I confess that at times I buy fabric without any idea what I am going to sew with it. There are usually two reasons for this. 1. It's on sale. 2. It might sell out and I might miss out on it (usually related to reason 1). And sometimes 3. A false sense of urgency to buy has been created and even though I know this is happening I still fall for it and buy.
I don't think I am alone here. So if I am not alone that must mean that perhaps you, or a quilter friend of yours, do this too and then find yourselves with fabric sitting around in your stash and you wish you knew what to sew with it. Have no fear because today I am here to help with a solution.
Here is what you need for this project: 48 charms and 1 yard of coordinating background fabric. (My charm pack came with 40 charms so I picked 8 extras out of my charm square collection. You could also cut 8 charms from coordinating scraps.) This will make 12 blocks that are 10 inches finished. A perfect size for a crib quilt. Or, add borders with more yardage for a lap quilt (which is what I will probably do). If you have two charm packs and two yards of background fabric then you have enough for 24 blocks.
My fabric for this project. The impulsively purchased charm pack. For the background I had bought a half meter in the summer and then, forgetting that I had it, I bought another half meter in November. I was thinking I would use it with the Cotton and Steel Christmas fabrics but when it came I realized it doesn't really match with those fabrics. Luckily, it matches with the Cotton and Steel Mesa line.
Start by cutting 48 charm squares (5 inch squares) from your yardage. Cut your yard into six 5 inch strips. You should be able to get 8 background squares per strip.
Place each charm right sides together with a background square. Sew each pair together around the entire perimeter of the square with a quarter inch seam as in the diagram below. Then make two diagonal cuts across the square to yield four triangles which when opened are HSTs (Half Square Triangles) forming a square. This trick for making four HSTs at a time has been around in the quilting world for a while now. I'm not sure who first thought of it but it wasn't me.