Thursday, March 01, 2012

Quilting Granny Squares

IMG_0456IMG_0460 I think I first saw this on Pam Kitty’s blog who got on the bandwagon early to join the quilt along going on at Dana’s Old Red Barn blog.  Dana got the pattern, with permission, from Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches.  What a fun and addictive block.  I pulled out all my scraps that I had sorted by color and stuffed into bags a few years ago, so glad I did that.  Can you believe I found that I had already cut lots of 2 1/2” blocks in all the colors?  Oh, yeah that was for another unfinished project.  I also found a Jelly Roll for the background fabric, but I am running a little low on that.  I have already IMG_0461made 10 blocks and can’t wait to make some more.  this is also a great block for using that die I got for my Go Baby cutter, it sure makes lots of those 2 1/2” squares in no time.  I am thinking of making these blocks into into 2 table toppers for 2 special ladies that are always doing nice things for us and they have told me that they both love quilts…hint, hint.  I got the hint and have been searching for just the right scrappy quilt that will go with any decor and I think this is it.  If it looks fun to you or something you might want to try doing just one, you know for a hot pad or something,  you can get the tutorial from Jolene and go to Dana’s blog to see what people are posting on her flicker group.  The quilt along was suppose to start today, but there are already lots of blocks posted on flicker.  Fun project girls!  Boy when a few quilters get together it always amazes me what they can accomplish, maybe I should invite some quilting friends over and see if the bathroom would get cleaned.

IMG_0463 Oh, the star block is a paper pieced block that I found on Pinterest this week which led me to new to me blog called Six White Horses.  I had a little trouble figuring out how to get it to print, but once I got that figured out printing 4 pages was a breeze, I only wish I had remembered to use my paper piecing paper in the printer.  Printer paper works great if you set your stitch length to a really short stitch so that it perforates the paper more making it come off easily, but I was a little rusty on my paper piecing so these things came back to me when it was a little late.  Needless to say tearing the paper off was a little difficult.  I did take all the paper off from the center before I sewed it thank goodness because where all those seams come together would really be hard to get the paper out.  Being that this was a little more difficult to do I don’t think I will be doing 10 of them, but one was fun and I am really happy with the results.

Quilting and piecing…my favorite ways to pass the time on a rainy day…