I finally had a few minutes to make my first “Granny Squares” block (pattern by Lissa Alexander)–I’m using Maison de Garance by French General for Moda and will be adding in some Rouenneries as well. I love this pattern–love working with the 1 ½″ strips, and love the fact that if you follow the pressing directions every seam nests perfectly.
I’ve been wanting to make this quilt since this issue of American Patchwork & Quilting arrived. I’m using a fat eighth bundle which is adding a little bit of work for me since I can only get 22″ strips from the bundle. I can’t make any more of the blocks until the brown around the edges is available in yardage, but I love the fact that I’ve started working on this project.
And here is the reason I’m so intent on making this quilt–these granny square vests were made for me by my Grandmother when I was a little girl. I wore these vests with a white blouse underneath, and my Mom saved them for me. I had always hoped one day my own girls would wear them, but neither of my daughters would ever try one on! I’ve kept them as a reminder of my grandmother’s handiwork, and when I saw the “Granny Squares” quilt I immediately thought of these vests.
I had a lot of fun getting them out today to photograph for this post…they do kind of date me, though!
I was able to pick up nearly 20 yards of fabric for just $42 the other day–a Las Vegas quilt shop is closing it’s doors, and the big sale has started. I was happy to be able to find some Fig Tree fabrics, Shangri-La, and American Jane Recess for borders and backs.
I’m finishing up the last of my market sewing this week and am looking forward to being able to share some of the sewing that’s been going on behind the scenes here.
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