Charmed, I’m Sure – bright fabrics, free pattern

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There’s nothing like some fun pops of color to brighten up dull winter days. I fell in love with Foundation by Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane Designs. Foundation is Shayla’s first fabric collection with Windham Fabrics. I have to admit, I’m a little biased. Shayla used to work as an editor for Quiltmaker, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her as she pursues her creative endeavors designing patterns with her mom Kristy as half of the designing duo behind Sassafras Lane Designs and now as a fabric designer. So, of course, I wanted to use charm squares from this colorful collection.

charmed-im-sure-20180202-CIS1I chose a traditional block made up of triangle-squares and plain squares for this design (couldn’t find the exact block name). This is another block that creates different design options depending on how the blocks are arranged within the quilt (scroll to the end to see variations).

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  • To make a 36 block (set 6 x 6) 48” x 48” quilt, here’s what you need:
    • Background: 1 7/8 yards
    • Charm Squares: 90
    • Binding: 5/8 yard
  • For each 8” block, here are the pieces you’ll need:
    • Background: 10 squares 2½” x 2½”
    • Assorted prints:
      • From each of 2: 3 squares 2½” x 2½”
      • From each of 4: 1 square 2½” x 2½”

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To make the triangle-squares (use 2 of the 3 matching squares for each pair of triangle-squares):
On the wrong side of 4 background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

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Layer a background square on an assorted square, right sides together. Stitch on the drawn line. Trim ¼” away from the seam and press. Repeat to make 2 sets of 2 matching triangle-squares.

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Arrange the patches as shown in the photograph below.

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Sew the patches into 4 rows; sew the rows together to complete one block.

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Here are some different ways these blocks can be arranged. My blocks arranged like this one where the blocks are rotated so the corners come together to form stars.

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When the blocks are all oriented in the same direction, elongated stars are formed.

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Here’s another arrangement where the blocks all radiate out from the center.

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I love blocks like this with multiple design options!

For more charm square inspiration, please be sure to check these out!

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