Hi! Welcome back to Charmed, I’m Sure. Each month I share a new free pattern and tips for using your charm squares. The holidays always seem to creep up on me, and I end up looking for ideas for quick gifts or decorations around my house. I want to share a quick and easy holiday pattern using charm squares that can be used to make any size project from a table runner to a throw quilt or larger. The nice thing about this pattern, and the other patterns that I’ve shared, is that it works for any type of fabric. And, there are different ways to arrange these little blocks plus they can be sewn with or without sashing. Lots of options and the choice is yours.
Here is the basic block.
I’ve used a Christmas red and green stripe for these photos. For each block you’ll need one charm square, cut in half diagonally, and one 1¼” x 8″ rectangle of a background. For this block I used a cream tone-on-tone snowflake fabric for my background.
Centering the triangles on each side of the rectangle, sew the triangles to the rectangle.
Trim each block to 5¼” x 5¼” (finished size is 4¾” x 4¾”).
To make a quick 19″ x 47½” table runner, great for your holiday table, you’ll need 40 charm squares and ¼ yard of a background fabric. Cut each of the charm squares in half diagonally and cut the background into 40 – 1¼” x 8″ rectangles. Sew 40 blocks and arrange in 4 rows of 10 blocks each. Sew the rows together.
Notice that these blocks are set side by side with no sashing and all of the blocks are facing in the same direction. Play around with the block orientation for different looks.
What happens when sashing and cornerstones are added? Here’s another variation that I’m working on—different block setting with sashing strips and cornerstones. This will be a throw size quilt – 52¼” x 65¼”. Blocks are set in 12 rows of 10 blocks each.
Materials needed: 120 charm squares
Background for blocks and sashing: 2 1/8 yards
Cut 120 – 1¼” x 8″ rectangles for blocks
Cut 218 – 1¼” x 5¼” rectangles for sashes
Cornerstones: ¼ yard
Cut 99 – 1¼” x 1¼” squares
This block arrangement has the blocks forming X’s when sewn together.
Let’s look at a couple other block arrangements.
This block is a fun one to play around with and is great for a quick gift. Try quilts with or without sashing and different block orientations.
We’ll explore another creative idea for charm squares next month. For more inspiration, check these out.
Until next month, happy holidays and happy quilting!