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Thread: Charm pack

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    I guess it's just that there are so many phenomenal patterns that use them the way they are, and would then be more difficult otherwise.

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    Why would you want them to have that particular relationship, of sewing two together to get the other? I love them at 2.5 inches wide.

    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    It seems like 5x5 inch squares is the norm for what is called a charm pack now.

    I've seen squares available in various sizes - 1.5, 2, 2.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5 inches.

    It has puzzled me that the jelly rolls are 2.5 inches wide and the charm squares are 5 inches wide.

    When the squares are 5 inches wide, it takes two strips 2.75 inches wide sewn together (1/4 inch seam) to equal 5 inches.

    Two strips 2.5 inches wide sewn together (1/4 inch seam) end up being only 4.5 inches wide.
    If you want to combine 4-patches and charm square, the squares will have to be cut down to 4 1/2 inches. Kind of a pain.
    Also, I have noticed that strips that are supposed to be 2 1/2 inches are not always cut true to that measurement. So if you need 1 1/4 inch strips, you might be in trouble there.

    I wish the strips were sold as 3 inches wide so they could be cut down accurately.
    Thank you,Sherrie.

    Also, some blocks call for two rectangles that equal the square unit.

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    Charm squares come in all sizes, check ebay.

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    Anyone know of any charm packs out there currently with 62 pieces (like was in 'HELLO BETTY' awhile back? Let me know if you do hear of something with the larger number of pieces please. I'd like to try out a dresden plate (at some point) and so want as much (coordinated) variety as possible. I only see the 42 piece variety at this time.
    PS: HOPE EVERYONE HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING WITH LOTS OF LEFTOVERS SO LOTS OF TIME TO QUILT...AND NO COOKING! (smile!)

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    You could just buy two charm packs, either coordinating or the same, to end up w/ 60 -80.

    I would not want to spend time cutting 3 inch strips down. That would be the stuff of nightmare to me. Why not just buy some fat quarters or yardage if you prefer something other than 2.5" ? You can almost always find the yardage of fabrics that are in the pre-cuts if you really want it to match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RST
    You could just buy two charm packs, either coordinating or the same, to end up w/ 60 -80.

    I would not want to spend time cutting 3 inch strips down. That would be the stuff of nightmare to me. Why not just buy some fat quarters or yardage if you prefer something other than 2.5" ? You can almost always find the yardage of fabrics that are in the pre-cuts if you really want it to match.

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    GOOD idea. I was kind of thinking about Kansas Troubles different collections. There are many which would combine well, but not keep repeating. OK, how my question regards making the "rays" or whatever they call those "petals." Sounds like you have made a Dresden Plate... Don't folks use charms to get those "rays?" I thought I had read online someplace THIS is what folks do these days. OBVIOUSLY, I'm not experienced. If I'm going about this wrong please, PLEASE set me straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cimarron
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    OK, how my question regards making the "rays" or whatever they call those "petals." Sounds like you have made a Dresden Plate... Don't folks use charms to get those "rays?" I thought I had read online someplace THIS is what folks do these days. OBVIOUSLY, I'm not experienced. If I'm going about this wrong please, PLEASE set me straight.
    Sometimes members of this board have dresden plate pieces for sale. Check out the classified section! Also, Connecting Threads catalog has a lot of pre-cut shapes.
    Another size sold is 10" squares, some call them "layer cake". That would give you the fabric of four 5" squares with a little more wiggle room to cut your segments.

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    Thank you very, very much for your insight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cimarron
    Anyone know of any charm packs out there currently with 62 pieces (like was in 'HELLO BETTY' awhile back? Let me know if you do hear of something with the larger number of pieces please. I'd like to try out a dresden plate (at some point) and so want as much (coordinated) variety as possible. I only see the 42 piece variety at this time.
    PS: HOPE EVERYONE HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING WITH LOTS OF LEFTOVERS SO LOTS OF TIME TO QUILT...AND NO COOKING! (smile!)
    Connecting Threads has some packs that come with that many and more pieces. Check their website.

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