Thursday, July 15, 2021

Just One Charm Pack Quilts: Medallion Quilt

Hello, there—and welcome to my stop on the Just One Charm Pack Quilts blog hop! : )

If you’re new around here, I’m Michelle, a quilt maker and independent pattern designer based in Massachusetts. If you’ve been here a while, you know I’ve made my fair share of Cheryl Brickey’s patterns, so when she invited me to make a quilt from her latest book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts, I jumped at the chance!

My initial run-through of the book did not disappoint. Cheryl challenged herself to design a series of projects that all require a single charm pack, a secondary fabric, and a background fabric. What results is a lovely collection of wall hangings, baby quilts, and small throws.

I fell hard for the Medallion design but didn’t have a charm pack I wanted to use to make my own version. (It’s not that I didn’t have a charm pack—or 12—for the endeavor; I just didn’t feel like breaking into one!) Instead, I used a fat quarter bundle of Sink or Swim, by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella, to create my own charm squares.

That’s what so nice about this book: It’s versatile. Cheryl offers advice for you no matter your situation. Don’t have a charm pack in your stash, have a partial set on hand, or feeling too stubborn to open one up (HA!)? No problem.

If you’re like me—making a charm pack quilt from a fat quarter bundle—and want to make a bigger project, many of the designs are easily enlarged by sewing more blocks. If I had more of that swirly brown fabric from Kimberbell, I would have sewn another border or two, even though it would have necessitated doing a little math to accommodate the medallion format.

I did, however, have plenty of Sink and Swim, so I used up as much of it as I could. The pieced backing and binding is all from that collection.

I really enjoyed my first go with Just One Charm Pack Quilts. From my perspective, the book’s scope is larger than other books that provide precut-friendly patterns. For me, a diehard stasher, Cheryl’s designs get me to use what I already have on hand, which means I get to the sewing part faster, without placing a fabric order or swinging by my local quilt shop. Need a baby quilt, like, now? Want to start a new project tonight? This book will help you do it!

I have a few more things to say about this quilt—about the quilting, the finishing, and the extra-special recipient. If you want to learn more, stop by Friday, July 16, for the rest of the details and for the week’s Beauties Pageant. : )

For more on Just One Charm Pack Quilts, head to Cheryl’s blog, Meadow Mist Designs.

For more projects I’ve made from Cheryl’s patterns and her previous book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, with Paige Alexander, read these posts:

* Sneaky, Sneaky, Sneaky Me!

* Rick Rack Runner

* Déjà vu Baby Quilt

* Merry Christmas to Me 

* Quilting By Check

* A PB&J Finish

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10 comments:

  1. I had my eye on the medallion, too, so am happy to see yours. Really lovely!

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  2. I love the stripe and accent binding, Michelle. I also look forward to hearing more about the quilt on Friday!

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  3. Very effective! I think I am going to have to purchase this book as I have a lot of charm packs in my stash and to have patterns that only need one pack will be very handy to have when wanting a quick project.

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  4. I love this medallion style quilt & can't wait till my book arrives in August. I have lots of charm squares I used to receive back in the 90s from a shop as part of a monthly subscription that need using along with some odd packs. I love your pieced backs & do it too quite often, especially during this Covid period when we can't get out much. Need to get to my PC & set you up on my sidebar so I don't miss any more of your posts. Take care & hugs.

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  5. Wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Sweet quilt. Love those fabrics!

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  7. Super cute. I agree - this is a wonderful book!

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  8. A fantastic medallion quilt! I already have the book and I will have to start sewing some of these beauties!

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  9. I haven't seen this fabric in quilt form and it is really appealing in this pattern!

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