Garden Square Quilt Pattern

Garden square quilt

Garden square quilt

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.




Completed garden square quilt block

Completed garden square quilt block

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

First stage of the quilt block layout

First stage of the quilt block layout

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.

Garden square quilt block layout

Garden square quilt block layout

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.

Sew the smaller units together first

Sew the smaller units together first

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.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

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.

Here’s the video:

Facing Africa - NOMA

Facing Africa – NOMA

Thank you so much to everyone who last week  donated or bought a quilt or bag to support Facing Africa.  I am deeply grateful for your support for this worthy cause.

Birmingham museum and art gallery

Birmingham museum and art gallery

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.

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Comments

  1. Oh wow Rose! This is so delicate and pretty – your imaginings are great and I can really see your idea of a yellow trellis with pink & red flowers covering it. I also love all the colour at this time of year.

    • Thanks, June. Anyone would think I had a decent garden! Ben and Katy gave me two red roses for my birthday and that’s about the only colour in my garden at the moment.

  2. Hi Rose,
    Love this pattern and you have quilted it in all in my favorite colors.

    I’ve been having trouble trying to make a simple label to attach to my quilt. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Hi Claire. I bought a roll of pink fabric when I went to the Fabric Freedom warehouse because my pending grandchild is going to be a girl, and I always like pink and green together. I’ve thought before that I’ve not written anything about quilt labels – I’ll try and remedy that soon.

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love this quilt and its colours .But of course I love all the quilts you make and your easy directions. I am making a quilt that has a white block going up and coming down sort of like a wave. The rest of the strips are of black and white. I am using a jelly roll. Saw the pattern for only a few minutes so I am improvising., or creating you could say. Always love Fridays because you are in my mail box.
    Have a great weekend. Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. That sounds like a really interesting quilt that you’re making. That’s the beauty of quilting – you can design a quilt totally to your own design, or to something you’ve seen – my big failing is always for the designs in floor tiles.

  4. Rose, This is really lovely. I’m glad I came across your tutorials. No drama involved
    just straight forward instructions.
    Enjoyed the video of the museum. Thank you and have a sew happy week-end.

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