Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Charmed to Pieces

I finished this quilt last Summer and never got around to photographing it and adding it to my completed quilts list over on the sidebar.  It’s one of my all-time favorites though! 


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I wrote a short post about the back of the quilt way back in July of 2010, and I talked a little about how this was designed, but I never showed the completed quilt.  I had (and still HAVE) intentions of writing it up as a tutorial.  It was fairly simple, and quick to piece together.  It uses two charm packs (hence the name of the quilt) and some 2.5” strips of solid white. 


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See the shoes?  Ya, that’s me.  I had my 10 year old take these photos while I held up the quilt (my favorite quilt-holder is still at work.) 

The finished quilt measures 60” x 67”  (that’s after washing and drying)

So why is this one of my favorite quilts?  Several reasons.  First of all, it was the first time I ever did anything somewhat creative with a charm pack. Secondly, I tried a new machine quilting design for the first time on this quilt:

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Can you see the little flower?  Not perfect, but I loved doing something other than the usual meandering quilting.  Among the flowers I did do some meandering and I added some small loops here and there as well.  Love the result.  See – it pays to be brave and try new things!


The third reason I love this quilt is the back.  Once I got the quilt top completed, I went back and forth between a few ideas for the back.

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In the end I settled on these 12.5” squares.  I really do consider this quilt to be reversible.  I use the “back” as the “front” about 50% of the time. 


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There you have it – the completed “Charmed to Pieces" --  Now back to writing this:

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Boy is this one taking me a LONG time!

Amy'sCreativeSide

19 comments:

  1. Such a simple, beautiful quilt. I love it!

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  2. This is a lovely bright quilt!

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  3. What a fun quilt - i can't decide if i like the back or the front more! =)

    Thanks for sharing it!

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  4. I don't think it's really a back. It's more like reversable. I love how crinkly it is.

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  5. Looove this! Both sides are just stunning. The crinkly goodness is what makes quilts so snuggly.

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  6. Wonderful Quilt. So fresh and fun. You did a great job on the quilting. Look forward to seeing more of your finished quilts.

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  7. Fantastic! Love both sides equally :)

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  8. Such bright colors! Both the front and the back are delightful.

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  9. Lovely colors, and the back is gorgeous, I'm such a sucker for square blocks. The flower stitching looks beautiful as well.

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  10. Very pretty. I also like to piece the back of my quilts and have "2 quilts."
    Well done.

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  11. Greetings from Hungary. I really like your quilt. Beautiful colors, and stitching. I love the asymmetrical patterns.

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  12. LOVE BOTH SIDES! It would be impossible to pick a favorite.

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  13. This is a beautiful quilt...I love the bright against the white; so rich and fresh looking

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  14. I saw it on Quilt Story. I can't believe that's the back! Although both sides are really lovely! I like the bright + white combo. Nice work :)

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  15. I really love this quilt. Great job on your quilting too!

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  16. I love this, surely all quilts should be reversible!

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    1. And I should have asked: how do you do those blocks on the back - are they improv pieced?

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