Charming Seasonal Decor

28 08 2019

What can you make with a package of 42  5″ charm squares? They are so tempting to purchase; we like all the coordinating colors and prints in one tidy package. But sometimes we are at a loss for actually using them in a sewing/quilting project.

Last fall, I designed a wall quilt with a simple star and pieced border that was published in McCall’s Quick Quilts Dec/Jan 2019. Although the “Night Lights” Hanukkah quilt is made from yardage of 6 prints, the design can be adapted for using the many prints contained in a charm pack.

On a recent visit to Sew There! Quilts and More in Angier, NC, I was captivated by a package featuring fall leaves, sunflowers, and tone-on-tones with metallic gold flecks. This “Giving Thanks” collection was designed by Lynnea Washburn for Robert Kaufman fabrics. Purchasing with a plan, I hoped to make a “Charming Star” wall quilt that doubles as a table topper. Besides the Charm package, I needed 3/8 yd. off-white “grunge” for background and 1/4 yd. brown print for binding. The quilt is 24″ square, so I also needed at least 3/4 yard of backing fabric.

After assembling the quilt top, I quilted heart shaped leaves all over with an old gold Magnifico polyester thread. The thread color shows nicely on the grunge and blends well with the fall themed fabrics. When summer’s hot weather gives way to crisp fall temperatures, I’m ready to decorate with a new fall quilt!

Another very fun collection is “We Whisk You a Merry Christmas” designed by Kim Christopherson for Maywood Studio. Won’t this be a fun topper for my kitchen table at Christmastime? For this quilt, I purchased a dark (black) background, but I think the prints would look equally well with a light background.

I quilted an all-over snowflake design with a light gray polyester thread. It shows up nicely against the black background as feathery snowflakes would. I considered binding the quilt with a red tone-on-tone fabric, but felt black would add a solid calm finish rather than additional color chaos.

Which is your favorite quilt–the Fall quilt or the Christmas quilt?

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