Today let's sew together an Eva's Garden quilt block! The traditional coloring for this block is just two fabrics - a light and a dark - but, of course, I had to do my own thing and have four fabrics! There are a couple of different ways to construct this Eva's Garden block and I'm going to show you how to do it in a nine-patch way. Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Eva's Garden Quilt Block:
- Light/Ivory: 1 - 4.5" square, 4 - 3" squares, 20 - 2.5" squares, and 8 - 1.5" squares
- Dark 1/Blue: 8 - 1.5" squares
- Dark 2/Green: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
- Dark 3/Red: 4 - 3" squares, and 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
Four Patch Units:
First off, you need to make four little Four Patch units using the 8 Light/Ivory 1.5" squares and the Dark 1/Blue 1.5" squares. You can find my Four Patch tutorial at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-four-patch-quilt-block. If I were making a bunch of these blocks for a quilt, I would definitely use the strip piecing method for making these itty bitty units!
Half Square Triangle Units:
Using the four Light/Ivory 3" squares and the four Dark 3/Red 3" squares, sew together 8 Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. My tutorial for making a Half Square Triangle block can be found at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block
Flying Geese Units:
Using 8 of the Light/Ivory 2.5" squares and the four Dark 2/Green 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, sew together four Flying Geese blocks as shown below. You can find my tutorial for making a Flying Geese block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block
Now repeat Step 3 only using the four Dark 3/Red 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles instead of the green as shown in the picture below.
Pair up one Step 3 and one Step 4 Flying Geese block and sew together as shown in the picture below. Press the seam allowance toward the Dark 3/Red fabric. Repeat for a total of four Flying Geese units.
This is a cute little unit! Lay out a Four Patch unit, two Half Square Triangle units, and one Light/Ivory 2.5" square as shown in the picture below. You'll be sewing them together just like a Four Patch block.
Now sew the four patches into two rows and press the seam allowances away from the Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below.
Sew the two rows together and press the seam allowance away from the Dark 1/Blue and Light/Ivory Four Patch unit as shown below. Repeat Steps 6 through 8 for a total of four Corner units.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out the Corner units, the Flying Geese units, and the Light/Ivory 4.5" square as shown in the picture below.
Now you can sew the units together like a typical Nine Patch block. Sew the units into three rows as shown below and ...
Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units as you can see in the picture below.
Sew the three rows together and you're done!
Except for the pressing! Press the seam allowances toward the center of the Eva's Garden quilt block as shown in the picture below.
This Eva's Garden quilt block went together smoothly and I'm so pleased that I got most of my points to be pointy! If multiple blocks were put together with 1" finished sashing and a Dark 1/Blue cornerstone, you'd get a nice little chain going between the blocks. Without sashing, an uneven Nine Patch will appear where four corners come together with a nice diamond shape around it. All in all, there are many possibilities with the Eva's Garden block!
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P.S. You can find the fabrics I used in this block at https://fabric406.com/search?q=spirit+of+america