Last year a friend and I went to a textile wholesale warehouse sale. I was looking for neutrals (I seem to have everything else!) I found a great white on white and a gray and white pinstripe. Of course, I had to check everything else out! We found batik charm packs at a great price and we loved the fabric line. We each bought several as our plan was to each make similar quilts from the charm packs. I found a pattern that we both liked and I began the process. (This is also one of the UFOs from my guild’s challenge).
Hint: If you are going to use a charm pack, check the pieces before you begin to cut and sew. I assumed that the charms, being die cut, would be perfect 5″ squares. Not the case. I have a die cut machine and my cut pieces come out perfect. In this case, I had to square up each and every charm. Some were just a tiny bit off, others were 1/8″ off. Add all those up and it will really mess up your work!
But I am not sorry that I purchased these. I used a variation of the split nine patch – 2 of the corner squares are pinwheels, then you “split” the nine patch. I love the end results. The pink border and brown binding really make it pop. This quilt is intended as a gift and now just needs a name and a label.
By the way, I am not recommending you avoid precuts – but do check them.