Wednesday, February 26, 2014

granny square


My granny square quilt is finished.  I posted the quilt top a while ago, and actually finished the quilting a while ago, so we have been enjoying this quilt through this COLD winter (yes, I know, cold in Texas isn't really that cold).

I fell in love with Jolene's quilt first and couldn't resist.  I did start and then come back to this quilt, because it just wasn't coming together for me.  I talk about my modification here--once I got that figured out it went together fast, and these blocks are fun to make.

I made mine pretty big, 6 blocks by 7 blocks, and I used low volume fabrics for my background, which I think I like.  I used up a ton of scraps, and overall I like it, but I think I might be over the low volume business.  I'm kinda missing the vibrancy of color on white.  I do like how the low volume makes it a bit more subdued and muted.
I guess I didn't take a full picture of the backing... I pieced together some fabrics from my stash, but the majority of it is this pretty purple plaid I picked up at JoAnns.  I like it as backing, and it would also make a great binding fabric.
bound in this fun stripe, I love the color combo on this stripe and how each stripe is about an inch.  Adds some variety to my striped binding obsession.
I ended up hand stitching the binding because my machine was in the shop, and I have to confess...I am a long time machine binder, but I kinda really love the look of hand-sewn binding.  I'll probably be doing it more often, maybe.  It definitely takes longer.
for quilting, I did straight line quilting down the x's of each block.  It worked out well because those x's all line up.  I quilted a quarter inch from each side of the seam.  Tedious and a little boring to do, but I love the overall effect, plaid-like.
I'm keeping this quilt, I just don't want to part with it.  It's one of my favorites.

23 comments:

erica e said...

OH My! I love this. This is the pattern I've been thinking of doing for my little quilt group quilt-along. And seeing this has me sooo excited!

Jody at Because I'm Me said...

Beautiful! I may have to try this pattern soon.

Andi said...

I love it. The low volume background fabrics give it a lovely vintage-y feel. Must try that some time (although I m also a sucker for crisp clean lines and a white background).
Beautiful work!.
Andi :-)

Ashton Bynum said...

This is beautiful! I love the binding. I am working on the same quilt, but just baby size. Yours is much bigger and looks amazing! Way to go!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I LOVE the scrappiness of this, Nettie! It's really fabulous.

Quilting Dee said...

Love the quilt. Definitely a keeper! Binding set it all off.

jenna said...

So pretty! I just made my first granny square quilt and loved the pattern! Love the low volume instead of solids.

Cntrygrl213 said...

Beautiful

justacraftymother said...

I just LOVE it! Now I'm gonna have to make one like this! I love how the low volume is all different, and same with the colored squares.

Michele T said...

The Granny Square is one of my favorite blocks!! Your quilt is beautiful... I mean, everything is perfect!!!

Anonymous said...

I look at a LOT of quilts online and this is perfection! I just love it. You aren't sure about the low volume but works so well. It is all beautiful!

Little Island Quilting said...

This is gorgeous.

Ock Du Spock said...

It's beautiful. I LOVE it!

knottygnome said...

i love it! it has a very vintage feel to me.

Karen K. said...

I can see why you don't want to part with it. I wouldn't be able to either. It's beautiful! You've inspired me...well, enough to WANT to make one. Whether I do or not is another story. ;)

The Calico Cat said...

I love the scrappy background. I did the same sort of this with my burgoyne surrounded quilt.

Becky said...

I love this quilt! I wouldn't want to part with it either. I do so love this block and a while back I cut a bunch of squares and made 4 blocks - and quit, because I couldn't figure out how to get it to come out right, I was having the same problem you had, cutting the points off. Ha! You solved the problem for me, and I also love the mix of low volume fabrics instead of plain white. I think I see a granny square quilt in my future. Thanks so much for your inspiration.

Jean said...

It's beautiful. The low volumes, the backing and the binding. I too am a machine binder but my last quilt I decided to hand sew. It definitely takes longer and as much as I like it, I almost don't have the patience for it. By the time I get to the binding, I just want it done. :)

Angela Atkins said...

This is beautiful AND looks like the perfect snuggly quilt. I think it's the low volume part that just gives it an extra vintage vibe. Perfect for a granny square!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

This is one of the best ones I have seen. I love your scrappy backgrounds better than just a solid. It's very cool!

Deb said...

This is so beautiful.I would totally want to keep it.

Heather A said...

I love this quilt and think the low-volume background fabrics are right on the money! So warm and snuggly looking with so much visual interest. No "think" about it!

Jolana said...

Your quilt is great!! I love all these colors! So nice job!
Have a nice time :)
Jolana

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