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.