The Garden of Eden quilt block is an easy five patch block that I have made here as a 15″ square finished size. I’d love to know how it came by its name.
Cutting requirements for the Garden of Eden quilt block
3.1/2″ squares: four red
3.7/8″ squares: eight red, eight white
3.1/2″ by 15.1/2″ rectangle: one red
Making the Garden of Eden quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a red and a white square 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 give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown. In each corner there are four half square triangles arranged so that the red triangles form a diagonal. There are two red squares between the top two corners and between the bottom two corners. Across the middle place the red rectangle.
Sew the half square triangles together into four patch units. Sew the two pairs of red squares together. You can then sew the patches together across the top and across the bottom. This will leave you with three distinct rows. Sew them to each other to complete the Garden of Eden quilt block.
For a quilt idea, I first sewed together sixteen blocks in four rows of four. This wouldn’t be for me – too samey, although I suppose you could use it as a scrappy quilt, with lots of colours.
For a more interesting idea, I used the basic Garden of Eden quilt block with a simple square on point block as an alternative. The quilt shown here has four of the basic blocks in the middle with a frame of twelve blocks made using four half square triangles made using 8.3/8″ squares. This one I like a lot.
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