How to Sew a Garden Path Quilt Block

Garden Path A

Today we'll learn how to sew a Garden Path quilt block together. This block finishes at 12" square and looks good using one darker color for the focal diamond and scraps for the rest of the colored print patches.

Here are the cutting instructions:

Light: 8 - 2.5" squares; 6 - 3" squares; 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

Dark Blue: 8 - 2.5" squares; 2 - 3" squares; 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

Assorted Colors: 8 - 2.5" squares; 4 - 3" squares

Garden Path 1

First you need to make some Flying Geese units.

Using 4 Dark Blue 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle and 8 Light 2.5" squares, make 4 Flying Geese units as shown at the top of the picture. Then switch it up and make 4 Flying Geese units using 4 Light 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and 8 Light 2.5" squares - as shown at the bottom of the picture. You can see my detailed instructions at https://fabric406.com/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block/

Garden Path 2

Sew together 2 of the Flying Geese units as shown below. Press the seam allowance toward the top Flying Geese unit.

Garden Path 3

Here you can see how I pressed the seam allowances

Garden Path 9

The next step is to make 12 Half-Square Triangle units.

Using the 2 Dark Blue 3" squares, 4 Assorted Color 3" squares, and 6 Light 3" squares, make 12 Half-Square Triangle units. Trim units to 2.5" squares. Press seam allowances away from the Light fabric. You can find my detailed instructions for making Half-Square Triangles at https://fabric406.com/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block/

Garden Path 4

At this point, I like to lay out all the units of block and arrange the Half-Square Triangles and 2.5" Assorted Colors squares in a pleasing way.

Garden Path 5

To make the four corner units, use the Half-Square Triangle units and four Assorted Color 2.5" squares to make four basic Four-Patch units. These are the corner units of the block. For instructions on making a Four-Patch unit, look here https://fabric406.com/how-to-sew-a-basic-four-patch-block/

Garden Path 6

Here you can see the directions that I pressed the seam allowances.

Garden Path 10

Next you need to make a basic Four-Patch unit for the center of the block.

Garden Path 8

Lay out the nine units you have made as shown. Now the block goes together just like a basic Nine-Patch block. Sew the units together in 3 rows.

Garden Path 11

Press seam allowances toward the Flying Geese units.

Garden Path 12

Sew the rows together.

Garden Path

Press seam allowances toward the outside of the block. You're done!

Garden Path 14

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *