Secret Garden Quilt Pattern

secret garden quilt
I am so happy to get the pattern and tutorial of the Secret Garden Quilt done. Thanks to all who are patiently waiting for the pattern and tutorial to get ready. Click page 2 for all the details you need.

secret garden quilt pattern

I spent almost a year to get it up here and on my daughter’s bed, from idea to drawing, to the actual quilt then to this pattern and tutorial sharing. The reason behind this long stretch of time is because I have too many tasks on hand. I was being carried away with and lost my sense of priority. In early last year, we bought a new condominium (yes, we are moving from a landed double story house to a condo, crazy!) so that we could have a place of our own. The quilting idea emerging into my mind and I told myself that I am going to make each of my kids at least a quilted blanket for their new bedrooms. A quilt that they can remember for their whole life and perhaps can make it a heirloom piece to show the next generation “See, this is designed and made by your grandma.”… ok, may be just a photo to show if the quilt is too tattered to display… :mrgreen:

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I bought a Bernina B550 QE (quilter’s edition) from Bernina Malaysia and million thanks to Kelvin who came all the way up to Penang to demonstrate how to use the machine to the fullest. I really love this machine as it has a cruise control on the sewing speed, the BSR stitch regulator, the hand-free foot lifter and many more….. not to mention the reliability of the machine which is well known to be able to pass down for generations. Love love love it!

flower applique quilt

Hope you will quilt one soon. I am almost finished with my son’s quilt, the “Road Runner”…… stay tuned!

{Get full pattern and tutorial on next page.}

secret garden quilt

secret garden trapunto quilt pattern

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  1. That is just stunning! I love it, you’re so clever 🙂 x

  2. I really like this quilt! Especially the “secret garden” 🙂

  3. It`s absolutely beautiful!

  4. It’s Wonderful and Amazing! Thank you very much for sharing this with us! Have a nice weekend! A hug!

  5. WOW!!! Just the most adorable quilt ever! Beautiful work and the detail in the instructions you have been SO kind to take the time to write up are fabulous. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!! I love this pattern.

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  10. Thank you for this stunning pattern I’ve enjoyed watching it develop.

  11. Wow! You are truly talented. That is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen! Don’t know if I’m brave enough to try it, but it’s something to aspire to!

    • Thank you, Kerryn. I was pondering the same when I first saw this method more than a year ago…. with practices on smaller projects, I gained the confident to make a bigger quilt at last! You can do the same!

  12. This is adorable! We have a new grand daughter and i think this will be a great quilt when she moves to a twin bed! I’m going to save this pattern! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I thought I was special until I came across with your blog. I am astonished!

  14. Hi, your blog very inspiring me *thank you* I already tried one and I made pillow secret garden and its failed 🙁 but I will make it again…I have set of singer presser foot, which one I can use for trapunto quilt? Because I dont have bernina stitch regulator.

  15. qué belleza, me fascina!!!! Tanto así que no puedo describirlo en ingles!! 😉

  16. Amazing!! wonderful!! surely one day try to do

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  18. This is so beautiful! I hope to one day make a quilt that looks this good!

  19. Hi Craft Passion,

    Your Patchwork is such marvelous! May I know where can I get cheap and nice cotton cloth to make all this patchwork? Could you please recommend some from Taiwan whereby is cheap and can purchase online? I would want to make the same as cute as yours!

  20. Hello,

    This is such a beautiful quilt. I simply love it. Hopefuly, some day, when I have time, I’ll be able to get my hands on a sewing maching and make this beautiful quilt. Your designs inspire me so much.
    Can you please tell me where in London (or around) I can get some cheap cloth?


  21. Роскошное одеяло, кропотливая работа. Спасибо за красоту! Это вдохновляет!

    Translation (by Google):
    Luxurious duvet, painstaking work. Thanks for the beauty! It is inspiring!

  22. Hi Joanne,

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt pattern. My friend and I teamed up and purchased the fabric to each make a quilt for our granddaughters. We have one completed and another just about finished! We are delighted with the results. We have enough fabric to do another quilt. I know you have copyright to the pattern and would never sell the pattern. If we make another quilt, are we allowed to sell that.

    Thank you again for your inspiration and for sharing your talent and expertise so amateurs like us can create as well!



    • I won’t stop you from selling your own handmade 🙂 Would love if you can show me how does the quilt came out. Thanks:)

      • Hi Joanne,

        Thank you. Would gladly send you a picture. Not sure how to post it here. If you could email me, I would email a picture of the quilt that is completed and will forward the others once projects are finished.


        • Hi Christine, please send it via the contact form by clicking the “Contact Us” at the very top of the page. There is a button for you to submit a photo after the message box. Or, you may send to me via Please allow me to share your photos in facebook page too.
          Thank you 🙂

  23. Lovely. How smart you must be to continually crank out these wonderful and delightful designs. Thank you so much. Must try.

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  26. I love this quilt and am just about to start making it. Thank you so much for the pattern.
    Wondering if you have any other patterns for either girls or boys similar to this.

  27. This quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I will definately be making this for my grand-daughter. She will love it! Thank you so much for the pattern.

  28. love love your quilt. I would really like to make but was looking for that exact fabric and cannot find it anywhere could you tell me what web site you got it from? thank you

  29. Hi Joanne,
    This is so lovely and such a feel good quilt. This is my first time to your site. I have made simple quilts, have never tried anything like this. I would like to try in the future though. Have you ever done any owls? Thanks so much for sharing, it is awesome just to come look.

