I have been in love with the Granny Square block for a long time now. It wasn’t until Andover Fabrics sent me a fat quarter bundle that I was brave enough to try it out.
Here is how to make a mini granny square that measures just 4″ finished!
You will need the following 1.5″ squares cut:
1- center baby square
4- mama squares
8- granny squares
12- solid colored squares
– Use a Shape Cut ruler to cut these squares. It helps make accurate cuts and is especially helpful if you need to fussy cut the fabric!
– Use a design board or portable design board to arrange the fabrics to your liking. Lori Holt has a tutorial for her portable design boards on her blog. This portable version is great for working with these little blocks. Just don’t accidentally tip over your board like I did. :-\
I used some alphabitties to help illustrate where to sew. At this point, you should have your solid squares laid out too. You will sew a solid square to the left of blocks 1-5 and to the right of blocks 6-8.
You’ll want to use a smaller stitch than normal since the pieces are so small. My normal stitch is a 2.5 so I set my machine to 1.5. I used a 1/4″ piecing foot and chain pieced the blocks.
Iron your seams open for each block set.
Sew blocks 1-5 to the block on its left. Iron seams open.
Repeat this process for 1-4, then 1 as shown.
The underside should look like this, with all seams open.
Now you will add the top left and bottom right squares. Line the block up with the ironed out seam. This time you will iron towards the added block rather than ironing the seam open.
Once assembled, the underside should look like this with seams ironed towards the corners. This will help the rows lay flat.
At your cutting mat, line up a 45 degree line with the center blocks so that you are also 1/4″ past the granny blocks. When you are sure it is all lined up properly cut off the excess fabric.
Continue turning the granny block until all four sides have been trimmed. The granny block should measure 4.5″ x 4.5″, so 4″ finished. Isn’t that adorable?!