Well, hello! Welcome back to Charmed, I’m Sure. I hope you’re getting inspired to collect and use charm squares. And I hope, like me, you find these little treasures hard to resist!
Halloween seems to be on our minds lately. Maybe it’s because pumpkins and witches and candy are popping up all over the grocery stores and craft stores. It’s not too early to work on a Halloween quilt and here’s one that can easily be made from charm squares and some yardage.
A Stacked Bricks quilt is the very first charm square quilt I ever made. All the charms came from an exchange in my small quilt group. As you can tell, this quilt has been used and loved! This is a great design to use with any and all fabrics. This one has everything from dragons to flowers, and it all works!
For this Halloween Stacked Bricks throw that measures approximately 51” x 66”, you’ll need 98 charm squares. I cut 2 charms from each of my Halloween prints. If you don’t have enough Halloween charms, dig into your stash of purple, orange, lime green, gray or black for stripes, dots, tone-on-tones or any other prints you think will work. Anything goes! You’ll also need 2 yards of background (I used white with a small gray print) and 2 yards for the sashing, border and binding (I used solid black).
Cut each charm in half to make two 2½” x 5” rectangles.
Cut the background into 392 – 2½” squares.
Next, sew the rectangles together, offsetting each by 1”. I kept a small ruler on my sewing machine to measure 1” before I sewed.
The next step is to trim the rows. Align the ¼” marking on your ruler with the point of the charm square and trim off the excess.
Next trim the top and bottom of the rows, aligning your ruler with the top as shown in the photos and trimming. Repeat for the bottom of each row.
Measure each of your rows. They may measure slightly different from each other, so take the average of all 7 rows. Mine measured 62½” long.
For the sashing, cut 10 strips 2½” wide. Sew these strips together and cut into 6 lengths. The length will be the average measurement of your rows. Alternating pieced rows and sashing and matching centers and ends, sew the rows and sashing together.
For the borders, cut 10 strips 2½” wide. Sew these strips together. For the side borders, cut 2 lengths the same length as your sashing strips. Matching centers and ends, sew these strips to the sides. Measure the width of your quilt in 3 different places. Take the average of these 3 measurements and cut 2 lengths for the border top and bottom strips. Matching centers and ends, sew these strips to the top and bottom. Voila! Your top is complete.
Now you’re ready to layer, baste and quilt. For the binding, cut 7 – 2½” wide strips.
OK, let’s have some fun! When I was cutting the charm squares for my quilt, I cut extras—it’s just as easy to cut 4 as it was to cut 2. And I’d like to give them away!
Leave me a comment telling me how you decorate for Halloween, and I’ll randomly draw 2 names on Friday, 9/8. Each will win 100 Halloween charms—enough for this quilt with a couple extra!
Kathy Persons and Linda are the winners of the Halloween giveaway. Winners have been notified by email.