Last week, Pam at Mad About Patchwork, showed the ladies of the church quilting circle how to make a Granny Square block.
I made a block from my scraps, before I forgot, and took pictures. In case you would like to make one, or a bunch, here is a guide.
Pam used 2 1/2 strips from a roll of precuts. I have been trying to remember to cut my scraps, after the completion of a project, into 2 1/2" strips, so I used some stripes from my bin.
First I cut 2 1/2" squares.
You start laying the block out, with the single square in the middle and build out from there. I forgot to take a picture of that step. (oops)
Next you sew them together in rows.
Now you sew the rows together, matching the seam as you go along. I sewed the top 3 rows together, then the bottom three rows.
Now sew the last 4 blocks, centred on the outer edges.
I discovered an interesting thing, when I was sewing the block. I am sure that I don't normally sew with green, it isn't one of my favourite colours. However, all these squares came from my scrap bin, and only the centre block is purple.
I think this block is destined to be an orphan, since I don't have any more of that yellow. However, it is so pretty, I'll have to find a use for it. Tote bag, maybe.
Kate, seeing the block sewn this way, now I know how the corners are done, I hope I have some 2.5 inch strips saved somewhere. And not too many colours, I can see a quilt using scraps galore.ReplyDelete
That's a very pretty block! It would make a good tote bag, or even a cushion.ReplyDelete
one of my favourite blocks, tho I do the corners and sides using half square or quarter square triangles so that the straight of grain is along the sides. I am actually working on a similar project now, well actually it is a WIP that has been sitting for a year! Seeing yours maybe will motivate me to get back to mine!ReplyDelete
Thanks for this awesome tutorial, I was wondering and now you've helped me scratch and itch, love it.ReplyDelete
Your granny square block would make a lovely cushion cover. Thanks for the tutorial!ReplyDelete