How To Make A Charm Quilt
A Charm Quilt Using 1930s Reproduction Fabrics
What Is A Charm Quilt
The idea of a charm quilt is that there are no two pieces of fabrics in the quilt that are alike... However I think it is just as charming if you have more than one of the same fabric in your quilt.
Another name for Charm quilts is Beggar quilts. The reason for this is because the quilter had to trade or beg for fabrics to make sure they had enough fabric pieces in order to use only one piece of fabric in each quilt.
A charm quilt can be made up of squares, triangles, hexagons or whatever your hearts desire. It is really just a scrappy quilt.
Charm quits can be small, as in a cute baby quilt, a table runner or a pretty wall hanging. They can also be made up into something larger like a lap quilt or even large enough to fit your bed. The choice is yours and how you want to show off your charms.
Charms can be created out of scraps of fabric, swaps with friends or you can purchase packs of charms. A charm quilt can be made as a memory quilt using pieces of fabric that are dear to your heart..say pieces of your baby's clothing or from your wedding. etc.
I have a love for scrappy quilts. I use left over scraps from planned quilts, fabric exchanges with friends and even pieces from used clothing. Which means great savings.
Typically purchased charms come in packets of 5"x 5" squares or mini charms come in packets of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.
I made this quilt ( Maya's Quilt) for my granddaughter using an assortment of charms that I had cut from my stash . Five inch squares with a lattice between each, This quilt was set on point.
On point gives the impression of a diamond shape , even though it is actually a five inch by five inch square...
Charm Quilt In Progress
A Simple Charm Quilt
My charm quilt that I am still working on, is made up by using pieces cut from my leftover scraps.
Each piece is cut into a square that measures 2 1/2" X 2 1/2 " .
The pieces are then placed into a paper bag. I reach in without looking, pull out a square, and sew it onto another square. I continue in this manner until I have a strip of the desired length. The strips are then sewn together with another strip. So on and so forth until I have completed the quilt top.
A fun and random way to make a charm quilt.
Pardon My Garden
Dresden Plate Tutorial - Quilting Made Easy!
A great charm pack to get started
Drunkards Path Using Layer Cake Charms By Moda
Dancing Daises - Drunkard's Path Quilt
Dancing Daisies (A Drunkard's Path Quilt)
This tutorial is for all of you quilters who have been nervous about trying a Drunkard's Path quilt. Showing you an easy way to put together a layout that is called "Dancing Daisies."
In this quilt the author chose to use Moda layer cakes for her quilt, but charm packs could be used instead, or yardage of course.
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