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Gran Flakes

May 9th, 2012

Last February the Portland Modern Quilt Guild had a very special visitor - Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics.  It was a fun and so very interesting evening, but nothing could top the excitement when Kathy handed out color cards of Michael Miller’s dreamy new Cotton Couture solids to everyone.  It was definitely an Oprah handing-out-keys-to-new-cars moment.  A color card for you, and a color card for you

We also learned that Michale Miller Fabrics chose our guild to participate in a block challenge, and the winning blocks would be made into a quilt and displayed in the Michael Miller booth at Quilt Market (next week!).  Oh boy, I don’t think Kathy knew what she got herself into. I don’t know how she is going to pick winning blocks - when they are ALL winning blocks.  HOLY SQUIRREL NUTS, they’re all so amazing!  Edited in: the selected blocks and quilt.

Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

I love how the blocks look against the white brick wall.
Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

Each block could easily be a full size quilt version of itself.
Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

This is my block. I had no idea what to do or what direction to go in… so I went in all directions. I don’t know how I feel about it, kinda meh, but it was fun to drive to the fork in the road and take all the roads at once.
Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Cotton Couture Modern Block Challenge

I fell in instant love with the new Cotton Couture.  The colors are super saturated eye candy, and the fabric feels like little heavenly clouds of cotton that angels farted out. Poof.  So much for any hope of me becoming a Michael Miller copywriter. But seriously, Cotton Couture is so dreamy, and now that I’ve sewn with it - it feels like I’ve flown first class, and I can never go back to coach.

I harvested all my leftover scraps, tiny little flakes of cotton happiness just begging me (in a Kool-aid pitcher man voice) to be used.  In a granny kind of way.  Fiber filled Gran Flakes.  Oh yeah.
Gran Flakes

I’m seeing the grannies all over, and just loving seeing them. I know there are different methods being used, but I have a thing about bias edges - so I made my sides with 3″ quarter-squares and 2″ half-squares for the corners.  The center squares were cut at 1½”.  It’s a little over-kill on the sides and corners, but I like having room to square-up and trim.  Kinda like wearing an elastic waist-band skirt when going to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.
Gran Flakes

Simple sashing and auditioning floss. Mmmm, any excuse to use Cosmo.
Gran Flakes

Some hand quilting.
Gran Flakes

Two things I love doing - hand quilting and big stitch embroidery quilting.  Edited in:  I use two stands of Cosmo floss and a Piecemaker embroidery needle. Even though an embroidery needle feels like a quilting needle from Land of The Giants, I do use the same rocking method to quilt as if it’s thread. It just somehow works.
Gran Flakes

Gran Flakes

I love quilting so much, that I get a little sad when I’m just about to finish a quilt.
Gran Flakes

Bam. Snuck in some Happy Mochi Yum Yum, and I love that it does not even come close to matching or go together.
Gran Flakes

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62 Responses

  1. The fabulous Christine M allegedly said:

    Your quilt is gorgeous. I just love the embroidery quilting.

  2. The fabulous Sew Create It - Jane allegedly said:

    I just love your solid granny squares they are fabulous!!!

  3. The fabulous Lizzie | Swedish Scrapper allegedly said:

    Hahaha, just love your Gran flakes! and your description of the fabric production was priceless. Still smiling! Seriously though, they came out superbly! I can see the draw for the Cotton Couture :D

  4. The fabulous Adriana allegedly said:

    Gorgeous! I love your quilting!!

  5. The fabulous Erin allegedly said:

    The guild blocks are awesome! I love the finished top.
    Your Granny Squares are beautiful and the hand quilting is perfect.

  6. The fabulous Denise allegedly said:

    Love your quilt and those modern blocks are fab. May have to try that big stitch embroidery on a couple of quilts.

  7. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Love all the blocks!! The finished quilt is fantastic too. But oh how I love what you did with the scraps, just fabulous!!

  8. The fabulous Laura Jane allegedly said:

    Wow. All the blocks are incredible, and I love your mini granny’s!

  9. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Great quilt Monica! Love the Grannie Square and your embroidery. Looks like Sashiko Granny to me!

  10. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Love your Granny Squares quilt! The colors are beautiful and the quilting is perfect!!

  11. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    {Swoon}!!! It’s Fabulous! You have the best way with colors — and whaddya mean the back doesn’t match — I think they’re fabulous together! Are you going to put anything in those little sashing intersections? Of leave them beautifully plain???

  12. The fabulous Ursula allegedly said:

    I love your granny squares quilt and your choice of quilting it. Beautiful!

  13. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    Love the Granny Squares! Your quilting adds so much to it. I think that I am the only person left on this planet that still hasn’t made any. It is on my list, but I am waiting for the time fairy to show up and grant me a wish!

