A couple of months ago, I received an email, asking me if I wanted to take part in a blog hop with Fat Quarter Shop. Imagine my reaction. My first thought was Fat Quarter Shop know my name! And then I thought of course they do I buy from them all the time! And then I thought definitely yes I want to make Layers of Charm. I love the short cut series having made Charm Pack Cherry and Fat Quarter Fizz. So welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop, Layers of Charm blog hop!
As soon as I saw the pattern I couldn't stop thinking about Solids! I thought maybe the 1930's Colours Bella Solids would be fun but I settled for the Modern Bella Solids in greys and off whites. My layer cake and charm pack of Bella Solids white were duly dispatched last November, and then stepped into the quantum leap accelerator that is the Chicago Postal depot, and vanished!
I did eventually get my hands on that elusive layer cake and put the quilt top together. Instead of using all solids in the centres, I cut up one of each layer cake colour to give me 20 squares and added 16 solid white. I really like this quilt top but have to admit I am somewhat relieved it was not my main blog hop quilt. Quilting this one has me running scared. All that open space. How would you quilt it? Straight line, free motion?
I had some yardage of these fabrics by Amy Butler and decided to cut a 10" strip from 9 different fabrics. I was able to get four 10" squares from each strip and used Moda Bella Porcelain for my 5" squares. I love this colour and it may be my new background fabric of choice this year.
In the end I didn't like the stripey fabric dominating too much and swapped 2 out for a blue dot. And this is the finished quilt!
Winter weather interfered with getting lovely location shots, so I tried a few photos in trusty places. I usually use this fence to take outdoor close ups of quilting. Wilbur was getting a bit agitated as I was pegging the quilt up and when I stepped back to take the shot, he dived in digging and came out with a rawhide bone! He's a bit of a digger and he has 4 or 5 spots around the garden. Guess this is his latest one! Sorry Wilbs for invading your spot!
I quilted this with an all over flower pattern and wrote about it and solving tension problems on my machine on this post.
I left Wilbur to chewing his bone and decided to try some indoor window shots to give you a better view of the quilting.
I really like the effect on this quilt but it is slower than a wiggly stipple and gives some challenges moving around the quilt top. You have to be careful to not leave too empty a space. I used my favourite Aurifil light pink 50wt thread #2410 for the entire quilt. I love that thread colour, it just seems to go with everything!
For the backing, I used 4 different prints I had on hand in half yard cuts. I just sewed them together 2 per row and trimmed off the excess.
Trying to match binding was a little bit tricky with so many colours in the quilt top. Mum suggested Navy, Gordon went for orange but in the end I had to trust my instinct and go with this green stripe, again from Amy Butler.
I turned away from the table to make a cup of tea and came back to find Charly, on guard, perched on top. There are two terriers bigger than her that walk past our house on a Sunday morning, Spot & Buddy. She does not like them! She does like doing a Princess and the Pea impression though.
Sorry Charly you can't keep this one either! This is going to my friend Caitriona. I kept getting reminded of our holiday in China (4 of us spent 22 days there - best holiday ever!) and this, I think, is Caitriona's style. Hope she likes it!
The fog didn't lift for the whole day yesterday. Final photo artfully draped over the sofa (artful draping is not easy!).
So, what do you think? Feel like making a Layers of Charm Quilt? Solids or print?
The video will be available today on You Tube and Kimberly shows step by step instructions and some handy hints for pressing seams open.
You can also download the free pattern at Fat Quarter Shop where there is a whole host of free patterns and video tutorials including Layers of Charm. There are size options for a table runner all the way up to a King Size bed quilt.
This really was a fun, very quick to piece and very versatile quilt pattern. Probably the quickest quilt top I've pieced to date. If you have large scale prints, looking to make something quickly or just want to use up a layer cake feeling unloved in your stash, why not give Layers of Charm a try?
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