I accepted a challenge from the Fat Quarter Shop.


My task? Sew up a project from Lori Holt’s Great Granny Squared book but add my own twist to it.

I wanted my twist to involve a secondary design of some sort. I haven’t experimented with designing larger quilts, so I drew up a Great Granny Square quilt in Illustrator and did some coloring in Photoshop.  I considered a couple of designs and color palettes.


Would you like to do some planning? Scroll to the end of this page to view and download three different options for you to print and color in with pencils or markers.

After picking a design, I made three different block types and kept track of how many of each block I needed for a 12 block quilt.

Great Granny Square Blocks

I considered joining the blocks without sashing, but I wanted more from the design than the no-sashing approach offered.

Great Granny without sashing

The sashing was a little tricky.  I didn’t quite make the blocks to the specs in Lori’s book, and while I regretted it later, I wasn’t going to redo them. (Note to self: don’t wing it if you don’t have to!).  I had the tiniest inconsistencies in my blocks because I didn’t have any wiggle room when I squared them, but I found that 2 1/2″ by 8 7/8″ worked for the red in the sashing, and 2 1/2″ by 5 1/4″ worked for the low volume rectangles at the intersections of the sashing. The smaller pieces in the sashing were trimmed to size.  I eased a little here and there.  (*cough* *sheepish grin*)

Using a straight pin to match the block’s points with the sashing make it work.

Sewing Great Granny to Sashing

My great granny’s name is Ruby Antoinette, and when I considered what to pull from my stash, I saw the reds and just knew they’d be a perfect fit.


I never met my great granny, but I like to think she would have enjoyed this quilt. It even has a bit of a holiday feel to it – life’s too crazy right now, but maybe I’ll get the top quilted by next Christmas!

To see other takes on the classic Great Granny block, see the others on the Fat Quarter Shop’s Great Granny Twist Blog Hop. AND, I almost forgot! If you’d like to win a copy of Lori Holt’s Great Granny Squared book, leave us a comment sharing your favorite holiday tradition! Anyone can enter, and I’ll pick a winner randomly on Monday, December 21.


monday, december 14th
fat quarter shop 
lori holt of bee in my bonnet
vickie of spun sugar quilts
katie of good golly ginger
sinta of pink pincushion

tuesday, december 15th
tina of emily ann’s kloset
renee of sewn with grace
tricia of notes of sincerity
debbie of happy little cottage

wednesday, december 16th
melissa of oh how sweet
nadra of ellis & higgs
marni of haberdashery fun

thursday, december 17th
jennie of clover & violet
erin of why not sew
sherri of this & that patterns
rachel of PS I QUILT
sharon of daisy cottage quilting

friday, december 18th
greg of grey dogwood studios
pam of pam kitty morning
jamie of busy bee quilts
daisy of ants to sugar
gerri of planted seed designs

If you’d like to make your own Great Granny project, you can use Kimberly Jolly’s video for FQS’s Great Granny Circled project.

Here they are those coloring pages. Enjoy!

Great Granny Square Coloring Page with Sashing Great Granny Square Quilt Coloring Page Great Granny Square Quilt Coloring Page Blocked

Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    The addition of the sashing has a very cool effect of elongating the blocks and masking the fact that it is pieced using granny squares, Daisy. The coloring pages that you offer are really helpful, and I like all the different shapes that could be made to stand out with color placement: like the “plus” in the LV portion of your quilt top.

  2. Lisa Marie

    Just lovely!  A tradition that my family enjoys is baking LOTS of Christmas cookies and delivering them to friends & family.

  3. Cowgirl in the City

    My favorite holiday tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve, and sitting around the tree snuggling with the family before everyone heads off to bed to dream of Christmas miracles, like the first Christmas in Bethlehem.

  4. Lynda H

    I really like the choices you made in creating this quilt – from the colors to the “twist”.  I have so many scraps piled up that I need to start doing something with them and at the same time keep it simple.  this could be the right vehicle for my scrap pile.

  5. Judy Stone

    I think this is the twisty-ist version of a wonderful block and book. How wonderful!! Love the coloring/designing samples you shared. Thank you for a chance to win this book – my fingers and toes are crossed. Oh, our tradition, waldorf salad at dinner…crispy apples goes with any meat and maraschino cherries adds the holiday sparkle!

  6. Elizabeth McDonald

    My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmas tree.  I have ornaments from my parents, my great grandmother — this activity makes me think of all of the family members that have gone before me.

  7. Sarah J.

    Oh I love this design- such a great variation!  My favorite tradition is baking- it is something I have always loved and am now loving to do with my kids!  Of course baking wouldn’t be as much fun probably if we didn’t eat the treats afterwards 🙂

  8. Susan

    What a unique twist on the granny square block! And the colour palette is very appealing too! My favorite Christmas tradition is singing Christmas carols with my family! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Lori’s book! It would be a great addition to my library!

  9. Debby

    Love your twist! And I am thankful for the printables. I use paper or graph paper to try and plan out my colors. These will save me some time so I can concentrate on the colors. Lovely quilt!!

  10. Becky

    My favorite tradition is getting together with family. I love all the granny block twists I’ve seen. So much fun to see all the creativity!

  11. Sarah

    This is gorgeous Daisy!! I love the twist on the block. And while very seasonally appropriate right now, there’s nothing that says this has to be a Christmas quilt… so you can enjoy it all year round! 

  12. Judy

    Great design! My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree and watching the lights blink and reflect on the wall in the dark!

  13. Rebecca

    love the design you came up with and the colors you chose.
    My favorite tradition is setting up the village. the grandchildren love it

  14. Jo

    What a great twist on the block! Our favourite tradition is Christmas baking with the kids and singing along to the Christmas songs!

  15. Diane in VA

    Daisy, I’ve been following Great Granny Squared and your’s is the first in my favorite color combo’s! Yeah!

    Family tradition watching Chevy Chase’s “Christmas Vacation” fiasco with the lights and then driving through our own neighborhood to look at all the lighted homes.

  16. Terri Ann

    I love how this came out Daisy! This is a great twist on the granny square, you’re making me want to add a granny square project back onto my list of quilts to make.

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