Charm Square Quilt

Well, it’s been a while and I’ve been remiss in posting. Thank goodness for my partner-in-quilting, Peggi, for keeping things going! Just got back from a whirlwind visit to Florence, Italy to see my niece, Kylee, who is doing a Fashion rotation there for a quarter through Kent State University in Ohio. It was amazing, although I did come home with a case of pneumonia. Yikes!

So, now that I’m better and things are getting back to normal, I figured I’d better start on the wedding quilt for another niece, Shelby, who is getting married on New Year’s Eve. She’s a nurse with the Army, and as of last week is stationed in Maryland and will work at the hospital there. She and Uriah are down-to-earth people who enjoy nature, so I thought I’d create a simple quilt from Moda’s Wool & Needle Flannels line.

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It’s a wonderful, soft line of flannels that look like plaids, but read as mostly solids.

I whipped out EQ and started designing something simple. I originally thought I’d do a straight square quilt with their names:

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However, Peggi was correct in telling me it looked like a scrabble board. I can always count on her to tell me the truth – she doesn’t want me to make a fool of myself (ummm, nor do I!). So I’ve happily taken her advice, stolen her idea and am now going to make it on-point and leave off the names. If I’ve got time (which I doubt), I’ll do tw0 corners of applique of leaves and maybe a flower or two. But neither Shelby nor Uriah remind me of “flower” kinda people.

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Yes, I like that much better!! Simple, clean and un-fussy. Warm nature colors for snuggling on cold evenings. Perfect.

I did find something odd with one of my charm packs. I actually had several squares that were larger than 5-inches! I pre-sash everything. Find it much easier than trying to match all those corners. I couldn’t figure out why my tan sashing pieces were shorter than the charm squares (and these squares weren’t zig-zagged). I put one on my cutting mat and…

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…lookie there. Almost an 1/8th of an inch longer! No wonder my sashings weren’t working. So I ended up trimming down about a dozen. Well, better too big than too small!

Peggi is being a dear and sending me more fabric, as my LQS’s here don’t carry this line and I need a bit more for the setting triangles now. Of course, I avoid triangles like the plague, so I’m sure I’ll be bugging her to death about how to cut these out!  Hopefully here in another couple of weeks I’ll have an actual quilt to show you. It seems like forever since I’ve finished (or even sewn) a quilt!

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I’m glad you’re back – I missed  you!  I’m glad you caught the size discrepancy with the charms.  I can’t wait to see the finished quilt – those flannels are soooo yummy!  In fact, I just might steal that idea back and make my own on-point quilt!  It is flannel season, after all.

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5 thoughts on “Charm Square Quilt

  1. I am a regular on the Quilting Board. I followed your link about the strip quilt you redesigned, just love the result. All your other projects and links are fun too. Thank you for sharing your skills.

  2. As I bought a few of the Wool & Needle Flannel III.. 5×5 charm pack.. Do you know how many quilts patterns for line are out there.. NONE…
    I would love if you can share your pattern.

    • Mary, there was no pattern. I just used the 5″ charm packs and put 1″ sashings around them! As far as quilt patterns, never look at the fabric in a pattern. Look at the pattern itself. Will it work with YOUR fabric? Just because a pattern is made with a specific fabric line doesn’t mean it will only work with that fabric. You’ll be surprised how different a pattern can look with a different fabric!

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