Monday, April 16, 2012

Little Granny

They are all over the Internet, these granny square quilts. At first I wondered what all the rage was. I like scrappy quilts, but wasn't falling in love with the blocks that were totally mismatched. I decided to give the block a try, but to make it a little more coordinated.

The instructions on Blue Elephant Stitches said to cut the squares at 2.5 inches. Randi's mini quilt was adorable, so I decided to make mine mini, too. Besides, I seem to be enjoying the whole mini-quilt business lately. My squares are 1.5 inches, as is my sashing. It looks like Randi's sashing might be a little narrower.

I chose cheery 30's reproduction prints. After my trial block, which is featured in the center of my quilt, I was in love. These blocks go together quickly and accurately. I love that!

I hand-quilted a quarter inch away from each granny square, which extended into the sashing. I'm smitten with the way this little quilt turned out! It measures about 17.75 inches square.

I searched my stash for a 30's print that would bring all of my fabrics together, and used it for the backing and binding.

I now understand what all the fuss is about. This quilt was fast, and fun, and I daresay I'd like to make a larger version.


randi--i have to say said...

I don't know what it is about those blocks, but I love piecing them! So fun!

Yours looks great, Traci. And such pretty pretty backing!

Anna @FreshDewDrops said...

What a great mini. Love your hand quilting.

Shug said...

Oh how I wish I could quilt!!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Love, love, love it! Can you believe I haven't even made a single granny square block yet? I have plans to but haven't had the time yet. I, like you, want to use 1930s repro fabrics . . . so fitting to the style!

KaHolly said...

I just love it as a mini!! I just wanted to try a block and grabbed some scraps (blue and brown), and now I have 27! They are addictive. I am excited about your mini and now I have to make a mini, too!!

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