The quickest and easiest way to use up a charm pack is to simply sew all those squares together. Add a border, quilt it up and bind it. In less than one day you have an easy table topper for a gift or to use yourself. You end up with something like this.It looks very pretty sitting on my antique library table. Not bad for a “No Brain Required” project. Not bad at all. Tweaking this simple project only requires a bit of imagination. Here are few ideas to get you thinking:
- Use the patchwork field as a background for applique. An initial or monogram in a coordinating solid would pop with even the most basic of embellishments and make a fabulous little wall hanging.
- Choose two coordinating solids (perhaps navy and gold) and make four patch squares to finish at 5 inches. Alternate them with your charm pack squares.
- Separate each row of squares with a narrow solid border, say 1 1/2″ or so. Consider placing the rows using a half square drop so the seams of each row resemble a brick pattern.
- Make each charm square into a snowball block before sewing them all together.
If you want to go bigger, try my Fruit Smoothie free quilt pattern. Substitute the charm squares for the mini charms and layer cake squares for the regular charm squares. (You’ll have to do the math for yardage requirements, etc. but you’ll end up with something roughly twice the size of the original Fruit Smoothie quilt. )
Details for my project: the little table topper uses one charm pack of Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry, 1/4 yard of two prints for the binding and border, as well as one yard for the backing.