Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Previous Giveaway Winner!

In June of 2018 - A winner was announced of who won the Forest Frolics Fabric Giveaway....and it was Carol Andrews...of Canada!

Carol recently shared an update with me that she made her grandson's not 1, but 2 quilts from the giveaway!  She also said "I hope the winner of your next giveaway enjoys the prize as much as I did!"  

Those words truly made my heart smile!  

Image from Carol Andrews

I love updates and seeing all of the wonderful creations that our fellow quilters make!  Please share your updates and pictures on your works in progress!

If you would like to find out more about Carol Andrew's works in progress, you can check out her blog here: Quilt Schmilt.  I love that her header is a picture of the Forest Frolics Fabrics too!  Go read her blog and leave her a comment!



Happy Quilting!



Friday, May 17, 2019

QUILT BOM -- New Resource!

Hey everybody!

I just found that the blog has been posted online with QUILT BOM.   Here's the link to see! https://quiltbom.wordpress.com/

If you haven't checked out this amazing source for BOM (Block of the Months), please do so!

Today's post on QUILT BOM is about a new sew along involving FOOD!  What could be better?  Check out the Just Let Me Quilt blog post on the new sew along here: https://www.justletmequilt.com/2019/05/food-for-thought-sew-along-with.html

Image taken from Just Let Me Quilt blog page


Let's support our fellow quilters!


Happy Quilting!

UPDATE on Giveaway!

There's still time to join in the GIVEAWAY!


Less than 100 pageviews before the drawing!

Here's the details:

  1.  Comment on May 2, 2019 blogpost with your favorite fabric designer/company to be entered.  
  2. Share the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mycharmedcabinlife/) and comment on the giveaway post for you do to be entered.
  3. Tag a friend on the Instagram post (https://www.instagram.com/mycharmedcabinlife/) about this giveaway to be entered.  Each post with a friend tagged will be another entry to the giveaway!  
  4. The giveaway drawing will happen when we hit 15,000 views!  The winner's name will be announced on social media.  
  5. Lucky winner will be contacted and will receive a free (shipping too!) prize of quilt shop quality fabric Fat Quarters!  
Image taken from greetingsisland.com 

Month of May's To Do's

I'm like any quilter...I have so many UFOs, it's probably not funny.  At least, it isn't to my husband.  As I snicker in the corner! LOL.

I like to think of it as my creativity has been captured but can't be released until the projects are completed and shared with...well, you!

Image by The Sewing Loft

I have so many projects!  Let's count them out...

