Friday, February 15, 2019

AMAZING NEWS FROM ACCUQUILT!

Holy Moly...

I just received an email from AccuQuilt (you know them, right?) and they have a quilt I made on their blog!  Remember the memory quilt with the rustic star in the middle?  (posted on IG)

You have to go check out their blog post!  They discuss several quilts, but ours is the third one on the list!      
                                                                                                  AccuQuilt Blog Post

This is really, really special to me and I'm so thrilled that this quilt, which has been a labor of love, a hard labor of love, is being recognized as a great piece of work and accomplishment!  This is amazing!

Thank you AccuQuilt for appreciating this memory quilt in all it's charm!

Check out the blog and post a comment telling me what you think!  Which of the other quilts listed is your favorite?

Happy Friday Ya'll!




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Thursday, January 31, 2019

February 2019 Block of the Month -- in detail




February BOM -2019 - 

What could be better than an early Valentine's Day gift?   How about an early Block of the Month!  I hope you are as excited about this new adventure as I am and are making your quilt blocks.  Please tag us to let us see them!  Use these hashtags when you do:  #mcclblockofthemonth #MyCharmedCabinLifeBOM.

Let's have some fun!  Ready?

Last month we knocked it out of the ball park working on matching points at the seams with a little chain stitching practice too!  This month we are going to do....

...the Baby Bud block!




Who doesn't like flowers for Valentines?  This block will allow us to continue chain piecing and matching points, as well as playing with our fabrics.  You don't need a lot of fabric for this block at all.  Scraps can be used from your stash to finish this block.

This month we will be matching half square triangles together to form a square.

If you have an AccuQuilt fabric cutter, the dies I will be using are #1 (4.5" square) & #3 (4"finished square from two triangles) from the 8" Block Cube Set.




If you don't have one...but are interested in checking them out, they have a deal going right now and you can register your email address for a chance to win a fabric cutter and supplies worth $1,000!  They also have a $50 rebate going on.  I took advantage of this rebate myself last month and it seems that they have extended it to the end of the month, January.  But sign up to see their monthly deals.  You may find another deal that you can't live without!

AccuQuilt Current Deals!   (Affiliate link) Check out this link to see the latest deals with AccuQuilt!

If you still aren't sure, I've used their online chat to figure out exactly which dies I needed to make the blocks I wanted to make...which is going to help me make the quilts I want to make this year.  I was hesitant myself...but I made the purchase of the GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System that came with the 2.5" strip cutter, 8" Block Cube of dies, and the mats needed to start cutting right away.  I got home and opened the box...and haven't looked back.  Cutting is not my strong-suit by any means...and this has made quite a difference!


Back to the Block! 

You will have 6 half square triangles in two different colors (12 total) and 3 squares in each color, as you see below.  What size?  Well, remember I'm going for a 12 inch finished block for each month, so this will be around 12.25" when you piece it all together.

Once I cut the fabric using the dies...I simply laid out the pattern as below. I love how the dies cut the dog ears off and thus marks your sewing lines for you.  

                           


The squares measure 4.5" to finish at 4", and the half square triangles measure a 4" finished block according to the dies.  When you sew the half square triangles together to form your squares, use 1/4" seam.

I moved the ruler over a tad to show you the stitch line so you can see it's a full 1/4" seam when sewing the half square triangles together.  


When you sew the rest of the seams in the block, use a hair short of a 1/4" seam.  See the picture below to demonstrate.  This is often referred to as a SCANT 1/4" SEAM.



I had to make this block twice before I figured out my seams were messing me up.








Sew across forming the rows, then join the rows together to build the block.


















Sew Row 1 (top) to Row 2 (middle).  I pinned mine to make sure my points and lines matched. Then sew Row 3 (bottom) to Row 2.







Be sure to press every seam!  This helped me a great deal!     

I love it!  Don't you?  This is a quick block that once cut, the sewing takes about 5 minutes!  











There's another link that you can use to make this block...Baby Bud Block.  
If you don't have an AccuQuilt fabric cutter, this website has detailed instructions on how to make this same block.  It also has more pictures of blocks that other people have made.  
Due to copyright notices on the website, 
I can't share those pictures here, 
but I can attach this link!



I'm seriously thinking of making 4 of these and adding them as my corners in the direction of "out" or away from the rest of the quilt top.  You may want to do 4 and set in the middle or elsewhere in your design when you match up the quilt blocks too!  I have two done, two more to go!  

The sky is the limit!  How many will you make?  Don't forget to share them with us!  

Happy Stitching!  

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

It's Almost February!

It's the last week of January, which means it's the busiest time of the month for me: quilt club meetings, board meetings, last minute touches to clients' orders/quilts before mailing, block of the month preparation...and not to mention my actual chores at home, LOL, which everyone has.  We've also had 2 sick kiddos and myself fell ill enough to go to the doctor.  It's been an exhausting month, to say the least!  Time to stock up on elderberry and colloidal silver!

Even though January was a whirlwind, I could not get over one particular time when I felt like I saved time and was able to complete a project!  A great time saver for me has been purchasing the AccuQuilt Go Fabric Cutter.  I know...I know...But!  I'm really shocked at how much faster it really is and how many pieces you can cut at one time.  The box and instructions say you can cut 6 layers (cotton fabrics) however, I've been able to cut as many as 8 layers with some fabrics. If you want to consider one, check out this affiliate link and see what the deals are: AccuQuilt Deals & Special Offers.  The $50 mail-in rebate is still going on until January 29th.  I took advantage this deal and received my rebate in 2 weeks, not the 4-6 weeks that's stated.

Valentines will quickly upon us...and that means deadline for my memorial quilts to the client.  I have one memory quilt ready for the long-arm quilter and will be working on completing the heart pattern quilt this week.  This quilt will need 64 hearts, all in the shirts provided by the widow.  This has been an incredible task to plan 3 quilts from a limited supply of fabric and styles.  Much more so than I have ever imagined!  I have kept every single piece of scrap, odd shape section of fabric in case I may need it.  Watch for pictures on Instagram and Facebook on progress for the heart quilt.  I have named this quilt "Much Love", because every shirt reminds me of the man, Jimmy, and everything he would do for his wife that he loved very much.  I think he would be very happy to know that his shirts are being turned into a beautiful quilt that his wife and kids will cherish forever.


February also means a new Block of the Month!  Did you make January's block?  Share your pictures with us.  We would love to see which fabrics you choose to make this beautiful block sampler quilt!

So far, I don't think anyone has entered the BOM drawing, by posting their pictures of completed blocks!  (See January's BOM for details).

Which block do you think we will make in February?