The Summer Garden quilt is based very loosely on Clara Stone’s Dutch Rose quilt block. I’ve added in plenty of different colours to give it a summer garden feel. I have used two 24″ blocks finished size, making a rectangular quilt 34″ by 58″. That could be a throw or a single bed quilt. In fact, now that I look at the name, it could also be a quilt to use in the garden.

Of course if you wanted to make it bigger you could just keep adding blocks. The quilt needed 1/2 yard each of white, lilac, green and pink, together with 3/4 yard each of blue and purple. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

### Cutting requirements for the summer garden quilt

3.1/2″ squares: eight white, eight purple, sixteen blue, eight lilac, eight pink

3.7/8″ squares: six each in white and lilac, six each in white and pink, two each in green and lilac, six each in green and purple

For the borders you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ purple strips, four 1.1/2″ green strips and five 2.1/2″ blue strips, all across the width of fabric.

### Make half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

### Make the lilac quarter

This block can best be made in quarters. Each quarter is just four rows of four squares. Down one diagonal place a white square followed by two blues and a purple square. Down the other diagonal place a lilac/white half square triangle in each corner with two lilac squares between them. In the remaining spaces on the top and the left place two lilac/white half square triangles, with the lilac squares together forming a larger lilac triangle pointing away from the middle. In the spaces on the bottom and the right place green/purple and a green/lilac half square triangles, with the green triangles together forming a larger green triangle pointing towards the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. This block measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

### Make the pink quarter

For this quarter my intention was to replace the lilac squares with pink and leave everything else the same. However if you look closely you’ll see that I haven’t quite done that – there are two purple/green half square triangles which should have been pink/green. By the time I realised this it was far too late to unpick and start again, so I have left them in and adjusted the cutting requirements to match the layout in the photos.

Look for the larger shapes to check that you have your triangles placed correctly. There is a large white triangle across the corner, the green triangles are always placed together to form larger green triangles pointing inwards, while on two of the edges the pink triangles lie together to form larger pink triangles pointing out.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. This quarter also measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

### Complete the summer garden quilt block

Use two lilac and two pink quarters to make one block, placing the lilac quarters diagonally opposite each other. Rotate the quarters so that the purple square is always in the middle of the block.

Sew the quarters together in pairs and then sew the pairs together. The block measures 24.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make two of them.

### Assemble the quilt and borders

Sew the blocks to each other. For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of purple fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

I’ve used 1.1/2″ strips of green for the second border: two lengths of 28.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.

Finally for the third border use 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric: two lengths of 30.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Summer Garden quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

Last time I wrote I promised you my photos of the lovely quilts at the Festival of Quilts. You can seem them here or click on the photo.

This morning I am demonstrating on the Sewing Quarter TV channel – wish me luck! I’m back there in two weeks’ time on August 30th. Then tomorrow I have a stall at the craft fair in Malvern. No doubt on Sunday I will collapse in a heap and rest.