Monday, September 16, 2013

Susannah quilt block


May 17, 1933-The Susannah quilt block got it's name from the song, "O Susannah!".  Exactly where it originated is not known explained Nancy Cabot.  She said the block was usually "pieced from printed fabrics" however.

This is a very easy block to rotary cut-

Background fabric-four 2" squares for corners, one 3 1/2" square for the center
Main fabric-four 2" X 3 1/2" strips and four 2" squares for center

Place a 2" square on one corner of the 3 1/2" center square and sew on the diagonal, flip the corner up and press.  Repeat for all four corners, one at a time.  Referring to the center of the block, the photo below shows the upper left corner of the center after sewing and before pressing.  The other three corners are finished.  Sew the three rows together as shown.

The Susannah block can be found in Electric Quilt's Blockbase program as Susannah!

There is an antique quilt here but it is not made the way Nancy Cabot showed it.  There is a copy of an old pattern here  from the Progressive Farmer that also is different than Nancy Cabot presented it.  It would be interesting to see her pattern to see if she changed it from what she published in the paper.


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