Monday, November 11, 2013

Charmed, I'm Sure

I started sewing the Christmas quilt using one charm pack, Moda’s Countdown to Christmas.
First thing I did was lay out the 42 squares that came in the charm pack on my project board and fool around with their placement until I was happy with it.I had tried a few different layouts, trip around the world, diagonal, and nothing was working for me. So I decided on random placement for the 5" squares.  I realize that I have a problem with being "actually random" so I have to be "purposefully random". I laid the blocks out in a seven by six block grid as randomly as I could, and just made sure no two of the same color were touching.
After I was happy with the layout of the blocks I was worried that I wouldn't have enough fabric to make a lap quilt. Then light bulb moment: Sashing! I also call it the quilter's friendly extender. I had purchased some yardage from the collection when I ordered the charm pack, and boy am I glad I did.

Cut 100 2.5" X 5" strips of your sashing fabric. I like to use off white or another light color.
 Then sew one sashing strip to the top of each charm block.
Then cut 2.5" squares. Lots of them. I chose two different colors and I will alternate them.

Then sew the 2.5" squares (or "posts") to one end of each remaining sashing strip.
Then sew one sash and square strip to the left side of each charm block.

When you get to the end of your row of seven, sew one sash and square strip on each side.
Then we begin to assemble the quilt top!
Starting on the left start sewing together pairs of the sash & square combo.

Then sew together one paired sash & square combo to the one below it.

That's as far as I've gotten as of Sunday. The most time consuming part is cutting the sashing and posts, and even that doesn't take too long. After this, the top goes together quite quickly, but that'll be next Monday!

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Happy Quilting!

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