Friday, August 3, 2018

Garden Maze Tutorial and FREE Pattern

This was first published in August of 2012! But the lesson on how to make a Garden Maze block is timeless and I thought I'd revisit this and the tutorial.

I have a simple lesson from 1996 that you can also visit: Garden Maze Tutorial

Addison Collection by Windham Fabrics
 I had a lot of chocolate this past week (no, not the kind you eat; the kind you get to enjoy without any calories). This new collection by Nancy Gere for Windham Fabrics was calling: "Cut me up; sew me up; make me into something beautiful!"

As I only had a little over 1/2 yard of each fabric (and there are a LOT of fabrics in this collection - just look at the pics below - both piles), I decided to focus on the large scale, main print at the top and then use my pattern for the Garden Maze connector unit.
 I first wrote an article for Quilt Magazine about this unit in 1999 and called it "Don't Be Dazed by the Garden Maze." Clever, huh? It is traditionally sewn with odd sized templates. But I have designed both foundation piecing patterns and quick cutting and piecing directions for making it.

Well, what am I waiting for? I pulled out a selection of fabrics and started cutting. Yes, I did some math first, but I always design in the cloth first, check the math later.
I created TWO versions and I am providing the directions for the unit with the thinner dark brown strips, Garden Maze #1.
Cut a 5-3/4" square; finger press (or iron) a crease along one diagonal
Cut a 5-3/4" square; crease along one diagonal
Cut along the other diagonal:
Cut square in half along the other diagonal.
Cut a contrasting strip (1-7/8" x 12") and place it as shown here.
Cut a contrasting strip: 1-7/8" x 12"
Center the strip and stitch to both triangles using a 1/4" seam.
Center and sew strip to both triangles. Align the pressed lines as shown.
Press seams toward the triangle fabrics. Yes, that center strip is longer than the triangle. Not to worry!
Press seams toward the triangle fabric
Cut two strips 1-7/8" x 5-1/2" and join with a contrasting (red here) square.
Sew 2 strips 1-7/8" x 5-1/2" with 1 square 1-7/8"
Center this pieced strip as shown, taking care to align the seams. Sew one side.
Align as shown and sew with 1/4" seam

One side sewn; press.
Press and sew other side
Sew next side. Now we're ready to trim those oversized strips. For this example, I trimmed to 7-3/4".
Trim corner ends using square ruler.
Garden Maze block without funky templates!
7-3/4" unfinished size. Make 4
OK. So what? Well, if you make four, they are the setting corner blocks for this:

Garden Maze sashing with center block

OK. I'm pooping out here. To finish this:
1. Make 4 sashing units. For EACH cut two 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" strips brown and one 5-3/4" x 12-1/2" strip pink print. Yes, those brown strips ARE DIFFERENT from the Garden Maze units; it's because of the diagonal in the Garden Maze units.

2. Make 1 center block. Cut one 9" square large square brown floral and two 6-7/8" squares large scale pink. Cut pink squares in half along ONE diagonal (for 4 triangles total) and sew to each of the 4 sides of the brown floral square. This measures 12-1/2" unfinished.

3. Sew units together. Finished size: 26-1/2".

Here is a second Garden Maze block I made with wider brown strips. Different look, huh?
Wider brown strips with a different look
Thank you for stopping by! And go ahead - share this tutorial link with your friends. It makes my fabric and quilt blocks so happy.


  1. Replies
    1. I like revisiting my old stuff. Glad you liked seeing this, too!

  2. Thanks! I like this a lot. It's so pretty.

  3. To tell you the truth, I like that block all by itself! It reminds me of something - Railroad Crossing? Something from the Civil War Era. Those fabrics are absolutely stunning, right up my alley, so I need to look for them.

  4. Clever. Is it just my eyes, or are the strips around the center block thinner than the strips in the corner blocks?


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