Sweet as Candy Pincushion


Hello! It’s Lisa Calle of Vintage Modern Quilts here with a quick recipe using your favorite pieces of Moda Candy.  I came up with this cute and fast little pincushion as a way to use some of my Moda twill tape. I’ve saved every piece of it since I started buying pre-cuts (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!). They’re just tucked away and looking lonely in a jar on the shelf.

I just had to make use of them! Even with the small-scale piecing, this pincushion is a fast and simple project.

1 package of Moda Candy (I used Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater)
6 pieces of Moda twill tape from a Jelly Roll or Fat Quarter Bundle OR 108 inches of binding
12 charm squares OR 12 pieces of 5″x5″ scraps
12 pieces of 5″x5″ batting
Filling (I used crushed walnut shells)


These instructions show you how to make 1 pincushion. A package of Moda Candy plus the ingredients listed above will yield 6 pincushions.

1. Choose seven pieces of Candy for your pincushion top: four pieces for the 4-patch, 2 sashing fabrics, and 1 center fabric

2. Mark a line down the center of two of your 4-patch pieces. (I press a line with my iron). Place 1 marked piece and one unmarked piece right sides together and sew 1/4″ away from the line.

Cut along the line and press. Repeat for your other two 4-patch pieces.

3. Mark or press a line down the center of the 4-patch strips you’ve sewn, going perpendicular to the seam. Repeat the process of sewing 1/4″ from each side of the line, cutting, and pressing. You now have four itty bitty 4-patch blocks.

4. Cut your sashing squares in half: each sashing strip will measure 2.5″ x 1.25″ (with about 0.5″ of the length as excess that you’ll trim off later). Set aside.

5. Cut your center square. I chose a cute portion of one fabric to fussy cut a star and some text. This center square measures 1.25″ x 1.25.”

6. Assemble your block in rows. Press your seams towards the sashing on the 4-patch rows and towards the center block on the middle strip.

7. Match points, pin, and sew your block together.

8. Layer up with one charm square, your batting piece, and your block on top. Quilt as desired. If you don’t want any quilting, at least baste the edges together. Use your ruler and rotary cutter to square up to 4.25 inches.

 You now have a cute mini quilt pincushion top!

Optional – sew a length of Moda twill tape that reads “Moda” on the backing square for your pincushion. I hand-stitched mine on because I only thought of this after I’d made the pincushion.

9. Place your pincushion top wrong sides together with your backing charm square. Sew a 1/4″ seam all around your pincushion, leaving a small opening for the filler. I like to mark my stopping point with a pin or Clover clip.

10. Sew a zig zag stitch at one end of your Moda twill tape.This will help prevent fraying. You can also use fray check if you have some on hand.

11. Attach your Moda twill tape as binding. Start just after the opening you’ve left and sew on just like bias tape, folding the twill tape at each corner to miter them.

12. Fill the pincushion with crushed walnut shells. (NOTE: You can find these in the bird section of a pet store. The bag is huge so share with a couple of friends.)

13. Stitch the opening closed and finish adding your twill tape binding. Be sure to zig zag the end to prevent fraying. Overlap the beginning of the twill tape by an inch or so. It is helpful to use your zipper foot for this step.


 One Sweet as Candy Pincushion! (That’s my son’s little hand in the photo. He just had to touch those yellow pins.)

Repeat x 5 to use up your entire pack of Moda Candy. Each pincushion measures about 4.5″ square. These can also be used as pattern weights. They make a great gift for your sewing friends and this pincushion looks sew stylish in solids (the Bella Solids 2012 colors are available as Moda Candy.) See what other Moda Candy is available {here} and check your favorite LQS to see which ones they have in stock.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. If you make a pincushion, be sure to brag about it in the {Moda Bake Shop group on Flickr}.

Happy sewing!

Lisa Calle
{vintagemodernquilts.com}

120-Minute Gift: Charmed Message Board

Hello! I am excited to share my first Moda Bake Shop recipe with you as part of the ‘Just in Time Gifts’ series.  My name is Pauline Francis and I have been quilting for about 10 years. I blog at Quiltnqueen and I’d love for you to come for a  visit. I hope you love the message board as much as I do.

