Grandmother's Own Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's take a look at the Grandmother's Own quilt block. This traditional quilt block isn't too difficult - if you can do Flying Geese, you're good to go! There are several ways you could construct this block but I picked the one that has the fewest seams. Let's get started!

grandmothers own quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Grandmother's Own Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 4 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Orange: 4 - 2.5" x 6.5" rectangles, and 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
  • Dark/Navy: 1 - 4.5" square, and 8 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

grandmothers own fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Center Unit:

Step 1:

Lay out the Light/White 2.5" squares, the Dark/Navy 4.5" square, and four of the Dark/Navy 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles as shown in the picture below.

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Step 2:

Now you can sew the patches together just like an uneven Nine Patch block. First sew the patches together in three rows as shown below.

grandmothers own 2

Step 3:

Press the seam allowances away from the Light/White fabric in the top and bottom rows, and away from the Dark/Navy 4.5" square in the middle row as you can see in the picture below.

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Step 4:

Now sew the three rows together and...

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Step 5:

Press the seam allowances toward the center of the unit as shown in the picture below.

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Modified Flying Geese Units:

Step 6:

Mark a line at a 45 degree angle on one end of the Medium/Orange rectangles as shown below. Please note the direction of the line - half start in the upper left corner and half start in the lower left corner.

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Step 7:

Basically you are going to make a Flying Geese block but use longer patches. Match up one of the Medium/Orange 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles with one Dark/Navy 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles as shown below. Note the direction of the marked line on the Medium/Orange rectangle. Sew on the marked line (or slightly inside the line). Fold and press on the marked line as shown in the bottom example.

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Step 8:

Now you can unfold the Medium/Orange rectangle and trim off the seam allowance as shown in the top example in the picture below. Then refold the Medium/Orange rectangle as shown in the bottom example. Half done!

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Step 9:

Repeat Step 7 on the other end of the Step 8 unit. Repeat Steps 7 through 9 for a total of 2 units.

grandmothers own 9

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Step 10:

Using the Medium/Orange 2.5" x 6.5" rectangles in place of the smaller Medium/Orange rectangles, repeat Steps 7 through 9 to make 2 longer Modified Flying Geese units as shown below. 

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Putting It All Together:

Step 11:

Lay out the Center unit, and the two Step 9 units (the shorter ones) as shown below.

grandmothers own 11 

Step 12:

Sew the patches together as shown in the picture below. My points didn't match up perfectly but really close - good enough for me. You probably can't even tell in the photo.

grandmothers own 12

Step 13:

Press the seam allowances toward the center as shown below.

grandmothers own 13

Step 14:

Sew the Step 10 units to the top and bottom of the Step 13 unit you just completed. (I forgot to take a lay out picture.) All done except for the pressing!

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Step 15:

Press the seam allowances. You can see in the picture below that I pressed toward the outside of the block but I think it lays a little better if it's pressed toward the center. Your choice!

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The Grandmother's Own quilt block went together nicely. I was a bit concerned about using a medium/large print for the dark fabric but it turned out fine. A cross design will show up when multiple blocks are sewn together. I just love it when a secondary design shows up!

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Happy Quilting!


P.S. If you would like me to do a post showing quilts (and yardages) made with the Grandmother's Own quilt block, let me know in the comment section below.

P.P.S. I did do a post with layouts and yardage which you can find here:


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