Win a Quilt – Photo Contest

On January 28th, Southern Charm Quilts turns 9 years old!! In celebration, we are having a little contest.

Yep, yep, we are giving away a quilt! Have a look…

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about the prize quilt:

The size of this quilt is a lap quilt. It measures approx. 55″ square.

The fabrics are called “When skies are gray”. They feature umbrellas, raindrops, and other sweet little lovelies.

The colors are palest blue, bright white, gold and black.

I’ve used two different fabrics for the back, a gingham and a turquoise fabric. It blends with the front beautifully.

Then I’ve quilted it with wavy lines both horizontally and vertically.

Then finished off with a black and white scallop print for the binding.

how can you win this quilt:

To enter the photo contest you just need to send a picture of one of my quilts in use or displayed like the pictures below.

HOW TO WIN:

I will be selecting my favorite picture from all the entries I receive, the more creative the photo the better. I love to see my quilts in YOUR life. I love to see people in the photos or around landscape or just a beautiful place spread out in a meadow. There is absolutely nothing you can do wrong with your picture so feel free to make it your own.

RULES:

– any photograph is eligible as long as it features an item handmade by me. So if you have purchased from me before and are willing to take a picture of your item you can enter the photo contest.

– all entries must be received before January 27, midnight. That gives you 10 days to take your picture and send it to me.

– you may enter as many times as you like as long as each entry features a different photo.

– it doesnt matter if it is professionally taken or you take the photo yourself as long as you own all rights to it.

– by entering you are giving me the photo to use in my shop, blog, marketing, etc.

– I’m happy to allow my international customers to enter as well, but the shipping will not be included for the prized quilt and must be paid if the winner is from outside the US.

HOW TO ENTER:

Please email me at mel.tray@gmail.com, with your photo as an attachment. Please put in email subject “photo contest’. Please make sure all your contact details are in the body of the email OR tag me on instagram @southerncharmquilts and comment that this is your entry for the photo contest.

On January 28th, I will send out a newsletter announcing the winner. Good luck!

pictures from some of my customers:

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The scrapbuster quilts

The day before Christmas I gifted two quilts to my nieces, 11 & 13.  Sweet, thoughtful children these are and I am so pleased to get to give them quilts for Christmas.

Here is Emma with her quilt.

I blogged about working on these quilts here.

I have my scraps sorted several different ways.

One of my scrap baskets holds 7″ squares.  7″ squares sounds like a weird size, and it is.  When I first started quilting I discovered that I could (6) 7″ squares out of a 7″ strip of fabric perfectly, without any waste.  So this is the size I used in all my early quilts.

Still, I use them often.  I ended up with all of them because in my large throw rag quilt, I use 7″ blocks.  My wedding quilts use 7″ blocks.  They started piling up.

And now they still work out to be a great size for me.  When I need 6.5″ HSTs, what do you need?  7″ squares.

And they worked out perfectly for this quilt as well.  I pulled out (120) 7″ blocks from that basket and trimmed them down to 6.5″ for these two quilts.

They have 2″ squared corners that I pulled from a basket that just holds 2″ squares.

These were really great quilts to use up some of those squares.  For two quilts, I pulled 240 squares and looking at that basket you cannot even tell I did.  Why is it always that way?

How many squares could possibly be in that still overflowing basket?

I was careful to stay away from pink for this quilt, since it was not a loved color for Emma.

I could quite settle on a color palette for her, but I think it worked any way.

My husband, Wade, drew all the diagonal lines for stitching purposes on the 2″ squares.  He also trimmed the tails off of all the blocks after I sewed the corners on so technically he did help make these quilts.

For Alyssa’s quilt, I had a definite color palette chosen.  One that I have always wanted to use, seen several times in other quilter’s work and had plenty of the squares to pull off.

As always, I did an all over quilting design using a meander.  I find this step so therapeutic.

I recently heard someone ask why anyone would finish a quilt this way and I was a little surprised.

I know it’s simple quilting, but that’s one of the reasons I like it.  By the time I get to the quilting phase I’ve put in so many hours into this quilt.  I’m ready to zone out and just move that quilt here and there in twirly rounds until it’s done.

If I had a longarm machine I’d probably want to add even more creativity to the quilt.  I do understand that.  I wonder if it would give me that same relaxing feeling as the meander does on my standard sewing machine.

I love this simple quilt design.  It was easy to get done and it used up a lot of scraps.

I always feel like patting myself on the back for using my scraps, like I’ve done something frugal and good.  It also always feels like a burden has been lifted and I’m not wasting fabric or cluttering up my space with the continued holding on to them.

If you like my labels I sell them in my shop here.

They can be completely customized to fit you, down to the font, the words, and even the clipart.

Quilt Details

Blocks measure: 6.5″

There are 120 blocks. 10 rows across and 12 rows down.

Use your scraps OR cut (120) 6.5″ strips of fabric from yardage.  Subcut each strip into (6) 6.5″ squares.

The corners are 2″ squares.  There are 240 of those in this quilt.  2 per each 6.5″ square.

I drew a line down the diagonally of each 2″ squares then sewed them on two corners of each 6.5″ square diagonally.

