The Sparkle Garden Quilt is Jeanne Rae Crafts' Block of the Month project for 2018. We've featured a BOM project every year since 1998, making this project our 21st! Come back monthly for each succeeding step.
The Sparkle Garden Quilt features blocks that are both appliqued and pieced. The appliqué in this quilt was designed with machine appliqué in mind but is still suitable for hand appliqué.
The twelve steps to making the blocks will be introduced throughout the year with the finishing directions to end the year's lessons. This quilt can be made with coordinating fabrics, or each block could have its own color scheme using scraps or fat quarters. Whichever you choose, it will be a cheerful lap quilt or wall hanging.
- Background (white) - 1 yd.
- Light green - 1/4 yd. or fat quarter
- Medium greens - fat quarter of 2
- Dark green - 3/8 yd. (for blocks and flowers)
- Contrast (black) - 7/8 yd. for blocks, cornerstones, and border 2 (if you cut borders from lengthwise grain, you will need for 1 3/8 yd. for border 2.)
- Light peach - 3/8 yd. (for blocks and flowers)
- Dark peach - 3/8 yd. (for blocks and flowers)
- Sashing (dark rust) - 1/2 yd.
- Border 3 - 1 yd. (if you cut borders from lengthwise grain, you will need for 1 1/2 yd. for border 3.)
- Flowers - 4-5 fat quarters or scraps
- Binding - 1/2 yd.
- Backing - 3 yd.
|Sparkle Garden Quilt
1. Flower 1
2. Flower 2
3. Flower 3
4. Flower 4
5. Flower 5
6. Flower 6
|Sparkle Garden Quilt
7. Flower 7
8. Flower 8
9. Flower 9
10. Assemble blocks
Sparkle Garden Quilt Blocks
To make the 9 flowers blocks, cut :
- Background - cut 4 - 6½” x 6½”
- Background - cut 5 - 6½” x 9½”
Applique each of the first 4 flowers to a 6½” x 6½” background and each of the remaining 5 flowers to a 6½” x 9½” background using the method of your choice. When printing the pattern, be sure to print at the "Actual Size" setting.
Sparkle Garden Quilt Block Assembly
- 6½” x 9½” appliqués
For the 6½” x 9½” appliqués, cut 5 light green 3½” x 3½” squares and 5 contrast 3½” x 6½” rectangles. Stitch together a square to a rectangle, then stitch to the applique, taking note of placement in the quilt as illustrated above.
- 6½” x 6½” appliqués
To make the flying geese units, cut 12 rectangles 2” x 3½” from each dark green and dark peach; cut 24 squares 2” x 2” from each background and light peach.
On the wrong side of all the small squares mark a diagonal line. Place a square right sides together with the rectangle ( light peach to dark green, and background to dark peach); stitch on the marked line. Trim seam to ¼” and press. Repeat for the remaining square. Make 6 flying geese units for each of the 4 blocks, for a total of 24 flying geese. Stitch the flying geese together in groups of 6.
Cut 4 light green rectangles 3½” x 6½”. Stitch to the 6½” x 6½” appliqués; stitch this unit to the 6 flying geese unit, taking note of placement in the quilt as illustrated above.
You now have 9 blocks measuring 9½" x 9½" with seam allowances ready to sash.
- Sashing and cornerstones
Cut 24 dark rust 2” x 9½” sashing rectangles (about 6 strips cut from WOF*) for sashing and 16 contrast 2” x 2” cornerstones squares. Stitch sashing rectangles at outer edges and between blocks in each row. Stitch 4 rows of cornerstones/sashing. Stitch all rows together.
If you want to get a head start on next month’s step, the first border, make the flying geese units: cut 20 rectangles 2” x 3½” from each dark green and dark peach; cut 40 squares 2” x 2” from each background and light peach. Proceed with stitching the flying geese as described above.
*width of fabric
- This project will be available all through 2018.
- These patterns are for personal use only. Any other use requires express written permission by the designer.
- All designs ©2018 Jeanne R. Prue, all rights reserved.
- The information on this site is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given nor results guaranteed.