Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Garden Fence

I first played with this block last Summer when I was inspired by the pillows on the cover of Martha Stewart Living. Shannon from Pieceful Quilter named it "Garden Fence" and the name stuck. Well, my top's finally done and I'm happy with the color combination of golds, yellows, grays and white. (how do you spell gray - grey or gray?)
This cold weather and snow is continuing to ruin my photography, so here's the best I can do. (And it requires moving furniture).


It's a super easy quilt to make and I think it would be awesome in lots of color combinations (Gray and pink, gray and aqua...)

Here are the cutting dimensions for one block that finishes at 10" (10 1/2" unfinished):
Center square: 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Outer rectangles: 4 - 2 1/2" x 3" and 4 - 2 1/2" x 5"
White: 2 - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"; 2 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"; and 4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
To piece the block:
  • Sew the white 4 1/2" and 6 1/2" rectangles to opposite sides of the center square.
  • Sew the white 2 1/2" rectangles between 2 outer rectangles; add these to the center pieced square.
I simply added 1" finished (1 1/2" unfinished) white strips for sashing. Easy! Easy!

97 comments:

  1. This is really awesome! Thanks for the directions :)

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    1. This is beautiful. going to make it for one of my Sons and his new wife as a gift.. Thank you for helping us that are just getting started by posting these for us.

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  2. wow- your quilt is gorgeous! i love the color combo!

    i've figured out how i want to quilt mine (look for it on the blog soon) just need to find backing...

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  3. Really lovely! This is going on my ever growing list. Grey and yellow are so classic and modern at the same time!

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  4. This is really beautiful! I love the colors you used. Thanks for sharing the instructions for the block, I'd like to give this a try.

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  5. I love this! Definitely will be adding this to my to-make list.

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  6. I'm so excited to see this quilt top finished ---- I bookmarked your block when it first appeared 'cause I liked the simplicity. I love how everything came together!

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  7. So cool! Thanks for sharing. I love your color combo!!! And I think either way is correct...grey, gray.

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  8. It is absolutely beautiful! I love those colors together!

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  9. I love this quilt. The fabrics you chose are fantastic. I can't wait to try this block. Thanks so much for the instructions.

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  10. Wonderful, I love your colour combination just as much as Shannons....I've printed out your instructions.....can't wait to see them quilted!

    Best Wsihes
    Kay in Scotland

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  11. Perfect way to use your charm packs and the jelly rolls. Then simply add the white for inner and outer border.

    Cool!

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  12. Grey, definitely! This is so beautiful!

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  13. I love this block! Can't wait to see it quilted! Great colors too.

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  14. I am going to have to make a quilt using this...thanks so much for the directions...love it!

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  15. LOVE THIS!!! Just found you via Moda Bake shop and LOVE THAT TOO!! Will be following this one!!

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  16. I think it's gray...unless you're from the UK. :) I {love} your quilt...pretty, pretty colors...and I think I might just have to make my son's train quilt in this pattern. Thanks!

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  17. I'm so crazy mad in love with your quilt and design! This is sooooo going to the top of my "must make for me" list!

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  18. wonderful colour and pattern!

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  19. Stunning quilt! It was brought to my attention by one of the virtual bees I'm doing on Flickr, do.Good Stitches and I have to say that I love how easy it is to follow and put together! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Oh, and I'll chime in with "grey"... and I grew up in St. Louis, not the UK

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  22. I love this and I like to say grey but I don't know why.

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  23. Thanks so much for your lovely quilt pattern. I finally finished the one I made using your pattern. This is it: http://goneaussiequilting.blogspot.com/2011/05/garden-fence-quilt-top-finished.html
    I love your blog and all your beautiful work:)

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  24. and I just read Gone Aussie Quilting's post this morning and saw her magnificent completed top - pulling fabric together to start one.

    Many many thanks for the free directions on how to make the block, Cindy. That is truly appreciated

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  25. Love this quilt...I have linked to you on my Freebies blog...thanks for sharing...hugs Khris

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  26. This is a great block. Love it!

