The Susannah Quilt Block is a nice easy block to not only make but also cut since it only relies on squares. Even the inner piece which might look complicated to a beginner is really simple to put together.
The quilt block we are making is a variation on the original Susannah quilt block. The original requires you to cut fabric on an angle whereas this variation is so much easier as you only have to cut squares. It is also easier to piece together.
In other words, you get the same result but without all the hassle.
We had a lot of fun making these and we ended up putting a couple of these blocks together to make a table runner (more on that below if you want to make it) although it might be classified as a table topper since it doesn’t run very long. To be honest, I’m not sure what the cut off point is when determining whether something is a table runner or a table topper. If you know the answer to this one, let us know in the comments.
But enough talk, let’s get started and show you how to make this block.
Watch the step-by-step video below or scroll down for the written instructions
These instructions are for an 8″ x 8″ finished block (8½” x 8½” unfinished block). For alternative sizes, scroll to the end of this post.
- Fabric 1: Cut 1 piece at 4½” x 4½”
- Fabric 2: Cut 8 pieces at 2½” x 2½”
- Fabric 3: Cut 8 pieces at 2½” x 2½”
Start by adding two of the squares to each corner of the large center square and sew as per the image below.
Trim the excess fabric from each side leaving a quarter inch seam.
This is how it should look at this point.
Fold back the fabric and press.
Add another two pieces to the other corners of the main square.
Sew along the diagonal as shown in the image below.
It should look like this when sewn.
Trim off the excess fabric on each side leaving a quarter inch seam.
Open out the sides and press.
Now we are ready to sew the squares to the side of the center piece. Arrange these squares as per the image below and sew together.
They should look like this when sewn.
Sew these side pieces to the center piece ensuring that you line up the seam lines.
Now we are ready to add the remaining squares. Arrange them as per the image below.
Sew each row together.
Sew each row to the main piece and your quilt block is now complete.
Table Topper Instructions
As I mentioned previously, we made a table topper using this quilt block. If you want to make it too, we have included basic instructions for you. Just click here to download the pdf.
6″ Finished Block
- Fabric 1: Cut 1 piece at 3½” x 3½”
- Fabric 2: Cut 8 pieces at 2″ x 2″
- Fabric 3: Cut 8 pieces at 2″ x 2″
10″ Finished Block
- Fabric 1: Cut 1 piece at 5½” x 5½”
- Fabric 2: Cut 8 pieces at 3″ x 3″
- Fabric 3: Cut 8 pieces at 3″ x 3″
12″ Finished Block
- Fabric 1: Cut 1 piece at 6½” x 6½”
- Fabric 2: Cut 8 pieces at 3½” x 3½”
- Fabric 3: Cut 8 pieces at 3½” x 3½”