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Modern Charm Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt



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Simple use of 5" charm squares coupled with simple sewing - great for beginners and those new to patchwork.



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Workshop notes for Modern charm Quilt: (using Japanese fabrics)


Sample Approx size:   47” x 34”



Made up of rectangles 2 ½” X 5” from a purchased nickel pack (therefore 20 squares = 40rectangles)

Plus background fabric:

cut into 2 ½” squares – you will need 32 in total (16 for each side)

plus sashing @ 2 ½” wide – you will need 8 in total (4 for each side)

plus border


Plus centre panel: cut 10 ½” wide


Divide fabric rectangles into two piles of 20:


Using one set of 20:

Sort into  4 sets of 5

Sew each of these sets into a long strip using a 2 ½” square to divide each rectangle –4 per strip –so that you will have 4 strips

Measure length

Trim sashing strips (all 4) to this length and sew into place – pin the sashingat the   top and bottom and again in the centre and then add more pins if you wish.

Take care that the  seams are straight across the sashing – see video for the ‘how to’


This is one half of your quilt:



Make up the other half


Now decide on what will be your feature fabric in the middle:


The sample has a small piece of contrast sashing – cut the same length as your other sashing but just 1 ½”  wide (but you could make it whatever width you like)


You now need to decide on the width of your feature piece: the sample is 10” wide (so cut 10 ½”) and again is the same length as your sashing.


If you wish to add applique – this should be done onto the feature piece before sewing into your quilt – it is easier to  handle.


Put all the pieces together

Add borders: - these were added the shorter two sides first (to keep in  with the visual of the sashing) and then the longer two pieces;   they were again cut 2 ½” – but obviously you could cut these as wide as you would like (bear in mind though the width of your fabric and whether or not you want a join).


Layer, quilt and bind.


Alternative Design tips:

Obviously you can make this longer/wider – but be aware of your sashing fabric length if you don’t want a join.


You can avoid the feature fabric piece and just have LOTS of segments .



Scrap or charm?

Want to use up your scraps or that bundle you fell in love with at the last show/visit to a quilt shop?   Well this is a really simple design - perfect for beginners - with a very modern look.

Pitfalls to avoid

Valerie guides you through and shows you how to avoid the pitfall of a chevron in the middle of your border if you are using extra wide fabric! as well as showing you how to make sure that your seams look good across the divide of the sashing.

Simple Quilting

Simple quilting is best for modern designs as well as toning threads;  straight can be daunting, so try simple wavy – see our video on this (Simple wavy machine quilting);  use of the walking foot is essential.


And Valerie did finish the Japanese style version too:



(hope hubby doesn't start charging appearance fees!)

Modern Quilt Appeal

Do you love modern quilts too?    Would you like to see more at a show maybe in 2014/15 here in the UK?

If so get in touch!We are trying to pull together as much interest as possible for a venture early in 2014.


(our thanks to Quiltmania for the following information)

The Modern Quilt movement was born when a group of quilters applied their tastes and points of view to the traditional craft of quilting/patchwork and started sharing their work online.   As the movement has grown a number of aesthetic principles have begun to emerge:  the desire to make primarily functional rather than decorative quilts, to reinterpret traditional blocks, to use improvisional piecing, to feature solid fabrics and/or graphic, larger scale prints and on trend colour combinations, to use grey and white as neutrals, to incoporate asymmetry and negative space in quilt design, to be inspired by modern art and architecture, to focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines.


You can get visit the website of the Modern Quilt Guild (


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