A Happy Scrappy Finish
I had sew much fun sewing up a new quilt this past month.
It began when I saw a Charm School Sew Along on Instagram. ( I am @SusiesSunroom on Instagram. Follow me and see my up- to- date projects ! I post on IG more often than blogging.)
I already had purchased my own Charm School Book, which is a new book by Vanessa Goertzen, of Lella Boutique, which has directions for making 18 quilts from 5" squares! So it was a perfect way to jump in and make my first quilt from this awesome book! ( I am just a fan of Lella Boutique. ) I have even enjoyed reading the directions for each quilt in the book!
|Charm School Book (here)|
I chose the " Scrap-Happy Quilt" to make. I love to make scrappy quilts, and thanks to the generosity of a couple of my sweet friends, I had a pile of Moda Mini Charm packs ready to use! (Thank you so much , G. and A. !!) This pattern uses 14 mini charm packs. I had 10 mini charm packs , and added a regular 5" Charms pack, which I cut into 4 mini charms packs.
Quilt Details: Scrap-Happy Quilt from Charm School Book by Vanessa Goertzen
Size: 68.5 " x 68.5 "
Block size: 16 " x 16 "
Fabric: 14 mini charms packs ( 2.5" squares) - Moda: Rachel Remembered by Betsy Chutchian, Southern Exposure by Laundry Basket Quilts, Ville Fleurie by French General , Coral Bells by Jan Patek Quilts, Thistle Farm by Kansas Troubles Quilters, Sweet Cherry Wine by Blackbird Designs, and Lario by 3 Sisters (cut into 4 mini charms)
Sashing: Painter's Canvas in Cream by Laura Gunn ( for Michael Miller) (from my stash)
Stars: Scraps of cream on cream fabric from my stash
Backing: Coral Bells by Jan Patek in Linen
Binding: Coral Bells by Jan Patek red
Batting: Warm and Natural - 100 % cotton
Thread: Aurifil #2024 50 wt. for piecing and Aurifil #2026 50 wt. for machine quilting
Total number of scrappy 2.5 " squares: 576
|The fabric pull for my Scrap-Happy Quilt|
I laid out all of my 2 .5 " pieces, organizing them into nine 8x8 rows. (I wanted to make sure that the last block formed was a good mixture of fabric lines.)
|Blocks of 8 by 8 were laid out|
They came together easily, and I couldn't wait to see what they would like like against the cream/gold sashing and cream stars.
Before I knew it, I had three blocks finished!
I decided not to rush, and tried to enjoy the whole patchworking process.
|9 blocks completed|
|Adding some sashing and stars|
Whiskers helped me with the final layout design....
|Layout of the quilt top|
Here is the finished flimsy top! What do you think of the mix of mini charms? I am very happy with how they mix and match! I love the rich tones.
|My flimsy "Scrap-Happy" quilt top|
I quilted straight lines, 1/4 of an inch away from the seams , vertically and horizontally, on the patchwork blocks, using my walking foot and the pretty light gold Aurifil #2026 thread. I quilted the outer border with lines, approximately 1/2 " apart, for a picture frame effect.
|Time to handsew the binding to the back of the quilt|
Whiskers likes to nap by my side, when I sew binding on the quilts, while in bed watching tv at night.
|Whiskers is feeling better now, and back to helping me!|
|My Scrap-Happy quilt by Susie's Sunroom|
A closer look at the corner...
I am so happy that I joined in with the Charm School Book Sew Along! It is fun to see all of the beautiful quilts that you can make from the book. I want to make another quilt soon. Stay tuned to see what I make! I know I'll be making another Scrap-Happy quilt someday! What an awesome way to use scraps!!