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Flower Garden Square
Flower Garden Square is a great quilting project for this time of the year. When all you have is an afternoon or two to spare or a weekend and you want to complete a small project, create a fabric garden right in your sewing room. You may enjoy this one so much you make a couple as gifts.
Design by Marian Shenk
Skill Level: Intermediate
Quilt Size: 41" x 36"
Block Size: 7 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Number of Blocks: 4
- Scraps red, orchid, purple, pink, mauve, salmon and orange fabrics for flowers
- 1/4 yard gold print
- 3/8 yard brown tonal
- 1/2 yard olive green mottled
- 5/8 yard bright green mottled
- 3/4 yard blue mottled
- Backing 47" x 42"
- Batting 47" x 42"
- Neutral color all-purpose thread
- Quilting thread
- 2 packages brown wide bias tape
- Basic sewing tools and supplies
Making Star Flower Block
Step 1. Prepare templates for all pieces using patterns given; cut as directed on each piece.
Step 2. Cut (10) 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" D squares blue mottled.
Step 3. Cut one square bright green mottled and two squares blue mottled 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"; cut each square on both diagonals to make A triangles. Discard three bright green triangles.
Step 4. Sew a red B to a red BR; press seams toward BR. Set in D between the B points as shown in Figure 1; repeat for two B-D units.
Step 5. Join the B-D units as shown in Figure 2; press.
Step 6. Sew an E and ER to C and add a red B and BR as shown in Figure 3; press.
Step 7. Join the B-D unit with the B-C-E unit; set in blue A triangles to complete the Star Flower block as shown in Figure 4.
Step 8. Set aside remaining pieces for other blocks.
Making Triangle Flower Block
Step 1. Cut one square each bright green and blue mottleds and three squares pink scrap 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"; cut each square in half on both diagonals to make J triangles. Discard one blue and three bright green triangles.
Step 2. Cut one square mauve scrap and four squares blue mottled 3" x 3" for I.
Step 3. Join one blue and three pink J triangles as shown in Figure 5; repeat for three blue J units. Repeat with one bright green and three pink J triangles to make a green J unit, again referring to Figure 5.
Step 4. Sew a blue J unit to opposite sides of the mauve I to make a row as shown in Figure 6; press seams toward I.
Step 5. Sew a blue I to opposite pink sides of the remaining J units, again referring to Figure 6; press seams toward I.
Step 6. Join the pieced rows to complete the Triangle Flower block, again referring to Figure 6.
Making Orange Flower Block
Step 1. Cut one 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" F square from salmon scrap.
Step 2. Sew H and HR to G; press seams toward H and HR. Repeat for four units.
Step 3. Sew D to opposite sides of two G-H units as shown in Figure 7; press seams toward D. Repeat for two D-G-H rows.
Step 4. Sew a G-H unit to opposite sides of F, again referring to Figure 7; press seams toward F.
Step 5. Join the pieced rows to complete the Orange Flower block, again referring to Figure 7.
Making Eight-Pointed Star Block
Step 1. Join orchid B and purple BR pieces and set in D as for Star Flower block in Figure 1; press. Repeat for four B-D units.
Step 2. Join two B-D units as shown in Figure 8; press. Repeat for two B-D units.
Step 3. Set in A triangles to complete the Eight-Pointed Star block, again referring to Figure 8.
Completing the Top
Step 1. Cut 31 bright green mottled (L), 34 olive green mottled (M) and 67 blue mottled (K) 3" x 3" squares.
Step 2. Arrange the K, L and M squares with the pieced blocks on a flat surface referring to the Placement Diagram. Join to complete the pieced center; press.
Step 3. Cut two 1 1/2" x 35 1/2" N strips and two 1 1/2" x 32 1/2" O strips gold print. Sew N strips to the top and bottom and O strips to opposite sides of the pieced center; press seams toward strips.
Step 4. Cut two 2 1/2" x 37 1/2" P strips and two 2 1/2" x 36 1/2" Q strips brown tonal. Sew P strips to the top and bottom and Q strips to opposite sides of the pieced center; press seams toward strips.
Finishing the Quilt
Step 1. Sandwich the batting between the completed top and prepared backing; pin or baste layers together to hold.
Step 2. Hand- or machine-quilt as desired. When quilting is complete, trim batting and backing even with top; remove pins or basting.
Step 3. Bind edges with brown wide bias tape to finish.
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