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It is so fun to celebrate new book releases with my friends. I got to know Cheryl way back in 2014 when I was a new blogger. She's been so generous in the quilting and quilt blogging communities. If you haven't read her quilt pattern writing blog series, it is top notch! I digress... I'm here today to share my stop on the Just Two Charm Pack Quilts book tour! Welcome.

I chose the String Lights quilt from the book and made a small section of it, large enough to be a NICU quilt. I started with my Quantum charm pack by Giucy Giuce. I love the spectrum of color in the fabrics. Then I set out to find a solid to use as my background. (Why use a neutral when I can add another color?) I wanted to work from stash and chose many contenders that I didn't end up having enough of... and eventually I landed on Kona Pickle for my background. Some of the other options I considered:

My quarter square triangles went together quickly. After I put my columns together it was nice how fast it was to sew all the vertical seams without concern for matching up any seams.

The design of Just Two Charm Pack Quilts is that you start with two charm packs and just need to add two additional fabrics, one feature and one background. This leads to cohesive, scrappy designs. I enjoy that Cheryl features two versions for each off the 16 throw-sized quilts in the book (and I really love the quilts with dark backgrounds).

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED: Congratulations Lisa England! Cheryl is offering one person from my blog a digital version of Just Two Charm Pack Quilts. To be eligible for the giveaway, make sure you are signed up for my newsletter. When you leave a comment on this post, be sure to use the same email address that you have signed up for my newsletter with. You can leave any message in your comment, perhaps tell me about what charm packs you would like to make into a quilt. The giveaway is open through August 7 (Pacific time). A winner will be chosen August 8 and notified via email.

Tomorrow is the last day of the book tour. Be sure to check out Cheryl's daily posts from this week and last week featuring each pattern from the book and links to the other book hop participants.


This is my submission for the "Just the Top" category of the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2023.

  • Viva Magenta Confetti
  • 32.5" x 32.5"
  • Sarah Goer, USA

I spent 25 days of daily practice building these improv blocks. Then trimmed them all to the same size block. My background fabrics are pinks, oranges, and yellows, including Kona Pomegranate (my Viva Magenta). My strips are all turquoise/aqua in a variety of values. And my corner triangles are mostly greens in light to medium values. I tipped close to yellow with the inclusion of Kona Acid Lime and Kona Limelight.

I'm linking up with "Just the Top" for the Viva Magenta challenge. Thank you to Sarah and Elizabeth for hosting, and to all the judges and sponsors!


I was inspired after I finishing my last 6 blocks to continue and finish my Waterfall quilt top. I started by putting all the blocks up on the design wall. With this type of project a person could move blocks around for a long time, but I opted to stick with the initial layout and get to sewing. I made just one switch as I was trimming and sewing the blocks together.

I'm so happy with the colors in this project, all chosen from my shelves a year ago when I started the project. The beauty in this pattern comes from having a range of values. I used the black and white photo below to check that my fabrics had a wide range of values. This is a great trick for assessing value when you are using prints and/or multiple colors.

The Waterfall quilt pattern is by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side. My version is the (generous) baby quilt size, 45" x 54", which we will use as a small lap quilt. I love that it's a pattern you could make multiple times and they'd all be a little different.

I'm participating in the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge with Cheryl of muppin.com.