Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Granny Squares are FINISHED
Picking up where I abrubtly left off last week, I'm back with another finished quilt and a few giveaway winners. First the quilt.
I caught the Granny Square craze that swept QuiltBlogLandia earlier this year/late last year. I had every intention of following the ubiquitous tutorial to a T, but the road to @#$% is paved with good intentions and fabric shortages. I ran out of the solid I was using (Kona Oatmeal, which is one of my new favorites), and I couldn't find it anywhere. Even my go-to online shops had it on back-order. So I had to nix the sashing. At first, I was a bit bummed to go sash-less, but after letting the project percolate for awhile, I decided that I like it better that way.
the tutorial for the block construction. Honestly, I did. But my piecing isn't quite precise enough for things to come out the way they're supposed to. So I came up with my own way to construct the blocks. See here for a quick tutorial.
tracing paper method. This method has its benefits and drawbacks. It's great for transferring unfamiliar designs to a quilt without having to mark on a quilt top. I'm terrified of using markers on my quilt tops, and I'd rather pluck my many chin hairs than use stencils to trace patterns on anything. I'm glad there are people out there who find stencils an effective tool for quilting, home decor, etc, but unless I have some kind of psychotic break, I will probably not be one of those people anytime soon. It's also somewhat efficient - I usually stack and pin 3-5 pieces of tracing paper together, trace the design on the top sheet of paper, and then use my (unthreaded) machine to perforate the design on sheets below. I had 42 squares on this quilt and only had to trace the design about 8-10 times.
This particular quilt is going to Quilts of Valor. The colors themselves are awfully patriotic, but hopefully, they won't look too closely/ignore the French map prints.
Started: March 2012
Finished: September 2012 (Yes, September. I warned you I was behind on the blogging front.)
Machine-pieced, machine quilted
Also, I almost forgot AGAIN. It's time for me to announce winners for both the OCTOBER and November jelly roll parties. (Thanks to Sharon for reminding me about October!)
The October winner is Colleen, who made a rockin' string quilt!
And the November winner is Anna, who made such an elegantly simple quilt!
I've sent y'all emails - send me your mailing addresses, and I'll get some fabric lovin' in the mail to you ASAP!