  • 1 mama said SEW charm pack (SKU 5490PP)
  • 1/4 yard mama said SEW (SKU 5495-11) for binding
  • 1/2 yard Moda Bella Off White(SKU9900-200) for header background and backing
  • 1 FQ chalk cloth (SKU OC48)
  • Piece of batting, measuring 15″ x 18″

  • DMC floss, colors #498 and #420
  • Mini clothes pins (optional)


All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Cutting
From the Moda Bella Off White, cut:

  • 1 rectangle, 10″ wide x 8″ length for the header
  • 1 rectangle, 15″ x 18″ for backing
  • 1 rectangle, 3″ x 3 1/4″ for the back of the mini quilt

From the chalk cloth, cut:

  • 1 rectangle, 12 1/2″ wide x 9 1/2″ long

From the binding fabric, cut:

  • 2 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF

From the charm squares:

Choose 11 different charm squares.

  • Cut 8 of the charm squares into 2 – 2 1/2″ squares and 1 – 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle.
    • Choose 6 different 2 1/2″ squares for the header, 3 for the right side and 3 for the left side of the embroidered block.
    • Choose 2 of the 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles and 2 of the 5″ charms for the bottom pocket.

Embroidery

I have included 2 options for the header. See the Printer Friendly file at the bottom of the post for the template.

  • Option A is all redwork embroidery. Trace the entire PDF file. Stitch with DMC #498.
  • Option B is redwork embroidery with a mini quilt attached to the laundry line with mini clothes pins.  Trace the words and laundry line only, do not trace the quilt.  Stitch the words with DMC #498 and the laundry line with DMC #420.  When stitching the laundry line use the back stitch 1 inch at each end of the laundry line.  Leave 3 inches of the line unstitched to attach the mini quilt to the line.
  • Whether you choose Option A or B, trim the embroidered piece to 8 1/2″ wide x 6 1/2″ long, centering the embroidery.

    Option B: Mini Quilt

    To make the mini quilt, take the last 5″ charm squares and a piece of batting 3 1/4″ wide x 3 1/2 ” length. Wrap charm square around the batting, mitering the corners. Hand stitch close to the edge and hand quilt the body of the quilt. Press edges under 1/4″ around the rectangle you cut for the mini quilt backing and hand stitch to the back of the mini quilt, wrong sides together.

    Assembly
    I used my walking foot to assemble the entire message board. 
    Sew 2 sets with 3 of the 2 1/2″ squares. Press seams open. The length should measure 6 1/2″.

    Sew the 2 sets of squares to the embroidery block, press seams towards the squares.

    To make the pocket, trim 1/2″ off the side of the middle charm square. Sew the pocket pieces together, press seams open.   Trim to 12 1/2 ” cutting from the charm on the left…the pocket piece should measure 12 1/2″ x 5″. Fold the pocket piece in half lengthwise, press, it should now measure 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Sew the sides of the pocket and the bottom of the pocket to the chalk cloth, raw edges even, using 1/8″ seam allowance.

    Sew the bottom of the header to the top of the chalk cloth (option A).
     

    Sandwich the top, batting and backing, stitch 1/8″ around the outer edge.Make one small pocket and one large pocket by stitching in the ditch…first seam on the left.  The larger pocket will hold your chalk pencil.Stitch in the ditch down the inside seams of the embroidered block or quilt squares as desired.

    Trim and bind using your favorite method.
      
    {TIP:  Use a binder clip to pleat the message board when sewing your binding ends together.  With every quilt I make, big or small, I always make a big pleat with the quilt, it makes sewing the binding ends together a lot easier….the quilt and the binding are not fighting each other.}

    Attach a hanging sleeve using your favorite method.

    The message board finishes at approximately 12.5″ x 15.5″.  If your local quilt shop does not carry the chalk cloth, ask them to order it from United Notions.

    I would love for you to visit my blog,where you will find more message board ideas. I hope you have fun making a message board for a gift and don’t forget to make one for yourself. It has been a lot of fun baking with Moda.

    Happy stitching,

    Pauline Francis
    {quiltnqueen.blogspot.com}

    60-Minute Gift: Pet Mesh Bags

    Hello all…it’s Jo from Jo’s Country Junction.  Recently I made a couple totes for my son so he could store his jumper cables and keep his league softball goodies all in one place.  Then my teenage daughter wanted a set too.  Being she is a cheerleader and our school colors are red, white and black, Sweetwater’s new fabric line, “Mama Said Sew,” was perfect.  She is using hers a lunch bag and a cheerleading bag. I thought I would share these great versatile bag patterns with you. They make a great gift  for just about anyone on your list!


