The “Good Job Raising Her” Quilt

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Good Job Raising Her Quilt

When my niece Alexis graduated as valedictorian of her class, I made her this quilt to celebrate her accomplishments.  Then I realized that of course she didn’t get there alone, her parents had quite a bit to do with how she turned out!  So with the charm squares I had left over from her quilt, I  devoted a little time to cutting, piecing and quilting a gift for her Mom and step Dad, too.  (My brother.)

Good Job Raising Her Quilt

(It’s backed with a super-soft vintage sheet, perfect for couch naps!)

I hope that when Alexis goes off to college in the fall, her parents will feel one more connection to her through this quilt, made from the scraps of hers.

Good Job Raising Her Quilt

She is a daughter to be proud of, and that makes me proud of her parents, too!  Think of this as a major award, Jim.  ;)

You can find the tutorial for Granny Square Quilts here, and see another one I’ve made here.  And if you’re hooked and want to see even more, check out the I Heart Granny (Squares) group on Flickr!

Granny Square Quilt Made with a Jelly Roll and Charm Packs

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Granny Square Quilt - Made with Jelly Roll and Two Charm Packs

Granny square quilts are popping up everywhere!  I loved Jolene’s granny square quilt tutorial at Blue Elephant Stitches as soon as I saw it.  This design is meant to be great for using up scraps, but since it’s based on 2.5″ squares, it works really well with a jelly roll and charm squares.

Granny Quilt Ingredients

I used a Moda jelly roll in Silver and two charm square packs of Malka Dubrawsky’s new fabric line A Stitch in Color.  Jelly rolls are strips of fabric 2.5″ wide and as long as the fabric, so cutting 2.5″ squares was especially easy.  The charm packs are 5″ squares, so they just needed to be cut in quarters.  This saves a LOT of cutting time, lets you get right to sewing AND if you’ve fallen in love with a beautiful line of fabrics, it’s a great way to use them all together!

Since the finished blocks are trimmed up and used on a diagonal, you’ll end up with your fabric on the bias — it tends to not want to lie perfectly flat.  Don’t let this worry you, a good pressing before you sew the blocks together works wonders.

WIP: Granny Square Quilt

And somehow I have to hold every quilt top up in front of a window.  I seriously need to make quilt top curtains someday.

Granny Square Quilt

The gray background makes the bright colors almost glow.

Granny Square Quilt - Made with Jelly Roll and Two Charm Packs

But be prepared to share, everyone will want your quilt!

Cat on a Quilt, Already

If you’d like to see more granny square quilts, check out the I <3 Granny and Scrap Attack Quilt-Along groups on Flickr.  You’ll find loads of inspiration!