Very similar to my snow ball pattern shown here except that instead of doing all 4 corners, I only did 2.

These are easy and quick quilts.

I’d like to do them again, but instead of using low volume corners, I use a bold color like black, or something that stands out more than the low volume does.

Hope your January is off to a good start!

xo, Melanie

A finished swoon quilt

So here it is, my finished swoon quilt. And I am just extremely excited about adding it to my finished quilts list. 

I quilted in my standard and seemingly only way I quilt: the meander. It’s really hard to get away from though. I LOVE the texture it makes and I keep telling myself that heavy quilting like this is just making my quilts stronger. So so be it. 

While I’m working a meander across the quilt, I’m usually listening to a podcast and the quilting becomes methodical and I zone out. It’s almost therapy after the long hours of piecing. 

This is a pattern by Camille Roskelley from Thimbleblossoms. 

This one is a twin size so I adjusted the pattern a bit. I made 12 blocks and left out all sashing. My quilt measures 72×96″. 

This one is my favorite of my 12 blocks. I love the yellow pat bravo print from her rapture line and this minty shade of teal. 


I gave my binding much thought. And struggled with it as always. I didn’t want to use another pastel so I went with this gold and metallic from Riley Blake, the wonderland line. 

If you would like to make your own Swoon quilt you can find the pattern here

If you would like me to make you a Swoon quilt, I’d be happy to do this one again, please visit my website here. 

💜, melanie

Hexie quilt completed

Finished pictures…


You can see my work in progress photos and see a partial tutorial for this quilt here

I’m pleased with how this quilt turned out. And I just LOVE the backing fabric I chose for it. It’s Amy butler print that’s one of my favorites. 

For the binding I used an older fabric from The Quilted Fish. It’s white with little red flowers. 

This quilt features:

  • 198 pieces of fabric
  • 99 hexagons
  • Was a great way to bust some stash
  • Meander quilting

If you are interested in having a hexie quilt made for you, find the details here

💜, melanie

Irish chain quilt reveal


I don’t want to send this quilt away. I keep letting it and picturing it on my own bed. 


I wish I made more quilts for selfish reasons. However, the mortgage demands payment and the kids need feeding so I must sale them. 

And let’s be honest, how many quilts does one girl need. 


And hopefully this quilt will make someone happy. 


I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this, but my momma bought me my first sewing pattern. It was for a patchwork tote. After making it, I used the pattern and adopted it for a quilt (I was very untrained and ignorant in those days).


I started going shopping for fabric and used any extra money I could come up with. 

One day I was at my mom’s work and was showing her a bunch of bags I had made and several of the ladies offered to buy them and a few requested customized bags. 

From then on, this is how I paid for my hobby. 

The quilt obsession came soon after for me and then the discovery of Etsy. I listed a few things and sold something here and there, until I quit my job and started making quilts all day just to keep up. 

The reason for the name of my shop: Southern Charm Quilts …. I’d just finished reading Gone With The Wind.  😊 

This quilt can be found in my shop here. It can be made completely customizable to suit your tastes. 

💜, Melanie 

 

Tula Pink hand cut heart quilt


I was VERY, very excited to get to make this quilt again. And this time my customer had chosen the background to be Tula Pink’s Eden fabrics. 

I decided to make the hearts with low volumes, a reversal of the original quilt


I just LOVE these fabrics!  Firstly, the colors are just divine. Rich plum, pale pink, and touches of aqua and green. Plus, just like with all tula’s fabrics, there are little critters hidden throughout. The tiger is my personal favorite


I quilted this one with my usual meander and binded it in a pale pink solid. It’s off to a new home in Hawaii now (how exciting). 


I backed this one with a fabric from Cherie by France’s Newcombe. This fabric is becoming a regular for backing around here. Gray was wanted on the backing so it wouldn’t look dirty since this one is for a child. 

I do hope she will love it. 
💜, melanie

I finished it! -hand cut heart quilt

  
This might be the most fun I’ve had making a quilt. It felt easy, rewarding. Every piece of the fabrics for the hearts came from my basket of strips. 

For the low volumes I used mostly the fabrics I’ve been getting each month in my little low volume club from pink castle fabrics. But I wanted it extra scrappy so I pulled from my stash as well for those. 

  
Mostly I just love the red and pink together. I love how the hearts are all different shapes. I love that each were cut free hand. They are not quite perfect. 

   
 
I pulled out a few hearts to save for some pillow covers I plan to finish up this week and in the blocks missing a heart, I just quilted one in hot pink thread. 

   
 
I quilted in my usual meander. 

  
On the back I used some larger pieces I had of some heather Bailey fabric. Her nicely Jane line. It’s been on my shelves for years. 

  
And for the binding I used a pat bravo print. I don’t know the name of it, but it’s gold with different shades of pink flowers. 

I feel like I rarely get my binding fabric just right, but in this case I’m loving it. 

  
This quilt sold pretty quickly, but I do have it listed as a made to order item and so that you can customize colors if you like. Find that here

If you are interested in the details of making this quilt, I’ve posted other details here and here

💜, Melanie