Cool Charms Quilt

This quilt is one of a pair (the other is not yet quilted). They started as an effort to make use of leftover charm squares and orphan charm square packs (You know when you buy just one charm pack because you have to have some of the fabric line but you don’t have any plan? I seem to end up with lots of those.)

Cool Charms Quilt

I pulled the low value prints from each charm pack. Then I sorted them into warm and cool colors. This is the cool version, obvs.

Cool Charms Quilt

I’m all about big quilts at the moment so I did the math for a full/double quilt and added some more cool fat quarters from my stash to make enough charm squares.  There are 19 squares in 20 rows – a total of 380 charm squares. {To make your own quilt this size, you’d need 9 charm packs plus 2 charm squares OR 32 fat quarters cut into 5″ squares.}

Cool Charms Quilt

I quilted it with my current favorite design – mod stems. It was tricky quilting it on such a large quilt but definitely worth the effort. I love the way it looks. I only wish I’d gone with a completely solid backing so the quilting were more visible.

Cool Charms Quilt

I had an informal poll here on my blog and on Instagram to help me choose a binding. The DS Quilts one I used and a navy polka dot were the overwhelming favorites. A light gray would have been my first choice but I wanted to use a binding I already had made.

There are so many different fabrics in this quilt that I had trouble listing them out below. Let me know if you spot any I missed.

Dimensions: 86″ x  90″

Fabrics:  Bella by Lotta Jansdotter; Road 15 and Noteworthy by Sweetwater;, Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey, Ruby by Bonnie and Camille; Simply Color by V and Co,; Punctuation by American Jane; It’s a Hoot, Freebird, and Wonderland by Momo; Flea Market Fancy and Greenfield Hill by Denyse Schmidt; Honey Honey by Kate Spain; Wild Thyme by Carolyn Gavin; Gypsy Girl and Tradewinds by Lily Ashbury; Circa 60 by Monaluna; Minny Muu by Lecien; Love and Midwest Modern by Amy Butler; Nest by Tula Pink; City Weekend by Oliver and S; Woodland Delight by Paula Prass; Cream & Sugar by Ampersand Studio; Goodnight Monkey by Erin Michael; Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey; Wheels by My Mind’s Eye; various 1930s repros

Pattern: Lisa Calle/Vintage Modern Quilts original design/It’s just squares!

Quilting Design: Mod leaves

Quilting Thread:  Aurifil #2600

Started: July 2013

Completed: September 2013

A Tied Quilt

This quilt is the perfect example of how to get WIPs finished. It languished in a box for nearly a year until I took it on retreat in the spring. My goal was to create a couple of intricate borders to make it larger but I decided it wasn’t worth so much extra effort for something that was cute as is. I even skipped the batting and basting, opting instead for a simple turned edge with rounded corners. Lesson learned: instead of always trying to make something unique, just finish it!

A Tied Quilt

It’s the perfect size for a stroller quilt, which is something we need now that fall is finally (kinda sorta) here (it was in the 90s all week). It  will be nice to have on trips to the Arboretum later in the fall.

The pieced blocks are disappearing nine-patches made from one charm pack (minus all of the pink prints in the line). I mixed in patches of solids – crossweaves, shot cotton, and a white swiss dot – to add texture. There’s no rhyme or reason to the layout since I had odd numbers of things.

Now I’m the first to admit that I never thought I’d make a tied quilt. But this one just seemed to need something extra. I had two skeins of vintage wool in my crewel stash that were pretty close to a perfect match. The ties are more like tassels than a traditional tied quilt.

A Tied Quilt

Something this simple and this small would be a perfect baby gift. Instead of doing such long ties on the quilt top, I’d probably do just French knots and then make tassels to go all around the quilt edge. Next time!

Dimensions:  33″ x  39″

Fabrics: Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater, Crossweaves by Moda Fabrics, shot cotton by Kaffe Fassett, swiss dot from Michael Miller, flannel backing from JoAnn’s.

Pattern: Disappearing 9-patch with plain blocks

Quilting Design: Tied with wool thread

Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 2600 for top-stitching

Started: May 2012

Completed: September 2013

Mod Circus Quilt

This quilt is so bright and fun! It combines two fabric lines from Moda – Apple Jack by Tim and Beck and Mod Century by Jenn Ski.  The fabric lines are stylistically very different – Mod Century is a stylish 1960s mod look and and Apple Jack is a boy-friendly kids line – but they just play so nicely together.

Mod Circus Quilt

Nothing special happening with the piecing here – just rows of charm squares sewn together in random fashion. This was a project I started on one of those afternoons when I just wanted to sew something mindless while listening to Janet Evanovich books from Audible.  (The first 10 or 12 Stephanie Plum books are entertaining but they really go downhill after a while.)

The quilting is the star of this quilt. It’s an orange peel design.

Mod Circus Quilt

I started off quilting this by traveling around each charm but I soon realized that its quicker to move in columns up and down. Then turn the quilt on its side on go the other way to fill in.

Mod Circus Quilt

I quilted this in just a few hours. No marking, no templates…lots of imperfections but hey, it looks awesome anyway! My circles aren’t perfect but I actually like the loose organic nature of them. I will most definitely be using this quilting design again on some other charm quilts I have in the works.

Mod Circus Quilt

(P.S. This is finished quilt number 12 for the year!)

Dimensions: 59″ x  64″

Fabrics: Mod Century by Jenn Ski for by Moda Fabrics, Apple Jack by Tim and Beck for Moda Fabrics. Backing is Castle Peeps by Lizzy House for Andover. Binding is Apple Jack from Moda Fabrics.

Quilting Thread:  Aurifil Cotton Mako 50 wt 4657 (variegated)

Started: February 2013

Completed: July 2013

Today is visit your local quilt shop (LQS) day. My LQS is a contemporary shop called Quilter’s Connection. They used to carry mostly repros, batiks, and novelty fabrics but have slowly been adding some modern designers to the mix. I hadn’t stopped in for several months so I was very pleasantly surprised today to find so many modern (especially Moda) fabrics and a good selection of well-priced solids.

I picked up just a few things:

A couple of charm packs of Mod Century by Jenn Ski, two mini Bella Solids charm packs, and a yard of Clementine (also Bella Solids). I was thinking of combining the Mod Century + Clementine with some Bungle Jungle by Tim & Beck charms packs I have.


I love how they look together. This might derail me from my WIPs for the weekend.