Hi! Welcome back to Charmed, I’m Sure. I’ve been sharing lots of tips and patterns with you for different ways to use these addicting little 5” squares of fabric—and there’s a lot more to come. The pattern I’m sharing with you today is one of the first charm square quilts I made. But before I talk about that, I want to share something with you first.
Many years ago, I was introduced to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. First I was introduced to her website and several years later to her as she was one of our teachers at a Quiltmaker event. I was hooked on her scrap quilts and her methods for saving and using scraps. As you probably know, she writes a column for Quiltmaker called Addicted to Scraps where she shares a scrappy block pattern in each issue.
I learned about Leaders and Enders from Bonnie—these are the scraps of fabric that you use when you start and end a line of chain piecing. From Bonnie, I learned to sew together patches for a quilt when I start and end my lines of chain piecing.
Next to my sewing machine, I keep drawers full of 2½” squares—squares I cut from various scraps or charm squares. I’ve got one for lights, one for brights and one for medium/dark fabrics. I started sewing two medium/dark squares together at the beginning and end of my chain piecing.
This throw-sized quilt measures 48” x 64” and is set 6 blocks x 8 blocks, for a total of 48 blocks. To make this quilt, you’ll need 144 5” charm squares, 1¾ yards of a background (I used a cream solid) and 5/8 yard for binding.
Cut each charm into 4 – 2½” squares. From the background, cut 96 – 4½” squares.
Use the stitch-and-flip method to sew 2 squares to opposite corners of each of the background squares. I don’t trim away the excess after sewing the diagonal lines from corner to corner. I’ve found that my stitch-and-flip corners aren’t always 100% accurate and leaving the background fabric intact gives me an accurate foundation for sewing my patches together.
The fun part of this block is there are so many different block arrangements. Here are a few different ones. I’m sure you can come up with many more!
This is a fun and easy design that works well with all types of fabrics. Brighten it up for kids, use some seasonal or holiday fabric—it all works! The blocks multiply faster than you can imagine using Bonnie’s Leaders and Enders method.
To get you started on your own version of this quilt, let’s have a little giveaway.
Leave me a comment by 10/27 letting me know if you find these patterns helpful and with what you’d like to see more of in Quiltmaker. I’ll randomly choose 2 winners. Each will receive a pack of autumn-colored charm squares.
Winners of the Charmed, I’m Sure giveaway are: c a norton and Karen. Winners have been notified by email.
Please stop by again on November 10th for another charm square pattern and more helpful tips. Find more charm square inspiration here.
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