Remember this quilt top? I used leftover 2 1/2" squares from another quilt to make it. Well, those vibrant little squares came from my Granny Squares quilt, which I started spring of 2012 and just finished a few days ago!
I can honestly say I enjoyed every step of making this quilt. I started by pulling out old scraps of fabric, looking for bright, bold colors in yellow, blue, red, pink, purple, green, and aqua. I wanted saturated color. Unbridled. Brassy. And totally me.
Last year the Granny Squares pattern spread across the web like wildfire, and I couldn't wait to make one of my own. Most were using some kind of white/off white background to make their little squares pop, but I wanted something different. I think this pale grey (Silver Lining from Connecting Threads) off sets my little squares nicely, contrasting the cheerful colors with a more somber yet soothing tone. Much like a pair of bright galoshes on a rainy day. I love the sound of gentle, falling rain, and being a kid again-stomping in all of the puddles.
I hand quilted this one. I knew it would take time and I wasn't in a hurry. I enjoyed the process, and I'm already thinking about the next large project I'll quilt by hand. Hand quilting is peaceful, and I love the homey, imperfect look and texture it gives. Some things are just worth taking your time for.
This quilt has become my favorite, I could just stare and stare at all those sweet little squares. It's very fitting for spring actually-and finished just in time!