Welcome to the Party!

Welcome to the party – the

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Before we get to the giveaway, let me tell you a little about this blog in case you are a first time visitor.

When I first started this blog, I was working my way through the book Marsha McCloskey’s Block Party: A Quilter’s Extravaganza of 120 Rotary-Cut Block Patterns (Rodale Quilt Books), hand piecing each block using Christmas fabric. (By the way, all book links are Amazon affiliate links. Just thought you ought to know that.) I took a break from that when I started to run into too many blocks that required templates.

The blog has changed quite a bit. Each Monday I review a new or old book from my quilting library in my Books on Monday posts. (BOM, get it?) Any other posts are more personal – projects I’m working on or quilty stuff I’m learning. (Machine appliquΓ© is on tap for early next year.) Every once in a great while I throw in a fiction Friday or some other random alliteration.

No, this is not an earthshaking or life-changing blog. but it’s mine! And you are more than welcome to come and share it!

Now for the real reason you are here – the giveaway! Somewhere back in time I started collecting charm packs, probably because they are much less expensive than fat quarter bundles and take up less space. And they are just collecting and collecting and collecting! Sigh. I did use some in a Falling Charms Quilt that I recently began, but there are still several collecting and collecting and collecting. So I’m ready to part with four of them. Three are from Moda – Fa-la-la-la-la by French General, Urban Couture by basicgrey, and Louisa by Terry Clothier Thompson. The fourth is a charm pack from Free Spirit, but it doesn’t have the name of the line on it and, though I’ve spent an hour or so searching, I can’t seem to find it.

Here they are in all their glory:


This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so follow the directions on below and good luck! One winner will win all four charm packs. The giveaway closes at 11:59 PM on November 26 and you can enter again each day. Have fun!

I’m not sure why Rafflecopter is not working for some people – it may have something to do with the security settings on your computer or network.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Quilt on!

219 thoughts on “Welcome to the Party!

  1. Sooo, how are you doing with the 120 blocks? Are you planning to make all of them, of did you make the finished blocks into a quilt by any chance?

  2. I look forward to your posts, Gretchen. Even Monday, though I try to ignore that one as long as possible. 8-).

  3. I am of a big fan of Marsha McCloskey–right now I am making blocks from her first feathered star book. I’ll definitely be going back to your original posts to check them out.

  4. I’m neither a fat quarter person (I own very few of them) and charm packs are the same. I just can’t seem to even want to buy them no matter how much less they may be. If I don’t have at least a yard of the fabric I feel somehow I won’t have enough. Either or, with fq’s, f8s and charm packs, the best use for them imho is being part of a scrap block or applique blocks

  5. I have used charms to make little girls skirts. And to make table runners and as quilt blocks themselves . conn_and_vans_mom atyahoodotcom

  6. I haven’t used a Charm Pack before but would love to experiment with one–or four!

  7. I’m a newbie to quilting, but I love it. I want to start my own fabric stash. These would be awesome.

  8. I used one to make a scrappy quilt by adding other fabric of my one to the charm packs that I purchased. thanks for asking

  9. I use charm packs lots of different ways. Just did a star, patchwork, and 9 square for gifts to my family for christmas. Thank you for the chance to win. I love your ideals about the Monday and Fridays. I have added you to my address book since I will be following you now. I just love these blog parties, it lets quilters get to learn of other sights we have not found.

  10. I love using the charms to whip up a fast baby quilt. Last month four co workers were having baby showers so I had to work fast!

  11. a fun way to use them is to figure out what size quilt you want to make, put all the charms you plan to use in something you cannot see the blocks through. i would say a brown shopping bag, but i havent seen one of them in years. as you pull out each charm start sewing them together in the order you pull them out. makes for alot of fun. thank you for a wonderful giveaway

  12. I have used charm packs to make some little pouches and a few lap quilts. It is great for a charilty quilt. Everything goes together so well.

  13. I love to make placemats with charm packs and my family is due for a new set… Hint, hint πŸ˜‰

  14. Rarely do I cut my charm packs up. They are just too cute so I end up with quilts with squares all over them. Thank you for the giveaway.

  15. Collecting some stash and the fabrics are gorgeous. I’ve seen a lot of pictures using charm packs. Thanks.

  16. I love Pat Speth’s books, and have made 1.5 quilts using her books. I have several more in the “want” stage! Thanks for the generous give-away!