  30. I have managed to find online through various sources the moda fabric used for this totally amazing quilt.
    I have one question though if I may.

    When looking at the layout pattern and reading the measurements, I do understand that the seam allowance is not included but you said in the directions that The fabric pieces layout in the quilt pattern is 1″ bigger on each side than the actual size. “”

    Does that mean that each piece is 1″ bigger?? I mean for example, The top border that is shown just above the main applique design is listed as being made up of 2″ squares for a total width of 42″.

    Does that mean that each 2″ square is not a 2″ square ? I am not understanding this part at all. 42″ wide minus how many inches?
    Or are you meaning the width and height of the panels themselves?

    I am hoping to begin this pattern within the week so any help you could give me would be really appreciated.

    OR, if anyone else reads this post and can explain this, please do email me.
    Thanks so much,


    • Hi Cheryl,
      The additional 1″ for every white pieces are for seam allowance. I make them bigger for the beginning so that you can trim down later to the actual size plus 1/4″ seam allowance, the piecing dimension still remain the same as shown in the pattern. Hope this explanation is clear. I will amend the instruction. Thank you for pointing it out.

  31. I’m not seeing the link for the pattern. Help! Love love love the pictures

  32. I am so impressed with your design in secret Garden quilt and it will be my first applique quilt project.Thank you for sharing.

  33. What a fabulous quilt. This is my next project for the summer.
    Is therein easier way of downloading the appliqué patterns etc?
    Bye for now

    • Hi Patricia, all the applique patterns are downloadable from it’s respective tutorial post. I didn’t consolidate them into 1 link as I am thinking you might want to read each of the detail tutorial.

  34. It’s a wonderful! Oh, it’s too much work, too much patience and too much beautiful 🙂

  35. this is one of the most beautiful quilts I’ve seen

  36. I’ve had a lot of trouble finding the fabric for the quilt but did find it. My question is the website says 40 – 2 1/2″ X WOF. In your directions you say you used two jelly roles. But you don’t say how long they are. I’ve only been quilting since this past February and have not used a jelly role before. Can you let me know? Thanks.

    • Hi Ruby, Jelly Roll is a standard precut fabric of 44″ x 2 1/2″. Jelly roll is cut from selvage to selvage of a fabric (usually 44″) in the 2 1/2″. In 1 pack of jelly roll, it usually contains about 40 strips of precut fabric.
      Hope this answer your question. Kindly let me know should you need more information on this.
      Thank you.

  37. You are so creative. I just love the quilt and your appliques for onesies!Thank you!

  38. This is just amazing, you have a special gift of creating something beautiful. Wow. You made my day. Looking at something beautiful just makes my day. Thank you.

  39. Adorable quilt! Thank you for sharing the pattern! I’m making one for my grand-daughter but in totally different colors as I hand dye all my own fabrics and she is all about Purple! LOL Been quilting 30 years, but this will be my first trapunto quilt.

    I think there is an error in your measurements on cutting layout for the backing… you have dimensions to cut, but these are the finished dimensions according to your back layout. Shouldn’t another 1/2″ be added to length and width for seam allowances?

  40. Thank you for sharing the patterns and tutorials for this lovely quilt! Looking forward to making it…some day!

  41. Thank you so much for sharing your patterns and techniques for the Secret Garden Quilt. I absolutely love it! I created my version, using your patterns to make gifts for my daughters. They loved their quilts!

  42. Good morning,
    I love this sweet quilt and want to make it for my grand daughter. I have a couple of questions. First I want to use fabric by the yard instead of pre-cuts. Can you give me an idea of how many different fabrics I need and how much of each I should buy? And second, The “secret garden” font, is that section of the quilt long enough to be used as a REVERSIBLE PILLOW SHAM?

    Thank you so much,

    • Hi Amy,
      Thanks for loving this quilt. I haven’t used the pattern in non-precut fabric, so I am just going to make an estimation on the amount of fabric in yard in the mathematic way. The pre-cuts of charm pack and jellyroll come in 38 different fabrics, charm pack has 42 pcs of (5″ x 5″) fabrics in a pack (4 pcs of them are duplicated) and jellyroll has 40 strips (2.5″ x 42″) of fabrics per roll (2 pcs of them are duplicate). Based on 1 charm pack and 2 jellyroll of materials, and assumed that I have used up all the materials (which I didn’t) you will need a total 9450 square inches of fabrics. If you are going to purchase 38 different fabrics of 42″ wide, you will need about 6″ length (9450 / 42 / 38 = 6). You may apply the maths to get the optimum fabric amount that you want, for example: if you want each fabric in quarter yard, then 9450 / 42 / 9 = 25, you will need 25 different fabrics in quarter yard.
      In order to use it for the words that you want, you need to reduce the text size and probably make it to double line, otherwise, the font panel can’t take numbers of letter you want.
      Hope this help. Would be glad to see you able to proceed to make the quilt for your grand daughter soon 🙂

      • Thank you so much for all of that information!!! I really had no idea that there were so many different fabrics–from the pics, it looks like 10 to 12. My granddaughter loves Frozen but I’m afraid that she’ll grow out of it. My thought was to use the Frozen fabrics with your design to get a more timeless quilt, and she will still be able to recognize the characters that she loves.

        Thanks again!!!

        • Frozen theme quilt, how nice!!! Lots of little girls are crazy about Elsa and Anna. By the way, my calculation is just an estimation, you might not need that much of fabrics in real facts due to wastage in pre-cut pack.


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