for handmade items. Etsy was intended to showcase the small business shop owner and help boost sales of handmade crafts. Now it seems they’ve forgotten that idea and have made it into more of an Ebay experience. Here is the article…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-whitehead/how-etsy-changed-the-rule_b_5708565.html

What do you think? Are you an Etsy shop owner that is suffering from this policy change?

Personally, I’ve never had great pattern sales on Etsy and do far better on Craftsy. I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the effort now to keep the Etsy shop up. I’d love to know your thoughts.

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WIP, Postcards, BBW and More

I’ve made some decent progress this week on items that were piling up in the sewing studio. Unfortunately, the timing isn’t right for me to show them all though!! I finished up my 100 Blocks submission and got that in the mail. I also finished up my art quilt for the Banned Book Week challenge. I’ll post my photos during Banned Book Week with everyone else who is participating. Sandy H. and Tanesha are hosting this event.

I did some fabric ‘filing’. Are you like me and have piles of leftover fabrics from past projects cluttering up space? It felt good to sort the fabric by color and put it back in the cabinet. Now I have some breathing room…ahhhhh.

The Fall Postcard Swap partners have been assigned! I used the Direct Message feature on Twitter to contact everyone this morning. Please check your Twitter message box if you signed up to participate. Postcards should ideally reach your partner by October 31st. I have a few ideas floating around in my head for this swap. I can’t wait to start putting them together on fabric.

The next project to go under the needle will be this baby mat.

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I pieced it on the Featherweight and it is ready for quilting. This will go into my Etsy shop. I think this must mean that it’s time to get another Featherweight project lined up. I have two pretty precuts sitting on the counter and I’ll have to choose one and a pattern and get busy! I like to sew on the Featherweight in the dining room where she is set up in a cabinet. It becomes a good project place for while I’m waiting to drive the girls somewhere or waiting for dinner to finish cooking.

Tonight I am hosting my book club. We are celebrating our 4th year tonight as a neighborhood book club. I have the food ready, the wine chilled and the house cleaned. I love hosting book club just for that reason…my house gets cleaned! LOL!! We are discussing One Plus One written by Jo Jo Moyes. She is an excellent author and we also read Me Before You which is another of her wonderful novels. Our book club usually meets once every six weeks and we rotate houses and hosting duties. It has worked out really well and we’ve read so many great books.

I’ll leave you with this article that I saw on Morna McEver Golletz’s blog today about quilt show judging. I don’t know much about the criteria set for quilts to be judged as I have never entered a juried show and this was insightful.

http://www.professionalquilter.com/weblog/?inf_contact_key=ceabcda3311aeca6f4f62a9dbd51777b625a6ed7fa729ec4a7fc66724bfa0331

Morna McEver Golletz is the founder and CEO of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals where creative arts entrepreneurs craft business success. Her weekly e-zine offers tips, techniques and inspiration to help you craft business success from your creative arts passion. You can sign up for a FREE subscription at http://www.creativeartsprofessional.com.

Have a great Wednesday!

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