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Charm School Quilt Book: Get a FREE Downloadable Chandelier Quilt Pattern

Charm School quilt book free downloadable quilt pattern featured by top US quilt blogger, Lella Boutique. | Quilt Pattern by popular US quilting blog, Lella Boutique: Pinterest image of a black chalkboard with Charm School written on it, Charm City School quilt squares, and a rotary cutter.
Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares book by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Published by Stash Books.

March 2021 marks the 4 years since my Charm School book shipped to shops. Sounds like a pretty great reason to celebrate, don’t you think? My publisher agreed–and gave me special permission to release ONE free quilt pattern from the book. (Thank you, C&T Publishing/Stash Books!) More about that in a minute. Charm School is all about what you can make with charm squares – Moda’s fancy name for those sweet stacks of 5” squares. Of course, you can use a Layer Cake (10” squares) for many of these patterns as well! Let’s take a peek back at the 18 quilts featured in the book:

Charm School quilts

Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments! Of all 18 quilts in the Charm School book, would it surprise you that Chandelier is the most beloved by my readers? (Scroll down to the bottom for a link to download.)

The “Chandelier” quilt is made with 2 charm packs, is fun + quick to piece, and is perfect for a confident beginner skill level and up. In the mockup below, I’ve used 2 charm packs of my Farmer’s Daughter collection. But it’s not required that both charm packs be of the same collection if you’d like a more scrappy look. You could substitute most anything in your stash if you don’t have charm packs. Use a Layer Cake (precut 10″ squares), a Jolly Bar (5″ x 10″ rectangles), fat quarters, scraps, etc.

Charm School book: Get a free downloadable quilt pattern. Chandelier diamond quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Make it with 2 charm packs. Fabric is Farmer's Daughter by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.
Chandelier diamond quilt PDF pattern by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

One of the things I love most about this quilt is that it looks wonderful in every fabric collection. I plan to make it again soon – as soon as I can decide which fabric collection to use.

Chandelier diamond quilt PDF pattern by Lella Boutique. Pattern found in Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares (Stash Books). Fabric is Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

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  1. Dena

    March 15, 2021 at 6:08 am

    Thank you for the wonderful pattern. I think I will make this one with my grandkids. 🙂

  2. Colleen Rayner

    March 15, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Thank-you for the pattern ! I have already made the quilt but thought I would download the pattern anyways. I think I may have used the same background fabric as your pattern. Your Charm School book is full of really good patterns, it’s one of the few books that I would like to make every pattern !

  3. Debbie

    March 15, 2021 at 7:36 am

    I have both the Charm School book and the Jelly Filled book. Love them both!

  4. Kay McCaffery

    March 15, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Thanks so much for the pattern. I’ve been thinking for a while that I wanted to make it for my granddaughter.

  5. Katie Harland

    March 15, 2021 at 9:34 am

    What a sweet pattern. Thanks so much! I have lots of 30’s prints I can see using on this quilt.

  6. Mary D

    March 15, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Thank-you for the Chandelier pattern! I have some scraps from Harvest Road that will work perfectly for this pattern. Thanks again for providing this awesome pattern to celebrate your success!

  7. Paulette

    March 15, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Thank you for the free pattern. I know just what I am going to make with it! I have a dark navy background and two packages of Grunge circles!!

  8. Annie Bevan

    March 15, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Thank you for the pattern. That was very kind and it’s beautiful.

  9. Kathleen D

    March 15, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for sharing your Chandelier pattern! I have many unused charm packs. Now I have a plan to use some.

  10. Kay Card

    March 15, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    I loved reading about the Chandelier Quilt. Most interesting is when you said that when you sew you like to watch a movie and your favorite movie is Pollyanna. I LOVE that movie. It’s one of my favorites too. Thank you for your beautiful fabrics and quilt patterns.

  11. Kathy Upton

    March 15, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    This is my Favorite pattern from you! Thank you so much. I finally have time to quilt again and this is the first one I’m starting back on. Your fabric and patterns are beyond gorgeous!

  12. Lora Sharpe

    March 15, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    So generous of you to share a pattern with us. I love it. Thank you!

  13. Peggy Giese

    March 15, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Bought this book because of the Chandelier pattern! Love it!! Made it 2x so far!!!

  14. Cindy White

    March 15, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you so much what a beautiful quilt

  15. Nicolle

    March 15, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    How sweet to share this pattern – I have the book and this was one of my favorites. I’ve made it three times and can see making it again in the future.

