Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Great Granny quilt finally finished

 Last summer I jumped into the Great Granny Square quilt along sponsored by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.  I bought two charm packs of "circa 1934" by Moda on sale and great granny squared away.  I soon had 12 blocks made from the charm squares but because of the directional nature of the fabric, I realized that I would have to set my blocks on point with alternating cream squares.  I sewed the pieced bloack to the 12 1/2 inch squares but was puzzled about the four corner blocks so I put it away until later. (I do that a lot :)  See this post for more about my dilemma.

My resolution for 2013 is to finish up old projects and limit my fabric buying.  My goal for January was to finish this quilt. I took it out, figured out how to square it off and proceeded to finishing. Last summer it felt like it belonged in the Ranes family living room as a cuddle quilt.  At that time, I also purchased the backing and binding material on sale.  When Cotton Way unveiled new patterns this January, I loved how one pattern used borders on just two sides of the quilt.  That inspired me to do the same for this quilt making it more squarish.

 There was plenty of backing fabric leftover to make borders.

I love the graphics in this fabric line designed by Cosmo Cricket.

It looked charming in a corner of my bedroom, but it also looks great in my daughter's living room with its black bookshelves and side tables along with a green corduroy sofa.

There was also enough of the binding fabric to make the inner border.

I have also resolved to do better with putting a label on the back of the quilts I make.  That is easier now that I have a sewing machine with alphabet choices.  Last week I came across "circa 1934" fabric with labels on a clearance table.  I bought a piece and then selected this label for this quilt adding the machine stitching and a piece of the selvage from the fabric.  Perfect!


Laraine Eddington said...

Absolutely beautiful. An heirloom

Gayle said...

Yay for you finishing the quilt and especially for adding a label - I'm terrible at doing that! I've met the gal who designs for Cosmo Cricket - her sister used to live in our ward. What a talented gal.

Vagabond Mother said...

We really love it, thank so much. It looks awesome!