The solution to perfect charm quilt, wrong size

Posted by on November 7, 2013, in quilting & sewing, ,

From the Big Book of Nickel QuiltsHow many times have you found the perfect quilt pattern—in the wrong size?

Upsizing a quilt pattern by adding a few blocks, or downsizing by deleting blocks, isn’t necessarily difficult. But recalculating yardage requirements and piece counts can be a pain. How much easier it is when kindly pattern writers do the figuring for us!

That’s where Nickel Quilt patterns come in. Just what is a Nickel Quilt? It’s a quilt made with 5″ squares. (Five. Nickel. Get it?) But Nickel Quilts are much more than quilts made with 5” charm squares. These timesless designs are also fabulously flexible. Why flexible? Because each Nickel Quilt pattern comes in three sizes: lap or twin, full or twin, and queen. Let me say that again. You get EACH PATTERN IN THREE SIZES!

The Big Book of Nickel QuiltsNot so long ago, Pat Speth and Charlene Thode introduced their charm-square patterns in the book Nickel Quilts. It was a best seller. Then Pat followed up with a solo effort, More Nickel Quilts. Best seller again. Recognizing the enduring popularity of Pat and Charlene’s patterns, Martingale decided to make things easy on folks who hadn’t yet dipped into the Nickel Quilt bank. We combined Nickel Quilts and More Nickel Quilts into one book, dropping all 40 charm-square quilts into a giant piggy bank of patchwork, The Big Book of Nickel Quilts. That means that, because there are 40 patterns in The Big Book of Nickel Quilts, each offered in three sizes, you get a breathtaking 120 quiltmaking options in one book. Cool!

Now that you know where to find gobs of different patterns for charm squares, the next step is to gather a robust collection of 5″ squares. So below, you’ll get stash-building tips from Pat and Charlene. Then, we’ll follow up by showing all the beautiful patterns collected in The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.


How to Gather 5″ Squares

From the Big Book of Nickel Quilts 3From The Big Book of Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth with Charlene Thode

Maybe you’re new to quilting and you haven’t built up a stash of scraps yet, or maybe you just love fabric and want to add to your stash! Either way, there are easy, inexpensive ways to build your collection.

Start Cutting
So, how do you collect all those 5″ squares? Start by cutting strips from your fabric collection. When fabric shopping, always buy a little more than you need for your project so that you can cut a 5″-wide strip from each fabric—after you’ve tested it for colorfastness, preshrunk it, and trimmed away the selvages. Cut each strip into squares and store them for future use. You’ll be surprised how quickly your pile grows with your fabric purchases alone.

Want to make the variety in your collection of squares grow even faster? Plan a cutting bee with a few friends and swap strips. In addition, many quilt shops and mail-order catalogs offer packets of 5″ squares. Don’t forget to check out all those Internet fabric-shopping sites, too. Not only can you buy fabric packets online, but there are also dozens of online groups of quilters interested in fabric trades. Fat-quarter trades are wonderful. Did you know you can cut twelve 5″ squares from one fat quarter? Use some in your current scrap project and put the leftovers away for another quilt.

Look through your quilting magazines for postings from quilters who want to participate in fabric trades—or you can post a message yourself, asking for fabric trading partners. When you trade with others from different states and countries, your selection of squares becomes that much more varied and unique. If staying a bit closer to home is more your style, then start a trade with your local quilt guild or your smaller “sit-and-sew” group.

From the Big Book of Nickel Quilts


To get more tips from Pat and Charlene on building a stash of charm squares, check out Patterns for charm squares + fabric-trade tips.

Now that we’ve covered charm-square acquisition, it’s time to address patterns. Pat and Charlene make it easy to choose which charm-square quilt to make, because they’ve sorted every Nickel Quilt into one of three skill levels: beginner, easy, and intermediate. Just match your pattern to your experience and inclination, and start stitching.


Beginner Nickel Quilts


Beginner quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 1
Beginner quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 2
Beginner quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 3


Easy Nickel Quilts


Easy quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 1
Easy quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 2
Easy quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 3
Easy quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 4
Easy quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 5


Intermediate Nickel Quilts


Intermediate quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 1
Intermediate quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 2
Intermediate quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 3
Intermediate quilts from The Big Book of Nickel Quilts 4


The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

Whether you want to splurge on new charm packs or practice frugality by cutting and trading your own 5” squares, The Big Book of Nickel Quilts offers an easy starting place. Just gather your 5″ squares and put your trust in Pat and Charlene. It’s a surefire quilting investment!

