Oh Susannah Quilt Pattern

Oh Susannah quilt

Oh Susannah quilt

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.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

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 triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Oh Susannah quilt block layout

Oh Susannah quilt block layout

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 block layout

Alternate block layout

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.

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

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.

Rows two and four

Rows two and four

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

Add the quilt border

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.

Here’s the video:

Spring blossom

Spring blossom

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.


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  1. Love the Oh Susannah name, love the colours and most of all, love the design. Another winning quilt Rosemary – it would give any room a lift. Don’t spend too much at the showl

    • Hi June. Glad you like the quilt. I managed to avoid spending any money at the quilt show – quite a record for me!

  2. Hi Rose. I love your easy instructions for your quilts as I am new to quilting . After a very long dry summer in Queensland and getting a late cyclone called Debbie hitting the coast about 400 km north of Rockhampton .the river here that is feed by rivers to the north has finally peaked after flooding so many homes and business .
    We are high and dry at our home . But as many people here say that it only floods in Rockhampton when the sun is shinning .

    • Hi Leanne. So sorry to hear about your problems caused by Debbie – it’s easy to forget that places well away from where a cyclone hits can still be badly affected by it.

  3. Very nice pattern Rose. Many ways to change it up! Thank you for this.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Great quilt love the colours. Hop you have fun at the quilt show and you can take lots of photos. Our weather has been cold and wet and gloomy. Still getting over whatever bug I had. Don’t feel like sewing just like looking at pictures of things sewn.
    Have a great weekend and Happy quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. That bug seems to have hung around for a while – hope you feel better soon. If you’re not on Pinterest, then now’s your time to join up – enough quilting and sewing images to last you a lifetime! Actually I think that the link I put there is for the UK, but pinterest is worldwide. I waste spend many happy hours on it.

  5. I have made this quilt block in a couple different colour sequences and I just love it.

  6. Rose, this is a really nice pattern. Enjoy your trip to the quilt show.
    Hope your allowed to take photos.
    Have a sew happy week-end. Thank you for this pattern.
    Rose do you ever enter your own quilts in quilt shows?

    • Thanks, Mary. I couldn’t see any signs saying ‘no photos’, so I’ve got a few that I can show you next week. There were some lovely quilts and a very impressive embroidery section as well.

  7. Lovely quilt pattern, Rose. I love the vibrant colors. Getting used too this new computer has taken too much of my time and I’m hoping that I’ll have luck sending this comment.

    Lucky you with all the beautiful weather. I can see snow leftover by the blizzard. Yesterday was cold enough to wear a heavy winter coat. Enjoy your day. Wish I were tagging along.

    • Hi Claire. Computers are terribly frustrating machines, aren’t they. In a few months’ time you’ll be thinking how glad you are that you have a new computer. Sorry to hear that you’ve still got snow lying around. We are forecast a real heatwave over the weekend – and then back to normal temperatures during next week. Hope your weather warms up soon.

  8. Lovely pattern Rose – spring is in the air eh! Enjoy quilting show – we can never see enough quilts ha! Home now from holiday – must get quilting – have missed my sewing machine??.

    • Thanks,Dianne. It’s always interesting to see what other quilters have been making, isn’t it. Glad to see you’ve brought the sunshine back with you.

  9. Dear Rose – Love this quilt and the colours. The tweaking you have given the pattern give it an air of fun and take away from strict regularity. You are very talented. Thank you.

    So glad you enjoyed Venice. I think the place is magic and certainly deserves more than one visit. I had time to go some of the islands and what temptation they proved to be. Like you I took loads of photos of floors, walls and ceilings. Magic place. Sorry to hear about your pizza cutters. Didn’t they give you the option of posting them to yourself? I didn’t bring anything back so will just have to go again.

    Thank you for sharing with us. Take care Janny

    • Hi Janny. Yes, Venice is definitely worth re visiting. I didn’t have time to visit the islands, but really would like to see them next time I go. No, the only option they gave me was to book my hand luggage into the hold (at far greater cost than the cutters were worth). It was my own fault for being stupid. Glad you like the quilt.