Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Granny's Salt Water Taffy
The granny square lap quilt is done at last, and I'm so happy with the way it turned out. Rather than cutting the usually smaller squares for this pattern, I used five inch squares from the two charm packs of Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket that I've been saving for something special. I absolutely love the colors in this line of vintage beach inspired prints. They remind me of the barrels of salt water taffy I used to see at the Huntington Beach candy shop when I was a kid. After some debate, I chose a grey background for this quilt rather than the more typical white because it seemed to fit with the ocean theme as well.
I kept the quilting very simple, machine stitching across the sashing in the middle and then hand quilting around the edge of each granny square with a thread color matching the center prints. It was the first time I've done any quilting by hand, and I'm glad that I tried it. It takes so much longer, but I love the way it looks. The quilt is bound in Lizzy House's Pearl Bracelet in red, a wonderful print for binding. I will definitely have to order more at some point.
While I would love to keep this quilt, I'm happy that it's going to a good home...my grandmother's, appropriately enough. The granny square craze is happening for a reason; these blocks really are a lot of fun to make. I may have to tackle this pattern again in the next few months so I can have some of my own.
Linking up to Fabric Tuesday & Work In Progress Wednesday.