Thursday, December 17, 2015

Great Granny with a Twist & a Giveaway!!!


Good Morning! Today I'm celebrating the anniversary of the lovely Lori Holt's book Great Granny Squared along with Lori and some of her quilty friends. For something extra fun we made projects that use the squares from the book but with a twist of some kind.


My Great Granny Squared project uses the "mama" block form Lori's book. I made 9 blocks using Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis & Higgs Bloom and Bliss fabric and an aqua solid I had in my stash. I can't remember the maker, sorry about that.


For the "twist" part I decided to crochet a granny stitch around all of the blocks and then connect them with a granny stitch. I turned it into a pillow because I actually need some new pillows. Mine are tired, haha. I love pom-poms on pillow edges so I decided to finally give that shot. I love how it turned out. The tutorial I used for the pom-poms is HERE. I'm not sure that I did them exactly right but I think they turned out pom-pomish :)


The back of the pillow is envelope style and all I did was press the top and side edges in 1/4 inch to get a finished edge and sew it to the back of the crocheted edge wrong sides together. I stitched it down with a fat 1/8 inch seam. Things get a little squooshy sewing to the yarn but it does sew down very securely. I made a pillow form to fit it. It's about 18 x 18 inches.

I love it! I can't wait to make another!


If you would like to have Lori's book Great Granny Squared and make some of the fun projects in it or put your own twist on them you're in luck! I have a copy of the book to send to one of you lovelies thanks to Fat Quarter Shop! Just leave a comment below. I'll pick a winner next week.


Then be sure to check out the other quilty friends celebrating with Lori and the twist they put on their Great Granny projects!

Monday, December 14, 2015
Fat Quarter Shop (Hey, that's us!)
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Sinta of Pink Pincushion

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Renee of Sewn with Grace

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Melissa of Oh How Sweet
Nadra of Ellis & Higgs
Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Jennie of Clover & Violet
Erin of Why Not Sew
Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns
Rachel of P.S. I Quilt

Friday, December 18, 2015
Jamie of Busy Bee Quilts
Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs


Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

78 comments:

Vicki Holloway said...

Love this block, I am hoping for a chance to win the book and make my own things! Your pillow is really a great idea.

Bec said...

Love your twist on the granny block!

kim leavens said...

Love your "twisted mama" block!! Lol. Somehow I never got this book so thank you for the chance to win one!

Kari Reed said...

Beautiful pillow, thanks for the chance to win this book!

Stitchingpink said...

Love this project!

CindyD said...

Like your pillow, would love to win the book.

Rebecca said...

The very first afghan ever crocheted was the granny square when I was 12

Catskill Quilter said...

I love your pillow!

Anonymous said...

I love the blend of crochet and quilt blocks-- such a great idea! And the pom pom trim is the perfect touch! Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Eliza said...

Granny everything!

Katherine said...

What a delightful combination, Erin! Those fabric grannies mix beautifully with crochet and I adore your pom pom trim (have yet to try crocheting them, but your pictures make me want to drop everything else I'm doing and dive right in! ;o). Love those pretty granny squares, so that pillow is a keeper! Thanks for the inspiration and eye candy.

Jacque. said...

oh Erin...another way too cute project from you! How perfect! Love everything about it and am definitely a huge fan of Lori's.

Hildy said...

Your pillow looks great!

Cathy Ewbank said...

That's such an unusual and unexpected twist! Looks great,

Lorraine Isaac said...

What a great pillow, thanks for the chance to win, I have lots of ideas now, Lorraine Isaac

Mokki said...

What a nice idea. Your cushion looks great. I'd like to try that. I'm in the uk and know posting a book is expensive so don't include me in your giveaway if it's not open to us lot!

Gill said...

Fabulous - I love it!

Lee Ann L. said...

That pillow is too darn cute!

Sigi G said...

I just love your pillow. It sure looks cozy! Great twist on the Mama Block.

Andrea York said...

Your pillow is adorable! I love decorating with pillows!

Grandma said...

Love your pillow. I crochet and never thought about combining quilt block and crochet.
patsystitch@gvtc.com

Claire Sutherland said...

What a gorgeous cushion. It looks great x
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Marsha said...

I love everything about this project and would love to win this book!

Anita said...

Love your twist on the granny squared pillow; crochet is a great idea!

Silvana (a.k.a. silort) said...

Erin, you rock, again! this pillow is soooo sweetie!! 💖💖💖💖💖

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love your twist!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love the block! The pillow is beautiful!

Linda said...

PRETTY PILLOW!
THANK YOU,msstitcher1214@gmail.com

BeachQuilter said...

I love how you added the crochet work! You made a very charming pillow.

Sinta Renee said...

Oh my gosh... you are so clever! I wish I knew how to crochet!

Patchwork and Play said...