Have you made a fortune’s worth of Nickel Quilts? Or are you still gathering change? Leave your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of The Big Book of Nickel Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Nancy, who writes:

“Hi, I have made a pinwheel charm nickel quilt. Would love to do more. I have been cutting scraps in charm squares whenever large enough but not so large, want to keep that size. Now I need a pattern to use up the squares that are overflowing in my basket. The book would really help.”

Nancy, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


173 Comments

  • I don’t buy pre cuts- I have a high stash (started quilting in the 70’s), so I could just cut from my stash to make enough for many, many quilts.

    —Mary Ann Harpe on November 7, 2013
  • I’m gathering change, but it’s time cash it in for some bills! I really need to stop collecting and start using fabric (well, ok, keep collecting, but start using more!)

    —Malinda on November 7, 2013
  • Wow, that’s a lot bang for a buck. Or should I say nickel. Lots a choices for using charm squares.

    —Janice M on November 7, 2013
  • I love these quilts! And I love charm squares. Pick me! Pick me!

    —Marianne on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering and pondering….

    Jane Prestidge on November 7, 2013
  • I save charm squares

    —carol on November 7, 2013
  • I would love to win this wonderful book. I have always bought yardage, never a charm pack. Tisk, tisk – get me started please.

    Nancy Pinney on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering change! Great ideas

    —Konnie Osborne on November 7, 2013
  • One can never have enough change!

    —Patty Morales on November 7, 2013
  • Would love to get the Big Book of Nickel Quilts! I have lots of scraps that I could cut into 5″ squares! And a couple charm packs laying around, too!

    —Amy Roth on November 7, 2013
  • I am always looking for new ways to "bust" my stash–this would be the perfect way to do so!

    —Christina Reitz on November 7, 2013
  • I have been collecting charm squares for some time. It is my way of collecting the fabrics I love without making a big investment. I see so many quilt ideas in this book, I have to dive into them and make something!

    mandy laseter on November 7, 2013
  • It time to start collecting charm packs and cutting 5″ squares from my stash! What a perfect way for me to start making scrap quilts!

    —Julia on November 7, 2013
  • I love charms and am definitely still gathering change…lol! This book has amazing patterns and I would love to win it,
    Thank you for the giveaway

    —Claire Currier on November 7, 2013
  • I am still gathering more nickels. Would love to have this book!

    —Sherrie Baker on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering change! Would love to have this book, all I mostly make is scrappy quilts, looks interesting! Thanks for doing this!

    —Nancy Kindlund on November 7, 2013
  • Love nickel quilts! So colorful and scrappy and fun to make!

    —Diane Martin on November 7, 2013
  • I love that you put all those nickel patterns into one book! What a treasure trove! Thanks for the shots of all the possibilities- such inspiration 🙂 I’m off to gather some more nickels!

    —Stephanie in Oregon on November 7, 2013
  • I’m forever grateful to Pat. She got that old lightbulb reignited on the top of my head. I was seeing these gorgeous bundles of 5′ squares everywhere….including in my dreams….and I just couldn’t get myself into gear to use them. Then the first book came out. I was off and running !! I would just love this new book. I love the idea of using all my scraps. A 5′ square….any 5′ square…is just too valuable to waste.

    —Ina Anderson on November 7, 2013
  • Wow looks like the only quilting pattern book
    you will ever need to make a lifetime of quilts.

    —Leigh Inglis on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering (guess I’m becoming more of a collector than doer these days). Maybe it is inspiration needed to get ‘making’.

    —JoAnn Coonrod on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve been gathering my nickels, and still have tons of scraps to cut, so I’m looking for some great patterns! I love nickel patterns!

    —Lindsay Mattison on November 7, 2013
  • I have some spare change and always looking for new ideas. They are so addictive

    —Bunny on November 7, 2013
  • These nickel quilts look great. Would like to maybe try one.

    Kathy Chambers on November 7, 2013
  • Loved their earlier books… I’m thinking I have all these patterns though. It IS easy to cut up your leftovers… I have two big boxes of nickels just waiting to be made up!

    Karen Alexander on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering! Would love a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

    Lynn H on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering change — but I have resolved to deal with my growing pile of scraps. Just can’t bear to throw them away. They seem to multiply like rabbits while I sleep.

