My happy-go-lucky charm packs arrived today, so I made some progress on my quilt. A few of you asked about making it, so I thought I'd do a quick tut on what I'm doing.
BTW- I also ordered this grey diagonal stripe. It will be great for binding - don't miss that one!
To make 50 nine-patch blocks and 49 snowball blocks, you'll need:
4 charm packs or 162 charm squares (5")
2 1/8 yards of white for the snowball blocks and inner borders
To finish the quilt like mine, you'll need:
7/8 yard for borders
5/8 yard for binding
4 yards for backing
To make the Nine-patch block, sew 2 charm squares together on one side. Cut them in half as pictured in both directions.
You'll end up with 2 sets of squares sewn together and 4 squares 2 1/2" (these are all print squares even though the light blue ones look white!)
Do this with 75 pairs of charm squares. Cut the remaining 12 charm squares in half in both directions, for 48 additional 2 1/2" squares. (You'll have 2 extra)
Sew one 2 1/2" square to each of the sewn pairs above for a row of three squares, Press the seams in one direction. Sew three rows together to make the block, alternating the direction of the seams so they fit together nicely. Make 50 blocks.
From your white fabric, cut 49 squares 6 1/2". For this you'll need 8 strips 6 1/2", plus one additional square.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the remaining 2 1/2" squares or use an Angler to sew a small square on the corner of each white square.
Press and trim the seam allowance to 1/4". Make 49 Snowball blocks.
Set your blocks by alternating the two. Here's what I managed to finish today! I'm liking how scrappy it's looking. I'm adding in a few navies, some Simply color and some previous lines of Bonnie and Camille.
Mmmm... I'm trying to decide on a border and binding using my charm squares, so I'm ready when the yardage is available! What do you think?
. . . Cindy