Blueberry Park Plus Charmed quilt

Today I’m sharing this Blueberry Park Plus Charmed quilt! Plus Charmed is the newest Quilty Love pattern and it’s a big and bold plus block quilt. Use charm squares, layer cake squares, fat quarters or your scrap stash for this fun and modern quilt.

I have been hoarding this Blueberry Park Charm pack for many years and was thrilled to open it up and sew up a Plus Charmed quilt with it.

The Plus Charmed quilt pattern is available in the Quilty Love pattern shop.

Charm quilt pattern

Plus Charmed (as the name implies) was written with charms in mind! Actually, it originally wasn’t but a friend saw it and was like, oh what a nice charm quilt… So… I went back to the sketches, resized it slightly to make it charm friendly. Making it charm (5 inch square) friendly makes it way more versatile for all of the quilters out there.

So now it’s charm friendly, layer cake friendly or even fat quarter or stash friendly.

Blueberry Park Plus Charmed quilt

After making it charm friendly I decided to sew one up using a charm pack! If you want to use a charm pack then the blocks will be scrappy with each square being a different print. Or you can use layer cake squares and keep each block the same print like this one.

I don’t have a ton of charm packs but I’ve gathered a few over the years. One of them was this Blueberry Park Charm pack with Karen Lewis fabrics. I absolutely love this fabric line and her screen printed fabrics.

For this 60 inch square throw you will need one charm pack + 3 extra 5 inch squares. Or you can use a single print for the centers of each plus block and one charm pack. I really would have loved to make it work without having to add extra squares but the numbers just didn’t work out. Most charm packs have 42 – 5 inch squares in them. I was able to find my 3 extra squares of matching fabric in my scrap stash.

Sewing with charm squares

I love pre-cuts! They are a really fun way to buy fabric because they contain every single print in the fabric line.

However, they can be a challenge to sew with because they aren’t always accurately or consistently cut. I did take the time to trim each of these squares down to an exact 5 inch square before using them. It really helped with seam matching in the blocks.

Easy rectangular grid quilting using a walking foot

For this Blueberry Park Plus Charmed quilt I used my walking foot and quilted this cool rectangular grid pattern. It was super easy to do and the end result was a neat modern quilting design.

First quilt a square grid of any size. Then go back and add one more set of lines in only one of the directions. In this case my square grid was 1-1/2 inch and then I added one more set of horizontal lines 3/4 inch spaced.

I kept my lines nice and straight by first marking with a hera marker! I first marked 6 inch spaced and then quilted. Then marked 3 inch spaced and quilted. Then I probably switched to my guide bar for the last sets of lines 1 1/2 inch spaced.

Plus Charmed Stash quilt

This Blueberry Park Plus Charmed ended up being a really fun stash quilt. The Blueberry Park charm pack was in my stash for a long time. I decided to dig deep in the stash and find the rest of the fabric too.

The sashing was some random cuts of a linen I had and the background was also some random cuts of Robert Kaufman Essex linen. The backing was an Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabric and the binding was a spool of Moda bias binding I still have on hand.

Even the batting was from the stash. I have a ton of batting cut offs that I keep piling up so I sewed a few of them together for the batting on this one. I need to do that more often until they are gone!

It was really satisfying to create this quilt using materials that have been long forgotten and neglected in my stash.

Blueberry Park Plus Charmed quilt materials

Quilt pattern – Plus Charmed by Quilty Love
Fabrics – Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman
Sashing – a linen blend that I’m forgetting the name of
Background – Essex Linen Yarn Dyed Classic in Natural by Robert Kaufman
Backing – Kaleidoscope linens by Alison Glass

Pieced on my Juki 2010q
Quilted on my Janome MC6700p