Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scrap-Happy Quilt Finish

A Happy  Scrappy Finish

I had sew much fun sewing up a new quilt this past month. 
It began when I saw  a Charm School Sew Along on Instagram.  ( I am @SusiesSunroom  on Instagram. Follow me and see  my up- to- date projects ! I post on IG more often than blogging.)

I already had purchased my own  Charm School Book,  which is a new book by Vanessa Goertzen, of Lella Boutique, which has directions for making 18 quilts from 5" squares! So it was a perfect way to jump in and make my first quilt from this awesome book!  ( I am just a fan of Lella Boutique.  )   I have even enjoyed reading  the directions for each quilt in the book!

My Book
Charm School Book (here)  
I chose the " Scrap-Happy Quilt" to make.  I love to make scrappy quilts, and thanks to the generosity of a couple of my sweet friends, I had a  pile of Moda Mini Charm packs ready to use!  (Thank you so much , G. and A. !!)  This pattern uses 14 mini charm packs.   I had 10 mini charm packs , and added a regular 5" Charms pack,  which I cut into 4 mini charms packs. 

Quilt Details:      Scrap-Happy Quilt    from  Charm School Book by Vanessa Goertzen
Size:   68.5 "  x 68.5 "   
Block size:  16 " x 16 "
Fabric:   14 mini charms packs ( 2.5" squares)  - Moda:   Rachel Remembered by Betsy Chutchian, Southern Exposure by Laundry Basket Quilts, Ville Fleurie  by French General , Coral Bells by Jan Patek Quilts,  Thistle Farm by Kansas Troubles Quilters, Sweet Cherry Wine by Blackbird Designs, and Lario  by 3 Sisters (cut into 4 mini charms)

Sashing:  Painter's Canvas in Cream by Laura Gunn ( for Michael Miller)  (from my stash)
Stars:   Scraps of cream on cream fabric from my stash 
Backing:  Coral Bells by Jan Patek in Linen
Binding:  Coral Bells  by Jan Patek   red
Batting:  Warm and Natural  - 100 % cotton
Thread:  Aurifil #2024   50 wt. for piecing  and Aurifil #2026 50 wt. for machine quilting 

Total number of scrappy 2.5 " squares:   576

The fabric pull for my Scrap-Happy Quilt

I laid out all of my 2 .5 " pieces, organizing them into nine 8x8 rows.  (I wanted to make sure that the last block formed was a good mixture of fabric lines.)

Blocks of 8 by 8 were laid out

They came together easily,  and I couldn't wait to see what they would like like against the cream/gold sashing and cream stars.

Before I knew it, I had three blocks finished!

I decided not to  rush, and tried to enjoy the whole patchworking process.   

9 blocks completed

Adding some sashing and stars

Whiskers helped me with the final layout design....
Layout of the quilt top

Here is the finished flimsy top!  What do you think of the mix of mini charms?  I am very happy with how they mix and match!  I love the rich tones.

My flimsy "Scrap-Happy" quilt top


I quilted straight lines,  1/4 of an inch away from the seams , vertically and horizontally,  on the patchwork blocks, using my walking foot and the pretty light gold Aurifil #2026 thread.  I quilted the outer border with lines, approximately 1/2 " apart, for a  picture frame effect.

love the backing fabric, in a  golden tan color, as well as the red binding.  These are both from the gorgeous Coral Bells line , by Jan Patek.

Time to handsew the binding to the back of the quilt

Whiskers likes to nap by my side, when I sew binding on the quilts, while  in bed watching tv at night. 

Whiskers is feeling better now, and back to helping me!

My  Scrap-Happy quilt   by Susie's Sunroom

A closer look at the corner...

A corner

Scrap-Happy Quilt

I am so happy that I joined in with the Charm School Book Sew Along!  It is fun to see all of the beautiful quilts that you can make from the book.   I want to make another quilt soon.  Stay tuned to see what I make!   I know I'll be making another Scrap-Happy quilt someday!  What an awesome way to use scraps!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:  Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts   and
                        Midweek Makers  @  Quilt Fabrication  and
                         BOMs Away      @ Katie Mae Quilts    and
                         Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict   and
                         TGIFF  @ Slice of Pi Quilts   and
                         Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts  and
                         Finished Or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts


  1. i am impressed with how well the charms went together. Actually I am relieved since I am evidently addicted to them by the amount I have. Now I can do something with them:)

    1. It is such a perfect and fun way to use them. You can use charms squares, too, but be careful to cut them exactly! I love stars, and that is another addiction I have!

  2. That's a lot of mini charm packs turned into a lovely scrap quilt! Thank you for sharing on Midweek Makers

  3. Hi Susie,
    What a fun and pretty quilt! You did such a fabulous job - I love the whole thing, but especially the stars in the corners. It all just goes together so well. ~smile~

  4. THat is beautiful! I love all the colors in it!!

  5. What a beautiful quilt! The stars are a great touch and I love that they are made using a light fabric!

  6. Great use of scraps, the stars add a lovely touch.

  7. Oh, I love how it turned out! It is so hard for me to combine different fabric lines, but yours came together beautifully! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

  8. Congrats on your pretty finish! I watched your progress on IG and it looked like piece of cake for you :) You made it pretty quick! Well done Susie!

  9. What a beautiful quilt, Susie! The stars look wonderful there and I love how you quilting the sashing. A perfect echo of the charm pieces that make up the blocks. Always good to see Whiskers. I am so very happy to hear that she is doing better. I have been more than a tiny bit worried about her.

    -Soma xx

  10. I found Charm School at my local library and I love the book. I would like to make all 18 patterns. I ordered it from Amazon to have my own copy. Your quilt is very nice!

  11. The mix of mini charms is beautiful. I love the sashing stars.


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