I'm guessing the postage to Australia will preclude me from winning, but if I was lucky enough to be chosen, I'd more than happily pay the postage myself! I love your cushion- the combination of patchwork and crochet works so well with this design! So original!

Kathryn said...

How unique! Truly granny squares.

Judy said...

I love your twist! The pom poms look great, what a creative idea!

Lori Holt said...

This is so perfect!
A unique twist that turned out so adorable:)
xx
Lori

Jinger said...

Beautiful pillow!

Michele said...

Wow! That is so clever!

Lisa said...

Your pillow is lovely! I'd love to win this book and makes some grannys! Great job!

Anonymous said...

Love the pillow. I think the crocheted parts make such a beautiful combination with the fabric. Love it!

determineddebby (at) gmail (dot) com

Deb said...

I don't have this book! Great timing with Christmas just ahead. I would love to try a granny block!

GranChris said...

I really like your pillow. Very nice.

Lynne Tilley said...

Your pillow is FABULOUS! I just love the crochet sashing on it. I'm a child/teenager of the 70s and granny square crochet was HUGE then. I have at least two afghans still made in that style, one from my grandmother, and one from my mom. Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous prize. I've been drooling over it for quite a while now.

Farm Quilter said...

What an amazing pillow!! You did an incredible job of marrying the quilt squares with the crocheting!! Perfection!!!

Mary Preston said...

Your cushion cover is just so gorgeous. Count me in thank you.

Linda said...

Your cushion is gorgeous! Looks like a super book. Please count me in the Giveaway.

SewJo said...

This pillow is just a delightful and vintage genius! Im already hunting for my crochet hooks and yarn to make a few of them, cuz one won't cover all the cute patterns in Lori's glorious book! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, and the little trip back in time 😊

RaincitySews said...

That's a great twist!

Podunk Pretties said...

Great vintage look to this project. It reminds me of a kit purse my mom made in the 70's.

Lorri said...

I love your idea! I would love to win the book, so I can make a few of my own. Beautiful!

Anita Carol Gambrell said...

We all love granny squares! These book would be great!

mary said...

The pillow is so cute. I'm thinking Granny Squares!

Kelly O. said...

your pillow is a gorgeous collaboration of craftiness! I love it! Merry Christmas!

Marni @ Haberdashery Fun said...

WOWOWOWO!! This is amazing.. - Marni

Robin said...

This is beautifully awesome! My main goal in this new year is to make a quilt. Even a small one. This book would be so appreciated! Ty for the giveaway and good luck everyone!
Merry holidays!

Lisa Marie said...

That is such a clever way to join the granny blocks! Your pillow is unique and fabulous!

Nancy Conley said...

Oh my! What a fantastic idea! I don't crochet, but my daughter does. Her name is Erin, too!!! I would love to make the squares and she could do the crocheting - a sweet mother/daughter project. :)

Donna W said...

Fantastic book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Becky said...

Your pillow is soooo cute! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Blah said...

One of the things that I enjoy about your work, is your use of crochet. It challenges how crochet is used. I love how you combine it with quilting - so unexpected.

Joanna said...

Beautiful pillow; nice way to use crochet and quilting together. I'd love to win the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Gayle said...

Gorgeous, love something that is unique, Thanks for sharing........

Sallie said...

WOW! Very creative and nicely done!

gigi said...

very cute pillow. Thanks for sharing!

Esther Grimes said...

Those blocks are adorable.

Rebecca said...

Your pillow is darling. Looks like a breath of spring as we have snow on the ground. thank you
sewfabrics@outlook.com

KaHolly said...

I absolutely love this pillow! Well done!

Jo said...

What a delightful pillow! I would love a copy of this book.

Joye with an e said...

What a clever way to combine crochet and patchwork. Those pom poms are fantastic. Thanks.
joyecox@yahoo.com

Diane Beavers said...

What a great crochet /fabric combo!
I love that granny squares are the only thing I can crochet w/o losing stitches and now I can quilt 'em too! Thank you Erin for sharing:)

legato1958 said...

I love your pillow! It is gorgeous!!
Susie

Sarah said...

very fun pillow! I love that you combined quilting and crocheting. sarah@forrussia.org

Kathy said...

Very sweet! I remember my first crocheted granny square afghan from scrap yarn many years ago: ... like this mixed "media" take!

Danette Stankovich said...

Your pillow turned out so cute! Love the pom poms and the crocheting. I cannot crochet, but my mother does. And she has a Granny squares afghan. This pillow would go with it perfectly. Very creative! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Karrie S said...

Love your twist! Ksmith8@emich.edu

Edige said...

I would like to get this book too...
Thanks, Edit

Andee said...

Sweet pillows! Thanks for the chance!

Missy Shay said...

I love how your pillow turned out, I wish I could crochet!

Kelsey Pope said...

Great pattern using the different textures!

Jean Tuthill said...

Your pillows are great..thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book!Love it!

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