Peace Garden Quilt

Peace garden quilt

Peace garden quilt

Peace Garden is one of Fabric Freedom’s newest ranges and they are lovely muted blues and greens.  This is their quilt to showcase the range and it is a beautiful quilt.  I wouldn’t describe it as a beginner quilt although each part of the quilt can be broken down into small and manageable steps.

The quilt measures 67″ square and is made by sewing the blocks together across the diagonal.  I have used 1.1/4 yards of floral fabric, 1.3/4 yards of light blue, 1 yard of medium blue, 1/2 yard of dark blue, 1.1/4 yards of green with just 1/2 yard of white fabric.  The white fabric is only used in that lovely border where it appears to run behind the blocks.

Light block for the peace garden quilt

Light block for the peace garden quilt

Cutting requirements

Light blocks:  twenty five 8.1/2″ floral squares, one hundred 2.1/2″ light blue squares

Dark blocks:  thirty six 4.1/2″ dark blue squares, seventy two 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ light blue rectangles, seventy two 2.1/2″ green squares, seventy two 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ green rectangles

Infill triangles:  seven medium blue 3.1/4″ strips, seven 2″ white strips, four 2″ green strips, three 2″ light blue strips – all cut across the width of fabric

Corner triangles:  one 9.1/4″ medium blue square

Mark the diagonal of the blue squares

Mark the diagonal of the blue squares

Trim the corners

Trim the corners

Make the light block for the peace garden quilt

Mark a line along the diagonal of the light blue squares.  With right sides together, place on in each corner of a floral square with the marked line across the corner.  Sew along the line.


Flip the triangles to complete the square

Flip the triangles to complete the square

Trim the two layers of fabric outside the seam line.  Flip the light blue triangle out so that it completes the square, giving the floral square light blue corners.

There – that was definitely an easy block.  You will need twenty five of these.


Strip piecing for the dark block

Strip piecing for the dark block

Make the dark block

The dark block is not much more difficult.  You can speed it up using strip piecing.  Sew together a 6.1/2″ strip of light blue fabric with a 2.1/2″ strip of green fabric.

Cut this panel at 2.1/2″ intervals.  This gives you strips of fabric 8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ long with a green square at the end of a blue strip.  Do this with five strips each of blue and green – you need seventy two blue/green strips.


Layout for the dark quilt block

Layout for the dark quilt block

Lay the patchwork out as shown.  Place a blue/green strip at the top with the green on the right and on the bottom with the green on the left.  Across the middle place a 4.1/2″ dark blue (doves) square with a green 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle on either side.

Sew the three patches together across the middle row and then sew the three rows to each other.  You need to make thirty six of these blocks.

Green infill triangle

Green infill triangle

Make the infill triangles

There is a triangle at each end of each row and these are made with three fabrics.  It is these triangles which give that lovely white section in the border which appears to run behind the blocks of the quilt.

You will need twelve of these with green fabric at the tip of the triangle and eight with light blue at the tip.  They are made in the same way as each other.

Sew together three strips of fabric

Sew together three strips of fabric

Line up one of the inch lines with the cut edge

Line up one of the inch lines with the cut edge

Sew together a 3.1/4″ strip of medium blue with a 2″ white strip and a 2″ strip of either green or light blue.  Line up your ruler so that the 45 degree line runs along the bottom of the fabric.  Make a cut along that diagonal line.

Now line up one of the measuring lines of your ruler with the cut edge of the fabric, making sure that the ruler edge is at the top of the cut edge.  Make a cut along that diagonal from top right to bottom left.  This produces your first triangle.  Continue across the panel of fabric.  This is a fairly wasteful stage, because you can only get three triangles from each panel of fabric, but it is worth it for the lovely effect that it gives in the quilt border.  It would be possible to use the wasted triangles (those at the top of the panel which have a green base) to make a panel for a cushion or a tote bag.

Corner triangles

You may prefer to use a template if you have one for these triangles.  I have shown you the way to cut the triangles using only your ruler because I always prefer to show you the way that you can make my quilts without having to buy specialist equipment.

Make the corner triangles

Make the corner triangles

To make all the infill triangles you will need to sew four panels with a green strip and three panels with a blue strip.

The only remaining block to cut is one 9.1/4″ square of the medium blue fabric.  Cut this along both diagonals to give four triangles which will form the corners of the peace garden quilt.

