The traditional Garden Maze quilt might seem a little intimidating at first, but this easy rotary cut assembly method will help you sew a project together quickly and accurately.
The patches for the corner units of the Garden Maze block aren't particularly rotary cutting friendly -- they have pesky off-size dimensions. But if you're like me, you try avoid using templates as much as possible. We'll rotary cut the patches anyway, and then bring in a guide to square-up the "X" corners so that they're just right.
I originally drafted this block for Joy, a Forum Hostess who organized a Garden Maze quilt block swap. The swap has ended, but you can still read the messages posted by forum members.
Make One 9" (Finished Size) Garden Maze Quilt Block
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
- 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 one half-yard of each fabric
"43" strips" refers to selvage to selvage cuts; must be at least 42-1/2 or so to allow for squaring up. Use the entire crosswise length.
- Cut six 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
- Cut two 1-3/4" x 43" strips
- Cut two 3" x 43" strips; cut twenty-four 3" x 3" squares from strips; cut each square in half once diagonally
- Cut four 1-3/8" x 43" strips
- Cut seven 1-3/4" x 43" strips; cut forty-eight 1-3/4" x 6" bars from the strips