When I was little, I was always so excited to get something in the mail. It meant that someone was thinking of me with a greeting card or sending a gift. Now that I’m older, I tend to get plenty of bills, which is not very fun. That’s why I love block of the month quilts. It’s so much fun to get a treat in the mail, and when it has to do with quilts, it doesn’t get much better than that!
The Charlotte Block of the Month Club is the latest and greatest BOM. This beauty is a bed-size quilt pattern, and finished, can be used as a queen-size or king-size quilt, depending on your desired dimensions for bedding. There are a number of methods and techniques used when assembling this quilt, including: Four-at-a-Time Flying Geese units, Diagonal Seams patchwork method, Square-in-a-Square piecing, and Quick Triangle-Squares. Let’s take a closer look at efficient quiltmaking, according to the Charlotte BOM.
The Quick Triangle-Squares method is perfect for any quilt that calls for Half-Square Triangle units. There are so several ways to assemble these units, but we prefer those methods that increase efficiency and accuracy. Plus, this method is quick and easy!
Step 1: On the wrong side of lighter square, place the Quarter Inch Seam Marker diagonally across the square, with the yellow center line positioned exactly at opposite corners. Mark stitching lines along both sides of the Quarter Inch Seam Marker (Photo A). NOTE: If you are not using the Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Marker, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner across square. Then draw sewing lines on each side of the first line, 1/4″ away.
Step 2: Place light square atop darker square, right sides facing; stitch along both marked sewing lines.
Step 3: Cut between rows of stitching to make 2 triangle-squares (Photo B).
You’ll find more quilting tutorials like this in your Charlotte Block of the Month directions, which are included in each monthly mailing for 10 months, beginning in June. This block of the month project is sponsored by Northcott, so the fabric used is from the Charlotte collection by Northcott for the quilt top and binding. And, as an option, a nice floral print from the same collection is available as backing fabric. Once you start receiving these fun quilting treats in the mail, take advantage of the free quilting video tutorials available for each quilt block (and each technique) used in this quilt.