GRANNY SQUARES: IDEAL WAY TO USE UP SCRAPS + QUILT-AS-YOU-GO

GRANNY SQUARES WITH Liz Thompson, ELNA Educator, Canada

Join as many Granny squares together as you want to make placemats; runners; knee rugs; bed quilts etc

This is a true QUILT-AS-YOU-GO PROJECT –  NO quilting to do once the block is complete- just “bridge” sew the blocks together and you are done!

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Elna 7300 sewing machine with all cords and accessories. You will need the ¼ inch foot as well the F2 craft foot + IAF/Acufeed Ditch Quilting foot or regular Ditch Quilting foot. I recommend the IAF/Acufeed foot though the regular one will work. This foot is an optional accessory.  You may obviously use any Elna sewing machine to make this project so long as it has the required stitch programs and feet & accessories. I refer here to the EL7300 as that is the model I used throughout to construct this project.
  • Basic sewing kit including: scissors; thread snips; rotary cutting equipment (mat, ruler and cutter); fabric marking pen (blue or similar for light fabrics, white for dark fabrics); Spare needles for your machine, pins; tape measure, seam ripper ,etc.
  • Can of fabric adhesive spray: KK2000, 505 or similar.
  • 100% Cotton sewing thread to blend with your fabric colours (beige or grey)
  • Bobbin wound with the same thread.
  • A few spools of decorative thread for embellishment – 40wt rayon embroidery thread to co-ordinate with the fabric or varigated  cotton quilting thread
  • Four 7 inch squares of 100% cotton quilting fabric: I used 2 of one print & 2 of another co-ordinating/contrast print. But they could be 4 different prints for a scrappy look. Please try to choose fabrics with subtle prints or the embellishment we will do on the Granny Square will be “lost”.
  • 1 x 9 inch square of batting. I strongly suggest using a cotton or 80/20 batting rather than a high loft poly batting as the finished project will be much more successful.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Sew two 7 inch squares together using the IAF/Acufeed ¼ inch foot. Use 100% cotton thread in top and bobbin. See step1 pic.

    Step 1

    Repeat with the other two 7 inch squares.  Press the seams to one side so that when the 4 squares are put together the seams will go in opposite directions.  Press 3rd seam to one side. Take care not to stretch fabric. See step 2 pic.

    Step 2

  • Spray the one side of the 9 inch square of batting with KK2000 or other spray adhesive. Position the batting glue side down on the WRONG side of the 4 squares so that the corners of the batting are matching up with the seams on the fabric.  Or use fusible batting. See step 3 pic.

    step 3

  • Fold this “sandwich” in half, RIGHT sides together so that the batting looks like a mountain pointing up to the sky. See step 4 pic

    step 4

  • Sew the 2 sides seams with IAF/Acufeed ¼ inch foot.
  • Fold the open edges together and sew from each side leaving about 3-4 inches open in the middle.
  • Flip open to the right side and poke the corners carefully so as not to stretch the fabric. The straight edges are now on the bias and will pucker if you stretch the fabric.

    step 5

    • Press the edges of the opening under to the wrong side. No need to sew closed as these will be taken care of in the next steps.  See step 5 pic.
  • Thread up the machine with a rayon embroidery thread or cotton varigated thread as our next step is decorative stitching.
  • Remove the IAF/Acufeed ¼ inch foot and attach the IAF/Acufeed Ditch Quilting foot.
  • Select a decorative stitch of your choice and test stitch first in case you wish to alter default settings (Stitch width & length). Using the guide on the IAF/Acufeed Ditch quilting foot, stitch  decorative stitches diagonally across the block.  Make sure you “caught” the open edges on the reverse side into this stitching.
  • Press gently.
  • Make more of these with a scrappy or a colour theme. To sew together to make table runners, placemats, knee rugs, bed quilts, pillows, etc – simply attach the IAF/Acufeed ditch quilting foot, butt the 2 blocks together and use one of the decorative stitches to hold the blocks together with a decorative stitch that becomes a “bridging” stitch.  I like the feather stitch to do this though many other decorative and bridging stitches work just as well.

This is an ideal way to use up scraps of quilting fabric and they are so easy to do as it is quilt-as-you-go.

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About lizafrica

I work in the Education Dept at Janome & Elna, Canada and LOVE to sew. I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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