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  27. Fantastic quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. What a great block!!! LOVE it, and will make a quilt using this block for sure! I'll link to your blog when I start ;o)
    Happy sewing,
    Laila

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  29. Great quilt and so easy to make.Thank you for sharing such an extraordinary tutorial.

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  30. Ditto to all the above! Great tutorial for a lovely quilt block. I found you on "Freebies For Crafters", and your blog is now on my Bookmarks to come back soon ;-)

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  31. Great colours, impeccable work, thanks for sharing your block...will most certainly give this one a shot.

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  32. Great quilt! Thanks for the instructions!!!
    Hugs from Brasil!

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  33. Thanks for sharing the directions for this lovely quilt!!!

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  34. This is gorgeous!!!! I was looking for an easy pattern for a red, white, blue quilt. and this will work perfectly. Thanks for sharing!!

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  35. O my goodness I think I'm in love! :)

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  36. BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for sharing your pattern with us. I saw it on Betsy's page. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This will be perfect for a quilt I need to finish for my mom.

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  37. I like your quilt! Thanks for sharing the pattern. My mom loves flowers...and I may your pattern to make her a quilt-with flowers in the center of each block! She lives in MN, so this would be a wonderful way for her to also enjoy flowers in the dead of winter!!

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  38. Fantastic pattern, and I love your color combo! Thanks for sharing! :o)

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  39. Beautiful quilt and so simple. I found you on PinInterest. Love the color combination. I would like something like this for my bedroom.

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  40. I really love this beautiful quilt - would it be OK if I put a picture on my blog, with credit to you and a link back here of course?

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  41. This is an awesome quilt. Very modern and I love your choice of bright colors!! So clean looking! Thank you for sharing the block pattern and your photos!

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  42. This is lovely! I'm gonna try to do it as a quilt as you go..... the white strips inbetween makes it a perfect candidate! Thank you. I only wish I could download it so I don't lose it (hint, hint!)

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  43. Thanks for posting this, I finished my first block (it's a bit wonky) and have all the pieces ready to go for the rest. I may have to revisit this with other fabric combinations in the future :)
    - Michelle

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  44. Thanks for the tutorial. I love the colors you chose for your quilt. I often think the same thing: Is it grey or gray? Anyway it's awesome, I might just be making my own soon.

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  45. I have been collecting gray and yellow fabrics for about a year now waiting for the perfect pattern to come along. I followed a link here from flickr thinking this was a great pattern for my DS prints, but now I think I have finally found the perfect pattern for my yellow and gray! hooray! Thanks for sharing!!

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  46. You have a great talent. I'm sure making a quilt is not that hard to do. I haven't even touched a single needed in my entire life, LOL.

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  47. Love, Love, Love! This is my next baby quilt!

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  48. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing the measurements! I'm hoping Hubby loves it too so I can make it for our bed!

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  49. This is gorgeous - both the pattern and color combo!!!

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  50. Awesome pattern! Exactly what I was looking for for our new bed and my husband likes it too! Bonus that it's in the colors I plan on making it in. Cannot wait to start fabric shopping and sewing.

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  51. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for the home sewist.

    Grab a brag button!

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  52. Fabulous quilt...LOVE the colors! Thank you for sharing the details with us. Smiles~Beth

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  53. this might be an odd question, but one of spoonflower's upcoming design contests is for a robot cheater quilt. i was wondering if you would mind if i used the garden fence pattern as the basis for my robot quilt?

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  54. Simple bee is a flickr group based on your tutorial!

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  55. Great quilt, thanks for the tut.

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  56. So pretty! Thx for sharing the tutorial.

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  57. Saw this quilt on pininterest and thought it was fantastic. It's amazing where inspiration will come from.

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  58. I found your link on the quilting board. I love this design, it's bookmarked and added to my quilting bucket list.

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  59. Found this on Pinterest too - just gorgeous - I love your colours - and grey is gray is great!

