Sunday, February 21, 2016

Nifty Nines Quilt-Along - Great Granny Grunt!

Hi, all!

Welcome to Week Four of the Nifty Nines Quilt-Along!  I imagine you are wondering about the title of this blogpost - we have a local newscaster in the Nashville area who says "great granny grunt" when something is just over the top or ridiculous - and that's how I felt while trying to take pictures of today's quilt!

Apparently, in Tennessee we aren't allowed to have nice sunny windless days - it's either cloudy and still or sunny and windy!

These pictures were actually taken under the quilt - it was flying horizontally!

But here's a picture taken on my design wall so you can see the layout of this week's design.  As you can see, it's actually an oversized granny square block - so the name Great Granny Grunt fits perfectly!  Here's the tutorial for this quilt.


Nifty Nines Quilt-Along
Great Granny Grunt

Size - Approx. 60” x 60”
All seams are 1/4”

Fabric Requirements:

Light background fabric - 2 yards  
Cut:  37 6.5” squares

Dark background fabric - 1 5/8 yards. 
Cut:         20 6.5” squares
          6 9.75” squares (cut twice on the diagonal for setting triangles)
          2 5.25” squares (cut once on the diagonal for setting corners)

Darker scraps or a mix of fabrics totaling approximately 1 1/8 yds.  
Cut:       252 2.5” squares

FYI - this pattern is fat-quarter friendly! If you don’t have a stash of scraps, a fat quarter will yield 48 2.5” squares - more than enough for the 28 nine-patch blocks in this quilt.  So nine fat quarters will provide you with enough fabric for your 2.5” squares, or you can mix it up and use more to make your blocks different!

Block Construction:

This quilt is comprised of three blocks.

Block A looks like this: 


Easiest block ever, right?  Just a 6.5” square of your lighter background material.  You will need 37 of these.

Block B looks like this: 


Block B is a 6.5” square of your darker background material.  You will need 20 of these.

Block C looks like this: 


Block C is a simple 9-patch, made of all scrappy fabrics cut in 2.5” squares.  Make 28.  Trim to 6.5” if needed.

If you’ve completed your cutting, you should also have 24 setting triangles and 4 setting corners from your darker background fabric.

Quilt Construction

This quilt is set out on point, so it helps to lay it all out before beginning to assemble the quilt.  Here’s a picture of the full layout of the quilt… 

Because this quilt is basically just an oversized granny square block, it is easiest to start laying it out from the center.  Begin with an A Block (light background) in the center.  Next, lay four B Blocks (dark background) touching each of the four sides of the A Block.  Your next ring will consist of nine C Blocks (nine-patch blocks).  

Lay another three rings in the same sequence (light, dark, nine-patch).  Lay one more ring of the light background squares. 

Now you will use your dark background setting triangles to square off the edges of the quilt, and your dark background setting corners to finish the corners.

Assemble the quilt in diagonal strips, sew the strips together, and you’re done!

Quilt as desired!


I hope you'll enjoy this week's addition to the Nifty Nines Quilt-Along - I'd love to see pictures of your creations if you use the pattern!  You can post your pics on the Flickr group any time.  Here's Susan's version of the Lattice Play quilt - so pretty!  I love her color choices...

Nifty nines lattice with teal background, part of rows assembled.

So post your pics and strut your stuff!  

And remember - if you'd like a PDF copy of today's quilt pattern sent to you, just leave your email address in a comment below!  And for those of you who have emailed me this week but haven't received yours, I apologize - I had some internet problems this week that kept me from answering my email promptly.  I'm hoping to have everyone answered sometime today!

See you next week with Nifty Nines Quilt number five!!




  1. Please send a PDF of the Great Granny Grunt to me. I am a beginner and I think I might be able to do this one. Thank you

    1. Sue B., you are a "no-reply" blogger so I don't have an email address to send your PDF to. PLEASE!! Email me directly (salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com) or leave another comment with your email address so I can send you this tutorial! It is very easy and I'm sure you'd be able to do it!

  2. I like this one too. So fast to put together and it turned out great.

  3. I love this. Thank you . I would like a PDF please.

    Enjoy your day sewing away.

  4. Would love a pdf, Sarah. How clever, a big granny square! I am usually afraid of set on point blocks because of the side triangles.

  5. Fun and fast, thanks for sharing. Nines are always a favorite, so versatile.

  6. I would love a PDF. Granny square quilt ihas been on my some day list to make forever. I think this one needs to be made very soon. Thanks.

  7. This is fabulous! I have some veggie and fruit FQs that would work up really fun with this one.

  8. The colors and clean design make this a great 'guy quilt'. OK, I should say, "A great quilt that will work for guys too," because it is an all around great design.

  9. Please send me a PDF. Thank you. Love the design and name!

  10. Another cute quilt. This is a good one for the H2H challenge.

  11. Love your blog and all you do. I would love a PDF of the Granny Square Grunt. Love the name.

  12. Please send me a PDF of Great Granny Grunt as well as Lattice Play if you have it. Thank you! ldladner at bellsouth dot net

  13. Love it! Please send me the PDF .

  14. would love a PDF of this one too. LOVE, love, love the colors together. your stash much be huge!

  15. I can just picture you trying to take these pictures with the wind blowing!! But they look great, and I love the fabric colors in your quilt. Please send PDF :)

  16. Could I have a PDF pattern please. I love the quilts you design each year!

  17. Great play on the granny square. Beautiful quilt!

  18. What fun! Please send me a pfd, thanks

  19. I haven't seen very many quilts done in browns. I like it. Please send me a PDF copy. Thanks.

  20. I have no idea why I didn't see this blog post. I loved the earlier 9 patch quilts. Things must have gotten busier at home. I would like to have the PDF of this quilt. In fact, I think this would be a perfect quilt to make for a TAPS quilt. The quilts go to children of fallen servicemen. The event is held in the DC area during the Memorial Day weekend. Surely I can get this one done by then!

  21. I'm late but writing comments with requests for the PDFs! Thanks. junedodge at gmail dot com

  22. I'm late but writing comments with requests for the PDFs! Thanks. junedodge at gmail dot com


Comments make me smile!! If you want a PDF of a pattern, PLEASE leave your email address in your comment, or email me directly at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com!