Top left corner of the quilt

Top left corner of the quilt

Assemble the peace garden quilt

Now you need to put all these blocks back together again!

This quilt is diagonally set, so the first block will be the top left corner of the quilt.  Place a corner triangle down first.  Underneath it place a dark block with the green across the top and bottom of the block.  Place an infill triangle with a green tip either side of the block.  The green tips are at the bottom next to the quilt block.  Sew the block and two triangles together and then sew the corner triangle above the block.

Row two

Row two of the peace garden quilt

Row two of the peace garden quilt

The next row has three blocks – two dark and one light – and two blue infill triangles.  The light block is in the middle with a dark block on either side and a triangle at each end.  These are again placed so that the blue tip is at the bottom next the quilt block.  The two dark blocks are placed with the blue on the top and bottom this time.  Sew the blocks together across the row and then sew the row to the corner unit.

The triangles begin to form the edges of the quilt

The triangles begin to form the edges of the quilt


You’ll see that the second row is obviously longer than the corner unit.  Line up the two triangles of the corner unit with the tops of the two dark blocks of row two.  The triangles of row two appear to stick out on their own, but if you look at them from the side you will see that the triangle bases are forming a straight line which will be the edge of the quilt.


The rows are forming a large triangle

The rows are forming a large triangle

From now on the rows of the quilt increase by two blocks each time, so row three will have five blocks with two triangles, row four will have seven blocks plus triangles, row five will have nine blocks with two triangles.  In each case the rows begin and end with a dark block and alternate dark and light across the row.

Alternate rows have green infill triangles with the dark blocks placed so that the green is on top of the block.  The other rows have blue infill triangles and the dark blocks are placed so that the blue is on the top and bottom of the block.

Corner triangles on the sixth row

Corner triangles on the sixth row

Assemble the second half of the quilt

Row six marks the diagonal of the peace garden quilt and it is the half way point.  The row is made with eleven blocks and a corner triangle, rather than an infill triangle, at each end.  For this row the dark blocks are placed so that the blue is on top, which should be following the pattern of the alternate rows.


Row seven of the quilt

Row seven of the quilt

From the next row, the rows get smaller as we move towards the bottom right corner of the quilt.  Row seven has only nine blocks with two infill triangles.  The important thing to note is that the infill triangles are placed in a different way – the green tip is at the top now rather than at the bottom as it was before the half way row.

Continue with the rows now reducing in size by two blocks each time, but continue the pattern of alternating blue and green.  Row eight will have seven blocks, row nine will have five.

The bottom right corner unit

The bottom right corner unit

Finally you will need to make another corner unit the same as the beginning of the quilt: one row with three blocks and two infill triangles, one row with one block only and two infill triangles, and finally the last of the corner triangles.

That completes the peace garden quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting section.

If you found the layout a little confusing, you may find that the video helps:

About Rose


  1. ELIZAJANE says:

    Belated Happy 6th Birthday Rose. Hope you had a great Birthday, I have just returned from a 2 week Florida and Disney world vacation and can’t wait to get back to relaxing at the sewing machine. Love your quilts

  2. Welcome to the “60’s Club”.

  3. Tess Puddle says:

    Congratulations 60 is a good number. I’ve been there! Hope you have a wonderful day

  4. Happy Birthday Rose. I really love your site. Just ordered fabric, too

    • Thanks, Jan, and thanks for the order as well. I’m frantically cutting fabric and packing now to try and get all the parcels out today.

  5. Jane Austen says:

    A very Happy Birthday, Rose. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. x

  6. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    Rest and relax on your birthday and just have fun! All that you give of yourself cheers up the world of quilting!! I like this quilt pattern and especially like the colors you’ve chosen. Here’s a song just for you—-HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU–HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU–HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ROSE,—HAPPY BIRTHDAY===TOOOOO—YOU!! — & —MANY MORE!!!!
    (now, make a wish) Yeah!!:) Cecilia Alcantar

  7. Margaret says:

    Beautiful quilt Rose

  8. Estelle Greenberg says:

    Happy Birthday in London with your children!

  9. Have a happy birthday Rose and thank you for the lovely quilt this week. I love those fabrics too.

  10. Happy birthday wishes for a very kind and gifted as well as generous lady I hope you have an amazing 60 th Birthday loads of love welsh mary in windy yorks xxx

    • Thanks so much, Mary. I’ve had a wonderful birthday weekend – spoiled rotten by my kids. Make sure you keep the wind up in Yorkshire – it’s quite calm in Shropshire at the moment.

