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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Falling Charms Quilt


This is the falling charms quilt that I made for another grandchild. I got the pattern from this tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Thank you Jenny!

The tutorial has a pattern of the layout. I stopped the video at this point and made a copy of the layout by using the print screen function on the keyboard. It helped when it came time to lay out all the blocks.

I cut the 2.5" strips from yardage and used a few charm packs from Amy Butler's Soul Blossom line. The remainder of blocks are from my own fabric stash. Here are some pics of my progress.

Block design

The blocks are laid out on my bed because I have not made a design wall yet. I plan to make one soon. I take photos of my layout to refer to as I sew the rows. This helps if things get mixed up as they frequently seem to around here. Hey, I'm new at this!

The back was a challenge for me. I wanted to make the back different. I used left over charms to make the quilt back instead of just one large piece of fabric. The charms in the middle were warm colors so I used a brown border around them. Then I pieced all the other charms using the disappearing nine patch technique. I say it was challenging because, I realized that when I went to machine quilt it, the design on the front wouldn't line up with the design on the back.

I decided to machine quilt an all-over design of loops and hearts. That way the back wouldn't look too bad.
What do you think? The last photo is the pillow that I made to match. It has some blocks made from the Soul Blossoms charm pack and some that I had purchased. The bug blocks are from fabric I purchased from eBay. I believe it's discontinued. I appliqued her initial in the middle block. I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo but it's quilted on the white strips.

Falling Charms Quilt Front

Falling Charms Quilt Back

Square block pillow
The quilt I'm working on now will be from Batik fabrics. I plan to use the same block size as on the front. If I understand correctly, the back must be bigger than the front for machine quilting purpose so I plan to add a border around the edge. I hope it doesn't get all wonky during quilting!

Thank you for reading my blog. I'd love to have questions or comments about my projects. Helpful suggestions are always appreciated. I'd love to see your creations too!