You know I love scrap quilts and a largish charm quilt is on my list of quilts to make someday. Lord knows I have enough charms . . .
But first, there are too many small quilts to be made. I have so many favorite quilts to choose from for this month's challenge (from my book Remembering Adelia), and I thought that this time you would enjoy making the small Charming Coins quilt (on page 49).
I wasn't thinking clearly when I first made this quilt. I should have made it into a charm quilt without using 2 of the same fabrics for the rectangles. But I hadn't named it yet and, when I did, decided to call it a "sort of" charm quilt or a "charming" quilt. I used a few pieces more than once. While it was a bit late for me to rip it out and start over with so many other quilts to make for the book, I let it be. No reason all of you couldn't easily turn it into a charm quilt of your own.
Historically, the charm quilt is distinguished by its one-patch design and the fact that no two pieces are cut from the same fabric. Sometimes they contain hundreds or thousands of pieces that are all different. However, many quilts we casually call charm quilts today do have pieces that are used more than once and the name often includes quilts that simply are made with many different fabrics, whether it's accurate or not.
I know I have enough scraps to make several large charm quilts without repeating a single fabric. Don't you?? But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's make this small one first. Maybe next year we can all make a large charm quilt together. Good idea?