Friday, February 8, 2013

Goodness Gracious Granny Square


Well.  Unlike my previous post where the quilt turned out exactly how I had envisioned it, this one did not.  

I had such high hopes for this one.  I purposely bought this Lecien Antique flowers fabric to make into granny blocks.  That part went okay.  Although I spent way too much time making sure that none of the blocks were the same.  I wanted the center square in each block to be the same to tie them all together so I used the white floral that you see in the block below which is also at the center of the quilt.



I also made sure that I had an equal number of blocks that had pink versus yellow as the outside squares.  Then when I laid out the blocks I made sure to alternate my pink outsides versus yellow outsides.  I also have this thing about similar fabrics being too close together so I spent a lot of time rearranging blocks until it was all just perfect.



Then came the sashing.  Ugh.  Even though I attempted to square up the blocks I must not have done it well enough.  I had trouble getting the rows to match up so I ended up with some wonky looking sashing.  And then when I started to quilt it I ended up with a few tucks and puckers here and there.



It still looks pretty, but it is just not as perfect as I wanted it.  It's one of those quilts that looks great hanging off a chair or folded in a stack or on the end of the bed, but once you lay it out you can see the flaws, or at least I can.



In any event, I decided to sell it in my etsy shop for a big huge, less than cost, discount if anyone is interested. Thank you - this just sold!!!

I figure it was good learning experience and what I learned is that I won't be trying those granny squares again for a while:).

Today I am finishing up some pillows and then I am on to a quilt for a nice girl who works for my husband.  I did stop in the Home Depot this morning and even though I was just supposed to be getting a garbage disposal I managed to sneak in a few paint samples.  Our hall bath upstairs really needs a little facelift so I may or may not push my luck and just put a little paint on a few things.  There is a part of me that thinks that I could paint that tiny room myself while my husband is at work one day and it might take him days or even a week to notice.  Hmmm...

~Gold Shoe Girl~

10 comments:

  1. Oh, she's loverly! This really made me go "oh" when I saw that first picture. I don't care how much imperfection you think you see...she's beautiful!

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  2. It's so very pretty. I had trouble lining my granny square blocks up too. I think since they're on point, maybe they're stretchy or something. I've decided if I do it again (because I do love the pattern) the trick is going to be setting blocks in the sashing. I hate that your quilt didn't turn out the way you wanted it to - it is so very lovely.

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    1. I think you're right about the whole on point thing. I had read something about being careful when cutting on the bias etc etc but I am the kind of person who just jumps in and figures it out later or sometimes never:).

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  3. Very pretty, I am not usually a floral person but I think it looks great with the way you have used it here. Love the subtleness :-)

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    1. Too many florals can feel very overwhelming - like those old chintz couches. That's why I like using so much white with it.

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  4. I think your quilt looks soft, pretty, and restful :)

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    1. It does look pretty far away:). It's just up close that I can see all the flaws.

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  5. As soon as I saw this quilt I loved it! I'm currently making a granny square quilt. Oh and I sometimes have a hard time squaring up blocks as well. I am also working on a sampler quilt and about every 5th block ends up 1/4 inch smaller then the rest.

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    1. I received the Farmer's Wife book for xmas and bought fabric and now I am too afraid to start on it because of this one. I bet in a few months I'll get over it and try again. I hope you have better luck than me. Let us know how it goes.

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