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Batik Charm Square Quilt
Simple Charm Square 4-Patch Quilt Pattern
This Simple Charm Square 4-Patch Quilt Block is fast and easy to make. Lots of straight sewing also makes this quilt a fast finish! Watch the video below and see how quickly you can make your own quilt. Be sure to download the Free Printable PDF Tutorial for quick reference.
This Lap Size 4-Patch Quilt Has a Twist
The traditional repeating 4-patch quilt block layout uses all the same size squares. Instead, I decided to mix it up with alternating blocks of different sizes. It was important to show off the beautiful assortment of focal batik prints in larger size blocks.
Then an alternating 4-patch block of smaller squares was added to create a beautiful mix of color that washes across the entire quilt top seamlessly. Depending how they are pieced into the 4-patch block, they can also create a wonderful secondary pattern diagonally across the quilt. Changing things up a bit can add so much more interest to any quilt pattern.
How to Quilt with Charm Squares
Batik Charm Pack Quilt Pattern
Here is a simple Batik Charm Square 4-Patch Quilt Pattern. Batiks are fabulous quilting fabrics. Their unique look sets them apart from other fabrics resulting in stunning quilts. They are the perfect choice for this batik quilt pattern.
But how do you mix and match so many batik fabrics into a pleasing quilt top design? Balancing all those beautiful batik colors and patterns can create a challenge. Here are a few rules I use to keep everything in order for a magnificent quilt design.
How to Quilt with Batik Charm Squares
Selecting Batik Fabrics for Your Charm Square Quilt Pattern
It’s never easy to choose just a few quilting fabrics. Sometimes it’s simpler to buy either an individual collection or a curated bundle of precuts. This way all the fabrics are coordinated and will look great together. But if you already have a collection of fabrics on hand, it’s very likely you can create your own curated fabric selection. You can easily combine charms, layer cakes, fat quarters and yardage in one quilt. You simply need to cut them into the correct size blocks for your quilt design.
But how do you blend all those fabrics together? My magic recipe begins with a group of coordinating focal fabrics. These are the most prominent fabrics and are generally the largest size blocks.
Next, it’s important pull in some accent fabrics to add contrast and keep things interesting. These fabrics will blend all those other fabrics harmoniously into a pleasing design with lots of visual interest. This is what sets a stunning quilt apart from the rest.
Then select a background fabric to bring in some balance. This is the fabric that should recede from the prominent prints allowing them to become more dominant. I find that low volume fabrics work great for backgrounds. Following these steps will make fabric selection fun and easy. Plus, you’ll be very excited about the results!
How to Cut Fat Quarters for Quilting
Charm squares are easy to cut from any fabric you already have. Using a rotary cutter & sharp blade with a medium to large size cutting mat, you’ll have plenty of charm squares in no time. For even quicker results, layer a few fabrics together and cut them all at once. You’ll be sewing in no time at all!
How Many Charm Squares Are in a Fat Quarter
A lot of us quilters have a collection of fat quarters. If you have a coordinated collection of fat quarters, this Charm Square 4-Patch Quilt might be a perfect opportunity to put a lot of those fabrics to use. You can easily cut charm squares from a batik fat quarter very quickly. What this ‘How to Cut Fat Quarters for Quilting’ video tutorial to see how it’s done.
Here is a quick reference chart that converts fat quarters to charms so you know exactly how much fabric you’ll need. Be sure to download the FREE Charm Square Reference Guide Download for easy reference. The math is already done for you!
How To Cut Charm Squares from Layer Cakes
Another popular precut is the layer cake. Measuring 10” x 10”, these bundles are often sold in packs of 42 fabrics. They generally showcase a specific fabric line or collection. Layer cakes are perfect to cut into charms. If you have some left-over pieces from another project, simply cut them in half in both directions. Voila, you’ll have four charm squares ready for your next quilt.
How To Cut Charm Squares from Fabric Scraps
Do you have a healthy scrap pile filled with fabric from previous quilts? Don’t forget to use your leftover border strips or backing fabrics to cut into charm squares. If you have larger scrap pieces from your quilt tops that will give you a 5” square, cut it and add it to the bundle. Before you know it, you’ll have a pile of your own charm packs.