Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Granny Squares Quilt Along

Hello Lovelies!!!

Welcome to my blog! To start off, I'm Krista. I am a Stay At Home Mom of three boys, wife to Chris who's in the Air Force and we are stationed in Southern New Mexico. Anyway snoop around and come back often!

Okay let's get to business...

Here's what I posted in the group as starter stuff... I also added a few things so read careful!

Jolene has given us permission to use her as a reference. I will post the quilt along on my blog and put links in this group.

Here's the size options and requirements...

Original refers to Jolene's quilt on her blog

Baby 40x51
Original 51x61
Lap 61x72
almost Full 72x82
Queen 82x93


baby quilt 40x51
1 7/8yards background fabric
156 2.5" squares (96 outer, 60 inner) ((this could be one charm pack))

Original quilt
2yards of background fabric per her blog
260 2.5" squares (160 outer, 100 inner) ((2 charm packs))

Lap quilt
3.25 yards background
390 2.5" squares ( 240 outer, 150 inner)

Almost Full
4.25 yards background
546 2.5" squares (336 outer, 210 inner) ((one jelly roll or layer cake))

5.5 yards background
728 2.5" squares (448 outer, 280 inner) ((one jelly roll or layer cake PLUS one charm))

The background fabric is for the blocks, sashing and a 5.5 inch unfinished border.

Inner refers to the middle five in the block.
Outer is the outer 8
And the rest are background squares.

Sashing is cut at 2.5"
Borders are cut at 5.5

Baby quilt are 3 squares across, 4 long
Original is 4x5
lap 5x6
Almost Full 6x7
Queen 7x8

Okay let's do this..

You are going to need quite a few 2.5" squares. The amounts above are the minimum, I would suggest AT LEAST 20 more. The reason is, if you are doing color planned squares, you are going to want to have some choices more if a square just doesn't go with the others.
Color piles

Here's how I kept track of how many scraps I have cut. I definitely cut more than needed but it's an easy way to be able to walk away from cut squares without having to count all over again. My house is a place where I get to sew 5 minutes here, 3 minutes here.

Tally marks

Scraps have a new plan in my house these days. Scraps are going to be bedding for my kitty bed!! I got the idea from someone on Flickr but now I can't find her to give her credit! (I'm sorry chica!)


Background squares. You need to cut 2.5 wide strips.

I suggest you cut your fabric with 12 layers, (6 strips folded in half). That way, when you cut the 2.5" square, you have all 12 squares of your background fabric, in a pile for each Granny block.
If you do it this way, you need..

Baby quilt needs 12 total strips
Original needs 18
Lap needs 24
Al Full needs 30
Queen needs 42

Each 42" strip makes 17 squares (2.5" squares)

If you are not going to use 6 layers, you save some fabric...

Baby needs 9 strips
Original needs 15 strips
Lap needs 21 strips
Almost Full 30 strips
Queen needs 40.5 strips

Lay out your squares how you want them. 12 squares are needed for the outer edge of background fabric (Kona Coal in picture below). 8 for the middle ring (greens). And 5 for the center (red but center is green).

Lay out

Here are some more ideas for layouts...

Themed- this one is dots

Red, White and Blue -this one might be fun with a white background instead of the coal

One color

The popular aqua and red combo
Aqua and red

Tracy is uber smart and figured out a way to make this block without the bias sides!!

Here's her tutorial... HERE

Such a great idea! I'm sooo glad she figured out the Math for that! I can do squares... triangles, not so much! Her tutorial would definitely cut down on these...


Okay jump backwards..

Once you figure out your block layout, start piecing the squares together. I did my first block piece by piece, then I hung it up on my wall in front of my machine so I could match it and chain pieced the rest of the blocks. Then laid them out and pieced again.

See that overlap right there? Yeah where the grey and grey are touching... it's suppose to be there. It's a good thing, as Martha Stewart says.

Over lap

Now we are fast forwarding to trimming. Jolene already showed you how to piece so you kids have that already!

If you are making a bunch of these squares, I HIGHLY recommend you getting your hands on a 9.5" square ruler. They will make your life me! (Save your JoAnn's coupon and get it for 40% off cause they are hardly ever on sale)


Okay so instructions on how to trim...

Find the middle of your squares. I find it by folding in half one way, pressing in a crease. Fold it the other way, press a crease. Open it up and you have a little X in the middle. (This doesn't have to be exact at all. Just a general reference point.)


If you have a 9.5" ruler, mark the center (4 3/4"). I use a Sharpie. (With a bit of spit and a finger nail, it comes off again.) Like I said before, in my house things get touched and moved, so I have to be able to leave it on the counter, change a diaper, fill a sippy cup and come back. A sharpie stays put long enough for me to cut out a quilt. the dry eraser ones, do just that... erase!


