Tuesday, May 28, 2019

It's Quilt Show Season folks! -- SHOW RESOURCES!

Do you like to plan your vacations in advance to make sure you get some "quilting" time too?  I do.  I love to know where they are WAY in advance -- because you never know when you can make a sporatic day trip and go to a great quilt show! Or...you never know when Hubby wants to go on vacation to a new place and wouldn't it be great if there happened to be a quilt show going on too?  I love it when that happens.

Image by gretnaevents.com 

How do you find out about them in the first place?  Well, a lot of people just wait for Facebook to pop it up in their feed, usually less than a month in advance.

I want more time.  My family travels and if I want to make sure I'm heading a certain direction I make sure I have that quilt show on my calendar and then find something else in the area for the rest of the family to do in case the hubby doesn't want to go.  Who wants to go quilt show shopping with their hubby?  Not me...rush, rush, rush when I'm with him...

Last month was the St. Mary's Quilt Show!  St. Mary's Quilt Show  This year, the 5th year, was even more amazing!  I highly recommend you go next year.  I also highly recommend that you purchase the Quilters Quick Pass.  It's a $15 ticket, but you are guaranteed to get in at the time you selected (if it's still available now).  You can go and get on a list and be given a time for much later in the day if you decide - entry is by donation.  I don't really want to sit around and hope for a specific time though.  Mark your calendars to go next year.  You won't regret it.

If you're in Texas - you can always check out this website for a list of quilt shows and search by area or month:  Texas Quilt Shows.

If you are looking to travel out of state, here's a link for the entire USA:  Festivals & Shows - although it is not inclusive.  I always check back each month to see what changes.

You can also check the chamber of commerce's website for their events calendars to find new and upcoming quilt shows and believe it or not, other quilt guilds will share about neighboring quilt shows too!  Check out this quilt guild's page and scroll down to the bottom to see a great list of upcoming quilt shows:  https://www.savvyquilters.com/classes.htm.

Another great tool to use is Quilters Resources.  This covers the USA & Canada.  There are more than 8,000 sewing/quilting organizations and businesses listed in this resource.

These sources should be able to help you fill your calendar!

If you know of another resource please leave the link in the comments!  

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Time for Something New

Image from Redbubble 
The time has come for something new...a new adventure!

I feel the Block of the Month series has been pretty well received and it has surely built a good foundation for quilting skills and I definitely have enjoyed seeing the quilt blocks made by my readers!  But...I want to add more!

The time has come for new series...where I will learn how to sew clothes and post about them here.  This could get ugly because I plan on taking you on my adventures through the trials and tribulations of learning something new.  In the very least, it may become comical, at my own expense,  LOL!  I have had this goal for a few years now: to learn how to sew clothes, and I haven't done much to make this goal a reality.

I took sewing lessons a few years ago when I wanted to learn how to make my stepdaughter a dress and the pattern frustrated me so much, I had to pay someone to sit beside me and translate that pesky pattern to a language I could understand.  Which dress?  This purple one...This dress is the most expensive item in my kids' wardrobe if you count the cost of the private sewing lessons.

 The stitching isn't perfect - but I want my girls to wear this dress with pride.  J, the now 6 year old, picked the fabrics with me and the pattern when she was just entering 3T clothes.  Bailey, my now two and a half year old is now starting to wear her sister's hand me downs of 3T and so she will get to wear this dress soon.

I will never throw this dress away and plan on keeping it forever.  Memories...

But not every sewer or quilter has children to sew for...so which project are we going to start this new adventure with?  Your own wardrobe!

I've asked several stylists and fashion bloggers about what is their favorite staple in their wardrobe...What is your favorite top?  Do you wear scarfs?  Do you have a certain dress that you wish you could snap your fingers and change the fabric instantly to wear something new, yet familiar all at the same time?

I didn't really get an answer from anyone...I'm guessing they get paid to share the new stuff and their readers go buy it?  I'm hoping this is just a busy weekend for them and someone will respond shortly.

What I should have done was ask YOU!  Is there a top that you would like to make?  Do you have a favorite scarf?  Do you have a certain style dress that YOU wish YOU could snap your fingers and change the fabric instantly to wear something new, yet familiar?

Here's some perks to making your own clothes:
1.  The fabric quality and workmanship will be much better quality than buying something ready to wear (RTW) in the store.
2.  You know exactly how it was made and you won't feel bad making alterations if need be.  You can alter the style or the pattern however you want to make it fit better!
3.  You would ultimately have a custom wardrobe with a perfect fit, once the skills have been acquired to tailor the clothing to your own body.  This will take time.

Since having Bailey, my body hasn't been exactly what it was pre-baby.  I have a closet full of clothes that I cannot wear because they are no longer my size.  The cost of buying RTW clothes is pretty high to me and when I check the quality in stores I am no longer impressed with commercially made garments...very rarely.

So here's our first assignment to start this new adventure:  Check your wardrobe and find your favorite garments.  Take a picture.  Let's remake it!  You can either find your own pattern that matches the dress or sew along with me and make the same item!

Post your pattern information below in the comments!

Which pattern did I decide on?  Check back next week!


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!

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


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!  


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.


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! 


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!  --