Charm Pack Quilts

Oh man!  Mother Goose had a big scare today — they decided to mow the lawns at work.  I could hear the mowers but it was about 15 minutes before I could go check on her.  She was off the nest and didn’t look too happy about going back.  The good news is that Father Goose was right there with her — it was nice to see him for a change.  A friend of mine said she was watching when the mower went by and the poor parents both went flying off.  A few of us watched her for about 5 minutes and she was just staring at the nest.  And the wind was blowing the feathers around a little which made us all think maybe the eggs were hatching (we’re a little far away to see clearly).  False alarm!  When I left work tonight she was happily (well maybe) sitting back on the nest again.  Whew!

In the meantime, Guess What Guess What???? The Yoyos have been conquered!  Hopefully I can rustle up a few pictures and get back here later this week.  While I was sewing the yoyos with reckless abandon, I was thinking about my next project. Which made me start thinking about charm packs. When charm packs first came out, I just didn’t get the attraction. Why would anyone buy little packs of squares when you can buy bigger pieces? Fortunately, the internet is full of people who “got it” and now I’m seeing the light. I decided to make a mosaic of some of my favorite types of quilts that can be made with charm packs. Even though some of the quilts in my picture were made with scraps, they could easily be adapted to charm packs.

Thimbleanna: Charm Pack Quilts

1.  Cute Pinwheel Quilt by A Quilting Life
2.  Baby Coin Quilt by Tall Grass Prarie Studio
3.  Sheets and Shirts HST by Creative Chicks at Play
4.  Scrappy Hour Glass by Pink Penguin
5.  Patchwork Triangles by Freda’s Hive
6.  Baby Spring Triangle by Film in the Fridge
7.  Pink Hourglass by Red Pepper Quilts
8.  Christmas Quilt by Diary of a Quilter
9.  Strawberry Hearts by Helen Philipps
10.  Tumblers by Making More with Less
11.  Scrappy Squares Baby Quilt by Teaginny Designs
12.  Stacked Coins by Hamburger Liebe
13. Hexagons by  Nana Company
14.  Kansas Dugout by Red Pepper Quilts
15.  Slanted Star by Camille Rosekelley (the only picture I could find was with her cute baby!)
16.  Triangle Quilt by Blue Elephant Stitches
17.  Reverse Hopscotch by V & Co.
18.  Simple Nine Patch by Penelope Waits
19.  Baby Lattice by Amy Smart
20.  Isabelle’s Quilt by Me

I know there are LOTS more quilts out there that could be made with charm pack squares.   As I noted in my EPP stars post, I’m going to be making some stars out of charm squares. They’re definitely not as limited at they seem at first glance.


35 Thoughts on “Charm Pack Quilts

  1. YIPPPPEEEEEE for conquering the yoyo’s!! I love this post Anna. I will definitely be putting these quilts on my some day list!!!

  2. Jewels on April 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm said:

    Holy Cow congrats! Can’t believe you got through all of those yoyo’s, I have a grandmothers flower garden for you! LOL xo

  3. The mowers! They’re always such a loud, ruthless lot. o.O Well, all’s well that ends well, but I had an idea daddy-goose would show up if real trouble appeared. I do hope those eggs hatch.

    Wowsers – on finishing those yo-yos! Wowsers, really. My mind is boggled, congratulations.

    I do love that bird quilt. Birds rock.
    Have a great week!

  4. I’m glad Ma Goose is okay. I am anxiously awaiting news of the wee babies from here in New Zealand. Little does she know of her celebrity!

  5. No mo’ yo? Oh!

    I started a charm pack quilt for my dear lil newest grandbaby. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be whipping up.

  6. Glad things are ok with mother goose. Sounds like you need to take a pair of binoculars into work to enhance the viewing!! Yay for the done yoyos – what an achievement! Love the charm pack quilt collage.

  7. Can’t wait to see pictures of your new babies when they hatch. I started a chevron quilt today for grand baby number nine..due may 16.

  8. oh poor goosie, what a scare. glad all is well now!

  9. Congratulations on the yoyos! Can’t wait to see photos of it. And what you are planning next!

    I am struggling to find the desire to knit…come home from work and sit on the sofa….need to motivate myself ;-)

  10. Well, I don’t want to boast but I think mine is the prettiest!

  11. poor goose couple. Starting a family is a stressful time.
    can’t wait to see the yoyos – congrats!!

  12. I’m glad Mother goose and babes are ok! And yah on getting the yo-yos concurred!

    I have a problem with charm packs too. I like scrappy quilts, there are some really lovely ones out there! But I am a ‘controlled’ scrappy person and I tend to find I don’t have enough of the colors I need in charm packs. Or I end up not liking some of the charms, or something. I much prefer buying yardage… but after saying that, I think that pre-cuts definately have there place and there are lots of lovely quilts and such out there, made with them. I’m making one with a few packs of Simply Color, it’s going to be a free pattern next month :) on my quilt forum.

  13. I love charm packs.

  14. Oh I can’t wait to see your yo-yos! Poor Goose Family. At least the mowers are done for now. Thanks for the charm pack ideas. I certainly have plenty stashed away for “someday”.

