Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Solutions

 Do you get tempted by all those lovely new ranges coming out all the time? I do.
A few months back I came to a solution for me that I thought was worth sharing.


In this magazine I found a scrappy quilt that I loved but I didn't have fabric or time to make it.


 To make a lap/single quilt 66" by 81" you need 783 charm squares.
Crib/wall 48" by 54" uses 378 charms.
Full/Queen 85" by 90" uses 1,110 charms.
King 103" by 102" uses 1,530 charms.


 So I put aside the charm squares I had, and every once in a while I buy another one or two to add to my collection. To date I have approx 400-420.
By the time I have enough charm squares to make the quilt; and it might be queen or king size yet; I will have finished numerous other projects so I will have time to make this. The great thing about it is I will have a piece of all those lovely fabrics I admire in it without the huge cost of money and time to make a quilt from each range that catches my eye. I am using reproduction type charms for this quilt; but it would look fantastic in brighter, more modern fabrics too. I nearly started to put together two to make, but decided one was enough for the time being.

The quilt uses a template to cut the tumbler shape and then it is machine pieced.
I love tumber, clam shell and apple core quilts but decided on this tumbler one because I could machine piece it; however I may just take on making an apple core or clam shell quilt in the distant future!


7 comments:

NessaKnits said...

Yummo.

shez said...

looking forward to seeing your progress with this quilt Bec your fabrics are great

rubyslipperz said...

wonderfully delicious charms for a very yummy quilt...and no calories!
Imagine that!!

hugZ,
annie
rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

That's a good idea; I never know what to do with charm squares, so never buy any, but if I find a pattern I like I'll certainly pinch this idea.

debbie said...

What a great idea. My problem is finding the charm squares locally. I do have a collection, but not enough to make that quilt. I love scrappy. Do you know anyone with a Go? They have two sizes of tumbler dies. The smaller one would fit on a charm square...but I think there would be lots of scrap area left, but maybe I'm wrong. I'm sure the large die is too big for a charm.
A friends oldest daughter is making her first 2 quilts. One is a scrappy apple core. The other is simple squares.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Oh Bec, I love this... I saw a black and white one on someone's blog. Just stunning and great idea for scraps.

Margaret said...

I like charm squares too, sounds like a neice from many years ago everytime you said you liked somehing she piped up " ME TOO"
The tumbler effect looks interesting