Hi, welcome back! I hope you had fun with the Stacked Bricks Halloween quilt from last time. Did you make one? Did you use the pattern with different fabrics? I’d love to see your charm square quilt creations! Please send pictures of charm square quilts that you’ve made to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll share some of them in future posts. You can also post them on Instagram using the hashtag #charmsquarefun.
The last few posts have focused on using squares and rectangles cut from charms in blocks. This week, I’m going to focus on triangles. There are several ways to use charm squares to make triangles, and I’m just going to share one with you now. This simple triangle-square is made from the uncut 5” charm square.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 5” background square. With right sides together, layer a background and charm square together. Sew ¼” out from both sides of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line. Open out each triangle-square and press toward the dark. One background square and one charm square will yield two triangle-squares (click each image for a larger version).
Another method, and my personal favorite method for making triangle-squares, is with the Fons & Porter ¼” seam marker. If using this tool, position on the wrong side of a background square. Draw a line on either side of the tool. Sew on the drawn lines; cut on the diagonal. Open out each triangle-square and press toward the dark.
Either method will yield 2 triangle-squares that finish at 4 1/8”.
The quilt I made is 8 triangle-squares x 10 triangle-squares or 33” x 41¼” and uses 40 charm squares, ½ yard of background fabric and ½ yard for the binding. This is a perfect size for a quick baby gift or charity quilt. Or it can easily be enlarged to a size that works for you.
There are so many ways to arrange these units in quilts. My quilt is sewn in zigzag rows. Here are some other ways these units can be arranged. To see the design easier, I colored them all red and white.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to work with charm squares and that you find them as addicting as I do! See you next time.
You can find more charm square inspiration here.