Wednesday, 14 March 2012

jumping on the granny square train

You can't have missed these blocks popping up all over the place. I had managed to resist for a while, until Dana said she was doing a quilt along and I spotted these 30s repros from Robert Kaufman in Lola Pink's store.

I spent the day, from around 11.30am to 2.30pm making blocks (I'm strip piecing for speed) and had 12 by the time it was school pick up hour.

granny square blocks

12. That's pretty good going, I think.

the granny square obsession begins

I was thinking of keeping them all in these darker colours - reds and blues, but I'm worried it might look a bit 4th July, so I'll try adding in some pastels and see how that goes. Worse case scenario I have to make 2 quilts - one with the pastels, one with the red, white and blue. I hoard 30s repros, something about them makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside, they really are such perfect ditsy prints, and the colours have that great timeless feel to them. I also have a whole heap of the (first lot of) Denyse Schmidt for Joanns fabrics that would co-ordinate really nicely if I were to make this quilt all red, white and blue.

Hmm.

Decisions, decisions. What to do?

I'd better go make some more granny squares, just to help me decide.

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24 comments:

Laura-Jane said...

I think you should keep to bold primary colors. The pastels might look too washed out against them. Love the idea of strip piecing though!

Audrie said...

Like I said on Instagram, I kind of like them like this. But then again I LOVE 30s fabric all mingling together so who knows. I think either way you can't lose because the fabric's lovely. Not helping, am I?

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

I think you should make more granny squares obviously!
I like these bold colours but I do agree it might look a bit too 4th of July on a whole quilt. Some pastels should fix that, a little pink would help too.

Eva said...

hehe, sounds like a good plan! why stop at one quilt when you can make two? ;-) I think the Denyse Schmidt fabrics would look great mixed in with the ones here, since they also have that retro feel to them. And I think because there's the yellow it doesn't look too 4th of July!

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

Maybe you could add some (non pastel) green blocks? Or even...brown? Love 30's repro fabrics too, I have heaps of them in my stash, waiting for that 'special' project to use them...

Krista said...

looking good so far. i'm interested to know more about this strip piecing method as it seems to speed the process up quite a bit! i feel the same way about 30s prints :D

Crafty n Clothy said...

I like the idea of adding some (dark-ish) green blocks

dolores said...

Hmmmm...with that black and yellow in there 4th of July was the last thing I would have thought of had you not mentioned it. I think it looks wonderful and I agree...stripe piecing is the way to do it if you are using a certain collection and have yardage!:)

I have a stack of actual 30s prints that a friend gave me. They belonged to her grandmother. I just can't cut into them right now!:)

Richard Healey said...

The granny train took over my house. I wanted to do them in random color groups yet I only had a few colors so by the time I had finished my 40 blocks (making 2 lap quilts) I had to buy a pile of material which is great as a new quilter I finally have a stash to make other projects.

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Josie McRazie said...

I love the yellow POP in the middle!!

Flying Blind... said...

I think I'd want to hijack 4th of July and make it a 2nd of June Jubilee quilt top, thank you very much!

Jan said...

I love these. Stick with the darks; if you don't want to be 4th of July, throw in a set of dark greens.

diane said...

I can't believe you finished 12 blocks in the same time it took me to finish 6! Strip piecing rocks.

Jacey said...

They look fabulous! Wow, you are speedy! I would either throw in some green like Jan suggested, or maybe some yellow with blue/red centers.

Jan said...

Your blocks look great, and I didn't think "patriotic". Maybe with a border that doesn't say "4th of July" to you?

Katherine said...

Your granny blocks look great! Love the pairing of red and blue... happy sewing!

Trudi said...

Very pretty! More would definitely be good! :) I need to make more too! Very addictive!

mascanlon said...

Lol I need to stop reading your blog Katie, I am always tempted by what you've got going on. I have a whole container of 30's and half a container of feed sacks and this might become the plan, they are so cute.

Chelsea said...

I love these, but then I'm such a sucker for 30s prints. Maybe add some more yellows and some of that funky 30s nile green?

Bronwyn said...

No no no pastels methinks! How about adding greens, purples, turquoise, oranges...all or just one?

Modern Amish said...

Love it in R, W, + B.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

12 is great!! I agree about the 30s repro :)
I also agree with Hadley, jubilee, hahaha!

Jennifer said...

Was it hard to figure out the strip piecing? I've got a jelly roll on its way to my house for this quilt-along, so I'll be joining on strip piecing soon!

Archie the wonder dog said...

They look fabulous and I can't wait to see what other colours you choose!

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