Tuesday, September 25, 2018


I have always loved the fabrics designed by Kate Spain.  Thing is, I don't buy fabric by designer.  I pretty much never buy pre-cuts or anything by collection.  So I just look longingly at quilts made in her fabrics.  I still remember when her line Kudzu came out, I picked it up at quilt shows and shops 6 or 8 times, realized each time it was the same line I kept picking up, and never bought it.

Then I was shopping what I think was a Black Friday sale at Missouri Star and on a whim, I bought 2 mini charm packs of Canyon.  I didn't have a plan but I wanted to finally play with Kate Spain goodness.

Then I saw the perfect pattern in the book Charm School by Vanessa Goertzen.  This is Scrap Happy.  Her pattern just includes the first star; I thought it wasn't quite big enough so I did the math to add a second star.  The background is Kona Ice Frappe and the stars are Kona White.

I did one of my favorite easy quilting methods: large spiral.

Here's a close-up of some of the prints:

I love how it turned out so much!  This pattern is great for mini charm packs or 2 1/2" scraps.  I am sure I will use the pattern again.

This will be donated to Project Linus.  My goal is 12 quilts a year and this is number 12 for 2018!  There will likely be a few more before the end of the year.  Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts does a charity link-up at the end of each moth and I'll be linking up.  So glad to have met my goal for the year, and early!

Canyon was #14 on my list of Q3 goals for the Finish Along.  It is also on my list of projects needed for my PhD (Projects Half Done) with Quilting Gail.



  1. A great way to use up your charm pack Emily. I stopped buying pre cuts as I never know how to use them, or I unwrap them and find there are an uneven amount of duplicates and the fabrics are never as nice unwrapped. It’s a great pattern, I like spirals too. Congratulations on another great finish, and double congratulations on reaching your goal of twelve Linus quilts so early too, you have a wonderful and very generous heart.

  2. I love your quilt! I never know what to do with mini charm packs. But, I collect them anyway. Think I'll pull out this book & give this one a go.

  3. I am a Canyon lover too. This is a beautiful use of the mini's

  4. Love this quilt Emily! I really like Ice Frappe as a colour and combined with a simple effective design it looks great as a background. I have this book and I admit to not having noticed this pattern before. I've only ever bought mini charms as a filler to maximise the postage for an on-line order and after having them sit for years I broke them up recently, put them in a bag that I keep on my sewing table and I now dig into them when I need a 2 1/2" square. It beats waiting for just the right project! I think layer cakes are the best way to get a taste of a fabric line, they're the Goldilocks size in my opinion.

  5. Very pretty. I love the name of that Kona solid, it fits perfectly.

  6. What a sweet quilt! You found a great way to turn those charm packs into a lovely, large quilt. I'm sure its future owner will love it.

  7. That is cute, Emily!!! Love those mini charm packs and this is a great way to use them. Congrats on reaching your charity goal for 2018!

  8. This quilt is so great and such a wonderful use of mini charm pack! Thanks for linking up on behalf of the 2018 Finish-A-Long global hosts.