I started this quilt for my friend Megan about 7 months ago. It was meant to be a birthday present (her birthday was in November). Megan and I have very different styles and so I agonized for months over what quilt to make for her. If you came over to my house you would see bright wall colors and a mix of modern and more vintage items. Megan's house on the other hand is more simple with Amish furniture and beige everything. I love her dearly and wanted to make something that she would want to use.
When I saw the granny square quilt tutorial from Blue Elephant Stitches, I knew that this would make a great quilt for Megs. I used Denyse Schmidt fabrics - such a great combination of vintage charm with modern aesthetics.
I cut the DS fabrics into 2.5" squares. I made a stack of warm squares and cool squares. Half of the blocks I rotated cool alternating with warm; the other half were the other way. I think it helped me maintain a sense of balance with the quilt. Each granny square finished around 11".
I decided to keep it simple for the quilting and used straight line even quilting. I intended to quilt in a complete grid but I really really hate straight line quilting and I couldn't keep it up for the entire quilt. I think that this quilt was a good compromise for me and Megan absolutely loved the quilt when I finally gave it to her last week. Only a few months late.
This finishes as a nice lap-sized quilt - 66x70" It's backed in an Anna Maria Horner print called hugs and kisses. I think it's perfect.