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Introduction to the Garden Maze Quilt Block
Try this easy Garden Maze quilt block pattern if the design has seemed a bit tricky in the past because simple rotary cutting assembly methods will help you sew the blocks together quickly and accurately.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind as You Sew
The patches for the corners of the Garden Maze block aren't completely rotary cutting friendly—they have pesky off-size dimensions. But you won't need to use templates to make perfect corners. You'll rotary cut the patches, and then bring in a guide to square-up the "X" corners so that they're just right.
Make One 9" Garden Maze Quilt Block as a Test
Cut patches and test-sew one block before you progress to the 6-block instructions near the end of the page. You can also download a PDF file for Alternate Paper Pieced Xs if you prefer that method to make the block corners.
Change the color scheme in any way you wish.
- Cut one 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square
- Cut one 1-3/4" x 15" strip
- Cut four 3" x 3" squares; cut each square in half once diagonally
Tone-on-Tone Black Fabric
- Cut two 1-3/8" x 15" strips
- Cut eight 1-3/4" x 6" bars
Make Six Identical (9" Finished) Garden Maze Quilt Blocks
- about a one-half yard of each fabric
- Cut six 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
- Cut two 1-3/4" x 43" strips
- Cut two 3" wide strips from selvage to selvage; cut twenty-four 3" x 3" squares from the strips; cut each square in half once diagonally
- Cut four 1-3/8" x 43" strips
- Cut seven 1-3/4" wide strips from selvage to selvage; cut forty-eight 1-3/4" x 6" bars from the strips
Repeat for each group of six identical quilt blocks.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Quick Pieced Patchwork for the Garden Maze Quilt Block
Use a scant quarter-inch seam allowance throughout.
Make the "Striped" Units
- Sew a 1-3/8" x selvage width black strip lengthwise to each side of a 1-3/4" x selvage width batik strip. Press to set the seams.
- Press seam allowances towards the black strips. Make another identical strip set.
- Square up one end of each strip set and cut a total of twenty-four 3-1/2" segments.
For a single block, sew the 3-1/2" long black bars to each side of a 3-1/2" long batik bar. Repeat to make a total of four.
Make the "X" Corner Units
Continue to 3 of 4 below.
- Gather the triangles you cut by dividing the 3" squares in half once diagonally. Fold each in half along its longest edge to find the midpoint. Finger press.
- Fold a 6" long black bar in half crosswise to find its midpoint. Sew it between two batik triangles as shown, matching midpoints carefully. Press seam allowances towards the black bar.
- Cut the unit apart diagonally, with the cut traveling across the black center bar as shown in the illustration.
- Fold to find the midpoints of the long edges of the pieced triangles.
- Fold a 6" bar in half crosswise to find its midpoint. Sew the bar between the pieced triangles, matching midpoints carefully. Press seam allowances towards the black bar.
- Download the PDF Trimming Template. Transfer it to a piece of see-through template material and tape it to the corner of a square ruler. The PDF template includes a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Line up the sewn "X" unit so that the sides of the "X" are matched to the lines on the template. The dashed lines show you how the "X" will flow into the seam allowance. Trim the unit to match the template, flipping the unit around as needed to make the cuts.
- If you prefer, mark the template on your ruler in a different way -- narrow masking tape is one option. You'll probably find additional suggestions in the forum discussion.
- Make twenty-four "X" units.
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Assemble a Garden Maze Quilt Block
Continue to 4 of 4 below.
- Sew four "X" units, two "striped" units and one 3-1/2" square into three rows as shown. press seam allowances towards the "striped" units.
- Sew the rows together, matching seams carefully. Press seam allowances towards the center row.
- Your block should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2", and black strips that form the maze should match where they meet.
- Make five more Garden Maze quilt blocks.
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Garden Maze Quilt Layout Options
If you sew the Garden Maze blocks side by side, your quilt will resemble the drawing at the top of the illustration.
If you sew extra "striped" units and squares between blocks to use as sashing, your quilt will resemble the layout shown in the lower right. To do that, cut extra 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" batik squares and make additional black and batik strip sets from extra long strips of fabric, cutting away 3-1/2" segments.
You can cut twelve 3-1/2" segments from each selvage to selvage strip or strip set.
The quilt's layout is totally up to you, so have fun with the design.