An interlocking circle pattern emerges when combining 54-40 or Fight quilt blocks and Shoo Fly quilt blocks in Aunt Gracie’s Garden. The beautiful borders are adorned with appliqué and give this quilt an elegant touch.
Another beautiful quilt that follows this layout but uses different borders (no appliqué), is Liz Porter’s Emily’s Wedding quilt.
Pieced from as many reproduction prints as she could gather at a fabric exchange, Liz Porter’s quilt features a masterful combination of the same quilts blocks seen in Aunt Gracie’s Garden quilt. A fabric exchange is a really fun way to build a quilting community in your area. You can even make it a fat quarter fabric exchange which would work well for these quilts.
These quilts are challenging and a little help for challenging quilt patterns is always appreciated. Darlene Zimmerman’s Tri-recs Tool really speeds up cutting the yardage and/or your fat quarters for these quilts—a valuable tool for those not wanting to spend too much time on the prep work. It makes cutting those “peaky and spike” units a breeze.
These quilts make great summer quilts! And, remember to choose a lighter batting so you’re staying cool in the warmer months.
The Fons & Porter Team