Monday, September 24, 2012

On Point Quilt from Charm Squares

This is my latest attempt at turning a rectangle of charm squares into an on point quilt.  (OK.  This is my third time, and you know what they say about the third time!)

This little quilt measures approximately 32 inches square and uses less than two charm packs.

Sew 72 charm squares ( or 72 5-inch squares cut from your stash) together into a rectangle.  The rectangle needs to be a 1:2 ratio so for this one I chose 6 squares by 12 squares.

Cut the rectangle as shown in the photo below.

I forgot to take a photo of how to rearrange the three triangles to sew them back together.  You can see a photo of it in this post.  

Now trim off the outside as shown leaving a quarter inch seam allowance around the outside edge of the quilt.  This is approximately half of each of the outside row of charm squares.  

In order not to waste this fabric that I just cut off, I laid the diagonal line of my 2 1/2 inch ruler on each diagonal seam and cut a 2 1/2 inch (unfinished) half square triangle.  

I ended up with 44 half square triangles to save for another project.

Or they could be used for a pieced border on the quilt.  

By trimming off the outside this way, the points around the outside won't be lost whether or not you sew on a border or just quilt and sew on the binding.

The fabric I used is Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree for Moda.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!


  1. You offer another great technique,LuAnn! Such fun,I love following your blog.

  2. Trimming is a good idea. Thanks for nice pics of your technique.
    BTW... did you see the recent post of Jules'? She even has a giveaway going.

  3. So clever! What a nice way to get bonus squares and nice points. I admire your stick withitess.

  4. Cool! I appreciate the posts you've done on these squares on point. I''l have to keep this in mind.

  5. Hi Luann, this really is genius!! I just do not like sewing on point, as it frustrates me to no end. I love your ideas and especially cutting the HS triangles for no waste.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    blessings, jill

  6. Great techniqe and great quilt. You've been busy girl!!

  7. I love this! You have inspired me to use some of my charm squares.

  8. I have done is quit amazing isn't it!!!

  9. What a fabulous idea. Thank you for sharing. I know many quilters aren't fond of piecing on point! I am one of them! Great project for a charm pack!

  10. Hey, that's a cool, nifty trick! That would be a nice challenge...just piece big blocks together and start slicing! The fabric choice is really nice, too. I hope your colors are starting in Indiana...things are starting to turn here. I hope the drought doesn't ruin is my favorite season!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)


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