Great Granny Gretel {a finished quilt!!}

Let me introduce you to my Great Granny Gretel ;-) That’s the name I gave this quilt because it is composed of Great Granny quilt blocks using Amy Smart’s latest fabric line, Gretel. I know…I’m so clever! I just love the sweet retro inspired prints in this collection as well as the color palette.

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My quilt design was inspired by Lori Holt’s Great Granny Squared quilt pattern.

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Instead of piecing the quilt together as blocks like Lori’s quilt pattern, I wanted the print fabric of each “great granny square” to be touching (i.e. without the extra white background between them). To accomplish this, I cut up my fat quarter bundle into 2 1/2” squares and laid them out with white 2 1/2” squares and then sewed them together in diagonal rows. Below is a photo of the completed quilt top when I was done. I left the edges as shown while I quilted and then trimmed the quilt into a square before adding the binding.

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I had originally planned to do crosshatch quilting, but once I completed the horizontal rows, I kind of loved the simple and fluffy texture it created, so I called it done.

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This is for sure one of my new favorite quilts. It is so bright and cheery and I love how scrappy the great granny pattern makes it seem even though the fabric is all from one collection.

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And now I’m just going to bombard you with pretty photos because I couldn’t decide which ones to post :) Enjoy!

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That butter yellow in the center block of the below photo may be my new favorite color for this summer!

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For the back and binding, I chose my favorite print from the collection, the main Gretel print in blue. And look how perfectly my straight lines ended up along the backing fabric. I’m certain I couldn’t have done that if I was actually trying! I just love happy little “accidents”.

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Amanda