Falling Charms Block quick and easy tutorial

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The Falling Charms block is an updated version of a post I did in 2013 after watching a video by Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Co. It is hard to believe that 5 years have gone by!

Recently someone posted a comment on my post and as I went back and looked at my post, I couldn’t remember if I ever finished the quilts!

Falling Charms quick easy tutorial

This is the photo that I had in my post, I was making two quilts for my granddaughters and I used a 10″ layer cake that I cut into 5″ squares.

Below is some of the info that I had on that post.

One quilt is 70 x 52 and the other is 64 x 52. I am out of the fabrics so I will need to add borders to them. 

I have a feeling once these are quilted, washed, and dried they will look like old antique quilts. There is only one block used in this quilt.

Falling Charms quick easy tutorial

In the video, 2½ inch strips are used and strip pieced but I thought you might like to see what size to cut individual pieces.

After I read my post, I started wondering if I had ever finished the quilts. I have a stack of unfinished quilts downstairs but I decided to take a look in my “quilt storage area”.

Believe it or not, I found one of them, I then looked in my UFO stack but can’t find the 2nd one. Maybe I finished it and it has been gifted!

I try and refold and straighten everything in here once a month but sometimes times time gets away from me.

I recently donated 2 quilts and 2 table runners for a benefit that is coming up for a young girl with cancer and didn’t put everything back neatly. 

Quilt Studio storage of quilts
Falling Charms quick easy tutorial all quilted

I was right about the quilt looking like an antique quilt after being washed and dried.

I put it on the twin bed in the spare room, still no pictures on the wall. The design is 8 block x 11 blocks.

Falling Charms quick easy tutorial all quilted on bed

Here is the quilt outside on the deck. I put a really large border on this…..like 10 inches!

Falling Charms quick easy tutorial all quilted

I want to share the cutting for two different sizes of this block, I think I have some new batiks that would be perfect for the larger size blocks.


  • 5″ square scrappy color
  • 2 ½” x 5″ background color
  • 2 ½” x 7″ background color
Falling Charms quilt block size

How about supersizing the block for a big, fast and easy quilt!


  • 9 ½″ square scrappy color or a layer cake
  • 5 ½” x 9 ½″ background color
  • 5 ½” x 14 ½″ background color
Falling Charms quick easy tutorial 14 inch finished block

This diagram will show you what the quilt will look like when you add more 7″ blocks.

Falling Charms quick easy tutorial with block rows

Update: I had someone ask about the amount needed for the background fabric – these estimates are taken from my Electric Quilt file.

43″ x 50″ quilt made with thirty 7″ blocks and a 4″ border

Cream – 1 yard
Border – 1½ yards

66″ x 87″ quilt made with eighty-eight 7″ blocks and a 5″ border

Cream – 3 yards
Border – 2½ yards

82″ x 96″ quilt made with thirty 14″ blocks and a 6″ border

Cream – 4 yards
Border – 2½ yards

I have also created a PDF with the quilt block sizes and also a black & white diagram that you can fill in and download.

Get the FREE Falling Charm quilt tutorial pdf

Here is Jenny’s video if you would like to watch it.

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  1. Thanks 🙏 sharing I 💕 quilting that’s my life and thanks for the planner cheers.

  2. I love the HST layouts. How do I get the pdf to download? I click on the button but I only get a plain piece of paper showing up. I must be missing something.

  3. You said you could use layer cake…. could you for the 91/2 block… do you have to trim? thank you

  4. Lori Kadja says:

    I am not an artist nor am I a designer, that is why I appreciate people like you that make such wonderful patterns. I have made this quilt crib size at least 12 times for Project Linus. It is an easy pattern with a lot of movement. Thank you
    so much for your efforts.

  5. Deborah Quinn says:

    I make a lot of charity quilts using scraps. This would be perfect for any project. I have not been subscribed long to your site but I love it. You inspire me to do more. Your shelving is what I use in my sewing building and they are wonderful. I added wheels to all of them which added $20.00 per unit but I can rearrange any time I want.

    Don’t like the cold at all since I live in Louisiana but bet it’s wonderful in the summer. Heck you might see my in a canoe one day. Have a blessed day and thank you so much.

  6. Hi Connie did you sew the small blocks in a row or in a square of four at at time ? I’ve never sewn a larger peice before. Thanks x

      1. I’m new to your site. I just love all your patterns. Thank you for sharing your skills. Looking forward to more from you.

  7. Vicki in MN says:

    I like the simplicity of the block, but yet it makes into a very pretty quilt! I need to make one of these some day:)

  8. I like the wide borders and the quilt looks great on the bed. Whoa, Connie – that’s your quilt storage area? That’s a lot of quilts. lol I have often wondered what you do with all those quilts you make. I have to get rid of mine as I just don’t have space to keep very many.

  9. That is such a cute quilt. I really like the wide blue border you used. I hope the quilts and the table runners you donated raises quite a bit of money.


  10. love that pattern . Quick and easy, I’ve made three I think . two cancer quilts and one Christmas one for me

  11. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Connie; This is such a charming quilt and you were so right in your assessment of the quilting softening the look into a antique look. Plus, I love the extra large border that you chose to add. It just does such an incredible addition to the soft layout of the quilting pattern and fabrics you chose to use. I know we all want our quilt itself to be what everyone loves, but it still amazes me how a simple or elegant border can add that “over the top” addition. Let me assure you, Connie, that the border does not take away from the lovely quilt it just makes that addition! It has been awhile since I have been on your Pinterest pages so I am going to go and look around before I get started for the day. Have a fabulous day!

  12. Can subscribers get the pdfs for this block?

  13. lol. It’s nice to have someone remind us of our past stitching. It looks really nice and looks great on the bed. It would make a really fun scrap quilt.

  14. Looks like a fun quilt and a fresh new look with those batiks! I love the pattern in the larger square. It reminds me of free motion paisleys!! Thanks, Connie!