The Not-So-Granny Quilt
Revisit the look of the "Granny Square" afghan of the 1960s and '70s with a delightful paper-pieced quilt version.
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Instructions provided courtesy of quilt designer Tammy Tadd.
Finished quilt size: 52" x 66" (12, 12-inch blocks)
The Not-So-Square Granny foundation piecing quilt pattern
4-1/2 yards bold color marble fabrics for blocks and prairie points (figure A)
3-1/2 yards black fabric for blocks, sashing and borders
1/2 yard (two-inch wide double fold) fabric for binding
four yards backing fabric
58" x 77" batting
Cutting for Blocks (figure B)
1. From the black fabric, pre-cut 240, 1-1/2" x 3" rectangles and 192, 2" x 3" rectangles.
2. Note that each block will be comprised of three different colors. From the various colors of fabric cut:
- four, 2-1/2" X 3" rectangles of fabric 1 for block center.
- eight, 2-1/2" x 3" rectangles of fabric 2 for inner row.
- four, 2-1/2-inch squares of fabric 2 for inner row corners.
- 16, 2-1/2" x 3" rectangles of fabric 3 for outer row.
- four, 2-1/2-inch squares of fabric 3 for outer row corners.
Repeat with various color combinations for a total of 12 blocks. It is helpful to keep each block’s fabric pieces stacked together.
3. Sew these units together to make block center (figure C). You can remove paper from seam allowance after seam is sewn during the construction of the blocks.
1. Make 48 copies of the foundation pattern sheets (four per block).
2. Referring to general instructions for machine paper piecing, construct four Unit 1s, using 2-1/2" x 3" rectangles of colored fabric 1 and 1-1/2" x 3" rectangles of black. Refer to the pattern for exact placement of colors.
4. Construct four inner rows using eight, 2-1/2" x 3" rectangles of fabric 2; and eight, 1-1/2" x 3" black rectangles; and four, 2" x 3" black rectangles (figure D).
5. Sew two of these rows on each side of the block center. Be sure the widest edge of the black center wedge is set toward the inside through out the block.
6. Sew a 2-1/2-inch square of fabric 2 on each end of the remaining two rows.
7. Sew these two rows on the top and bottom of the block center.
8. Construct four outer rows (figure E) using 16, 2-1/2" x 3" rectangles of fabric 3; eight, 1-1/2" x 3" black rectangles; and four, 2" x 3" black rectangles. Refer to the instructions for the inner row to complete this section in a similar manner.
9. Repeat steps to make a total of 12 blocks.
Cutting for Sashing, Border, and Prairie Points
From the black fabric cut:
- two, 2-1/2" x 62-1/2" strips
- two, 2-1/2" x 48-1/2" strips (outer borders)
- two, 4-1/2" x 54-1/2" strips
- two, 4-1/2" x 48-1/2" strips (inner borders)
- three, 2-1/2" x 40-1/2" strips (sashing strips between the row)
- eight, 2-1/2 x 12-1/2" strips (sashing strips between the blocks)
From various colors of marble fabrics, cut 72, 4-1/2-inch squares for prairie points.
Quilt Top Assembly
1. Sew three blocks and two, 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" sashing strips into a row—sashes between the blocks.
2. Repeat to make four rows.
3. Sew these four rows together with the three, 2-1/2" x 40-1/2" sashing strips.
4. Sew the inner borders to the sides of the quilt top.
5. Sew the inner border to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Remove remaining foundation papers and press.
7. Evenly space 16 pressed prairie point triangles across the top and bottom, and 20 points on each side of quilt top, with raw edges even and points towards the inside. Tuck the fold of one point inside the open fold of the next point (figure H). Pin in place a scant 1/4 inch from quilt edge. Baste in place.
8. Hand tack inner points in place being careful stitches do not show.
9. Sew outer borders to each side of quilt top.
10. Sew outer borders to top and bottom of quilt top. Press. Layer, quilt and bind.
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