Monday, June 18, 2012

5" Charms Scrappy Tutorial

5" Charms Scrappy

I did several of these quilts years ago, and recently was reminded of the technique, so I'm offering you a quick tutorial on how to make them. It's very simple, and you can use up a bunch of those 5" charms you've been saving! You can do this totally scrappy, or control your color-way if you prefer. (For example, use various purple charms.) Feel free to share a link to this page with your friends!

First, decide what fabric you'll be using for your sashings. Cut a strip width-of-fabric X 8-1/2", then cut 2" strips from that.

Gather up your 5" charms, and cut them in half diagonally.

Place one half face down on the sashing piece, centering it so that the same amount extends on either end. Stitch 1/4" from edge. I used white thread so that you could see it clearly, but I would use a thread that matches the sashing as a rule.

Press away from the sashing.

Lay the second half of the charm face down on the opposite edge, and stitch it the same way.

Lay a square-up type ruler on the unit, using the 45 degree line SMACK IN THE CENTER of your sashing, corner to corner. Trim to square it up to 5-1/2" square.

This is what a trimmed unit should look like.

Four units together form an "X" and makes this a 10-1/2" unfinished block. Just sew your blocks into rows of whatever size you want your quilt to be. SO EASY!!!

Happy Quilting!
Jean MaDan

This is my finished quilt! Below is the other side.... 
I did this side with scrappy stars... I like the way this reversible quilt turned out!!

A lighter version made by Candace:
This is the quilt CANDACE WRAGG made using my tutorial! Good job, Candace!


  1. Thanks for the tutorial. Very slick!

  2. Thank you for the tutorial. I think I may may a quilt from it, I've made one block to try it out, with muslin and thirties fabric. I can't decide whether to stick with the pales, or mix in a bit of everything. Do you have any pictures of any of the quilts that you made? Again, very nice tutorial, thank you very much.

  3. That was supposed to have been "I think I may make a quilt from it".

  4. I finished my 110 blocks and have about 1/4 of the top sewn together. I didn't stick with thirties, I pretty much went to anything goes. Thank you again for the tutorial.

  5. Thanks, Candace! Send me a photo of your quilt, and I'll post it on my blog!!

  6. Thank you again, Jean. I love my quilt, it's one of my favorites ever, so country and cozy.

  7. When I saw your reversible quilt in the CQ-4-CBees photo album, I couldn't figure out how you managed to make it work. I love this quilt. Thanks for sharing. Candace's version is also gorgeous.

  8. Jean and Candace, thank you both so much for your inspiration for these two beautiful examples of lattice quilts. The tutorial was perfectly clear so now I know just what to do with all my hoarded up nickel squares. Thanks!

  9. I really love this quilt and your tutorial. I'm about to start Scrappy Lattice number 2. It's all cut out and ready to go, this time with a print for the lattice. Hope it turns out as well as yours and my first one. Thank you again for the tutorial.

  10. Thank you for the tutorial, great way to use scraps.