I love all the Granny Squares I’ve been seeing out in blogland. Their snappiness speaks to me. But the waste of the outer squares in many of the tutes I’ve seen bothered me. So I set about finding a way to make the blocks without the waste. If you have followed my blog for long you know I love my Nifty Notions 1/2 square and 1/4 square rulers. I now love them even more as they have allowed me to make these great blocks without the waste. Let me tell you how.
First you will need a 2″ strip of fabric, 1- 2 1/2″ square for your center, 4- 2 1/2″ squares for your first ring and 8- 2 1/2″ squares for your outer ring.
From your 2″ strip use the Nifty Notions rulers to cut 4- 1/4 squares and 8- 1/2 squares. If you keep your strip doubled you can cut one set of 1/4 squares then cut your 8- 1/2 squares and end with the remaining set of 1/4 squares. No waste. I know I’m a little fanatical, but fabric is expensive.
Lay out your pieces.
Sew into rows
Sew your rows together.
Trim off your dog ears and your block is done.
Repeat easy peasy!