would you all like to know how many blocks i made before i settled on this one??
i'm not sure if it's the move, or my toddler, or the whiplash from all of these new German dents in my car-- but i feel like i'm really off my sewing game.
however, this morning,
i found clarity.
i whipped ye little block up in about an hour, and loved it!
i found it on pinterest about a month ago, and linked it to the source, blue elephant.
here is her tutorial. she does a good job. you should probably follow hers.
here's mine. remember,
bear with me...
all of the squares for this pattern are going to be 3.5 inches.
you'll need 12 white squares (using the kona white I'll send), 8 of the same color tone for the outer ring, and 5 of the same color tone for the inner ring.
for my block i chose red and blue.
once you get all of the squares cut (25 total), take a few minutes and arrange them.
have fun with the size of the prints, values, etc.
once you have your squares arranged, start assembling.
for me, the easiest way to do this visually, was to turn my mat on an angle and attach the squares by rows.
your lonely white squares at the top and bottom will be attached last.
once you have all of your squares stitched into rows, start attaching your rows. right sides together. make sure to keep your middle squares centered.
once all of your rows are attached it should look like this.
next, trim the edges.
you'll want to trim 1/4 inch outside of the points.
and voila! a granny square block!
i love the combination of traditional and modern. i love the uses of color against each other and then framed with the white. i love how simple this pattern is to make, but how intricate it looks.
a few specifics:
* along with the white, please use contrasting colors tones for the "outer ring" and the "inner ring"
* my fabric preferences: i love geometric prints, modern, abstract, linear, polka dots, simple, or vintage prints.
* my favorite designers are denyse schmidt (especially her latest from Joanns that i can't get any of, hint hint, i mean, if you happen to have it on hand of course), lizzy house, laurie wisbrun, and anna maria horner (i certainly don't expect anyone to go purchase fabric, i just wanted to give you an idea of my style)
* dislikes: traditional florals, novelty, neon, the "watercolor" effect
* please use a 1/4 inch seam allowance, white thread, and press the seams open...i know, i know:)
* i'm shipping out the kona white tomorrow, so it should get to you next week. i'm sorry about the delay---no amazing excuses here. feel free to go ahead if you happen to have a kona white stash, to get started (you'll need about 1/8 of a yard)
* this quilt is for my bed...just something to keep in mind. (probably why I was so non-committal)
please email me if you have any questions or if i need to clarify anything. anything at all.
here is a shot what my brain feels like...now you know.
i totally blame the wonder baby, for everything.
hugs to you all, and i can't wait to wrap myself up in all of your handiwork!