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.
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!