Still Playing in the Garden Maze

A couple of days ago I showed you my Garden Maze experiment and a couple of EQ7 drawings for better-proportioned versions. I’ve thought about the layout some more since then. One thing I like about the pieced cornerstones is the ability to use two different colors for your lattice. This example by Jinny Beyer shows what I mean:

jinnybeyer.com

(She offers free downloads of this design in three different sizes.)

To get the same effect in a different way, you could use pieced cornerstones, with stitch-and-flip triangles across opposite corners. The cornerstones would look like this:

GM cornerstone

Here are the basics:

  • stitch-and-flip corner stone
  • sashing with star points on each end
  • block with framing — the framing should be half the finished width of the sashing

Here are the new pictures I drew in EQ7:

GM4

And finally, a king-bed quilt with 12″ blocks. This also has 3″ sashing. To make it easier to see the lattice-work, I simplified the blocks, rather than leaving star centers.

GM5

In truth, I think this is more complicated than doing the cornerstones a la Jinny Beyer. Mary at Zippy Quilts suggested paper piecing them for accuracy. I haven’t used paper piecing but this is probably a good application. What do you think? 

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10 thoughts on “Still Playing in the Garden Maze

  1. farmquilter

    I love how precise paper piecing is and this definitely need precision, so it would be a good candidate. Can you print it out from EQ7 and get the proper size to be paper pieced?

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  2. allisonreidnem

    Humm! I find getting accurate corners using the stitch and flip method quite tricky and this quilt needs all those triangle corners to meet perfectly. I think I’d have a go at using foundation paper piecing too – it might save a lot of headaches! The finished quilt looks great so definitely worth taking the time to find the most efficient method.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I agree. I don’t have trouble with stitch-and-flip, but there would be A LOT of it! Doing the sashing as simple 3-piece rails would be quick and accurate. Doing the blocks as JUST blocks, not framed, would be a piece of cake. So that just leaves the corners. I can do the math and I can seam pretty accurately. I was just hoping for an easier way! I’m not sure there is one. 🙂

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  3. snarkyquilter

    Yikes, I just looked at the piecing for Jinny Beyer’s blocks. That’s really complicated. Certainly stitch and flip would be easier. I can’t speak to its accuracy. If you used paper piecing I suggest you use it for the whole cornerstone X, then do a 3 strip sashing between the Xs. It might be a candidate for freezer paper piecing, so you wouldn’t have to rip out the paper.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      One thing about Jinny Beyer’s “block” is that it is a chunk of blockiness. I’m not really sure how the whole thing gets arranged so it finished nicely. (I’ve read through her pages on it. She doesn’t show how it gets laid out or finished.)

      I played a little with the corner construction last night, on paper. I think there is an easier way. Do ONE stitch and flip similar to the one I show, but sized differently. (I didn’t work out the size yet.) That would give you both “short” pieces of the corner. And then split it on the diagonal to insert the long piece that goes across the corner block. Probably clear as mud!! But I will try it, just out of curiosity. An EXPERIMENT! 🙂

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