  16. BJC

    March 15, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you Vanessa. I’ve just finished my Christmas Chandelier from your book. I’ll have to find a way to post it so you can see it somewhere in media. I like to have a clean paper pattern to make notes and generally mess up instead of the book. This is a nicer copy than I was able to get from copying from my book. I’m already planning Chandelier #2.

  17. Leslie Williams

    March 15, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the darling pattern. I’m about to run to my pre-cuts to see if I can start right away.

  18. Cathy Mullis

    March 19, 2021 at 4:50 am

    Thank you for the amazing pattern. As I have just lot my fiancee 6 weeks ago, I saw this pattern and knew immediately what I was going to do with his shirts. It will be a little while before I can tackle this project but I know this is the perfect pattern for it.

    1. Clem Coleman

      March 22, 2021 at 10:39 am

      So sorry for your loss, Cathy! Wishing you peace while your heart grieves and heals. I think the t shirt quilt is a wonderful way to remember him. I hope you’ll share a picture when you’re done, I’d love to see. XO


  19. Kim

    March 22, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    I Bought your SUNFLOWER Pattern..Love This Pattern ..I didnt know who you were til you were on A Quilting Life… I so enjoyed Your Interview. I haven’t Started on That Pattern Yet..Its On My List… 🤗🌻
    Enjoy Your Day
    mauigirl8309 IG

  20. Kim

    March 22, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    * Cottage Blossom Mini Pattern..What I Got..🤗🌻

  21. Laurie

    April 14, 2021 at 9:33 am

    I would love to use the chandelier pattern to make a king size quilt for a gift. Would you share how to adapt this for this purpose?

  22. Mia is mine

    April 17, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you so much! My daughter introduced me to your blog, patterns and fabric line some time ago. She even shared your work with her boss, the owner of a quilt shop. Happily, they are now carrying your products! Yay!

    1. lellaboutique

      April 20, 2021 at 8:38 am

      That is awesome, please thank your daughter for me!

  23. Michelle

    October 4, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    You are so generous to offer this pattern for free. I’m in the middle of making it now. I have all the blocks done and I’m ready to sew it together. I’ve been looking for so long for a quilt I liked using 2 charm packs. I can’t wait to see it finished. I’m going to purchase this book too!

  24. Sherry Merrell

    October 27, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Hi. I made your chandelier quilt. I found your book at my local library. I’ve been back to quilting for a couple of years. So far this quilt is my was easy, but looked complicated. I made it with Moda coordinate fabrics and I love it. I added a wide dark border and it’s perfect. Thx for your inspiration! Sherry M

  25. Christine Chamberlain

    November 16, 2021 at 5:43 am

    I love the Chandelier quilt pattern! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  26. Cauleen Ohman

    January 6, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you for the pattern! I look forward to making a new quilt with it. Hugs!

  27. Brenda

    January 7, 2022 at 2:55 am

    I just watched Jennie of MSQC demo the chandelier quilt pattern. Thank you for offering the pattern.

  28. Karan

    January 7, 2022 at 7:56 am

    I’m working on Falling Charms from Missouri Star Quilt Co and just watched Jennys tutorial on your Chandelier pattern. So excited to make your pattern. Thank you so much for your free pattern. Gonna find out how to buy your new book. Looks wonderful.

  29. Gwen

    January 7, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I am working on a crazy quilt using the iron on pages from beein in my bonnet- this pattern is NEXT as I have so many charm packs to sew up! love your quilt!

  30. Kathy

    January 8, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you for the free pattern! Can’t wait to start working on it!

  31. Patsy I Walton

    January 8, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    I love it and will sew this pattern soon!

  32. darlene harris

    January 11, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    thanks so much, Jenny, for the Chandelier quilt pattern; it’s adorable … i can’t hardly wait to make it … i’m working on mug rugs for two close friends … have a great winter and spring season . . . early, i know … LOL

  33. Bre

    January 15, 2022 at 4:55 am

    Thank you so much. I have finally found a pattern my husband likes. Very generous of you to share

  34. Rose

    January 18, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    The pattern says WOF – width of fabric – but what width should it be please?! Probably a silly question, but I’m new to this …

    1. Clem Coleman

      January 20, 2022 at 11:38 am

      I always assume 40″ WOF unless otherwise noted. I know many manufacturers can vary but this seems to be a safe WOF. Hope that helps.

  35. Lisa Barker

    January 29, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Do I trim the individual blocks to 8 1/2 inches? That seems like a lot of trimming but just wanted to make sure. It’s a beautiful quilt! I have all the blocks made but wanted to doublecheck. Thanks!