    LeAnn Frobom on November 7, 2013
  • HI, I have made a pinwheel charm nickel quilt. Would love to do more. I have been cutting scraps in charm squares whenever large enough but not so large want to keep that size. Now I need pattern to use up the squares that are overflowing my basket. The book would really help

    —Nancy R on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve only recently got into charm squares after culling my scrap basket – and it’s scary how many square cake it off that exercise ! The patterns in this look fabulous, I’d love a closer look – thanks for the opportunity!

    —Margaret C on November 7, 2013
  • I love these quilts. Easy but not easy if that makes any sense.

    —Chris on November 7, 2013
  • Ive started purchasing charm squares from my favorite lines. I am participating in my first charm swap right now with blogging friends. We’re swapping charms from Kate Spain collections! My favorite designer. It would be fun to have lots of fun options for quilts with these fun squares, and to have a guide with how many squares are needed for sizes of quilts.
    Thanks!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Rachell R on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve made some quilts with charm squares, but these look great. I have some left over, and lots of scraps I can cut. I need the book! Thanks,

    —Maryellen on November 7, 2013
  • I have made a few, but I have more charm packs that I would love to turn into quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Sandy N on November 7, 2013
  • I am still gathering!! Thanks for the chance.

    —Jane from MA on November 7, 2013
  • Love Nickel Quilts -though I have only officially made one from Pat’s patterns. So scrap friendly!!

    —Regina on November 7, 2013
  • I have boxes and boxes of "nickels" which I cut from my scraps. I see pictures of quilts I think would work, but never so many in one place as this book! And having three sizes to choose from is a fabulous idea. Thanks for doing that!

    —Martha on November 7, 2013
  • Still collecting, though a quilt along I did a few years ago used Nickel squares for quick 4-patches and half square triangle blocks for a Jacob’s ladder quilt. There are so many ways to use those nickels!

    —Jean Blythe on November 7, 2013
  • I love charm packs and have made several quilts with them. But I still have a plastic container full of the packs. I like the idea about adding a bit to my yardage purchases to make my own nickel charms. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Joyce Mitchell on November 7, 2013
  • Oh my, I have so many 5 and 6 inch squares. Drawers of them.and really need Something to use them. Have made several lap quilts using the whole 5 incher set on point with sashings — no brainers and did not make a dent in the drawers. I like challenges instead of no brainers.

    —Rsgna Rogero on November 7, 2013
  • Love this idea. I’ll start looking for it in the quilt shops. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Helen Thomas on November 7, 2013
  • Those are all beautiful – I love the scrappy looking quilts the best, so these all fit the bill perfectly. I have never made a quilt using only 5″ charms (yet). 🙂

    Nita on November 7, 2013
  • I haven’t made any nickel quilts yet but there are several of the designs that look very interesting…the first I would choose would be the scattered leaf design in the intermediate category 😉

    —candace on November 7, 2013
  • I have a fortune, but I’m still collecting. One can never have enough nickels!!!! I’m always looking for ways to use mine up, this book would be fabulous!

    —Heather on November 7, 2013
  • I love scrap quilts. I have more scraps than I can use in a life time but I’ve always got lots of plans. They change daily! I would love to share my love of scraps with everybody. Pat’s books are very informative and her quilts are beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win her big book of nickle quilts.

    —Diane on November 7, 2013
  • You can never have too many charm squares! I buy them if I love an entire group… it lets me have a little bit of each fabric in the collection. I am trying to discipline myself to cut my own scraps after a project also!!

    —Jeannine on November 7, 2013
  • Oh wow, such abundance! Actually, I have about 200 very old 5″ squares from my grandmother’s stash I haven’t quite known what to do with… I’ve even bought more old fabric and squares from eBay so I have fabric of the same vintage (30’s to 50’s) so I would have enough to make something substantial, or small wall quilts for we three granddaughters. If I don’t win, I’ll have to purchase truly!

    Too many projects, too little time! and don’t we wear our fabric threads and bits that end up clinging to our office clothes with pride??
    Thanks for your daily emails and encouragement
    Sharon in Colorado

    —Sharon on November 7, 2013
  • I’m gathering a lot of change and would love to win this book to spend it. Thanks.

    —gab on November 7, 2013
  • I am working on a nickel quilt right now! My small sewing group exchanged nickels earlier this year. Each member has to finish a project using all the nickels. The projects will be given to each other at our December’s meeting. What fun!

    —Janet Beyea on November 7, 2013
  • I do not own any Nickel patterns or books, what a shame. I have had issues with quilt size misfits. I have tried to resize blocks the blocs, and that has also been frustrating.

