Friday, April 16, 2010

Charmed, I'm Sure & Giveaway Reminder

I find charm packs very cute, but had never purchased one until recently.  One of my local shops had pre-cuts on sale for 25% off Easter weekend.  I ran up there with the hope of finding a couple of Blush layer cakes, which I did, but sandwiched between the layer cakes was a lone charm pack, so I bought that too.

I was anxious to make something with these fabrics, so last Sunday after quilting day with Dawn, I started randomly cutting up the charm pack, with no plan in mind.  This is what I ended up with.

I made this little decorative quilt, which is approximately 18 inches by 18 inches:

And I also made this little quilt, which is 11 inches by 11 inches.  I plan to just bind this little quilt with no borders and I've shown the binding fabric with the quilt laying on it on two sides (the pink dot fabric).

After these two quilts were completed, I was left with the following:

I'm going to make the hourglass and four patch units into coasters/candle mats using the three intact charm squares and the large half square triangle unit as the backs.  The two little string square units will just be added to the orphan drawer.

The only fabric I didn't use is this, basically 3 charms, cut in half, and a few scraps.  Being the scrapaholic that I am, all of these items will be added to my scrap, string, and crumb stashes.

When all is said and done, the only fabric I will have added besides the charm pack, is about a third of a yard of the pink dot fabric from this line.  I received a 7 inch by WOF strip of the pink dot fabric in the grab bag box from the Fat Quarter Shop referenced in this post, which I will use for the bindings, plus I will add another strip or two from the Blush yardage I have coming for the larger quilt I plan to make to get the one-third yard that I need.  There is a brown civil war fabric that I also got in the grab bag box that looks like it will be perfect for the backings for the two quilts.

This project also counts for the cutting challenge in the Tranquiltity group, since it's a new project.  Here are a couple of pictures of the initial cutting for this quilt, as well as the small pile of waste that I ended up with.  Not too bad for winging it!  See, even anal accountants can do things on the fly sometimes :-).

Oh, and don't forget the giveaway that ends early Sunday morning.  Details are in the post just below this one.


Reenie said...

I love those little quilts!! I am just now getting into miniatures. The colors are just scrumptious! Great job being soooo productive!!

Regina said...

Lovely - and a great fabric, too!!

Thelma said...

How can you do that, take fabric and start cutting and sewing and end up with something, something cute!! I'm amazed and a little bit jealous! No cutting at my house until the plan is in place.

jillquilts said...

Very cute!!! And I'm impressed at how much of that charm pack you have used!!!