There is nothing more fun than taking a quilt block like the Granny Square which looks like a crocheted granny square and making a small quilt project. I used to crochet and even made one or two granny square afghans.
This quilt tutorial will show you how to make the granny square quilt block.
Here is a list of the basic tools you will use when making this quilt block.
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Granny Square Quilt Block Tutorial
Granny Square quilt blocks are always fun to make and of course, I had to make a few of them, have you made them? I decided to make a mini quilt project so I used 1½” squares.
Using charm squares
Do you have leftover five inch charm squares from other quilt projects? This would be a great block to make with them. If you don’t, then just cut 1½-inch squares from your scraps.
How many 1½-inch squares can you get from a 5-inch charm square?
I actually used a charm pack that I had and cut the 5″ squares into smaller 1½-inch squares. You can get nine 1½-inch squares out of a 5-inch charm square which is enough for one of the colors in your granny square block.
Materials for one block:
- 12 – 1½-inch squares of cream or other background color
- 8 – 1½-inch squares of a print (I’m using the dark rose)
- 4 – 1½-inch squares of another print (I’m using the light rose)
- 1 – 1½-inch square for the center (I’m using brown)
Layout your squares as shown in the diagram below.
Sew with a ¼-inch seam allowance, sew each row together. Press your seam to the darker fabric.
Now sew your rows together. Your cream background squares should extend approximately ¼-inch past the print squares as shown below.
Carefully press your rows, this might be a good time to add a little starch to the block.
Trim your block
Now you will want to trim your block. The diagram below shows you how I trimmed my block. Trim approximately ¼-inch from the edge of your granny square block prints.
My blocks finished at almost 5-inches square. Yours may be a little bigger or smaller. The important thing is to make all of your blocks the same size. When you join your blocks you don’t want to lose the points of your granny squares.
Granny Square Quilt Blocks
I was having fun making granny square quilt blocks but this granny, (me) decided that 4 granny square blocks were enough. I’ve got so many projects going and all I really wanted was to just make a couple of blocks because they are so darn cute.
I wanted to separate the four granny square blocks a little bit so I just added a 1½ inch strip between the blocks.
My granny square blocks are approximately 5-inches square so I cut four 1½-inch x 5-inch cream sashing strips. Add the granny square blocks to the sides of two of the sashing strips.
Cut a 1½-inch square of print and sew to the center of the other two sashing strips.
I had a wine color fabric with little dots of gold that I thought would work great for my binding. I cut the binding strips 2¼-inches wide instead of 2½-inches. One strip was enough for the binding which I added by machine binding.
Can you guess what size this little wall hanging is? It is approximately 11-inches square.
I did a little stipple quilting in the background and the middle blocks and added a binding for a little wall hanging.
Doesn’t it look sweet with this little Willow statue on it?
Granny Square block in other sizes
Would you like to make the Granny Square block in a different size? It would be simple to make the block in any size. Just pick a size for your squares and cut the amount shown below.
- 12 – 2½-inch squares of cream or other background color
- 8 – 2½-inch squares of a print #1
- 4 – 2½-inch squares of another print #2
- 1 – 2½-inch square for the center print
How about making a quilt with 5-inch squares
- 12 – 5-inch squares of cream or other background color
- 8 – 5-inch squares of a print #1
- 4 – 5-inch squares of another print #2
- 1 – 5-inch square for the center print
No matter what size blocks you make, just remember to leave the ¼-inch seam allowance around the blocks. Have fun!
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