Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Yesterday, I woke up and found that the blog has now had over 15,000 pageviews and I'm ecstatic!

I think we should celebrate!  So I hopeful that this giveaway will bring some happiness to the winner, hopefully as much happiness as I have for the success of this blog...

The winner will be announced here...so are you ready?

The winner will receive a fat quarter bundle from me, FREE of charge - EVEN SHIPPING.

Did you win?  You did if your name is....


You must email me at mycharmedcabinlife@gmail.com with your mailing and contact information to receive your FREE FAT QUARTER BUNDLE!  That's it!


A huge thank you to everyone who continues to make this blog a success!

Happy Quilting Everyone!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Only 75 Views Left! LET'S CELEBRATE!

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Denim quilt top in progress pictured above

There's still time to join in the GIVEAWAY!

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  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 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Time for Something New--Part 3

Eileen - Amazing Seamstress & Quilter
Did you take your measurements?  Or have someone take them for you?

This week we are onto part 3 of this series "Time for Something New", where I learn how to make a garment, instead of quilting.  I haven't stopped quilting...I just want to add a few more tools in my toolbox!

Last week at my local quilt guild meeting a woman stood up and showed tops that she had made as part of her show and tell.  They were perfect summer tops!

This is Eileen.  She told me that she made a top for every day of the week and they were super easy to make!  I'm getting my hopes up...but know this, Eileen is an amazing sewer and quilter!  What's easy to her, may not be even possible in my dreams!

Later that week, I saw Eileen at my Featherweight Bee and asked her about her tops and shared my desire to make a tank top!  She took me directly to the patterns inside the quilt shop (where we meet) and began looking for the pattern.  Alas, they were sold out.

However, we (Eileen, myself, and several other ladies in the bee) did find another one that seemed relatively easy for making a tank top!  So I purchased it...a
nd the fabric (Cotton & Steel -which was also 40% off) right there in my local quilt shop.

Can you guess which local quilt shop?  Of course, Quilter's Crossing!  I love this store.

I checked out the new pattern on patternreview.com and it only had 1 review for the exact pattern I had picked out.  That's scary to me...I wanted a tried and true pattern that I could do pretty easily.  Was that what I purchased?  Am I about to get the experience I wanted and an amazing top to add to my closet?

Which pattern is it?  The Indygo Junctions by Amy Barickman - Everyday Tank - Pattern # IJ1147.

I honestly did not read the pattern fully until the night before I was to meet Becky & Pam, the two sisters in my Featherweight Bee who graciously offered to help me get through this pattern.  It was then that I realized that there were NO pictures in the pattern showing the directions as they progressed, only how to lay out the fabric to cut the pattern, depending on which length your fabric was: 45" or 60".

Becky & Pam also referred to this as a "cottage pattern" saying it's similar to buying boutique (items/pattern designs are usually specific to the brand/company).  This was the first I had heard this terminology.

So how did it go?  Well, it's a work in progress (still) but here's my experience.

Becky & Pam did not have me iron the fabric or the pattern.  I was happy about this because I didn't want to waste any valuable time doing that if I didn't have to.  I only have a babysitter for so long, right?

The very first thing was to check my measurements...and now I'm about to get brave here and discuss inches...my inches.  My bust measured 44.5" so that meant I was an XL according to this pattern.  That's where my measurements fit in the sizing chart.  (Whew!  That wasn't so bad!)

The second thing I was to determine was if I wanted a long or short version of the top.  To do this, I went ahead and cut out one pattern piece long and then held it up to my body for reference.  I liked where the long hit me, which was about mid-hip.  So I went ahead and cut the second pattern piece out long as well.

The third step is pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric and cut it.  Now this is a place that stings me because according to this pattern, the back is in two pieces.  Why?  The front is in one piece and it's placed on the fold.  Why can't the back be on the fold?  Becky & Pam agreed with me and that's what we did!  Minor modification I guess...but I just don't get why you can do one and not the other.

Another part that chaps me up is the way they want you to fold your fabric for the cutting.  It seems to be the most wasteful way ever!  So Becky & Pam showed me a new way to lay out the fabric without wasting so much of it.  Check out the pictures!

