Monday, April 21, 2014

Great Granny Sew Along - Week One - Basket Filled with Yarn!!!...

Today is the first day of the

This first week is hosted by Pam…

And by Erin…

and also Sherri

Click on their names to see their versions 
of my filled with yarn basket block…
and to get this weeks PDF download.
Also go visit the
to see Kimberly's and Debbie's
filled basket blocks! 

This is my version of my basket block...
 before it was quilted in to 
"Mama's Crochet"

I hope you are all having fun
 using GG Squared as your manual!

For this week's giveaway…
is generously giving away
3 sets… yes 3!!!
 of my favorite embroidery scissors and 
my very favorite pink point protectors.

The point protectors come 
in different shapes and sizes…and 
are made for the 
points of knitting needles…

 but I have always used them for
 the points of my pointy quilty tools
like my scissors…
seam ripper and tailors awl.

I love them so much I even did a
 YouTube segment about them:)

So whip up your own basket block 
and load it up on the new
so that you can win a set of your own!
I can't wait to see your blocks:)

Have a great granny kind of day!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

A New Sew Along - YaY!!!...

I'm so excited to tell you 
about a new sew along!
I was going to post this 
on Monday but I just couldn't wait:)

We will be using my book
as the manual for this sew along ...
just like we did with the 
so if you want to play along
 you will need a copy of your own:)

The Great Granny Sew Along will begin on 
Monday April 21st and will go for 5 weeks:)
All of the details for the sew along will be posted 
Monday, April 14th on the
They will be hosting once again…
 because they are awesome like that:)
There will also be 12 amazing bloggers hosting as well…
it's going to be fun and full of fabulous giveaways as well!

The purpose of my post today is to
 show you the quilt that I designed for the sew along
and give you a heads up on yardage so that you will be 
all ready and set to sew!!!

The quilt celebrates the art of crochet
(after all…crochet was the inspiration for the great granny blocks)
It finishes at 40" x 52" and I named it
"Mama's Crochet"

It uses both of the label blocks in the book
 as well as the mama blocks:)

We will also be making a happy scrappy
 Great Granny Block
from the book to use as the label!

You could use one particular fabric collection for your quilt…
 or it's a perfect project to use up some of your scrappy stash.
I used mostly Denyse Schmidt fabrics 
from several different collections for mine.

We will be using 2 1/2" squares for the
 mama blocks and the great granny blocks
so working with leftover 2 1/2" strips or
 5" squares would be perfect.
There is really no yardage requirements for the blocks…
just use your scrappy stash.

When you are choosing for larger than 2 1/2" cuts 
like the basket and the balls of yarn...
 you can see what size all of the blocks are cut 
by using your manual.

As for the background, backing and borders though…
this is what you will need.

For the background you will need 1 3/4 yards.
I used Swiss Dots in aqua by Riley Blake Designs.
For the back of the quilt you will need
 a length of 44" wide x 56" fabric.
I used aqua words from my Polka Dot Stitches collection.

For the inner border you will need 1/4 yard.
I used orange DS Quilts fabric for mine.
And for the outer border you will need 3/4 yards.
I used aqua DS fabric for mine as well.

When it's time for binding you will need 1/2 yard.
I used apple green with aqua dots from
 my Bake Sale collection for my binding.

This quilt also looks very Easter -ish to me ...
 the basket of yarn could double for easter eggs!
What a cute spring pillow idea:)

This quilt was easy and super fast to put together.

I pulled fabrics from my stash 4 days ago ...
sewed it all together in one day and had it bound by this morning:)

I'm "sew" excited ...are you?

Tell me if you're ready to
 have some more 
scrappy happy stitching with me!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

The Quilty Fun Sew Along - Week 20 - The Big Finish!!! ...

Hello cute people!
Today the big finish of the
 is here at last.

A big thank you to all
 of you quilty fun-ers out there,

and to all of those who
 played a sew along hostess with the most-est! 

And of course Kimberly and the girls at 
 for being large and in charge 
and for 
sponsoring all of the giveaways!

I've had so much fun seeing everyone
 playing with all of the blocks in my book:)

It has given me such a thrill 
knowing that you all have been 
choosing your fabrics ...

cutting them all up into
 cute little pieces ...

and then sewing away 
to make cute little blocks
  each and every week.

Hasn't it been a blast 
having lots of 
 *quilty fun* together???

So now onto the last steps!

When all of your blocks and 
inner sashings are complete ...
It's time to make the borders!

Click here for download 20
the borders instruction PDF. 

Now let's talk a little about the binding!
I used my 2 1/2" scrappy stash basket 
to pull fabrics for my scrappy binding:)

I just love a scrappy binding don't you?

I didn't join these strips on the diagonal ...
but just straight seams:)

Remember to press the seams 
open after sewing for less bulk:)

If you need a refresher 
on how I do my binding ...

 for my binding tutorials:)

Once your scrappy binding is prepared ...
put it in a safe place until you are ready to sew it on.

So now lets talk about my scrappy backing!
Of course you don't need to make a scrappy backing 
you can just do one fabric and make the label just like the PDF instructions.
But if you want to make a 
scrappy back like me ...
here is how I did mine:)

I used 24 fat quarters of what I have always called
 "busy backgrounds" fabric.
this means fabric with an assortment of prints
 on a white or cream background.

I cut each fat quarter into 16 1/2" square ...
for a total of 24.
*(a 16 1/2" square ruler works perfectly for this)

Click here for download 21...
  the free label pattern that I designed especially for this quilt along!

(embroidery close-up)

After you have finished your 
"bee in my bonnet" label ...
it will measure 16 1/2" square.

Sew all of the busy background squares together 
with the label in the center.
Make sure that when you or your quilter is preparing to quilt ...
that the backing is on straight and centered with the quilt front.

After quilting ...
when you trim off the excess backing fabric it will look like this!

I love how the scrappy backing looks
 with the scrappy binding...

Congratulations!!! ...
 you are finished with your 
Quilty Fun Sampler:)

But wait!!! ...
 you are not finished 
sewing along with me ...

because one week from today 
I will be announcing the next 
Bee in my Bonnet Sew Along
and we will be using 
as our instruction manual:)


Until then…
have a quilty kind of day ...
and I hope that you had fun
 being the boss of your own quilt:)

P.S. Don't forget to upload your photos
to the Flickr group to enter onto this weeks giveaways which are ...

Two of the large size Aurifil

along with ... 

Two sets of Alphabitties:)

***Choose + cut + sew + upload = WIN

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