Granny Square Quilt




Hi there!  I'm Jolene from Blue Elephant Stitches.  I've always loved the look of crocheted granny square throws.  Since I don't know how to crochet, I came up with a quilt block that would give a similar look.  I wrote that tutorial on my blog about a year ago, using scrappy squares.

Here is a revised version using a jelly roll which makes it go so fast!  I tried to write this tutorial in a way that made the best use of strips, yet still gave a scrappy look, since you don't want all your blocks to look the same.  When you use this method, you will have two blocks of each color set.

Quilt dimensions: 52" x 62"




1 jelly roll ( I used Posy by Aneela Hoey) you will only use half the strips
Main Background fabric - 2.5 yards
Border (optional) - 1.5 yards
Binding - 0.5 yard
Backing - a piece of fabric measuring at least 56" x 66"
Batting - a piece measuring at least 56" x 66"


1.  From your Main Background color cut:

     16 strips - 3" x width of fabric (these strips will be for your blocks)
     13 strips - 2.5" x width of fabric(these strips will be sashing)
2.  Choose twenty strips from your jelly roll that you want to use in this quilt.  (the remaining strips can be    
     used for binding, or saved for another project) Separate into two piles of ten.  One stack will be for your                  
     inner granny rings, and the other set will be for your outer granny rings.
3.  Now we will subcut our strips as follows:
   
       Inner Granny Rings - cut all 10 like the diagram below:
   
   
      Outer Granny Rings - cut all 10 like the diagram below:

       Background - cut 10 of your 3"wide strips like the diagram below:

       Background - cut 3 of your 3" wide strips like the diagram below:
   
       Background - cut your remaining 3 strips into 3" squares.  (you will need 40 of these squares)


       YAY!! the cutting for your blocks is done!  Your stacks should look a bit like mine above.  Now let's    get ready to assemble them.

4.  We are going to assemble these blocks in sets.  Each set will make two blocks, so we will make 10 sets       of blocks, for a total of 20 blocks.  It works best to first sort the sets into piles so that we don't get mixed up and sew the wrong strips together.

      We'll start with our Inner Granny Rings.

Take two 5 1/2" strips from the same fabric, and their two matching 10 1/2" strips.  Put them together in a pile.  Do this for each of the 10 sets.  You should now have ten 5 1/2" strips left.  These will be for those little center squares.  Put one on each pile, making sure they are a different fabric..

Now we'll add the outer ring fabrics to these piles:

For each set, there will be two 5 1/2" strips and two 10 1/2" strips of the same fabric.  Place one set together with each pile, keeping in mind the values and colors, since you want these fabrics to have contrast to each other.

Now we just need to add our background fabric:

To each set add two 5 1/2" strips, four 10 1/2" strips, and four 3" squares.

Now we're ready to sew them together!

5.  Take your sets to your sewing machine and sew the strips together as shown below.  (do one pile or block set at a time)

Press these seams open.


Now cut your sets into strips that are 2 1/2" wide.  I gave you an extra half an inch when we cut out our strips, so you may have a little bit to trim off.


Arrange your strips as shown above and sew together.  You will have enough for two blocks from each set.


Press these seams to the outside, as I've shown above.


Now you can trim your block.  I trimmed mine to 9" square, but yours might be slightly different.  The most important thing is that your blocks are all square, and all the same size.

Sew your nine remaining block sets together, and you should end up with 20 blocks!  Now we can just add the sashing and the optional border!

To make a border like mine, cut your strips 6" wide.

To make rounded corners like I did, quilt your quilt as usual, then choose your desired round shape, trace it onto each corner and cut it off.  Use a bias binding to finish your quilt.  Binding made on the bias will make it possible to sew around the curved corners.
                   

52" x 62" finished quilt!  I hope you find this tutorial useful!  I'd love to see your finished quilts.


 Jolene Klassen
{blueelephantstitches.blogspot.com}

34 comments:

Kate said...

Gorgeous!

Wag Doll said...

