The Grandmother Percy’s puzzle quilt is made using one of those delightful old fashioned quilt blocks made with just squares and half square triangles. There is only one quilt block pattern used, although the design shows up as two distinct blocks when several of them are sewn together. I have used red for the dark colour, grey for the medium and a floral white for the light fabric. You can buy these fabrics (with a 10% discount) as a kit here.
The quilt measures 79″ square because I have used twenty five quilt blocks, but you could make it smaller if you want to – if you used sixteen blocks in four rows of four that would give you a 64″ square quilt, or if you used nine blocks in three rows of three that would give you a 49″ square quilt.
For this size quilt, I have used 2 yards of red, 1.1/2 yards of grey and 3 yards of white.
The original block has the colours placed differently and you can see it here.
Cutting requirements for the Grandmother Percys Puzzle quilt
3.1/2″ squares: one hundred red, one hundred grey, two hundred and twenty five white
3.7/8″ squares: fifty red, fifty grey, one hundred white
For the border you will need eight 2.1/2″ strips of red cut across the width of fabric.
Making the Greandmother Percys Puzzle quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a white square with a red or grey square, right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. These are both 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five. There are two red squares in two diagonally opposite corners with a red square diagonally in from these corners. The other two corners have the same but in grey.
There are two white squares along each edge and one in the middle. For the half square triangles, it’s best just to check the photo to be sure that you have them placed correctly.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block. Make twenty five blocks.
Assembling the Grandmother Percys puzzle quilt
Sew the blocks together in five rows of five, rotating every second block across each row and down each column. If you look at the photo and concentrate on the two red triangles in each block you’ll see that they go from top left to bottom right in the first block and then from bottom left to top right in the block next to it.
Make two lengths of 75.1/2″ in the 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt. Make two lengths of 79.1/2″ and sew these to the sides.
That completes the Grandmother Percys puzzle quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Many of you have asked about my longarm quilting efforts, so here’s an update of what we’ve been up to: click on longarm quilting progress.