I am so excited to be today's stop on the Sew Lux Fabric Charm Madness Blog Hop. I've got a really fun project for you- we are going to make an adorable stroller/car seat quilt.
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I have loved Honey, Honey by Kate Spain since its debut and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to cut into some. Sew Lux Fabric carries the whole line! I suggest for this project two fabrics with a decent amount of contrast - as you will see below, it enhances the lattice effect of the quilt.
You can definitely start with precut charm packs - solids would be great, or you can cut your own charms from yardage, like I did. You will need:
OK, let's get cutting!
You are going to cut all of your quilt top fabric into charm squares. There are some great tutorials out there about cutting charm squares from yardage - one of the best is by Elizabeth Hartman and it can be found here. This project will use 120 charms, (40 from each fabric). If you cut the entire yard into charms, you may have a few extra at the end but I always like to have a few spares just in case I need them.
As with many techniques in quilting, there are several different methods to make Half Square Triangles (HST). For this quilt, I use my favorite HST method and two of my favorite notions.
For this method, you place two charms, right sides together and mark a line across the diagonal of the wrong side of one charm. If you have a Fons&Porter Quarter-Inch seam marker like I do, you simply put the line of the seam marker on the diagonal of the wrong side of one charm square and use a Frixion Pen (or other marking device) to mark the lines- 1/4" on either side of the center line. You sew directly on the lines and them cut down the center to produce 2 HST. If you don't have a seam marker one, simply draw a diagonal line across the charm square and then sew 1/4" on either side of the line to produce 2 HST.
Create your first batch of HST's by placing a pink charm and white charm right sides together. Draw your line and sew as illustrated below. Chain piecing helps here - make 20 (to produce 40 HST).
Your finished HST should measure 4 1/2". Trim as needed.
Repeat with orange charms paired with white charms - make 20 (to produce 40 HST).
Next, cut each HST diagonally to create Quarter-Square Triangles (QST). For this project, we will only use the units shown below with the white to the left and pink to the right (Solid/Pattern). For the white/orange pairs, we will be using the orange to the left, and white to the right (Pattern/Solid).
Set aside the others and I will show you a quick way to use these at the end. They won't go to waste - promise :)
Next, get 20 orange charms and 20 pink charms. We need to trim our charms that we are going to pair with our QST's down to 4 1/2 inches and cut them diagonally.
Pair an orange triangle with a pink/white QST (layout is important here - you want white on top and pink on bottom as pictured here). Sew together to create "Unit A" which should measure 4 inches. Trim as needed.
Repeat with a pink triangle and an orange/white QST (again, make sure orange is on top here). Sew together to create "Unit B".
Take 2 Unit A's and 2 Unit B's and combine them as shown here to create the lattice block. This block measures 7 inches unfinished .
I know, it doesn't look like much alone. But when you combine it with her friends, the result is pretty fun!
Sewing a perfect 1/4 inch seam is VERY important in this block to ensure that all of your points line up. Don't be afraid to pin, pin, pin to make sure your seams are lining up for you.
My finished quilt is a total of 80 units combined into 20 blocks (4 blocks across, 5 down).
Rather than use a traditional binding, I made a ruffle and added it instead. You can add the binding of your choice and quilt as desired. I chose simple straight line quilting.
You will have left over quarter square triangles left over from this project, ready to be used for another purpose. It just so happens that one of our fellow Charm Madness hoppers last week posted a tutorial using an hourglass block, which is what you will get if you sew together your left over QST... Check out Jenelle's tutorial here at Echinops and Aster.
Here is the full schedule for the Charm Madness blog hop:
Tuesday 3/19 - Jennie at Clover & Violet
Wednesday, 3/20 - Jess at Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday, 3/21 - Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap
Friday, 3/22 - Jenelle at Echinops &Aster
Sunday, 3/24 - Week 1 Giveaway Post
Sunday, 3/24 - Week 1 Giveaway Post
Tuesday, 3/26 - Lori at Lori H Designs
Wednesday, 3/27 - Kelsey at Kelsey Sews
Thursday, 3/28 - Lindsay at CraftBuds/LindsaySews
Friday - 3/29 - Jennifer at That Girl, ThatQuilt
Saturday, 3/30 - Stacey at The Tilted Quilt
Sunday, 3/31 - Leona at Leona's Quilting Adventure & Week 2 Giveaway Post
Monday, 4/1 - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Tuesday, 4/2 - Wendi at prsd4tim2
Wednesday, 4/3 - Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy
Thursday, 4/4 - Ginny at Fish Creek Studio
Saturday, 4/6 - Last day to enter projects on the Linky Post
Sunday, 4/7 - Week 3 Giveaway Post
Three Ways to Win Prizes
- Enter the three weekly giveaway drawings on Sundays during the blog hop here at the Sew Lux blog.
- Link up your own charm project - Linky post will be open for entries between 3/28 – 4/6.
- Enter the Grand Prize Winner Giveaway by counting the total number of charms used in all the blog hop tutorials. Complete the entry form on 4/7 or 4/8. Keep track with our tracker sheet.
All entry posts for prizes will be on the Sew Lux blog.
Thanks for stopping in today - Happy Easter!!