Just fold enough of the fabric over to have the pattern cover correctly.  
It's a good thing I bought 2 yards of this fabric.  The pattern says, for my size, I would need 1 yard & 5/8 total.  Thankfully, from this new way of folding the fabric, I have plenty left over to make Bailey a top in the matching fabric!

I pinned one piece at a time due to the length of 2 yards.  The pull from the weight really affected how the fabric laid for the pattern and so I pinned one pattern piece and then cut it out before pinning the other pattern piece and cutting it out.  I can totally see why people have pattern weights and use them to cut out the pieces instead of pinning the patterns to the fabric and watching them tear in front of your very eyes.  I ended up using the magnetic dish that holds the pins to help hold down the pattern for a clean cut.

A good sewing tip for this point in your sewing is to make sure you have great scissors!  If you don't, you are going to hate this step in your sewing your garment.  I would highly recommend you buy some amazing scissors that cuts fabric like a hot knife going through butter.

It was recommended to me when I took private sewing classes to make my step-daughter a dress and I took advantage of Joann's 60% OFF coupon and used it on a pair of GINGHAM scissors.  I love them and I keep them sharp by stalking the Scissor Guy at quilt shows.

Yep, I even tried buttons on the back!  Pretty daring first attempt at making a garment, if I do say so myself...I still have this dress in the closet and honestly, I will never part with it.  I'm excited for the day that Bailey can wear it!  I'll have to post side by side pictures of the girls wearing the same dress.

Next week, let's put it together and finish this beautiful top!  I can't wait to show you final product!

Happy Quilting! (And Sewing!)

Friday, June 7, 2019

Summer Sewing News!

I’m literally sitting at a splash pad typing this post out because I’m so excited to share this info!  School is officially out and it’s time to enjoy summer!! 

A huge thanks to everyone participating in the current giveaway!  A winner will be announced once we hit 15,000 views!  If you’ve entered, share the page with friends and family and boost those views!

Another huge thanks to Glass House Patterns!  I just found them on Instagram and found one of their latest posts very motivational!  I'm following them now and I recommend you do too!  Here is the latest one that I just love:

Image from Glass House Patterns Instagram Page

One issue I have is where to put new fabric...So this should help remedy a space for a few more purchases! What are my projects?  Oh I’ve got an idea and will post more about those...but here’s a sneak peak at the fabrics!

Planning on a Watermelon Quilt for the Watermelon Festival

Project still TBA

Combination of Tana Mueller's Cotton fabric line & another...Adding a panel to make a great cotton themed quilt! 

Gorgeous, aren’t they? I don’t buy ugly fabric!  

Although, I’ve been told...”If you think it’s ugly or just don’t like it, cut it up smaller until you do!”  This trick works!!  I’ve been gifted some bizarre to me fabric before and thought “What the heck?!”  Well, I’m here to tell you that cutting it up works!! 

The third piece of summer awesomeness I want to share is that at the end of the summer...I will doing a collaboration with an awesome photographer friend!  We are in the works of some pretty awesome and creative stuff!!  This will be announced near the end of the summer...but this is happening!!  πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

So how about it?  Will you join me in the #UseNine2019 Challenge?

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

June - Block of the Month

You may have noticed that this BOM is a bit late to the party...this is for several reasons, but mainly,  my two year old began teething with her 2 year old molars and it has not been fun.  My obligations should not impact your sewing adventure and for this, I do apologize!

I feel like I've had a very successful experience completing new blocks for my personalized sampler quilt...I hope you have too!  How is your new sewing adventure going?

We've completed the Garlic Knots block, the Rosebud block, Uneven 9 Patch, Sawtooth Star, and even Flying Geese!  Time for another variation to add to my quilt top.  This month, I'm choosing pinwheels! Well, it's a modified pinwheel I guess.  I of course, found this block while searching on Pinterest for new and great ideas to share.

I saw this and my heart screamed "YES!".  I love it.  Absolutely love it.  Not quilt sure why...perhaps because it also has a star around the pinwheel?  Don't you love it too?

Image from aquiltinglife.com

I clicked the link on Pinterest because when I saw this image I had to find out more about this blogger.  I simply love her style.  Now these are not my colors for my BOM sampler quilt...not at all.  But I still love it!

