Zen Garden was designed by Judy and Brad Niemeyer as a beginner pattern to introduce quilters to paper piecing and constructing an exploded star quilt layout. The project requires (24) diamond blocks. We chose the Shimmering Star Mixer Block for this design and added the Striped Pieced Mixer Border. We created the diamonds using a Quiltworx Strip Set, which has (48) 2-1/2” x 42” strips that have been selected and sorted by Judy and Judel Niemeyer into (6) color groups with (8) fabrics ranging from light to dark. The quilt requires paper piecing and traditional piecing skills, including curved piecing, to complete.
Once you’ve finished this quilt, we recommend checking out Quiltster to see a variety of other diamond blocks that could be used to create this design. Likewise, if you would like to expand it, there is a border option that replaces Group C and will extend the design to 99” x 99”. Quiltster will give you yardage and an image of your expanded design. It also gives you border options, so there is more than one expansion option to increase the size of your quilt.
This pattern is available in Quiltster! This means you can color the quilt with your favorite fabric collections in Quiltster before you make it. Quiltster will even provide you with yardage!
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Pattern Size: 80″ x 80″
Pattern Includes: Instructions, Cover Sheet, Yardage Information