“Charm” Quilts

One of the things I wanted the ladies in the quilting class to learn was how to look at pictures of quilts and deconstruct them. So I hunted for quilts I thought would be relatively easy to analyze. Among the photos I sent them was a charm quilt. “Charms” if you don’t know are precut pieces of fabric 5″ square. I had several charm packs (a charm pack is 40 of these 5″ pieces) in my stash and thought I should give the quilt a try. The original photo sashed and bordered the charms in alternating darker and lighter grey. I took my charms to the fabric store to see what would work with the charms I’d selected. Dark and light grey for the sashing was going to make those small coloured blocks pop. So I cut the strips I needed and quickly assembled the quilt top. What I particularly like are the vertical strips from one row to the next linking the rows.

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I made a few more bordered blocks, cut half of them in half to assemble a strip for the backing.

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The quilt sandwich is pinned and ready to be quilted.

However I still had a large number of charms not used in this quilt so I thought I’d have a go at another quilt idea based on two blocks: half-square triangles and strips. The quilt I had in mind would need 140 4 1/2″ blocks. So I made 70 half-square triangles and 70 blocks with 1/2″ strips down the middle.

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Here are the blocks laid out on my office floor. I’m still auditioning them – trying to find what for me is the most pleasing arrangement. That’ll take a day or two of coming back to look at the layout and tweeking it a bit more. Once sewn together, I intend to border the quilt with the darker grey fabric I used in the first quilt, backing and binding – I don’t know yet.

4 thoughts on ““Charm” Quilts

    • I came across a photo of a completed quilt on Pinterest and figured out how to construct it. I didn’t have a pattern. If you look closely at the photo, you, too, should be able to figure out how to take a charm add borders and sashing to create the quilt top.

    • If you’re referring to the second quilt on the pate – the triangles and “sticks” – again, look at the photo carefully and you’ll be able to figure out how many HST you need – I made the HST by matching each charm with the same size square of background fabric. The strips I made by cutting background squares in half and inserting a 1″ strip giving me a 1/2″ stripe. The size of the background rectangles is likely 2 1/2″ giving you a 2″ rectangle but make yourself some samples to make sure the dimensions work. I no longer own that quilt so I can’t measure it for you.

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