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Coventry Garden Sew-Along: Part 3

sewalong marcea owen coventry garden quilt

Coventry Garden Sew-Along: Part 3


This week we start SEWING with Marcea Owen of Cotton Street Commons

Just a couple more steps before we hit the machine. Last time we chose our fabrics and divided them into sets. Here were my groups. The fabric on Top of each pile is my main fabric. If you have your pieces cut, it’s time to lay the blocks out.

Find the pattern on the Quiltmania Magazine #137 and all the instructions to start the quilt in the two first articles: click here.

winter fabrics for coventry garden sew along
sewalong blocks layed out 2

Here is a close up of one group with their Labeled Pieces and Templates.

block labeled pieces template
block labeled pieces

Get all the blocks and color combinations layed out. You might notice the center squares are missing. I wanted to see how the blocks would look. I then picked centers for all the combinations and added them.

sewalong blocks layed out

The background fabric pieces are also all cut and labeled. Grab the A and F blocks and set the rest to the side for now.

To make the A and F templates, you are going to cut the blocks in half.

**HINT – I starch my blocks really well before cutting. It helps keep the bias cuts from stretching.**

I line up the points on my cutting mat then use the ruler to make straight cuts. Using the template, you can cut the corners. (There is an option not to cut the corners that I will show you in the next step.)

sewalong use template
sewalong use template 2


It seems like there has been a lot of prep work, but that works pays off when you are ready to sew.

I sew one block at a time, that is the easiest way for me to keep organized. I lay the block out and then head to the sewing machine.

sewalong block A
sewalong block B
sewalong block B 2

As I mentioned, with the triangle templates, you can either use the template to cut the corners or leave the corners in tact.

cut off triangles

The triangles with the cut off points line even with the sides of template B. Keep the triangle on top. Pin in place.

pointed triangles template

If you don’t trim the points, CENTER Template B on top of the Triangle.

I start with a little chain piecing with templates A and B. I did three of them with the trimmed Template A and one with the pointed Template A. As you can see, depending on which way you choose, you will have the pieces facing a certain direction.

chain piecing template sewing
trim triangles

I you are using the pointed triangle , make sure and trim those little tails before you
press the blocks.

Press the seams on the blocks towards the triangles.

** HINT: Trimming, Starching, Pressing, and Pinning are very important to the piecing process. Make sure and follow the specific instructions when it comes to these. It will make sewing easier and the blocks better.

trim blocks

After pressing, you may need to trim up the blocks.

More chain stitching with the Piece C’s. Press seams to the outside piece.

chain stitching sewalong

For the center row, you will sew a Piece D in between the two sets of C’s. Press the seams away from the Piece D.

fabrics row sewalong
sewing blocks

I like to sew my blocks together in rows. Let’s start with the top and bottom rows. There are a couple of tricks to matching the seams.

sewing fabrics sewalong
perfect seams sewalong

To get those perfect seams, line up the two sections like the picture on the right. The seams should intersect at the 1/4” away from the edge mark. Pin this seam. Press seams towards the A/B piece.

blocks rows sewalong

All Three Rows are ready to put together.

interlock blocks

The pressing you have done will help the Piece D seams interlock

pin seam intersections

Repeat the same steps to match up the A/B Pieces. Pin all the seam intersections. Stitch the three sections together. Press seams.

Congratulations! You have finished a Block A. Following the instructions, you will make 13 more Block A’s and 8 Block B’s.

block A finished

In the next post, we will be making the plus blocks and laying all the blocks out with the Background pieces.

If you have any questions as you are working on your pattern, just email me at

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