#ProjectQuilting – Charm Squares

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This week’s Project Quilting challenge, “It’s a Charm” was all about using charm squares. I love using charm squares in my projects, but this challenge was a little difficult for me because I could *only* use charm squares for the front of the quilt.

I’ve been thinking about making myself a Dresden plate quilt, and I though that this would be a great chance to try out the process on a small project. I started with a tutorial on cutting Dresden slices from charm squares from Bloom and Blossom, pulling all the pink/red/orange charms from a pack of Kona Sunrise charms that I won during #QuiltTalk a few weeks ago.

I then used a few of my yellows to make the centers of the flower sections, and the greens for the background. I didn’t have quite enough greens in the pack to do the entire background so I pulled the greens from a second pack to complete the background fabric.

dresden flower progress

Once all the pieces were completed, I used my handy dandy stick of Elmer’s Glue to hold the top together for quilting.

back

For the actual quilting, I went with a edge quilting to hold the flowers in place. I think it lets to colors in this quilt really shine (especially in the dreary weather we’ve had lately).

charming quilt

charm quilt closeup

I absolutely love my Charming Flowers. It’s the most interesting thing I’ve ever made with charm squares. The quilt finishes at about 22.5×18-inches and will probably lay over the top of one of the chairs in the living room.

Sharing over at:
Project Quilting at Persimon Dreams, Inspiration Monday at I Should be Mopping the Floor,
Much Ado About Monday at Huckleberry Love, Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than 
Housework, Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Let's
Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

23 thoughts on “#ProjectQuilting – Charm Squares”

  1. I love those colours!! Solids are so beautiful when they are well combined, and you’ve done that for sure!! I always find Dresden Plate a tough pattern to work with, but you’ve done it beautifully.

    I’d never have thought of using glue to hold pieces for quilting, but then I’m a very slow hand quilter!! By the time I finished them they’d be all over the house. LOL

    1. It was very handy to use the glue to hold the pieces together for quilting. It kept them from slipping around on my machine, and I’m sure it would help with hand quilting. It doesn’t add any bulk, and the Elmer’s brand school glue washes out. I like to use the kind that goes on purple and dries clear. That way I can easily see where I’ve applied the glue. Then I stick it down and press it with the iron. It seems to do the trick. Let me know if you try it.

  2. So super cute! Your charm pack was lovely to start with…. good base for flowers. These small dresden plates are beautiful and the quilting lets the fabric shine. You should be proud. It’s a great piece. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Lorna! The Kona sunrise charm pack was perfect for this project. I don’t usually work with many solids, but all that bright color just says spring.

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