Saturday, March 15, 2014

Granny Square Pieced

It took me 4 years to make 56 blocks for this quilt.


 That's pitiful, but I loved making every single one and I finally managed to get them sashed and stitched into a top.This top makes me happy, happy, happy!


This year I'm on a fabric fast, and thus far, I've not brought one piece of fabric into this house. I've bypassed many a quilt store in my travels since my last fabric purchase in September and I even walked into JoAnn's and touched some of their quilting fabric, but I only bought some adhesive for cards. The whole point to this fabric fast is to decrease the mountains of fabric I have and I'm beginning to wonder how long its going to take until I see a difference.

This morning I was pulling and cutting some strips for a small project when DH walked in and our conversation ranged from the weather to hoof care, and from guineas to fabric, and from UFC fights to mesquite. He asked me what I was making and after I told him, I added that I was using what I had and wasn't he impressed that I had not brought one scrap of fabric into the house since September. He laughed and I told him, "I'm a quilter. How can you not be impressed? That's 6 months. " He grinned, chuckled, and as he walked out, he said,"That just means you bought way too much in the past!" Rascal!


 I did post that I would allow myself to purchase fabric for backings though, and I don't have any big pieces, so I'm on the hunt for something for this quilt, but I've still got to add the borders. Presently, this top measures 69 x 78. The pieced  border should add  about 7" per side, making it 83 x 92. And yes, I'm debating about making it bigger. It'll be a nice size for a full-sized bed, but I'm trying to decide if I want it for our king-sized bed. I am binding a quilt for our bed right now so it probably doesn't make sense to make this one bigger, but since when do I  listen to sense? If DH was here right now, I'm sure he'd have a smart remark for that too! :) 

16 comments:

Carol said...

What a great post! Love your Granny Square...it's all about the process! You're doing amazing with your "No Buy" year! Clapping! Clapping!

Nancy said...

I'm on a fabric and yarn fast this year. I'm determined to use what I have on hand. I've been successful so far.

Love the Granny Squares top.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I think you have the patience of Job,(all those little pieces) and the will power of well I don't know who but it's someone with a ton of it!!!! I love your quilt. Why do husband's always have a smart comment....LOL

Mountain Home Quilts said...

It's not pitiful at all! I have a quilt hanging in our living room now that took me 7 years to finish.
Those quilts hold a special place in our homes and our hearts though.

Lea said...

You're Granny Square quilt is fabulous! It's so earthy, soft and snuggly looking. Beautiful!

Alycia said...

I love that Granny Square quilt - it is really yummy! So keep us posted how the no buying thing goes.... They just had an estate sale that had bolts of fabric.... oh boy...

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So many pretty Granny Squares.

Nancy said...

Well, I don't think 4 years is an unreasonable amount of time to finish these blocks and quilt top, especially when I see all the other quilts you've been working on and finished, too.

I've been tempted by these blocks but when I look at them and consider how many squares in each, how they're arranged, and the triangles around the edges, I decide I'll just enjoy viewing others' versions of this quilt. And enjoying yours I am! It makes me smile, it makes me laugh. It's fun and joyful and beautiful! (And I like that you chose brown sashing.)

Pauline said...

What a stunning quilt! Do make it larger! So what if you already have a large one for the bed? You have more than one pair of boots don't you, and more than once pair of jeans? See my point? I still haven't started my, but your picture is sure pushing me toward that project. Just got a couple of others I must finish first. Great job Karin! Now as for your material fasting....that's definitely way past my ability to even think about, much less commit to do. The more material I have the more I'm inspired.

laverne said...

Love the quilt and love your husbands sense of humor!I have a feelin that he is quite proud of you and your quilts!

Michelle said...

Wow, that is GORGEOUS! Now you've got me wanting to make one. :-)

Vickie said...

I think it's a very pretty quilt Karin and I love the colors you used. And.... I'm very impressed that you haven't bought any fabric ! Come to think of it...I've only bought about 3 yards and a layer cake this year,.....and 2 BOM's every month....oh never mind !

Denise :) said...

This is simply gorgeous, Karin! Like seriously stunning. Wow! Todd told me I needed to go on a fabric fast. I almost (*almost*) would rather be told I needed to go on a diet. Hahaha!!! Keep up the good work!!! :)

Scrapatches said...

I am impressed. That is 56 of these blocks that I have not made. I like the colors and background you have in yours ... :) Pat

The Cozy Quilter said...

That granny square quilt is so much fun to make and to look at! I also have too much fabric at my house and I am doing my best to use up way more than I bring into the house. So far, so good!

Dar said...

That is one of the prettiest granny squares quilt that I've ever seen. I love it and think you should go for the king-size now that you have made it this far. There is still lots of stash in the house, right? Congrats on not bringing in any fabric since Sept. I had that same goal, but slipped a little bit--not much though. You are my idol!!

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