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    What exactly is a charm quilt? does each patch have to be different with no repeats?

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    I just figured it was one that used those little 5 inch charm squares that you buy.

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    I have been collecting fabrics to make a charm quilt. I have over 400 different fabrics by Kansas Troubles Quilters-going back many years. I just started really collecting them last year, so I had to do an extensive online search for some of the older ones. I have not decided on a pattern yet and am still collecting (now I just collect charm packs) but it has been fun to see how many different ones I could find. I have at least 2 fabrics from every line they ever made.

    You could collect 30's reproductions, civil war reproductions, red/white/blue, pinks and browns, etc-any combination you want. The pieces do not have to be big and it is fun to swap with friends too. The hunt for fabrics is almost as much fun as making the quilt!!

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    Marcia, I have quite a few fabrics by Kansas Troubles, mostly from both Bound to the Prairie lines, but some others as well. I'd be happy to dig them out and let you know the specifics of what I have. In true 'charm quilt' fashion, I could send you any you are missing that I have. Interested? This quilt is entirely, front and back, Kansas Troubles http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8684.page

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    Here's some charm quilts I finished awhile back. What is good about buying a 'charm pack' is that you get alllllll of the fabric out of that line w/o a huge expense or an overabundance of fabric you may never use again. I love them for they are quick. There are many patterns online and this pattern was at: www.fatquarter.com
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    oops, I had 2 on there..guess the other went to the cyber villian:))Here it is...the top one is the 'Mother Goose' fabric line-very vintage looking and this one went to my brother and I believe the fabric line was 'Jacob's Ladder'-Skeat

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    They are both lovely

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    Thanks!:)Skeat (They were quick to make)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I have been collecting fabrics to make a charm quilt. I have over 400 different fabrics by Kansas Troubles Quilters-going back many years. I just started really collecting them last year, so I had to do an extensive online search for some of the older ones. I have not decided on a pattern yet and am still collecting (now I just collect charm packs) but it has been fun to see how many different ones I could find. I have at least 2 fabrics from every line they ever made.

    You could collect 30's reproductions, civil war reproductions, red/white/blue, pinks and browns, etc-any combination you want. The pieces do not have to be big and it is fun to swap with friends too. The hunt for fabrics is almost as much fun as making the quilt!!
    Marcia, I'm addicted to Kansas Troubles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nor'easter
    Marcia, I have quite a few fabrics by Kansas Troubles, mostly from both Bound to the Prairie lines, but some others as well. I'd be happy to dig them out and let you know the specifics of what I have. In true 'charm quilt' fashion, I could send you any you are missing that I have. Interested? This quilt is entirely, front and back, Kansas Troubles http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8684.page
    Thank you SO much!! I have charm packs of Bound to the Prairie l and ll. I am missing fabrics from much older lines-like Stitches on the Oregon Trail l and ll, Meadow Waltz, Seasons, Prairie Christmas, Scrapbook Garden, Strawberry Jam, Seeds of Time, Pressed Memories, Prairie Moon, and Kansas/Oregon Quilt Connection. They are much harder to find. I did find some at a quilt shop in Australia, but I was not willing to pay the shipping!

    Your quilt is gorgeous!! I love anything made with KTQ fabrics. The colors are so rich and yummy.

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    Babeegirl-where in KS do you live? We were stationed at Ft. Leavenworth two times, for a total of 5 years-I love the midwest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Here's some charm quilts I finished awhile back. What is good about buying a 'charm pack' is that you get alllllll of the fabric out of that line w/o a huge expense or an overabundance of fabric you may never use again. I love them for they are quick. There are many patterns online and this pattern was at: www.fatquarter.com
    Your charm quilts are wonderful. I just love charm packs!!

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    Awww...thanks guys!:0)Skeat

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    I live in Wichita :) I do have 3 yards and 23 inches of this Strawberry Jam fabric if anyone wants to trade for KT fat quarters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babeegirl
    What exactly is a charm quilt? does each patch have to be different with no repeats?
    I'm so glad you asked.... I often wondered too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Here's some charm quilts I finished awhile back. What is good about buying a 'charm pack' is that you get alllllll of the fabric out of that line w/o a huge expense or an overabundance of fabric you may never use again. I love them for they are quick. There are many patterns online and this pattern was at: www.fatquarter.com
    Wow! I love all the fabrics........ GREAT QUILT

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    I have made 3 quilts from charms. One from the pinks charms, one from back to the prairie, and one from crystals.
    Wish I knew how to post pictures but my HP insists on Outlook and I have Incredimail.
    I love the Crystals collection, it is 44 different marbles in jewel tones.
    It can be found at Fabric Depot online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    I have made 3 quilts from charms. One from the pinks charms, one from back to the prairie, and one from crystals.
    Wish I knew how to post pictures but my HP insists on Outlook and I have Incredimail.
    I love the Crystals collection, it is 44 different marbles in jewel tones.
    It can be found at Fabric Depot online.
    There is a big sale on those at fabric depot.

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    Yes, 30% off but they are out and it will be a week before new shipment.

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    Oh.. THanks for the heads up. I am thinking of getting a couple packs and playing around with them.

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    They make a perfect Jewel Box quilt but you need yardage for the piano keys border since they are 6 1/2 inchs. Moda makes nice marbles yardage.
    I asked Fabric Depot if they can get Crystals yardage and she said she would find out.

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    Nor'easter,

    Thank you for this valuable and informative onfo on "Charm Quilts". I love learning new things to put into operation in my dream file.


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    Awww, sharing is what life's all about, isn't it? :oops:

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    I watched Billie Lauder on QuiltersTV make blocks using 5 1/2 charms.
    She first made a 4 patch then with a ruler cut 1 1/2 inch from center seam on both sides. Then she sewed them back togather with the fabrics not matching togather. Then she cut again from the center seam and put them togather again. what was great is no pins the seams just fit togather perfect. The block was great.
    I ordered the book for that and other patterns from Connecting Threads since they have a book sale going on. So it was less than $12.
    The book is called Quick Tricks Squared. The video is 16 plus on Quilters TV.

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