For the Grandmothers Choice quilt I have used two different blocks to create a quilt that could be suitably masculine in some colour choices or delightfully feminine in different colour choices. The quilt is rectangular and is rather large at 64″ by 94″, using twenty four blocks which are all 15″ square finished size. To complete the quilt I used 1.3/4 yards of white, 2.1/4 yards of brown and 2.3/4 yards of yellow fabric.
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Cutting requirements for the grandmothers choice quilt
3.1/2″ squares: seventy two brown, forty eight white
6.1/2″ squares: forty eight brown
6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: forty eight yellow
6.7/8″ squares: twenty four white, twenty four yellow
For the border you will need to cut eight 2.1/2″ yellow strips across the width of fabric.
Make the grandmothers choice quilt block
Definitely an easy one this! Place a 6.1/2″ brown square in each corner with a 3.1/2″ brown square in the middle. Between each pair of corners place a yellow rectangle. Sew the pieces together to form three rows and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You need to make twelve of these.
Make half square triangles
Use the 6.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a yellow and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 6.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the yellow and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make the alternate block
For the alternate block I have chosen the Alaska Homestead quilt block. Lay the squares out as shown with a half square triangle in each corner and a 3.1/2″ brown square in the middle. Place the triangles so that the white is always on the outside, forming the corners of the block.
Between each pair of corners place a brown square and a white square. As you can see, that means that the central cross is made of alternating brown and white squares.
In the first and third rows you need to sew the two small squares together first. Then sew the pieces together across the rows. The second row is straightforward – just sew all the squares together across the row.
Sew the rows to each other to complete the alternate block. You need to make twelve of these.
Assemble the grandmothers choice quilt
The blocks are sewn together in six rows of four. Each row contains two grandmothers choice block and two alternate blocks. Rows one and six are made with an alternate block at each end and two grandmothers choice blocks between them.
The blocks are reversed for rows 2, 3, 4 and 5, with a grandmothers choice block at each end and two alternate blocks between them.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
Make the border with 2.1/2″ strips of yellow fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 94.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the quilt top. 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:
After all my gardening last week, I needed a trip to the tip to take all my garden clippings. I have to go through a part of Birmingham called Bourneville – which of course is where all the chocolate is made. I will go to Cadbury World one day and show you some photos, but on this particular day it was the Pavilion that struck me.
When the boys were young I took them to cricket grounds all over the country for their games, but I don’t remember ever seeing such a beautiful pavilion as this one. Before you ask, yes it was raining when I took these photos. You can see the rain spots on the top photo!