I accepted a challenge from the Fat Quarter Shop.
My task? Sew up a project from Lori Holt’s Great Granny Squared book but add my own twist to it.
I wanted my twist to involve a secondary design of some sort. I haven’t experimented with designing larger quilts, so I drew up a Great Granny Square quilt in Illustrator and did some coloring in Photoshop. I considered a couple of designs and color palettes.
Would you like to do some planning? Scroll to the end of this page to view and download three different options for you to print and color in with pencils or markers.
After picking a design, I made three different block types and kept track of how many of each block I needed for a 12 block quilt.
I considered joining the blocks without sashing, but I wanted more from the design than the no-sashing approach offered.
The sashing was a little tricky. I didn’t quite make the blocks to the specs in Lori’s book, and while I regretted it later, I wasn’t going to redo them. (Note to self: don’t wing it if you don’t have to!). I had the tiniest inconsistencies in my blocks because I didn’t have any wiggle room when I squared them, but I found that 2 1/2″ by 8 7/8″ worked for the red in the sashing, and 2 1/2″ by 5 1/4″ worked for the low volume rectangles at the intersections of the sashing. The smaller pieces in the sashing were trimmed to size. I eased a little here and there. (*cough* *sheepish grin*)
Using a straight pin to match the block’s points with the sashing make it work.
My great granny’s name is Ruby Antoinette, and when I considered what to pull from my stash, I saw the reds and just knew they’d be a perfect fit.
I never met my great granny, but I like to think she would have enjoyed this quilt. It even has a bit of a holiday feel to it – life’s too crazy right now, but maybe I’ll get the top quilted by next Christmas!
To see other takes on the classic Great Granny block, see the others on the Fat Quarter Shop’s Great Granny Twist Blog Hop. AND, I almost forgot! If you’d like to win a copy of Lori Holt’s Great Granny Squared book, leave us a comment sharing your favorite holiday tradition! Anyone can enter, and I’ll pick a winner randomly on Monday, December 21.
If you’d like to make your own Great Granny project, you can use Kimberly Jolly’s video for FQS’s Great Granny Circled project.
Here they are those coloring pages. Enjoy!