The last Granny Cabin I made was my cover girl - the Kona Cotton version.
To recap, I have made the Add It Up One, the Heather Ross one and the Scrappy one. I love making lots of different versions of a quilt before I release a pattern. I always want to make sure I love a pattern equally in all prints and in all solids. I personally feel that if a pattern doesn't look great in both a traditional and a modern fabric palette, then it's probably not a great design. So, the last version I had to make was my all solids one that would be my cover girl.
I played around in Illustrator with all different color ideas before landing on the one. Here are some of the color options I played with:
It is super fun to see how different the pattern looks even if you just change one or two colors in the palette. I was very close to making the bottom one my cover girl and the only thing I changed was NOT doing a dark green (next to the black center in the peach block) but adding in the Slate Blue instead.
The Slate Blue just adds a bit more of a summery punch to it that I wanted for a June release. This quilt palette is very bright and electric! If you want to grab a quilt top bundle, you can at Fabric Bubb!
Since this was my fourth go of cutting, sewing and making this quilt, it went together SO fast. I felt like I didn't even look at the pattern when I made this top.
How perfect are Alysson's shoes with this top?! I love love love yellow. I think it may be my favorite color now. It seems to constantly be evolving but I can't shake my love for yellow.
I had Michelle of Mariposa Quilting do this super fun knot quilting on it. Kinda gives it the retro picnic vibe. And this is the third time I've had her do this design on a quilt of mine and it is PERFECT. Each square has a single knot in it and I love love love it. It reminds me of someone just laying on a quilt in the shade and doodling on some paper.
The binding I choose really just sets everything off, it makes the black centers really feel like a part of the overall design. It is a Robert Kaufman canvas print from their Sevenberry line.
I always try to hop in front of the camera a bit when I am debuting a new pattern. New patterns are new parts of me and my work so I like to be photographed with them.
We did a little breakfast picnic set up for this quilt. Because it is my main sample quilt, I wanted to keep it as clean as possible which meant no people sitting on it but only food as props. I think these photos came out so cute. And I love love love the plates, glasses, cup holder, bag and napkins I bought for this shoot. Now we get to keep and use them, win win!
Now I really am hungry and want grapes and strawberries and almond croissants.
I am so thankful for all the amazing testers I had that put their time, energy, love and effort into helping me make this a great pattern! I love having different people test because I get lots of different perspectives on how people read and understand a pattern. And they are SO helpful with pointing out when a graphic could be clearer or adding in information to make certain parts more apparent, especially when I am marketing a pattern as very beginner friendly. Let's take a look at all the awesome versions my testers made!
Jamie of @sewbrainy made this super fun bright Granny Cabin with a stripe fabric for the center squares. I love the pop and modern feel of it.
Evie of @evquilts made a stunning version using new Ruby Star Society fabrics - that hot pink fabric is AMAZING. And a second version using older Alexia Abegg fabrics and a black background, just amazing.
Sarai of @sarai_hobbies made a beautiful botanical Granny Cabin. She told me she only had enough fabric for a throw size but loves it so much, she may order more and make it a bed size!
Kelly of @kelbysews was the fastest tester ever! She had me a finished quilt top the day after I sent it out. Also, she said she ran out of some background fabric and added in the green squares and it's so fun that way!
Jessica of @europhia_jessica made the scrappiest happiest baby Granny Cabin - love the fussy cut centers.
Joy of @themakingsofjoy always knocks it out of the park with her scrappy makes. I love love the fabrics she choose.
Sarah of @sarah_made used gingham and mariner cloth and the combo is perfect! Such a great summer picnic quilt.
Corinne of @cbenkenworks made a beautiful blue and aqua Granny Cabin.
Denise of @blockmodern made two awesome Granny Cabins! One is scrappy and one is not. I love them both so much! Both of the color palettes are so appealing to me.
Simone of @simonequilts went full scrappy and it is fully fantastic! Also, she gave me some of the most in-depth notes and I am SO grateful.
Nicole of @wovenandwoolly used fabrics only from her stash and did a black background. The colors just pop!
Donna of @xoxsew made a very pretty soothing Granny Cabin using Amalfi fabrics. It looks so peaceful.
Karen of @karenlewistextiles made a baby version using her new line of fabrics called Wayside.