Charm Pack Quilt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Finishing! This is far from perfect but quite adequate as a knock around table topper and picnic quilt. The charm squares are joined almost perfectly (something I enjoy doing) and I like the not-really-random random spacing of the colors. I really messed up the quilting. Stitches are all over the place from very short to awfully long. I'm not that enthralled with the pattern and likely won't use it again. I did learn a lot. As I tell students who have taken my classes, learning what you do not like is as important as learning what you do like. I used a stencil (technique from Ann Petersen's Beyond Basic Machines Quilting course)) to do the looped outer border. Inner boarder was a simple freehand loop. To finish this really quickly I used a fused binding I learned from Robbi Joy Eklow. One UFO finished! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take lots of courses so that you learn various techniques. Each teacher does a technique somewhat differently and you need to find the one that fits you the best. When taking a class, do the teacher's technique first. Learn what you like or do not like then go ahead and experiment!

What you will need

  • Batik charm pack
  • batik fabric
  • fusible fleece
  • variegated thread
  • Steam-a-Seam2 Lite

Q&A with Joanna Strohn

CraftsyMom asked:
Wow this is just beautiful & inspiring!
Joanna Strohn answered:
After living with this for a while what really makes it is the border. I was fortunate to find a fabric that brought everything together and then the inner border added a spark. It's worth taking a top like this to the store and comparing various fabrics. Thanks for your comment! (And thanks to all who have commented!()
Gayterrace asked:
I really like it for the work I. Doing noe. Would love the directions!
Joanna Strohn answered:
No real directions on this. Just put the squares together and add borders.

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