Grandmother Percys Puzzle Quilt

Grandmother Percys Puzzle quilt

Grandmother Percys Puzzle quilt

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.

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.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Grandmother Percys puzzle quilt block layout

Grandmother Percys puzzle quilt block layout

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.

Quilt border

Quilt border

Quilt border

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.





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  1. Thank you Rose for the lovely quilt pattern. You are amazing all those ideas brewing

  2. Hi Rose,
    If I only had your talent. I’d be in seventh heaven. Here I am struggling to stitch in the ditch a small baby quilt and here you come up with this gorgeous quilt that probably took you one day to design, cut, assemble and quilt. Oh, and I mustn’t forget the fun you had with Minnie meander sewing the back.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Claire. You make it all sound so quick and easy! Don’t forget all the hours that you don’t see me when I’m unpicking seams and puzzling over why a particular set of blocks don’t fit together and such like – sometimes the odd curse has been known to cross my lips.

  3. Carole Groom. says:

    Rose, this block is great. You give us all great patterns for quilting. Keep up the good work. Many thanks Carole

  4. Another fabulous quilt. Thank you Rose for your inspirational updates

  5. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Oh! whoops, I meant to include my congratulations on your results with minnie, you must have been spending a lot of time together to achieve so much in so short a time. What a clever lady.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. It felt like it took me a long time to become comfortable with Minnie, but now I love working with her.

  6. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Hello Rose, Enjoy your trip to the lavender farm, you deserve a lovely day out in sunshine. Yes some recipes are delicious when they include lavender. Just as delicious as your latest quilt. Grandmother Percy certainly gifted us with a versatile and fascinating block which you have interpreted and collated perfectly. Thank you, I really like this block. Take care.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. I’m certainly looking forward to it – apart from the lavender, the place is always full of lovely butterflies and dragonflies.

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another hit. Quick and easy as you teach us. Love the colors. Am doing a Christmas quilt right now. My own version. Coming along fairly well.
    you seem to be having fun with Minnie.
    Have fun at the lavender farm. I love lavender but can’t seem to get it to grow. What do you use it for besides sachets??

    • Thanks, Sandra. You are very organised – I haven’t been very forward thinking this year. Normally I try and have a new Christmas pattern out by now. I mainly use lavender for sachets, but at this farm that we go to they even cook with it!

  8. Anita Goel says:

    Hello Rose it is beautiful . i like it. i will try ro make are very talented.

    • Thanks, Anita. It’s a very simple quilt – the talented guys are the ones who make those extraordinary quilts that you see at quilt exhibitions!

  9. Rose,
    l Love your quilt.I wish mine will turn out like yours. Have a Beautiful weekend.

  10. Rose,
    Glad your progressing with Minnie.
    Thank you for taking the time to provide
    patterns for us. I appreciate the clear instructions.

  11. Hi Rose, What a lovely quilt you have done this week. It looks so easy and quick to do. Yet, another quilt to go on my list to do! I also love the colours you have done it in. Have a nice weekend.

    • Thanks, Jean. It really is a terribly simple quilt – just the one block that goes together fairly quickly. They are lovely fabrics, aren’t they.

  12. My dear Rose,
    Once again you have come up with a beautiful quilt. How do you do it time after time. I guess I am one of the few people that loves HST so this will be such fun to do.
    Thank you again for all you do.

    • Thanks, Lynne. I’m so glad that you like the quilt – I hadn’t realised quite how nice the blocks would look when I started making it. You’re right – not everyone likes half square triangles.

  13. I love it! Thanks 🙂

  14. Hai Rose, thanks for sharing tutorials. very nice design.

  15. Love this!! Thank you Rose!

  16. Once again a grand pattern and a beautiful quilt results , thanks for all your hard work .
    have a great week-end .

  17. I love everything about this quilt…and your longarm is coming along nice. I finished my first machine quilt…I like it…and am almost done with the second…it’s ok….keep up the good work!

  18. Rose, I think this quilt is just wonderful. It looks so complicated and difficult but I have printed it out and put it in my “One Day” file. Many thanks. You are so generous sharing the things you do. We are all so lucky you are willing to do this. Jan

    • Thanks, Janny. That’s really kind of you. I think that’s one of the beauties of quilting – something really complicated looking can be incredibly simple to make.