I’m naming this quilt a Mega Grandmother’s Garden Quilt because it was inspired by the English Paper Pieced Grandmother’s Garden Hexagon quilts. In this case, each hexagon is made up of 6 triangles and the resulting flowers are huge.
I used the Sizzix Bigz L Clear Die – Triangles. Isosceles & Right 4 1/2″ H Finished Die. The die cuts complete triangles as well as the half triangles that you need along the outer edges of the quilt top.
Here is the layout for the quilt. As you can see, if you choose to go with solids, you could have a much more bold and defined look. I chose to go scrappy. For this baby/lap size quilt (mine measured 39 1/2″ x 53 1/2″ after washing and drying) you will need to cut the following:
Aqua: 10 triangles, 5 half triangles
Red: 42 triangles, 7 half triangles
Pink: 48 triangles, 4 half triangles
Green: 53 triangles, 4 half triangles
Yellow: 40 triangles, 4 half triangles
Orange: 47 triangles, 4 half triangles
In order to draw the diagram above, I needed to draw a block that I could repeat which resulted in some of the triangles appearing to be divided in half (made of two half triangles). Ignore that and cut whole triangles, only using the half triangles at the edges.
When you have your layout done, you begin sewing in the upper right hand corner a row at a time. you can line up the notched corners as shown above, and then stitch your 1/4″ seam. After each seam, I pressed to the right and then sewed the next triangle.
This is what my seams looked like from the back. Attach completed rows to each other with 1/4″ seams, being careful to match your points.
To finish, I quilted with petal shaped curved lines along the diagonal. I used the strip cutting die to prepare my binding.