June Block of the Month: Susannah

Hello Lovelies!

This block blog post is going to be a short one. We are moving in two days and my life is absolute chaos! But lucky for you, that means this month’s block pattern is a quick and easy one!

This pattern is a classic called Susannah!

There are several variations on this block, mostly surrounding changing the color of the outer four blocks. Depending on how you change up the outer blocks and inner triangles, you can get some very interesting variations!


(4) 3 1⁄2” squares (1) 6 1⁄2” square (4) 3 1⁄2” squares (1) 3 1⁄2” x 14” strip
(1) 3 1⁄2” x 14” strip
To start this block, we begin with the square in a square.
Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of (4) 3 ½” medium fabric squares. Take the 6 ½” light fabric square and place (1) 3 ½” medium square right sides together in the top left corner. Pin together.  Place another 3 ½” medium square in the bottom right corner of the 6 ½” light fabric square and pin.

Sew on both diagonal lines, then trim ¼” away from both seams. Press the corners open with the seam allowance toward the darker fabric

Place (2) 3 ½” medium squares in the remaining opposite corners of the 6 ½” light fabric square. Sew on the diagonal lines and trim ¼” away from the seams. Press the corners open with the seams toward the darker fabric. Finished Square in a Square should measure 6 ½” x 6 ½”.

Next is the strip piecing.  This makes the process of assembling the block a bit quicker.  Take the medium and dark fabric strips and sew them together on one long side. Press the seam toward the darker fabric.

Subcut the strips into 3 1/2” sections. 

And lastly, the layout of the block!

Following the image of the finished block, layout your block with the square in a square in the middle and the background fabric squares in each corner.  Place the subcut strip pieces around the center square, making sure to rotate the strip pieces so the medium fabric will always come before the dark fabric.
Sew the block together in rows first, and then sew the rows together. When you get to the middle row, press the seams away from the square in a square. Press the seams in the top and bottom row toward the darker fabric, away from the background fabric. This will help the seams to nest when you sew the final seams.
When you press the final long seams, you can press the seams as you please.  I prefer to press the seams open to reduce overall bulk when I put the quilt on my Longarm to quilt it, but you can press any way you like!
As always, share your progress online!  If you’re in our amazing block of the month group on Facebook make sure to share your block there.  We love to see everything you make! And when you share, use the hashtag #seweasybom so others can join in on the fun!

Happy Quilting everyone!