An easy adult quilt

I stopped by the quilt store on Saturday because with Adam’s visit on the weekend versus Mon/Tue/Wed I was going to have extra sewing days. I needed something quick and easy so I decided I would piece a Happy Blocks top.

One charm pack, two coordinating fabrics and I could make a top that was set 6×7 blocks and measure 51 x 68. When got home I saw that there were about 8 mostly solid squares in the charm pack and I didn’t want to use them as is. I decided I could cut a square and frame those twice … Since I could get 4 squares from each charm … I could increase the size of the quilt …. I chose to set the blocks 7×9 which would measure 59.5 x 76.5 …. A very nice size for a donation quilt and rather than using novelties like we did for our HeartStrings Happy Block Project, the colors and fabrics make this suitable for an adult.

For a while I worried whether I’d bought enough of the framing fabric but knew I could always change my setting to 6×8 or 7×8 if I didn’t have enough fabric. Usually this isn’t an issue for me because I am either working very scrappy and have plenty of fabric in the stash to substitute or I’ve worked up the quilt in EQ before starting and have an actual plan.

Luckily it’s all worked out and I’m just about finished piecing the blocks.

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I made a similar one a couple years ago but was able to add fabrics from my stash to supplement the charm park. Since I didn’t have that option … Adding in the pieced blocks worked well. So if you have just one Charm Pack sitting around and don’t know what to do with it this would be a good, quick, option!

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8 Responses to “An easy adult quilt”

  • SaraF:

    I really like that idea of cutting the solids and framing them twice. I have often felt the same way about using the solids in a charm pack. Good solution! Thanks.

  • Leigh:

    I love it! How much of the coordinating fabrics did you buy? I too usually “shop” from my stash but I’d need to buy some specific colors to use with my lonely charm packs!

  • I do indeed have one charm pack (which I won in a give-away) sitting around that I didn’t know what to do with — and now I do!

  • Very cool! Great idea to divvy up the solids and double frame them for more blocks.

  • I love the interest that was created by double framing some of them. I just happen to have a couple charm packs that I couldn’t decide what to do with. Now did you leave your charm at 5 or cut it to 4.5 like you did with the original happy block? How much solid fabric did you buy?

  • Lindsey in UK:

    Do you know what? I liked the reds but love the colours of this one, even though it’s red that’s my favourite colour! How weird is that?! You’ve certainly got the knack of putting colours together!

  • Carmel:

    Love your idea of how to include the solid charm squares.
    Keep posting pics of your surrounds. It looks so beautiful.

  • Evelyn:

    The same pattern/idea is great for children’s quilts too – I have used large novelty prints in bigger squares. Kids sure do grow fast so it doesn’t hurt to make a bigger quilt for when their legs start poking out of the bottom of their throws… in the meantime, the bigger quilts make great forts! Very nice top Mary – I like the color combo! Cheers! Evelyn

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