Sometimes I’m amazed at how well (and for how long) I can keep a secret; I have been looking forward to today for a little over 16 months. When Cheryl Brickey (Meadow Mist Designs) asked me to make a quilt for her second book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts, I was tickled and I really enjoyed getting to make Blossom Chains. Just One Charm Pack Quilts was a huge success for Cheryl, and she was immediately asked if she would consider how to use charm packs to make larger quilts. So when she asked if I would consider making a quilt for her follow on book, Just Two Charm Pack Quilts*, I immediately said yes. I made the second colorway of Somerville Circle which is included in the book (the pattern begins on page 46).
The concept for Just Two Charm Pack Quilts* follows the same recipe as Just One Charm Pack Quilts except instead of one charm pack per quilt, two charm packs per quilt are required. Each pattern in the book needs two charm packs, an additional fabric (Fabric A), and a background fabric. There are 16 throw size quilts (some of them very generously sized) in the book, and each pattern in the book is made in two colorways to give you lots of beautiful inspiration.
When Cheryl sent the fabric to me to use for the quilt (Charm Packs: True Colors by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, Fabric A: Fairy Flakes in Paper from the Tula Pink Linework collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics, Background fabric: FreeSpirit Tula Pink Solids in Sweet*, and Binding fabric: Neon True Colors Mystic Tent Stripe by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics*), I knew that I would be spending some time thinking about how to organize the charm packs into rainbow order for the pattern.
Without giving too much of how the pattern is constructed away, Cheryl has a brilliant construction method for Somerville Circle. There is a lot of small piecing, but by making use of mini strip sets, it makes the piecing quicker and more accurate. Armed with that knowledge, I spent time arranging color groupings of the strip sets into the rough shapes that they would eventually take in the quilt blocks (photo above).
Due to the nature of strip piecing, and due to the fact that the strips could be rotated 180-degrees to get the fabric placement changed up, I was able have slight variations in each set of 3 blocks that I made from the charm mini strip sets. While I wanted to keep the colors moving as close to rainbow order as possible, I knew that my eye would also be drawn to seeing strong repeating patterns, so I wanted to maintain a controlled scrappy feeling. I think by making each of the 3 blocks assembled from the same strip sets varied (photo above), I was able to get the color flow to work better when I got to the quilt top layout (photo below).
Once all the blocks were pieced, I spent a serious amount of time on my design floor puzzling through a layout that let the colors flow between each section as harmoniously as possible. Honestly, it was a LOT of fun to see that my planning was worth it and how the colors drip and flow across the quilt top.
Before I packaged up the quilt to send to Cheryl for the book photography, my husband and I had to take it out into our yard for some photography. Like I mentioned at the beginning, I’ve been living with this secret a while. I made the quilt while were were still living on the Big Island of Hawaii. Living in Hawaii was a quilter’s photography dream: every quilt looks stunning against all that green!
The lychee tree in the orchard had the most beautiful branch structure. And the quilt looks beautiful beside it, but I’m remembering the juicy, sweet, fresh lychee and the overflowing buckets we were able to share with neighbors.
For the quilting, I used 50wt Aurifil 2024 (White) to quilt loops on Fabric A and 50wt Aurifil 5003 (Wine) to quilt a stipple / meander across the charm squares and background fabric.
I am lucky to count Cheryl as a close friend and I am so glad there are not many days in the year we don’t get to catch up and chat. She has created something beautiful in her third book, and I was absolutely tickled to be able to make this quilt for Just Two Charm Pack Quilts*. I hope you seriously consider adding it to your quilting library. You might be thinking, “I don’t have or like to purchase charm packs (I get that – neither do I),” but Cheryl walks you through how to create your own custom charm pack from your stash, and THAT makes me gloriously happy to think about.
I can’t lie; I cried when Cheryl shared the cover with me. What an honor for my version of Somerville Circle to be included on the front cover of the book!
Book Hop & Giveaway
July 31st UPDATE: The Giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Jane / Janequiltsslowly, who was randomly selected using a random number generator.
Thank you so much for stopping by on my portion of Cheryl’s Just Two Charm Pack Quilts Book Tour. Be sure to visit Cheryl’s Meadow Mist Designs blog each day through August 3rd for details on the other participants and patterns in the book on the book hop.
Cheryl has coordinated to allow me to give away a digital version of Just Two Charm Pack Quilts. Because this is a digital prize, it does not matter where you live. To be eligible for the giveaway, make sure you are signed up for my Launching Pad Newsletter. When you leave me a comment on this post, be sure to use the same email address that you have signed up for my newsletter with. You can comment on anything you like, but a few comment suggestions are:
- What is something kind you have done for a friend or a friend has done for you lately?
- Would you try to recreate the rainbow order with the Tula Pink charm squares or just allow the piecing to be fully scrappy?
The giveaway is open through Sunday, July 30th, and I will contact a randomly selected winner via email on Monday, July 31st.
Additional Somerville Circle Photography
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