    —Karencg on November 7, 2013
  • I’m still gathering change. I usually buy charm packs but the number of charms in a pack doesn’t make anything big. I think I need more packs before I start a pattern.

    —Ann Dunn on November 7, 2013
  • I’m definitely still gathering change, but would love to win this book!

    —Pat S. on November 7, 2013
  • Wow – these quilts are beautiful! Yep. I’m still gathering up the change (courage) to start cutting for a big quilt so The Big Book of Nickel Quilts would certainly be a logical incentive.

    Terry SailingKnitter on November 7, 2013
  • I just made my first nickel quilt from some old Christmas fabrics I had, and I love it! I’m hooked!

    —Jenny on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve been collecting charm packs & 5″squares for 10 years. I guess I should start putting them to use

    —Mary on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve just started to sew, so I’m working on building up my stash . I’m looking forward to learning how to make beautiful quilts, and I think this book would be great to follow.

    —Diana Larsen on November 7, 2013
  • I’m still gathering change. Thanks for the great book review and giveaway!

    Sallie on November 7, 2013
  • Amo todos os motivos é tudo maravihoso,gostaria muito de ter p/ mim .abs

    Translation: Love all the reasons it’s all wonderful, I would very much like to have w/me. abs

    —neide zampol on November 7, 2013
  • Love, love, love those charm packs! Still collecting them when I can and having this book to help make quilts would be great!

    —Vicki Sprain on November 7, 2013
  • I think you suggestions for gathering charms is a great idea, I think I am going to suggest it to my quilt group and see if they want to do it. I am going to have to buy that book it has some great patterns.

    —Jeanette on November 7, 2013
  • I have so many scraps that I find it overwhelming to think of how to select the right ones- proper color, tone, print,etc. This book could help me make up my mind!

    —Roberta Kennedy on November 7, 2013
  • Our Library Quilters group is going to talk about charm squares this evening. I love charms (or nickles) and am always thinking about ways to put them together.

    —Brenda B on November 7, 2013
  • I have not made a Nickel Quilt yet, but I do have a couple of 5″ charm packs just waiting for the right pattern. I’m sure I could find one in this book.

    —Julie in GA on November 7, 2013
  • I have more mini nickels than real nickels, but my collection is growing.

    —Judi Reiss on November 7, 2013
  • I’m not great with the math, so I have to either buy too much or as it happens not enought.

    Donna Davies on November 7, 2013
  • What I great idea! My stash is so large that cutting some charms would be a great thing to do. Wish me luck!

    —sue sendelbach on November 7, 2013
  • I have a few charm packs stashed away and a whole box of "scraps" that I am sure I could get plenty of 5# squares from

    De on November 7, 2013
  • I am still gathering, but I love the Nickel Quilt patterns. I already have Nickel Quilts and More Nickel Quilts and love all the patterns.

    —Joyce O. on November 7, 2013
  • I am just a beginner with a small stash of 5″ squares but I would love to win this book. I love scrappy quilts!

    —Linda Zumwalt on November 7, 2013
  • So many beautiful quilt patterns, so little time.
    I would love to win your book of many patterns
    So I have another reason to shop for ‘more’
    Fabric.

    —Pat Cosper on November 7, 2013
  • Oh, I would especially love this book!! I have been taking a bit of advice Lori Holt gave one time. I have been cutting my small pieces of fabric into 2.5, 3 and 5 inch squares. Some I have been cutting into 2.5 inch strips. I love pre-cuts and love scrappy quilts and this winter I am making lots and lots of quilts.

    —Susan Paxton on November 7, 2013
  • I have made one nickel quilt, it was easy and very pretty. I am ready to try another. I would really like to have this book.

    —Florence Daly on November 7, 2013
  • I love making scrap quilts! I like the idea of cutting 5″ squares from my stash for future projects!

    —Diane on November 7, 2013
  • I love lots of nickles and love to collect them. Love ebooks and would love to have this one. Great quilts!

    —Becky/Quilting Booklady on November 7, 2013
  • This book would be perfect! I have been cutting my scraps to manageable sizes 5 & 2.5 & some 10″ sizes. I have been waiting for something like this. So glad I seen it. I will buy it even if I don’t win. Thanks.

    robin tuckerman on November 7, 2013
  • Plenty gathered, just need the book to get started sewing!

    —Janet D on November 7, 2013
  • I love precuts–they make life so much easier!

