I think I may have a charm square problem.
Organizing the studio has made it become more apparent.
It's not really the charm packs that come packaged in the store. It's charm swaps. Especially Japanese ones.
The ability to get all these little pieces of fabric that I wouldn't have found/been able to afford otherwise. Getting the packs in the mail and seeing fabrics that I never would have picked, but love none the less.
Then the question comes.... What to do with them? They're all different colors from different lines and don't blend easily. Plus, I had yet to find a "charm square pattern" that I really loved. One that would be worth cutting squares into bits.
So they sat. Spread around the studio. Until I got more organized and they got their own shelf:
It doesn't seem so bad until you hear that it goes three stacks back...
Earlier this week I needed a break from a project I was working on. It wasn't going together easily and was getting frustrating.
I figured I could just sew a couple of random blocks of something and then get back to scheduled sewing.
Combine my lingering guilt of unused charm squares and my Instagram feed being filled with the #xplusalong and I had an idea.
The only problem was that the #xplusalong blocks required 5.5" squares so I had to make a little readjusting.
A bit of sewing. A bit of math. A bit more sewing and math because the first two didn't turn out quite right.
And my favorite charms, my basket of polka dot scraps and my basket of super hoarded fabrics are now becoming something.
These are two of four blocks I have finished. I'm already pretty excited.
Then I went and made myself a reference block on my computer in case there's ever a lapse in time between making blocks.
Blocks using charms come out to 11.5" square.
Cuts you need to make these blocks with preexisting charms for the X (referencing the colors in the block design above):
White - Four 5" squares
Grey - Eight 3" squares
Aqua - Two 2.5" squares and a 2.5" x 6.5" rectangle
Purple - Four 2.5" x 3" rectangles
I'm not sure how many of these blocks I'll end up making.
Probably a ton.
Or at least enough to empty out two stacks of charms.