It's been a while! I wanted to stop by and share an update on my blanket progress. As you no doubt read in my last granny square blog post I am making a beautiful wedding bedspread for my sister out of multi-colored granny squares. I have spent the last 4 months creating all the individual squares and now it's time to stitch them all together!
The pattern I'm following is Rainbow Granny Square Blanket by HaakmaarraakNL on Etsy. It calls for 19 colors for the individual squares which translates to 38 different color combinations. I have been doing a few color combinations each month since April! This month I finally reached the end of the color wheel!
As I mentioned in the previous post, my sister requested an extra large version of the blanket which means I made 440 squares for a 90"x100" blanket instead of the recommended 135 squares. I laid out my monstrous collection of granny squares to get them in exactly the right order for stitching together.
What I thought would be a quick layout turned into a three to four hour process. 440 is a lot of squares! I had to move all the furniture out of the way to clear the 7x8' area of space needed to spread out every square. I ended up working late into the night and had to cover the quilt with blankets and pillows so that my kitties wouldn't have a field day with pieces while I slept.
The next day I watched multiple videos on how to seam together the blanket to find the technique that would give me the result I wanted and more importantly, figure out which direction to store the squares so I could seam them together in the correct order. I used these videos/links for reference: Make and Do Crew tutorial, and Nautikrall JAYGO method.
I stored the squares from left to right in their individual rows labeled 1-20.
Fortunately my math worked out perfectly and my first row ended up seaming together at Exactly 100" long, thank goodness! I am currently on row 7 of 20 and all is going well.
I told my partner in April that as soon as the Summer got really hot then it would be time to piece this quilt together. The cats area really loving the blanket, regardless of how hot it is, they come running to get burritoed every time it comes out. It's going to be a very toasty Summer.
I am still loving this retro project! Every part has been a new challenge and learning experience. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do for the border, I have a feeling it will be another few hours spent going down the YouTube rabbit hole learning different techniques and deciding which works best for me and this project. I just ordered the last few skeins for seaming and I'm focused on enjoying the finishing process and trying not to rush. Mindful crafting, am I right?
I'll be back soon with photos of the finished product! Although, how I'll get good pics of a blanket this big is beyond me. I'm sure I'll figure it out!
See you soon!
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