Mother’s Day project: April Showers Charm Star

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.

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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.

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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.

jf

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