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Friday, February 24, 2012

Hand Pieced Quilt-A-Long Block # 5 Granny Square

(I apologize for the poor picture quality it's a dark and dreary day here today!)

It's probably no big surprise that I chose a Granny Square for our block this week. They are simple and fun to sew. After the Bear's Paw block last week I think this will be a nice change.

You will need 25 ~ 1 7/8 inch squares. 
You can layout the block any way you like. I chose to use 3 colors and a white background.  

I sew my blocks into rows like this (on point). Then when I sew my rows together I just alternate the pressing directions. First row to the left, second row to the right etc...

Once sewn together you will trim your square up to 6.5 inches. Leaving 1/4 inch from your points to the edge of the block. This method does have waste but I didn't want to fiddle with set in triangles this week. 

Here are all of the blocks together so far. I really love all of them together. 

If you haven't joined us over at the flickr group yet! Come on over. You can start anytime! and all are welcome :) 

Here is a list of the blocks so far... 
Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

walklet said...

I'm admiring your Hope Valley Flying geese blocks and trying to decide what to make w/my own Hope fabrics. Are those large 1/2 square triangles to make the blocks? All your WIPs are lovely!

Barb said...

Your blocks are just wonderful and I am so impressed that you are doing them by hand.

Jacque. said...

Really? That many pieces? ha! I haven't quite finished the bear's paw block yet, but will get this one cut out, too. {sigh}

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Thank you! They are 3.5 x 6.5 inch(unfinished)flying geese blocks with a 3.5 x 6.5 inch background piece sewn to each flying geese block. Hope that helps!

Sarah said...

I love how you added different colors to the "points", it's a fresh look for the granny square.

Char said...

Oh no you had to do it, I've been trying to avoid this block. I don't want to get hooked like everyone else. I have enough WIPs.

Tami said...

I too have tried to avoid this block for fear of joining in the granny craze. Hopefully this block will be enough for me. Although my mind is already wondering to my stash and wondering if I should make a whole granny quilt. So many wonderful projects out there so little time. I am still finishing up my bear paw. Hopefully I can get caught up this week.

Richard Healey said...

I love the granny squares I made orange 2 days ago and purple last night have some green and a few other colors to do over this weekend.

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Jennie said...

You did have to do it - all your granny squares are so pretty anyway. Love the fabric choice on this one as well. You didn't get me hooked - I was already. I feel for the ones who have resisted!

nclauri said...

I am SO happy I found your blog. I am going to get started on your hand sewn blocks projects this afternoon. What fabric line are you using in your samples? It is very pretty. I pinned the photo of the three blocks on the line to pinterest this morning and it has already been repinned in just a few short hours by several individuals!

meredith said...

Hi Erin! I have a question about this granny square (so cute by the way!) Could you do this from strip sets since you chose 4 colors? I realize you are doing hand piecing & sewing, but if I wanted to save time (& have a # of quilts on my "bucket list") could I accomplish this block through strip sets? Your blocks are beautiful & the colors are just wonderful! Congrats!

meredith said...

p.s. Your bear paw is so cute! I've never been a fan of this block until now! You're making me want to do this one now, well all of them actually! My 1st quilt class was a hand pieced/hand quilted sampler class & I loved it!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

you sure could! i think that if you are strip piecing while hand sewing you need to back stitch often. If you are using a machine, Katy has a nice tutorial here...http://imagingermonkey.blogspot.com/2012/03/strip-piecing-granny-square-block.html . I am making a strip pieced granny squares quilt right now, blocks go together in no time. Love it! Thanks Meredith!!

meredith said...

Woohooo I'm so excited! Ok, so now after flip flopping 4 times, I "think" this is the quilt I will make for my niece, cute & scrappy & all kinds of girly!! Thanks a bunch Erin :)

Anonymous said...

Just found your page. Wow they look great. I am new to quilting and will need to see how I go.....thanks for sharing this with all,,,,

Julierose said...

Ijust found your blog--and I love youridea of a hand pieced scrappy-blocks quilt. I know i am late to the party, but will try to join in hugs, Julierose

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