  17. I just finished a table runner with a paper pieced block in the center and HSTs made from charms surrounding it. The charms were Winter’s Lane which I really like.

  18. I like charm packs for tablerunners. I think I will like following your blog posts. As a media specialist, I now see why you review quilt books. And I look forward to reading your reviews. I am from Michigan and a retired teacher, too.

  19. My charm packs are usually used up as HST’s and we do just fine. I love the selection your are giving away as I have 3 of the four in my stash and that will stretch it a long ways on some cute pillows or quilts.

  20. Thank you so much for the great giveaway. I love using charm squares to make baby quilts and patchwork quilts.

  21. My favorite way to use charm packs is for tote bags. Thank you for a very generous giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Charm squares are so useful- I love your fabric choices – they would make some lovely place mats or mug rugs or a table runner. Thanks for the chance to win such pretty squares.
    Regards from Alberta,

  23. I recently did a charm tumbler baby quilt, well two, for a set of twins. I have used them for table runners, and throw quilts. I love charm packs.

  24. After years of laying in yardage, I have given in to the wisdom of smaller acquisitions :-). Thanks for the chance on your thoughtful giveaway, Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Hmm, I have used them for everything I can think of – flying geese, HST, and just chopping up into 2.5″ squares are all things I’ve done this month alone!

  26. I use charm packs for all sorts of projects, as they are for patchwork quilts, chopped up to used for EPP, QAYG projects and more. They are such great value and a great way to sample a collection before buying yardage (really important to me as I usually have to order from abroad to get the fabrics I want). Thanks for a great giveaway.

  27. I’ve done several things with charm packs before, mini quilts, bags, pouches, coasters, mug rugs, and so on and so forth. I like the diversity you can use these with πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chance to win these lovelies!

  28. I mad a falling charm quilt, I used some charm from various packs and cut some from yardage to really mix it up, I finished it at 90″ square with no repeats. I would love to make another but there are too many patterns and not enough weeks.

  29. I love using charm packs especially for 1/2 square and 1/4 triangle blocks! Talk about time savers!!!! πŸ™‚

  30. These would work wonderfully well for our half square triangle challenge we’re having at our Guild!

  31. I love charm packs – I’ve made several disappearing 9 patch quilts, 2 disappearing 4 patch quilts, and several quilts from Moose on the Porch Quilts patterns. Thanks for the giveaway (the Rafflecopter button doesn’t want to work for me).

  32. I would use them to try a twister quilt as I bought the ruler a long time ago and haven’t used it yet. Thanks for a chance to win.

  33. I have only made one charm pack project – a quilt from “schnibbles times two”. I have more planned though.

  34. I have not yet used Charm packs. I am very new to sewing and quilting.
    I am having trouble with Twitter today so I will try to return over the weekend.

  35. I have not used pre-cut charm packs yet. I have cut my own charms from yardage or scraps to make mug rugs.

  36. I also love charm packs! I’ve used them in table runners, aprons and full-size quilts. Thanks for the chance to enhance my collection!

  37. Recently I made a quilt for a friend’s wedding gift. It was made from a layer cake. When I finished, I had a charm pack of the same fabric so I made a patchwork pillow to go with the quilt.

  38. I love charm packs I made a quilt using the 10 minute block with charm was very pretty!

  39. I have used the odd charm for a colour I needed, but no big projects.

    I find rafflecopter on firefox mobile doesn’t work, so it may be something about their mobile device.

  40. I started a quilt top that made half square triangles from a charm pack. Still a WIP. Thank you for participating in the blog hop.

  41. I am a new quilter and have collected a couple of charm packs but have not yet made anything with them yet. I have plans to make some table runners and tote bags. Thank you for sharing!

  42. I haven’t used any charm packs in my projects yet but I’d love to start. Thanks for the giveaway, Linda

  43. Charm packs are so handy especially the solids when you are making jelly roll quilts, or falling charms quilts, or just need a quickie quilt.

  44. Disappearing 9 patch quilts and a star quilt with lots of hst points. I really like charm packs. Thanks.

  45. I use Charm Packs all the time on all kinds of projects because I love the handy size of the cuts. Sometimes I cut them up to make HST or smaller squares, sometimes I just frame them. Thanks for the chance!

  46. I have made several baby quilts with charm packs and your wonderful video tutorial is inspiring me to make a falling charms quilt. Thanks so much for sharing! Your quilt is beautiful.

