Friday, December 18, 2015

Almost Amish Granny

Do you have any of Lori Holt’s amazing books? I have them all! The diagrams are so clear, the directions always accurate (how many books can say that?!), and the photographs are taken in Lori’s house, so they are just as pretty as can be.
The Fat Quarter Shop is revisiting Lori’s second book, Great Granny Squared, which I already made a project from last year. This time I wanted to add a “twist” to my project, so I opted to the make the full-size great granny block, which finishes at 12”, but in bright monochromatic colors that take on a different look than Lori’s normal scrappy-happy style.
Most of the fabrics are from the Basic Mixologie collection. The colors are so vibrant and gorgeous! But then my Tucker Prairie fat quarter bundle arrived (from the big after Thanksgiving Sale at FQS!) and the two collections looked like they were meant to be together. Keen-eyed fabric aficionados will also notice that the light pink block has a Hoffman Me + You modern batik print too.
I quilted an overall swirl pattern in light beige thread which was a little nerve-wracking since the thread shows so much on the black background fabric, but it turned out awesome! I haven’t attached the binding yet, but this green Tucker Prairie stripe is ready to be sewn on with this pretty Aurifil #1231.
Overall this twist is something I’d love to try again! The black background fabric and monochromatic blocks make the quilt look almost like an actual crocheted granny square blanket or maybe an Amish-inspired quilt. Thanks, Fat Quarter Shop, for letting me play along with your Great Granny Square Twist Blog Hop!
The Fat Quarter Shop has generously let me give away a copy of Lori’s book, Great Granny Squared, to one lucky visitor today. Just leave a comment to be entered and a winner will be picked Monday.

51 comments:

  1. I don't have any Lori Holt's books. That would be lovely to win. I love your quote above about the only adult yoy speak with normally....I'm in the same boat 😁

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  2. I don't have any Lori Holt's books. That would be lovely to win. I love your quote above about the only adult yoy speak with normally....I'm in the same boat 😁

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  3. I don't have this book, and would love to win one. Thank you so much for an awesome giveaway!

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  4. Wow, such a lovely variation to make the monochrome blocks!

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  5. I really love your take on the Granny Square! This is a pattern I dream of making some day!

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  6. I really love your take on the Granny Square! This is a pattern I dream of making some day!

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  7. That looks awesome, Jamie, and your quilting is beautiful on it. That is one of my favorite patterns too. I sewed along with the Great Granny several years ago and it is still one of my favorite quilts.

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  8. Love the "Amish" twist. Would love a chance to win Lori's book. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Love your 'Almost Amish' quilt! The quilting is great, too, wish mine would look so good:-)

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  10. THANKS FOR SHARING>LOVE YOUR PROJECT!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  11. Great choice of colors!! Id be hesitant to use tan thread on black, too, but it gives a little extra texture. Thanks for a chance to win the book. It's one that I don't have in my collection.

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  12. Amish meets modern!! Love the black and the vibrant colors!! Thanks for the chance to win this interesting book.

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  13. It's amazing how much difference can be made by altering the colors. I love your spin on this!

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  14. Love your blocks! I love Amish style quilts and yours is gorgeous.

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  15. I love your version of the granny square!

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  16. Love your blocks and a hint of black

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  17. Love your quilt with the monochromatic colour and black. I personally prefer it over the scrappy look. I don't have any of Lori's books so thanks for the chance.

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  18. Your quilt is great, I love the colors!

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  19. I love your quilt! I'm hoping to get Lori's Farm Girl Vintage book for Christmas.

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  20. I LOVE the black background! But that is probably no surprise to you as I also use it in my quilts! I don't own any of Lori's books although I am a long time follower of her blog and on IG! Thanks for the opportunity to maybe win this great book!

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  21. Very pretty, I love your colors.

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  22. Ooh, I LOVE the quilting on this one. So pretty! And the binding is going to be scrumptious. :)

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  23. I love your quilt! The black background was I great idea.
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  24. Fabulous idea. The colors are perfect.

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  25. I love a quilt with black. Great giveaway.

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  26. I love a quilt with black. Great giveaway.

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  27. I agree Lori's patterns are accurate and clearly written! I love your quilting!

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  28. I agree Lori's patterns are accurate and clearly written! I love your quilting!

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  29. How I love that swirly quilting showing on the black fabric...it's gorgeous! The bright colors are so spectacular next to the black!

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  30. Great job! I love the monochromatic look and the black really makes the blocks pop!

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  31. I like the contrast. It looks great!

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  32. Love, love, love that dark background!! I have a white background picked out for a larger quilt but you gave me rethinking it :-) Congrats on your giveaway with FQS!!

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  33. Great quilt, the black background is wonderful.

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  34. Awesome quilt! Those colours are just beautiful on that black background. And your quilting is just great.

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  35. Oh, such rich colors, beautiful. Often, the grannies are in lighter fabrics. I like your darker twist.

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  36. great job on the granny square...thank you for the chance to have a NEW book
    sewfabrics@outlook.com

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  37. I don't have this book! Looks awesome.
    Thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays to you.

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  38. I would love to win a copy of this book. Granny squares are on my to do list! I love the dark background you used, it makes the square pop out! It's beautiful.

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  39. Love your quilt! It reminds me that I need to finish a quilt top from stash bee a couple of years ago that will be similar ...

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  40. Gorgeous quilt! I'd love to win the book and try something similar.

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  41. Jamie, I love your all over swirl in the lt beige (that's my go to shade in Aurifil too). It's beautifully done, I've yet to use a black background...think you just inspired me to!!! Thank you.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Wow, those colors are gorgeous! sarah@forrussia.org

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  43. Love your fabric choices. What did you think of Lori's piecing technique? I've read some of the other participants' comments and am anxious to try it:)

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  44. I don't have any of her books yet. They all look amazing. Love the monochromatic look.

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  45. Awesome that you have all those books. I now have Farm Girl Vintage and have only sewn one block so far. It's just cool to look through the book on the couch, even. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  46. Just found your blog through this blog hop and I LOVE what you did with this pattern! Would love to win the book, but excited to find your blog! Thanks!

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  47. Hey Jamie, did you ever pick a winner for this? I guess the excitement of Christmas got in the way? S

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  48. What a great quilt!! I love the fabrics you've used and the swirly quilting on the black background is such a winning effect. I must confess that I don't have any of Loris book though they all look great. I know whoever won your giveaway would have be doing a merry dance to win such a great prize.

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  49. Stunning! The quilting looks so good.

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  50. what beautiful things you have here.
    The pictures are really beautiful !!!!
    Snowy greetings
    Antje

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