Monday, 19 March 2018

Granny Squares

This is Heather T's quilt.  When she brought me her Scraps of Life quilt, she said she was going smaller with the next one.    And she did.

The blocks in this quilt are 6 1/2".  61 pieces each.  3/4" squares.  168 blocks.  You can do the math on the number of pieces.  Amazing.

Heather had asked for feathers all over, and I decided that for the scale of the blocks, I would put one feather frond in each block, this way almost every square has some quilting in it.  I alternated the 'tilt' of each feather, so it was a continuous design and also it created two different diagonal flows, so lots of movement provided by the quilting.
And, after a while (there are a lot of these little blocks in this quilt--if I recall correctly it's 12x14 layout, so about 72x84), I decided there should be a subtle medallion in the center, which I created by SID around 16 blocks (a 4x4 section) and then quilting continuous curve in the little tiny squares, leaving the background fabrics unquilted.


It shows better from the back--remember, it was meant to be subtle.  The larger looking circles are where two blocks meet.   I could have made it stand out more with echoing the SID and some straight line quilting, but this was a nice effect--a nice surprise for someone who looks closely enough.  Can you spot the medallion in the photo below?
(it starts just above the pink block on the right hand side)

 This quilt is very heavy, as tiny piecing tends to be.    The shot below shows the movement and the diagonals formed by the feathers.

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