Free pattern: Moda’s Charm Star featuring farmhouse prints

A couple of months ago I enjoyed a quilting retreat with friends. We packed a lot of laughing, sewing and snacking into three days. It’s a low-key gathering where we each go at our own pace. Some ladies complete several small projects, while others work on large projects that probably won’t get finished until the next retreat.  We’ve been meeting for more than 15 years now, and it’s a blessing!

I worked on several smaller projects, including this wall hanging for my mom.  She was in attendance at the retreat (she’s a scrapbooker), and it was fun to stitch this project while Mom was working at the next table. Now that it’s quilted and bound, I can’t wait to gift it to her.

Does the fabric look familiar to you? I used left over fabric from the college graduation quilt I recently made for our daughter Haley!  This collection of black, gray and ivory prints and wovens creates a wonderful modern farmhouse look, which both my daughter and my mom love. (See previous post for fabric details.)

The pattern I used is free from Moda!  It’s called “Charm Star” and is a snap to sew together. The original pattern calls for using 5-inch charm squares, and it finishes at 48” x 48”.  However, we needed Mom’s wall hanging to fit a particular spot in her apartment, so we scaled it down. I cut my squares to 3 1/2” and then adjusted/scaled the neutral pieces as well. I also omitted the inner border and just used one narrow border.  Our finished Charm Star quilt is 28” square.

The darling machine quilting was done by Katy at Woods Edge Quilting. Katy used a panto called Hexies, which adds a nice overall texture and fills in the white spaces beautifully. Thanks so much, Katy!

I still have to attach a hanging sleeve to the back of this quilt . . . and find a day to zip on over to Mom’s place so that we can hang it. I’ll be sure to take some pictures to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by!


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