So line up your X with your dot on your ruler, and take a glance.


Most of my blocks were pretty straight on. Some I had to fudge a little bit clockwise or counterclockwise. Keep in mind that you want the center to stay the same but you can move the corners of the ruler. Your goal here is to cut a square with the minimum amount of "valleys." (see below)


I don't know what else to call it but a valley so therefore, it shall be named Valley!

Jolene cut her blocks to about 9 1/4". She wouldn't have to worry too much about Valleys.

I didn't want to waste a perfectly good 9 1/2" ruler. :) So I cut mine at 9 1/2".

Because I know that I sew with a generous 1/4" seam allowance, I can get away with this. If you are a perfect 1/4" seam allowance person, you probably want to cut at 9 1/4. (just remember your dot on your ruler needs to move in an 1/8")


So find on your ruler where you cut with with the smallest valleys on all four sizes.

Now you have square blocks!! YAY!!!!

All blocks

See that red block on the top right corner, I thought I would show you that if you did every other block like that, you would give the illusion of a bigger block every other one, if you used the same color sashing as the middle of the blocks.

Let's talk about sashing now..

The background fabric yardage above includes your sashing too. The sashing is going to be 2.5" wide.

Now I'm stepping up on a soapbox because this is a wonderful program. If you have a phone that has apps or an apple product, I would totally get this.


It's Robert Kaufman's Quilt Calc. It's free and SOOOOO helpful.

Here's a couple screen shots...

Rk app


Awesomeness huh?!

Anyway it will totally make your life easier, especially the binding one. It tells you how many strips to cut!!

Well I'm sharing... Here's another idea that I found in one of my quilting books



Book 2

They teach you how to strip piece the squares!


This was something I thought about while making these blocks. If you weren't doing totally scrappy, you could definitely make this go faster.

Here's what I'm talking about...

Layout for the aqua and red block
Lay out 2

See these pieces could all be cut from strips. One background (2.5" wide), one red (2.5) and background (2.5)


And then have a Nine Patch center

Nine patch

Then add in the four extra squares on the outside.

So from the book, I got the idea to put a blank square in between each Granny Square.


So because I added the "spacer" blocks, I felt like it didn't need sashing too.

If you were doing sashing, this is where you would add it!! :)


Then you would add your border!

Your border is cut at 5.5" to make a 5 inch border.

Here is the Math for the amount of strips... (this is already calculated into your yardage above)

baby quilt cut 4 5.5" strips (need 5/8 yard)
Original cut 5 strips (need 5/6 yard)
Lap cut 6 strips (need 1 yard)
Almost Full cut 7 strips (need 1.125 yards)
Queen cut 8 strips (need 1.25 yards)

(The handy-dandy Robert Kaufman app figured this out for me!!)

I didn't figure in binding or backing for these quilts because I think most of you will be doing scrappy, or using up the scraps from the granny squares.

If you would like me to figure that out for you, I would LOVE it! (I'm a Math geek at heart)

So I think you've figured out that this is pretty much the WHOLE quilt along. We decided since Jolene (Blue Elephant Stitches) had pretty much lead the way, that I would just show you a few tricks and such.


We have a couple giveaways!!

Here's how to enter, come back to my blog next week (I'll have a link up in the flickr group) and leave a comment on how far you have gotten. It doesn't matter if you have gotten as far as bookmarking the QAL or have the whole top done, just as long as you come back and enter.

We will have two winners.

Dana, our wonderful leader, has offered up a gift certificate to her place!!

And there's a Jelly Roll up for grabs... you decide what flavor you want!!

So girls (and guys)... get to cutting those scraps! I can't wait to see the different designs you amazing chicks (and dudes) come up with!

Table runner

This is one of Erin's quilts! I'm slowly but surely getting them done!

Table runner is what this one is. Erin LOVES pebbles but after the last 8" square of tiny tiny pebbles, I said there's no way ever, I'm going to do a whole quilt out of pebbles. She suggested to make the rocks bigger.

So I did.

But I'm still not doing a whole quilt. It took almost a whole cone of thread to do this table runner. Yes it's a biger table runner but still. I can't imagine what a full size quilt would take.

This table runner took me 4.5 hours total of quilting. I had a timer on my phone and stop and started it each time I got up or started. That's totally crazy talk!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dragonfly trying to fly

We tried out our bouncer. He can last about 5 minutes before his head starts getting heavy. But he sure does love jumpy!!

I love those skinny feet! He has some thunder thighs though!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012


the Baker's (george and Christi) had a baby on the 13th. I made this quilt for their Colton.

The front is blue with a C. I quilted it with boxy continuous lines.

The back is stars

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Good morning!

This is our morning wake up. After a cartoon, we get cereal and bottle for Dragon. Bee usually sits on the couch, the other side from me.