Oh my! Such gorgeous work, I've yet to make my first quilt and this is such wonderful inspiration!

Kim-the-girl said...

Oh I love this!!! Great job! Headed to your blog now to see what else can inspire me! Thanks!!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Beautiful! I am totally in love with this quilt!!!

Katie said...

Love this!

CathyK said...

Ohhhh!!! This is wonderful! Can't wait to try this! Thank you for a wonderful tutorial!

Mrs.Hearts said...

Thank you so much. I have been wanting to make this pattern, but I much prefer strip piecing over squares, so this is perfect!

hilary said...

Precious quilt! I wish I do something similar in the future...

La Pecora Nera said...

Gorgeous quilt! Thank you for sharing:-)

Patricia said...

This is so Beautiful!! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing!!

Happier Than A Bird Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt! And thanks so much for sharing such an easy way to make granny square blocks! I cannot wait to try it out!

Peppi said...

Love this pattern!! I have already admired it on your blog. Great to see it on Moda... love their printable Recipes. I have a Jelly Role at home just waiting for a projekt like this one.

eileensideways said...

your method was much easier than mine. awww. very pretty quilt

Gidget said...

Great tutorial thank you!

grammytheyeti.com said...

I have jelly rolls of Notting Hill and Bella White. This is just the project I've been looking for! Thank you!!

Wendie Waldman said...

YUMMY!

Unknown said...

Awe very pretty.......but alas. Sew many quilts....too little time

Laura-Jane said...

I am up to step 4 - the inner granny rings. It states to take two 5 1/2" strips and the two matching 10 1/2" strips. Should this rather say the ONE matching 10 1/2" strip as this is all that was cut out?

N. Maria said...

Very beautiful and fresh looking....

Autumn said...

Laura-Jane- did you ever get a response? I'm to the same spot and thinking the same thing....where did I go wrong?

Laura-Jane said...

Hi Autumn, no but I have made about 14 squares now and have figured it out. The cutting instructions are correct and the photos also help to give you a good idea of what you’ll use. Basically for the INNER rings you will need TWO 5 ½” strips with ONE matching 10 ½’ strip. A contrasting 5 ½’ strip is used for the very middle square. For the OUTER rings, you will need TWO 5 ½” strips with THREE matching 10 1/2” strips. Hope that helps!

Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative said...

This is such a lovely quilt! I love the pattern! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

Autumn said...

Thanks Laura-Jane! I think I understand ;-)

roseinmn said...

Love it!! Especially the sea green dominant and then peach..plus how simple it looks.Also awesome the way you laid it out step by step in photos! ty

quilterjo said...

When I think of quilting, I think of the "Granny Square Quilt". I am into other squares now, but my grandmother did many granny square quilts -- and she cut everything with scissors -- not cutters. I very much want to use some of the Moda time savers. Thank you for sharing.

sue said...

thank you Laura Jane! I hope others will see your post so they aren't as confused as I was....

petalsandtwigs said...

I've had an Aneela Hoey jelly roll for the longest time. I made my first quilt top from this pattern and absolutely love it...great instructions and easy to follow! Now just trying to figure out how to quilt the thing.

Jantine said...

I guess you used sashings to set your blocks? Don't see them mentioned in this tutorial?

Phyllis Smith said...

This has got to be the best-written tutorial I've ever seen! I feel like I could definitely make this quilt successfully! Now to find the time . . . I will! I must! And I'll recommend it to my friends, as well.

Phyllis Smith said...

To Jantine: Yes, the sashings are mentioned, in the section that talks about background fabric.

Phyllis Smith said...

To Jantine: Yes, the sashings are mentioned, in the section that talks about background fabric.

Phyllis Smith said...

To Jantine: Yes, the sashings are mentioned, in the section that talks about background fabric.

sue said...

I'm about to make a second one and I'm using a lavender fabric for the border to go with the Posy jelly roll.

Sue said...

thank you Laura-Jane for the clarifications on making the blocks. Your comment was most helpful. I do love this pattern and my quilt is coming along nicely now.