  14. The fabulous Kelsey allegedly said:

    What an awesome mini!!! I’m in love! Question - How many strands of thread do you use when you handquilt? Yours looks perfect!

  15. The fabulous wendy allegedly said:

    Wow, some amazing blocks, I think I love them all! And I’m totally loving your little granny blocks, the hand quilting is perfect

  16. The fabulous Regina Chronister allegedly said:

    That quilt is awesome, love love it.

  17. The fabulous sarah allegedly said:

    You know, we are having a new baby soon and it’s room is going to be just those colors. Please feel free to send that lovely little quilt right along to me! :-P~~~~

  18. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Those blocks are super fabulous- you are a talented bunch there.
    Love you quilt too. I’m machine quilting a granny square quilt currently and am now wishing I had done some hand stithing on it instead. It’s so big though, I’m certain I wouldn’t have had the patience. Maybe a mini granny square quilt is in my future. LOVE what you did with yours!!!

  19. The fabulous Kelly allegedly said:

    a few things…

    1. quilters are so easy to please! i love that you compared the handing out of color cards to oprah. we don’t need no stinkin’ car or a trip to australia! just give us a color card, and we’re happy!

    2. i love your block. i loved it when i first saw it. i think we’re always more critical of our own work, and that’s why you’re “meh” about it. because it’s awesome.

    3. i LOVE the quilt top! amazing. the PMQG is a talented group of people!

    4. LOVE your granny squares and the handquilting and everything about it.

  20. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:

    Sigh….I think I am in love.

  21. The fabulous 3LittleBrds allegedly said:

    I am using every ounce of restraint to not curse in my comment…So I will just say… My…Goodness!…that is a nice…quilt! The hand quilting is…awesome.

  22. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    It’s great seeing all our blocks from PMQG! They are are so gorgeous (especially yours and mine ~ teehee).
    I’ve been wanting to make a Granny Squares top and seeing yours makes me want to do it even more! It’s fab!

  23. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    Dear Zombie, thank you for solving one of lifes great mysteries, angel farts. I can now strike that from my list of questions for God :)
    Tried Cosmo for the first time last week, OMH! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS!
    And last, but certainly not least, everything you stitch is just heavenly, like angel farts.

  24. The fabulous Nikki allegedly said:

    Ooh, everything about your mini is wonderful. And I think the happy mochi goes very well! You have my address, right? ;)

  25. The fabulous Laura allegedly said:

    Wow! I can see why they chose your guild. You have an amazing bunch of talent there.

  26. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Gosh Girl…I got stuck at ‘holy squirrel nuts’…beautiful post tho!

  27. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    i see that your block made it into the quilt and i am soo glad because i love it so much! it is like a mini sampler. i also looove your grannies. i love your hand stitching and i need to get a here marker. i hear they are the best ever!

  28. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:

    Seriously? Color cards, angel farts and that lovely hand stitching. Imma have to go lie down for a bit, I’m feeling a bit weak in the knees!

  29. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    I love this quilt MSS!! It is super duper slick. And the hand quilting is just the ticket! You are so inspiring!!! xo Pam in Chico

  30. The fabulous DianeY allegedly said:

    “Little heavenly clouds of cotton that angels farted out”! This has to be the quote of the year!
    Your quilt is gorgeous!

  31. The fabulous anina allegedly said:

    Love your little quilt! Simply love it!

  32. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Damn, I want to move to Portland and join your group. Inquiring
    minds want to know how many strands of Cosmo do you use for quilting and what needle size?

  33. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    That’s beautiful, Monica! I haven’t been a huge fan of the granny square blocks up until now, but you’ve totally changed my mind. I might need a little hand quilting lesson from you at the next all day sew, it’s so pretty! :)

  34. The fabulous Paula K allegedly said:

    Monica, Happy Mochi Yum Yum goes with everything! I love your little granny square quilt. You want to give it to me, right? :)

  35. The fabulous Raesha allegedly said:

    OH my goodness - that is one damn awesome quilt! I love love love love love love love it. Oh did I say I love it? I really do. I’m pinning it right now. I hardly ever sew with solids cause I’m a little intimidated by them but your little gem just might convince me to give them a go. Love you my friend.

  36. The fabulous Jenny allegedly said:

    I LOVE your Kool Aid Granny Square quilt. And the hand quilting is just perfection! I may just have to make a Granny Square in solids now after seeing how great yours looks!

  37. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    That is a rockstar gran in my opinion. Love the new solids, they look great!

  38. The fabulous pat Sloan allegedly said:

    What totally amazing blocks! Can’t wait to see you…better be in KC!

