Monday, January 23, 2017

A Winter Garden Quilt Block { Tutorial } : :

Winter Garden Quilt Block Tutorial

Today I'm excited to share a quick tutorial for my Winter Garden Quilt Block, a quilt I first made using Bari J.'s Emmy Grace collection for AGF that I'm currently remaking using as many of my own fabrics as possible! So many folks have asked me for this pattern over the years and I've always said that I would share one once I found the time to remake this quilt and here it is! First I'm sharing the block measurements and how-to, and once all of my blocks are finished I'll follow up with a tutorial for adding the scrappy sashing. Below is reminder of the finished quilt, it's one of my very favorites!

Winter's Garden Quilt in Emmy Grace

The block pattern begins with a large center square, perfect for showcasing those favorite prints. They're fun to make and sew up quick and I hope you'll join me in making them! If you do, feel free to tag me and to add #wintersagardenquilt and #MCHcollectionquilt or to share your photos with me on my Maureen Cracknell Handmade Facebook page!

MC Collection Quilt Block

One quilt block measures approximately 12.5"square.

You'll need:
  • one piece of fabric measuring 6.5" square for the center fabric of each block (my center fabrics are fussy cut from the focal prints from each of my collections)
  • four pieces of fabric measuring 2.5" x 6.5" to be added to the sides of the center fabric
  • four pieces of fabric measuring 2.5" squares to be add to the four corners
  • two pieces of fabric measuring 1.25" x 11" to be added to the top and bottom of the center
  • two pieces of fabric measuring 1.25" x 12.5 to be added to the sides of the center

1. Cut your fabrics following the above measurements and lay them out following the image below.

Step 1

2. First sew the three center fabrics together. Place side fabrics one at a time onto the center square with right sides facing and sew along the 6.5" side using a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat to add both side fabrics to the center fabric.

Step 2

3. Sew the top and bottom row of fabrics together as shown below using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Step 3

4. Finish the center of the block by sewing the top two rows together and them sew the last row to the top two using 1/4" seams throughout. If necessary, square up the center to measure an 11" square before adding the border fabrics.

Step 4

5. Add the border fabrics one at a time beginning with the top and bottom pieces. Sew along the 11" side using a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat to add both the top and bottom border fabrics and again to add the side border fabrics.

Step 5

It's as simple as that! Feel free to comment with any questions you might have regarding the instructions and if you have any questions about the fabrics I'm using! Each week I'll share my newly finished blocks here on the blog and on my social media pages. If you plan to join in, please do let me know! I look forward to seeing your beautiful work!!

♡ Maureen


  1. This block is an excellent one for featuring a fabric in the center. Love this and love ygame ur
    Garden Dreamer line too.

    1. Oops...
      Should read- love this and love your Garden Dreamer line!!

  2. I have been trying to get back into quilting as a form of self-care after having a baby last May and I think this is the perfect project to start me off. I remember when you first posted this quilt on Instagram and it literally made me gasp! It is so pretty and I am SO THANKFUL you decided to share a tutorial for it. You are the best!!! <3

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  4. Thank you for your generosity in posting this cool block tutorial. Love love love this. Of course, love your fabrics and artistry! Mary in Az

  5. Hi Maureen, this is such a sweet block that I fell in love with it; I am so excited because I have been looking for a block to make a quilt for my beautiful grand-daughter but nothing ever seemed to "fit", if you know what I mean. I live in Ireland and it is very difficult to get a good selection of fabrics, but I will persevere! I have your Craftsy class Quick Quilt As You Go which I love, you are a lovely tutor. Thank you for your generosity in posting this tutorial. Beth in Dublin

  6. This is the perfect pattern for the fabrics I have collected for my son's quilt. Thank you so much for the tutorial! How wide is the washing? Trying to figure out how many blocks I will need!

  7. Your blog is great, work of great quality ... I am sure that many will agree with me even if they do not take the time to tell you

  8. This blog is so nice to me. I will continue to come here again and again
    Good luck


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