Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Glamorous Granny

Back in March I joined Old Red Barn Co.'s quilt-along to make a Granny Square quilt. Little did I know that I would become obsessed with these fun to make quilt blocks. Armed with a F8th bundle of Reunion by Sweetwater I set out to make a few squares to see if I would like making them. One grew to 10 which eventually grew to 56 squares. I had such a blast posting my progress and scanning each square into the computer to play with the layout. I decided to sash the squares with Kona Ash. You can read some of the progress posts here, here and here.

granny squares 1-56

When I started this quilt I did not have a recipient in mind but a few weeks into it I knew it would be a birthday gift for my friend, Debi. You see along with me turning 60 this year, so were three of my dearest and best friends. Renata was the recipient of this quilt and Kathy received this quilt. 
My mom and 4 of our grandkids posed with the quilt top on Easter Sunday.

This is a large quilt and I knew I wanted to do something besides straight line quilting on it. Debi's birthday was not until October, so I had plenty of time to learn some free motion quilt skills.

Well, I never learned any tricks or skills so 2 weeks ago I basted the quilt and decided to quilt it with straight lines.

I started with quilt lines on each side of the sashing seams.

It seemed like it was calling out for more than straight lines so I attempted to stipple it and ended up getting the entire quilt stippled (it took me 2 days) only to turn it over and see that the tension was all messed up on the back. Out came the seam ripper and three days later I was back to stippling again.

I finished the quilting and made the binding. One of my favorite parts of making a quilt is hand sewing the binding. I even made some nicely mitered corners {pats self on back}.

Then it was time for a photo shoot. I was having lunch last week with two of my friends in Corona del Mar. Perfect photo location. 
After I put this photo on my birthday post in July, Di {Quiltova} nicknamed us the "Glamorous Grannies". I kinda like that name for our little group. 

So I asked Jennifer and Kay to be my models with the quilt.

I like how it's blowing in the wind here.

They wanted to hide behind the quilt, but then we couldn't call it the Glamorous Granny could we?

One more shot with the ocean in the background.

Have you ever made a quilt with the intention of giving it away and then you fall head over heels in love with it and just don't know if you can part with it? Well, that is how I felt about this one. But then seeing the joy on Debi's face made it all worth it. We celebrated her birthday last Saturday, a few weeks early.

Debi is a quilter. In fact she is the reason why I wanted to learn how to quilt. She and her 4 sisters and their mom would quilt while we were teens growing up and I always wanted to be one of her sisters so I could learn too. I knew if I gave Debi this quilt she would appreciate the love and hard work that goes into making a quilt of this size. 

I know she'll take good care of it and use it often. 

Quilt stats
Fabric Reunion by Sweetwater
background fabric Kona Bone
Sashing Kona Ash
Binding Ava's Apron in Cherry
Backing Dottie extra wide in grey
pieced and quilted with Aurifil thread in light grey 2600
final measurements after washing 87"x77"

Thanks for stopping by,



Janice @ Better off Thread said...

What a wonderful gift! You did such an amazing job on this quilt! I really want to make granny squares now. Add another project to the list!

Auntie Pami said...

Sweet. Adorable quilt.

Carla said...

Fabulous finish! I would have a hard time parting with it for sure ; )

Susan Snooks said...

Glamorous grannies indeed! The quilts great too!

Dianne Neale said...

I'd, it's absolutely fabulous. The colours are so subtle. And it's absolutely massive. Well done for attempting the stippling. I think you should call it the Glamorous Granny!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Absolutely perfect!
I love how your mum got in with the granny square action with her matching shirt! x

Lesley said...

This is a wow quilt! Love it and your story of the Glorious Grannies! What a special quilt and a special group. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy said...

Gorgeous quilt and a wonderful post. That was really nice to read!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Absolutely gorgeous - what a wonderful gift.....and what a fabulous setting to photograph it!!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Absolutely gorgeous - what a wonderful gift.....and what a fabulous setting to photograph it!!

Katy Cameron said...

Well done for mastering the stippling in the end, and you're all the most glamorous grannies I know!

Chase said...

Love the quilt!! What a precious gift to friend that you grew up with. I just love your colors and a very belated birthday to you,Di. x

Anonymous said...

What a great group of friends, you girls are indeed glamorous! Love the quilt, such a special gift for her to treasure!

Jodi said...

very nice post. I can see it would be hard to give away - it's fabulous! I'm in the process of ripping out lots of FMQ on a king-size quilt. I did it on a longarm that I rented. The bobbin thread tension was messed up and not discovered till I was 3/4 through. Ugh. You have three lucky friends, by the way!

Geri said...

Hey glam granny! Love this quilt and so happy that Debi loves it too! At least you can go "visit" it! ♥♥♥

Becky said...

What a beautiful quilt! So sorry about the ripping out part, but you made up for it! Those friend pictures are fantastic!

**nicke... said...

it is beautiful!

Tamie said...

Your quilt is wonderful. What a generous gift and to someone who obviously will appreciate it.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful, beautiful quilt. I love it. How on earth did you quilt it on a regular machine?
That's what holds me back from quilting.
Thanks for sharing. I enjoy you blog posts.


Annabella said...

You know I love this quilt and well done for quilting it yourself when it's so big! It must have been tough to hand it over. Makes me want to get my grannies out!

Carrie P. said...

well done! It is beautiful. I love the red color binding. It frames the whole quilt nicely.
Too bad you had to pick out quilting.

Michele T said...

Your quilted gift turned out beautifully!! Love the chosen name - perfect! Thanks for sharing a wonderful story too!

Cindy said...

Great job on the granny quilt. It is huge! Can't imagine FMQ that big of a quilt. You did a great job! All your friends receiving their quilts this year are so so lucky! What a great friend you are to them.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Such a gorgeous quilt, Diane! I love the way it looks with the wind blowing it and the ocean behind. Debi is really lucky to get a birthday present like this! :)

Laura said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

Leanne said...

It is just so wonderful, truly a spectacular present for your friend! Happy birthday to you both!

Kristy fordhook1 said...

It's a beauty!