  15. brigette on April 23, 2013 at 9:00 am said:

    hip hip hooray for you and your yoyos. i mean it. truly. i’m not bitter. can’t wait to see it. maybe when you’re on the west coast next time, you could bring it along, and then i could take it to MY house. i have to get some WIP’s done so that i can pick a few new ones!!!
    (so happy m.g. and offspring are ok)
    :waves madly

  16. Thanks for stoppin’ by as it jogged my memory to tell you what my good man saw yesterday at work. His boss just happened to ask if he’d seen “the mallard” and finding that he hadn’t showed him a nest between some bushes outside their building in the scruffy metropolis. He said Daddy Mallard was right there with Mama Mallard as she sat on the eggs. This. is. cool. I hope good man gets a cell pic for me. (He better.;) This is such a cool bird year.

  17. Aw wow. I’m so excited to see my little baby quilt here. Thanks! I love all the quilts you’ve got here. What a good reference. I’m going to bookmark this.

  18. Carole on April 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm said:

    Hurry for Mother Goose! Those mowers are lucky they did not get dive bombed! ;o) As for pre-cut ideas, just recently I went to a lecture by Jenny Doan. If you Google her, you will see lots of free patterns/Videos done with pre-cuts. I think she is referred as the queen of U-Tube/pre-cuts. She also has a magazine out by Fons & Porter on various quilts. The first issue apparently sold out in no time. I have not yet located the second issue which came out recently. Anywho, I enjoyed the lecture and I can certainly understand how enticing pre-cuts can be, as her patterns and techniques appear easy to make and done quickly. Look at me, writing a novelette here! Hope you don’t have a character limit. Hum…. it’s been a while! Enjoy the day!

  19. Hey, I come my name doesn’t show up in blue? Ya know, the “Comment by Carole – April 23, 2013”. I like blue, it’s one of my favourite colour! Hum….

  20. Never mind, I fixed it. I was because my website was written as – – and it should have been – http://www.carole…….. Saved you some research! Just call me babble today!

  21. How does one go about deciding what pattern to make next? You get an idea and it just sticks in your mind until you let it out. So many great patterns to pick from. Lately, I’ve been partial to hexagons, but I’m trying to contain that idea just now. A few other things I have to finish first and our new puppy needs a sweater.

  22. Jenny on April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm said:

    yep! we found a few goose nests at the zoo this weekend. brrrrr!!!
    glad it worked out for your pair!
    i cut into my scraps last year and now find myself the proud owner of 100s and 100s of 5×5 squares! and that doesnt even count the squillion charm packs i own!! here is a charm quilt i recently finished with all Alexander Henry charms.

  23. Oh, the mowers can be scary! Glad she is okay and so are her eggs.

    Yay for you on the yo yos! You are amazing. I’m not sure I could have done that.

    Have fun figuring out what to do with the charm packs. I tend to hoard them. What else is new?!

  24. Isn’t it funny how things sort of go in stages? I used to buy charm packs all the time and now I’d rather have bigger pieces. It’s still fun to see all the things they can grow into though. I’ll be watching to see what you decide. Glad Mother Goose is all right. Poor thing. It’s hard enough I’m sure to sit on eggs all the time without a mower driving you away.

  25. Mary ann on April 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm said:

    Oh Anna you made my day..Er night. I need a baby quilt and although I have plenty of charm packs I have just been blocked on picking one. eyeing the mosaic has given me lots more ideas.
    I am dying to see the yoyos btw, you are my hero since my Hexies will be with me for a lifetime more I believe.

  26. I can’t wait to see the yoyo’s!

    And what a wonderful collage…thank you for including my quilt!

  27. Poor goose..she needs a sign up to warn the gardeners!
    I didn’t get the whole charm pack thing either to start.. then I realized they were talking about nickel quilts.. That’s what charms used to be called before Moda ;)

  28. Loved the goose update! Hope their family is safe. :) Also loved the quilt examples you posted-so many cute ones! :) Sorry to be awol for a while-will catch up soon! :)

  29. Poor ma and pa goose! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your charm pack.
    Ps have you had a comment from Majorca before?!

  30. Poor Mother Goose!! Someone should remind the gardners that they can’t disturb nesting birds!

    Can’t wait to see pics of the hatchlings! ;p

  31. Wow Anna, you amaze me! I’m so impressed that you actually finish the projects you start! Can’t wait to see the finished yoyo’s. And kudos to you for already being on top of the next project. I love love love that first quilt picture. I just went and read about it. I can’t believe she thought her mistake was too big to bother with having it quilted. Just goes to show that we are often our own worst critics. 100 years from now, someone will lovingly remark on how special that quilt is because it has that little mistake. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!


  32. I can’t wait to see your conquered yo-yos! I hope Mother Goose has been able to settle back on her nest – it will be so exciting for you all when the eggs hatch. The thing I like about charm packs is that you get ALL the fabrics for about the same price as you’d probably spend on one choice – what’s not to love?! Lucy xx

  33. Oh I am so glad mama is back on her nest w/ her babies. I love yo-yo’s, cannot wait to see what you have been up to xox Clarice

  34. I’m glad I can’t see Mother Goose from here, that would make me a nervous wreck!

    I love #6, the triangles. I think it is the colors. Reminds of my college drawing teacher, who said “there should be no white left” on the paper. I know you, you’re going to end up with some CHARMing quilts ;)

  35. Oh I’m so glad everything is alright with Mother Goose…love all the quilts…I think I have most of them “Pinned”

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