The Oh Susannah quilt block is a simple block that comes in several different versions. I began with a basic version and then played around with the colours a little to add to the design. I wanted to add a little extra interest to the quilt.
You may be pleased to hear that there aren’t many half square triangles in this quilt.
The quilt measures 52″ square, using sixteen 12″ square finished size blocks. I needed 1/2 yard of green, 3/4 yard of white, 1 yard of orange and 1.1/4 yards of blue fabric. You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
I am holding a spring sale this week giving a 15% discount on all orders over £6 – full details at the bottom of the page.
Cutting requirements for the Oh Susannah quilt
3.1/2″ squares: fifty six white, forty green, sixty four blue
3.7/8″ squares: thirty two blue, thirty two orange
6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen blue
For the border you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ orange strips across the width of fabric.
Make half square triangle units
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a blue and an orange 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. Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out. These are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Make the basic Oh Susannah quilt block
Lay the squares out in four rows of four.
Place four half square triangles in the middle with the orange triangles together forming a diamond shape. Lay white squares in three of the corners with a green square in the fourth corner. Place a blue rectangle above and below the central diamond, with two blue squares on each side of it.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You need to make eight of these.
Alternate Oh Susannah quilt block
In this version of the block I have added even more green squares. Lay the squares out once again in four rows of four. The central area is the same as in the block above, but there is a green square on each edge of the block.
If you follow the outer frame round clockwise from the top left hand corner, you’ll see that the squares follow the sequence white, blue, green on each edge.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. Make eight of these.
Assemble the Oh Susannah quilt
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. For rows one and three alternate the blocks across the row, beginning with the basic block.
For rows two and four alternate the blocks again, this time beginning with the alternate block.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
Use 2.1/2″ strips of orange fabric for the quilt border. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the Oh Susannah quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.
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We’ve been enjoying wonderful weather here in Birmingham this week – lots of lovely sunshine to bring out gorgeous displays of spring blossom.
I decided that it’s a good time to hold my spring sale, so there’s a 15% discount on everything in the shop. No coupon code required – the discount will be applied automatically at checkout on all orders over £6. To take a look at some of the lovely fabrics, click here.