Charm Dash - the Pattern

Ignoring Oklahoma for a moment - this is the first pattern I had sketched out. This was in progress when Oklahoma jumped ahead of it in the pattern order. This was supposed to be my first release.

Charm Dash by Katie Mae Quilts

So it only seems fitting that I used my most precious fabric ever to make it, right? It’s Objects of Desire by Sandy Gervais, and it’s at least ten years out of print. Which breaks all the “pattern writing rules” - but it’s my pattern and I don’t care.

Charm Dash by Katie Mae Quilts

The pattern uses a charm pack, accent fabric, and background fabric to make a lovely churn dash frame around the charm. I actually tried out about five different versions before settling on the ratio in the pattern! This one is just perfect, though - the right balance of churn dash and charm and everything else.

Charm Dash by Katie Mae Quilts

In my one accent fabric version, I used the blue plaid from the fabric line to make the churn dashes. I pulled out all the blue charms for cornerstones, and two of the background charms because they just didn’t look as nice as centers.

Since the charm pack only had 39 charms (told you it was old!), I ended up having to cut more cornerstones from the accent fabric and a strip of my backing - again, using a blue from the fabric line so it all blended in. You can also use your binding to fill in the cornerstones if you don’t quite have the right number of charms.

Charm Dash by Katie Mae Quilts

My second version uses two accent colors and a fresh fabric line - Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille. Mostly because my local quilt shop has a ton of them still in stock and she said she’d happily display the sample quilt and pattern to move some of them off her shelves.

I used pink and green Grunge as the accent (because my quilt shop didn’t have any Vintage Holiday yardage) and white Grunge as the background. Luckily, this time the charm pack had enough options that I was able to eliminate a background charm and match everything else nicely between the pink and green.

Charm Dash by Katie Mae Quilts

Vintage Holiday isn’t quilted yet, but I did loops and flowers on Objects of Desire, keeping the flower petals squat like the florals in the fabric. The binding is the same blue plaid as the accent fabric/extra cornerstones.

Final size: 59.5x71”

Charm Dash is available in my Craftsy shop for $6 as an introductory / Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday / I’m on vacation and won’t be changing the price until Dec 2 sale. (Oklahoma is also on sale, and several of the Fruit Salad blocks have been pattern-ified and will be free until Jan 31, 2019.)

Photos by Lori Barbely

And my testers’ amazing versions!

Charm Dash by Katie Mae Quilts

A rainbow Kona charm pack, by Turtlequilterjo.


Another version in Vintage Holiday, with borders! By Windy Sews.

Charm Dash by Katie Mae Quilts

And check out this version in Sweetwater’s Overnight Delivery. The Reluctant Peach got the neighbor’s chicken, Mustang Sally, to pose for her!

See also: Finish It Up FridayWhoop WhoopTGIFFNeedle & Thread ThursdayFinished or Not FridayShow Off Saturday, Let’s Bee SocialMidweek Makers, Oh Scrap!