    Momma Said Sew Jelly Roll
    Scraps of Deco Bond or heavy interfacing
    Zippers  22″ red and 12″ red
    Pet Mesh Screen:  This may be hard to find locally.  Here is an Amazon link for it:
    New York Wire 70587 Pet D-Fence Screening, 36-Inch by 84-Inch

    Let’s start by making the square bag.  Of course you can use it for many different things…storing your  grocery bags, packing a few goodies to take to the park, anything you can think of.

    Start by unrolling your pet screening.  This is a plastic product.  Don’t worry about cutting it with a scissors or sewing with it.  It works wonderfully.

    Cut:
    2 ~ 12″ x 12″ pieces of pet screen
    4 ~ 12″ x 4″ pieces of pet screen

    Take your 12″ zipper.  Take your favorite black jelly roll strip and cut two pieces the length of the zipper.  Take a different jelly roll strip and cut two more pieces the length of the zipper.

    Take one of each of the two different pieces and sandwich the zipper between them as shown making sure the right sides of the fabric face the zipper.  Make sure your favorite fabric piece is on the top of the zipper as it is the only fabric that people will see.

     

    Pin in place as shown.

    Sew along the pinned edge.

    Press the fabric as shown.

    Top stitch along the zipper.

    Repeat for the other side of the zipper making sure the fabric that you want to be shown faces the top of the zipper.

    Take a jelly roll strip.  Cut four pieces of fabric that are the width of the newly made zipper unit.  Sandwich two the pieces as shown, pinning in place.

    Sew along the pinned edge using a 5/8″ seam.  Press and top stitch in place just as you did along the zipper.

    Trim the edge of the fabric by placing the ruler along the edge and lining the 1 1/4″ line along the seam as shown.

    Take a ruler and measure 10″ (the picture shows 11″ but use 10″).  Mark the line with a pen.

    Tack the zipper as shown; sewing on the line previously made.

    Trim the extra fabric away as shown cutting through the zipper.  Being the zipper is tacked, it is okay to cut it.

    Sandwich the remaining two pieces of red fabric on the end.  Sew using a 5/8″ seam, press and top stitch as you did with the first end.

    Trim the pieces so it is four inches wide.  It is easy to do this if you line the 2″ ruler marker along the zipper and trim.

    Set this piece aside.  Now onto the handle.

    Take a jelly roll strip.  Cut it 13″ long.  Cut a piece of Deco Bond  2 1/2″ x 13″.   Place the Deco Bond on the wrong side of the jelly roll piece and fold in half.  Pin.

    Sew along the edge as shown using a 1/4″ seam.

    Turn the piece right side out.  Press and top stitch.

    Align the handles between the top of the zipper area as shown.  Tack in place.

     

    Sew the 4″ x 12″ mesh pieces and zipper piece together as shown using a 5/8″ seam.

    Bring the remaining zipper edge and the mesh edge together keeping right sides together.  Pin.  Sew using a 5/8″ seam.

     

    Take the piece you just complete and one of the 12″ x 12″ mesh pieces.  Align it as shown pinning in place making sure the first and last pin is 5/8″ away from the edge.

    Sew BETWEEN THE PINS using a 5/8″ seam.

    Align the next edge.  Again pinning in place making sure the first and last pin is 5/8″ away from the edge. Sew BETWEEN THE PINS using a 5/8″ seam.

    Continue on each side. Unzip the zipper.

    Then repeat adding the other 12″ x 12″ piece.

    Trim the corners.  Turn the bag right side out and you’re finished.

    To make the long bag:
    Cut one piece of mesh 24″ x 26″.

    Make the handle using the directions above only this time make it 16 inches long.  Set aside.

    Prepare a zipper using the directions above.  Please note that when using a jelly roll to make these, the pieces along the zipper will be different prints.  The zipper for this bag will not need to be tacked and cut.  It is already the right length.

    Place the edge of the mesh along the edge of the zipper piece.  Pin and sew using a 1/4″ seam.

    DO NOT TOP STITCH.

    Bring the opposite edge of the pet mesh around aligning the wrong side of the zipper. Pin and sew using a 1/4″ seam.

    Unzip the zipper half way.

    Fold the bag as shown.  It should be about 14″ wide when folded so the zipper should line up at the 7″ mark or half the distance.  Pin and sew using a 5/8″ seam allowance.

    Do the same for the opposite end.

