Granny Squares Quilt

When I was in 5th grade one of the things we did at recess was to make granny squares, by crocheting. Rene, who one of my best friends, had a grandmother who was an award-winning crocheter. She taught Rene, who then shared her skills with the rest of us. Not sure who supplied the yarn and hooks, but it sure was fun. Much more fun than chasing boys like some of the girls did. :)

I wish I had kept up the crocheting, but I didn’t. I’ve pretty much forgotten it all… I turned my granny square talents to quilting and have a Granny Square quilt to share. It is finished and gifted. This one went to my youngest sister, Amanda, for Christmas.

Granny Square quilt

I used a Kona Ash gray and two charm square packs of Malka Dubrawsky’s fabric line A Stitch in Color. I just love this line! I bought, and hung onto, this fabric for quite some time, waiting to come up with the perfect project. When I came across the Granny Square quilt, I knew this was the perfect quilt to showcase these fabrics.

The charm packs are 5″ squares, so they just needed to be cut in quarters to make the 2 1/2″ squares used in this quilt.  This saves a LOT of cutting time, lets you get right to sewing. This is one of the very few quilts where I have stuck with one fabric line, for the entire quilt. And because this fabric is so different looking than almost any other fabric out there, I can’t imagine combining it and have it work as beautifully as it does alone.

Granny Square quilt

I opted to machine quilt this one and I chose to do a long stretched zigzag. On my machine, Janome Memory Craft 6600, I set my stitch width to 5 and my stitch length to 4.

Using my walking foot, and putting in some practice, in worked like a charm. This created just the texture I was looking for.

Granny Square quilt

“Granny Squares”
12-25-2013
For my sister Amanda
50″ x 60″
Machine pieced, machine quilted
A Stitch in Color and Kona cotton fabrics
Quilter’s Dream request cotton batting

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31 Responses to Granny Squares Quilt

  1. claire93 says:

    beautiful vivid colours. I am sure Amanda was thrilled to bits.

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  2. quiltykanuck says:

    So beautiful and vibrant! Do you have a pattern for this block? I’d love to give this a shot! :-)

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  3. Jayne says:

    Striking! I remember crocheting granny squares too! I would much rather be quilting!

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  4. mlwilkie says:

    I love it – I just got given a jelly roll of this fabric. Love it….made some AMH feathers with it but I think I might have to look into a granny square quilt for the rest…..great job!!

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  5. jesicaush says:

    OH MY I LOVE THIS!!
    sooooo pretty!!!!

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  6. Becky M says:

    That’s so beautiful. The wavy quilting is a perfect accent! :)

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  7. Marie says:

    I saw your link on Beauty Observed…had to stop by and tell you that I think your quilt is beautiful. I’m sure your sister will treasure it!

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  8. Kris says:

    This turned out great and I love the colors.

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  9. The quilting is perfect! Did you mark the lines to keep those from getting off track? Looks amazing. I totally want to try this pattern.

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    • sewfrench says:

      Well, I don’t know about perfect, LOL But thank you!
      I generally mark register lines about every 6 inches, the width of my ruler, to keep it generally straight. From there you can also use seamlines, centers of blocks, other things to make sure you are on track.
      You should try it!

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  10. Another gorgeous quilt! That fabric really pops!

    Thank you so much for linking-up today at Beauty Observed! <3

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  12. Lea says:

    I love the quilting you did. Beautiful quilt.

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  13. Renee says:

    Very nice quilt! Love the bright colors on the grey and the wavy quilting.

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  14. wombatquilts says:

    Love your choice of Kona grey… it makes the colours pop.

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  15. The Granny Square has a special place in my heart, its such a lovely design and yours looks great.

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  16. Gorgeous colour scheme – looks absolutely brilliant, well done!

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  17. sdaurio says:

    Oh definitely a great pattern for those fabrics. Love it. I have to get some of those bright cherry fabrics.

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  18. Christine M says:

    Your quilt looks wonderful.

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  19. Bonny says:

    Love your quilt! Love the fabric and the pattern itself. Is the pattern called Granny’s squares?

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  20. Elizabeth says:

    What a fun quilt! Those fabrics are fantastic and the quilting gives it the perfect texture! Congrats on a great finish!

    xo -E

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