Walled Garden | Scrap Happy Star Quilt

Walled Garden | Scrap Happy Star Quilt

This quilt is essentially pink and brown with some green thrown in, a color scheme that seems to be a perennial favorite. Whatever colors you choose, try using a mixture of fat quarters, fat eighths, and leftovers from other projects to make good use of your stash and achieve a really scrappy look.

“Walled Garden,” designed and made by Sheila Sinclair Snyder

Finished quilt: 80½” x 96½” Finished block: 8” x 8”

Materials

  • Yardage is based on 42”-wide fabric.
  • ½ yard each of 20 assorted pink prints for blocks and border
  • 4½ yards total of assorted dark prints in green, brown, and burgundy for blocks and border
  • ⅞ yard of fabric for binding
  • 7½ yards of fabric for backing
  • 86” x 102” piece of batting
  • Freezer paper or template plastic

Cutting

  • All measurements include ¼”-wide seam allowances.
  • From each of the 20 assorted pink prints, cut:
  • 8 squares, 4½” x 4½” (160 total)
  • 2 strips, 2½” x 42”; crosscut into 20 squares, 2½” x 2½” (400 total)
  • 2 squares, 4⅞” x 4⅞”; cut in half diagonally to yield 4 triangles (80 total)
  • From the assorted dark prints, cut a total of:
  • 400 squares, 2½” x 2½” (80 sets of 4 matching squares for center blocks and 40 sets of 2 matching squares for border blocks)
  • 48 strips, 1½” x 42”
  • From the binding fabric, cut:
  • 9 strips, 2” x 42”

Making the Double Four-Patch Blocks

1 Sew two matching pink 2½” squares to two matching dark-print 2½” squares as shown to make a four-patch unit. Make two.

2 Arrange two matching pink 4½” squares with the units from step 1, noting the placement of the dark squares. Sew the squares and four-patch units together in rows. Press the seam allowances toward the pink squares. Sew the two rows together to form a Double Four-Patch block; press the seam allowances to one side.

3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 80 Double Four-Patch blocks.

Making the Border Blocks

Each block used around the perimeter of the quilt is made from two pieced triangles. One triangle consists of a four-patch unit and two smaller triangles. The other, a Roman Stripe triangle, is made of strips. The border blocks are the same size as the Double Four-Patch blocks.

1 Arrange the dark-print 1½” x 42” strips into eight sets of six strips each, varying the color placement in each strip set. Sew the strip sets together and carefully press the seam allowances open. You might want to use spray starch or sizing at this step to help keep the strips straight and stabilized throughout the piecing process.

A Bit about the Border

Sheila loves the intricate look this border gives to the quilt. First, it finishes the visual effect of the diagonal patchwork chain by using a four-patch unit on one side of the blocks. Then the scrappy, strippy triangles on the other side of the blocks act as a darker zigzag frame around the whole quilt. Each border block is the same size as the blocks in the quilt center, so when you’re done sewing the rows together, the border is already attached.

2 Make a guide for cutting the Roman Stripe triangle by drawing an 8⅞” square onto freezer paper or template plastic. Draw a line from corner to corner diagonally and cut out the resulting triangles. If you’re using freezer paper, repeat to cut six or eight triangles; you can reuse each one several times.

3 Press the freezer-paper triangles to the strip sets and cut the Roman Stripe triangles as shown using the freezer-paper triangles or a triangle ruler as a cutting guide. If you’re using template plastic, draw around the triangle and cut on the drawn lines. You should be able to cut five triangles from each strip set. Cut 40 triangles.

4 Sew two matching pink 2½” squares to two matching dark-print 2½” squares as shown to make a four-patch unit. Make 40.

5 Arrange and sew two matching pink 4⅞” triangles to each four-patch unit, noting the placement of the dark squares. Press the seam allowances toward the pink triangles.Make 40.

6 Sew a four-patch triangle to a Roman Stripe triangle to form a square block. Press the seam allowances toward the Roman Stripe. Handle the block carefully to avoid stretching the bias edges of the Roman Stripe triangle. Make 40 border blocks.

Check Your Ruler Stash

If you have a half-square-triangle ruler that goes up to the number 8 along the side, you can use that to cut triangles from the strip sets—no cutting guide or template needed! Simply place the long edge of the triangle ruler along the edge of the strip set and cut around the two short sides with your rotary cutter.

Assembling the Quilt Top

1 Arrange the Double Four-Patch blocks in 10 rows of eight blocks each, carefully positioning them so that the dark squares form a chain. Rearrange the blocks until you’re satisfied with the placement.

2 Arrange the border blocks around the perimeter, referring to the quilt assembly diagram below. The Roman Stripe half of each block will create a stunning “border” around your quilt.

3 Sew the blocks together into rows. Press the seam allowances in opposite directions from row to row.

4 Sew the rows together. Press the seam allowances in one direction.

Finishing the Quilt

1 Layer, baste, and quilt your quilt, or take it to your favorite long-arm machine quilter for finishing.

2 Using the 2”-wide strips, make and attach binding.