  1. I currently have a client's quilt in progress and I'm hopeful that after tomorrow's time with the babysitter, I can get it pieced and ready to send to the long-arm quilter to finish. 
  2. July is our local watermelon festival and small town quilt show.  I have purchased the fabrics to make a Walk-About Quilt for the show.  
  3. My Sampler Quilt, which is also my BOM!  Each month I make a new block (or two) and build a sampler quilt top for myself.  This will be my first ever quilt that I will keep!  Everything else I have made have been for gifts for others.
  4. Tana Mueller put out a Cotton themed fabric line and I bought a heavy dose of those fabrics.  I intend to make the cotton theme quilt as well.  Perhaps this one could be donated to charity?  
  5. My new Christmas client is my 3 year old nephew who loves trash trucks!  So his new Christmas gift will be a big boy sized handmade quilt with a large trash truck!  I'll attempt some applique techniques as well for him...hopefully, it doesn't end up in the trash!  
  6. My stepdaughter wants to make a quilt for another local quilt show nearby that's in November.  I'll be assisting her with the rotary cutter and the foot of my sewing machine while she guides the fabric through to make her one of a kind creation!  Hopefully she'll bring home another first place ribbon!  She's amazing.  
  7. Baby Quilt.  I have a friend due at the beginning of July and I made her first son a quilt so I plan on making this one his own quilt too! 
  8. Each month I also create one of my guild's BOM project!  I find a design and write out the directions for them and cut the fabrics for them as well.  This is an ongoing project until I pass the baton to the next willing participant.  
  9.  Ongoing scrap quilt - I have organized almost all of my scraps into sizes ready for sewing into a crazy scrappy quilt without any pattern.  I just sew them together where they fit, trim, and sew more on.  I'm doing this to help use up all of my scraps, however, it seems to be making more!  
  10. Learn how to sew clothes following a pattern.... 
  11. I have a small garden plot for my girls and I to tend to as well.  It has turned into a great project where we are learning how to can and preserve as much food as we can.  The girls seem to enjoy making jam and pickles the most.  I can't say that I blame them.  In fact, I am testing a new pickle recipe right now!  I tried it at a friend's house over the Mother's Day weekend and it was freaking amazing!  I finally got it and had to test it out.  I'll give the results tomorrow.  
  12. Meal planning.  This is a constant trial and error for my household.  I am always on the lookout for new recipes and have been saving my favorites to one of the pages on this blog:Favorite Recipes Link.  I have also stashed quite a few meal plans on another page on this blog to help me when I need a quick meal idea: 2018 Meal Plans2019 Meal Plans .  You know you have those days that you can't even think about what to make for dinner because you are so tired?  That's me.  I can't wait until I can sleep through the night again. I know you're probably thinking who isn't always looking for new recipes and such...well, I really take it as a challenge, much like my BOM where I'm learning my sewing skills.  I really want to improve and build my skills in the kitchen.  
  13.  Did I mention I have a 2 year old toddler running around destroying everything she can possibly get her hands on?  I will be loading the dishwasher and she will literally run by and grab stuff out of it and take off yelling "Come back here!", imitating me.  Yep....I'm in trouble.  
  14.  I decided to volunteer for a local charity show, The Knights of Columbus Annual Charity Quilt Show.  Last year, they raised over $20,000 for people in the community in need.  After learning about the process and how the funds are handled, I had to jump on this offer to help and plan this year's quilt show.  Check out the Facebook page for more info:  KC Charity Quilt Show.  Please like and share the page with your friends too, especially if you are local to the event in Hempstead, Texas.  It may be a small town quilt show, but this show has a HUGE impact.  I'm very proud to be apart of this quilt show.  
  15. I also decided that I could help with the publicity aspect of another guild's show...I'm excited to say that everything seems to be going as planned and I'm excited to see where this show goes!  I have so many ideas so I'm anxious to see if we, as the guild's show board, decide to do them and what kind of an impact they will have for the 2020 Quilt Show.  
  16.  I want to also get a serger sewing machine and learn how make clothing for my girls and myself this year.  I'm on a mission of still finding the right one and I've been reading product reviews as I find them for sale (second-hand).  Do you have any recommendations?  Do you have a serger?  Which features do you love about it?  Which do you hate?  
  17. I'm also in a Singer Featherweight Sewing Bee and so I help the creator of the group maintain the Facebook page.  We love our featherweights!  If you would like to find a Featherweight group near you, be sure to look at The Featherweight Shop.  They keep a list online!  We had to create one because there wasn't one near our area.  It has really been a joy!  Since our birth in March, we've grown to 40 members!  
  18.  The list could go and on.  Am I right?  
Only the first 9 are actual quilting/sewing projects I have planned.  I know someone with over 20 projects IN PROGRESS!  I can't imagine.  I have no idea how she keeps up with all the pieces but I sure hope your organization is amazing!  

How many projects do you have?  Need some ideas?  Check out this site for great tutorials that are FREE!  www.quilterscache.com

Image from Quilters Cache

It's almost mid-year and I'm hopeful to get all of them done this year!  How ambitious is that for you?  It might be too much for reality now that I have said it out loud.  I didn't even mention maintaining this blog on the regular with my exciting sewing adventures (some things just only happen to me so you might as well laugh with me).

I've come to a point in the blog where I need to evaluate how far we want to take it.  We've come to a turning point where a decision needs to be made: take it further and excel or maintain.

You may remember that I had a quilt recognized by AccuQuilt in one of their blog posts...well, I've also been invited to Quilt Market in Houston, Texas.  That's a pretty big deal.  Not the Quilt Festival...Quilt Market!  I'm stoked.  Fellow quilters will understand how much of a big deal that is.

