Thursday, 15 March 2012

strip piecing a granny square block

strip piecing a granny square tute

A few people asked how I strip pieced my blocks and Dana graciously said I could post a little tute to share.
The original tutorial for Granny Square blocks is over on Jolene's blog - it's all her fault I am so obsessed with these things (thanks Jolene - you are total awesomeness). Dana is running a quilt along over in the Old Red Barn Co quilt along group. Hop on board the granny square train and join in, they're fun, they're fast and you can make them as scrappy or as co-ordinated as you like.

So here goes.

This will make 8 blocks in total (see how I managed to make 32 blocks in a couple of mornings now? Yep - it's super speedy!)

You need to cut your fabrics into 2.5"strips x the longer length of your FQs  (approx 22"). 1 FQ yields 7 strips, so grab 2 of each colour for variety. Or just pick out fabrics from your scraps.

For each set of 8 blocks you need;
colour A lilac here - 8 strips
colour B green - 4 strips
colour C yellow (optional, the original used colour B) - 1 strip
white/background - 10 strips

Now get sewing....

strip set A

strip set b

strip set c

strips

strips

strips

strips

Simples!
Now trim your block down as per the original tutorial to 9 1/8" or so (I got mine to 9.25" with scant seams) and repeat for a total of 8 blocks. Then do it all again. And again. And again until you have a quilt full!!!

Thanks again to Dana and to Jolene

Fabrics used for my blocks are adventures with Alice by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman by the way! I got them from Lola Pink Fabrics.

41 comments:

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Awesome tute K!

Theresa said...

And you could have granny strip party (stop right there!) and swap your strips to get more variety! Awesome! Love your logic on the strips! Thank you.

Prof. S said...

Aren't you the smart one! I love the 30s Alice fabric too :)

Michele said...

Yay! Thank you. I'm off to the races now!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Love quick methods :)
Theresa made me laugh!!!

Marit said...

These looks very pretty in the cute 30's fabric. Brilliant tutorial!
; )

Cheryl Arkison said...

There's the purple!

Katy Cameron said...

Cool, this might maybe persuade me to try some...

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

ooh... no half squares, awesome!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

AWESOME SAUCE . . . as I've heard you say a time or two over on Twitter. Love the tutorial. Thanks for making it and sharing it!

**nicke... said...

i could kiss you, seriously! ;)

Gena's Garden said...

My mother in law passed away recently and my husband and I were packing up some things at her home when I found a quilt top that had been hand pieced by his grandmother. And it is a granny square pattern.....made with 2 inch blocks. I am so excited and so torn over what to do with it, because the edges are not trimmed. My husband almost had a stroke when I suggested trimming the edges to avoid dealing with the zig zag. I have had several people tell me to pillowcase it, so that may be what I go with. I just wanted to share, since I have seen so many granny square blocks here lately :)

Josie McRazie said...

I love that material!! Oh, and great tutorial, too! hehe But really, the material speaks to me!!!

diane said...

I wish you would have started your granny blocks before me or I was as smart as you to think to strip peace. But, I still love these blocks no matter how they are made. I'm up to 24 finished blocks. Yippee

Anne said...

Great idea! I've made almost 60 of the blocks cutting little squares and chaining them together, but this just might be faster for those 2 color blocks! Thanks for the tut!

P├ętra said...

I love a good shortcut! Looks like I have another quilt on my to do list.

dolores said...

Thanks for this...I'm a visual learner so this is all I needed. I think most of the time my problem is knowing which way to iron. I'm starting to get more intuitive about it thank heaven!:)

Like I said last post...your color combos are excellent. Reminds me of a favorite tablecloth my mom used to have...USED to have! UGH!:)

Krista Lyn said...

awesome!!!! i'm so excited to try this you have NO IDEA. thank you!!!

Flying Blind... said...

Brilliantness pinned x

Kristen said...

Yay for a great tutorial. Saved for later.

Made my morning happy.

Thanks so much!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Wonderful tutorial - thank you!

Marg said...

Thank for the tutorial Katy. Brilliant!

Modern Amish said...

This is great! Thanks for the tip:D

Cynthia said...

You are always so inspiring! I did your swoon along and it has led to a lot of things. I have a new blog and I mentioned you in the Swoon post.
http://dreamquiltcreate.blogspot.com

beth lehman said...

that is what i am talking about~!

Lynne S of Oz said...

LOL - the next one of these quilts I make I'll do this way.... instead of sewing all those little pieces together. Thanks!

Amy said...

Katy, you are a genius! Thanks for sharing!

Corinthians Grace said...

OH my goodness - where was the tut before I started cutting and sewing over 800 squares... now that I have RSI I will give this a go

Mandalin said...

Your the bees knees!

Chris {frecklemama} said...

ohdeargod Katy. why you gotta make it look easy? now I'm going to have to make me some.

AlyceB said...

I had this idea in my head, but hadn't tried it yet... Glad to see it works!!!

Nexxxus Ramblings said...

Katy,
I just have to give you a big big big thank you for putting up this tutorial. I have managed to make these squares with ease because of you. Thank you for the inspiration.
Melinda ~Washington State~

Teje said...

Thanks! This was so great! I wouldn't have thought and and would have made every square separate! Your quilt becomes so wonderful! x Teje

sko_G knits said...

this tutorial make it very simple, thanks for sharing!!

Renee said...

thanks for the simple tutorial! But I'm worried about sewing the bias edges to the sashing - did you find it a problem?

Artsy-Craftsy Ivy said...

Would love to see the finished quilt from this!

Regina said...

I love you!!!! I was wanting to recreate an old crochet granny square afghan my mom made in quilt form and the thought of hand piecing each square was a bit intimidating. There is a lot of color repetition in that afghan - so your method will work PERFECTLY for me!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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Harriet said...

Maybe I am on the dumb side but what does this look like on a quilt or pillow case or whatever - how do you finish between the blocks? with more white fabric? Could we see it finished. Love the easiness of it and I have numberous pieces of 30's fabrics in my stash.

Dana said...

OMG OMG OMG BRILLIANT!!!!

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