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Dabbling in Quilt Design: Oh, Suz-Anna! quilt tutorial Part 1

Posted on: May 11th, 2014 by Lorna McMahon
Sometimes one thing just leads to another.  You are in the middle of making a quilt.  And throughout that process, your thoughts lead you to develop a new idea.

These blocks may seem identical to the blocks I made previously.  At that time, I shared a tutorial for the Kansas Dugout block and for my easy method of sewing Y seams.  My blocks actually have sides that are longer than the traditional Kansas Dugout block.

In the tutorial post, I showed how my use of a directional print limited my layout to the following setting.
Standard block layout
I explained that I preferred the look of the on point setting, shown below, how it is more appealing and reflects the alternate name for this block – The Lattice Block.
The Lattice block

I ended that post with a picture of the Susannah, noting that I had always admired this quilt block and felt that it would make a gorgeous quilt.
Well, that did get me thinking.  And as I completed the Fruity O’s quilt, which was revealed in this post, my mind was working away on that Susannah block.
Turn her on point…
Susannah on point

Add an adjoining block…
Then remove the block lines…..

Remove the block lines and you have Oh Suz-Anna!

And you have this…. Oh, Suz-Anna!

Step one in writing your own patterns:  Come up with a new design.
Step two would be to plan out how to make that design.

Oh, Suz-Anna! in progress on the design wall

At least I think this is a new design.  Please let me know if you have seen this somewhere before!

I will be sharing a tutorial and my progress later this week.  Let me know if you would be interested in making an Oh, Suz-Anna of your own!

Keep On Quilting On!
And Happy Mother’s Day!


25 Responses

  1. this looks lovely. I liked to give it a try.

  2. I too love it! Love your fabric choices and the design is fun!

  3. Georgi says:

    Gorgeous block! and those fabrics just make me happy!!

  4. Jereena says:

    Absolutely gorgeous quilt with its vibrant colors and Oh the name you come up with are just perfect.

  5. Anita says:

    A fantastic design!

  6. Very cool! Hey, you have given your blog a face lift!! Looks fabulous!

  7. 1. I like your new blog layout. 2. Never seen it, looks like you have an original :). 3. Your y-seams are perfect!

  8. Patti says:

    Oh Yes I would love to try it.

  9. You have a good sense of humour! I love the name of this pattern. Even though this has some similarities to the Kansas Dugout block. I think this is a original design, I haven't seen it before!I can't wait to see it all complete!

  10. Julianne says:

    Oh I love it but those dreaded \”Y\” seams! I dont know if I would dare to try it!

  11. I love the look of the latice block, so much that I'm using a variation a little different than yours to do with my FWQ. Thanks for showing us how this block looks both repeated and on point!

  12. Vera says:

    I'm having hard time to imagine it in different combo. This one is too busy for me and I'm getting lost in the design a bit. You know I'm crazy color order freak 🙂

  13. Lea says:

    It's a pretty block and I love the fabrics & colors. It looks cheerful and sunny.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love the pattern. Would like to try it…only thing is, I would like to add some solids to it. In India, we don't get designer fabric in copordinated bundles, hence will have a tough time matching prints!Absolutely lovely…waiting to try it :)Leena

  15. Visiting from the new group! I love this block! I have not tried anything like this…I have to admit I am intimidated by this but I really want to try! I love your explanations and pictures!

  16. Vicki says:

    Love your new look!! I almost thought I was on the wrong page. OH SUZ-ANNA!!! Yes, this is a great pattern. Your top looks great with all those wonderful colors. I'm impressed!

  17. Susan says:

    Nice work! I would love a tutorial as I've got a bunch of small strip scraps to use up, and this would be perfect.Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. I have never seen this pattern before. It looks great, the colors are joyful.

  19. Cheryl says:

    Your quilts are always so beautiful, I love the happy colors of this one 🙂

  20. CeLynn says:

    Really love the look of the blocks on point! I have only sewed Y seams once but would love to give this a whirl,maybe in a smaller version. I have not seen this pattern before now.

  21. Jo Ferguson says:

    This is a new one, to me. It's a great block and would lend itself to a wide range of options.

  22. Unknown says:

    I would get some AMH Field study Feathers in Pomegranete which is on sale. Lots of beautiful fabrics in the sale bin.

  23. Oh, Suz-Anna! She is pretty and maybe sweet talking but I spy y seams!!!

  24. Rachel says:

    Very nice! Those bright cheerful colors are great and I like how the straight squares between the blocks stand out more than I would have thought. Very cool.

  25. Anonymous says:

    After a while a lot of block/quilt designs begin to look a alike to me. Since color choices can make a block look entirely different, who knows. I do like this design though and would be interested in learning how to make it.