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    What is a charm pack? A jelly roll? I keep hearing these terms around, and I see them on sale, and people get excited about them, and I am clueless :cry: Are they like cut ready for you to make quilts with? Do they come with patterns? Sorry for all these "basic" questions, butI really would like to know.
    Ah, and while I am at it, the BOM thing seems great, but what do you do with these blocks, do you make more into a quilt or save them for something special? Sorry again, but my little brain can't figure it out.

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    A charm pack is a pack of Factory cut 5" squares usually of the line of one fabric, Moda puts out a lot of charm packs in their fabric lines. A jelly roll is the same type thing as a charm pack but in 2.5" strips. A lot of times, again, it will be a group of fabrics in the same line, or sometimes it could be a group of bali fabrics or one that a quilt shop put together. They are ready cut in those sizes and yes, there are lots of patterns out using those cuts of fabrics. Though, they are not pre-washed and if you are a prewasher, these may not work very well cause they can fray and shrink up smaller than what you want them to work with. Personally, I don't usually pre-wash cause I like the look from a little shrinking with the all cotton Batting I use.
    As far as Block of the Month, you can make it into a quilt when you have completed all of the blocks or you can make pillows or if you find a block or two you really like you can then combine those into a quilt. It is a good way to learn how to make a lot of different blocks.

    Don't worry about questions, we are were there at one time or another. I am still learning a lot of things about quilting and there are a lot of knowledgeable people here.

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    We love Questions!! :D Please don't ever hesitate to ask. Someone here will be able to answer them for you. Welcome to the quilting board.

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    Those are great questions. Welcome aboard. We have swaps that Kyiav and I host for charm squares (individual squares that make up a unique charm pack and fat quarters...sometimes for strips as well known here as noodles). For the swaps, they are prewashed but in the stores they are not. As mentioned stores generally sell a group of fabrics from the same line for these although lately I've seen remnents cut into charms. If you're using charms, there are plenty of free patterns online and you can check the board for suggestions. I keep some ideas on the charm swap thread each month. Strips can also be used to cut down your time in creating a quilt and if you're trading them, you can get a scrappy look without having to buy a lot of different kinds of material. The FQ swap is helpful for stash building in addition.

    I have not seen the charm pks, jelly rolls, or layer cakes at discount stores but quilt shops only. There are occasional fat quarter packs there, however. I have seen some online stores offer a free pattern with purchase of a pack or roll but they do not automatically come with patterns.

    I haven't been able to do the BOM but do use some of the tutorials for new blocks. Basically, you can use them for whatever you like. You can do a small or large project, a sampler quilt, practice blocks to learn new techniques, or trade/donate them.

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    Hi and welcome from Texas. Questions are great...keep them coming.

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    The 5 inch squares used to be call NICKLE PATCHES and the 10 inch squares, now called layer cakes, used to be called DIME PATCHES. Due to my weight, I really wish food could be kept out of the name. hahaha

    But just think, by the time you get done using charms, layer cakes, jelly rolls and the like you've quilted a whole bakery!

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    ...and hopefully haven't eaten any and lost weight. NOT! we quilters like our snacks........

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    Thanks all for the great info.
    These anames are making me hungry :lol:

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    Yea, the charms are sometimes called "nickels' and 10" squares are layer cakes or "dimes" and sometimes the Jelly Rolls are called "noodles" or "worms" or in the case of Bali's "Bali Pops". I've seen lots of patterns for them all!!

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    Welcome and be prepard to stay hungry ....food rules the day around here LOL
    Everyone one here is very helpful and does not mind answering ANY questions. We all started at the beginning. :D

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    Candi, I am jumping in here, but your Avatar is intruiging me, where is it and do you live there- It looks a lot like Spain or someplace in France.

    Put me out of my misery please.

    Elle

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    Candi--I have done two block of the month quilts. The first one was through a local quilt shop (a lot of shops do them and they go by different names-$5 quilts, block of the month quilt, etc.) If you purchase the first month's block kit and return the following month with your completed block, then you get fabric for the next block for free or a minimal cost. The point of the quilt is to get you into the shop---you will usually find something you cannot live without!! The block of the month may last 6-12 months and you can make a wall hanging or throw quilt out of your blocks. Normally the blocks are sampler style, but will have a theme--fall, Christmas, etc.

    The second block of the month quilt I bought was through Keepsake Quilting. Every month they sent me the pattern and fabric for another section of a quilt. The 12th month was the borders and assembly directions.

    Sometimes magazines will do a block of the month type quilt and will give you directions for a different section of the quilt in consecutive months (gets you to keep buying that magazine!!)

    Block of the month quilts can also be done in quilt guilds-my guild in VA did a "basket quilt" and every month we were given another pattern.

    A block of the month quilt can be a fun way to make a quilt without having to spend a lot of time on it all at once. You are making it a block at a time--and everyone has time for just one block a month!! It can also be a way to learn a new technique or method of piecing.


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    And Candi, remember ... when you ask questions and get answers, a lot of us also get answers to questions we haven't even yet asked! So keep 'em coming! And welcome to quilting and the Message Board.

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    Welcome fromSt. Louis!

    There are lots of new things that even "old" quilters need to know. Things show up in different areas of the country and we are all excited about NEW! :lol:

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    Shemjo, love your avatar, tell us about it please.

    Welcome from Washington state Candi and keep those questions coming. Someone here will help with the answers.

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    My avatar is a raffle quilt I paper pieced. The pattern is St. Paul from quilters cache. There are 110 eight inch squares with a dark green sash and binding. We just finished quilting and binding it and are preparing to sell the raffle tickets for a drawing at a church Soup and Salad for Time Change Weekend! Thanks for asking. :lol:

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    Your very welcome! It's a very attractive quilt. Love the greens all though my favorite color is Pink!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Candi, I am jumping in here, but your Avatar is intruiging me, where is it and do you live there- It looks a lot like Spain or someplace in France.

    Put me out of my misery please.

    Elle
    Sorry Elle, just saw this.
    The photo is of Positano Italy, on the Amalfi coast. I was there in June for vacation/honeymoon. I wish I live there, :wink: I love Italy a lot. But I live in the States, really all over, we move all the time as we are travelling healthcare workers. Thanks for asking.

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    And thanks for all the expalnations everyone! Things make more sense now.

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