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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

IS A GRANNY SQUARE BLOCK FOR YOU?

I was so busy last week that I didn’t get much quilting/sewing done; however, I did want to show you this.  It is the Granny Square block.  I found the tutorial on Blue Elephant Stitches and had to try it.  The above is the block BEFORE it is trimmed into the square.

This is the block after I trimmed it.  This is a fun way to use your scraps and I enjoyed making the blocks.  However…
These three are as far as I intend to go with this block.  I have trouble with piecing and getting things to square up and though these three blocks may look square, they are off just a touch and that drives me crazy.  The tutorial was tremendous.  It is that I lack in piecing skills.  I spent this afternoon turning these three squares into a table runner for my DIL.  I’ll show it to you after it is finished.

I bet this is something you never before thought about making.  Life With Monkey shows you how to make hair curlers.  Check it out.

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

3 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Your granny squares are great. I've seen a lot of these in blogland and love them all. I didn't realize you just trimmed them up in the end. That makes it easier than putting setting triangles on. Way to go! I love how you try a few blocks and move on. That is hard for me to do, but I'm working on it!

Allie said...

Good job hon - you know I won't be making any, lol - the more I try to piece accurately, the worse I get! I don't understand it at all.

Vicky F said...

Hi Caroll,
Your blocks look good to me. I plan to try a few of these for fun at some point.

What's nice about these types of blocks is adding an oversized strip around the block as a "fudge factor" (for instance, if the pattern says to add 1.5 inch strip, I would add 2 inches all around).

Then when all the blocks are done, you can trim them to the same size. That way, no one would ever notice if your piecing is a little off.
By the way, mine piecing is never a perfect size, but I am consistent.
Vicky F

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