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Lori Holt's Granny's Garden Sew-A-Long: Week 3 Update

This is Lori Holt’s original design. If you’re interested in purchasing the kit or the templates for this pattern you can find that information either on her website  HERE , or I’m sure your favorite local or digital quilt store can help you out.

This is Lori Holt’s original design. If you’re interested in purchasing the kit or the templates for this pattern you can find that information either on her website HERE, or I’m sure your favorite local or digital quilt store can help you out.

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Another week of the Granny’s Garden Sew-A-Long has come and gone and here are my blocks 9-12. I certainly learned a bit about the intricacies of applique, that’s for sure! Those tight curves on the heart shaped petals and the small 4-petal flowers sure kicked my butt! I didn’t seem to matter how many times I pressed seams or stitched and restitched the fabrics onto their backgrounds with the aid of tweezers, I could not get smooth curves in my designs!

Those little unintended corners are most noticeable on the dark blue petals of Block 10. I’m sure those mistakes are exaggerated a bit by a combination of the color contrast and the print pattern of the blue fabric, but I’m still pooped that the fabric got the better of me.

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I had mentioned in last week’s update that I would be cheating every now and then on the block patterns. Well I cheated again this week on Block 11 this week too. Instead of creating an eight petaled flower with alternating fabrics in the petals, I chose to create a single, homogeneous flower. I decided to do this because I wanted to show off the print on the fabrics. There are a number of other blocks that I’ll do the same with because those blocks use other fabrics with large, floral patterns and I don’t want to disturb those prints.

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I’ve also been getting feedback and suggestions on Instagram about how easy interfacing is to use on the large, white background circles. I know that my circles look wonky in the pictures as the pressed seams don’t perfectly hold, but I assure you that those seams will be repressed before I applique the blocks onto their background fabrics when I finish the quilt.

I look forward to updating next Friday for week 4 of the Granny’s Garden Sew-A-Long with blocks 13-16!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita