Thursday, February 16, 2012

Granny Squares Baby Quilt

The sun is back today, after days of snow and then rain, so I was able to get  a picture of my finished granny squares baby quilt.  I made 12 squares with two inch sashing and a four inch border, finished.  That made the quilt about 35 x 45 after washing.  I'm glad I shared quilting photos before washing, because now it's all crinkly - super snuggley, but it does make the quilting harder to see.  I really like how the squares kind of twinkle because of the different values in the scrap fabrics.
Thanks to Lauren for backing me up on my instinct to bind the quilt using this cool black and white grid fabric by Timeless Treasures.  I was worried it might be too light, but she was right; it adds a softness to the quilt that I love.
Thanks to Kristin for her tip at our last guild meeting, I tried a new binding technique.  You attach the double fold binding to the front of the quilt as usual.  Then you fold it away from the quilt and iron it with a lot of steam.  Repeat that process as you fold it to the back of the quilt.  It's amazing how well it stays in place without pins.  Then you stitch in the ditch, from the front of the quilt, next to the binding and it catches the binding edge on the back.  It worked really well and is invisible from the front of the quilt!  I still prefer binding by hand, but this is super fast when you need to finish up a "just for fun" project and get back to your craft to do list.
 I've listed the quilt in my shop.  You can read more about this quilt here and here.

24 comments:

Hannah said...

So funny you mention that binding method, because I tried something like that just yesterday. I still prefer the hand sewing too, I think, but it was nice to have it done so quickly!

Svetlana said...

What a wonderful quilt, I love it!!! So pretty and bright and happy.

Kristin said...

Yeah! Way to go, machine-stitched binding! I think I'm going to use it for all of my kid quilts, but I'll probably do it by hand for adult stuff. Of course, my husband is kind of rough on things...

**nicke... said...

it is so so cute!

Mary Anne said...

Kristin's method is how I actually learned how to bind a quilt! I have a few different tricks up my sleeve now, but I often go back to the tried-and-true (AND FAST) method!

Love your quilt, Alex!

Debbie said...

Darling! Love the binding....

Jessica said...

perfect! LOVE the binding.

Chelsea said...

It looks so good! I need to get hoping on my grannies. That ironing trick works really well for hand finished bindings, too. I don't bother pinning mine and they always turn out perfectly.

Patchwork and Play said...

This is such a sweet quilt! The granny squares block is definitely on my 'to-do' list!

Sarah said...

Soooo soft and pretty, and you are right about the "twinkle"! Love it!

Katherine said...

It's a beauty!

Jenny said...

That turned out great!!

Jennie said...

Great granny squares. Love that you made a baby quilt out of yours. Mine will be a bit bigger, but not much. I love machine binding as well - for stuff that's going to go through the wash more frequently anyway.

Well done!

safieh said...

Love your quilt and I just stashed the binding print in black AND grey, myself. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

I love your tip for dealing with your binding method, for when you have to get a binding done quickly

Carla said...

This turned out so cute....I really need to make one too!

Rachel said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

This is just gorgeous! I really love the twinkling thing too.

Alycia said...

So very nice. The binding is just perfect for it!!

Lizzy said...

What a cute quilt!! I love the granny square blocks with a healthy dose of white. And that aqua flower print for the backing is too cute. Adorable!

Franziska said...

I like it a lot, so happy and fresh. I have to try the granny squares soon, too.

Jessie @ Messy Jesse said...

what a fantastic job you've made of it. It looks absolutely gorgeous! I've just started cutting up my granny sqaure blocks this week, it's such a fun design! :) x

Donna~~ said...

Great quilt--that gridded fabric is perfect for the binding! (And I'm adding a granny square quilt to my to do list!)

t. anne said...

This quilt is beautiful!