Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Let it Snow!

I want a snow day. The kids get plenty; isn't it time for the adults to have one. Just in case we all get stuck inside tonight or tomorrow, I thought I'd give you a free pattern great to use with a charm pack or two. If you only have one, adapt the size to be a tablerunner. Enjoy! Please check the front page of our web site for store closing information in case of snow.
Laurel Charm Quilt
Finished size ~32" x 37"

2– Moda Laruel Charm Packs or
60 dark 5” squares and 3 light 5” squares
¾ yard light fabric for side triangles and inner border
1/3 yard for binding
1 yard backing
40” x 45” piece of batting

· Cut 7 – 2 ¼” strips from the light fabric, sub-cut into
108 – 2 ¼” squares.
· Cut 4 – 1 ½” strips for inner border
· Choose 3 light charm squares and cut them into 4 – 2 ¼” squares from each 5” square. I randomly choose 3 places to use these squares in place of the light fabric squares.
· From 30 dark 5” squares cut them into two rectangles from each. One should be 2 ¼” x 5” and the other
2 ¾” x 5”. You’ll need 30 of each size.
· From 2 – 2 ¼” x 5” rectangles, cut 2 – 2 ¼” squares for corners of inner border.
· From 4 – 2 ¾” x 5” rectangles, cut 1 – 2 ¾” square for corners of outer border.
* From the binding fabric, cut 4 – 2 ¼” strips.

Putting it together:

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each light 2 ¼” square. (I know this is tedious, but, I really like the accuracy of this method) Choose 30 – 5” squares. Lay one 2 ¼” square to the corner of one 5” square aligning the raw edges. Sew across the diagonal line. Trim the excess square away. Repeat for the other 3 corners. Repeat for all 30 blocks. Press the seams of two opposite corners in and the other two opposite corners out.

Arrange the blocks into 6 rows of 5 blocks. Sew the blocks into rows, then sew the rows together.

Using the 2 ¼” x 5” rectangles, sew together two strips with 5 rectangles each for the top and bottom and 2 strips with 6 rectangles plus the 2 ¼” squares on each end for the sides. Sew these borders to the top, bottom and sides.

Sew the light inner border to the sides first, then the top and bottom.

Using the 2 ¾” x 5” rectangles, sew together two strips with 6 rectangles for the top and bottom and two strips with 7 rectangles plus the 2 ¾” squares on each end for the sides. Sew these borders on. Measure your quilt before you sew these together. I had to sew mine with scant seam allowances to get it to fit. Theoretically, these should fit, but…. I’m not perfect so mine would not have fit without the scant seam allowances. You could also cut down your inner border a bit to make it fit. Or, you could add a little piece of another strip to make it fit.

Now you’re ready to layer with batting and batting, quilt and bind. Enjoy, I really liked this one. ~ Karen

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