Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Charming from Country Threads

There is a really interesting charm pack fabric design in this month's issue of Country Threads, by Tracy Wilson. You basically sew a square of 16 (4 x 4) squares together, cut off a strip from each side then mix the strips up and sew them back on. Tracy cut off a 3" strip, but being me (who hates following a pattern and normally just looks at a photo and then launches straight into it, working it out in my head and doing my own thing - I guess I have always had a problem with authority and being told what to do!) I cut off a 2 1/2" strip. What a quick and easy idea. I had a pack of Bliss charm squares so made 2 blocks, sadly not enough for a quilt, but I think I might make a bag or cushions from them. This is such a quick and easy idea. And with the right fabrics it could be really effective.

I wasn't really sure about the overall look of the quilt in Country Threads - even though I love the fabric range it was made in. Maybe because the sashings were the dark brown and I am a pastel girl! Actually, I like it on the cover (above) which is lighter, but the photo in the magazine makes it look very murky. I was intrigued by the idea, but the look of the quilt didn't really inspire me. But Sylvia, a very talented member of the quilting group I am in mentioned she found it interesting too so I put my misgivings aside and am glad I did.


Leanne said...

Mmm that sound like me never ever read the instructions sadly my son has inherited that trait. LOL. The quilt looks great.

Stina said...

The quilt looks just great..and I´m looking forward for CT to come!!!

Miss Jean said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Vanessa! A fellow quilter and gardener. What a treat. I love, love, love your quilts. I'll be stopping by there in Australia for sure!!!!