I have much brighter colors for my BOM quilt I'm making with all of you.  Which colors did you pick?  Comment below your colors!  I'd love to see the different color combinations everyone is using.

Image from A Quilting Life Blog 
Back to the blogger - Check her out here: A Quilting Life Blog.  I did see another block she made and I'm dying to make it too!  It may next month's block!  Here's the other one I just love!

Don't you love it?!  I do...If I can find the tutorial on her page, I'll share it with you all.  So far, I've had no luck...Seems there is a gap in blog posts from 2018 skips backwards to 2012.  I'm sure it's user error but I hope I can figure it out.  If you find it, put the link in the comments.

I feel that we should all share our favorite quilt and sewing bloggers with each other.  Quilters/Sewers support quilters/sewers!  I love scouring the internet and finding someone awesome and sharing them with you!  Everybody has something to learn and with the amazing fabrics, we can really have lots of great things to enjoy with each other.

Back to our BOM!

I pulled out my box of fabrics I have stashed for this quilt top and I'm looking for colors that have not been used a lot already...I try to keep my projects organized in different boxes or tubs for easy clean up and easy to pull out for more fun when creativity starts!  My mom cleaned out her classroom and had a ton of plastic tubs with lids of various sizes.  She gave me a ton of them...and I simply wiped them out, let them dry, and labeled them for my projects: Scraps (to be cut), 2.5" squares, 2.5" strips, MCCL BOM (this project), J's quilt project, and many others...This has truly helped me stay on top of projects and keep my sewing area some what cleaner and more organized.

This block was so easy to layout...unknown to me, I had all of the pieces already cut out!  How did I do that?  Well, I tend to go overboard when cutting with my AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter.  Why only cut one layer when the fabric is already folded?  Weird, I know.  Thankfully, I keep all the extra pieces in a small plastic bag inside my box for my BOM project.  I just pulled them out and it seemed like I had a ton of half square triangles.  Almost all of my extra pieces were HSTs from 2.5 squares.

So I used what I had and this month, I'm all about the orange colors shining bright in my quilt.

To make this block I used 12 orange HSTs (from 2.5" squares), 16 neautral/white HSTs (from 2.5" squares), and 4 color popping HSTs (from 2.5" squares) for the corners.  I added a border around it as you will see later using 2.5" strips.

I simply sewed a 1/4" seam (SCANT) to match up the squares.

Then I pressed the seams to the darker colored fabrics and laid them out in the correct block format for sewing.

I noticed here that the block will not be a 12" finished block in the quilt (or 12.5" unfinished) and decided I would sew it up anyway.  It looks like it is 8.5" unfinished...and so if it's 8" finished, a 2.5" strip border all the way around will make it a 12.5" unfinished block for my quilt top.  This is also becoming style marker for this quilt.  I want every other quilt block to have a border around it.  I have blocks with a neutral/white & gray border and a purple border.

I sewed the squares together going across to make each row...I chain stitched each row together.

Sew the blocks in pairs and then sew across building the row.  Press your seams to the darker fabrics throughout this entire block.

Then I sewed the rows together...

If you're like me, I was concerned with the two middle rows.  It just didn't look right.  I felt like I should take them apart and try to resew them to make them line up better or just plan correctly.  I checked my seams and they seamed right though...so I continued.  And I encourage you to do so as well.

I started with the middle rows frankly because I was concerned my points wouldn't line up and if they didn't line up, why even bother with the top and bottom rows?  I pinned as carefully as I could to make sure they would line up and be beautiful.  After I sewed it together, I set it on my ironing board, used Best Press on the seam, set the seam, then opened it up with all my fingers and toes crossed hoping that my center points were right....

AND THEY WERE!  Except...it still wasn't right!  So I checked my picture again and had to fix the top right pair of squares and turn them correctly.  Somehow they got turned...

With that fixed, I added the top and bottom rows, matching points and seemed to go together very well!

I really love this block but with it sewn together...it's not the right size for my sampler quilt!  So, time to add to the size!  I took a simple 2.5" strip after I auditioned fabrics in my project box and once deciding - I just sewed them around the block.  I have developed the preference of sewing the sides on first and then having the top and bottom sewn on to complete the border.  That is exactly what I did.

