I made a few quilt blocks recently for a sister quilter who is putting together some charity quilts.
She had asked for this pattern, most commonly called “Oh, Susannah.”
Like most blocks that have been around for a while, this one has several names, including “Wagon Wheel” , and simply “Susannah”.
In fact, it’s not all that uncommon for two or more blocks to share the same name. There are at least three blocks called “Oh, Susannah”
This same version is also credited to Carrie Hall:
And I found a third version in McCall’s Quilting’s collection of free downloadable patterns:
For the 12″ (finished size) block we’re making, you will need:
Four 3.5″ print squares
Four 3.5″ x 6.5″ print rectangle
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of four of the white squares. Align the square with the right end of the print rectangles as shown. Sew on the line and trim away the corner triangle. Press open.
(Don’t want to waste those triangles? Click HERE for a previous blog post)
Lay out your segments as shown above and sew into four quarter-units.
Let’s have some fun and mess with the color placements, shall we?
Each of these blocks uses the same construction technique. I’ve just moved the location of the colors within the block.
If you’d like to use a fussy-cut novelty print in the center of your block, McCall’s Quilting offers a version of Oh, Susannah that is a little different, but still totally TQable. Click HERE to go there.
One last thing – in case it isn’t already running through your mind, the “Oh, Susannah” quilt block was most likely named for the nonsensical Stephen Foster minstrel tune. You’re welcome.