The Arabesque collection by Sue Zipkin for Clothworks is a natural choice for this pattern. Triangle-squares join in multiple borders to frame the appliquéd blossoms.

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Materials

Inspired by "Courtyard Garden" from designer Mary Beth Hartnett of Quilters Corner

Quiltmaker: Laura Boehnke

1 yard mottle blue (appliqué foundation, pieced corner triangles, border No. 2)
9x22" piece (fat eighth) red print (appliqués, pieced corner triangles, border No. 2)
18x22" piece (fat quarter) green print (appliqués, pieced corner triangles, border No. 2)
18x22" piece (fat quarter) green floral (appliqués, pieced corner triangles, border No. 2)
9x22" piece (fat eighth) red floral (appliqués, pieced corner triangles, border No. 2)
9x22" piece (fat eighth) light blue print (appliqués, pieced corner triangles, border No. 2)
3/4 yard cream print (pieced corner triangles; border Nos. 1 and 3)
1-7/8 yards dark blue print (border No. 4, binding)
3-1/3 yards backing fabric
59" square batting
Lightweight fusible web

Finished quilt: 52-1/2" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" for patterns. To use fusible web for appliquéing, complete the following steps.

1. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions, leaving 1/2" between tracings. Cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1/4" outside traced lines. For less stiff appliqués, also cut 1/4" inside traced lines of each piece and discard centers.

2. Following the manufacturer's instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto wrong sides of designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines. Peel off paper backings.

From mottled blue, cut:
1-17-1/2" square
2-4-7/8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 large triangles total
44-2-7/8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 88 small triangles total
12-2-1/2" squares

From red print, cut:
4 each of patterns D and D reversed

From green print, cut:
4 each of patterns C and C reversed
1 of Pattern A

From green floral, cut:
4 each of patterns B and B reversed

From red floral, cut:
4 of Pattern E

From light blue print, cut:
4 each of patterns F, G, and H

From remaining red print, green print, green floral, red floral, and light blue print, cut:
48-2-7/8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 96 small triangles total

From cream print, cut:
2-2-1/2x36-1/2" border No. 3 strips
2-2-1/2x32-1/2" border No. 3 strips
2-2-1/2x28-1/2" border No. 1 strips
2-2-1/2x24-1/2" border No. 1 strips
8-2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles

From dark blue print, cut:
5-8-1/2x42" strips for border No. 4

6-2-1/2x42" binding strips {C}Download this Project

Assemble Triangle-Squares

1. Sew together a mottled blue small triangle and a red print small triangle to make a triangle-square (Diagram 1). Press seam away from mottled blue triangle. The triangle-square should be 2-1/2" square including seam allowances.

2. Using mottled blue small triangles and red print, green print, green floral, red floral, and light blue print small triangles, repeat Step 1 to make 88 triangle-squares total.

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Assemble and Appliqué Quilt Center

1. Referring to Diagram 2, sew together mottled blue 2-1/2" square, mottled blue large triangle, and two cream print 2-1/2x8-1/2" rectangles in pairs. Press seams open. Join pairs; press seam open.

2. Referring to Diagram 3, sew together mottled blue 2-1/2" square, eight triangle-squares, and two remaining red print, green print, green floral, red floral, or light blue print small triangles in a horizontal and vertical row. Press seams toward small triangle in each row. Sew vertical row to left-hand edge of Step 1 unit. Add horizontal row to top edge. Press seams toward Step 1 unit.

3. Trim cream print rectangles even with small triangles to make a pieced corner triangle (Diagram 4).

4. Repeat steps 1–3 to make four pieced corner triangles total.

5. Sew pieced corner triangles to opposite edges of mottled blue 17-1/2" square (Quilt Assembly Diagram). Repeat with remaining pieced corner triangles to make quilt center. Press all seams toward corner triangles. The quilt center should be 24-1/2" square including seam allowances.

6. Fold quilt center in half twice, finger-pressing folds to create appliqué placement guidelines. Unfold, then fold in half diagonally twice; finger-press folds as before and unfold.

7. Referring to Center Block Full-Size Appliqué Placement Diagram (on downloadble PDF) and Appliqué Placement Diagram, center green print A piece over pressed diagonal lines. Fuse in place. Arrange remaining B–H pieces on quilt center. When you are pleased with the arrangement, fuse in place.

8. Using threads that match the appliqué shapes and working from bottom layer to top, machine-zigzag-stitch all pieces in place.

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Assemble and Add Border Nos. 1–3

1. For border No. 1, sew cream print 2-1/2x24-1/2" strips to opposite edges of quilt center (Quilt Assembly Diagram). Add cream print 2-1/2x28-1/2" strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border. The quilt center now should be 28-1/2" square including seam allowances.

2. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, join 14 triangle-squares to make a border No. 2 strip. Press seams in one direction. Repeat to make four border No. 2 strips total.

3. Sew two border No. 2 strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Press seams toward border No. 1.

4. Add mottled blue 2-1/2" squares to ends of remaining border No. 2 strips. Press seams toward just-added squares. Sew remaining border No. 2 strips to remaining edges of quilt center. Press seams toward border No. 1. The quilt center now should be 32-1/2" square including seam allowances.

5. For border No. 3, sew cream print 2-1/2x32-1/2" strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add cream print 2-1/2x36-1/2" strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border No. 3. The quilt center now should be 36-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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Add Border No. 4

1. Cut and piece dark blue print 8-1/2x42" strips to make:
2-8-1/2x52-1/2" border No. 4 strips
2-8-1/2x36-1/2" border No. 4 strips

2. Sew short dark blue print border No. 4 strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long dark blue print border No. 4 strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border No. 4.

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Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with dark blue print binding strips.

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