Friday, March 2, 2012

granny square quilt - finished!!!

Happy Friday, friends!!!

I am so excited to be able to show you my finished Granny Square quilt. Isn't she a beauty? Just the way I like my quilts, bright, colorful, and cheery.


It was, of course, inspired by Jolene's fantastic Granny Square quilt. I was able to use up lots of my scraps, I only had one rule for the fabric to get into this quilt - I had to love it. This was the first block I made and it still is my favorite. Adore those little owls.


I decided to use Anna Maria Horner's voile for the back of the quilt. I've heard so many great things about  voile, it was time to give it a try.


What I did not know, however, was that voile did not stick to the batting when I tried to spray baste my quilt. Noooooooooo!!!! Seriously, that was a major setback. The thing is, I am horrible at pin basting. I thought about using some other fabric for the backing, but at the end I went with the original plan and pin basted just the back of the quilt (the top was spray basted). I know, does not make much sense, right? I ended up with pins on the back side of the quilt. I wanted to hand quilt around the squares anyway, so I just took out the pins as I went. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I actually enjoyed hand quilting.


I used my trusty black and white stripe fabric to bind the quilt. I think it frames all those happy squares rather nicely.


So, there you have it. My Granny Square, all finished , washed, and dried, ready to be snuggled under. 


You can read more about the process of making this quilt here and here. How about you, did you get on the granny bandwagon, also?

Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend, Svetlana.


 

32 comments:

  1. Svetlana, this is SOOO CUTE! I have to make one! (After I finish the other two I'm working on lol)

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  2. I love your granny quilt. I haven't gotten on the band wagon, yet, but it's on my list. Right now, I'm making my 18 year old granddaughter an elephant quilt she requested.

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  3. wonderful quilt! I love it - it is so cheerful - definitely brighten up even the gloomiest of days.

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  4. it is beautiful! i love the black stripe binding you use!! and the hand quilting is wonderful!!! ♥ love ♥

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  5. That is lovely, just perfect for spring.

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  6. Love your quilt, it's gorgeous! I specially like the stripy binding!

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  7. Your quilt is wonderful, thank you for sharing it. And the hand quilting is perfect for it.

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  8. Oh it's gorgeous, love the colours and the binding, plus the hand quilting looks great. Great tip on the voile too...

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  9. It is a beauty!! The striped binding really pulls it all together. Love it!

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  10. oh I love it!!! this has given me the motivation to get back on my granny blocks! I just love the black and white binding, such a great finish to it :)

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  11. oh my - you are all finished and I haven't even started! But what a beauty - and totally inspiring.

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  12. I am making them too. Love yours and you hand quilted!!!

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  13. It's very beautiful! Gratulations!

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  14. I LOVE your granny squares quilt! I have been thinking of making one. I sometimes feel like I get idea overload looking at everyone's stuff - but this does seem to be calling my name! :) Did you order the backing on line? Where can I get it?

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  15. I started making them and dont know how to stop they are a neat block i have decided I am making 3 lap quilts out of my blocks I have 27 blocks done so far I plan to make 36 total or their abouts I have a few creative blocks that may just end up hot pads or small wall art.

    Richard Healey

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  16. They are beautiful blocks.The handquilting is fabulous!!

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  17. Hurray! The hand quilting looks great. thanks for the news on voile not spray basting. That would have so annoyed me too!

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  18. What a gorgeous quilt! I love the brights combined with this traditional block. The black and white binding is absolutely perfect.

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  19. Really love it! I'm currently about 11 blocks in, and still trying to decide on the finished size.

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  20. oh, I love it. So cheerful and so colourful and fresh. But also not too busy because of the much white space. I love it.
    I want to try the block soon. The past couple days / weeks it didn't happen, I hope to manage it in the next days.

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  21. Wow, everything you make is so beautiful!

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  22. Beautiful!! I love the bright colours against the white and the hand quilting looks fab. I also love the binding :)

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  23. I am just loving the Granny Square movement! This is a great quilt! Love the brigt colors!

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  24. There is something quite delicious about the granny square quilts I have seen and yours is no exception! It just says Spring is coming and summer on its way to me!

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  25. Re: spray basting voile: Next time you try this, spray a thin layer of baste on both the batt and the wrong side of the voile. Then, IRON the entire sandwich together with a steam iron! The steam will activate the glue to bond better and you'll still be able to reposition if needed. And, as an added bonus, you'll find it easier to hand quilt after it's ironed because your sandwich will be very flat and pliable. Spray baste is my best friend and I only use 505 Spray and Baste. It's the best quality.

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  26. so gorgeous. I love how fresh this is... beautiful. :)

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  27. It's lovely! The Granny Square quilt has been on my list for a while. Yours is great... I'd love to be able to look at the blocks up close!

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  28. I just love this quilt! I hope when I finally get around to making a granny square it'll look as good as yours! :)

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  29. Hi, I continue to love your quilting projects and find them so inspiring. I wish I had half your energy and confidence!

    I've read the posts regarding your granny square quilt and do not see what color you used for the solid. It looks to be white, but it might be light gray? And I am not sure if you said what solid you used in the bright and colorful HST quilt. I have discovered I love HSTs and would like to try making one like yours with the triangles turned to create the chevron look you created. If I want to try this, do I have to cut them any differently? I am assuming I can just turn the squares to get the solid and patterns in the necessary order?

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