Image by The Seasoned Homemaker

The idea of seeing everything new before being released just gets me excited and ready for creativity to come shooting out of the top of my head!  All I need is a babysitter.  Know anyone?

I better get to sewing!

Happy Quilting!




Friday, May 3, 2019

OPENING FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY!

Do you want to give a custom quilt to someone special at Christmas this year? 
Christmas Triangles - Image by: https://artistpointwrap.net

There are so many wonderful quilt patterns and designs available.  

All of them would make wonderful Christmas gifts for that special someone.

I have one NEW opening!
 

Email me at mycharmedcabinlife@gmail.com 
to discuss your design ideas & options! 

**Must go under contract by August 1st to be guaranteed delivery before Christmas. 


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Have you noticed? Time to Celebrate!

Have you noticed?  I just did...We are almost at 15,000 views!  To me that is something to celebrate and I like to celebrate with a giveaway!



Here's the details:
  1.  Comment on this blogpost with your favorite fabric designer/company to be entered.  
  2. Share the Facebook page and comment on this giveaway post when you do to be entered.
  3. Tag a friend on the Instagram post about this giveaway to be entered.  Each post with a friend tagged will be another entry to the giveaway!  
  4. The giveaway drawing will happen when we hit 15,000 views!  The winner's name will be announced on social media.  
  5. Lucky winner will be contacted and will receive a free (shipping too) prize of quilt shop quality fabric Fat Quarters!  


GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!  

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May's Block of the Month!

Are you excited?  

We are on month 5!  The year is half way over...How do you feel about your skills after we've started going back to the basics and have done a few simple beginner blocks?

I personally feel much better and have been using my machine more and have become more confident in my sewing.  I hope you have too!

This month's block is a bit more complex, but lets you practice sewing and piecing something that many quilters will avoid....Flying Geese.  I have avoided them for years...Now, it's time to conquer them.

I did not find this block in my AccuQuilt book.  I happened up on it on....Pinterest, of course!  LOL.  Isn't that where I find everything?  I seriously don't know how I did anything without Pinterest.  Of course, I wasn't sewing before Pinterest either...so I digress..

The image I found was watermarked by The Crafty Quilter, but the image was from www.sewinlovewithfabric.blogspot.com.  I searched both websites and could not find the tutorials or the image again.  So I'm not sure who to credit this wonderful creation to.  I'm assuming The Crafty Quilter made it and perhaps the blog site is marketing it or was promoting it for her.  If you find out, or if by some small chance you are The Crafty Quilter - please let me know!

The original design is set in rainbow colors and I freaking love it!  There is enough fabric choices with this block to bring in my variety of fabrics and tie in existing ones.  I love that.  This is my own personal choice in designing my quilt.  You may opt to do it on just two fabrics, or three, or however many you want!  This is something I love about quilting...if you aren't able (due to fabrics, etc) to make it exactly like the pattern, you can always modify it for yourself to make it your own (with your fabrics you have on hand...).  My fabrics are not necessarily rainbow in theory, but I have color in my palette and I'm excited to use a variety of them in one block!


So, are you ready to see the block?
Screenshot from my phone









This is the screenshot from my phone to show you the watermarked image and the documented blog - website.

I'm in no way ever, ever saying I created this block...Again, I want to encourage new sewers (like myself) to experiment and search for sewing blogs to learn and create wonderful things!






















Back to the block...

I'm not a rainbow kind of girl...my girls are...but I do like color!  So when I saw this block, I thought how awesome this would be to make in "my" quilt colors.  I can show the new fabrics I wanted to incorporate into my quilt top without it looking too different.

So here's what I choose:


I substituted the purple toned fabric for a wildflower floral print that I stumbled upon at A Cowgirl Quilt Shop.  See the green with white flowers fabric?  Got it from Brenda too!  If you ever go to Jewett, Texas or shop online with Brenda, tell her I sent you!  She is a wonderful woman and very knowledgeable.

The yellow, red gingham, orange, and blue fabrics are new and I purchased them from Carol's Quilt Shop.  This is a brand new shop located in Chappell Hill, Texas.

