Last night I finished the quilt top for my mum’s mother’s day gift. I know – I’m running out of time! Still, I think I can have it put together, quilted and bound by Sunday. Wish me luck.
It’s the “Charm Star” pattern, which appealed to me because it looked like a nice, neat little project using one charm pack, plus a background fabric (I chose white with a small leaf pattern printed on it in white) and a border fabric. I downloaded the pattern for free from the Moda website.
As it turns out, I used two charm packs from Bonnie and Camille’s April Showers range, and just picked out all of the blue, green, aqua and cream patches. I steered clear of the reds and yellows, of which there are quite a few in the pack. I’ll have to make something else with those!
I’m really happy with the result, primarily because of how nicely the colours work together.
The pattern was a bit tricky, and I confess I had a few hitches along the way. The first was that I didn’t read the instructions for the half-square triangles properly, and I made two units from each pair of squares, only to find they were too small. I had to do them again! Then, when it came to piecing some of the outer rows, some of the points took a bit of fiddling before they lined up.
I’m a very careful cutter, and my seams are usually pretty accurate. I’m not sure what went wrong. It might be an inaccuracy in the pattern, or I might have had a bad day when I was piecing those bits! Anyway, it took some time, but I managed to get it to work.
Mum is going to love this as her television-watching snuggle rug.
I’m not sure yet what I’ll do for backing. I would have loved some April Showers yardage for it, but I’m finding it hard to come by locally, and I don’t have time to wait for a delivery of an online order. I’m going to bind it in the Bella Solids teal that coordinates with April Showers.
Putting together the centre 16-patch portion was so quick, easy and fun that I have been inspired to do a bigger quilt of just 5″ squares. Now I just have to decide what fabric to use!
I hope you’ve made your mum something lovely for Mother’s Day.