I love working with precut charm packs.
I love the fact that you get a few squares of each fabric in a line. I like to pair it with a solid or blender type of fabric that coordinates with the fabric line.
For this dress, I used two charm packs from Moda Mixed Bag collection.
Start by making half square triangles.
Take your coordinating fabric and cut it into 5″ squares. I like to draw a line diagonal across all of these squares.
Lay your coordinating fabric on top of a charm square, right sides touching and pin together.
Now sew 1/4″ on each side of the line you drew.
Cut along the line. Now you have two half square triangles!
Press each seam towards the blue coordinating fabric.
Be sure to square up your blocks. Lay a square ruler over the top of your block and trim.
Once you have all of your squares made into half square triangles, it’s time to work on your layout. If you’ve checked Pinterest you KNOW there are so many design options when it comes to half square triangles. (One of the reasons I love them so much 😉)
In the end, I decided to go with this design. I also wanted to add a border of the orange followed by the blue.
Sew each of the squares together, ironing the first row one direction and the second in the opposite direction. This is so that when you sew your rows together your seams will nest and line up properly.
Once the top is all sewn together, lay out your backing fabric wrong side up, then layer your top right side up. Fold part of the top back and spray your backing fabric with basting spray. Unfold your quilt top and smooth onto the sprayed backing.
Repeat for the opposite side.
Draw your quilt lines. I like to use Crayola washable markers because they wash out so easily.
I also like to pin my top and backing together to make sure it doesn’t move while quilting it.
Now go sew those lines you drew!
Since this design seemed was so square, I decided to go with a square circle skirt.
Essentially, I left the quilt top as is and just cut the waistline out of the middle.
Once quilted, you’ll need to bind it. I like to self bind when I can. I cut the backing 1″ wider than the quilt top. Fold the backing in half so that it’s just touching the top.
Fold again so the raw edge is hidden. Continue this all the way around your quilt.
When you get to the corner, continue your double fold to the end, then fold at a right angle towards the next side.
Now fold twice, the same as along the previous side. This will give you nice mitered corners.
The bodice is really just a copy of the skirt design made smaller.
I sewed the blocks together making sure the overall design was bigger than my bodice pattern piece, cut it out.
Assemble the skirt and bodice as you normally would.
Isn’t it fantastic!
I love incorporating quilting into clothing. The possibilities of what you can create are limitless!
Do you have a favorite quilt design? I’d love to know about it. Leave me a comment to let me know.
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