Sunday, March 25, 2012

A dozen Grannies



I have 12 Granny squares finished now.


I want this to be a wall hanging, so I'm going to stop with a dozen blocks.  I made my squares 2" to begin with, and so my finished block size is about 6".

I have finally decided upon a name for this quilt.  I'm going to call it "Valentines for Granny".

I made the first few blocks one at a time, but by the time I made the second set of six blocks, I was doing as much chain piecing as possible.  I want to show you a handy gadget I have for cutting apart a long chain of pieced units.

It's called "The Cutting Gizmo" and is basically a razor blade on a stand.  You take a stack of chained pieces like this:

and press the connecting threads onto the blade to cut them:

In no time at all you have a stack of separated block units:

I find this so much easier than using scissors to cut them apart.

And speaking of cuts... don't you just hate it when this happens?

See that little slice in the edge of the white fabric triangle? That's what happens sometimes when you are using leftover fabric from another project.   Of course I didn't see it until the block was sewn together.

Have a great week!

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4 comments:

  1. Your grannies look great! I can't wait to see the finished result. I can so relate to the slice in the fabric!!! I cannot tell you how many times that has happened to me--either from a scrap like your or from an accidental scissor/rotary cutter encounter.

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  2. The grannies look wonderful together! I've seen that tool before but never knew how it was used. Thanks for showing us!!

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  3. Scraps do have their hazards. At least you found it before the blocks were sewn together.

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  4. Nifty gadget! Your little quilt is going to be really cute and I really like the name.

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