charmed {free pattern & tutorial}

After a week of crazy busy-ness with work and finishing off some commission jobs I finally had a chance to sit down this weekend and finish quilting my charmed quilt. I’ve had this tutorial post drafted for over two weeks now, so thankyou for your patience and understanding while I tweaked some of it, added those finishing touches {and actually finished it!}.

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I’m thrilled with this quilt – I love the colour, I love the simplicity of the design and Kate Spain’s fabrics just shine the way they should! Measuring at just under 50″ square, this quilt used 2 and a bit charm packs {or 96 charms gifted to me in the Kate Spain charm swap!} and is the perfect size for a crib quilt. You could also add a hanging sleeve and hang that quilt and those fabrics for all to see {mine is destined for a wall in my sewing room – which wall is yet to be determined but when it is I’ll have a gorgeous Kate Spain ‘ artwork’ of my own to display on it}.

charmed

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download your free pattern here

quilt stats:

Finished Size:                49½” x  49½”
Finished Block:             7¾ ” x 7¾”

Quantities are for 44” (112cm) wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include ¼“ seam allowances. ¼” seams are used throughout unless otherwise stated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

materials:

2 ¼ x Charm Packs* {96 5”x5” squares}
2 yards Solid Fabric {centre blocks and sashing}
3 ¼ yard Print Fabric {backing}
½ yard Print Fabric {binding}
Crib Size Bamboo/Wool Batting
* Charm Packs are 5”x5” pre-cut squares. If you opt to use yardage for your blocks, cut 96x 5”x5” squares from selected print fabrics.

cutting:

from Solid {Sashing} Fabric, cut:
– 4x 4 ½” x WOF strips {centre blocks}
subcut these into: 32x 4 ½” x 4 ½” squares
– 7x 1 ½” x WOF strips {vertical block sashing strips}
subcut these into: 30x 1 ½“ x 8 ¼” strips
2x 1 ½” x 10” strips
– 7x 1 ½” x WOF strips {horizontal row sashing strips}
trim selvedge’s and set aside
from selected {Binding} Print Fabric, cut:
6 each – 2 ½” WOF strips
from Print {Backing} Fabric, cut into two equal lengths and join along selvedge edge. Press.

{one}        Take your fabric and cut as follows:

preparing:

{two}        Match two charm squares together, right sides facing, making 54 pairs. Using a fabric marker or pencil and ruler, mark a vertical line on the wrong side of one of each of your charm square pairs at 2 ½” {diagram a}.

diagram a

stitching:

{three}      Sew ¼” seam on each side of your marked line for all matched squares in previous step {diagram b}.

diagram b
Take your sewn squares and, using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut along the marked line. Without moving the pieces, line your ruler up horizontally at 2 ½” inches and make a cut {diagram c}. This will produce 4x mini charm strips {diagram d}. Press to the left. Repeat for all pieces.

diagram c

{four}        Set aside 64x Mini Charm Strips {mixed for scrappy look} until next step.  Take two Mini Charm Strips and join end to end to make a Double Charm Strip Unit {diagram e}. Press to the left.  Repeat for all remaining units to yield 64x Double Charm Strip Units.

diagram e

piecing:

{five}         To assemble each block you will need: {diagram f}

– 2x Mini Charm Strips

– 2x Double Charm Strip Units

– 1x Solid 4 ½” x 4 ½” Square

diagram f

{five}    Lay out pieces in the following block formation {diagram g}:

diagram g

Sew the 2x Mini Charm Strips onto either side of the 4 ½” square. Press seams towards print fabrics. Sew the two Double Charm Strip units to the top and bottom of your pressed piece yielding the above block {diagram h}. Press seams towards white square. Repeat for all remaining strip and square pieces.

{six}            Take eight {8} blocks and cut diagonally to produce 16 edge blocks {diagram i}.

diagram h

finishing:

{seven}     Lay blocks on point in the following layout {diagram j}. Note: refer to this diagram for following steps.

diagram j

{eight}      Assemble quilt top in rows. Use a 1½” x 8¼” vertical sashing strip to join each block in each row. Sew outside edge blocks to each end of rows 2 to 6. Press seams to one side and repeat for each row. Using the 1½” x 10” vertical sashing strips join two edge blocks for rows 1 and 7 leaving an overhang at the point end. Note: the overhand at the pointed end of the blocks will allow for accurate quilt top trimming.

{nine}        Measure the length along the top and bottom of your rows. Add 4” to each and cut and join the WOF 1 ½” sashing strips together to match these measurements. Note: adding 2” overhang at the beginning and end of each strip will allow for accurate quilt top trimming.

{ten}         Join each row together with the corresponding horizontal sashing strip as previous step. Press seams to one side.

quilting:

{eleven}    Layer quilt top, batting and backing fabric and baste with safety pins.

{twelve}    Quilt as desired. Trim excess.

*’charmed’ quilt was machine quilted using a walking foot and straight-line quilting.

binding:

download your free pattern here for detailed binding instructions

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Can’t wait to see your finished charmed quilts! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my submission post in the Kate Spain Charm Along hosted by MsMidge!

Keera
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Comments

  1. Sandy D says

    Love this Quilt. I just found your Blog through The Sassy Quilter and I am now a follower of your blog. I have also pinned this quilt and I am going to make it as soon as I pull the fabrics. Thank you.

  2. says

    This is such a charming quilt. I love charm packs, but always have trouble cutting into them. This quilt really highlights all of those lovely fabrics.

  3. Diana says

    Thanks for the free pattern and detailed tutorial. Love your choice of fabrics! I have one suggestion which would save you time with the ‘marking': (as seen on several Jenny Doan tutorials on Missouri Star Quilting Company – YouTube) instead of marking a centre line and sewing 1/4″ on each side of the mark, just sew a 1/4″ seam on two opposite edges of each 5″ pair. Then simply slice both ways, and you’ve got your “mini-charm strips” without the marking step. A tiny bit quicker!

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