    —Shelor Robin on November 7, 2013
  • Love this book. Without trying I have loads of fabric to make these quilts.

    —Linda Farley on November 7, 2013
  • Well, best reason ever to use some fabric from stash and cut my own nickels. Thank you!

    Barb in MI on November 7, 2013
  • HELLO,OH THIS WOULD BE SUCH A SPECIAL BOOK TO ADD TO MY LIBRARY! YES,I’M SAVING THOSE SMALLER CUTS OF EACH SCRAPPY COLLECTION!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    —LINDA on November 7, 2013
  • We had Pat at our guild meeting this summer. What a wonderful speaker/teacher. Our members learned so much from her. We loved the hint she shared with us about using the blue thingy. ( a piece of shelf liner the rubber one that you cut in a small piece and put under you rules so it don’t slide). What a wonderful idea. It works like magic. I would love to have a e-book by her or a real book. I have taken a workshop class from her before and she is great.
    Shirley

    —Shiley Smith on November 7, 2013
  • I’m ready to make a change. These quilts look fabulous.

    —Debra Guarriello on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering, but have made one. I need more ideas and the book would give me lots.

    —Betty on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering and love the idea of buying a little extra to start collecting those nickels!!! Thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

    —Terry on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve made a Nickel Quilt – "Buffalo Ridge". I would love to make more, they are awesome quilts. As for my change, I cut 5″ squares out of everything I have leftover that is big enough for 5″ squares. Thanks for the chance to win a great book.

    —Mona Collins on November 7, 2013
  • I’m still gathering nickel squares, but I am planning to make one in the near future. I love the look of these quilts!

    —Tammy on November 7, 2013
  • You can never have enough nickels!!! Love all the patterns and the different sizes! Good luck everyone.

    —Anita Ezzell on November 7, 2013
  • Love the look of scrappy quilts.

    —Barb on November 7, 2013
  • Great idea! I want to start making nickels to use up those scraps I have. Thanks for the inspiration..

    —Anna on November 7, 2013
  • I have a tub filled with five inch squares–I need this book!

    Karen in Breezy Point on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering, but I have a flannel one in mind for my husband!

    —Robin M on November 7, 2013
  • That looks like a great book and one for the reading list! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    —Susan Stanton on November 7, 2013
  • I’m definitely still gathering. I just finished my first full sized quilt, so I’m new to quilting,but I have bought multiple magazines, a few books, and of course fabric for this and that. Some of it I did cut into 5″ squares because the pattern I’m using called for several squares, and I figured having them on hand will always be helpful.

    —Karen V on November 7, 2013
  • Wow,what a way to use up the scraps. Looks like the options are almost endless. I sure would put that book thru the mill with use if I were to win it! Good luck everyone.

    —Aura Lee Law on November 7, 2013
  • I’m new to quilting and have just started hearing about Nickel quilts. I’m looking forward to making one. I’ve started buying charm packs when I’m in a new shop during shop hops. I like the idea of purchasing extra fabric on purpose for 5″ squares. I’m putting the book on my Christmas list. (Even if it is a gift to me from me)

    —Stella on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve got a big stash, but no nickels in it. Is that a good reason for never having made a nickel quilt? I promise to make some if I win the book.

    —Bridget on November 7, 2013
  • I wish I had heard the tip of buying a little extra fabric with each quilt and cutting it into 5″ squares. I would have a ton of squares by now!

    —Cindy Dahlgren on November 7, 2013
  • I have a large stash so I should cut it up into change, just need your wonderful book for ideas to turn my change into nickel quilts. Thanks so much for helping with my stash.

    —Donna Joy on November 7, 2013
  • Now I finally know what to do with all those fat quarters of fabrics I’ve been collecting all these years.

    Linda H on November 7, 2013
  • I can’t believe how many, and how beautiful the quilts from using just charm squares. Would LOVE to make some of these, and I also love that it comes with the different sizes.

    —Valery on November 7, 2013
  • Ooh! how lovely these all are! I need to collect more charms; I think I will be using a bunch to make several quilts pictured.

    —Judy on November 7, 2013
  • I have a great collection! I need to use it! This book will help.

    —Sherill V on November 7, 2013
  • I have been collecting for years and have finally begun to organize and use my collection, grouping fabrics and ideas or patterns together so it’s a no brain-er to get started with the fun of putting these great fabrics into a quilt.

    —CeCelia M. Cantie Soule on November 7, 2013
  • My sewing room got flooded and yardage bled into yardage ruining it…So… I have been making my own precuts by trimming around the ruined parts. I love these quilts for ideas.