The only one in this house that wakes up happy is Chris. We do a lot of glaring in the mornings! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bee and Dragonfly

Bee wanted to 'talk' to Dragonfly so they chatted for probably 5 full minutes. It was really really sweet.

It's moments like this I'm grateful for these little boys in my world.

Friday, February 24, 2012


This is a drainage ditch across the street from our house. Right now it has a little bit of water in it from when they tested a fire hydrate down the road.

And rocks.

From my boys.

A LOT of wet laundry the past few days!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blocks for my 3x6 bee rounds

This bee is called 3x6 sampler bee. You get put in group of 7 people, each one picking colors. I picked pink and red.
Then each person makes 6 blocks, all the same design just different colors.
This time they put us in themed groups which worked wonderfully!

This one is for my 'wonky' themed group. I just winged the pattern. I'm going to have to work on the straight lines when they cross each other but it was fun learning. The most popular colors picked were blue and green this quarter. Last quarter it was aqua and red.

These are for my 'solid' themed group. I decided to keep it simple with these blocks because I like the solids to stand out. I could make a whole quilt out of these!

I will post when I receive all my red and pink blocks back, sometime in April.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Glo bug's Birthday!

He was AMAZED by the fire... I think I'm in trouble. Seriously.
He got tired of the cupcake crumbling so he put it on the plate and went to town! This is how all cupcakes should be eaten!! Especially on your second birthday!
He wanted more!

Globug got to have McDonald's for lunch, and a park. Then played outside with Daddy, throwing rocks in a drain in front of the house, while Daddy fixed his truck. Then Maimom, Uncle Rich and Fireant, Ompa and Grrma, and Auntie Kassie all called just Globug! Bee didn't get the phone cause it wasn't his birthday. (Had to make it a special day for Glo)
We didn't open presents today because not all had gotten here so we will wait and do it all at once. It makes life easier on me!

Happy birthday Glo bug! I can't believe you are 2 already!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hexagon day

One day I want to make one of these.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Magic quilt

I FINALLY finished the Magic Quilt. Even though the actual Magic Quilt project has fallen apart, I still wanted to donate this to someone. So I decided I would donate this to the Cancer Center here in Alamogordo.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


My burrito boys!

I swaddled Dragonfly for him to take his morning nap.

Glo Bug wasn't feeling good and also fell off the couch the night before, so he needs some attention. He wanted to be wrapped up too!

Bee saw the burrito party and wanted to play!

So I lined them all up and took a picture! I love it!!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Braydon and Ethan's quilts

I finished the tops of these quilts for Taron's sons. I'm waiting on her to send me backing. When I get them, I will quilt and bind them.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentines post

Christine and Dad sent the boys Valentine's in the mail this year! A card and candy! The boys talked about it for days!

Erin had this on your blog so I stole it!!

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
7 years Feb 5

2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}
we 'knew' each other in school but didn't really meet until we started Domino's the same day. (Feb 1)

3. If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {do tell}
7 years in April

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding? If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?
We got married in Smokey Point, WA in the Stake Center. It was wayyyy small. I think we had MAYBE 12 people at our wedding.

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
BaBaa is a funny nickname, Honey, Dear, you know, the common ones. Chris calls me Baby Girl

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
He's honesty, work ethic and the way he loves his family!

7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?
We kinda just decided.

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?
I got flowers and chocolates this year from him. He's the romantic guy, I'm not. He'd love to do the whole shabang for me but I'd just laugh and then get mad that he spent all the money when the next day, all the stuff would be 90% cheaper!

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
If we lived near a REAL beach, I'd live on it. Everyday, all day!

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
I would love to go on a cruise to the Grand Cayman Islands, a resort like Sandels cause Chris doesn't like moving around everyday, and then a family vacation to Disneyland or world.

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.
I planned on having steak for dinner and just a normal evening but the wind was blowing too hard to light the grill so we had Grilled cheese and tomato soup. That's love right there... being happy with grilled cheese when there was steak on the line!

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?
Nope I don't like buying expensive stuff. I'd rather celebrate it the 15th! :] I'm just happy he is home this year. We talked about it last night and for whatever reason, (TDY's, work shifts, etc) we have only been together 2 Valentine's Days in our 7 years including this year.

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
Be flexible. You both will change in your relationship.

14. What is the best date you have ever been on?
When we went up to Toby Keith/Trace Atkins concert in ABQ.

15. What is the worst?
Oh gosh... umm. I guess one would be when I was pregnant with Logan. We tried a new restaurant, and even before we get out of the parking lot, I puke all of the dinner up, all over Chris' shoes too.

16. Have you dated a complete woozie before? If so, tell us more!

17. Do you prefer chocolates and roses, or jewelry?
Chocolate and roses!

18. Show what love means to you.

Happy late Valentine's Day!