Border sides sewn on but still trimming...

Final block! 

Now it's the right size!!  I'm pretty happy with the orange and yellow popping in this block.  I think it will be a great addition to my sampler quilt.

I hope you enjoy this block as much as I did!  Don't forget to share your blocks on social media using the hashtags #mcclbom & #mycharmedcabinlifebom!  And don't forget to tag @aquiltinglife too!  I'm sure she would love to see all of our blocks from her patterns!

I like this block so much I think I'm going to make it again larger without the borders...I think 3.5" squares will work!  I'll give it a try and share it with you later this month.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Time for Something New...Part 2!

Did you pick your favorite garment?  Did you find a pattern you want to try?

Want some advice on which pattern to pick?  I found this awesome sewing forum!  Everything Sewing Forum You have to sign up and it's free to get full access to all the posts.  So far, seems worth remembering another log-in, or in my case - writing it down!

I had a wardrobe situation come up where I wished I had a certain color in a tank top to go with an outfit I wanted to put together.  Tank tops are kind of like staples in a wardrobe.  You can wear them on a super hot summer day or layer them and get a polished look.  Tank tops seem like a perfect start to breaking into this adventure.

I'm not gonna lie.  I could use quite a few of these bad boys myself.  I don't think I have a decent tank top in my closet, honestly...

So when I finally had this realization, I searched my stash of patterns at home with fingers crossed that I had a super easy pattern to make a tank top.  I found three.

The first one is Butterick Fast & Easy B6214.

The second one is Butterick Fast & Easy Classics 5948.

The third and one I'm most hopeful of (just from cover) is McCall's Learn to Sew for Fun M7322.

I went to www.sewing.patternreview.com and hoped that someone has these patterns to help guide me in my selection.  With over 120,000 pattern reviews - I was hopeful! I seriously just found this website (NOT AN AFFILIATE) and have used it many times!  This site is saved to my favorites and I often refer to it for reviews on machines, fabrics, notions, and patterns.  You can even review a sewing blogger and other sewing websites!

Image from www.sewing.patternreview.com

The first pattern (Butterick 6214) has 11 pattern reviews.  I love checking the reviews on this site because the reviewers can upload their own pictures and you can see their work and which style they chose from the pattern.  Every single reviewer left a full 5 out of 5 stars for their review.  I found one reviewer who made it sleeveless (my goal here too!) and she used batik fabric to make her top.  It's pretty nice!  Her review shows she's made this garment twice!  She must like the pattern, right?

The second pattern (Butterick 5948) had 12 reviews.  All but 2 were a solid 5 stars!  There was 1 four star review.  One particular review was the style I was going for.  She used a gorgeous fabric and it spoke to me.  I checked out her review here, on her blog, of course: Saturday Night Stitch.  She's speaking to me!  I love how she writes!  AND!!!  She used quilting cotton fabric!

I noticed that the two reviewers who left 4 out of 5 stars did several alterations to the pattern. The other reviewers did not make modifications and made it just as the pattern instructed.

The third pattern (McCalls 7322) had three reviews.  One of the reviews was the tank top version and not the t-shirt or pull-over top as the other two.  I jumped to that review and found that she even blogged about it here: I Sew You Sew Blog.  She made hers out of silk...hmmmm, I plan on making mine from just cotton fabric.  The suggested fabrics for this pattern are challis, crepe, lawn, cotton knit.  Uh oh.  I have lawn, but it's saved for a quilting project....I'm not messing up that project for a tank top.

I'm now leaning towards pattern #5948.  I pulled the directions out of the pattern and double checked my ability to understand their step by step directions.  The directions are 3 pages long but for the style (B), the directions show finished on the end of page 2.  Seems simple enough right?  I hope those aren't famous last words!  LOL.

For style B I need 3/4 of a yard for a size 12 version of this top.  I just realized this pattern size is for 8, 10, & 12.  I must have purchased this "before baby"...know what I mean?  Time to check measurements!

Let's save that for Part 3...This mommy needs a cocktail if I have to pull out the measuring tape for myself!

Happy Quilting!