Garden Windows Mini Quilt // Tutorial

I put together a simple tutorial for the block used in Garden Windows, a quilt I made a few weeks ago using Laura Gunn’s new fabric line, Garden Wall. I also used the same pattern for my Pillow Talk {Swap} pillow (both projects pictured below). It works really well for showcasing feature fabrics! I love seeing how fabric choices can change the look of a project (and I didn’t have time to take pictures while making the first quilt, AND I love Echo by Lotta Jansdotter), so I decided to make a mini-quilt using the same pattern.  This doll quilt will be a Christmas present for my 2-year-old . . . she L-O-V-E-S her babies right now :)

Pillow Talk Swap-finished!


Free Download: Garden Windows Project Sheet

Garden Wall Tutorial
This 4 block mini-quilt is made using a 9” version of the 12” Garden Windows block. Please refer to the project sheet (link above) for 12” block cutting instructions and yardage requirements for a baby, lap, or throw quilt.  I used Echo by Lotta Jansdotter and a gray Pure Elements solid for this mini-quilt.


Tip: Press all fabric using Best Press or spray starch. There are a lot of bias edges in this quilt, and this will increase accuracy in piecing. 

Fabric A (feature prints) (4) 5” squares

Fabric B (solids or near solid) (4) 5 3/4” squares, cut on diagonal twice to form 4 additional squares

Fabric C (neutral solid) (8) 5 3/8” squares, cut in half on diagonal to form 2 squares

Block Construction

The hardest thing about patterns that are set “on point” is figuring out the size of the setting triangles. Since you don’t have to do the math, making this block is a piece of cake! The block construction is simple, illustrated by the 4 pictures to the left. Sew 4 triangles to the charm square. Press. Sew 4 setting triangles onto diamond. Press. Once you have done that, sew the blocks together, and voila!

A tip: make sure to pin & sew your blocks together carefully (don’t rush through it like I did!). With this many bias edges, it is easy for blocks to get warped.

I have included a few more tips in the form of pictures. I am usually overly verbose, so I decided to simplify this time around.

When sewing solid/nearly solid triangles to charm square, place right sides together and make sure the edges of the triangles hang over the charm 1/4 on each side. 
 After the 4 solid/nearly solid triangles are sewn to the charm square, add the setting triangles (gray).

Tada! You are done with your first block.  I think I’m going to practice hand quilting on my new “mini.”

Sew blocks, together, matching points and edges.

Enjoy! I’d love to hear if you make a quilt using this block.

Linked up at Quiltstory and WIP Wednesday

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  1. Posted November 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for a great tutorial, I can totally see myself using your instructions, but, …not till after Christmas!

  2. Posted November 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Super cute block, Katie! I might just make a block like this to help round out my Summer Sampler! Love that Echo!

  3. Posted November 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Great tutorial, thank you! And I might have to bite the bullet and spend the money on international shipping, because I have to have some Echo!

  4. elizabeth
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Nice tutorial, and sweet quilt and pillow : ) It is a great pattern for showing off the fabric!

  5. Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Oh thank you Kate….love both of them…especially the colours…fresh….

  6. Posted November 18, 2011 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    Nice new look on your sites header and more! Keep it up!

  7. Posted November 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    great fabrics and thanks for the clear how-to and pics!

  8. Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    couldn’t resist trying it out myself! if you want to check out my little apples version… i still have quite a way to go (especially since i tried to cut the squares by memory and had a little measuring problem!)

  9. Anonymous
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Just finished cutting this out. I loved the “echo” fabric that you used so I’m using it! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial.

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