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Family Reunion QAL- Part 2

Family Reunion QAL- Part 2

Written by: 
Susan Vaughan

Welcome back to the Family Reunion Quilt Along!  My name is Susan Vaughan from The Felted Pear, and this week I will be sharing a few tips and tricks about the Granny Blocks and some simple instructions for a bonus pillow project!

MBS Rollin' Along


If you are joining us, this year’s Moda Bakeshop Summer Quilt-Along is from the book  Rollin’Along, by Martingale.  Rollin’Along is a collection of 12 quilts, all using Jelly Rolls as the basis of their projects. We are sewing together Family Reunion designed by Christine Weld and will be meeting here weekly on the Moda Bake Shop to chat about the week’s blocks, share helpful hints, and some fun supplemental project ideas.  If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, try your local quilt shop or bookstore, then grab a Jelly Roll and join in on the fun!


Last week, Christine shared with us some helpful techniques she used to make the center medallion, Great Granny Block.  She shared many different hints on how she chose her fabrics, trimmed up her blocks, and the importance of pressing. 

family reunion QAL


This week we are making the 12 Granny blocks, which are constructed the same way the Great Granny Medallion was made last week.


I found it helpful to lay out the fabrics for each block in a little pile on my quilting desk before getting started sewing.  There I could gauge each fabric’s scale, print, and contrast before assembling the block.

Felted Pear QAL


Once I had chosen my fabrics, I got started sewing!  Since there are fewer rounds to this block, the sewing went pretty quickly.  I found it helpful to press my seams open to achieve a nice flat block.  Trimming was also a breeze since a standard 12 ½” square quilting ruler helped me quickly line up my blocks to square them to size.

felted Pear 1

Fabrics featured - Nantucket Summer by Camille Roskelley and Moda's denim chambray. I love the texture the chambray adds.

felted pear 3


Bonus Project: Granny Square Pillow

felted pear pillow


One of my favorite things to do with my quilting books or patterns is to use them as a jumping-off point for additional projects.  Our family loves to change out seasonal pillows in our family room. I thought the Granny Block would make a wonderful Christmas pillow, using Joanna Figueroa’s upcoming Christmas Stitched line.  It was a quick weekend sewing project, and the quilting and hand stitching added a little extra fun and interest.


 Felted Pear pillow info

If you would like to make a pillow of your own, you will need the following materials:


4 Granny Square Blocks (you can find the directions on page 72 of the Rollin’Along Quilt book)

¼yard Border Fabric

¼yard Binding Fabric

¾yard Pillow Backing Fabric


Optional: Embroidery floss for hand stitching embellishment


To make the pillow top, join four Granny Blocks into two rows of two blocks each.  Combine rows to form a pillow center.  Add a 2” cut (1 ½” finished) border on all four sides of your block.  This will help make your pillow a tad bit bigger and ensure you don’t lose any of your squares in your binding.  The finished pillow top will measure roughly 20 ½” square.

felted Pear 20pillow


I like to quilt my pillows for added strength and texture, and I quilted my project with ½” vertical lines. For added interest, I added some hand quilting roughly ¼” around each block with Aurifloss Embroidery Thread from the Fig Tree Collection.

felted Pear closeup


After you have finished all of your quilting and embellishing, square up your quilted sandwich to approximately 20” square, and attach your favorite pillow back.  I opted to put a zipper in mine. Still, an envelope-style back is a great alternative.  I love the look of “bound” pillows, so I attached a 2 ¼” double fold binding around my pillow.  Stuff your pillow with a 22-24” pillow insert for a snug fit and extra squishiness.


I hope you are inspired to take blocks from a pattern and incorporate them into your own project! 

felted Pear pillow closeup


Be sure to tag your Family Reunion progress on social media with the #familyreunionqal and #modabakeshop –we can’t wait to see your quilts take shape!

It is never too late to join in.

Here is a link to Christine's introductory post

June 27: Great Granny Blocks- here.

July 4: Enjoy the fireworks!

July 11: Granny Blocks- You are here!

July 18: Sashing

July 25: Mama Blocks

August 1: Baby Blocks

August 8: Finishing and Wrap Up  


Some great friends are also sewing along with the Family a reunion Quilt Along, so check out their feeds for some added inspiration!

Christine-  @christine.weld 
Michele- @crayonboxquiltstudio 
Sharla- @thistlethicketstudio 
Audrey and Diane- @theclothparcel 
Jessica- @jessicadayon 
Jen Daly- @jendalyquilts 
Nicola- @cakestandquilts

felted Pear pillow 



Susan Vaughan of The Felted Pear

I started quilting almost 20 years ago!  My grandmother gave me a sewing machine as a wedding present. I moved away from family (and sun/the beach in Virginia !) to Detroit in the middle of the winter.  I was terrified of driving in the snow and had no friends, so I taught myself to quilt.  I bought my long arm in 2021 and started a long arm business shortly after. I have taught/worked at various quilt shops and always enjoy road trips to visit local shops to expand my fabric collection.

I’m lucky in that I spend most of my day quilting.  I work freelance for a few pattern designers reading over patterns, making sample quilts, and long arming.

If I’m not at the sewing machine, I love to go to the beach, Disneyland, curl up with a cup of tea and a Jane Austen novel, and play around in my front garden.  (I am a terrible gardener, but I love flowers and plants, so I try!)  Our family loves to explore local hiking trails.  I volunteer weekly in my community at a local food bank/homeless shelter and am active in my church; those two take up a bulk of my downtime. 

My husband (Ryan) and I have been married for almost 20 years, and he’s my biggest supporter of quilting.  He operates the long arm better than me!  We have a teenage daughter, Sophie (who loves to be crafty - her favorites are lettering, embroidery, and sewing.)  Our black cat William Wallace thinks he runs our family, and he probably does! We are a total cat family.

We live in Southern California and love the sun, surf and mountains.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else.


Follow Susan:

INSTAGRAM- @thefeltedpear.  


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