  11. Rosemary says:

    Rose, this is a really lovely pattern and quite pretty soft colours. Enjoy your 60 th.

    • Thanks, Rosemary. It’s certainly a lovely fabric range – and I’ve just had a sneak preview of their pending collections and they have some gorgeous fabrics coming out later this year.

  12. big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you for monday, for my 60th went on the Nile trip in Egypt,, have you got this material in stock. and tell me please how much it will cost , thanks Sandra

  13. Eileen Finch says:

    Dear Rose,
    I hope you have a lovely birthday. Enjoy every minute. Best wishes xx

  14. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful time!

  15. shirley says:

    ♫♫ Happy Birthday and Many More ♫♫
    Thank you for all your beautiful quilts.

  16. Would just like to to thank you for the beautiful patterns. You are an artist I truly wish you a wonderful 60rh birthday they say 60 is the new 40. All my friends say its Nott all bad. Hopefully soon I will be able to afford some t
    Of the beautiful materials I see in your work. Thanks for your time every week

  17. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Congratulations on your 60th birthday, what a wonderful family you have to whisk you away to London for the weekend. Peaceful Garden is glorious; thank-you so much.

  18. Hi Rose,
    Happy birthday for Monday . I’ve seen the show too. It’s well worth seeing.
    Enjoy time with your family. This is a beautiful quilt.

  19. Lovely, Have a happy birthday.

  20. Ann Lundie says:

    This is a beautiful design Rose. I am definitely going to try it. Have a lovely weekend and a happy birthday on Monday.

  21. Sandra Barnett says:

    Happy Birthday. It is a special one. Hope you have a great weekend celebrating. Enjoy yourself, you have earned it.
    You always make the complicated seem very easy. Love this quilt.

  22. Jean Ransome says:

    Hi Rose, What a lovely quilt you have done this week and I love the Peace Garden fabric, lovely spring colours. “Happy Birthday” for Monday and I hope you will have a lovely weekend with your family. I wish I could turn the clock back 9 years when I was 60. My 4 boys give me a wonderful time and treated me very well + a surprise party. Have a great weekend Rose and enjoy yourself. x

  23. A very happy 60th birthday to you. Love the pattern too…very pretty.

  24. Lots of good wishes coming your way Rose, enjoy the show.
    I always look forward to viewing all the quilts you produce on here – each one is a winner.


  25. Brenda German says:

    Lovely quilt, the colors are gorgeous. Have a great weekend and FABULOUS Birthday.

  26. carole yoxall says:

    HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY to a very special lady.Have a wonderful time with your family Rose,Thanks for another beautiful quilt design.
    Remember you have a whole year of being in the 00000ties,so you can be as naughty as you wish [giggle giggle]

  27. Margaret W Fairgrieve says:

    Wishing you a very very Happy Birthday. Rose have a wonderful Day

    your have done it again one more lovely quilt many many thanks for sharing

  28. Lynne Lennox says:

    Happy birthday, Rose!! Hope you have a great time. Thank you for all the great quilts you give us.

    Best wishes

  29. Rose, Happy Birthday!
    Have a wonderful birthday celebration with your family.

    Thank you for another lovely pattern.

  30. Beverly Allen says:

    Felicitations Rose !!! Happy Birthday…………I had my 75th celebration on Valentine’s Day ……..a huge surprise that my daughter arranged for me by gathering all my sons families and great grandchildren and meet at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for the whole day…………I love having birthdays, whether they be out for a meal, to an event, like you will be doing, or scattered throughout the month to be with each family when they are able to have time off. I know you will have a great time and I will be cheering for you over the next couple of days ! Thank you for all your innovative projects and so well-explained instructions,………….you make everyday quilting so much fun !!!!! Tata, from the High-Mojave Desert, here in Adelanto, California………….now I need to go check out your shop !

    • Thanks, Beverly. How wonderful that your daughter organised all that for you. She must be very special.

  31. Jeanne marie Wallace says:

    OH HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU ROSE,,, I made it to 67 and gee it did not hurt at all, in fact i am having more fun now,,lol Please have a wonderful day and I will say I love this quilt you have made and showing to all of us, I am going to get busy and start in on this ASAP, thank you for sharing this to all and again have a wonderful day and birthday cake hugs angeljeanne xo

  32. Annette says:

    Love the colours you have used in this quilt Rose – I may try and get round to doing something like that soon!
    Congratulations for Monday on your very special day!

