Last month, my mom and I were spending quite a bit of time together. I was in between jobs and spent a good 10 days at home with the parents. We spent time quilting, cooking, and enjoying one another’s company, which most of the time worked out pretty good. We traversed Southern Minnesota and started preparations for the arrival of the Weebe.
One day we traveled to Firefly Quilt Shop in Mankato, Minnesota. I’ve gotten into Charm Packs since returning to quilting and my mom started to enjoy them a bit, too. Firefly has a great Charm Pack quilt-along class going on once a month and I was able to join in one Monday afternoon and embrace the quilt along. I love classes where I can go once and finish (or almost finish) a project in one visit. I think I would have finished my project, if it hadn’t been for the fact I spent far too much time ripping out all of my stitches because I wasn’t paying attention and the tension wasn’t right. I hate those moments. I like to think my tension will be perfect, but this was one of those situations where it wasn’t. So, I had to rip everything out and re-sew things together. Oh well.
Back to the item at hand. The classes have been based on the Country Threads Goes to Charm School book. My mom has done a few of those classes and had fun with them. It was great for a few reasons. 1. The women who were taking the class brought some fabulous show and tell
2. The project at hand was one of the projects I’d been eyeing.
3. I learned some important lessons about charm packing.
I wish I had taken pictures of the show and tell the women brought to class. I was absolutely blown away by the work they had done. Highly impressive. One was working on a quilt for her kid’s room and then was sharing about the other things that will go into the room and I wish I could see the finished project!
The project we did specifically was called: Eat Soup with the Side of Your Spoon
I love the ways the project doesn’t need to match up on the corners. It’s so fun. And, the photo from the book is so colorful. They used a great line from Moda for the pattern.
I had a hard time choosing which fabric I wanted to use when it came time to pick one out. I kept thinking of a few of the charm packs I had waiting for me in my scrap buckets and the Moda charm packs they had in stock were not calling my name. So, instead I decided to use the other color way which seems to be calling my name every day lately. Olive green. Have I ever shared how all of my best and favorite quilts have included an olive green in them? More on that another time.
Instead of the Moda charm pack, I ended up using two Studio E charm packs. When using two charm packs instead of one, there isn’t as much variety. As a result, my table runner ended up being a lot more gold than I had originally intended it to be, but I think it will go nicely with the yellow walls and be a great spring and summer table runner in my kitchen.
The pattern is great. The fabric would be fabulous for anything where you weren’t looking for what I was looking for in this, which was an eye-catcher. With so many small pieces, I think higher contrast and more variety would have been preferable. But, I’m still happy with the results overall!