Charm Square Quilt – Step 4

Turned edges (so no hand sewing!)
Machine quilting (none of those tacky hand ties).

How does this work?

Follow Gibson’s instructions for assembling the quilt:


  1. Cut batting into 45 in by 45 in square. DO NOT IRON. It is best to let it lay overnight to air out and get rid of wrinkles.
  2. Lay batting on the floor. Tape it down.
  3. Put the quilt backing on top of the batting, right side up. It should be a 45 in by 45 in size. If you need to iron it first, iron it first. Make it as flat and nice as possible. How good it looks now is how good it will look in the end.
  4. Put the pieced quilt top on top of the backing, RIGHT SIDE DOWN. It will be the smallest cloth piece. This is okay, you are going to align it later.
  5. NOW, mark off (with two pins on each side, like Gibson!) the opening of the quilt – a four square size in the middle of the side of the quilt.
  6. Pin off the perimeter of the quilt, with a pin every 3 to 5 inches.


  1. You WILL want to backstitch a few stitches at each side of the quilt opening. Keep your machine in needle down position from here on out.
  2. Align sewing machine foot to valley of pinked charm square for a 3/8″ seam allowance. Stitch all the way around the perimeter of the quilt.
  3. When you are done, flip it inside out like a duvet cover. Make sure you are reaching between the pieced quilt top and the quilt back.
  4. Yay you! No need to add a binding, your quilt has one automatically because of this inside out trick. Use a knitting needle to poke out the corners so they look sharp.
  5. Pin the hole closed. Use your fingers. Don’t iron it, you’ll mess up the batting. (Lesson 4: Chapter 6: 21:55).
  6. Lesson 5 Chapter 1 picks up where the hole has been pinned shut. Gibson uses a pin every centimeter. Stitch length 3. Now you are topstitching the hole shut. 1/4 in seam allowance. You will do a backstitch at the beginning and end of the hole. Needle down option. Gibson uses a decorative color here.
  7. Remember to stick to the 1/4 in seam allowance. The inside seam allowance was 3/8 in and you want to catch those loose ends with the topstitching on the other side.
  8. Topstitch all the way around the perimeter of the quilt. (The needle down position is important for the corners).

NOW this is where I diverge from Gibson’s instructions. At this point she goes off on her tying the quilt tangent. I will proceed with machine quilting instructions from here on out.

  1. Stitch in the ditch. This means that you take your walking foot and basically go back and forth over each and every single block at the place where there are already seams. You topstitch ON TOP OF those existing seams.
  2. My batting can be quilted up to 25 cm apart. That is 9.8 inches. Each square is 5 in. So at this point, I am basically done with this quilt, and any other stitching I add is a cherry on the cake.

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