‘simply retro’ granny squares

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I recently got back from my annual sewing retreat where I enjoyed some ‘me’ time with my patchwork buddies. As usual, we did nothing but eat, sleep and quilt – no kidding!  It was the best time ever!

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t have to stop to make meals, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, go to work and all that real life stuff. In a few short hours I managed to stitch together the blocks for an entire quilt top!

The pattern is from Camille Roskelley’s book ‘Simply Retro’. I fell in love with the classic, fresh, retro look of this quilt … a lovely modern take on the humble granny square. I love it! And the best part? It’s fat quarter friendly – you only need 12 fat quarters and a few metres of white to make the top!

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The simple do-able style of the giant 20″ blocks meant that the quilt grew pretty quickly too – hey, I like that!

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Now I’m not gonna lie, I’m not a big fan of machine quilting (I much prefer to hand quilt) but, let’s face it, hand quilting takes time and some days you just wanna get it done, right? So … I opted to have a go at ‘edge to edge’ quilting on the machine. I chose wavy lines rather than straight ones, hoping to add some movement to the quilt whilst at the same time keeping it modern.  What do you think? 

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I finished it all off nice and neat with some cute red and white check 🙂

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So there you have it … a quilt finished in just under 3 weeks (certainly beats 12 years!).

Phew! I’m off for a lie down …

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Happy stitching!

Natalie xx

 

 

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15 thoughts on “‘simply retro’ granny squares

  1. Three weeks?! Wow! Now I need a lie down from shock. I am never that fast. What’s more, it is both beautiful and the sort of thing that will get used – no languishing unloved in cupboards for this beauty!

  2. It’s a real beauty Natalie, and the wavy lines certainly add movement. Love the colour combination too. A winner for sure. xx

    • Hey thanks Kathleen! I will definitely be trying more ‘edge to edge’ quilting, it was simple enough to do, albeit a bit tough on the old arms trying to shove the rolled up quilt through the gap in the machine lol! But I got there in the end 🙂

  3. Natalie,I don’t know how can you do all that pattern in few weeks and so neat …
    Well done ,I am very pride of you xxx

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