Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Granny Squares!

When Jolene unfurled her Granny Squares quilt last week, I was completely smitten.  I mean, weren't you?  And, as luck would have it, I had yet to pick a quilt design for this February, when it is my turn to lead the charity quilt project for the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches.  After talking with a sweet lady at a local pregnancy crisis center, I decided that our circle would make baby-sized quilts in the Granny Square style to give to the young mothers through the center.  Between us all, we're going to make enough blocks for three quilts:  one boy, one girl and one gender neutral.  In a 3 x 3 setting with a large border, each quilt will be a cute square baby blanket!

Granny Squares for 2 baby quilts

The Granny Square quilt design (pattern at Blue Elephant Stitches) is great for using scraps, which makes it a fun choice for our bee.  In do. Good Stitches we all work from our own fabric stashes to minimize shipping expenses. It'll be fun to pull together scraps from us all!  To keep the background/sashing colors consistent, we're using Kona peony for the girl's quilt, Kona aqua for the boy's quilt and Kona snow for the neutral quilt.

 Granny Square quilt blocks

This week I made these four blocks, which really go together so quickly.  I did find I needed to be really careful when matching up points on the squares though, so that the seam allowances on the edges are even and sufficient.  So, for a bee (where sewing differences between quilters can make assembling a quilt tricky), I'd rate this block quick but not necessarily easy

pattern by Blue Elephant Stitches

I like how this purple/yellow one turned out because the two Granny "rings" are very distinct.

for Faith circle of do. Good Stitches

In retrospect the range of value in my choices of brown scraps and teal scraps make those two blocks (on the right) a little weak.  Ironically, I was aware of that potential problem when I began these blocks, but I still chose scraps with widely different values for the same ring.  It totally shows up more in pictures though, I will say.  Hopefully in the finished quilt it'll all look nice.  I think it will!

Thanks again to Jolene for this fun pattern.  And thanks to the ladies of the Faith circle for your enthusiasm with our new project.  I'm really looking forward to putting these baby quilts together!

24 comments:

  1. gosh, those are lovely simple blocks! i look forward to seeing how they look together.

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  2. 1. Has anyone done the math for the Half Square Triangles & Quarter Square Triangles for those edges? Treating the block like an on-point quilt...(When I get around to making this - I will be going that route to avoid all of that waste & bias.)
    2. I plan on using one print for each ring. Avoiding those value problems from the begining & simultaneously reminding me of my mothers crocheted granny squares - though I would be setting them in black.

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    1. Mm... you're right. Making the corners with triangles would probably give nicer seam allowances and would definitely save fabric. Smart.

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  3. Lovely blocks - looking forward to making mine too!

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  4. How pretty!!! Love the aqua and peony backgrounds for each.

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  5. Each of these blocks are so uniquely pretty. I just recently heard about do. Good Stitches and I love that so many quilters have come together to make a difference in people's lives. What a wonderful gift for these mothers and their babies!

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  6. I love these squares! They make me want to go dig through my scrap pile :)
    I also fell in love with Jolene's new quilt immediately, it's a great choice for a do. Good Stitches project!

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  7. Thanks for posting this! Your blocks look great!! The yellow and purple one is my favorite. :)

    I started to pull fabric last night, so now I can be more focused. Maybe I'll go with The Calico Cat's idea of using the same fabrics for the rings. And if not, I'll really try to stick with fabrics of the same value. And I will be very careful to use a scant 1/4" seam and piece my squares carefully. :)

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  8. So sweet. I really love those blocks!

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  9. Your blocks are gorgeous! I'm sure you'll end up with some lovely baby quilts.

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  10. These squares are so great, and the colors are to die for. I'd love to make some of these! Thanks for leading with such a beautiful example!

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  11. They are beautiful! Love the colors!

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  12. These blocks look fantastic, I really have to give this block a try.

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  13. I had to look twice when I saw this entry on my blog roll ~ what?!~ I did some Granny Squares? seeing my name was fun, but I'm only learning to crochet Granny squares this week. BUT,now I think I want to sew some too!
    Thanks for the chuckle! jolene

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  14. The quilts are going to be beautiful. I'm sure the mothers and their babies will love them.

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  15. Those quilts are going to look fab!

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  16. Love these! They really do remind me of my grandma's granny square afghan.

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  17. These are soooo pretty! I want to make this quilt some day.

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  18. I was impressed with Blue Elephant's granny squares. I had a little disconnect on values in my log cabin quilt. What looked like it was dark to me actually looks light on the quilt and makes my dark/light contrast a little funky. I am sure the girls and their babies will cherish them because they are made with love.

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  19. Rachel, these blocks look fantastic! These will make the perfect gifts for the moms at the center. Man, I have got to get home from this vacation to my sewing machine!!!!

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  20. Those are adorable! : )
    didn't you make a crocheted one linked with white a long time ago? mmmm
    ~Monika

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  21. I love your brown block just as it is. I would make one just like it.

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