Between now and Fall Paducah in September, we invite you on a special creative adventure. Each week we will offer you ideas, techniques, blocks, and embellishments to help you tell your quilt story in stitches.

If you didn’t catch the beginning of the project, visit here for the quilt story worksheet.

Did you remake your first block? You can find some help here.

Have you decided on the monuments representing the moments that changed your quilt story? Here’s a look at how to start.

Are you building your town? See how we built a building.

Week Five: Creating a Garden

Quilting and gardening go hand in hand, so it was no surprise that the subject of gardens came up as we discussed The Quilt Story project. For each of us, gardening means something a little different. For some it is about lessons learned, for others flowers represent a time of healing or replenishing, and for you it may be something completely different. In so many ways, quilting teaches and heals us, so of course, we want to add flower gardens to our quilts.

Here are a few 4″ blocks to inspire you:


For each tulip block, cut:

1 – 2½” x 1½” background rectangle

3 – 3″ x 3″ background squares

1 – 1½” x 1½” background squares

3 – 3″ x 3″ flower squares

1 – 2½” x 2½” flower square

1 – 1½” x 1½” accent flower square



For each pansy block, cut:

2 – 2″ x 2″ background squares, cut in half diagonally once

1 – 2″ x 2″ petal square (need 4 total), cut in half diagonally once

2 – 1½” x 1½” petal squares (need 4 sets total)

1 – 2″ x 2″ yellow square



1 – 2½” x 2½” background square

2 – 2″ x 2″ background squares

2 – 2″ x 2″ petal squares

2 – 2½” x 1½” petal rectangles

1 – 3″ x 3″ petal square, cut in half diagonally once

1 – 3″ x 3″ flower base square, cut in half diagonally once


Add borders to the blocks to include favorite quotes, important words of wisdom, or cherished memories to your garden blocks.

For these blocks, add a 1/2″ inner border and 1″ outer border (finished sizes).

Use these flowers, create your own, or plan your garden in a completely different way.


As a side note, don’t worry about how these components fit together yet, we will get to that shortly. For now, enjoy telling your story.

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