I feel like I haven’t done much sewing over the past week, but Saturday afternoon I had a great time making some Mama-blocks from Lori Holt’s latest book Great Granny Squared.
In conjunction with the release of Lori’s book, the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Great Granny Sew Along with an original design by Lori to use with the patterns in the book to create the Mama’s Crochet Quilt. The quilt uses variations of the blocks from the book (so you’ll need the book to participate) but the Sew Along will provide free additional instructions for the new quilt design. You can see both versions of the quilt on the Sew Along page. And here is the PDF download for the Mama Blocks that you will need for the Mama’s Crochet Quilt.
I used the pattern in the book to start a collection of ‘Mama Blocks’. I love the look of these blocks and have wanted to make some for a while. I love Lori’s system of creating your own precuts from your scraps and leftovers and as a result I had a stack of 2 1/2″ squares that were just right for starting these blocks.
I made nine of them and haven’t decided if I’m going to just turn this into a little mini quilt or keep going and make it bigger. Aren’t they cute? They will probably live on my design wall for a time while I decide. Be sure to check out the versions at Nana Company and Little Miss Shabby.
One thing that I discovered while making blocks is that they look best when there is a contrast with the the background or next row of squares. As you can see in the block on the left the ‘pink’ squares have too much white in them to really contrast with the low-volume prints that surround them. So I remade my ‘pink’ block with squares that read a little more ‘solid’ and have more contrast with the outside prints. Not a necessity, but just something I found when I was putting blocks together.
I have a copy of Lori’s book Great Granny Squared to give away to one of you! The whole book is so darling – so many cute patterns and projects in typical amazing Lori Holt Style. If you would like to win a copy, leave a comment on this post. Make sure there is a way I can contact you if you win! Giveaway open until Friday, May 9 at Midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED
This week we will assemble the blocks and add the borders. If you are sewing-along, I’d love to see what you’re making! You can leave a comment with a link, use the hashtag #churndashQAL on social media, post them on the BERNINA USA Facebook page, or add your pictures to the Flickr page. Or just send me an email. I love seeing the variety of fabrics and colors people use. Happy quilting!