Friday, April 29, 2011

For the Love of Charm Squares

I love fabric charm squares!  

I confess  ('s another confession from me) that I was one of those old  traditional quilters who just had to make complicated blocks with lots of triangles and a jillion pieces to each block.  NO MORE!    Quilting should be fun....not difficult!

And.........along came Moda with charm packs and Jelly rolls!  Hurray!

While on a recent Shop Hop (everything I bought is in a previous post) with my sister and niece, we saw several Sudoku quilts and all 3 of us bought Moda charm packs.  Now, I don't do  Sudoku puzzles or like the idea of having to arrange the squares in a certain way, but the colorful simplicity of the 9 patch  layout for the blocks just called  to me.  There is nothing more simple for making quilts than the square shape, and the simple 9 patch layout for blocks has been a favorite of quiltmakers for decades.   No complicated blocks to sew!

The Giddy line by Sandy Gervais for Moda is a winner!  I bought the turquoise for the borders, and already had some red that is perfect for the narrow sashings. 

Let the sorting begin for each block!

My "system" is easy....just number each block.

Since I'm using Giddy turquoise for my borders, I'll put a square of turquoise in the middle of all my blocks.

but, not all the same turquoise print.

Gosh....even my corners match on this block......(yay! no complications).

Stay tuned later to see the finished quilt top.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Oh my! how I have enjoyed reading about your quilting! And the previous post about feed sacks -- well -- I love them and most of my little girl dresses were made from sacks in the 1940s. I even remember going to pick them out in the feed room. If I had sacks I couldn't cut into them either. I also quilt, although not as much; I'm getting slower, have arthritis in my hands, and still work on the farm which takes up a lot of time. I'd love for you to visit and look at my quilts.

  2. Your are going to have a beautiful quilt! I look forward to seeing the end results.

  3. I love this post and can't wait to see more. I have two charm packs but I haven't tried using them. For the life of me I don't know what to do with them.

  4. I've wanted to try the Moda charm packs for a long time now :) I can't wait to see how yours turns out! :)

  5. I have quite a number of charm packs and have used several in quilts. My favorite quilt is a Disappearing Nine Patch made with a charm pack of Christmas fabrics. I've also used my 5" square die with my GO! cutter a lot. Charm packs are really quite the best way to get a variety of coordinating fabrics without having to spend a *lot* of money for various yardage.
    Marilyn in San Antonio, TX

  6. I have fabric from AK that I'm planning to make into a Sudoku quilt. Thanks for sharing!

  7. They are very pretty.
    I must admit I love doing the complicated blocks too though.