Jul 27, 2012

Great Granny

Hello everyone! 
 My friend Lori, is having a "Great Granny Along" on her blog,
 Bee in my Bonnet. 
 You can find part 1 here.
I had a great time making the squares, they are very addictive. 
 You just love how one block turns out and can hardly wait to get started on another!
It has also been fun looking at everyone else's blocks on flickr and on other's blogs.
Lori made 9 blocks which created a table topper.  That is exactly what I wanted to do.  I am going to machine quilt it myself and I can only manage table toppers, table runners and baby quilts.
I decided to make each of the 9 blocks a different color.
I was able to use my scraps, which to me means anything smaller than a fat quarter.
The first thing I did was cut all 25 - 2 l/2" squares.

I turned all the squares so they were on point.
I sewed the 3 squares together on a row, then the 5, then the 7, etc.

After I had sewed the blue squares in rows, I added a white rectangle to the end of each row, excluding the middle row.
I sewed the rows together to make a block, and then sewed four longer rectangles on each end, centering them.  
The block's edges now look like stairsteps.

Each block will be cut to 12 l/2", so I simply center my 12 l/2" square ruler over the block.

With my rotary cutter, I trim off all four sides, even with the ruler.

I did mine a little differently.  I chose a colorful center, and surrounded it by the same fabric print.  All the other squares in the block are different, giving my great granny a scrappy look.

I love this aqua block, the colors are so soft.  Almost every square of fabric brings back a memory.  An outfit I made for a grand daughter, a quilt, doll's dress, bag, etc.

I love the elephant that I fussy cut in the center of this pink block.

I thought the gray block was really different.  I was thrilled to have little red riding hood fussy cut for two of the squares, including the big bad wolf and a pretty tree that is in the fabric line "A Walk in the Woods".  I also love the grey houses and flowers from "Daisy Cottage" by Lori Holt who is hosting the "Great Granny Along".

I had a harder time finding enough oranges, so I had to use some 30's prints.  I really like the butterfly in the middle.

I love the red, and like the apples I was able to find in my stash.

Can you see a little baby's head in one of the squares?
I am making a baby quilt with that fabric.

The little car and elf are pieces of some Japanese fabric that I have.
Can you tell that I am reminiscing about all the fabrics I used?  lol

It was really hard to find enough purple pieces.  I had to dig into my 30's prints and civil war reproduction fabrics.

All 9 of my blocks are sewn.  I really love the fact that each one has their own color scheme, it's very colorful.  I think I was inspired my the mini granny that I made here.

On Monday, I will show you the finished table topper, sashing, quilting, binding and all :)

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