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Charmed Squares

Block size is 8.5 inches (9 inches with seam allowances)
Setting is 7 x 9 blocks
Quilt size is 59.5 x 76.5

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My finished quilt

Charmed Squares

I used one Charm Pack, 2 yards of brown and 2.5 yards of blue – yardage for blue includes binding. CAUTION I was VERY careful about cutting and had very little fabric left over. If I was making this quilt again, I’d increase my yardage to 2.5 yards of the brown and 3 yards of the blue and toss any leftovers into the stash.

My quilt takes 63 blocks. I was fairly random when I was framing my blocks and yours does not have to be exactly like mine but the instructions below will show you what I did.

CAUTION: if you have directional prints pay attention to how you are orienting the centers in the framing rounds – you will be rotating all blue framed blocks as you assemble the top.

32 blocks are framed in brown
* 14 of these are double framed … First in blue and then in the brown

31 blocks are framed in blue
* 13 of these are double framed … First in the brown and then in the blue.

From my Charm Pack, I took out 7 squares that were solids and cut each of them into 4ths — leaving me with 28 squares that are cut 2.5 inches. I used 27 of these squares in my quilt.

Block A – make 18
Center is a 5 inch Charm Square
From Brown fabric
Cut (2) 2.5 inch by 5 inch pieces and attach to sides of charm square
Cut (2) 2.5 inch by 9 inch pieces and attach to top and bottom of the block

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Block B – make 18
Center is a 5 inch Charm Square
From Blue fabric
Cut (2) 2.5 inch by 5 inch pieces and attach to sides of charm square
Cut (2) 2.5 inch by 9 inch pieces and attach to top and bottom of the block

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Block C – make 14
Center is a 2.5 inch square ( one of the squares cut from your Charm Squares)
From Blue fabric
Cut (2) 1.75 x 2.5 inch pieces and attach to sides of center square
Cut (2) 1.75 x 5 inch pieces and attach to top and bottom of block
From Brown fabric
Cut (2) 2.5 inch by 5 inch pieces and attach to sides of framed square
Cut (2) 2.5 inch by 9 inch pieces and attach to top and bottom of the block

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Block D – make 13
Center is a 2.5 inch square ( one of the squares cut from your Charm Squares)
From Brown fabric
Cut (2) 1.75 x 2.5 inch pieces and attach to sides of center square
Cut (2) 1.75 x 5 inch pieces and attach to top and bottom of block
From Blue fabric
Cut (2) 2.5 inch by 5 inch pieces and attach to sides of framed square
Cut (2) 2.5 inch by 9 inch pieces and attach to top and bottom of the block

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**When laying out the blocks, If you turn all the brown blocks with the long seam horizontally and the blue blocks with the long seam vertically, you will not have to match seams. See drawing below of the first two rows of my quilt.

To assemble alternate a brown framed block with a blue framed block and press toward the blue. Randomly scatter the double framed blocks throughout the quilt. Set blocks 7 across and 9 down starting with a brown block.

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© Mary Johnson 2012 – MaryQuilts.com

12 comments on “Charmed Squares

  1. so cute thanks for the pattern

  2. Eva in Florida on said:

    Mary, thank you so much for sharing an interesting way to use some beautiful charm squares I bought almost 2 years ago. I’ve been trying to come up with an idea for them and having no luck. It is very kind of you to share your work at no charge.

  3. Robyn Barber on said:

    I love utility quilts. Simple easy and very beautiful.
    Thank you

  4. Janine Ward on said:

    fabulous pattern Mary. definately on my want to make list

  5. Mary Thanks so much for always sharing your patterns and such clear instructions free of charge. Times are tuff so I really want to take time to tell you,you and your kindness are appreciated. Blessings

  6. Monica Butling on said:

    You are just amazing!! I live in Australia and have recently begun sewing again after 15 years of not sewing and now I am addicted. Thankyou so much for your patterns they are absolutely beautiful. I have only done 3 quilts but I would love to try the charm square one. I cant thankyou enough for sharing your pattern.
    A friend Monica from Australia xxx

  7. Elaine M on said:

    Wonderful pattern/quilt. Love the pops of orange/red in your top with the brown and blue. Look forward to a PDF on this pattern. Thank you for sharing your patterns.

  8. wanda nordby on said:

    There beautiful!!! Wanda

  9. Both daughters (quilters, also) gift their scraps to me, I make donation quilts for a reservation in South Dakota using their fabrics and mine. Have been doing Log Cabin or String patterns lately, this design will be a nice change. Thank you so much.

  10. This is absolutely perfect for our guild stitching night. We are making quilts for Habitat for Humanity and our members will have no trouble with your clear instructions.Thanks so much for sharing with us so that we can share with others.

  11. NancyB in AZ on said:

    I like this quilt pattern very much when you first showed it. Thank you so much for the instructions. I also have lots of charm squares to use for this one.

  12. Lori in Tucson on said:

    I definitely was interested in this quilt. I pretty much came up with the block measurements and your method for creating the double-framed blocks. It was nice to see your figures and diagrams that confirmed what I had come up with. Great way to use all those charm squares that I buy. Now to put them to use in a quilt.

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