Susannah Quilt Block

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A Susannah quilt block is quick to piece when you use Connector Corners.

After that it's all simple squares. 

Fully-illustrated instructions follow a cutting chart for 4 different sized blocks.

'Susannah' seems to be a popular block name. I share four variations: three different colorations and one with trickier piecing.

Eight different quilt layout ideas complete this tutorial. 

It's time to get busy. Let's cut up and quilt!

General Instructions

This tutorial uses these abbreviations:

  • SA - seam allowance
  • RST - right sides together
  • BAC - background fabric
  • CC - connector corners

SA are 1/4" and pressed towards the darker fabric unless noted otherwise.

Using starched quilt fabric makes it easier to press back the connector corners. Learn about starching here.

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Step 1: Cut patches for a Susannah quilt block

Susannah patchwork designSusannah design

Sample Size: 6" finished / 6½" unfinished

Grid: 4x4

Attributed to: Beth Gutcheon

Design Type: Uneven 9-patch, large center

Our sample Susannah block uses three fabrics.

Choose a medium and dark with contrast so it's easy to see the piecing—why do the work if no one notices?

Connector corners will take a wee bit more fabric than traditional piecing techniques.

Why use them?

The math is more accurate. Who wants to have to fudge a bit while sewing?

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Cutting Chart for a
Susannah Quilt Block

~Traditional Piecing w/Connector Corners ~

PatchFabricQtyFinished Block Size
4" 6" 8" 12"
1 BAC 1 2½" x 2½" 3½" x 3½" 4½" x 4½" 6½" x 6½"
2 Med 8 1½" x 1½" 2" x 2" 2½" x 2½" 3½" x 3½"
3 Dark 4 1½" x 1½" 2" x 2" 2½" x 2½" 3½" x 3½"
4 BAC 4 1½" x 1½" 2" x 2" 2½" x 2½" 3½" x 3½"
Unfinished Block Size 4½" 6½" 8½" 12½"
Grid Size 1" 1½" 2" 3"

Step 2: Assemble the units for your Susannah

Center

Center

Make 1

On the backside of four #2s draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. The line in the photo below is just dark enough to see during stitching.

Draw diagonal line on the backs of four #2s

With RST, add one #2 to two opposite corners of a #1. This is so you can stitch two before getting up to press.

Sew on the lineUse an open toe applique foot to make it easy to see the drawn line.

Press the patches flat, as sewn, to set the seam. Next, trim away the excess between the seam line and the outside corner. Leave a 1/4" SA (white arrow.)

Trim SA

Complete this step by pressing the patches toward the corners.

After adding two #2

Add the two remaining #2s to the remaining pair of opposite sides in the same manner.

Trimming and pressing as before.

The finished center looks like this.

The finished center unit

Sides

Make 4

With RST, stitch a #2 to a #3. SAs are pressed toward #3. 

Repeat for the three remaining pairs.

Join #2 and #3Press SA toward #3 - Make 4 - Set 2 aside

Set two pairs aside for the left and right sides.

Add a #4 to each side of the remaining pairs. SA are pressed toward the #2 or #3 patch. These units are for the top and bottom sides.

Top and bottom sidesMake 2

Step 3: Assemble your Susannah block

Arrange the units into the Susannah design.

With RST, stitch the left and right sides to the center. Use the arrows below for pressing directions.

Stitch the rows together. Pin as needed. I find pins especially helpful in matching the point of the square in a square center unit with the seam between #2 and #3.

One final press and your Susannah is complete!

Same name, different block

The following blocks are all known as 'Susannah', most are simply different colorings of the the design.

Variation #1


Three fabrics, a bit less piecing...

Variation #2


...different fabric positions...

Variation #3


...with four fabrics...

Variation #4


...and finally a bit different approach to the piecing.

In this Susannah variation, the center Square in a Square is replaced with template piecing and partial seams—personally I prefer connector corners or paper piecing...more efficient!

Intrigued by 'Susannah'?

Click here for inspiration to lay out your blocks.

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