    Now it is time to box the corners.  Start with the end of the bag that DOES NOT have the beginning of the zipper.

    Fold as shown,  Place your ruler and measure 2 1/2″ from the tip of the corner.

    Cut the corner off.

    Do the corner on the opposite side the same way.  The handle needs to be added first.

    Now it is time to add the handle.  The handle is added as you box the corner.  Fold the bag the same way you did on the previous end only this time, slide the handle end in place.  Pin and sew.  I back stitched over the handle to make it more secure.  Clip.

    If you look closely you can see the handle in between the mesh pieces under the seam.

    Do the same for the other side.

    Turn your bag right side out and you’re ready to go.

    Two bags that are sure to make organizing your goodies just a little easier.

    As soon as the bags were finished, our daughter put them right to use!

    Stop over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction, and see what I’m up to now.

    Jo Kramer
    {joscountryjunction.com}

    Urban Shades Quilt


    Hi everyone!  I’m Andrea Harris and  I’m excited to share this tutorial with you today.  It uses Sweetwater’s Mama Said Sew collection, and can be assembled quickly and easily.    If you have any questions or if you make your own “Urban Shades Quilt”, please feel free to email me or contact me through my blog at Millions of Thoughts .  I would love to hear from you!

    1 Fat Quarter bundle –  Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater
    1/2 yard 5498-23  black zigzag stripe for binding
    4 yards coordinating fabric for backing

    Separate and organize the fat quarter bundle:

    9 Grey fat quarters – choose the boldest greys in the bunch. There was a gingham and a dot fabric that    
                                     technically were black, but appeared better as a grey
    4 Black fat quarters
    1 Red fat quarter
    12 Cream print fat quarters
    2 Cream ‘solid’ fat quarters
    **Set aside remaining fat quarters.
    Press open all fat quarters before cutting.

    From each grey / black fat quarter cut:
    4 –  4.5″ x 6.5″

    4 –  2.5″ x 6.5″
    2.5″ x 2.5″ (only need 4 assorted blacks and 9 assorted greys)
    2.5″ x 14.5″ (only need 6 assorted greys and 6 assorted blacks)

    Red Print  –  cut 4 – 2.5″ x 6.5″ 

    Cream Solid –  cut 22 – 2.5″ x 6.5″

    From each of the 12 cream print fat quarters cut:
    2  –  6.5″ x 14.5″
    2  –  2.5″ x 6.5″  (cut one additional pair from a random cream print to make a total of 26 strips)

    This quilt is made up of two blocks, A & B, and can be assembled in a scrappy or matched way.  For this tutorial, I have written instructions as the quilt is pictured, with colours in a particular organized order:




    Block A Sewing Instructions: (14.5″block)

    You will make 9 grey blocks and 4 black blocks.   Of the 9 grey blocks,  two will have a red accent center, rather than the cream.  
    **pressing note: all steps press to the dark side
    1. Sew a 2.5″ x 6.5″ cream ‘solid’ strip to a dark 2.5″x 6.5″ strip:   
        (For a red accent block, sew a 2.5″x 6.5″ red strip to a grey 2.5″ x 6.5″ strip and continue steps 2-4)
    2. Sew a matching 2.5″ x 6.5″ dark strip to the block:
    3. Sew a 4.5″ x 6.5″ matching dark strip as shown:

    4. Sew a 4.5″ x  6.5″ matching dark strip to complete the rectangle block:

    **Repeat steps 1-4 to make two rectangles.  
    For steps 5 through 8, I coordinated black 2.5″ squares with a cream/red/black print and grey squares with plain cream/grey/black.  For the two red/grey accent blocks, I matched a red/cream print with a grey.  See photos for examples.


    5. Sew a 2.5″ x 2.5″ dark square to a 2.5″ x 6.5″ cream PRINT:
    6. Sew a 2.5″ x 6.5″ cream PRINT to complete the center strip:

    7. Sew the center strip to one of the rectangle blocks:  
    8. Sew a matching rectangle to complete Block A:
    Block B Sewing Instructions: (14.5″block)
    1.  Sew a 2.5″x 14.5″ dark strip to a 6.5″x 14.5″ cream print:
    (I matched the light prints with red in them to the 2.5″ x 14.5″ black strips. Light prints with grey/black were matched with grey strips) 

    2.  Sew the matching 6.5″ x 14.5″ cream print to complete the block:

    Once your blocks are all complete, arrange them in an alternating pattern and sew your rows together.  You can choose to do this in a random pattern, but I chose to group black accent blocks together and grey accent blocks together :

    Assemble your quilt sandwich using your preferred method, and quilt.  I chose a horizontal meander:

    Bind quilt with the coordinating zig zag stripe:

     

    70″ square quilt.

