9 Patches from a Charm Pack

I picked up this charm pack at the Missouri Star Quilt Company on our trip last month.

I was trying to come up with a handwork project to make with it but this stubborn charm pack wanted to become a small 9 patch quilt. Who am I to argue?

I used my 1 1/2″ strip die for my studio cutter. I thought I would show you how since I know some of my readers have die cutters too.

First, I paired up charm squares right sides together. I laid them on top of my strip cutter so that three strips were cut from each.


You can see there is very little waste but this does get rid of those pesky pinked edges.

Next, I sewed the strips together, alternating light and dark in each pair.

I always press to the dark side with these. Then I layer the two sets. Since I pressed to the dark fabric in each set, the seams automatically nest.

Now it is time to lay those strip sets back on the die with seams perpendicular to the blades.


Time to sew the 9 patches together! The first seams are really quick because they come off the die ready to feed through the machine.

You get two 9 patches from each pair of charm squares with this method.

Here is a peak at the back to see how I press my seams.

You get 42 blocks from a charm pack with almost no waste and no scraps left over.

This same method could be used with layer cakes and larger strip dies.

Now I still have to come up with a handwork project……

Have a great weekend!

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Finish it up Friday

A finish sure feels good, no matter how small!

I created the above picture using an app I was playing with.

I finished the little quilt from the Moda scrap bag and got it bound and washed last night.

It finished at 36″ x 42″ so it is definitely for a baby.



I am trying to figure out what I will take with me to work on in Arizona. I will be there over a week. I have some pumpkin seed blocks yet to finish and I could take my hexies. I have some charm packs I could take but can’t make up my mind what to do with them. I keep coming up with machine piecing projects for them.

Linking up with Devoted Quilter for TGFF, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, and Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link a Finish Friday.

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Thursday? Already?

I seem to have lost part of my week! I still haven’t completely unpacked from last weekend and it is almost time to pack for my next trip to see Baby L. But I have gotten a wee bit of sewing in. A while back, I bought a Moda Scrap pack. I always wanted to see what they were like. I wish I had taken some pictures before I started working with it but you can Google it to see for yourself.

Basically, they are scrap strips left over from their cutting of precuts. You get strips with a pinked edge and a selvedge edge. They are not uniform in width. I think I had about 30 strips in my pack ranging from 2-4″ in width and about 30″ long. I wanted to use it all up in one project with as little waste as possible. So I sewed strips together in sets of three and then cut 6″ squares from the strip sets with my die cutter. I ended up with a rather wonky sort of a rail fence design.

I used the scraps from my scraps to piece a few blocks and ended up with a 36″ x 42″ top. I love the colors and fabrics but can’t say I am in love with the top. Perhaps I will like it better when I am done quilting it.


This is the pantograph I am using:

This was a quick project and will make a great donation quilt. It is a bit funky, which I like. Would I buy another scrap pack? Probably not. But it was a fun little experiment.

Linking up with Kelly for Needle and Thread Thursday and Gemma for IQuilt.

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Tired on Tuesday

Daughter #1, Baby E, and I got home late yesterday afternoon. It was an exhausting, emotional trip but I am so glad we went. My mom is doing much better and they sent her home last night. While I was gone, hubby and Daughter #3 went to a garage sale and picked this up for me:

It looks like this top may have been part of a tied quilt at one time. It is dirty and has some holes that need fixing. But it is all made from feed sacks. I am thinking I will repair this and quilt it. I won’t wash it until after that.



Would you wash first?

Not a single stitch of sewing happened while I was away. This morning, I hemmed a pair of pants. Somehow, that doesn’t feel like it counts! Off to work soon.

I am linking up with Connie at Free Motion By the River for Linky Tuesday.

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Monday, Monday

Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers for my mom. She is still in the hospital and we are waiting to hear what they will do today. It was hard to leave last night but Daughter #1 and Baby E needed to get back. Before I left, I snapped a few shots of a quilt my sister and I made more than 20 years ago for our parents 30th anniversary.

My sister did all the embroidery. The dates show when that person entered the family. It had empty squares when we made it. It turned out to have just enough for each child, spouse and grandchild.

Have a great Monday!

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As I mentioned last week, Daughter #1, Baby E, and I are visiting my parents in Wisconsin. Here are a couple quilts I made long ago for my parents. This one I made for my dad in 1996.



I believe I made it from a Karen Stone paper piecing pattern. I quilted it on my 1955 Singer 201.

The next year, I made a lap quilt for my mom.



Last night, we took my mom to the hospital as she is having more heart issues. We shall see what today brings.

I appreciate all of the comments and visits to my blog but I am not going to be able to respond to all of your lovely comments from the last few days like I normally do.

But the LORD continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers, and is faithful to their descendants, to those who keep his covenant, who are careful to obey his commands. (‭Psalms‬ ‭103‬:‭17-18‬ NET)

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Finish it up Friday

Here is the bigger of the two little quilts I made earlier this week.

I used vintage scraps for this one also. The squares finish at 1 inch. I used part of a vintage table cloth for the backing.



Linking up with Crazy Mom quilts for Finish it up Friday and confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.

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