The bright bluebonnet & Indian Paintbrush fabric is what I purchased from Quilters Crossing in Tomball, Texas.  I purchased this a year ago, last summer, without knowing what I would do with it until I had decided to do the Block of the Month here on MCCL.  I just fell in love with the colors and I wanted something bright and beautiful for my home.

This is not all of the fabrics...you will need a neutral tone and for me, I ran out of the white with grey wood pattern fabric and haven't been able to find it since.  It's probably gone.  I absolutely loved it and I definitely should have bought more than a fat quarter.  The whole bolt would have been nice, but who buys the whole bolt?  Have you ever done that?  There are so many times when I wish I could.  But...even if I did, where would I keep a whole bolt of fabric?  I simply don't have the space. Where there is a will, there is a way...LOL.  I bet I could find space.

Let's talk sizes!  

The large square in the middle is Die 1 from the 8" AccuQuilt cube.  This die is a 4.5" square.  You will only need 1 square for each block you make.

The triangles around this square are from Die 4 from the 8" AccuQuilt cube.  This die is a Quarter Square Triangle from a 4" Finished Square.  I choose to keep the same tones as the example: 2 red, 2 orange, 2 yellow, 2 green, 2 blue, and 2 purple floral fabrics.

The smaller triangles that you will use to form the Flying Geese are from Die 5 of the 8" AccuQuilt cube.  This die is of Half Square Triangles from a 2" Finished Square.

The last piece of the puzzle is a rectangle in neutral tones.  You will only need 4 of these.  This rectangle measures 2.5" x 4.5".

You certainly don't need the AccuQuilt fabric cutting system to make this block, but it sure helps!  I had all of these pieces pressed and cut out within 5 minutes.  I actually stood checking my fabrics to make sure I got them all because I cut them so quickly.  If my AccuQuilt cutter should ever fail me...I would cry.  I seriously love this tool for quilting!  I am an affiliate for AccuQuilt, but I seriously do love this.  {Side note:  Check out their new special for May 1-13th!  15% off GO! dies & Companion Sets!  Just click any of the AccuQuilt links above!}


Make the Geese!  
Take all of the large triangles (2 of each color, if that's how you decided) and you will start by making the geese.  The AccuQuilt book recommends sewing the left side on first.  I don't think it matters because I thought the ones with the right sewn on looked better in my opinion.



How?  Take a small neutral triangle and sew on one side of the larger triangle.  Press open!  Then sew the other triangle on the other side.  Note, the second neutral triangle will overlap the first one.


Another great thing about the AccuQuilt is how it cuts the fabric to line up for Flying Geese.  Notice the dog ears have been cut off?  All you have to do is match them up!  Just sew a scant 1/4" seam and it works like magic!  

After doing these, I can't believe I stayed away from Flying Geese for so long...This is really easy!



This picture shows what the Flying Geese will look like if you don't match up the edges correctly...Just take your time and match the edges up and work up to the center point of the larger triangle.  When I did that, it worked every time.







Layout!

Once you've choosen your fabrics, simply layout your blocks to view it.  Double check to make sure it is where you want it.  Are you trying to copy the rainbow effect of this block?  Are your geese in the right spot?  




Sew it Together!

I sectioned the pieces off in pairs and the sewed those together.  I kept the rows together too by doing that.


For example, the top row: yellow and orange were sewn together, solid neutral and green, blue and purple floral.



Once the pairs were together, I sewed across each row.



Then I used pins to match my seams around the large center square and sewed the rows together forming the block!




Press open! 




AND....TA-DAA!


This block ended up being a nearly perfect 12.5" square, so this will finish in our quilt tops as 12" like all of the other blocks we've done.  I didn't trim this block at all, I wanted to show you what it looks like once it was sewn together.  I see a few spots that may need to be trimmed up before I sew it to the other quilt blocks.




I say nearly because I found a few places on the block where it will need to be trimmed and hugged...See what I mean?   Hey no one is perfect, right?  I'm pretty sure I can still make this work in my quilt so I'm not taking it apart.  I will test this theory next week when I start sewing my quilt blocks together to form my quilt top.  Overall, I'm very pleased with my results and for my first time making this block.  