    —Kathy on November 7, 2013
  • I’m still gathering change & could probably fill a big bank vault it I cut up some of my stash. I would love to win this book to get me started–it looks like the perfect book.

    —Pat Gunderson on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve spent a fortune’s worth of nickels on fabric, but haven’t made quilts that are specifically for using 5″ squares. I do have a nice stack of charm packs and plenty of yardage to cut squares from, plus I love scrappy quilts — so I know I could use a lot of these patterns.

    —Lisa Marie on November 7, 2013
  • I have a lot of stash savings that needs to be changed into nickels! Love Pat’s and Charlene’s patterns!

    —Susan on November 7, 2013
  • I love nickel quilts whether from packaged charms to my own 5″ stash.

    —Karen on November 7, 2013
  • I have made the Jacobs Ladder quilt from the Beginner Nickel Quilt book. Thanks for the chance to win another Nickle quilt book to add to my library.

    —Renea on November 7, 2013
  • I made one ina class and loved it. I currently am building annickel collection and have a couple of bikks on my Christmas wish list,

    —Bergere on November 7, 2013
  • I’m still gathering change! I’ve been cutting squares from my scraps.

    —Sheryl Jeffery on November 7, 2013
  • I’ve made one nickel quilt out of my scrap stash. I love scrap quilts and would love to make more nickel quilts!

    —Karen Watkins on November 7, 2013
  • I’m still gathering change but would love to make a nickel quilt in the future.

    —Linda Webster on November 7, 2013
  • Love charm squares. Been collecting and cutting for awhile. Still making more change, lots of stash. LOL Would love this book!

    —Sara on November 7, 2013
  • Still gathering change – and I think I always will, cause there are soooooo many awesome fabrics out there!!!! I just want to do them all!!!!! Yeah – it’s called addiction!!! And I got it bad – and no I don’t want help for it – I want that cool book!!!!!

    —Beth Williams on November 7, 2013
  • This book looks awesome! I have trouble picking out patterns, but not picking out fabric!

    —Karrie Smith on November 7, 2013
  • I hadn’t thought of saving nickels before, so will definitely start with my next project. Then I’ll need that book. Love that it has the different sizes.

    —ELIZAJANE on November 7, 2013
  • I save charm packs.Thanks for the chance.

    Béatrice on November 7, 2013
  • Gathering change. I do love charm packs but I never seem to get around to making a quilt with them. I’m not Ryan sure what to make

    —Marguerite Namdar on November 7, 2013
  • Never won anything butI love 5 inch squares and have a lot of them also mini squares. This book would help me and my daughter-in-law get rid of my stash which she says in enough to open a store! Please, please pick me!

    —Janet Kelley on November 8, 2013
  • This would be perfect for me. My quilting group at church uses 5 1/2 inch squares and I could cut down the leftover ones to make new quilts for our charities. A true win win for all. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Barbara Y on November 8, 2013
  • I have tons of 5″ squares gathered and cut from various fabric, but had not heard of this great booking ALL about Nickle Quilts. Amazing just seeing them turn and change the entire pattern. You bet I’d love a copy of this 🙂 Thanks I’ve already got ideas flying around

    —DC on November 8, 2013
  • I love collecting the change! I’ve only made one nickel quilt so far, but I definitely want to do more. My piecing was more accurate (showing me I may not be the best cutter), the colors are beautiful, and it was so much easier not having to cut all the pieces out!

    —Tara A on November 8, 2013
  • I’ve made one nickel quilt I started at a class with Pat. I have a good collection of "change" and would like to do a few more. 🙂

    —Laura Loecken on November 8, 2013
  • I’ve collected so much fabric, I’ve told my husband that I’m insulating the basement with cotton! This is the perfect solution to reduce the stash with a ‘treasure map’ of a book to exchange the stash for treasured quilts.

    —Risa on November 8, 2013
  • I always subcut my scraps leftover from other quilts and quilt backings into useable sizes for scrap quilts. I always start with the largest size I can get from the leftovers and I often get at least a few 5″ squares. I have quite a collection of those squares so I guess I’d better get busy and make some Nickel quilts!

    —Nancy Green on November 8, 2013
  • I have collected a lot of charm squares and I’ve been looking for projects that I could use them in. This is perfect! Lots of different ideas.

    —Shirley Williams on November 8, 2013
  • Oh wow, so many beautiful options! Great patterns.

