Monday, October 8, 2007

Charm Square Quilt

Here's a little trick using charm squares. Some of you might have seen this before. We all need a refresher now and again...right...LOL. Take 9 charms squares (5") and layout same way you would for a 9-patch. Did you see that designer rotary cutter??? When I saw this on Nicole's blog I was just so taken by what a neat idea Olfa has finally come out with something pretty...I just had to have one. Darlene was so sweet and kind enough to send one to me. I'm very thrilled to have a pretty tool for my cutting table....it's mine mine all mine....lol. Thanks Darlene you are a wonderful friend.
The 9-patch blocks is all sewn. Easy so far right....lol.
Cut the 9-patch block right down the center in both directions. See the new blocks emerging? I think the new blocks are 7". I made a total of 5 9-patches using one charm pack of 45 squares. This gave me 20 of the 7" blocks. Two packages of charms squares made 40 blocks for a lap quilt. It was so fast and easy to make 10 9-patches and then I was ready to cut my blocks.
Option 1: This random layout of twisting and turning the blocks uses 36 of my blocks, makes a square quilt. Lay the blocks in any pleasing order with 6 rows across and 6 rows down.
Option 2: Layout with all blocks placed with the corner square to the left top corner, makes a rectangular shaped quilt. This layout used all 40 blocks. 5 rows across and 8 rows down.
Option 3: Is to place your blocks on point. With this layout I had 1 block left over, I used 39 blocks. There are so many possibilities with this block. Have fun playing around with your layout.

81 comments:

Darlene said...

Wow, that's a terrific idea! I need to think about doing this very, very soon. I'm not sure which layout I prefer - I'm so fickle! LOL

I'm glad you're enjoying your cutter!

kcamou said...

Great tutorial. I've done the nine-patch thing, but never using 9 different blocks, or from charms. Great effect. The left-over block would be great for a label on the back.

Libby said...

Isn't that a fun way to make up a little top? I did this earlier in the year with a friend who wanted to make a quilt but had real issues with making everything 'matchy/matchy' Armed with 2 charm packs, we made the rule that we had to sew together whatever came up next. When we cut them up, we followed the same rule when putting the top together. I'm not sure she's fully convinced of my method . . . but it was fun trying *s*

Laila said...

What a great idea. It is somthing I have to try. thank you. ;-)

Kim said...

Oh good! I was just thinking about what I wanted to make with some charm packs I have--that gives me another idea to pick from!

Jeanne said...

I haven't tried this with nine different fabrics, but the results on your pictures look great! The Olfa cutter is too cute.

joyce said...

What a great way to make a quilt. You could spend hours playing with it on the design wall.

Catherine said...

What a great idea for those charm packs! Can't wait to try it. Thank you!

Juliann in WA said...

This is beautiful! I used those same charms for a little circle quilt but I really like what you have done. Guess I need to buy another charm pack.

Bren said...

Oh I love this!!! I can't wait to try it!! With kid prints it would make a great baby quilt!
Your designer cutter is too cute. I want one!

mar said...

cool trick! I love the 'on point' layout! ahhh Sonnet, beautiful line!

kjquilts said...

Thank you for showing this so clearly! I've seen it done before but got so confused. It looks easy and I have a few charm packs I'd like to try it out on.

Pam said...

That is a great way to use the charm squares. I just love the Sonnet collection!

I love the rotary cutter, bought myself one a few weeks ago - although I still haven't taken it out of the box - silly me :))

Lucy said...

Beautiful And what a great idea!!!

Hedgehog said...

Love this pattern - hadn't seen it on point before! Beautiful fabrics, too!

Julia said...

This is one of my favorite patterns. It is so fast and easy to make and the possibilities are endless. I just finished a baby quilt using this design, it turned out way cute. I haven't tried the on-point though. I really like that.

Linda said...

As if I don't have enough irons in the fire, now a new and neat idea. Thanks for sharing Wendy, I'll definately have to try this one out.

Dawn said...

Oh how fun! You just are going to have to make more! I love how changing the same block around makes the quilt look so different!

Carole said...

Wow, what a great idea! Love that rotary cutter! What a sweetheart she is! Thank you so much for the tutorial! You're the bestests! hugs!

Knot Garden said...

That's such a fun idea. It would keep me quiet for ages. A good use for charm packs!

Nadine said...

Oh, how I LOVE those tricky, quick cuttings ! So fun and clever ....
THANKS, Wendy !
And NICE cutter ! Darlene is a darling.
XOXOXOXOXO
Nadine

Alisa said...

Wendy, I have seen this somewhere I think, but I like how you've given us some layout ideas along with the block. Very nice! Thanks.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, I do love this disappearing 9-patch!