Have you ever made this block?  One similar to it?  I'd love to see your results!  Be sure to post on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #mcclbom and we can share our progress together!  

Happy Quilting!  -- 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This is the Year! Do the Unthinkable!

Image from: https://www.cntraveller.in

And just like that, April is now over...I don't know about you but it seems that there is never enough time to get everything done.  I have so many sewing and quilting projects that I want to do (& quilt shows on my calendar) that I started a list so I wouldn't forget about them and mainly thinking it would help me focus on getting them done.  If anything, I've been adding to the list.

St. Mary's Quilt Show 2019

In addition to the birthdays, anniversaries, and other such engagements my family will have, May starts a new chapter for many...graduations will be here soon and so will the parties.  Don't forget about Mother's Day either...I have that on my agenda as well.  I need to find the perfect gifts for the mothers in our lives and I have limited time to do it in.  Remember Easter?  I just got that packed up in my house.  May is also a hot time for quilt shows!  (I'm working on a post of sources for you find quilt shows near you...watch for it next week!)  I love a good quilt show and there are MANY coming up that you will want to add to your schedule!

I was at a guild board meeting last month and while we were discussing a new task that needed to be done, most of everyone looked in my direction to do it.  I did the unthinkable: I told them my plate is full.  I heard snickering and someone commented "We all have full plates" under their breath thinking I didn't hear it.



Well I did, so I said  "I also have a two year old at home" not in daycare, but at home with me.  She makes my schedule for me, know what I mean?  Another response was "We all had kids" from the same person (insert eye roll here - key word "HAD" her kids are grown and now have kids of their own).  Some people will never be happy with any response you give.  I get that.  She's going to be one of those people...

Image from https://wirindiagrampedia.com/
Why did this even have to come up?  Why did she feel compelled to say that?  I don't know for sure, but it tells me she feels like she has given so much to the guild/organization and she's ready for someone else to do what she did so she can relax and enjoy the guild too.  She's tired.  She's burned out.  When people feel the need to make comments that have to be made "under their breath", it's meant to be rude and offend.  Why add this hostility to a guild board meeting?  No idea.  We were making progress and arrangements were getting made and finalized and then wham.  Which kind of leads me to you never know now who has a blog and who may write about you.  Remember WWJD?  People use to think about that before their actions, or at least say it...

I digress.  This moment froze in time for me at this meeting and I found myself looking around the room wondering.  There were only about 20 people who came to this board meeting, when over 350 members were invited...This is the group of people who have invested their time, money, and energy to this guild.  They were going to ensure the guild was successful at all personal costs.  Dedicated, to say the least.

As I looked around for a second time, I noticed most were retired - not all and every single one of them had grown children.  They looked tired and ready for someone else to start doing as much as they were doing.  They couldn't say no.  I could.  I used this moment to tell them that they need to invite their friends to come to more meetings and to get involved...to do activities together if they were tired of doing it alone.  One response was that they were tired of doing it altogether.  I replied and told them to encourage the new members to get involved.  How many of them called and welcomed the new members?  None.  Including myself.  But there was a solution for them and it didn't belittle anyone.  I didn't make a rude comment under my breath...I just told them a possible solution.  One they never thought of.  Why not?  Because they are burned out!

Take the time to enjoy! 

I want to encourage you to go to a guild meeting and help where you can.  One guild I attend needed someone to mail out birthday cards...so I do that.  Literally takes less than 10 minutes a month.  Another guild I attend needed someone to take over Block of the Month for them...uh hello?  I already do that here so why not?  It's little jobs that can make a big difference...it also shows you a lot about the personality of the guild - when you get involved.  I have been able to make great connections by doing these small jobs and have now been asked to volunteer as a board member for two different quilt shows!

Next time you go to a guild meeting or any meeting for that matter, look around the room and take a moment to be in their shoes.  How long have they been doing the position?  Do they look tired?  Is it something you could do?  Could you fill in for a couple years and pass the position on to someone else?  Could this be a volunteer role that fits your family life and your schedule?  Could you enjoy doing this?  Help where you can.  Helping others & serving others...gives you great joy!