    Shasta on November 8, 2013
  • I thought I owned ALL the Martingale quilt books that were out there, but somehow I missed this one! Would love to have it, and even though I have not been gathering 5 inch squares they would be a cinch to make with my new diecutter!

    —Monique on November 8, 2013
  • The "nickel quilts" are just beautiful.
    I have not made one, yet, but with this
    book I would like to very much.

    —Paulette Doerhoff on November 8, 2013
  • What a wonderful book. I’m still gathering change and am sorting through my stash. I see several nickel quilts in my future!

    —Terri E on November 8, 2013
  • Love the patterns. I didn’t buy a charmepack until now 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

    —Hanke on November 8, 2013
  • What a terrific idea: to cut a 5″ strip of each new fabric for charm squares. I’d love win and make some of these nickel quilts!

    —Diana on November 8, 2013
  • Would so much like to have this book. I have plenty of fabric to cut my own charms from, just needed the inspiration, which I got from this post. Now I need the Nickel Quilt book for the how to do it!

    —Jan Maybee on November 8, 2013
  • Years ago someone gave me a charm pack for a gift, but I’ve never done anything with it. I have plenty of fabric from which to cut more! Just needed the inspiration this post gave me. Now I need the Nickel Quilt book to put them together to something beautiful. I would be so blessed to get this book!

    —Jan Maybee on November 8, 2013
  • I am still gathering change. I normally don’t buy precuts as I like to wash my fabric before using, so I like the idea of cutting a five inch strip from each new fabric and then cutting that into 5 inch squares. Would love to win the book. I am inspired now to start cutting sqaures to build up my account.

    —Susan on November 8, 2013
  • I have a bunch of nickles !! would love to win a book to help me use some of them up 🙂

    —thunder kaplan on November 8, 2013
  • I have a huge stash, too, as I’ve been sewing for over 40 years – and I’ve inherited my mother’s, so……. the idea about cutting a 5″ strip off each fabric for nickel squares is GREAT…. hope I win!

    —Elizabeth Bolton on November 8, 2013
  • Nickel quilts would be right up my alley, math has never been my long suit. I am so grateful someone else did the math! It would be so awesome to have one. Thanks

    Deb on November 8, 2013
  • I’d love to try the Nickel Quilts. I’m new to quilting.

    —Rae Ann Partridge on November 8, 2013
  • I confess that I use Nickel Quilts patterns–I’ve had both books since they were first published — but I no longer precut fabric into 5″ squares, nor do I participate in swaps for 5″ squares. All that cutting and trading resulted in were boxes full of squares. Now if I want to make a quilt with nickel units, I cut what I need from my stash.

    —Nann on November 8, 2013
  • I love Martingale. I have a stash that the Nickel Quilt Book would help me bust out. I hope you pick me so I can get to work.

    —Terri Criddle on November 8, 2013
  • I have looked at patterns and wondered! I don’t have many precut nickles but sure can make a lot from my stash! I’m hoping to win.

    —Marjorie L Carlson on November 8, 2013
  • I do not have many nickle charms but have a lot of stash to build from. This book would be a great one to win!

    —Marjorie L Carlson on November 8, 2013
  • I’m doing a nickel swap with one of my Facebook quilt groups and just mailed out 250 nickels to exchange and kept as many for myself. This book would give me some ideas on how to use them.

    —Lauren Lawson on November 8, 2013
  • I’m still gathering change in order to make a nickel quilt. The patterns look great, and I would love to have the book. I have made skirts for 4 of my granddaughters using nickel patches that turned out really cute.

    —Nancy Angerer on November 8, 2013
  • What "Charming" designs. I’d love to make several of these quilts, they are so appealing.

    —Marcia on November 8, 2013
  • I have made two nickle quilts. One still needs the border, I ran out of blue fabric. It was so much fun, I have stared cutting my scrape fabric into 5″ blocks. But, since I don’t usually buy charms packs and do not like waste or extra cutting, I make sure I read the pattern before I cut everything into 5″ blocks.

    —Linda Christianson on November 8, 2013
  • I’ve always cut my scraps from projects and garments into 2 1/2″ squares and strips or 5″ charm squares. This would give me some ideas for how to use the 5″ squares.