Lisa said...

Wow I always wondered what to do with charm packs. Now I may actually buy one!! Awesome tutorial. Thanks

Rose said...

Thats a great idea!! Love the ones on point!!

Alice I. said...

I was just looking at some charm packs over the weekend and thinking of a way to use them. Today I read your blog and voila -- a charm pack tutorial....lol...perfect timing! I will be trying this one out for sure.....the pics certainly helped too! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Wagner said...

I've made these blocks before, but I love it in your fabrics. I'm sure I have a similar charm package here somewhere. Maybe I'll try it in a mini size?!?!

Yvonne said...

Thanks Wendy...that is so awesome! I do have the charm packs to try it out on. Your cutter is so cute and oh so sweet of Darlene.

mel said...

I just bought those same charms just the other day and now I know what I want to do. Thanks for the inspiration.

Suzan said...

In a fit of madness, I bought 4 charm packs of Chocolat. Now I know what to do with them! Thanks!!

MeganZ said...

So cool! I'm trying this now with Roman Holiday charms.

BTW, does this pattern have a name? A couple people have mentioned seeing it elsewhere...

Linda said...

love it! i'm currently doing a charm square quilt i saw on your blog from February; i'm going to have to try this one as well!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love that pattern/design. I made a quilt using that and I love it and it's very easy which is nice. I just bought that rotary cutter myself.

Chookyblue said...

love this........some times we just need reminding...........I have some of these charm squares and yardage so have to decide what I will do with them yet.........

Leanne said...

I'm impressed once again you have shared a great idea. Thank you.

Tamara said...

I had picked up a charm packet unsure what I was going to do with it. After seeing this I picked up another packet to do this fun method for a quilt.

Renee said...

LOVE your Olfa cutter . . . what a fun way to use charm packs - wonderful layouts! Great idea!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Great idea .... you're full of good ideas aren't you? Thanks for the inspiration.

May Kristin said...

What a great idea! And so easy! I will try this!

Quilty Mama said...

Great idea! Thanks! I can't wait to try it.

Elaine Adair said...

That diagonally setting is out of this world. Who woulda thought, from a simple block!

Just found your blog - thanks for a lovely visit. I'm coming back when I have more time. Come by and visit me, if you can!

Happy quilting.

Blåbærtua said...

WOW!, i have to try this. Thank you for shareing. You have a fantastic blog.

Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial! What a fun way to use charm squares.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Love this technique with charm squares. Thanks for sharing.

Storybook Woods said...

Hello Wendy, I wanted to thank you for your tutorial. I am new to quilting and your tutorial helped me make a table runner. Thank you again. Clarice @Storybook Woods

Helen said...

Now I know what to do with my charm packs!! I have just started quilting and your tutorial has shown me a way to use them. Thank you sew much.
Helen.

Busty LaRue said...

I love this quilt! I machine quilt, and one of my clients brought in the directions for me. It's so nice to see it step by step, and I love the fabrics you used, and the different ways you can lay the quilt out. Thanks for the great tute!

catandturtle said...

I love this and your blog. I have been looking for a great and easy charm square pattern so thank you!

Leslie said...

i love this tutorial. i had a few charm packs that i did not know what i wanted to make with but when i saw how you made that 9 patch and then cut them down i knew this was it! I am up to the layout part and i can see that it is going to be hard to choose.

Blue Plum Crafts said...

Great tutorial! I've just discovered this and can't wait to try it.

Lindi said...

I've just started one using a Layer Cake. I was doubtful about all the different fabrics until I saw yours! Thanks!

Esteemarlu said...

Oh, I have to try this since I have tons of charm squares already. I will also give it to my neighbor who loves making scrap quilts.

SunshineofAutumnQuilts said...

I love your idea, and thank you for such a good tutorial. I have so many charm blocks just waiting to find a home in a new quilt. I see this being a great pattern for many Christmas Gifts.

Lilymane said...

I know you posted this over a year ago - but it was such a joy to discover today that I had to comment! I have a quilt that must be made, the rule of no more new fabric, a pile of lovely charm squares and I am desperate for something slightly out of the ordinary. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Lucy said...

I purchased a charm pack a few years ago and could never figure out how to use it. Now I have some great ideas. I love it.

denise said...

Hello, I was wondering what size triangles you used to "square up" the en pointe design. Surely you didn't bind all those angles. If you did, more power to you! Thanks for the clear instruction! Denise

Mavis said...

Wow! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it. I have some charm packs and now have something new to try.

Mavis

Cloth, Yarn and Life said...

