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”
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!
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.
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...
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!!