    *My quilt shrank quite a bit in the dryer, turning it into a 65″ quilt! But you can see the gorgeous puckering in the photo below:

    Andrea Harris
    {millionsofthoughtstrappedinmyhead.blogspot.com}

    School Spirit Quilt

    Hello…it’s Jo and Kelli from Jo’s Country Junction.  Some time ago while browsing the internet we saw a beautiful picture of an antique quilt done in red, white and black.  A couple days later we saw that Sweetwater had a new fabric line out, “Mama Said Sew” made in the similar colors.  That same day someone called and asked if we would donate a quilt for an upcoming school benefit.  Being our school colors are red, white and black, everything clicked and before we knew it we had designed a pattern inspired by the antique quilt and Sweetwater’s “Mama Said Sew” fabric line for the upcoming school benefit.
    Stop on over to our blog, Jo’s Country Junction, to sign up for a great giveaway that will get you
    started on your very own project using Sweetwater’s Sew Mama Sew!


    Mama Said Sew Fat Quarter Bundle
    5/8 yard binding
    1 1/4 yard outer border
    1/4 yard extra of your favorite red from the line
    1 yard Country Red Moda Solid for setting triangles
    6 yards backing

     Sort your fat quarters into five piles.  Using the Mama Said Sew line, I created the following piles; red, light with red accents, black, light with black or gray accents, and gray.  I also set aside the prints that were either all light with no accents, as well as those lights that had highlights of red, gray, and black. 
    You will need a total of:
                    -9 light with red accents (I added a few of the lights that were set aside to get a total of 9)
                    -6 red fat quarters + quarter yard red print
                    -5 black fat quarters
                    -5 light fat quarter with black or gray accents
                    -3 gray fat quarters
    Cutting Instructions
    1.  Begin with the red focused blocks.  As 64 red blocks are needed, you will need to cut 2- 5”x22” strips from 7 of the red focused lights.  Cut one 5” strip from the remaining light fat quarters with red accents.  Subcut each of these strips into 5” squares to yield 64 light with red accent squares.  These will be used for the block centers
    2.  From the lights with red accents, cut a total of 13 sets of 2” strips.  Subcut  into 2” squares.  Organize squares into sets of four.  You will be cutting a total of 65 sets and will be using 64 of the sets in the flip corners of the red blocks.
    3.  From the red prints,  cut each into a total of 12-1 ½” strips.  After cutting each fat quarter into 12 strips, set the strips aside in a group.  From each set, cut 5 of the strips into 5” lengths and cut 7 of the strips into 7” strips.  You will have a total of 20-5” strips and 21-7” strips.  Set aside the 21st 7” strip.
    Using the quarter yard of red, cut a total of three 1 ½ “ strips.  Cut these strips into a total of 8 5” strips and 8 7” strips.
    4.  Using the 5 black fat quarters, cut 2-5”x22” strips from each fat quarter.  Cut each strip into 4-5” squares for a total of 50 5” squares.  Set one aside.
    5.  From the grey fat quarters, cut a total of 10 sets of 2” strips.  Subcut these strips into 2” squares, organizing them into sets of four.  You will be using 49 of these sets for the flip corners on the dark blocks.
    6.  Using the 5 light fat quarters with gray or black accents, cut a total of 12-1 ½” strips from each fat quarter; set the strips from each fat quarter aside in a group.  From each set of 12 strips, use 5 to cut a total of 20-5” strips and a total of 21-7” strips. 
    7.  Using the solid red fabric, cut 3 strips 10 ½” strips.  Subcut the strips into 8-10 ½” squares.  Cut the squares twice diagonally to yield a total of 32 triangles to be used as setting triangles.  Using the remaining fabric, cut 2-5 ½” squares.  Cut each square once diagonally to be used as the corner setting triangles.
    Sewing Instructions
    1.  To make one red square, you will need one light 5” square, 2 matching 1 ½” x 5” red strips, and 2 matching 1 ½” x 7” red strips.  Sew the 5” strips to opposite sides of the 5” square.  Press seam to the outside 1 ½” strips.