Hi,
I found this block on a British Quilter's blog and was so inspired that I spent one whole evening making them from some Kaffe Fassett charm squares I have. I will keep that one but I plan to make more for charity. It's a wonderful block. Thank you for sharing.Further reinforcement of its utility.
MaryLou
www.marylourupp@blogspot.com

suemarie said...

Hey,
I found this blog a couple of months ago and decided to apply strip piecing to the idea. Using 2yards of light, 1 yard of medium, 1 yard of medium, and 1/2 yard of dark, I made a traditional nine-patch blocks utilizing strip piecing methods. Cut your strips 5". Place your dark fabric in the center of the 9-patch and the mediums on the outsides and there you have it! Making 18 nine patches yields 72 blocks. Set them 10x7 or 9x8. This is SO fast. It allowed me to make 3 bed-sized quilts for 3 of my children for Christmas...and I started after Thanksgiving.

~ Phyllis ~ said...

What a wonderful idea. Thanks for posting.

Wendy & Barry said...

Hi Wendy: A fellow quilter just turned me on to this idea, but I love the idea of using charm packs. I've have been looking for a quilt that will use up some of my stash and this is it. Will also pass it onto to the rest of my group, they will love it, great site. Thanks Wendy L

Donna said...

I love this! Thanks for the tutorial. I have several charm packs, and I think this is perfect for them.

Purple and Paisley said...

thank you so much for this tutorial...i found it (and you) by googling "charm pack ideas"...i put together a little top tonight and am going to show it tomorrow on my blog...i included a link to your post as my inspiration...thanks again and pop by tomorrow if you'd like to see how mine charm pack quilt top turned out...

sewingdreamsnotions said...

This is great! Now I'm thinking about what fabrics I have to use so I can make one. Thanks for the neat idea.

B DOODLES said...

I love it, mine is ready to sew together! I do have a question, if I wanted to make it a bit larger could I do jelly roll strips around the edges like a border?

Alicia said...

Thanks for this! I was wondering how many charm packs I need for a lap quilt. Now to decide between square or rectangle!

Alicia said...

One question - what are the dimensions of these quilts? I'm not sure how much fabric I'll need for the back. Thanks!

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Irene Lowe said...

Hi Wendy, Love this quilt idea. I'm making it at the moment, but I wanted to turn it into a queen size quilt for my bed. Any idea as to how many charm squares I would need? I'm a real newbie (this is my first quilting project), so if you could help, that would really be appreciated. Cheers, Irene Lowe, Melbourne, Australia

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

thanks for posting. I came across your blog while looking for some tips and hints on how to use up my odd charm squares and I have duly joined up to follow you!

Noble Daisy said...

Thanks for posting this fabulous idea. I have been pondering for months what to do with some of my charm packs. I am going use this method to make my new quilting creation. Happy Quilting :)

Andrea said...

I love this idea. Following your instructions, I just laid out 6 rows across and 9 down, with the little squares in the upper left corner using Aviary charm packs (3 Sisters). It's beautiful. I'm trying to decide if I should sew it up like that, put sashing and/or borders on it to make it bigger or what.

I'm fairly new at this so I love these cinchy ones. Thank you so much for the idea!rapajp@

Sherry said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I'm a beginner and I found this quilt pattern easy and fast. I made the quilt for my mother in law & she loved it. Here are a couple of links to the quilt I made. http://www.cruisemates.com/gallery2/image.php?id=8293
http://www.cruisemates.com/gallery2/image.php?id=8292

GIJane279 said...

Thank you for this tutorial! I love your pictures and blogs too. I'm new at the "blog" thing so forgive me if this doesn't post correctly. Oh and another thing I was pleased to see the blocks from Temecula, which isn't to far from me (60-75 miles) so I plan to visit their shop in the near future. Thank you again for sharing and inspiring.

Liz Carter, So.California

mozelle58 said...

I'm new to this art and am delighted to find your instructions. I think even I could do this and have something that looks nice in the end. Thank you so much!

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Lisa Cox said...

Thank you so much for posting this!
I had seen a quilt at a quilt shop using this pattern and they wanted $12 for the pattern. I figured I could do it without the pattern but I was going to have to do it the hard way,cutting those charms into halves and quarters. You saved me tons of time!!!!

Rockester said...

I love disappearing four patch. You did a great job. I choose layout style number 3 on point, very nice!

becky said...

Wendy thank you for the great tut on how to make this! Using your instructions, I made my own version and blogged about it here: http://www.btreehouse.com/indigo-crossing-quilt/

I happily gave you credit!

-B

Ellie said...

I'm going to try to make this quilt, I have tons of fabric that would work great. Thank You for sharing. Oh by the way I'm a cat lover also.. :-)

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