  33. Sharon says:

    Happy 60th Birthday!
    This is a huge celebration weekend with Mother’s Day in Canada and the coming of spring. I hope you have a wonderful Birthday with the kids and wish you many more. I just want to thank you so much for all the wonderful tutorials and quilting ideas and patterns. They certainly keep me busy and are appreciated by everyone who sees them.
    Thank you and have a day filled with much happiness.
    A Canadian Friend, Sharon

  34. Happy birthday Rose and welcome to the sensational sixties as well as wishes for a Happy North American Mother’s Day from the west coast of Canada. Enjoy your weekend in London – love the quilt!

  35. Debbie walker says:

    Another brilliant quilt Rose.
    May I also take the time to wish you a happy 60th birthday for next week , and also have a great time with the family you’re one lovely lady xx


  36. Helen warren says:

    Love this quilt Rose. Hope you have a fabulous birthday xx

  37. Happy 60th ! Have a great day. Love getting your quilting ideas, as a novice to quilting I find your advice very helpful. All the quilts you make are wonderful!

  38. Dianne says:

    Happy 60th birthday Rose. Hope you have a great time at the show.

  39. Cynthia says:

    Rose, you have the BEST tutorials. You have such a calming voice and your instructions are always very clear (including your written instructions).

  40. Gail Thompson says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSE. It’s a milestone, reaching 60. I wish you a happy, healthy and loving day on your Birthday.
    Another beautiful quilt too. I’ve made many of yours and each one is beautiful. I still consider myself a new quilter and these are just right for me to do. Thank you so very much for all your wonderful work.

  41. Patricia Eason says:

    Congratulations Rose and Best Wishes. I know you will have a wonderful time with your family.

  42. Ann Lundie says:

    This is a beautiful pattern Rose, thank you. Happy Birthday too. Hope you have a lovely time with your family.

  43. What another cracking quilt, absolutely love it. Well Rose wishing you a very Happy 60th Birthday, don’t know if you are bothered or not but honestly it’s not as bad as you might be thinking, I thought 50 was worse!!!!!!!!!!!
    Enjoy We Will Rock You it’s a fantastic show.Have a wonderful time with your children.

  44. Anita Broadhead says:

    Dear Rose, This is a lovely pattern and the instructions are clear enough for a new quilter like me. Happy birthday and have a wonderful time with your family.

  45. Happy Birthday Rose!! This is a pretty pattern!

  46. Jennie says:

    Happy 60th Rosie. Sounds a fabulous weekend in front of you. Make the most of it, you are only 60 once, unfortunately! I also love Fabric Freedom fabrics. We had the director (?) visit my monthly quilting group and it was so interesting to hear how it all began and how the fabrics are designed and printed. A very informative talk for us all.
    I love the Peace Garden. We have collared doves, as do many, I’m sure, but they are so sweet in their manner. Most of the time…!
    Have a great weekend. Jennie x

  47. Monica Powell says:

    Congratulations on your 60th Rose and may you have a special time with your family. Thank you for this really beautiful quilt.

    Best wishes

  48. Happy Birthday, Rose and my very best wishes for many, many, more birthdays. Hope you have a smashing time in London with your children. You deserve it. Your quilt is beautiful. I love the pattern and the color combinations. Thanks for sharing. My birthday 9 days after yours but I’ll be 83 years young. Time to get moving on my next (beginner) quilt.

  49. Angela Wagstaff says:

    Hope you have wonderful birthday celebrations with you family.
    Love this quilt and have ordered the material, a bit unsure if I have ordered right colours/amounts, would you keep me right- many thanks.
    Happy birthday

  50. Eileen Burns says:

    Happy birthday Rose! I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time. A beautiful quilt yet again.

  51. P. Simpson says:

    What lovely quilts you are doing at the moment. You will enjoy We will rock you, I have seen it twice it is a great show enjoy your birthday.

    • Thanks so much. I was determined to see it before it closed at the end of this month so it’s a terrific choice by my children!

  52. Happy birthday Rose enjoy your day and time with your children . god bless.

    Love all your tutorials

  53. Linda Reid-Smith says:

    This is absolutely lovely, one of your prettiest.

  54. And have a very Happy Birthday!

  55. This is beautiful, Rose.