I don't feel the need to explain what fills my day hour by hour, but I know when enough is enough for me.  I keep a calendar to help remember my events and to plan as well as I can, when I can.  I get up early and have coffee, sew, or write a blogpost, research sewing/quilting in some form...I keep my me time.  I learned this not long ago...if I keep my me time then I'm a much happier person.  Then my family reaps the benefits.

Image from: http://www.mamaayahuasca.com

I know that my plate is full.  I acknowledge it.  I accept it.  Why would I feel the need to just say yes and impede my family's home life with doing work outside the home and have my family suffer for it?  My family requires a lot of time...a lot.  My home requires a lot of time.  I just said no.  Hubby and I agreed that I would not work outside the home, but my work would be the home and the family.  I have accepted some volunteer work -- but it's something I enjoy doing.  This is our agreement.  

Image from: https://getlighthouse.com
There was a time when I would have said yes.  I would have accepted as many tasks given and I would have found a way to do it all while working full time with 20-40 hours of overtime on top of it.  I did that.  At one position, I held 7 different hats within the agency.  It's too much.

If you don't  have the time to do it right, you are too busy.  I got burned out.  Burn out is not good for the soul.  Burn out can lead to poor mental health which leads to a poor quality of life.  It becomes a cycle that may never end....unless you learn how to say no.  Break the cycle.  Poor mental health can lead to so many things!  Take care of your mental health!  It's so very important that you do.

I know what you're thinking...I just got finished telling you to volunteer and now I'm telling you to say no...I'm not trying to contradict myself, but I am saying if there is something you can do to help someone, perhaps as a volunteer, that will make you happy and meets your needs (family work life balance), then by all means do it!  If it doesn't - say no.

Here's an example - as Block of the Month Coordinator I am responsible for finding a block, finding the fabrics, cutting the fabrics, printing directions which often means I have to re-write for copyright laws, put the fabric and the directions in kits, pass out kits at the guild's monthly meeting, accept the previous month's blocks and keep track of who is participating.  It's a lot.  So, about twice a month I receive an email from various people, sometimes the same person offers to help month after month.  These emails are from people who want to help but don't want the job.  So they offer to help find fabrics we can use in the guild's fabric closet or cut fabrics for the blocks.  It's a HUGE HELP!  They don't have the responsibility of it every single month.

You don't have to always volunteer to help.  Sometimes you need to take care of yourself.  You need to give yourself time every day to recharge.  When was the last time you did something for you?  When was the last time you sewed or quilted something just for you?  I'm guessing it's been a while.  I'm not talking about the new tablecloth, or table decorations you made for the holidays - those are items for the home.  I'm talking about strictly something you can enjoy.  A new dress for you, a new top, or perhaps--yes, I'm going to say it...the quilt you've always wanted to make for YOUR own bed!

#quiltingismytherapy  This hashtag is no joke for me.  I thoroughly enjoy it.  I found a sewing bee for Featherweights in my area and join them monthly.  This has been a wonderful experience and truly gives me time to recharge.  I don't always sew the whole time, but just being there and socializing with people (adults I might add) who have the same joys as I do just brightens my day!  If you don't find one in your area, you may want to see about a small sewing bee with your friends.  You could rotate houses as the location.  I know a woman who has a small 4 person sewing bee who does this and it's with her closest friends.  She treasures this time with them and looks forward to it!  You could do this too!

Sewing Bees do not have to have a lot of people to be successful.  

One thing I have learned or noticed about people in our quilting community is that we are a GIVING one.  We like to make items for others....make Easter dresses for our kids or grandkids, make quilts as wedding or birthday gifts, make Christmas stockings, or even scrunchies or hair bows for those on the cheer team or dance squad.

This is the year to take of yourself.  By doing so, you will have happier families.  I have already seen the fruits of this come from my own family.  The fabrics I'm choosing for the My Charmed Cabin Life Block of the Month - are for my own sampler quilt that I've DESPERATELY been wanting for MY own bed.  I get up early and have my me time...usually sitting beside my white/celery Featherweight named Fiona.  I went to a quilt show last week (St. Mary's Quilt Show) with a new friend of mine and hired a babysitter to do it.  Guilt free.


