Show Us Your Mini Charm Quilts! 3-22-21

We just watched Oregon punish Iowa, beating them soundly but as our friend Launa says, “that’s March Madness!” and she’s so right and the reason we love these games so much – so unpredictable!

Kathy in western NY and Betty K. from Rapid City suggested we have a mini charm quilt show. Mini charms are those little packs of 2-1/2″ squares that tempt us as much as charm packs do when they sit there on the checkout counter in a large bowl looking so cute you just have to pick one up and buy it! Here’s the last one I bought, still keeping me company by my sewing machine.

If you’ve made a quilt using mini charms, send a photo to my email:

I will post your photo in an upcoming blog post. Here are today’s Dirty Dozen projects:

The two Amigos wanted to say “hi”.

Here’s a picture of a great scrap quilt I saw online – I’m inspired!

And here is my March Madness Mindless Sewing quilt block:

I don’t know how many blocks I’m making yet – maybe 9?

Back to Gonzaga/Oklahoma game!

24 thoughts on “Show Us Your Mini Charm Quilts! 3-22-21

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Denise – I think you’ve got the winner with Gonzaga taking it all!

  1. Launa

    Gonzaga won! ⛹🏾‍♂️
    I am also a fan of RYAN BLANEY who drives #12 in NASCAR CUP SERIES. HE WON SUNDAY’s race. Made my day! Wonder if I am his oldest fan….?
    I LOVE your March Madness Blue Block…I just received Sheryl Johnson’s DARLING DOZEN lights with tiny black prints. She owns Temecula Quilt Shop and posted all 12 prints in a wee basket quilt on her blog…free pattern!

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Luana – I did see her cute little quilt on her Temecula blog too! It would be sweet in reproduction prints.

  2. Margaret in North Texas

    Oh, wow i really Rhonda’s color combination she chose as well as your “mindless” sewing project colors.

    1. Rhonda in Iowa

      Thanks Margaret! My goal was to not purchase a thing for this quilt. I had old yardage of the main blue batik and then just went through my scraps to find fabrics that worked. So happy to use it up! I did buy backing for it, Moda’s. Fireside. It is so soft!

  3. Michele

    Wow. That’s your mindless sewing project? I love it, but I’d have to concentrate like __ if I was sewing that. 🙂

    Another comment about the precuts. I never know where I should sew my seam. Have the pinked edge next to my 1/4″ line or what. Very confusing. The colors are enticing in the packets, but I also do not want the same pattern in 3 colors. They end up boring.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Michele – I should have explained the mindless part – it’s all those tiny blue and white triangle squares and I put each one together by hand – no quick multiple method because I want them mostly all different. Then sewing rows of triangle squares together is also mindless – stack after stack of them! If I didn’t love this block so much I would have found something else to sew during the games. About that pinked edge – I read that one designer cuts the points off to save all the mess!

      1. Michele

        Never thought about cutting off the points before you start. That’s a great idea. Might try it next time I use a jellyroll or charm that I just couldn’t resist buying. Thanks for the hint!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Michele – remember if you DO cut off the points, the size of your square will change, too.

  4. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    I have several mini charm packs wondering what to do I do with them.

    Big Ten went in with 9 teams, down now to 2, hope we get someone in sweet sixteen.

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    I ventured out to the grocery store today…the shelves are still fairly empty. Our road was plowed, finally. Boy, this town has a long way to go. It does take time to move 35” of snow with 40 mph wind!!
    Heidi-ho to the amigos. They would enjoy all the broken branches we have.
    Enjoyed the DD’s today…thanks gals

  6. Charlotte Shira

    Love the DDs and your “mindless” block! I need to make a blue and white quilt. I like them better than the red and white ones. I have never bought the mini charms but I still have several of the 5″ charms. I’ve made several tote bags with the charms.
    I watched West Virginia get beat last night. It was a good close game but they just couldn’t score those last few baskets. Too bad Iowa lost. My son-in-law is from Pella.

  7. Lorraine McGeough

    Sounds like you really have a love for the March Madness. It is good to watch and great competition. Love your March mindless blocks that you are making. I think I have some of that fabric!! Thank you for the pics of the other quilts too. Your two amigos look so content-they are cute.
    Happy sewing and enjoy the crazy games that are going on in March madness.

  8. Susan K in Texas

    Love your mindless block. None of mine would look the same if I considered those mindless! I’ve been working on my DD – a quilt with 9 Hawaiian hand appliquéd blocks. I’m down to the quilting on the last 1 1/3 blocks. I already quilted the borders and sewed on the binding.
    More pretty reader quilts. Such a colorful bullseye quilt. And I love the scrap quilt – it’s a great way to use up little pieces.
    Love the picture of the two amigos! My mom and my brother just got new donkeys to run with the cattle. They keep the coyotes away from the new calves.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan K in TX – I’m just curious as to how many donkeys can protect how many cows and calves- I’d love to see them.

      1. Susan K in Texas

        My parents don’t have a really large farm or large herds. They have a llama also for the same protection. They have around 80 cattle (moms and babies) in their herd. I’ll send a picture of one of the new donkeys. They tame the donkeys to eat from their hands. They like cookies and carrots.

  9. Kathy in western NY

    I might also send a picture of my cubed storage unit I stack 2 1/2” squares in.
    I like cutting them from my scraps. Today I worked some more on my Harvey wall quilt and I have to say Mary I love how you numbered the pieces to cut and assemble. Cute pattern. It’s been a joy making this and I probably should have cut a second out for a gift and made 2. But the weather was too warm to keep me inside so I had to work outside around the yard to get some vitamin D. My prayers tonight to all those in Boulder CO dealing with a very scary situation.

  10. Betty Klosterman

    Connie and Mary have the very best directions for their patterns. They number each pattern piece by each fabric so you know what goes where without strugging – like a perfect sewn puzzle. We don’t have to guess which fabric is being used. Thank you. They sure make life easier. I just received Burrr and it is so easy to see exactly what goes where.
    There is progress cutting up the new scraps. I like the strips and 2 1/2″ squares which work wonders for the neat quilts. With kids in mind, I might even put a frame around a neat picture to get it big enough to use. They may have to look all over to find them.
    In the meantime, spring is here, I think. My yard has a green cast thru the stuff from last year. Today the wind is blowing, but we will manage. And it might be a good time to turn off the news, but I do want to know what is going on in the world. Take care, everybody, and keep on quilting.
    Betty in Rapid City.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty Klosterman – thank you for that compliment, Betty! It just makes more sense to me this way. There’s not much good news in the world today, is there? So sad about Boulder!

  11. Rebecca

    We live in Zag town and my husband is so into these games. So with sister and brother in law coming over we make it a party with yummy food etc.
    Go Zags

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