December 29, 2013

Hannah's Granny Square Legacy Quilt

I am so happy with how this granny square quilt turned out. I made it for our daughter, Hannah, for Christmas. It's the first quilt I've made for her and I wanted it to be extra special.

The fabrics in the squares are all vintage scraps from the clothes my Mom and both of my grandmothers sewed. I estimate that most of the fabrics are from the 20s to 50s. There are a few from the 60s that I recognize. One that was a shirt for my brother Darrel and from which scraps were used to make a sun dress for Hannah when she was a baby. I see some that were dresses for me and for Hannah, too. It's amazing how such a mix of fabrics and colours can come together to look good as a whole. Or at least I think so. I also love how it softened after a washing. The scraps had been starched before cutting. Some were almost like paper. But after washing, the they are as soft as a comfortable old shirt. The feel of it now reminds Hannah of her baby quilt. Bonus!

The background fabric is the text fabric from Madrona Road by Violet Craft. I love all the words in it and I'm especially tickled that it has the phrase "City of Bridges" in it, for that is often what Saskatoon is called.

I made a label from a handkerchief. On it I wrote, "I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living my baby you'll be." (by Robert Munsch) – a favourite childhood book.

The whole thing was all-over quilted with a meandering ribbon pattern and was done by Lynette who does long-arm quilting. The backing fabric is by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics. I think it compliments the vintage fabrics.

Hannah was pleased as can be with it, which makes me so happy! Off it goes to London!

Quilt Statistics:

Title: "Granny Square Legacy Quilt" made for my daughter, Hannah, for Christmas 2013
Pattern: Granny Square tutorial by Blue Elephant Stitches
Size: 56" x 75"
Fabrics: Vintage sewing scraps that belonged to my Mom, her Mom and my Dad's Mom. Background fabric is Madrona Road text fabric by Violet Craft. The backing fabric and binding is by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics.
Quilting: Longarm quilted by Lynette with "Ribbons of Love" pattern, an allover meandering ribbon done with light grey thread.


  1. Your quilt is probably my favorite Granny Square quilt I have seen. The black polka dot squares and the text background tie it all together. Your daughter has a real treasure there !

  2. I love Hannah's quilt , you did a fabulous job of mixing old with new ! What a treasure .

  3. That is a wonderful quilt with a wonderful history. I often use fabric scraps from clothing but they are mixed with all kinds of other scraps with no history at all ... at least that I know of.

  4. How sweet and wonderful your granny square quilt is....I am sure it will be treasured forever! I am finishing mine now and must borrow your border idea ;-) Beautiful photo in the snow!!

  5. Love this, both the idea and the quilt.

  6. Love, love, love this quilt! This pattern would be great for a scrappy jelly roll I have. It was smart to use the black dotted centers with the matching text background to pull all of the diverse fabrics together. I might steal that idea. Also, the vintage handkerchief quilt label is genius and beautiful. Since I have lots of vintage hankies, I will certainly borrow that idea.

    1. Thanks, Nancy, for stopping by and for your enthusiastic comments. I appreciate it very much. And I'm glad something little ol' me (newbie quilter) can inspire someone. Steal away, my friend. Steal away! I hope to see what you make, too. You commented as a "no reply blogger" so I'm replying here instead of by email, hoping you'll see it.

    2. I'm just seeing your reply, more than three years later. Still in love with this quilt, but didn't recall leaving this comment.

  7. Your Granny for Hannah is beautifully made and with great love! The addition of the scrappy border is brilliant. In addition to those wonderful vintage fabrics, the text print background and the backing fabric were perfect choices. Love the hanky label, too! Superb finish, Heather!