Sunday, April 1, 2012

Done!

I finished piecing my granny square quilt this morning and I must say that it was one of the more fun quilts that I’ve made in some time.  I think that Frankie’s choice of fabrics had a lot to do with it.  How can 1930’s feedsack fabrics not bring a smile to one’s face?

Here it is on my design wall bed.  Frankie had to do his usual close up inspection before he would give it his paw of approval. 

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I made a few changes to the design by adding cornerstones to separate the sashing strips and blocks from the same red dotted fabric that I used in the center squares of each block.

More changes will be made by adding prairie points to the perimeter after it’s quilted using the left over squares from the block construction.  The binding will be from the same red polka dot fabric.

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Frankie-isms…

  • Yep…works fine for relaxing...very comfortable. 
  • Told ya the fabrics would work well with this design.

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I even managed to tidy up my studio when I was done…

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but will leave the dusting for another day…cough, cough!

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Then Mr. Painted Quilt, Mac and I spent about two hours outside raking leaves and doing other spring chores. 

It’s going to be an early night!   *yawn*

Kaarenheartname

*A special thank you to Blue Elephant Stitches for providing the inspiration and tutorial to make the Granny Square blocks.

88 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

You were fast and it is a beauty. I can imagine you must be wiped out considering you were just on that shopping adventure, quilting that big top, and yard work!! Busy girl for sure!! Do you think you would whip one up in civil war now? I saw one earlier (can't recall at moment) it was cw granny squares with alternating plain blocks. I'm also guessing smaller blocks ...perhaps using 1.5 "squares? There were more blocks in the top is why I think they were smaller. It was to die for! I just know you would LOVE it. Get some shut eye soon...tomorrow is another fun filled day.

Wivi said...

Beautiful. I fully understand that Frankie loves it.

Joan said...

Gorgeous quilt! Love the colour combinations!

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren

Love the look of your quilt top.The cornerstones really set everything out. Hope you didn't overdue it with the raking. Have a nice rest for the rest of the day.
Dianne

Nancy said...

Your quilt is great! I did a baby quilt with 30's prints this last week and commented to my friends how much fun it was to work with those fabrics also. They are so cheery!!

SilvanaOliveira said...

Beautiful!!!

marina said...

What a fantastic finish!
It is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful. Your quilting room is a room comfortable and warm.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Great quilt--nice changes.

Frankie has good observations, don't think you could do all the quilting without his input!

Marge said...

Beautiful. Love your addition of the red cornerstones to match the red centers. And now with prairie points? It will be awesome!

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Love your quilt and choice of fabrics. Love your kitty too! Glad to see you accomplishing so many things. Enjoy the outdoors!

Darlene said...

Kaaren, it takes my breath away! It's a delightfully sweet beauty. I think you deserve an early night. :-)

Lori said...

Fantastic! You are a machine and finished up that top in no time! Prairie points will be delicious!

gracie said...

I love it! As usual, another beautiful job.

Doniene said...

It makes me smile!!!

Blessings

Nancy said...

Oh Kaaren, it is just beautiful! I love that you added the cornerstones. They really set off the blocks beautifully. Glad Frankie approves! I miss having a 4 legged work supervisor!

Jan said...

Love it! I did a log cabin crib quilt in the 30's. Did I spy a wool cutter on the end of your table?

Anonymous said...

Very nice, I have 5 blocks completed and the fab cut for the rest...I plan on just using all white for the sashing, thinking of something diff for the 6" border....mmmmmmmm.
thank you and mostly thanks to Blue Elephant Stitches for the pattern....

Sandy said...

I love how your quilt turned out--beautiful!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You added such a sweet touch to the granny squares Kaaren! Beautiful.

Leanne said...

A beautiful Quilt Kaaren and your sewing room is just gorgeous.

Janet O. said...

A beautiful finish and a clean studio? Wow! You must be one happy woman!
The Granny Squares went together so quickly my head is spinning! It is very fun!

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

It's beautiful Kaaren. And so is Frankie :)
Blessings,
~Janet

Lesley said...

I adore your version of this quilt! The cornerstones are such a wonderful way to draw that red print throughout. Love this, and can't wait to see it with the prairie points. Now, on to the next quilt!

Marsha said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and I love the red with white polka dots! It is so cute. I can't wait to see it with the prairie points. Sounds like you are feeling better and are getting back to normal!

Meg said...

quilt looks wonderful! on my list of "to do" in the future. could you share again the name of the company that makes cloth personalized labels for finished quilts? I would like to order some. thanks so much. Meg
PS so glad you are back to enjoying life again

Me and My Stitches said...

