Have you ever made a Garden Maze quilt? I’ve always loved their airy suggestion of lattice. The traditional way of making them uses a cross-over in the corner stone, and simple rails in the sashing. Look at this example of the block by Jinny Beyer:
Using two different colors for the lattice really makes the design stand out. She offers free downloads of this design in three different sizes.
But that cross-over in the corner stone is a little fiddly to get just right, both for sizing and for placement. I was never convinced I wanted to try it. Fortunately I found an easier way. At least, it’s easier for me!
Here are the basics:
- unpieced corner stone
- sashing with star points on each end
- block with framing — the framing should be half the finished width of the sashing
And here is my first attempt at a Garden Maze quilt:
I counted this quilt as an EXPERIMENT from the beginning, which is good because several things went wrong. First, I had less of the green I’d chosen for lattice than I expected, so I couldn’t make it as large as planned. Second, I didn’t make the framing half the width of the sashing, making the the cross-overs broad and rather clunky. (Frames are 1″, sashing is 3″.) Third, the whole thing was too small, so I bordered it with white. That gave the lattice a rather abrupt end. Fourth, some of the color showed through the white after pressing seams.
Overall I rate this as a good learning experience! I do love the Asian-inspired fabric in the centers of the blocks. It would be especially effective for a larger quilt.
Here are pictures I drew in EQ7 showing it with pre-planning (rather than winging it, as I did above):
One thing I learned just playing with EQ7 is having decent contrast between the lattice and the rest is important for effect.
Here’s another example with 6″ variable stars in the centers of the blocks:
And finally, a king-bed quilt with 12″ blocks. This also has 3″ sashing. I removed the piecing lines from the image so you can see a more realistic view of the lattice effect. Beautiful, don’t you think?
This is still on my list of quilts to make. It would be a pretty easy project, even though largish.
Have you ever made a Garden Maze? If not, does this information make it any more likely that you will?