Sunday, September 22, 2013

Granny Squares Quilt - Ta Da!

Granny Squares - Done

Here is my Granny Squares Quilt, washed and out in the afternoon sun. I am not sure she will get another name, Granny Squares is good with me. She is about 78" square. The scrappy blocks were made by the members of the Modern Stitching Bee and the border is Kona White. In the end I went with an aqua binding (I asked the instagrammers for their help on that).

Granny Squares - back

For her back, I used an IKEA fabric and added the signature blocks from my bee mates. I just this minute realized I should have also added a signature block of my own, maybe the quilt will last a long time. I will add a quilt label and identify myself on it.

Granny Squares - detail

I free motion quilted this quilt with an all over stipple or meandering line. Despite the fact that it is popular and often used, I still love the effect this quilting pattern has on a quilt after washing. It makes it bumpy and soft, as if the quilt is already old and well loved.

Granny Squares - before washing

The picture in the stairway of my office building was taken several days ago before I washed her. You can see how the washing really changes the quilt.

The tutorial we used for the granny squares is over at Blue Elephants Stitches here. To eliminate stretching of the bias edges of the blocks as they were handled, mailed and then pieced by me, I asked my bee mates to also frame each block with their neutral background. I am so glad I did, it was so simple to put this quilt together - I don't know why I waited so long.

Granny Squares - done

Granny Squares is almost king size, here she is on my bed. I plan to use this for me, as my reading, snuggling, movie watching quilt. Thank you to all the members of the Modern Stitching Bee who made me blocks for this quilt - Rhonda, Susan, Susan, Emily, Cindy, Di, Sarah, Jennie, Chrissy, and Nicky. Each block is wonderful and they look so good together in this quilt.

she can quilt

I almost forgot to add that this quilt is on my Q3 FAL list too, and it is now a finish.

Fresh Poppy Design

I am linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday and Fabric Tuesday, there are lovely projects at both already this week.

Best,

Leanne

50 comments:

Carla said...

Whoop whoop! It's gorgeous

MariQuilts said...

It turned out beautiful!!!

Dawn said...

I knew it would be wonderful and it is! So happy for you that it is now complete. It's very lovely!! Today I nearly completed the sashing on my Granny Squares. I can't wait to finish it. Sadly, I hadn't gotten to sew for almost two weeks and I was having withdrawals. lol Feeling much better now. :)

Sheila said...

Such a beautiful quilt and I love the back too.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Holy moly that is one gorgeous quilt!!!! Love it!!! It is so happy :)

Patchwork and Play said...

Lovely to see all the blocks together! It does look wonderful! Happy snuggling!

Little Island Quilting said...

I like how some of the squares have a cream (as opposed to white) background. It really makes the quilt for me.

Judith, Belfast said...

This is another one on my bucket list!! And I love how you've done the back. Beautiful! Jxo

Annabella said...

I love it Leanne - and I hadn't noticed the cream blocks but they really work! I just put my granny quilt on granny's bed yesterday and it is definitely one of my favourite quilts. Enjoy snuggling.

Nilya said...

Loove this quilt and the backfabric is perfect for this quilt. Looks so fresh and cosy!

Sandra Sews said...

It is turned out lovely! The colours are so nicely set off by the plain sashing and borders!

quiltswithpersonality said...

Wow ...this is simply beautiful......definitely a quilt for snuggling up in. Enjoy!

pennydog said...

That is fab!

Meia Ameruddin said...

The backing is beautiful! Beautiful quilt you made. :)

Leanne Parsons said...

Beautiful! All that white really sets off the colours in the blocks.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Love it. On my list to do..in Halloween Scraps.

Debbie said...

Beautiful! I love it with the variety of neutral backgrounds!

akainik said...

So pretty! Love the backing!

Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts said...

This is amazing! and I LOVE the back!

capitolaquilter said...

Congrats on the finish - I think a classic overall stipple is perfect for such a classic quilt design. Love the varied back ground and the siggy strip in the back - maybe you can still add a label for yourself.

Heather said...

It looks so good, congrats on getting it finished up. I love how quilts look after they are washed, all wrinkled and cozy. Enjoy!!

Poppyprint said...

It's a beautiful quilt!!

Samantha @ Makinglifeprettier said...

Wow! It is gorgeous! Love it!

Sarah said...

So pleased to see that! Hope you'll remember me and consider it getting a big massive hug next time you snuggle up to watch a movie :-)

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

What a beauty and I too love a crinkly quilt! I have GOT to make one of these next year.

Lisa C said...

Gorgeous quilt. Congratulations!

Katy Cameron said...

Fabulous, love it front and back :o)

Katherine said...

Leanne, I'm crushing on this beauty! Can't get enough of those gorgeous grannies and I love them best when they're scrappy and bright, like yours. Wow. Beautiful finish!!!

Sarah said...

Oh what a gorgeous fresh and fun quilt. Granny Squares are so fabulous and your quilting is absolutely stunning! Enjoy it when you have a break from all your quilting and make time to snuggle and relax.

Heidi Staples said...

So unbelievably lovely, Leanne!

RobotMomSews said...

So pretty!!! I love how it turned out!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a wonderful quilt!

Sarah Lou said...

Ooooh! I loved this when I saw it on IG, but the back makes it even more fabulous!

Marci Girl said...

Beautiful, and I agree with you on the quilting, simple but oh so nice!

Kelly said...

Gorgeous granny quilt!

Adrianne said...

It looks fantastic Leanne - granny squares is such a good block! And I know what you mean about stipple quilting washing up so nicely.

Quilter in the Gap said...

This turned out amazing!!! You are incredibly talented!!!!!

Carla said...

Oh what a lovely finish!!!!

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

I love it - a wonderful finish I love the cream blocks in amongst all the white

Mary Menzer said...

I like all the scrappy colors you used in your granny square blocks. And I LOVE LOVE the back - when I saw that photo, my mouthed dropped open. Even though it's not pieced or a pattern, it is beautiful and the colors a great compliment to the front. Yay for a finish!

Jodie said...

Lovely!

redflannelpantry said...

Gorgeous--I would keep it for myself too!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Lovely! A great quilt to snuggle under! Amazing how well the light yellow background blocks work so well in your quilt. I am working on one now that are blocks from the members of Charlotte Modern Quilt guild and have a couple of blocks that are a different white. Now you have me thinking about working them in. Great job!

dutchcomfort said...

Wow, love it and that backing is absolutely gorgeous!!

Michele said...

I just love the way it turned out. I too have a Granny Square project on my to do list and would love to get it completed for this Christmas but I don't think that will be possible. Next year for sure.

Judy said...

What a wonderful quilt! I love the bright colors set against the white and the quilting was a nice touch. It looks like a comfy quilt to snuggle under with a good book :-)

diane said...

gotta love a good granny square quilt. I like seeing the bee quilts come together.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

She is a BEAUTY! :)

Rosa said...

Spectacular and the back is very beautiful!

Sarah said...

It's a really pretty quilt top. I didn't realise it was so big either. I would be wanting to use it for myself too.