How to Make a Quilting Pattern for a Flower Garden Quilt

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Grandmother's flower garden is a classic quilt pattern that looks more difficult than it is. It is easy to make a pattern template for this beautiful quilting pattern, either from Mylar or cardboard.


Advances in quilting techniques have been significant in the last 25 years, and Mylar is a heavy plastic that makes excellent templates. Cardboard templates have served quilters well for over a hundred years, so that is still an option.


The advantage to making your own pattern is that it can be made made in a preferred size and costs little to nothing.


Quilting is a fabric recycling process that our grandmothers used. It is still popular and practical today.

Things You'll Need

  • a ruler or measuring device
  • Mylar or cardboard for a template
  • a pen
  • scissors
  • Calculate the measurements. A tiny flower garden block is one inch, a small one like the picture is two inches, a medium size block is three inches and a large one is four inches. Choose which of these you would like to use and add one-half inch seam allowance. The block in the picture started out as a 2 1/2 inch square. Use it for basic instructions, and change it to the larger or smaller size.

  • Draw a square onto a plain piece of paper in a 2 1/2 inch size square. Remember that the half inch is for the seam allowance. Draw the inside square at 2 inches, as this will be where the seam is located.

  • Do not attempt to calculate the actual measurements. Cut out the 2 1/2 inch square. Fold into three parts on one edge. Mark the fold lines with a little mark at the edge.

  • Moving to the other edge, fold it into HALF on that side.
    Draw a diagonal from the 1/3 fold to the center of the INSIDE LINE on the corners. Check for accuracy. Does it look right?

  • Draw a line outside the one you just made to allow 1/4 inch for the seam. This is shown in red on this image.

  • Transfer this design to a Mylar or cardboard sheet and mark inside 1/4 inch for the stitching line. You are ready to cut!

    Why learn to do this? Maybe for the challenge, and maybe for the pleasure of making your own. Now that the basics are in place, templates of any size can be made for the flower garden quilt.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make a sample quilt square to check to be sure the measurements are accurate. Accuracy is important in quilting.
  • copyright 2009 Linda Richard

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