  47. Oh oh oh, maybe I found how to do this πŸ™‚ I have several charm packs that are “waiting” for inspiration…well, actually for deciding which inspiration to go with. I have way too many ideas. Maybe I should use rafflecopter and have it pick one for me too….mmmmm now that’s another inspirational thought. I need more coffee.

  48. I have used charms packs to make parts of some kleenex pouches-and I have made some simple disappearing 9-patch quilts, too. I also use them as the base front and back for coasters. sewingblogsarefun at yahoo dot com

  49. I just finished up a Falling Charms quilt and a Disappearing 4 Patch and am getting ready to make a Christmas quilt for my niece out of charm packs and a jelly roll. I love charm packs, so easy to use.

  50. I have used charm packs to make several wall hangings using Schnibble’s patterns by Carrie Nelson. I’ve also used several of them to make an oversized couch quilt for a friend. Thanks for the chance at your wonderful giveaway.

  51. I have made some little gift bags, a tote bag, a couple of lap quilts. I was just looking for some I spy charms…couldn’t find any though.

  52. Have been looking at a few books that focus on using charm pacs and they look very interesting. Would love to win and put some of the patterns to test. Thank you.

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  54. The charm packs make great tote bags. Thank you for sharing.

    I like how you organize your blog posts BOM, FF, etc. I am an English teacher and big on alliteration.

  55. I never used them, but I use scraps! Is’nt that not a little bit the same ha,ha,ha? The fabric is charming.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  56. I have only used one charm pack before. I cut some of it up to make applique pieces for a mug rug. It turned out cute. I would definitely try to find a charm pack type pattern though if I won. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

  57. I am actually working on a falling charms quilt right now for a friend who is a survivor of breast cancer … thanks for the opportunity to win these and your generosity

  58. I love charm squares and use them as often as I can. They’re fantastic for disappearing 4- or 9-patches–very easy but look very complex when they’re made from a charm pack. Right now I’m making a queen size hexie quilt using French General charms. It should only take me another 20 years or so. Thanks for the chance to win your great giveaway.

  59. I’ve only made one charm pack quilt so far; I actually featured it on the post that I put up for this blog hop. But, I’m hoping to make some HST projects, and charm packs would be the perfect way to get started on them quickly πŸ™‚

  60. Have never used a charm pack….yet :o) will enjoy going thru your older posts and seeing your great creations. Love that wedding ring quilt you have as your background

  61. I have never used a charm pack before but I would think I would like to quilt up a lap quilt or perhaps pillows and other small projects. I would love to win this collection-thank you for the chance Kathy

  62. The last time I used charm packs was to make blocks for my quilting group to put together quilts to send to aid the people in Moore, OK after the tornado demolished their school.

  63. I have made several charm pack baby quilts. They were so bright and colorful and the mothers love them.

  64. I have a charm pack collection obsession too. They are just so cute, and much better price while retired. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Rae (nrhaller@aol.com)

  65. I use charm packs in clothing for my daughter and in dolls quilts. I also love using them in quilts and mug rugs and bags. They are very versatile and I really enjoy using them.

  66. These charm packs look nice. It would be fun to figure out a quilting project to use them.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. I used a mini charm pack to get a bigger selection for some scrappy blocks … and I used one for a Disapearing 9 patch … In both cases i added other fabrics .. in the D9P case I added solids ..

  69. I have not used charm packs before but they would be great for hexies I think.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  70. I have not used a charm pack yet but I do want to use one for a disappering nine patch one of these days. Thanks for the chance.

  71. I haven’t used any of my charm packs — hmmm, maybe a perennial collector — or maybe not since I’m finally starting to look at patterns to start using these beautiful fabrics.

  72. I’ve only used a charm pack once. A friend and I made a quilt for another friend who was getting married. We made snowball blocks and used two charm packs for the centres of the blocks.

  73. I have yet to use charm packs. I have too much to finish before I’m allowed to BUY anything new or fun. That’s my goal for the next year.

  74. Like the charm pack Free Spirit to make a crib quilt. I am due Feb 3.

  75. Most every one i’ve made table runners, but i’d love to try matching charms with white in half-square triangles and making a lap quilt.

  76. I have made several baby quilts and a couple of wall hangings with charm packs. I love them!

  77. actually, I have never used a charm pack. I have swapped for charms and used them in tote bags and table runner, and I cut and gave a bunch of florals to a friend who used them in a l’il twister quilt.

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