Mystery Flower Garden Quilt Block

Mystery flower garden quilt block

Mystery flower garden quilt block

The mystery flower garden quilt block is a nine patch block attributed to Aunt Martha’s Studio.  It’s a bit difficult to decide on colours if you’re not sure what flower it is!  I’ve used a general mix of purple, pink and lilac and made it as a 9″ square finished size.

This is an interesting block because you need to make quarter square triangle units using both two colours and three colours.

Cutting requirements for the mystery flower garden quilt block

4.1/4″ squares:  one pink, one purple, two lilac, two white

3.7/8″ squares:  two white

3.1/2″ squares:  one white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the mystery flower garden quilt block

The first stage is to make half square triangle units using the 4.1/4″ squares.  Place two squares with right sides together – either lilac and white or pink and purple.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.7/8″ squares.

Use white squares with the pink/purple units

Use white squares with the pink/purple units

Take the pink/purple half square triangles and place them right sides together with white 3.7/8″ squares.  Mark a line along the diagonal at right angles to the original seam – so going from bottom right to top left in the photo.  Continue as for half square triangles:  sew two seams and cut along the marked line.  This will give you a quarter square triangle consisting of one half white and one quarter each of pink and purple.

Place two lilac/white units together

Place two lilac/white units together

Take the lilac/white half square triangles and place two of them right sides together.  You need the seams to be running in the same direction as each other but with the lilac of the bottom unit facing the white of the top unit.  Mark a line along the diagonal that crosses the original seam line:  from bottom left to top right in the photo.  This will give you quarter square triangle units with two quarters lilac and two quarters white.

First part of layout

First part of layout

The first part of the layout is a 3.1/2″ white square in the middle with a lilac/white quarter square triangle on each edge of the square.  Note that the top and bottom units have the lilac triangles running in a vertical line while the side units have the lilac squares running in a horizontal line.

Mystery flower garden quilt block layout

Mystery flower garden quilt block layout

Now you just need to add the other quarter square triangles in the corners.  These are placed so that the white triangles are on the outside, forming the corners.  The purple triangles are placed either side of the lilac/white units.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the mystery flower garden quilt block.

Basic mystery flower garden quilt idea

Basic mystery flower garden quilt idea

For quilt ideas I began with nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  This is quite pretty but not as striking as I had hoped it would be.

Mystery flower garden quilt with sashing

Mystery flower garden quilt with sashing

So I also tried it with purple sashing between the blocks.  I think that on balance I probably prefer this version of the quilt.

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Rose

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  1. Dear Rose – I think this is very pretty. I am putting this in ‘one day’ file. Thanks again.

    kind regards Janny

  2. Delicate and very pretty – another winner!

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