The Garden Square quilt pattern uses the garden square quilt block to make what I intended to look like a colourful country garden. I’ve used nine 18″ blocks and the quilt measures 60″ square. I’ve used more fabrics than I usually do – six to be precise. Altogether I needed 1.1/4 yards of pink, 3/4 yard each of light green, dark green and yellow, with 1/2 yard of red and 1/4 yard of white. You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
In my fanciful imagination the yellow is forming a trellis with pink and red flowers climbing all over it! I just love this time of the year when there is so much colour around.
Cutting requirements for the garden square quilt
6.7/8″ squares: eighteen pink, eighteen light green
3.7/8″ squares: eighteen each in dark green and white, thirty six each in dark green and red
3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: thirty six yellow
For the border you will need six 3.1/2″ strips of pink fabric cut across the width of fabric
Making the garden square quilt block
Use both the 6.7/8″ squares and 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.
This will produce two half square triangle units which are either 3.1/2″ or 6.1/2″ squares.
The first stage of the layout for this block is four dark green/red half square triangles arranged so that the red triangles together form a central diamond. On each edge of this central area there is a yellow rectangle with two half square triangles – dark green/white above and below with dark green/red on the sides. These are placed so that the red or white triangles are placed together to form a larger triangle pointing towards the middle.
The large half square triangles are placed in the corners with the pink triangles on the outside so that they form the corners of the block.
In order to sew this block together, you need first to sew together all the smaller units – that’s the four patch unit in the middle and the yellow rectangles with pairs of half square triangle units on the edges of the central area. You will then be left with a nine patch of 6.1/2″ squares. Sew these together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You need to make nine of these.
Assembling the garden square quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three. For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of pink fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the garden square quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
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I have had a frantic time making sample quilts for Fabric Freedom to provide to the shops, so I have hardly left the house this week. I thought that I would show you our lovely Museum and Art Gallery. I went there a couple of weeks ago for a talk and found some wonderful floor tile designs that I hope to include in a quilt some time soon. The photo had to be taken from the side of the building because there is a huge re development going on in front of it. The general area of the re development is called Paradise Circus which I think is a lovely name.