BATIK CHARM QUILT PATTERN


Batik charm quilt

Batik charm quilt

I love batik fabrics – the colours are so vibrant.  For this quilt I have used one of the Fabric Freedom charm packs – it contains thirty two 5″ squares comprising four each of eight different fabrics.  Technically I suppose that means that it isn’t a true charm pack which should contain all different fabrics, but it’s still a great pack.

I wanted to use black for the sashing because black tends to bring out the colours of batiks and also I wanted to show you how to make white sashing strips joining the middle of each square.  The finished quilt is 36″ by 54″ and I have used 1.1/4 yards of black fabric, 12″ of white fabric.

Cutting requirements

white fabric:  eight 1.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric

black fabric:  three 2.1/2″ strips for the squares and sixteen 2.1/4″ strips for the sashing

Making the quilt

Sew together three strips of fabric

Sew together three strips of fabric

 

Charm pack squares are 5″ square so the sashing needs to be 5″ long.  Sew together two 2.1/4″ strips of black fabric with a 2.1/2″ white strip between them.  Cut these across the width at 2.1/2″ intervals.  Altogether you will need to use eight black strips and four white strips.

 

 

Select four squares for cornerstones

Select four squares for cornerstones

Sew a sashing strip to a charm square

Sew a sashing strip to a charm square

Select four charm squares to use as cornerstones and set them to one side.  Sew the remaining squares together with a sashing strip between them.

 

 

 

Sew the squares together in rows

Sew the squares together in rows

 

You will need four squares and five sashing strips for each row so that there is sashing between each pair of squares and also at each end of the rows.

 

 

 

Batik charm quilt sashing

Batik charm quilt sashing

The sashing between the rows is made using the same 5″ sashing strips, but placed horizontally and with 2.1/2″ black squares between them.  This is to make sure that the white stripes lie half way along each square.  You will need eight sashing strips, each one made by sewing togethr four sashing strips with five squares so that there is a square at the beginning and end of each row and also between each sashing strip.  You will need thirty two sashing strips and forty black squares.

 

Sew a sashing strip to the top of the quilt

Sew a sashing strip to the top of the quilt

Sew sashing strips between each row of the quilt

Sew sashing strips between each row of the quilt

 

Sew one sashing strip across the top of the first row and then sew sashing strips between all the rows to join the rows together, with one sashing strip below the bottom row of charm squares.

 

 

Batik charm quilt border

Border and cornerstones for the charm quilt

Border and cornerstones for the charm quilt

The charm quilt border is made using exactly the same three fabric strip as for the sashing, but in long lengths.  You will need two 28.1/2″ lengths to sew to the top and bottom of the quilt.  for the sides cut two 48″ lengths (you’ll need to join two rows to get this length) and then sew one of the charm squares to the top and bottom of each length.  These can now be sewn to the sides of the quilt.

The batik charm quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding, details of which can be found in the make a patchwork quilt section.

Here’s the video:

 


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Comments

  1. Mimi Fridie says:

    Hello Rose – I can’t say this enough – thank you for your generous sharing of all the beautiful and different quilts. Your instructions are easy to follow and I am always excited with the results. I’ve only made two of your patterns so far, but plan to make others.
    Thanks again.
    Mimi

  2. Christine says:

    Thank you for this lovely pattern & clear instructions. I’ve finished the top today, made with a batik charm pack my daughter gave me for Christmas. What type of thread would you recommend for machine quilting & given the vibrant colours in the fabric, what colour thread?

    Many thanks

  3. Hi Rose, as usual this is a pretty quilt and I love the sashing. I love batiks and always have some on hand. Will be trying this quilt for sure. Thank you for sharing your patterns with us and I love having the PDF’s to refer back to. Wish other tutorials were as kind. Keep up the great work.

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