Sunday, 4 August 2013
Granny Bee Blocks - a tutorial
I know there are a number of tutorials online to make these blocks and I have so far used 2. One by Katy which uses 2.5' strips of fabric, which is perfect to make several of the same block. And another one by Blue Elephant Stitches which uses 2.5' squares which is perfect if you want to cut 25 squares different or not. I have come to use a method mixing both tutorials to make one block using a different fabric for each ring and I thought some of you might be interested in using the same method.
To start with, you need to cut:
1 x 2.5' square for the center
1 x 2.5' strip at least 10.5' long for the first ring
1 x 2.5' strip at least 21' long for the second ring
1 x 2.5' strip at least 21' long for the background + 4 x 2.5' squares of background
Take the background and "ring 2" strips and sew together. Lining the top, sew "ring 1" strip to "ring 2"+background and then add the centre square to obtain a piece like this.
Press the seams and slice your piece up into 2.5' units.
1 unit with 4 squares
3 units with 3 squares,
4 units with 2 squares
Lay all your units to make up your blocks and sew your units into strips as shown below
And finally sew your strips together to finish off your block
Linking with Building Blocks Tuesday, Sew Darn Crafty, Brit Sewing Thursday Linky and Friday Night Block Party