Yesterday I finished my very first charm square quilt. The fabric is Oddysea by Moda and I am in love with the rich colours and the fish blocks scattered throughout. The pattern was made by creating 9-patch squares and then cutting them in half in both directions. Putting the pieces together after that was a bit like putting a puzzle together – only because I was determined to have all the fish swimming to the sides and all the shells facing the same way. (a random quilter I am not….someday I should try to put the blocks just wherever they end up…it would be a good exercise for me in letting go…)
Working with charm squares was fun in that it eliminated one cutting step. However, I was disappointed to find that all of the charm squares were not cut to the exact same size, which did cause problems later on in piecing the quilt. What I really should have done was re-cut them all to the same size before I began…. but it seemed silly when the reason I bought charm squares was so I wouldn’t have to do more cutting?! I’m not sure that I would work with charm squares again, unless I cut them myself!
I really like the finished top and can’t wait to quilt it and bind it.
There is a local shop that sells handmade items that has agreed to take some of my quilts. This will be one of the first ones that I sell. I am both excited and scared about that prospect! I have so many ideas of quilts I want to make (and three in progress!) so it will be great to know what to do with them when I am done…but eek! What if no-one likes them?? The jitters of a new adventure…..