I’ve been a major slacker when it comes to telling you about the first quilt I made.  I meant to post about it while I was making it and now a couple of months have gone by since I finished it.

Here she is! My granny square quilt in all its wonky glory. I kid you not. Some of the blocks are so wonky I had to use the sashing to square them up. The quilting does wonders to help disguise the mistakes, also.

I love love love 1930s prints. They really strike a chord with me. For my first quilt I decided to go with an aqua and orange color combination. Funny thing is I’ve always considered orange a color I didn’t like much but more and more I’m drawn to it.

The prints are from Denyse Schmidt’s Croquet and Blossom Reel collections sold at Jo-Ann. Does it date me if I mention there are times I still refer to Jo-Ann as Cloth World?

  • Croquet Tile — aqua outer ring
  • Croquet Tile Orange — orange outer ring
  • Croquet Oval — orange middle ring
  • Croquet Oval Orange — aqua middle ring
  • Blossom Reel Squares Teal — aqua center
  • Blossom Reel Squares Orange — orange center
  • Blossom Reel Plaid Orange — binding

The solid is Robert Kaufman Kona in PFD Bleach White. I bought it at Hobby Lobby. You gotta love their weekly 40% off coupon!

It measures 55″ wide by 76″ long.

I machine quilted it by stitching fairly closely spaced organic (not straight) lines with Aurifil 50 wt thread in color 2021 using a walking foot.

I’ve always loved the granny square block and it’s extra special because of what it symbolizes to me. I’m the center square. The next ring is my mom who died earlier this year and is my sewing inspiration. The outer ring is my grandma. My mom’s mom. She is my quilting inspiration.

I love my quilt.

13 comments on “My First Quilt”

  1. I love your quilt, too, and it doesn’t look wonky at all! Coincidence, I have my first granny square quilt almost finished now myself! It’s all sandwiched and ready to quilt; but the holiday stuff has left it sitting there hanging on the back of my sewing chair… waiting, waiting. I had really hoped to have it to snuggle with over Christmas. Maybe I can get it done before my kids arrive from out of town this weekend, ya think?? Love yours!! So so pretty!!

  2. This is a gorgeous quilt, I love oranges and blues. I have some fat quarters in these colours waiting to be put into a quilt. Granny squares might be the way to go.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Granny with us, Melissa. I love the fabric choices!!! And the quilting – how intense! But especially love the symbolism in this quilt. The three generations.

  4. Thank you for the comments about “wonky”, I finally took the plunge and started this quilt, i was so excited to use up about 20 years worth of fabric scraps. I started assembling the quilt and i am finding i’m having issues like you mentioned. Glad to know the machine quilting will hide some of the issues.

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