Charm patterns could be any One-Patch pattern...squares, triangles, diamonds, hexagons, tumblers, applecores, etc. I plan to start a second Charm Quilt in the near future using Hexagons in Reproduction fabrics only as I have seen a few antiques in books that really spoke to me! The following three photos are closeups of some of the applecores. Oh yes, I have another Applecore in progress....using the Cindy Blackberg stamp (much smaller than this) for a tablerunner in only Moda fabrics. Both of the charm projects are pieced by hand. After I join each applecore, I press the seam with my thumbnail....have never touched an iron to my large quilt but it looks like I did from the finger-pressing!
The next two photos are from a charm quilt I have from the late 19th century....would love to photo each section of the quilt for a photographic record of all the fabrics! Maybe someday! This quilt is handquilted in 3" diagonal grid. One of these days I'll hang it on the clothesline for an overall photo. I have also a 1000 Pyramid Charm Quilt (again late 19th century) Top that I should photo. Charm Quilts stayed popular for a long time as I also have a 1930's Top done in triangles.....I have more Tops than Quilts!
This is a quilt that is One of my current handquilting projects (yes, there are others too!).....a center medallion (toile) that was inspired by one in Gwen Marston's "Liberated Quiltmaking 2". Again, would love to make this in a fullsize bed quilt as this one is about a crib/wallhanging size. This one is a Charm but I do have a lot of different fabrics in it. I used the 3" grid quilting design from the above antique quilt. I find it so relaxing to do handwork in the evening all cozy on the couch with my plaid brushed homespun quilt (also a Charm!) and the woodstove across the room........cheery with its glass doors allowing the warm glow of the flames to be seen.
This photo shows the top before I added the half-square triangle border (see them in the box?) The box at the top of the photo is my overflowing box of leftovers from this and other current projects that will eventually become strips in another log cabin quilt. The log cabin in my Header did not provide any handquilting space so I am making another (will take years!) with 3/8" logs so that there will be just that little tiny place with no seam allowance behind it to handquilt! 19th century log cabin quilts were not generally handquilted but I just love the feel of a closely-handquilted quilt!
Closeup showing the handquilting that I just can't help adding!
I am not much of a Gadget Queen, preferring to use tools/methods of quiltmakers in days gone by who somehow still managed to produce masterpieces among their Everyday Quilts! I use the Hera marker to mark the quilting lines on the Medallion quilt in the hoop above. Just run the Hera along the straight edge of my ruler.....it makes a little crease that is easy to follow with no lines to erase. Only mark a couple lines at a time as I'm not sure how long the crease will remain visible. Also pictured is my Roxanne thimble that I Love! I am allergic to inexpensive metals....even the silver one wreaked havoc on my finger. The gold-plated one lets me quilt without abusing my finger! Lastly, I have slight arthritis that is beginning to bother when pulling the needle through the quilt layers. One of my customers gave me a few of these little "Needle Grip It" dots and they work great! Place one on my thumb and one on my index finger and it makes gripping the needle much easier! The dots are clear and smooth and I did not see how they would work being that smooth (as opposed gripping power of little finger cots) but they certainly work for me! Forget I have them on! Now it is 9:30 in the Evening and time to go get some handquilting done!!