When charm packs were first introduced about 2010 (can’t remember exactly), Country Threads embraced Charm School as a monthly club. As a member of Charm School, you received one charm pack per month plus one additional piece of yardage and an original pattern. The challenge was to make a small quilt with ONLY one charm pack and one additional fabric plus binding.
Most designers today call for multiple charm packs and use only the chosen pieces. Following our very specific rules yielded great quilts sometimes but mediocre ones at times, too, depending on the charm pack.
Charms packs are just so irresistible – I am guilty, guilty, guilty! I love to pick them up and ruffle through them and usually end up buying it because after all, it’s only $10, right? However, I do not like using the same design in 6 different color ways in one project nor do I always like every design in a charm pack and it’s a sure bet some of the duplicates are not my favorites. For fabric designers who make quilts using ONLY their fabric line, I’m sure it’s very hard. The line is all the same hue making for a boring quilt – in my opinion.
Please remember that I am telling you how I feel about sewing with a charm pack, not the consensus of most quilters. Our Charm School led to two books published by Martingale – Charm School and Back to Charm School. The designs are great and I’ve remade many of them through the years with fabric from my collection.
So what am I sewing today while I watch the basketball games? Mindless sewing of triangle squares with many shades of azure blue.
I’m still working on the block – I’ll save that for another time.
Tami came after Siri today and I know Siri recognized her! It was so sweet and I’m sorta sad that she left. I wish I could have brought her to the house but with crawl spaces and three floors in this big house, I’d never see her again.
So now it’s back to the ballgames. There have certainly been some surprising upsets which is typical March Madness and the reason we love it so much. Sometimes the underdog does win.