  39. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    I got hooked up with a generous amount of cotton couture to play with and totally agree with you. It is divine! Love all the mod blocks but your granny squares quilt is such a smiley happy thing!

  40. The fabulous Tammy allegedly said:

    Wow!! The mini Grannies & your hand quilting are amazing! Such rich colors.

  41. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Love the block but the Granny square has me tearing up with envy…the colors, the pattern and the stitching..omg. And color cards, I can hardly stand it!

  42. The fabulous NOTyourrunofthemill allegedly said:

    That is just ‘gran’tastic! I am loving all the saturation out there. Except in my backyard.
    Your quilting is just divine!

  43. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    GASP !!! Love them ….. all of them …. all of those blocks …. every single one of them ! AND your leftovers made into that hip Granny quilt ….. PERFECTION !!!! ESPECIALLY the BIG STITCH hand quilting with floss !!!! I am SUCH a fan of big stitch quilting …. mostly because I can’t do little stitch quilting …. but also cause I LOVE the way it looks !!!! :)

  44. The fabulous Jess allegedly said:

    Now I know it’s actually made from angel farts, I’m going to need me some cotton couture :o)

  45. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    Well that was a treat all those yummy pictures….I didn’t want your blog post to end. Love the quilting with floss….it adds so much to this simple block.

    Happy Sewing and Happy Mother’s Day

  46. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Why am I so late to see everything? I love all those wonderful blocks. Love yours, is it in the quilt? Anyway, I’m with you on the granny’s, I made mine with the proper triangles, I can’t help it. Your quilt is darling, I need to finish mine up! xo

  47. The fabulous Jill C allegedly said:

    Well that’s a cute little granny quilt, you know my birthday is while we’re in Sisters for the quilt show, you can just wrap it up and give it to me then :) Your Cotton Couture block is all cozied up next to mine in that quilt. They kind of love each other.

  48. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    I always say the same thing, cuz it’s always true…I..love…it! :) I love the colors. I love the stitching. I love the tinyness. :)

  49. The fabulous Nancy W allegedly said:

    Love your granny! and her back side! Do I hear a little snicker?! (ya’know I just had to word it that way!)

  50. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    To quote a friend, “I think I just peed a little bit…” Sheesh! I am in awe… You made my day!

  51. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    Drooling here over all those great blocks! Yours looks terrific. The fiber gran flakes are looking pretty yummy and there’s no way you can convince me that your Yum Yum fabric DOESN’T go with them! Wonderful big stitch quilting!

  52. The fabulous Kristyne allegedly said:

    Will someone please hold me while a weep at the beauty of these Granny Flakes?

  53. The fabulous Penny allegedly said:

    Monica! I love your little gran flakes quilt! The quilting is perfection. And I thought it was so funny that your block is the one my eye was drawn to in the first photos and then to find out it’s yours is too funny to me!

  54. The fabulous Victoria Stevens allegedly said:

    I just Love the stitching you have done around those tiny blocks… super cute and so neat. Lots like delicious eye candy!!

  55. The fabulous marcella allegedly said:

    Love, love your quilting with floss. It really highlights the blocks! Jeana Kimball - the needle making woman - uses longer needles for her hand quilting too and boy she does lovely hand quilting so I think you’re on the right track with your needles.

  56. The fabulous Kimi allegedly said:

    I love that your block is like a quilt sampler in itself!

  57. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    I love your quilting on this. It’s my fave of the moment too! Think I might have to copy cat you. Thanks for the beautiful idea.

  58. The fabulous Lindsey allegedly said:

    That little quilt is one of the most fabulous things I’ve seen!
    And I love all the modern blocks, including yours!

  59. The fabulous Bari Jo allegedly said:

    Love the quilting on this - thank you for sharing how to do it! I love the richness of the colors on yours - so bright and happy!!!!! And - I think you should write for fabric companies - bahahahahaha… you crack me up! I hadn’t heard of that cotton and now I am dying to try it!

  60. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Oh my goodness. Beautiful. I’m so behind on all things Monica :( It’s so nice to catch up on all of the gorgeous things you’ve been creating! I love this quilt! And Pac Man?! I just died. The new gnoma clauses?! My dead body just exploded. Toilet seat cover head?! Brilliant. It’s all too much. I need to finish my Holiday Happy version 1.0 project so I can get some of the new stuff! I need to go rest now… xoxomf

  61. The fabulous Krista - Poppyprint allegedly said:

    I completely missed this post, I think. Just wanted to say your granny flakes is so utterly adorable and I love that you hand quilted it in floss. It’s so worth it on small projects like that - just takes the sweet factor to 10!

  62. The fabulous Sue allegedly said:

    Beautiful quilt, and the hand quilting is gorgeous!

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