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by Lesley Storts


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»Great Granny Squared Work in Progress«

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My work in progress today is the Great Granny Squared quilt. Last Christmas, I picked up this pattern by Lori Holt. I liked the fun scrappy look that she put together with this quilt. I started gathering my fabrics in January. I decided to use Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen for the background and a mix of modern fabrics with a few oldies thrown in from my stash.

It has taken me some time to get this quilt to the quilting stage, but I’m almost there. I ended up with 3 extra blocks from this quilt and I’m glad because it has given me a chance to “test” how I want to quilt this beast.

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I really thought that I wanted wavy lines on this quilt. When I drew it out on paper I thought that would look great. Then I quilted it. It was not what I wanted. I also realized that I need more practice on my free motion quilting before I would try to do a quilt this large.

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On to the next plan. I thought straight horizontal and vertical quilting would look good against the diagonals of the block. After quilting it, I didn’t like it because I felt like the quilting got lost and didn’t really compliment the quilt. Basically, it was just “ok”. 

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On my last block, I went with a crosshatch and I think that looks best. I will get some straight lines coming in through the sashing, like I did on the second block, and I think the crosshatch and straight lines will compliment each other. Plus, this quilting looked the best on the back.

I don’t normally have whole blocks to practice on like this but I’m happy that I did with this since it is so large. Next up, putting the back together. Then basting – which is probably not my favorite activity – 😬 – but necessary.


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»Any Direction«

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome to my little world on the internet. I am excited to share my projects here!

Inspiration in designing and creating this quilt came from April Rhodes Wanderer fabric. Important focus for me in this quilt were highlighting the Serape fabric without it being overwhelming or getting lost. Fussy cutting and creating large flying geese squares helped accomplish this goal.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of my favorite fabrics in this line is the Sacred Seeds fabric in tigerlily. I think it is obvious from my center square just how much I like this fabric. I envisioned a dark background, and when I found the Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in steel I knew I had a terrific combination. The steel grey is the primary color with soft undertones of gold which compliment the Wanderer line and give the quilt a feeling of warmth even with the grey.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI named this quilt Any Direction for two reasons. The first is simply because of all the arrows pointing in so many directions. The name came to have a secondary meaning when I was mocking it up with some Kona and Amy Butler fabric that I had. The design worked so well with two fabrics, especially one that is a print with some movement and I realized that I would like see the whole thing finished with these sorts of fabrics. So….I bought some Tula Pink and Kona but I haven’t had time to start it yet. Hopefully soon. Happy quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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