Granny Square blocks

My most recent obsession is working on my Granny Square quilt blocks.  I had purchased 2.5 inch strips of the Pinafores and Petticoats fabric (Kaye England for Wilmington Prints) and I excitedly dove right in as soon as they arrived at my door.  You can see how I immediately unpacked the goodies and got busy sorting fabrics.

Sorting fabric
Sorting fabric

The strip piecing instructions and Granny Square quilt pattern that I used can be found here.  I had tried a square using just 2.5 inch blocks and that worked out fine. The strip piecing method is faster, although it causes duplicate blocks.  I’m okay with that!  I decided to make the quilt bigger so I have 30 blocks total.

 

As of this morning, the trimming is finished on the last of the 30 blocks and now it is time to lay them all out for design and assembly.  My design walls are full of other projects so I’m going to have to use the design floor today.  Which means I’m going to have to sweep & vacuum first.  Ha!  What is the saying?  Quilting forever and housework whenever.  LOL.

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Granny Square Blocks
Granny Square Blocks

This is just the type of quilt that I imagine my Grandmothers making and using.  Perhaps they never did one just like this but it is reminiscent of the feedsack fabrics they would’ve used, especially because they were both farmer’s wives.  I like the connectivity that quilting provides to my past.  Almost as if they are here with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a peek at the vintage sewing machine that I have been using to piece these blocks.  It turns out that the lighting isn’t great at midnight, sorry about that.  This Class 15 badged or “cloned” Morse Deluxe machine is a beautiful teal green with gold and maroon decals.  She sews with much power.  It was a Christmas gift from my mom.  Thanks, Mom!

Morse VSM
Morse VSM

Blogging newbie!

I have been thinking about joining the blogging world for a few years.  I hope to use this blog as both a scrapbook of things I’ve made and a journal of all the new and wonderful quilty-type things I’ve learned.

On, September 7, 2013, I bought fabric and taught myself how to quilt by using several tutorials from quilt bloggers.  The tutorial I used was from Amy Smart, at Diary of a Quilter.  You can find the tutorial here.  I finished the quilt a few days later, on September 11.

Part way through the process, I was intimidated by the upcoming quilting and the binding so I turned it into a rag quilt as a means of avoiding those two things.  A love and an addiction was born.  I was off and running.

Here are a few pictures of my very first quilts.  Thanks for looking!  I hope you enjoy following my journey.

9/11 quilt completed on 9/11/13
9/11 quilt completed on 9/11/13
This is the back of my youngest son's Longhorn quilt.
This is the back of my youngest son’s Longhorn quilt.
This is the front side of my son's Longhorn rag quilt.
This is the front side of my son’s Longhorn rag quilt.  It was my 3rd quilt.
This is my 2nd quilt, where I used stripes of fabric in the rag quilt.
This is my 2nd quilt, where I used stripes of fabric, instead of blocks, in the rag quilt.