Pretty Potent Charm Quilt

This summer I bought a charm pack from Anna Maria Horner’s Pretty Potent collection. I was looking for a pattern that would work well with a charm pack. I found my inspiration in this rug. I just completed my quilt top last week.

Pretty Potent quilt top

I’ve been meaning to share this project before, but I never got to it. The patchwork section is 38″ x 31.5″. I’ve used 28 of the 30 charm squares from the pack. I’ve sliced them into two 2.5″ x 5″ pieces. I’ve combined them with solid color pieces of the same size. The fabrics I’ve used for those are: Shot cottons by Kaffe Fasset in Mushroom and in Persimmon, and Kona cotton in Butter. Here is how many 2.5″ x 5″ pieces of each you would need to make the same layout: 11 in Persimmon, 32 in Butter and 34 in Mushroom.

Pretty Potent quilt top

For the background, I’ve used Interweave Chambray in Pepper from Robert Kaufman. It’s the first time, I use it. It is similar to shot cotton but slightly heavier and with a tighter weave (I got it from Imagine Gnats). Here is a close-up on the different fabrics.

Pretty Potent quilt top

This is more prints than what I usually work with. I’m still unsure of the effect. I love the combination of colors. But, I think the Mushroom fabric might not be contrasting enough with the prints to see the layout.

Or maybe I’ve been looking at it too much and I need some time to step back. So, I won’t quilt it right away. Anyway, I have plenty of things waiting to be quilted. One of which is my Pinwheel quilt. The other is a quilting sampler I’ve started this project in a workshop with Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quilt Matters. This was a workshop we had this weekend with the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. MR showed us how to make a modern FMQ sampler using different quilting motifs and a quilt-as-you-go technique to assemble the blocks. It was a great workshop and I really enjoyed my day. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to show you. But, I’ll share it with you as soon as I make some progress.

3 thoughts on “Pretty Potent Charm Quilt

  1. CapitolaQuilter

    Love the quilt and the contrast as well as mix of print and solid are spot on. Lucky you to attend a workshop with such a talented teacher, hope you'll share what you learned when you get a chance to work on it more.

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