Your quilt is wonderful, and so glad that it's Frankie approved! Sounds like you better sit and stitch this evening...you've had a busy and productive day!

Sandy said...

You amaze us by cranking this one out so quickly! Love the red cornerstones and the red center....ties it together!

Sue said...

Your quilt pieced together beautifully. It's so happy; love the feedsack prints! And Frankie is adorable!

Karen said...

Your quilt turned out beautiful. I love the added cornerstones.

WoolenSails said...

I do wish I had your energy, so many things to finish and on my to do list and I tend to procrastinate. Beautiful quilt and fabrics.

Debbie

Julie said...

beautiful. love the fabrics you have chosen.
i'm making the same quilt, only larger. i've only finished 11 blocks so far. it's definitely a fun quilt to make. :)

Verna G said...

I love that quilt! I have some 30's i have been wondering what to do with. I think I know now!!

sunny said...

Kaaren, I'm so happy to see you back in blogland, and making beautiful creations!

onlymehere said...

Love it! I always switch a thing or two up when I do a quilt too, just to make it my own. The fabric and colors look so much like spring and summer that it's perfect for the season and to drive away those winter blues!

Mimi said...

It really is something else!! I love it and the cornerstones are perfect... I can't wait to see the finished quilt with Prairie Points!!

Cathy said...

Just beautiful!!! I love those fabrics~ ♥♥♥

Mary said...

It has turned out beautiful. Love, love it

Ariane said...

Your quilt top is gorgeous!!!

ferne said...

Love it! Prairie points sound like a great idea...can't wait to see how you quilt it also...you and Frankie are quite a team!

Colleen said...

Your quilt looks wonderful. I like the choice of the 30's prints.

Debbie Booth said...

I am actually starting this same quilt...or quilt block, love how you used the red as the center. That looks so good.You have done a wonderful job and it is certainly a happy quilt. Yay! I love this. And raking is good exercise...hahaha...better than raking out the animal stalls. Leaves are good. Big smile.
Blessings,
Debbie

GerryART said...

It sure feels good as we finish each phase of a project.
Our weather is very summer-like these past few days. Yesterday and today in the 90sF Yikes, it only the first of April.
hugs
Gerry

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Beautiful Kaaren!!!
Prim Blessings
Robin

Wilma said...

Beautiful¡¡¡ Adorable¡¡¡ and lovely Frankie¡¡¡¡

Linda said...

BEAUTIFUL QUILT TO SEE!
BUT MORE BEAUTIFUL IS TO HEAR YOU ARE STRONGER AND FEELING SO MUCH BETTER! BLESSINGS,LINDA

msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

Allie said...

Gorgeous - I love the cornerstones, it really makes the quilt pop! All this and yardwork too? Girl, you're going to sleep so well, lol!!!

Mary said...

Your quilt is just wonderful! I so want to make one of these. I am so limited on time right now, but this is going to the top of my list, especially after seeing yours. Thanks for sharing.

Annette said...

It's so pretty! I love 30's prints and I love how you put the matching red cornerstones. Perfect!

Ulla said...

You really seem to have a lot of your strength back! The quilt is so beautiful; I can't wait to see it finished with the prairie points.

Elzaan said...

Wonderful quilt! Looks very cozy already. I will believe that it is a fun quilt to make. And with Frankie on your side, all the quilts will be QI approved :)

Jubama said...

superbe !!!

Boxoftrix said...

Its beautiful!,I love the colour combinations and tyhat polka dot binding is going to really set it off, you must be feeling very satisfied now :)
Yvonne

martinev59 said...

Very beautiful!I like especially the contrast with the red squares!Good idea!

Sylvie BG said...

Love this quilt, Kaaren ! So beautiful !

Siobhán said...

That is so sweet! It's a happy quilt--love the fabrics! That Frankie has good taste. ;)

Kathie said...

I LOVE this quilt
congrats for finishing it so quickly!
love the fabrics...
Kathie

Meg said...

Kaaren, thanks so much for the info about the labels. much appreciated. Meg

Shelley said...

I love it!! It's going to wonderful finished with the red polka dots!

Nancy said...

I'll say it again, I love this quilt. I want to hurry home and make one just like it!

Marie said...

Can't believe how quickly you finished that cheerful quilt/ So very happy your home and doing so well. Hugs, Marie

Janet said...

