Created by: Emily of Quilty Love
Skill Level: Beginner
Today I’m excited to share this easy beginner friendly quilt pattern with you all. Granny square quilts are a favorite of mine so I supersized this block to create The Greatest Granny Square!
The Greatest Granny Square quilt is constructed with squares making it super easy for even the first time quilt maker. Starting out with simple squares is always a good idea for the beginner quilter.
To start you will need the following fabric and supplies:
- (3) 1 yard cuts of quilting cotton (I used Art Gallery Little Town Winterberry Mist, Art Gallery Little Town Twinkle Stars and Art Gallery Little Town Seasons Carols).
- 1 ¼ yards neutral background quilting cotton (I used Art Gallery Pure Elements in Solid Snow)
- 5/8 yards of binding fabric or use the leftover fabrics to make a scrappy binding
- 3 ¼ yards backing fabric (I used Art Gallery Les Petits Checks in Midnight)
- Quilter's Dream Batting
- Thread, rotary cutter, cutting mat and a ruler
Follow along below or download a PDF copy HERE.
Choose your A, B, and C fabrics from your 1 yard cuts. Fabric A is the largest ring in your quilt, B the middle and C the inside. See the diagram below.
From the white background fabric cut x5 8.5in x WOF strips. Sub-cut into x24 8.5in squares.
From Fabric A, cut x3 8.5in x WOF strips. Sub-cut into x13 8.5in squares.
From Fabric B, cut x2 8.5in x WOF strips. Sub-cut into x8 8.5in squares.
From Fabric C, cut x4 8.5in x WOF strips. Sub-cut into x4 8.5in squares. Set aside remaining strips for borders.
Cut the binding fabric into x7 2.5in x WOF strips.
Assemble the quilt top
Arrange your cut fabric squares into the granny square block as shown in the diagram. Sew together in rows using a 1/4in seam allowance. Press each row in the opposite direction (see arrows) for nesting your seams.
To make the top and bottom borders, sew together the remaining C strips. Cut into x2 8.5in x 56.5in pieces.
Add borders to top and bottom and sew together rows to make quilt top.
Prepare your backing fabric by folding in half width wise and cutting at fold. Sew together the two pieces using a 1/2 in seam allowance. Press seam.
Baste your quilt by placing the backing right side down, adding your batting and placing your quilt top right side up. Pin or spray baste in place.
Quilt by outlining each seam on both sides using a walking foot.
Bind your quilt.
From your binding fabric, cut x7 2.5in x WOF strips. Sew them together end to end. Fold your binding wrong sides together length wise and press. Attach the binding to the quilt.
The Greatest Granny Square quilt top can be completed in an afternoon. It’s large scale allows it to go together quickly. I can’t wait to see what fabrics you choose for your quilt! Be sure to share your quilts using #thegreatestgrannysquare!
Once you have tackled this large scale granny square, head on over to my blog for a free tutorial on a scrappy granny square quilt.