About Granny Maud’s Girl

My great-grandmother, known to the family as Granny Maud, was a seamstress or tailoress. She could knit, crochet or sew just about anything, and all in record time. She regularly won prizes at craft fairs. Apparently, she is where my love of making things originates. I owe it to her creative genes.

Me as a baby with Granny Maud, my great-grandmother.

Me? My name is Carla, and I have nowhere near her skill with needles, thread and yarn … yet, but I love making things: sewn things, knitted things and crocheted things. My first sewing machine was given to me on my tenth birthday. It was an antique, hand-operated Singer, and I still have it, even though it is now almost a hundred years old and I have upgraded to a fancy new Janome.

Me, hand sewing a Whig rose quilt block.

I started blogging as I have learned from and been inspired by other bloggers’ creativity. It just felt like time to contribute to the flow of ideas. After all, life is about give and take, not just take and take! I stopped adding to this blog in 2021, but I am still happily sewing and playing with yarn, and I will reply to comments if you leave any.

Do not expect glamour photography on this blog. I am too busy sewing to have ever taken a photography class, and it shows. At least I have a tripod to help stop movement and blurriness!

My Hello Kitty camera ensemble

This picture of my camera in its home-made case should explain why I have no delusions of being a capable photographer.

20 thoughts on “About Granny Maud’s Girl

  1. Hi love your pink wedding ring quilt in the 2014 calendar, unfortunately I don’t have the issue the pattern came in. I so wanted to make this quilt to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary this February

    • Congratulations on 25 years!
      This February? Like, next month?! It might not be ready in time! I will send you an email with some ideas on where you might be able to find a copy. How much I can help might depend on where you are. Unfortunately, I only have the one copy.

  2. Hi Carla, I’m witchylin a friend of Avis (Oh Sew Tempting). I just had to say how much I admire your work. Having looked at the photos you have on the blog I am sure Granny Maude would be very proud of her great granddaughter. You cover so many different styles and disciplines and all beautifully finished off. Congratulations on being “Miss November” quilt maker in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting calendar. That is quite an achievement. I’m sure you will give Miss Chicken a good home then make another to send on. Best wishes for your future projects and I will be dipping into your blog to see what else is new.

    • Thanks! That is so lovely of you to say.
      I have already made a chicken and have half-made a second one. I am just waiting on Miss Chicken’s arrival. Where is that postman? I guess it is a very long way for a chicken to travel.

  3. Hi Carla, oh it is beautiful…. I found someone who obviously can’t decide if knitting, sewing, crocheting, quilting… too!!! I even had a Grandmother who teached me all the different techniques – Grandma Luise.
    I like all the different projects I saw on your blog… especially the lace shawl… at last I think I’m obsessed (most 🙂 )with wool and knitting.

    • You are right; I cannot decide. I am more comfortable working with fabric than with yarn, but I hope to improve my knitting and crochet skills. I would like to try other crafts too (like weaving and spinning) but I have neither the time nor the space in my craft cupboard to add to my hobbies. 🙂
      My Granny Maud’s middle name was Louise too.

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  6. Hi Carla! My sisters name is Carla so that will be easy to remember! I have just spent some time exploring your blog and reading past posts. Loved it! I have spent hours and hours just reading and enjoying others talents. You all have inspired me to start a blog of my own and join in the fun! I’m following your blog and look forward to all your future creations!
    Janice Holton

  7. Everything is amazing! My daugher is a flight attendant and now pregnant after a long road of trying! She sent me the airplane one and wants one !! I would love to have this patter so I can make it for her! You are gifted !!

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