Monday, 19 May 2014

Great Granny Quiltalong

Fat Quarter Shop (my fave shop for FQ bundles) and Lori Holt (who is a ludicrously talented fabric and quilt designer) have teamed up to bring you the Great Granny sewalong and today I am one of the stops along the way.  Based on the book, Great Granny Squared by Lori Holt, the sewalong has been rolling around the internet and I will be giving away a copy of the book at the end of this post.


You will need a copy of the book and additional pdfs are available at stops along the sew along to help you on your way.  The pdf for this stop of the blog hop can be found by clicking here.  And links to all of the others pdfs and all the other blogposts can be found in this post here.  Today I am sharing the fun with Pink Penguin and Pretty By Hand so be sure to check out their versions of the label too.  


So today's post is all about the quilt label.  In the past I have printed out quilt labels onto fabric fused to freezer paper but it has never occurred to me to piece a label and that is what Lori has done for the label for her quilt.  In her version, she recommends embroidering on the central square of the label so one day, when I gift my next quilt, I will embroider a message onto the centre of this label and attach it to the back of the quilt I am gifting.  

I already had in mind the quilt I wanted to make the label for and it is this quilt which appears in Fat Quarterly's latest book Quilt Colour Workhop and will also grace the front cover of David & Charles 2015 Quilter's Desk Diary.  It's made entirely from red and cream scraps so I wanted to do the same for the label.  


Lori had suggested making the label from any leftover scraps so I decided to go scrappy on my version of the label.  


The way the label is made is by making the 12" block and sewing it with a 1/4" seam right sides together to a 12 1/2" square of white fabric leaving an 8" gap, turning inside out and finishing the final part of the seam by hand.  


I slightly cheated by sewing the whole way around, slashing a cut in the back of the label, turning right way out through the hole, pushing out corners and pressing carefully so that, once the label was sewn on, the hole in the back would be hidden.  Lazy, not quite as perfect but that's the difference between Lori and me! 

And if you'd like to win a copy of the book (UK only I'm afraid), please leave a comment on this post.  

36 comments:

  1. Not sure first comment wirked . nice label

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  2. Gorgeous label. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  3. Lovely label. Would love to with the book!

    eveningemma at gmail dot com

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  4. Scrappy looks great. I have Lori's previous book and I agree FQS are great for bundles especially with a fat Quarterly coupon.

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  5. What a great idea. I love Lori Holt's designs.

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  6. I must make this block love your designs.

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  7. Don't tell anyone, but I don't label my quiIts. I know I should, but I can't bring myself to put my name on them.

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  8. Just love Lori's work and have got her first book which I am aiming to make something from when my UFOs are completed, would love the chance to win this new book and the label idea is just lovely, I usually embroider on the machine a border and then hand stitch the relevant details,date, name and place of making! Ann

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  9. No worries about being in the US. I already have this darling book! I got to see Katy at market and told her to give you a big hug from me. If she forgets, you just go take it from her when you next see her, OK!?

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  10. Love your quilt. The color and pattern are fantastic! The label is cute too!

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  11. Love that label idea, not sure I'd ever be organised enough! Would love a copy of the book, thanks for the chance.

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  12. Wow, front cover of the Quilter's Desk Diary! Kudos! Definitely deserves an extra special label x

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  13. Great idea for labels - I just write on a scrap of plain fabric!

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  14. Love that idea for a quilt label and you can't beat a granny square block.

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  15. lovely idea, I can never be bothered to label quilts! thanks for the chance at the giveaway - it's brilliant that it's UK only, makes such a difference from the hundreds of US only giveaways!

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  16. Love your label as much as I love granny square blocks, and that's a lot.

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  17. Fabulous label Lynw. Was just looking at the granny sew along on the flckr group too.

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  18. Not sure who Lynw is!!!! Maybe I am trying to make your name a little bit welsh: your other half would be pleased ;-)

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  19. Would love to have this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. Lovely scrappy label and I like your lazy ways ;) Lori has such a great aesthetic, I would love to win the book!

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  21. Great label, the simple ways are often the best ways...it's just thinking of them that's the hard bit.

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  22. I love the scrappy look gorgeous!

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  23. Love the quilt label! I really need this book!

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  24. Would so love this book!

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  25. You cannot count me in for the draw, but I wanted to say that the diary is really nice, I saw an actual one at quilt market. Your quilt looks so good on the cover, congratulations!

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  26. Would love to have a copy of this book. This is definitely on my quilt book wishlist. Thanks. x

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  27. Great label. I'd love the chance to win this book

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  28. I love the colours of the fabrics you have used. Thanks for hosting this hop and for the great idea about the label, also the chance to win the book.

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  29. Haha, I love your lazy cheaters way of turning the label out. I'm lazy too so I'm going to keep that trick in mind!

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  30. What a great idea for a quilt label! I'd also have cut through the back, am I becoming lazy?!! (Lazier, some might say!)

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  31. I'm from Russia, but I can not pass up. If I win, I am ready to pay shipping! :) Great book!

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  32. I think your way of making the label is even better than Lori's.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  33. I'm thinking more about quilt labels as my skills improve and I might want to label the quilt.

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