Saturday, 9 May 2020

Charm Pack Fun

Every once in a while, the sewing room needs to get a little clean up and organization. For me, this can happen at many different times through the year but always results in increased productivity. I try to sew on 2-3 days during the week, sometimes only for a short time, but other days I sew much longer.
Packaging mini kits
When I'm cleaning up and folding fabrics and putting them back where they belong, I will often see a combination of fabrics that I might have an idea for. I'll put those fabrics together, take the time to dig out the pattern I am thinking of (or maybe just draw a little sketch) and put them all together in a baggie. That way even when I have a little stretch of time to sew, like maybe half an hour or so, I'm not spending that whole time looking for fabrics or patterns. I can just grab one of the pre-packaged bundles and get right to work.

And then before I leave my sewing area, I'll put everything back in the baggie or in a project box (pizza box or a 12"x12" plastic box) and it will be all ready for next time. This has worked great for me for when I go and sew with friends or when I'm going on a retreat as well as at home.
Moda Love Quilt
 So earlier this year, I found a couple charm packs of the same fabric line and thought I could do up a few Valentine themed quilts. The Moda Love quilt is one I've made with 10" squares and wanted to do with the 5" squares so I thought it was a good choice.
Bow Tie Quilt
 I've done this bow tie quilt a number of times in the past and I love it for charm packs.
Scrappy Heart
 And this little scrappy heart was something I saw on my Instagram feed. There's probably a pattern out there somewhere, but it's a simple grid quilt and the little 1.5" squares are adorable.
Double Four Patch Table Runner
 I still had quite a bit of the fabrics left, so I put together this double nine-patch table runner. Pattern is from Mary Quilts here.
Bow Tie Quilt
 And the bow ties just make me happy! This pattern looks so great in every fabric I've made it from and I will make it again and again! Pattern is Charm Circles from Me and My Sister Designs and is a free PDF. I just arranged the bow ties slightly differently.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/777426102/quilted-table-runner-star-medallion
Moda Love Quilt

 The Moda Love quilt is stunning! This free pattern is another one that I will make again. Super easy, even for a beginner quilter and looks like a million bucks!
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/775269644/heart-mug-rug-coaster-red-and-black
I <3 Mug Rug
I didn't get them done before Valentine's Day 2020, but they are timeless and will look just as great in 2021!

Tell me what your favourite quilt pattern is and how many times you have made it!

--Ann

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