Monday, December 8, 2014

Granny Squares

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
Marcus Aurelius
"La Soupe au Lait"
William Adolphe Bouguereau
 There is nothing quite like sitting down with bins of scraps in every color and pattern.  Fabrics from today's popular designers and favorites from Joann's.  Treasures shared from other quiltey friends and scraps collected from trips I've taken with my family.  Working with scraps...choosing them...finding matching colors and prints...piecing them...quilting and pressing them...squaring the blocks.  This process makes me happy.  Contented.  Peaceful.
4 1/2" square blocks
Inspired by how much fun I had making this in April of 2013 from much loved and hoarded Sunkissed scraps and snippets from my stash and other scraps...
I sat down after the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle to "center" and collect myself a little with some piecing and sewing.  I needed something small, scrappy and easy to walk away from to go visit relatives, shop, and help the Benster catch up schoolwork from his week in Tennessee.
Granny Square blocks seemed just the thing!
Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts has a great tutorial to use.  All the centers are scrappy yellows to connect and "center" the scrappy-ness of it all.  These first six were so quick to sew up.  Such happy, bright colors to play with inside...while the scenery outside was dark, overcast browns and grays.  I was going for a tropical feeling to help me not think about how cold it's been here!
2 + 6 = 8
2 x 6 = 12
4 x 4 = 16
I like this kind of math!
Each one was my new favorite!  I still can't decide which one I like best.
5 x 4 = 20
Multiplying quilt blocks is the best way to use your math skills...I really am using in real-life, every day, what I learned in class!  Thanks Mr. Banta!
Here is the finished basket for Ben's host family.  Quick, easy and fun to make and gift.  Isn't Christmas coming up?  Do you need a gift for your child's teacher, a friend, Secret Santa?  Make one of Ayumi's basket, stuff it with goodies and send it on its way!
Just a few of my "current" favorites...
These blocks are 9" sq. and I really don't feel like stopping yet.  I can see this as a quilt for the hubster and me on our bed.
Susan Guzman
"Promise of Summer"
I found this quilt in the McCall's Quilting from May/June 2010.  Thinking about using the sashing shown here in between the blocks to break up the "whiteness" of it all.
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