Sew Charming - Scrappy Quilts from 5" Squares - Authors of Best-Seller Country Threads Goes to Charm School

by Mary Etherington, Connie Tesene
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Cut 5" squares from your favorite fabrics or use charm packs and stitch a quilt today--it's that easy! Each scrumptiously scrappy quilt pattern is shown in two versions: one made with precut charm squares, and another created with scraps of fabric cut into 5" squares.

  • Take your pick of 18 irresistible small and wall quilts in a variety of styles, from traditional to more modern
  • See scrappy quilts in a new light, whether you prefer working with precuts or cutting your own fabric--try it both ways!
  • You'll feel a sense of accomplishment when you quickly finish quilt after beautiful quilt; experimenting is easy and encouraged

by Mary Etherington, Connie Tesene
8.375" x 10.875"
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full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
November 1st, 2016
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I LOVE THIS BOOK. Country Threads Mary and Connie never fail to inspire with their charming projects. This book is chock full of great quilts in both their signature Country Threads look and in brighter alternatives. I love seeing the options. You won't be disappointed with this new book!
Sew Charming presents 18 beautiful and imaginative projects. One of the features I enjoyed the most was seeing an alternative version of each pattern made with totally different fabrics - great inspiration! Mary and Connie show how versatile 5" squares are. Of course, you can use yardage or other precuts, and the alternative versions provide cutting instructions using yardage. Yeah, no math homework for us!
Have you fallen in love with charm packs and now have no idea what to do with them? Then this book should be in your library.

There are 18 patterns you can choose from and the instructions are easy to follow. There is a one-page introduction and a one-page working with charm squares so you know how to sew with them.

They each have a name of the project, a paragraph about it and a small colored photo. The material and cutting lists are next and are indented to make for easy reading. The next page is a large photo of the item and the name is stated again along with the finished quilt and block sizes.

There are graphics to help you along on your sewing and colored boxes can be found for tips. The really nice thing is that after each project is a page that gives you another colorway making this a 36-project book. Of course, you can choose your own colors and have even more quilts. The end of the book has bios of the authors.

Follow the pattern exactly or go crazy and use your own colors, either way, this book is great for helping you with ideas on using those charm packs you just couldn’t pass up.
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Review from Quilters Companion, January/February 2017

When you're shopping at quilt stores, 5in charm packs can be enticing, but when you buy them, do you know what to do with them? Mary and Connie have the answer for you with 18 designs ranging from traditional to more modern. Use up those precut charm-square packs or cut fabric from your stash to make the designs. Each design shown is made using fabrics from the authors' stash and then a second version using a precut pack.

Mary Etherington

Mary Etherington is a cofounder, with Connie Tesene, of the famed Country Threads Quilt Shop and a popular author. While officially retired from the quilt-shop business, Mary stays in touch with former customers through the Country Threads Chicken Scratch blog. She keeps busy by dog sitting, caring for her animals, tending many houseplants and succulents, playing piano at two churches and a care center, and sewing every single day.

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Connie Tesene

Since retiring in 2014 I have enjoyed the luxury of time--time for gardening, babysitting, volunteering, traveling, reading, feathering my nest, and sewing. My husband, Roy, and I still live in the home where we raised our three boys; it's a wonderful house but it is also 120 years old and always seems to need a remodeling project. I have an ambitious plan for a large gardening project in the spring and I can hardly wait to get that dirt under my fingernails. I'd like to be remembered as a maker of pies, quilts, gardens, art, fun, and home. What more could one ask out of life?

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