    —Kathleen Hepner on November 8, 2013
  • I would love win this book as it has so many ideas for the beginner quilter. I a starting to get a stash and need some ideas. Kath

    —Kath on November 8, 2013
  • Working on my third quilt, but have collected a stash of fabric resulting in a nice stack of ‘nickels’. Started with filling a shoe box now working on a boot box, and growing. Think this book would be a good way to spend those nickels 🙂

    —Iris B on November 8, 2013
  • I love these quilts! I have lots of fabric I could turn into charms then turn into quilts.

    —Ann Hedington on November 8, 2013
  • I SOOO want to SEW with this book! I have a small stash but still am addicted to browsing in a quilt shop for colors that talk to me .
    Love Pat’s color choices. I have so much to learn from her!

    —Cindy May on November 8, 2013
  • I have been helping a 77 year old lady learn to quilt, this would be a great book to give her for Christmas!

    —Lisa Coombes on November 8, 2013
  • I guess you could say I have half a fortune and am still collecting. Would love to get in on a few nickel swaps!
    Thanks,
    Sandy Gray

    —Sandy Gray on November 8, 2013
  • Have not made lots of scr4AP

    —Nancy Eriksen on November 8, 2013
  • I’ve just discovered Pat from here book tour of Neutrals Knockout and I’m a fan! This book looks amazing and would love to add this to my library. I’m a charm square fan and these are beautiful quilts! I have only made a baby quilt using 5″ squares. I’m saving more of my change for sure, hehe.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    —usairdoll on November 8, 2013
  • I haven’t heard the term mickle quilts before but it founds like a great idea. The patterns look fabulous. I cut my scraps into useable bricks and squares routinely

    —Philipa on November 9, 2013
  • Im still gathering change! And Id love to try these patterns!

    Mariana@CoserTejerCrear on November 9, 2013
  • What a great Big Book to have on hand. Excellent idea! My arsenal of nickel fabrics seems to grow and grow – in fact, I probably have a lot of Susan B Anthony coins in my stash now! I really need to whittle down my stash.

    Barb N on November 9, 2013
  • I’m still banking my nickels, but this ebook might persuade me to spend them!

    —Kathy on November 9, 2013
  • I have several charm packs–5″ and 2.5″; however, I think creating charms while cutting for a project is a great idea. Thank you for the opportunity to win this edition of Nickle Quilts.

    —Clara Chandler on November 9, 2013
  • Love the idea! And I have a stash to make lots! 🙂

    —Elizabeth Tallau on November 9, 2013
  • Thank you for letting me know what a nickel quilt is. Now I’m on the hunt for 5″ squares.

    —Kathy Renz on November 9, 2013
  • Many years ago I took a workshop that Pat taught in Marion, Iowa on Nickel Quilts. The quilt is not finished and more change have been collecting in the UFO box. I have also cut many batiks into 5 inch squares so having their new book would give me endless possibilies. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Rita on November 9, 2013
  • I love the patterns of these quilts. Even though I started sewing in 4H nearly 45 years ago I have only recently taken up quilting. I would love some instruction from the book. Just found the website off pintrest and will definitely follow.

    —Mary Ferris on November 9, 2013
  • wow – what a fabulous book – I’ve been looking for patterns to use my stash of charm packs – this one is definitely on my list ! thanks for the chance to win a copy 🙂

    leanne on November 10, 2013
  • Found this while looking for pattern ideas for making my first charm quilt. Still a sort-of beginner — I have loved charm quilts but never been brave enough to make one — I’m still gathering my courage. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. 🙂

    —A. Lopez on November 10, 2013
  • I love these books and have made a few – they have great design and are so easy!! I am definitely putting the ‘Big Book’ on my wish list!!!

    —Debbie P on November 10, 2013
  • I am still gathering change. My favorite time of the year is Christmas to celebrate Christ’s birth and to share my talents with my family and friends. Thank you for this opportunity! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

    —Pam Hyatt on November 10, 2013
  • I don’t have enough change yet.. But I’m Working on it. 🙂

    —Cindy on November 12, 2013
  • These ideas and patterns look great. I haven’t made a complete quilt from nickel squares, but I’ve made table runners from them. Would love to try one of these patterns as I do have some charms that would love to be sewn into a charming quilt!

    —Marie Chat on November 12, 2013
  • I am still gathering change. I’m still a novice quilt maker and the big book of nickel quilts would be a great help to boost the confidence. I would love to win it .Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Dot on November 12, 2013
  • I’ve been gathering change for a while now but I’ll be ready to break open the piggy bank soon. Scrappy quilts hold real eye appeal for me and I would love to have The Big Book of Nickel Quilts in my ‘bank’.

    —Kathleen on November 12, 2013

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