This pattern is usually made with a blue central cross representing the 4 rivers and the squares are done in green representing trees. There are 4 design variations. In some there is no central square, just a single long strip.
I used the border design in my dark fabric on this block as well. It was easier to do than it was with the Walls of Jericho block as I could cut the rectangles on the correct grain. Sometimes fabric can inspire us to try something a little different like in the case of the border on my fabric.
Another way to use fabric in a special way is to fussy cut motifs from the fabric for specific blocks. For example a fabric with trees, grasses or flowers could be cut to bring out an interesting section of the fabric for the four squares in this Garden of Eden block.
The pattern for the Garden of Eden block templates is on the Garden of Eden Templates PDF.
Follow the diagram to the left to cut out the templates on the correct grain. These templates include the ¼ inch seam allowance if you cut along the outside dotted edge.
If you prefer rotary cutting the instructions are at the bottom of this page.The Garden of Eden pattern requires 16 small triangles. It might be easier to cut them with a rotary cutter.
Sew two opposing corners to each of the four large squares.
Press then sew the last two squares to finish each section.
Sew 12 ½" length of sashing
to one completed section.
Sew another completed section
to the opposite side of the sashing.
Sew a 12½" length of sashing to each
side of the small central square.
Attach center sashing
and top section.
Attach center sashing and
bottom section. Press.
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