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!

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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?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January 2019 Block of the Month (in detail...)

As many of you have noticed, I have started a new Block of the Month club to enhance my own sewing skills, by going back to the basics of sewing!

I'm very excited to start this and excited to have everyone sew with me!  I also thought this would be a good way for beginning quilters to join in the fun too!  For this entire year, the quilt blocks selected will build upon each other in skills and technique to slowly grow our quilt block sampler quilt that we will have ready at the end of the year!  I have been dying to do a sampler quilt like this, so why not now?

For January, I selected the Arrowhead Puzzle Quilt Block, or AKA Garlic Knots...It's a simple quilt block, but don't let this deter you in you making it.  Not only does this quilt block help you practice your cutting skills (all squares are the same size), but you can also practice chain piecing and matching your points when you sew.

I've always wanted a bright color popping quilt...of my own.  Crazy, right?  I've never made myself a quilt.  I will this year.  #2019goal

So I searched through my bags of scraps and small pieces of fabrics stash and found 3 fabrics that particularly spoke to me for this quilt block...no, not the purple tones that you have seen on my Instagram page...or the Facebook page.  I'm talking about the bright lime green, blues, and red!  Have you seen it?  Here it is...


Now ignore my ugly ironing board cover from the 90s (another #2019goal is to recover it in an awesome fabric)...while you admire the colors.  I plan on using these colors for the rest of the year with my personal quilt blocks.  Feel free to find your inspiration for the year too!  This is going to be great fun!

Ahhh!  This picture doesn't even do it justice!

For those new to quilting...how do we put this sucker together?  It's simpler than you think...

Here's what you do:

First- Layout the squares in the pattern where you can see the whole block.

Second- Sew across (the row) in pairs.  So you will have two sets of two squares sewn together, like this.


Be sure to press the seams to "set them".  Do this every time you sew a seam together.

Third- Sew across the row now sewing the two pairs together to form one row.  Then continue sewing all the rows across until you have 4 rows.

Fourth-Place the very top row face down on the row underneath it (flipping it) to match the seam (and points) for sewing across.  This should sew the top two rows together.  Continue with row 3 & 4.  Now you have two sections of the block.  Section 1 is rows 1 and 2 sewn together.  Section 2 is rows 3 & 4 sewn together.

Fifth- Sew the two halves together.  You may need to pin them together, as I did.


Press your final seam open and PERFECTO!  You have your first block of the month completed in less than 5 minutes!  This is amazing and super fun!

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Now if you are like me, you will probably get super excited about making these blocks...and when I get excited, I tend to make mistakes.  So I had to pull out the seam ripper earlier to correct this error!


OOPS!  We all make mistakes...so don't fret if you make a few.  
We are all on this journey together!  


How many Arrowhead Puzzle Blocks will you make?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fat Quarter Shop - Tuesday is Twice the Savings!

Have you seen this sale yet?  I have to just tell you about it.  






They have a 24 hour flash sale and it changes at 10am every day! 
Tuesday means Two Flash sales!  
10am & 10pm!  

Click the link to see the sale!





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