I love this block! I've been wanting to sew a traditional quilt block with lots of patchwork for a while now, and the Grandmother's Cross block really appealed to me. But all of the versions I looked at were made up of 4-patch squares and I really wanted more squares in mine - so I came up with a version with 9-patches.
Even though there are lots of little squares in this block, I used a method for sewing the 9-patches that is really fast and easy - so you can stitch one or more of these up in an afternoon - trust me!
And here is a fat quarter bundle of the fabric I used... it's called Poppy by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics. I LOVE the saturated pinks and blues in this fabric. It was so much fun to cut and sew with.
In our Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabric sewalong this month someone will win this bundle of 10 Poppy fat quarters. All you'll need to do to enter is sew up one Grandmother's Cross block (or more) and upload a picture below.
Are you ready to get started???
Grandmother's Cross (variation) Quilt Block tutorial
Finished size: 12''
- 9 print strips 1 7/8'' x 10'' (I used 9 different fabrics, but you don't have to)
- 1 square 7 3/8'' x 7 3/8''
- 2 squares 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
2. Sub-cut the larger square into 4 quarter square triangles and the 2 smaller squares into 4 half square triangles.
Note: technically, the cutting measurements for this block will produce a 12 1/2'' (12'' finished) block. But all of the piecing involved, combined with the tiny bit of fabric lost every time you press a seam to the side will make it very difficult to end up with the right sized block at the end. So I strongly encourage sewing this block with scant 1/4'' seam allowance. If you plan on making lots of Grandmother's Cross blocks, I suggest sewing one first and measuring it to check how your seam allowances are making it turn out.
1. Group the print fabric strips into sets of 3 and stitch the groups together.
2. Sub-cut each strip set into 5 pieces, each one 1 7/8'' wide. You will have a little bit left over.
3. Sew one piece from each strip set together to make a 9-patch square. Repeat to make 5 9-patch squares.
4. Arrange the 9-patches and background triangles as shown above.
5. Sew the 9-patch blocks and background triangles into diagonal rows.
6. And then stitch the rows together! Press your block and trim to 12 1/2''.
This block would be an adorable addition to a sampler, or sew lots together make a beautiful quilt of Grandmother's Crosses!
Join our sewalong below for your chance to win the bundle of 10 Poppy fat quarters. All you have to do to enter is upload a picture of your Grandmother's Cross Quilt Block below. I'll choose the winner at random after the end of June. Make sure you enter your correct email address - that's how I'll notify the winner.
Please note: You don't need to have a blog or enter a link to join our sewalong. The 'Link' field is optional.