WIP Wednesday - December 19

This bright colored quilt was finished today for my grand-daughter. She's the one busy making art in the picture below!
Charm square quilt
Beautiful artist!
These are the fat quarters of fabric I started with and the photo on the right is what I originally thought I'd make. I cut each fat quarter into a couple 2.25" strips for binding and the rest into 5" charm squares. (I've lost my work sheet that I used to figure it all out, so there are no exact instructions here today!)

I love my design wall because I can see the whole design before I sew anything together. In this case, the layout was just too busy for me - it came down rather quickly as it seemed to jar my senses every time I looked at it. After some rearranging and rethinking the design, this was the final result! 5" charm squares separated by 2.5"x5" strips of white Kona cotton, put together in rows.

Normally I send my bed size quilts out to be quilted, but this quilt was quilted by me on my Janome 4030QDC machine with straight line quilting. The back is a pretty butterfly flannel that will coordinate with the butterfly sheets that will be on her bed (totally unplanned!) The binding was machine stitched to the backing, flipped to the front and top-stitched by machine for a beautiful finish. I've only recently started to machine stitch my binding and it's amazing how quickly it goes.

How about you? Do you make quilts for special people? Do these quilts always go as planned or do you change things up as you go?


Linking up with:
Quiltsy WIP Wednesday #41
Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday #70
Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday


  1. This is such a fun quilt! Glad you didn't use your first idea! This is a great way to use charms.

  2. a wonderful bright quilt and white sashes really add to its Charm! the design wall is so essential, I had taken mine down for a few weeks when I was re arranging the room, and could not seem to progress at all on a quilt without seeing my placement ideas!

  3. very pretty little quilt. I make quilts constantly; things don't always work the first time.

  4. Love your quilt! Your granddaughter is very cute! How special to have a quilt from Grandma.

  5. Lovely bright quilt for your little GD. You are so right about the layout, it looks so fresh and pretty the way you decided!

  6. Wonderful idea to tone those colours down a bit with the white sashing. As for quilts going as planned, is that even allowed? :-)

  7. Great colouring, so cheerful and no, things rarely go as planned!

  8. is it really possible to create such gorgeous thing? :)


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