Your top looks awesome and I love the polka dots. I think it'll look fabulous with praire points. This is one lovely spring quilt!

JCnNC said...

What a beauty - love the feedsack fabrics and the Frankie Seal of Approval. Thanks for sharing - hope you feeling better with each new day. Judy C

Wendy said...

It's truly beautiful! i love the corner stones and the way they match the centre blocks. I'm planning on making some of these blocks myself, I've got them cut, but not pieced!

Rose Marie said...

Wow .. that was fast and I love the addition of the cornerstones. This quilt just sings spring.

Diane said...

it's beautiful Kaaren-makes me want to go right to the machine and start sewing more (I have 4 blocks made)
I feel your dusting pain-don't know what it is but I dislike it more than anything-even cleaning the bathroom, which is just weird now that I think about it.

Sharon said...

Frankie has wonderful taste...this is a precious quilt!

My Life and Quilting on the Cape said...

Hi Kaaren... I just love the changes you did on the quilt... I am glad you are doning well enough to keep sewing... Frankie looks like he enjoys you quilting as well.. Hugs :)

Nanette Merrill said...

It is darling. Just absolutely beautiful. I want Frankie's life.

Muddling Through said...

Look at you go! That is beautiful, and I really like the addition of the red blocks in the sashing. Frankie is a good chooser of fabrics and one of the most elegant cats I've seen.

Tammy J said...

This is a beautiful quilt, and I love the addition of the cornerstones. Thanks for sharing with us. And I am glad the cat approves, too!

Heartsdesire said...

Oh, this quilt is stunning. And I like the way you changed it up a bit. I usually like to do that as well. Then I know my quilt isn't exactly like everyone elses. The red polka dot fabric certainly makes it pop and was definitely a good choice. Can't wait to see what you are going to try next!

Candace said...

Beautiful, Kaaren, and so YOU! Frankie looks like the best of helpers! So nice of him to take his little shoes off before walking on the quilt ;>) I love your new little Rowenta - mine has begun leaking so I might just be ready to upgrade to the new snazzy model! Happy gardening! I'm sure it must feel great to get your hands in the dirt again after a long winter!
Cheers!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on the finish! It looks awesome. Girlfriend, you are on a roll for sure! Love it!!!

paulette said...

YUP, I agree with Inspired Stitcher!! You have definitely got your MO JO back...you go GIRL! Loving it...and I do have some 30's fabrics!!:o)
P

Deb said...

Agree that it turned out great and Frankie does such great work!

sandi s said...

Your new quilt is lovely and what a great helper you have. I love the small quilt on your wall with the red baskets and green and gold color. Very pretty. Sandi

barcord said...

You are amazing Kaaren. A real answer to prayer. Such energy and all that work on a beautiful quilt top. Cant wait to see it with the prarie points. Frankie is a true people cat. Always willing to help out with the difficult chore of relaxing on a quilt :-)

Merilyn said...

What a wonderful project to give you some nearly instant gratification after your long hiatus, and to get your mojo back humming again!!! It looks wonderful and I love the idea of the prairie points too, lovely work there Kaaren!!!!

Rosemary said...

Beautiful quilt project...and Frankie is quite the stitch inspector... Glad to see you are once again in your "element" and dust bunnies can always wait until next time! -Rosemary

Stephanie said...

I love the way you did the cornerstones. Perhaps you'll name it Frankie's Quilt or "I did it my way"???

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It is lovely! Congrats on a super fast top!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful quilt. Love Frankie. We have a Maine Coon cat and every quilt that I make has to have a "cat scan" before it can leave the house. I was wondering what the crank machine is by your ironing board. I can't tell from the pic. Love the sewing room.

Linda in NC said...

Frankie indeed has good taste; your granny square quilt is beyond charming. I look forward to seeing it with prairie points. (Currently resisting rushing to sewing room to make a version of my own!)

Sandra said...

Are you sure you have to dust in a quilt studio/workshop? I thought that's why we opened the windows, to let the dust bunnies out (along with Peter Rabbit!)
So glad you're feeling up to raking the leaves.

Sherry said...

I just love that quilt. I will have to put this fun and beautiful design on my list of projects.

KatieQ said...

Poor Frankie, work, work, work. It must be exhausting for him. I love the place where you board him. It looks lovely and the rates are so reasonable. Of course, he deserves only the best.
The blocks look great. I love the red polka dot centers.

Vicky F said...

Hi Kaaren,
I really like that red pop in the middle of the blocks. I may have to copy-cat you (if Frankie OK's it).
Vicky F