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Charm Pack Minky Quilt

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Here is my latest baby blanket.  I used an old charm pack I got a long time ago and now I have NO clue what it’s called.  If you recognize it, tell me what it’s called!  I think the design company is Free Spirit.

I decided to try and do this quilt with minky and cotton.  And let me tell you, it was a challenge!  Minky has this nasty way of stretching and getting all bunched up when sewn with cotton.  Cotton stays in place pretty well, so the combo of the two was tricky.  The best way I found to keep the minky from stretching was to sew the with the cotton on top and minky on bottom.  Even still, the squares didn’t end up lining up perfectly.

For the quilting:  I backed this quilt with white minky dot and didn’t put any batting in between.  I basted it with safety pins only and it stayed pretty well.  Mostly because the only thing I quilted was the cotton squares in a cinnamon bun pattern (a swirl).  I used a free motion foot and it went pretty fast!

The binding is made by stitching the remainder of the charm pack squares together and then cutting it all in half lengthwise (so it’s 2.5″ wide.)

I really like this blanket because of its softness.  It’s a perfect blanket for my new baby, to put in a stroller or to take out or whatever.  It’s not very big either.  Maybe she will love it so much it will become her blankie?


  1. Beautiful! That’s Freebird, by MoMo, for Moda Fabrics. Those charm packs have been out of print for over a year now, so it’s lovely to see one put to such good use!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Oh thanks Christy! I knew it was ‘free’ something, haha! I pinned this to my own Pinterest, not sure why it wouldn’t work for you! If you follow me on Pinterest you should be able to repin it from there. Thanks!

  2. P.S. I can’t seem to pin this to pinterest! Is that some kind of setting on your blog that doesn’t allow it?

  3. christina says:

    i love this quilt. i already have one of our quilting genius in my nursery and i love the cinnabun swirl pattern!

  4. elizabeth c. says:

    i love it! what a great idea to use minky for the sashing and the charms are great! thanks for sharing.

  5. Isn’t that minky fabric wonderful? I have a 29 year old son who wants a blanket out of minky for Christmas. I guess even the big tough guys like a bit of softness too. I’m using a strip technique and it’s coming out great. I love the mixture of textures in your blanket.

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks so much Julie! I do love the blanket!

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