Moda Charm Pack Challenge Quilt

Moda Charm Pack Challenge Quilt

At the start of the year Moda Fabrics ran a little quiltalong over a weekend featuring a mini quilt made with one 5" square charm pack.

 Download the free pattern here

With lots of people taking part deciding to use patterned charm packs and either dark or light neutral backgrounds, I decided to invert my quilt and chose a low volume charm pack (Modern Backgrounds Even More Paper designed by Zen Chic) and paired it with a rich red marble print as my background (Red Flow by Create Joy Project).

After assembling the quilt I felt the quilt needed a border. If you want to add one too, you'll need an extra 50cm of your background print.

1. Cut four, 4 1/2" x WOF strips from your background and sub cut into two, 4 1/2" x 32 1/2" strips and two, 4 1/2" x 40 1/2" strips.
2. Add the shorter strips to opposite sides of the quilt top and the longer strips to the top and bottom edges to complete the quilt top.

I quilted my version in parallel lines and free-motion stippling using King Tut threads 961 Canaan on the low volume fabrics and 946 Rubiyah on the background.

The pattern leaves you with twelve charm pack squares unused. Rather than waste them, I used mine for my binding. Cut each charm square in half to make two, 2 1/2" x 5" strips. This gives you a total of twenty four strips for the binding, which isn't quite enough, so I cut a further twelve, 2 1/2" x 5" strips from my background leftovers so that I'd be able to make a long enough length to bind the quilt.

I made my binding by joining two low volume strips together, followed by a red background strip and so on.

Double bind your quilt in the usual way and add a hanging sleeve.

This is a great little quilt, but how awesome would it look if you made four and joined them together to make a bed quilt? A layer cake would be just the job!

Check out the charm packs and layer cakes currently in stock here.



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