Image from https://101quotesabout.blogspot.com
I'm not saying to stop volunteering....
I'm not saying to not go to your guild's board meeting or stop participating in guilds, because I have found some great creative minds there and I thrive when I'm with creative people.
I'm not saying you can't work outside your home and have a happy home life...

What I am saying is to take some time for yourself...and do it every day.  It could be time to read the Bible, prayer time, sewing, Pinteresting for inspiration (I just used it as a verb, that's right!), downloading sewing patterns, going to a new quilt shop, participating in the MCCL Block of the Month...it could be anything, as long as it gives you time to relax, you're not rushed, and you enjoy it.  It could even be a NAP!  Yep, I said it.

Some people may find that they need more time than others to be recharged.  I'm one of those people.  I have a two year old who wants to do everything with me...everything.  She is literally touching me 97% of the time and I need time where she's not.  I get up earlier than everyone else in my house - which is pretty easy because they like to stay up late and they sleep in.  I've had to be at work at 6 AM, so getting up at 7 AM, feels like sleeping in.

It took me a while to figure out what worked for me...what helped me relax and what made me a better person.  I found getting up before my family gave me several hours to read, drink coffee, sew, quilt, write, prepare for my day, and recharge for my family.  Sometimes I go for walks when the weather is beautiful outside...your options are only limited BY you and what you are willing to do FOR you.  #DOYOU

So here we are just before May...Plan to do something just for you.  Make something just for you.  Do something just for you! ...and not because it's Mother's Day.  Post your comments below of what you are planning to do - what are you going to do for you?  Share to on Instagram and Facebook using hashtag #mccldoyouchallenge !

Do the unthinkable!!! #DOYOU



If you or someone you know could use assistance with mental health, please get help.  

CALL THE NAMI HELPLINE 

Or, In a Crisis? Text NAMI to 741741


https://www.nami.org/

Need to talk?  Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline @ 1-800-273-8255.

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/

#mentalhealthmatters

**NOT AN AFFILIATE POST.


Monday, April 1, 2019

April 2019 Block of the Month


It's time!  It's time!  I know you want to see the next block in our fabulously fun Block of the Month program we have building up our skills!  

Introducing the SAWTOOTH STAR!  This block had Flying Geese and this was something I really wanted to attempt.  I've never been brave enough to do it.  

I used my AccuQuilt fabric cutter and used the dies in my Qube to get my shapes.  I used die 1 - for the large square in the middle; die 2 - for the small corner squares; die 4 - for the large triangle on the sides; and die 5 - for the small triangles on the sides.  

Die 1 is the 4.5" (4" finished) Square. 
Die 2 is the 2.5" (2" finished) Square. 
Die 4 is the Quarter Square Triangle (4" finished square). 
Die 5 is the Half Square Triangle (2" finished square).  




STEP ONE: 


The first thing I did was lay out my pieces in the layout of the block.



Then I sewed the Flying Geese (two small triangles sewn onto a larger triangle).  This was surprisingly easy since the dog ears are cut off in the AccuQuilt - you can easily see where to sew your SCANT 1/4" seam.



Then I sewed the corner blocks onto the Flying Geese on the top and bottom rows as you see here in this picture!




STEP TWO:



Your next step is to attach the last two Flying Geese to the large square in the middle.



When you do this, you will have your block in 3 different sections that make up your 3 rows to attach.












STEP THREE: 


Take the top or bottom row and pen matching your seams.

Sew a SCANT 1/4" SEAM. 












PRESS OPEN.











Take the opposite row that is left and pen matching your seams. 
Sew across with a SCANT ¼” SEAM.  

Press open. 





STEP FOUR: 


Take the 2.5” strip of your neutral toned fabric and pin to the sides of your block.  You will sew it onto the block – SIDES FIRST.  Then sew across the top and bottom.  This will make the block 12.5” unfinished.  

This entire block takes 5 minutes to make!  Isn't that awesome?