    1. lellaboutique

      February 3, 2022 at 11:44 am

      NO, do not trim them to 8-1/2″ square. They should be 9″ x 9″ unfinished. The “finished block” size of 8-1/2″ is what they will measure once they are sewn into the quilt top (minus the 1/4″ seam allowance all around). Great question, thank you for asking!

      1. KR

        April 2, 2022 at 1:58 pm

        Beautiful pattern! Thank you! Newbie here too and I can’t make the measurements add up and don’t know what I’m doing wrong. The 7″ rectangle added to the 2 1/2 inch square =9 1/2 where the 5 inch square and two side strips (2 1/2″ each) add up to 10″
        Then Subtracting the 1/4″ seam allowance from the 91/2=9 1/4″
        Subtracting the 1/4″ seam allowance (x2) from the 10=9 1/2″ so I’m not getting a square block?
        Thanks for your help. ; )

        1. lellaboutique

          April 6, 2022 at 10:28 pm

          Hi there!

          Don’t forget to subtract 1/4″ from each sewn side – generally 1/2″ total per seam. So…
          7″ + 2.5″ = 9.5″ – .5″ (one seam) should end up being 9″ unfinished on that side
          5″ + 2.5″ + 2.5″ = 10″ – .5″ – .5″ (two seams) should also end up being 9″ unfinished on that side to get you the square.

          Hope that helps!

  36. Cocoa Quilts

    January 29, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Vanessa, I love this quilt. Wanting to make one with Christmas fabric in King size but not sure how many blocks I would need. Can you tell me how many blocks for a king?

    1. lellaboutique

      February 3, 2022 at 11:47 am

      Hi! It will be helpful for you to know that the block is 12″ wide when it is set on point. That’s why 5 columns of them add up to 60″ x 60″ square. So really, depending on what exact dimensions you want, that should help you figure it out. If you made 4x the blocks (basically stitching 4 quilt tops together) it should end up 120″ x 120″ but that might be bigger than you want? If so, you could nix 1 whole column and row (and the blocks in between) for 114″ x 114″, etc. Hope that helps!

  37. Peggy Younts

    February 2, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for the free pattern! Can’t wait to try it.

  38. Regina

    February 22, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Thank you for the Free Pattern – Guess I’m jumping on the Chandelier Wagon – have seen them all over FB

  39. Donna Rodenkirch

    April 27, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for the free pattern. I am really looking forward to getting started on this one. Such a beautiful quilt.

  40. Dianne Mann

    July 25, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for the free Chandelier pattern. I’m currently working on a gingham baby quilt.

  41. Gale P

    July 26, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pattern – had a jolly bar and didn’t know where I was going to use it – this will be perfect!!

  42. Ann

    August 9, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks, I love this pattern. Would you recommend the same cut sizes for a baby quilt? Or should I downsize my square size a bit. If so, what would you recommend for cutting dimensions.
    I was gifted a lot of leftover fabric when my mom passed and I’d love to use the fabrics in quilts for new babies in the family.

    1. lellaboutique

      August 14, 2022 at 5:19 pm

      I would just make fewer blocks, maybe just nix one column and/or one row. But that’s just me – I like to make baby quilts a little bigger so they can snuggle with them for several years.

  43. Trisha

    September 23, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    I have made the quilt and would like your opinion on how to quilt it using regular sewing machine? The backing is fleece.

    1. lellaboutique

      September 26, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Trisha! Have you quilted on a domestic machine before? I’ve never quilted with fleece as the backing, but I do know firsthand from quilting with minky that some of those thicker backings can stretch and cause some havoc. Not impossible, but the basting process will certainly be important. (You may also want to check for shifting/bunching as you go.) I haven’t machine quilted in a long time, but I usually liked to do a meandering freemotion swirl. (You want to make sure to lower the feed dogs on your machine for any freemotion.) I would recommend quilting on some scraps first to get the feel for it.

  44. Roxine

    May 3, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Hi – thank you for the pattern. I’d like to make this without using a charm pack but I can’t figure out how much fabric I’d need to do the big squares in one fabric and the small squares in another. Can you help me?

  45. edith

    May 21, 2023 at 9:24 am

    It is possible to make this using 4″ squares rather than 5

  46. Debra S Mashak

    September 17, 2023 at 9:56 am

    love this would be fun scrap buster

  47. Helen R.

    October 13, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you for the free Chandelier Quilt pattern. It looks like a lot of fun to make.

  48. Debbie

    October 25, 2023 at 7:40 am

    I am trying to adjust the size to a king size without adding borders. Is there an easy way to do this? Wanting to make sure I purchase enough background fabric but not wanting to over purchase either. Thank you in advance for your help

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