# Charmed, I’m Sure – Exchange with your friends + free block pattern

Hi! Welcome back! Did you work on cutting your scraps into charm squares? It’s amazing how fast your charms can grow.

One thing I wanted to share with you today is how to organize a charm square exchange with your quilty friends. It’s good to give plenty of advance notice to your friends since there’s a bit of cutting involved. This works great with a minimum of 8 people, but you can adapt as needed.

1. Cut a 5″ wide strip of fabric (selvage to selvage). Cut this strip into 8 – 5″ squares. Separate into 8 piles. Repeat with 49 more fabrics until each pile has 50 – 5″ squares. One word of advice about exchanges. Please make sure to use only high quality quilting cotton—give the quality fabric you would like to receive. I like to cut my fabrics over time to make it less tedious.

baggie of charms

2. Put each pile into a separate baggie.

3. When your 7 other quilty friends have gathered, each person will get 8 baggies of 50 charm squares each or 400 different charms!

4. If your group has between 8-15 members, here’s how to make the exchange work. Each member still brings 8 baggies of 50 charm squares each. Let’s say there’s 15 people (adapt as necessary for less). Give everyone a number from 1-15. Place numbers 1-15 on a table or floor. Person #1 puts one baggie on each of numbers 1-8. Person #2 puts a baggie on each of numbers 2-9. Person #3 puts a baggie on each of numbers 3-10. Continue in this same manner. When you get to person #9, she’ll put a baggie on numbers 9-15 and number 1. Keep going – you’re almost done. The last person (#15) starts at 15 and ends at 7. Does this make sense? Each number will have 8 baggies of charm squares. Each person takes the pile that corresponds with her number.

Let’s make a new block. It’s another simple one and makes a fun quilt.

Start with a light charm and a dark charm. Cut each charm in half (2 – 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles) and cut one rectangle in half again (2 – 2 1/2″ squares).

light and dark charm

cut each into a rectangle and 2 squares

Replace one dark square with a light square and one light square with a dark square.

Sew the patches together to make 2 quarter blocks (always press seams toward the dark fabric). Trim the extra 1/2″ on the rectangle. This unit should measure 4 1/2″ square.

Arrange 4 different quadrants (two with light centers and two with dark centers) and sew the block together. Your block should measure 8 1/2″ square (8″ finished).

When arranging blocks for your quilt, alternate the direction of each block so lights and darks are opposite each other.

Try different fabric combinations – holiday-themed fabrics, Patriotic, novelty for a baby quilt or just a good ole scrappy quilt.

Here are some charm packs you might be interested in:

For an I Spy quilt, check out these fun kid-themed fabrics - see my first charm square post here for a free pattern.

With Autumn quickly approaching, you may want some fall fabrics for your charm square stash.

And, if you’re interested in a collection to use for the block pattern in this post, check these out.

Tune in next time for more tips, tricks and ideas. Share your charm square creations on Instagram using the hashtag #charmsquarefun.

## About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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