9 Patches from a Charm Pack

I picked up this charm pack at the Missouri Star Quilt Company on our trip last month.

I was trying to come up with a handwork project to make with it but this stubborn charm pack wanted to become a small 9 patch quilt. Who am I to argue?

I used my 1 1/2″ strip die for my studio cutter. I thought I would show you how since I know some of my readers have die cutters too.

First, I paired up charm squares right sides together. I laid them on top of my strip cutter so that three strips were cut from each.


You can see there is very little waste but this does get rid of those pesky pinked edges.

Next, I sewed the strips together, alternating light and dark in each pair.

I always press to the dark side with these. Then I layer the two sets. Since I pressed to the dark fabric in each set, the seams automatically nest.

Now it is time to lay those strip sets back on the die with seams perpendicular to the blades.


Time to sew the 9 patches together! The first seams are really quick because they come off the die ready to feed through the machine.

You get two 9 patches from each pair of charm squares with this method.

Here is a peak at the back to see how I press my seams.

You get 42 blocks from a charm pack with almost no waste and no scraps left over.

This same method could be used with layer cakes and larger strip dies.

Now I still have to come up with a handwork project……

Have a great weekend!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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4 Responses to 9 Patches from a Charm Pack

  1. njquilter24 says:

    always love nine patches I was thinking you were going to make rail fences ! hand work project, how about sewing this together and then attach a border of appliqué, you could appliqué and then hand quilt the little quilt for your hand work project…

  2. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the demonstration on subcutting. I bought strip dies with the intention of using them to subcut squares as well as cutting strips. I haven’t made any quilts using squares yet, but you shown how easy it is … thanks!

  3. Lois says:

    Oh, Katy! I *love* this idea! I’ve been staying away from charm packs and layer cakes lately because I truly hate those pinked edges. I own an Accuquilt Go! so this should be a snap! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with all of us.

  4. Thank you! That is very well explained and illustrated. I have a lot of dies but I have never been temped until now to get any of the strip dies…… :0)

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