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Munich in the south of Germany

Jutta and Johann have been working together for over two years setting up the platform for their new independent and international online quilt magazine Quilt around the World ...

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Hortus Conclusus Quilt

from Quilt around the World
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Hortus Conclusus Quilt
Hortus Conclusus Quilt Hortus Conclusus - Border
Hortus Conclusus Quilt Hortus Conclusus

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cutting and sewing triangles
  • handquilting
  • staying power

Pattern Description:

This quilts romantic name was inspired by medieval gardens which were often enclosed by walls or impenetrable hedges. There are many examples of enclosed "secret"gardens in paintings to be found in museums around the world.
The Hortus Conclusus quilt is a medallion style quilt with a centre motif surrounded by seven borders. Except for the outer borders, all borders are 4 (10 cm) wide. To prevent a boring and repetitive "rhythm", borders pieced from 2 7/8 (7.5 cm) half-square triangles alternate with strip borders made up of fabric stripes of different widths.
The centre block is a traditional block called "Castle Garden". The name of the block and the green fabrics set the garden theme very early on in this project which culminates in the hand-quilting motif used in the outer border. The quilted leaves and spirals are a lasting souvenir of a trip to Wales and the wonderful quilts which can be admired there.
We are planning a smaller version, so if you are interested, e-mail us at info@quilt-around-the-world.com.


  • dark green fabric for borders (2 1/2 yds)
  • green fabrics (assorted, ca. 2 1/2 yds in total)
  • optional: purple fabrics (ca. 1 yd)
  • background fabric (here beige, ca. 2 yds)
  • backing fabric
  • batting

You Will Also Need:

  • cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler
  • sewing machine, matching thread
  • iron and ironing board
  • basting thread or safety pins
  • quilting frame or hoop, thimble, betweens
  • material for making quilting stencils
  • some shop bought quilting stencils

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