Monday, January 04, 2016

Charm Box Quilt Mini - Fat Quarter Shop Top 10 Videos 2015

I have had the privilege of making several of the free projects that are offered by the Fat Quarter Shop over the years. 2015 was no exception.
I am not sure how many video tutorials were produced to accompany the free patterns
 but I know what the Top 10 best are.
Over the next few days the Fat Quarter Shop, 
along with several bloggers, will recap the best 10 of 2015.  

Today we look back at the Charm Box Quilt. 
I'll be honest, I didn't make it first time around.
I had quite a bit happening in my life in 2015 that prevented me from sewing as much as I'd liked to.
Anyhow, I decided that it's 2016 now, sew I will this year!

Recently, well, it's stretches further back than that, 
I have been smitten with Lori Holt's fabrics and projects.
 I would say it really began in 2011.  I met Lori in Salt Lake City as quilt market. 
I fell in love with her patterns and fabric and as you know - she hasn't stopped since.
Her latest fabric line is Calico Days. 
I loved it so much, I bought bolts of the entire line for my etsy shop.
Calico Days seemed like a perfect project for my Charm Box Quilt.
Here is the video that Fat Quarter Shop made to accompany the free pattern.

This pattern couldn't be easier. I decided on making the mini version.

Typical for me, I couldn't just make a plain old small quilt.
I decided to doctor it up with a little hand stitching.
I used the Aurifil 12wt. cotton thread for 'big stitch' quilting.
That heart template is from Laundry Basket Quilts 
and it fit perfectly inside my light squares in the middle of the quilt.

I used a brown pigma pen to make my 'big stitches' with the template as a guide.
I wanted the stitches to be as even as possible...
I needed a guide let me tell you :)

Here is the mini as I was stitching my hearts, notice I just pinned basted this project.

 I added more colorful stitching in the sashings.
I love the big stitches on this.

I may add more stitches to the border but I haven't quite decided how much.
If I quilt it more, I'll be sure to post the update to instagram...
Speaking of instagram....
Use #charmboxquilt and #FQSTop10 when you share your pictures on Intagram & tag @fatquarter shop for a chance to win a $100 gift card.  The contest will end February 1st.

I suggest you check out the other bloggers that whipped up a Charm Box Quilt today.

I have a few favorites from the list above ;)
bet you will too.


Needled Mom said...

Soooo cute. Love the little hearts in the blocks.

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Caryl @ cinnamon holiday workshop said...

I just love this quilt and want to make one...the stitching is just adorable!

Sheila said...

So sweet as a mini and your quilting looks fabulous.