Charm Quilt on Point Quilt Tutorial

Jenny Doan

Charm Quilt on Point Quilt Tutorial

Quilt Size: 57" x 57"
Jenny demonstrates a quick and easy way to put charms on point. For this quilt she uses Patriotic Picnic 5" Stackers by Doodlebug Designs for Riley Blake.
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Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I’ve got a super easy, fun project for you today. Let’s take a look at this quilt. Isn’t this great? Now the trick about this quilt is that all these little charms are set on point. On point is anytime your square block now sits on its corner straight up like this. But normally, I have to tell you, my brain doesn’t love on point. I see rows like this, nice rows. And when I have to put, because on point you put together diagonally. And when I have to do that it just does crazy things to my brain. And it’s just, it’s really difficult for me. I can do it, it’s just a lot of more concentration. But this is the easy way to do that so let me show you how to do this. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is two packs of five inch squares. And we’ve used Patriotic Picnic by Doodle Bug Designs for Riley Blake. Really a cute line. This inner border here is just five 2 ½ inch strips, so that’s a half a yard. This outer border is a big eight inch border, really big beefy border. And that is 1 ¼ yards of fabric. Our backing is going to be 3 ¾ yards and we used this cute dark star on the back, which there’s a reason for that as well which I’ll tell you.

So this quilt is super easy to make. It’s going to seem a little odd at first but just follow along with me and we’ll, we’ll, we’ll figure it all out and I’ll show you how to do it. Because we’re going to make this in straight rows six in each row. Now I have two rows here that are waiting for my last two squares and so I’m just going to show how to sew these together. What I did was I went through my pack and I paired them all and just sewed two charms together and went through the, you know, just chain pieced them through the sewing machine. So let’s go over to the sewing machine and put these together. And because what you basically want is six in a row, 12 rows. I know that sounds like a really odd size but just hang in there. You’ll see what I’m doing here. Alright so we’re just going to sew a quarter of an inch right down the side here. And you’re going to sew a whole bunch of those, your whole pack, well six times 12 so 72 of these. And, and then we’re going to press this open like this. And once I got all my sets of two done I’m going to go ahead and add these to the, to this to make two rows of six. I hope that makes sense. So we’re just going to sew these on here. You want to nest your seams and we’re going to put this together. Alright so I’m going to sew a few stitches and make sure my seam is just butted up right next to each other. And sew carefully over that and then quarter of an inch right down the side.

Alright now we’re going to press this open. And so now we have five sewn on here and you can see we need one more set. So I’m going to pick these flags and this cute gingham. We’re going to sew those a quarter of an inch and add to the end. Alright, there we go. We’re going to put it right along that quarter of an inch and sew down. Alrighty now let’s press these open. Alright so now we’re going to add these to the end of this row right here. And once we get these on the row we’re going to add them to the whole quilt for a total of 12 rows. Alright here we go. Roll my seams back, nest them up. Alright now we’re going to press these back and then we’re going to add them to the top of our quilt right here. Alrighty. So now these are going to go on here like this. And we want to look to see if, you know, this, this, this might be a little close so I’m going to turn it and see if it’s any better. Oh I don’t like the ends even more so I’m going to leave it this way. And I”m just going to fold it over and we’re going to sew it together. Now what I’m making here is a picnic size blanket. And, and I love making a picnic blanket because when you give a picnic blanket to someone it actually gives them permission to throw it on the ground, to take it with them on all their adventures. That’s what I like to make for a wedding quilt. I like to make a picnic blanket and you know just put it in a basket and say keep dating the rest of your life because a picnic is a really fun thing. And this is not an art quilt. You know, it’s just something that can go with you on all your adventures. So as I’m sewing along here on my quarter of an inch I’m making sure that my seams are nesting up and I sew a square at a time and then line up the next two rows. I stop at every seam and make sure they’re lined up. And that’s going to keep your, your corners nice and even. Alrighty, now let’s press this open. Alright, here we go. I’m going to move these out of the way or I’m going to flip them off onto the floor. Alright, you want to make sure your top is pressed nice and flat especially because of what we’re going to do next.

So now we’re going to turn this oddly shaped quilt into a nice square quilt. So here’s what we’re going to do. The math again on this is halves. So I have six across by 12 down. We’re going to count down six here, one, two, three, four, five, six. And I’m going to take my ruler and I’m going to cut a diagonal all across these six just like this. Right here. So see how this goes along here. So I’m going to take my ruler and my, my table is going to be a little bit short so we’re going to have to move this but I’m actually going to line this up on here. And you’re going to line your ruler so that it goes at every junction. And I’ve got to find my rotary cutter. Here we go. Alrighty. Now I’ve got my rotary cutter and I can do this. So I’m going to come, actually I should come from this part down here shouldn’t I? So just to make sure I don’t get off, I’m going to slide this ruler down here like this and start cutting right from here. And that should be exactly six down. Let’s make sure, one, two, three, four, five, six. And so all these are now getting cut in half. So we’re cutting through every juncture. And I’m going to have to move this down a little bit. Carefully, carefully, going right here, and this one here. Alright. Now, now we’re going to set this over here. . Now we’re going to do the same thing going the other direction. Alright we’re going to come from here and we’re going to go here. Make sure you cut it at each juncture. I’m going to scoot this back. It’s so helpful to have a giant mat and I have a pretty giant mat. Alright and there we go.

So once you get your cutting done you’re going to have this one big piece, triangular piece like this and you’re going to have these two smaller pieces right here. And they’re like this. And what we’re going to do is we’re going to look on the side that has the whole squares and we’re going to lay those right sides together . See here on this other edge, these are all half squares. Don’t, don’t sew that side. Sew this side with your whole squares. And we’re just going to go to the sewing machine and do that. We’re going to do a quarter of an inch right down the side. And again we’re just going to match at each juncture because we’re just dealing with whole squares here. Alright so here we go. Alright now let’s press this. So we’re just going to come across here and we’re going to press it from the top. You want to make sure there’s no folds or pleats and I’m going to press from the top. Not too worried about what’s happening underneath because what I want is a nice flat top.

Alright now we have two pieces that are one big triangle and we are going to put those together this way. So we’re going to turn it this way now. And we’re going to line those up. There we go. And we’re just going to fold this in half like this. And we’re going to sew that whole seam. Again we’re just sewing the whole, the whole squares. So let’s start down here and sew it together a quarter of an inch and we’re starting at this little tiny peak right here. Just be careful. Sometimes you’re sewing machine will like to push those down into the, into your sewing machine down by the bobbin. Just go slow to start. And then we’re just going to do the same thing where we line up seam to seam. There we go. Alright, now let’s press this open. And I can’t wait to show you what happens. Alright I”m just going to press along this seam we just took. Make sure it lays nice and flat. Now just like that, look at this. Look how this came together all on point. Is that not the coolest looking thing? And so just by making those cuts and turning it we get an on point block.

Now this size I think makes a great, great baby blanket size and so that’s a really fun thing to do for baby blankets. But I of course wanted a picnic basket and there needed to be room for two behinds on there. So I added that first inner border and that larger outer border. And it gives it some substance as well. So remember if you get invited to all the weddings because you’re a quilt maker and they’re wanting a wedding quilt, a picnic quilt is a great way to do it. You can make any quilt you want. Roll it up, put a bow on it in a basket and just say keep dating the rest of your life.

So one more thing, remember I told you I put the dark blue fabric on the back for a reason, well if this is a picnic quilt and it’s going to go on the ground that will help that stay clean and look clean a lot longer if you’ve got something dark on there. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Charm Quilt On Point from the MSQC.

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