Caspian Charm Quilt Tutorial

Updated: Apr 15

Do you have a Charm Square Bundle that you don't know how to use? I couldn't resist this adorable Out of This World with NASA fabric in charm square size. I love the variety of fabrics in charm squares. You typically get 2 or 3 pieces of each fabric in a designer's line without having to purchase yards of each type of fabric. Since Charm Squares are only 5 inches, there isn't a lot of fabric and I wanted to make mine into a twin size quilt for my son. I came up with this pattern that uses the charm square pack plus 2 fat quarters and some background fabric.


Fabric: Out of This World with NASA, by Riley Blake


Finished Size 56” x 72” Quilt , 11” Block


Supplies

1 (42 piece) Charm Pack + 2 Coordinating Fat Quarters (or if using yardage 48 - 5” squares (1 yard total) + 12 - 2 ½” squares)

2 ½ Yards (45”) Background Fabric for Blocks, Background and Sashing (½ yard for blocks, 1 yard each for sashing and border)

4 yards Backing Fabric

⅝ yard Binding Fabric

Batting

Coordinating Thread



Cut

For Blocks, If using Precuts: From the Fat Quarters, cut 6 - 5” squares and 12 - 2 ½” squares.

From Background Fabric, cut 7 - 2 /12” x width of fabric strips. Subcut a total of 24 - 5” x 2 ½” inch rectangles. Set aside. Leave the rest in strips for chain piecing the blocks with your patterned fabric.

For Sashing, cut 6- 6” x width of fabric strips. Subcut a total of 8 - 6” x 11 ½” strips, for the vertical sashing pieces. Set aside remaining 4 strips for horizontal sashing pieces

For Border, cut 6 - 6” x width of fabric strips


Block Assembly


Strip set A will consist of 1- 5” square, 1- 2 ½” x 5” background piece and a second 5” square.


To assemble Strip Set A: Chain Piece 24 - 5” squares to the 2 ½ “ backing strips (7 - 5” squares will fit along the length of each strip). Trim to create 5” x 7” rectangles. Sew the remaining 24 - 5” squares to your 5” x 7” rectangles, lining up one 5” square right sides together with the background fabric.




Strip Set B will consist of 1 - 5” x 2 ½” rectangle, 1 - 2 ½ “ square and a 2nd 5” x 2 ½” rectangle.

For Strip Set B: Sew 1 - 5” x 2 ½” rectangle to 1 - 2 ½ “ square and then add a 2nd 5” x 2 ½” rectangle, lining up the background right sides together with the 2 ½ inch square.



To assemble the blocks, arrange one Strip Set A, one Strip Set B, and one Strip Set A, mixing and matching fabrics as desired. Sew strip sets together to create 12 Blocks.






Quilt Assembly


Lay out blocks in 4 rows of 3 blocks. Sew one 6” x 11 ½” sashing strip between each set of blocks to create horizontal rows.

Sew 1 - 6” by width of fabric sashing strip between each horizontal row.

Attach 1 - 6” border strip to top and bottom of your assembled rows.

With the 4 remaining 6” border strips, sew 2 - 6” border strip pieces together, and repeat to create the side border pieces. Attach to the sides of the quilt.


Quilt and bind as desired.


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