     Sew the 7” strips to the remaining sides.  Press to the outside 1 ½” strips.  Repeat to make a total of 64 blocks.

    2.  Using a set of 4 light 2” squares, place each square on a corner of the block, right sides together.  Sew diagonally across the 2” square.  Repeat to cover each corner.  Trim one quarter of an inch from the outside of the seam. 

    Press to the corner triangle.

    Continue on each of the 64 blocks.

    3.  Making the dark square is similar.  You will need one black 5” square, 2 matching 1 ½” x 5” light strips with black or gray accents, and 2 matching 1 ½” x 7” light strips with black or gray accents.  Sew the 5” strips to opposite sides of the 5” square.  Press to the dark center.  Sew the 7” strips to the remaining sides.  Press to the dark center.  Repeat to make a total of 49 blocks.

    4.  Using a set of 4 gray 2” squares, place each square on a corner of the block, right sides together.  Sew diagonally across the 2” square.  Repeat to cover each corner.  Trim approximately one quarter of an inch from the outside seam.  Press to the corner triangle.  Repeat for each corner.  Continue to create flip corners on each of the 49 black/gray blocks.

    Quilt Layout

    1.  Sew the blocks together on point as shown alternating red and black blocks and adding the setting triangles.  Press well.

    2.  From the border fabric, cut 8-4 ½” strips.  Join end to end.  Lay out and measure the quilt through the middle of the quilt.  Cut two border strips to this measurement.  Sew onto the appropriate sides of the quilt.  Repeat to add the border on the other side.

    3.  Quilt as desired.  Bind using 2 ½” double fold binding.

    83″ x 83″ quilt

    Jo and Kelly Kramer
    {www.joscountryjunction.com}

    Neighborhood Charm Quilt



    Hi, I’m Debbie from Esch House Quilts and I’m thrilled to be sharing my recipe for Neighborhood Charm on Moda Bake Shop!  House quilts and quilts with limited color palettes always speak to me, so when I saw the new Mama Said Sew line by Sweetwater, I knew it was a perfect fit for the little house quilt I had in mind.  I hope you enjoy making Neighborhood Charm for your neighborhood!

    One charm pack of Mama Said Sew
    1¼ yards background fabric
    yard binding fabric
    44 x 45 backing fabric
    44 x 45 batting

    CUTTING:
    1. From the background fabric, cut:

    •  2  5″ strips – subcut these to 11 5″ squares and 4 2¾” squares.
    •  5  2¾” strips – subcut these to 70 2¾” squares.
    •  9  2″ strips for sashing and borders – subcut 7 of these to 36½” and 2 to 38″.

    2. From the binding fabric, cut 4  2½” strips.

    BLOCK CONSTRUCTION:

    1. Choose 37 charms from the charm pack. (I eliminated charms that blended too much with the background fabric). Set the rest aside for another project or the back.

    2. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 2¾” background squares.

    Figure 1

    3. Align the upper left corner of a charm square and the 2¾” background square right sides together. The diagonal line should go from lower left to upper right. (Figure 1)

    4. Sew on the drawn line. 

    Figure 2
    5.  Trim away the charm and background triangles outside the stitching line. (Figure 2)  Press the triangle open toward the outer edges of the charm square.  

    Figure 3
    6. Repeat this process for the upper right corner with the diagonal line running from upper left to lower right. (Figure 3)
    Figure 4
    7. Make 37 houses. (Figure 4) 

    PUTTING THE QUILT TOP TOGETHER:

    Figure 5

    1. Lay out your charm houses in rows according to the diagram, adding in the 5″ background squares as “parks” or “vacant lots”. (Figure 5) [Note: When I lay out the houses I first do it randomly and then go back and adjust. If all the black houses end up in the same corner or there are three of the same prints very close together, I’ll move blocks around to fix this, but I try not to obsess over it :)]
    2. Sew the rows together.
    3. Sew a sashing strip to the bottom of each house row.
    4. Sew a sashing strip to the top of the first house row.
    5. Sew a sashing/border strip to each side of the quilt top.

    FINISHING: 
    1. Press the quilt top.
    2. Layer with the backing and batting.
    3. Quilt as desired. My version of Neighborhood Charm is quilted in the ditch and with doors and front walks.  I added some “garden inspired” quilting in the “parks”.
    4. Bind with the binding strips.

    One Neighborhood Charm quilt 37½” x 39″

    Debbie Grifka
    {Esch House Quilts}