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Thread: When you buy charm packs...

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    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
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    ... do you most often just use them as is (hoping they are all cut accurately and exactly the same size)?

    Or do you cut them down into a different shape/size?

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    I use them as 5 inch squares, but I've only bought moda.

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    I've only gotten a couple of them and turned one into a table topper as is. I would like to take another one and turn it into either pinwheels or half square triangles, again for a table topper. I don't know what else to do with them! :lol:

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    I actually made 8 packs of them to do pinwheel baby quilts. I also have a pattern for totes that takes the 5 inch charm packs.

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    I made a baby blanket out of one. those squares were the worst though. when I sprayed them with starch they went every way but sunday. it was awful had to cut them into squares the ones that I hadn't sewn yet and the ones that I had I had to make rectangles out of them.

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    I've been cutting mine up using them as pieces in my Farmers Wife Sample Quilt. It finishes in 6" blocks so I can use the charms different ways .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    I made a baby blanket out of one. those squares were the worst though. when I sprayed them with starch they went every way but sunday. it was awful had to cut them into squares the ones that I hadn't sewn yet and the ones that I had I had to make rectangles out of them.
    That's good to know. I got one from the LQS because the liked the pattern and colors, but can't figure out how the use them. Maybe I'll just toss them in the air and see how they fall!

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    I used them as is but wouldn't have a problem using them for pinwheels, etc...

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    I just finished a tote bagtoday using a charm pack. It was a Moda pack and was cut perfectly. The bag went together easily,

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    I make 4 patches and half-square triangles out of them by matching them two right-sides-together.

    4-patches: 1. sewn two squares right-sides-together on left and right sides with 1/4" seam (shown by the dotted line).
    2. Cut apart through the center both up-and-down and side-to-side (shown by the red line).
    3. You have created the first half of a 4-patch, there will be 4 from each charm pair. (You will have TWO 4-patch blocks from each pair of charm squares.)


    Half-square triangles:
    1. Layer 2 charms together, draw a diagonal line (shown here in red), sew 1/4" away from BOTH sides of the drawn line (shown here by dotted line).
    2. Cut apart ON the drawn line (red line), and press open.
    3. You will have created two half-square triangle blocks from each charm pair.

    You can collect these by the dozens and sew them together as leaders and enders, or just when you want to mindlessly sew something for a brief period -- TV commercials? I save them in boxes and pull them out when I need to make a quick quilt; half the work is then already done!

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    So far i have only used them as is, but maybe some day i will try something different

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    I use the 5' charm packs to make the D4P quilts.

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    I've made totes and disappearing nine patches. No problem then, but did have a terrible time with a layer cake and it was a Moda layer cake!

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    I've used them whole, cut up, sliced and diced :lol: Mostly Moda though.

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    I make totes out of them. They really turn out cute.

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    Missouri Quilt Co has a video tute for using charms to make a dresdan plate...it is on my to do list

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    I'm working on a Tumbler quilt right now. 3" on the top down to 5" in the bottom- Moda Awesome.
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    Wow, cizzors, your quilt is lovely.

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    I have some beautiful charms that I haven't known what to do with. But - watched the tutorial on the Disappearing Four Patch - oh yeah, that will be the pattern for my lovely charms.

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    I used mine to make sections for the Dresden Plate
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    I have quite a collection of these - my favourite on-line quilt store gave away a pack when I spent over a certain amount (obviously been spending too much) have used them in D9patch - am liking some of the other ideas though for a change

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    Thought you might like to see what I did with a Moda charm pack. The sashing is other fabric.
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    I use them several ways. As they are for a charm quilt, used them in a DP9 patch and my favorite is with my tumbler template. It fits perfectly on the charms. And I just got my Dresdan (sp?) ruler from Missouri Star Quilt Co. and can't wait to use some charms with it.

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