Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I May Have a Scrap Problem... Got Charm Squares?

Hi, all!

Well, it has been quite a week, with the ending of this year's Hands2Help Challenge - and that means I've been too busy to work on my Wedge Play quilt (boo...)!  And this is the last Wednesday of the month, too.  So I'm probably not going to get it finished before June 1, but I'll definitely finish it before July 1!


I'm going to wait until next week to share my June goal for Scrap Attack, because honestly, I don't have time to think about it right now!  But I did think of a great reason for this post - a way to use up charm squares!  Now, if you're new to quilting, charm squares may be one of those phrases that you wish you knew.  So here's the skinny - charm squares are 5" squares!  Isn't that simple?  It's a pretty common precut size, so most people have them in their stash.  The trick to having a box of scrappy charms is to know a way to use them!  So here are some ideas I found online....


This one's pretty simple, but offsetting the charm squares creates some nice movement.


This has long been a favorite of mine - simple but modern. And don't you just love that quilting?


I think using the print for sashing was brilliant - it really gives it a vintage flair!


Everyone knows you can use charm squares to make HST blocks - but have you ever put them on point?  They take on a whole new look when assembled this way!


Here's another option for laying them out on point - it really showcases the prints in these charms!


If you've got a bunch of charms in one or two colors, pairing them up with a nice neutral makes for a striking quilt!


And this would look so great totally scrappy!  It's so simple - split your charm square diagonally, sew a strip between the two triangles and trim to square...


And this quilt just fascinates me!  I love the movement, the "different" of it - and I MUST make one of these!

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So now, do you feel inspired to put some of those charm squares to work?  I know I'm itching to make something but I have to finish some other things first.  Oh well - it's something to look forward to!

Hugs!

Sarah

36 comments:

  1. that circular quilting, and the green squares, beautiful, and every other option is lovely too. Great ways for those oddments.

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    1. I've seen lot of that circular quilting lately - I think it's time to give it a try!

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  2. Thanks for the inspiration to use up more scrap squares. I see a couple I want to try.

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  3. I love that 2nd quilt you shared. It is stunning in such a simple way!

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    1. Yes, that's definitely a favorite of mine too!

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  4. I'm also fascinated by the last quilt. It looks simple enough to figure out how to do without a pattern.. I think I might have to try it. :)

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    1. I think it's basically a four-patch corner of a Charming Stars block - pretty simple!

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  5. Great inspiration, I have tons of 5" squares.

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  6. I've got a charm pack just begging to be one of these! I especially like the HST on point.

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    1. Sometimes we forget about putting things on point to give them a new look - or to make them look larger! We use it a lot with orphan blocks...

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  7. Oh my goodness! I love all of these! Great inspiration. Thank you!

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  8. Thanks so much for this! I've been making coiled rope bowls so much lately I haven't thought about making quilts. This maybe just the boost I need!

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    1. Oh, I love your coiled rope bowls, though!

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  9. I sure do feel inspired. Thanks for sharing. ;^)

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  10. They are all fun, but I especially like that last one. That might be on my must make list too! I have made one like the first quilt with the offset squares. So easy and fast.

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    1. I think I've figured out the pattern for that last one - can't wait to give it a try!

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  11. So pretty! Great ideas! I like the offset charms!

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    1. Yep - that one looks simple and fun!

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  12. This is a very timely post. At my recent local quilt show I won a "charming" raffle basket. The basket contained 1043 charm squares!

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  13. Just the push I need to get busy with my stash of charm squares. Thanks for all the ideas.

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  14. Love the inspiration! I wonder if you could make the last one with 10" squares?

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    1. I would think so, although it would be huge!

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  15. Tons of cute options here for charms! I just reorganized my box of precuts and re-acquainted myself with my charm squares. They are still marinating, though!

    louise (dot) hornor (at) gmail

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    1. Be careful, you leave them in there "marinating" long enough, they'll get busy and make lots of babies!!

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  16. Great ideas for charm squares. There are several that I really like! Thanks for posting the pics.

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  17. What a wonderful set of quilts based on those charm squares. Thank you!

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  19. Ooooh, I really like that last one. It's so different! Thanks for the idea. (Does that pattern have a name?) sandralpanagos @ gmail

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  20. Boy do I have charms. I like a lot of these ideas. Thank you for sharing the,

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