Today is my turn on Ms Midge's Charm Dash blog hop. I was very excited to work on this pattern - the thing I love most about it is that there is no wastage. It's such a great way to use those charm packs you've been hoarding, especially if you are a part of her Aussie Charm Swaps.
Did you see Sarah's blog post on Friday? She's made a very vibrant purple version - I love it! I really love what she's done with quilting all that negative space.
I had 1½ charm packs of Kate Spain's Horizon left over from a previous project, so I decided to use those. I had enough to make 16 blocks, so I've got a 51½" square quilt. I'm not going to add borders to it - I really love borderless quilts. I'll bind it in a dark blue to frame it. I love the way the colours in the range lend themselves to a gradation of colour. Just gorgeous.
One thing I would recommend when working with charm packs is that not all charm packs are created equal, so it's a good idea to check that they are actually 5" square - there were many charm squares that had to be trimmed down to 5" square.
Every block has four HSTs so I immediately pulled out my trusty Bloc_loc ruler. If you have never tried trimming HSTs with one of these, you don't know what you're missing. They take the pain out of it, and make for a much more accurate result.
The other issue I had (which was operator error, not the pattern) was that I didn't think enough about which way my block would be facing, so when I added the two corner pieces to the HSTs, the shorter and longer strips didn't always match up properly when they were joined to the other blocks.
One small thing to note - the smallest version calls for 48 charm squares, so if you've got a regular Moda charm pack, you'll need to make less blocks than the lap quilt asks for. But that's all the more reason to join Ms Midge's Aussie Charm Swaps!
I really enjoyed making this pattern and it's one I would make again. Thank you Melissa for letting me join your Blog Hop; it was a lot of fun!
There are some talented quilters showcasing their quilts in the remainder of the hop. Here's the schedule:
Monday 16th March – Linden Vine – Vinelines Quilting
Wednesday 18th March – Crystal McGann – Raspberry Spool
Friday 20th March – Anita LaHay – Day Dreams Of Quilts
Monday 23rd March – Progress Report – Ms Midge
Wednesday 25th March – Tsoniki Crazy Bull – Me Being Crafty
Friday 27th March – Tisha Nagel – Quilty Therapy
Monday 30th March – Progress Report – Ms Midge
Wednesday 1st April – Kathy Gordon – Kwilty Pleasures
Friday 3rd April – Angie Wilson – Gnome Angel
Monday 6th April – Roslyn Russell – Sew Delicious
Wednesday 8th April – Abby Rudakov – Things For Boys
Thursday 9th April – Final Post and Linky open – msmidge.com.au
Please make sure you pop along to support these quilting bloggers.