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  60. Just found this recently on Pinterest: Just had to let you know that my first thought was "WOW". I love the colors you used (would have never thought of putting them together, but they look great!!), and I love the block! I'm going to have to think about what fabrics I'm going to use this with, because it's a must-do!! Thanks for posting it! :-)

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  61. Just wanted to say thanks for posting this pattern. I just finished up a quilt (my first) for my baby girl due in September using it, and I love it! Here's the link, if you're curious. http://theadamsonfamily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/josies-quilt-finished/
    I referenced your blog for the pattern :). Thanks again!

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  62. Is it just me? I would love to know how you did the sashing. What strips did you cut? Did you cut strips for one side and bottom of each block? Or did you just strips long enough for the entire row? Just curious on how you did the sashing.

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    1. The blocks are sashed with strips between each block and long strips between the rows.

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  63. Hi Cindy! I've been drooling over this quilt for ages and I finally have an excuse to make it - a baby girl on the way. :) Did you ever post a photo of this quilt finished? I'd love to see how you did the quilting. (I did a search on your blog but didn't find it!)

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  64. I absolutely LOVE this quilt. I've been a sewer ever since I was little and even though I've only made a handful of quilts in my life I deeply admire the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. Your work is amazing and your selection of prints is amazing! I shared your quilt today on my blog as my inspiration to finally make my daughter a quilt for her nursery. I would love for you to stop by sometime!

    http://jroxdesigns.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/modern-quilts-inspiration-wednesdays/

    Amber

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  65. I am going to do this for my greatgrandson who will come in March. I am going to put a different animal in the center. I will post a picture when done. Thanks for the idea.

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  66. Hi!! Did you ever quilt this? Do you have pics of the final (quilted) project? LOVE.

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  67. Elephants are grey. Mr. And Mrs. Gray live on Elm St. N

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  68. I have just finished a Bee quilt using your block and colour inspiration. You can read about it here http://www.bespokebites.blogspot.com.au/
    Thank you for your tutorial too :)

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  69. Love how you have mixed up those prints, they look great together!

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  70. beautiful piece of art! How much fabric did youuse?

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  71. I have started a quilt using this pattern....and love the process so far...its simple and pops out....a person can do a scrappy one...I am using a particular pattern line from Hoffman California a design called Madison....and extremely pleased. The only thing about this pattern is the 1 1/2 inch strips you have to be carefull to keep your stitching even

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  73. How did you end up quilting this? Did you do straight lines or did you trace the squares?

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    1. I had this one all-over quilted by a a local long arm quilter. There's one in my new book "Simply Modern Christmas" and I did straight lines diagonally on it.

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  74. Thanks for this I've been searching for days for a pattern to do my grandson's quilt with Spiderman in the centre.

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  75. I love grey and yellow, everything for my granddaughter's nursery is that same palette. I am going to put a link to his page on my quilting fb page.

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  76. This quilt is gorgeous!! I love the colors! Definitely a block I'd love to try! :D

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  77. Beautiful quilt, love the color combo too.

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  78. I've seen this pattern before, but never paid any attention to where it came from ~ Thanks for the tutorial! It's definitely going on my to-do list!!

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  79. Well thanx for this nice pics i will use them in my program for school where we have to describe how we want to have our garden built
    many thanks from
    Diana gartenzaun

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  82. Such an awesome block... Love it and love the fabric... Gotta get some...lol!! Just found your blog can't wait to poke around on here and read ... So inspiring, thank you.

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  83. Love this design and so many options for colors, my mind is spinning with the possibilities!! I did have a question, did you use fat quarters, and if 'yes', how many did you use?

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  84. I'm not a fan of gray fabric but the combinations you have used are stunning! This looks so crisp and beautiful, thanks for sharing your directions.

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  85. thank you for sharing this.

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  86. Love this pattern and the greys and golds, yellows.white. You can spell grey or gray. both are acceptable.

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  87. Would love an idea of how much fabric to buy
    I'm a novice and want to make this as a surprise for my husband. Queen sized

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  88. I would love to make this quilt. Do you have any suggestions on how much fabric to buy?

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