pdf Digital Download


Home Decor
Wall Hanging
Need help? Visit our Help Center »

Have you made this pattern?

Share with the Craftsy community.

About the designer

I'm a scientist by day, so I love combining this with my love of sewing by creating quilts that convey some aspect of science, yet are still beautiful to look at. Not all of my quilts are ...

Read More » View all patterns by designer (8) »
Photo of flyingparrot

The Insane Artichoke

from Flying Parrot Quilts
(7) Name: 'Quilting : The Insane Artichoke
The Insane Artichoke Finished quilt
The Insane Artichoke Detail
The Insane Artichoke Pattern title page
The Insane Artichoke Alternate color

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Rotary cutting
  • Sewing an accurate 1/4" seam
  • Basic paper piecing knowledge is recommended, but not required
  • Basting, quilting, and binding a quilt

Pattern Description:

This impressive-looking block is a paper piecing pattern that makes a great wallhanging, or a medallion for a larger quilt. It's easier than it looks, and thanks to some clever assembly, no Y-seams are necessary!

Basic paper piecing instructions are included. However, this is a relatively complex pattern and it's best to familiarize yourself with the technique before attempting this block. Resources for learning paper piecing are available at http://flyingparrotquilts.com/resources.

You will receive:
-Thorough instructions on cutting, piecing, and assembly
-Full-sized templates
-A coloring page for you to test and play with your color choices

When printing your pattern, please ensure that scaling is set to 100% in order for all pattern pieces to print correctly. Page 12 of this pattern is legal-sized (81/2"x17" paper size).

*****PLEASE NOTE*****
I am so sorry, but until Craftsy sorts out a way for its sellers to manage the new European Union VAT regulations, I'm forced to block non-US sales through Paypal. If you are outside the US, please visit my website, flyingparrotquilts.com, for other purchasing options!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 20-22" square (depending on the border width you choose!)


  • 1/2 yard background fabric (white in the sample)
  • Scraps of a 7-color gradient (10" maximum)
  • ? yard for border
  • ? yard for backing
  • 1/4 yard for binding

You Will Also Need:

  • Copies of the paper piecing templates (one page requires legal size paper)
  • Basic quilting supplies (ruler, rotary cutter, mat, thread)
  • Suggested: Add-A-Quarter and Add-An-Eighth rulers

Read blog or news article about this pattern »