The Flower Fields Quilt

Created By:

Maureen Cracknell

Skill Level: Advanced

Quilt Tutorial Fabrics

Today I'm excited to share my first tutorial made using Janome's amazing Continental M17 Sewing and Embroidery machine for The Flower Fields Quilt made using prints from my new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, The Flower Fields! The CM17 offers many top features and for this simple quilt project the incredibly generous workspace, perfect stitches, and fast sewing speed made creating this beautiful quilt so much fun!

Fabric and Notions Required

To create The Flower Fields Quilt, in addition to the Opulent Swell panel print, you will need sixteen prints, eight coordinating solid colors, a sashing fabric, backing fabric, and binding fabric of your choice. Use the fabric requirement and Quilt Mockup image below to help source, plan, and layout The Flower Fields Quilt!

Quilt Fabric Requirements

Backing and Binding


Janome CM17

The Flower Fields by Maureen Cracknell for AGF

The star of this quilt pattern design is the panel print from The Flower Fields collection, Opulent Swell, that features 6" floral cluster squares that take the work out of fussy cutting!

Panel Print - Opulent Swell

To create The Flower Fields Quilt, in addition to the Opulent Swell panel print, you will need sixteen prints, eight coordinating solid colors, a sashing fabric, backing fabric, and binding fabric of your choice. Use the fabric requirement and Quilt Mockup image below to help source, plan, and layout The Flower Fields Quilt!

Quilt Fabric Requirements
Backing and Binding


The Flower Fields block pattern begins with a large center square, perfect for showcasing those favorite floral prints. They're fun to make, sew up quick and I hope you'll join me in making them! If you do, feel free to tag me @MaureenCracknell & @JanomeAmerica and to add #TheFlowerFieldsQuilt when you share!

Quilt Blocks made with my Janome M17

*NOTE* Each quilt block measures a 12.5" square (unfinished) and sixteen blocks with the sashing will make a throw size quilt measuring approximately a 60.5" square.

Block Cutting Instructions

For each block you'll need:

  • one 6" square for the center of each block -- from the panel you'll cut eight flower squares with a creamy white background and eight flower squares with a yellow background
  • four pieces measuring 3" x 6" for the top, bottom, and sides of the center fabric. *NOTE* some of these prints are directional so take careful notice to cut them so the design is properly oriented
  • four pieces measuring 3" squares for the four corners
  • two pieces measuring 1.25" x 11" for the outer sides
  • two pieces measuring 1.25" x 12.5" for the outer top and bottom

Fabrics Cuts

Block Layout

Block Construction

First sew the three center fabrics together. Place the top and then the bottom 3" x 6" fabric cuts one at a time onto the center square with right sides facing and sew along the edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat to add both the top and bottom fabrics to the center square. Use an iron to press the seams to one direction.

Step 1

Sew two of the 3" corner squares to the top and bottom of the side 3" x 6" fabric cuts using a 1/4" seam allowance. Chain piecing with the Janome Continental is made easy with the large work space.

Step 2

Step 3

Press the seams of these side pieces in the opposite direction of the direction you pressed the center fabric seams. Pressing in opposite directions is ideal to create perfectly matched seam intersections.

Step 4

Complete the patchwork by sewing the two side pieces to the center using a 1/4" seam throughout. If necessary, square up the center patchwork to measure an 11" square before adding the solid border fabrics.

Step 5

Add the border solid fabrics one at a time beginning with the side pieces. Sew along the 11" side using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Step 6

Repeat to add the top and bottom solid border fabrics.

Step 7

If necessary, again square up the block this time to measure a 12.5"

Step 8

It's as simple as that!

The Flower Fields Blocks

Now use the Quilt Mockup image above to continue to make all sixteen quilt blocks.

Finished Blocks

Cutting and Adding the Quilt Sashing

From the sashing fabric you'll need twenty pieces measuring 3" x 12.5" to sash the quilt blocks together into row and five pieces measuring 3" x 61" to sash the four rows together.

Cutting Sashing

*NOTE* the sashing print used in this tutorial is directional so take careful notice to cut the pieces so the design is properly oriented. To make the lengths of sashing sew together as you would to make quilt binding.

Quilt Sashing

Chain piece using a 1/4" seam to add a sashing piece measuring 3" x 12.5" to connect the quilt blocks into four rows. Use the Quilt Mockup image again to reference the order quilt block should be sewn together.

Chain Piece the Block Sashing

Blocks with Sashing

To finish the quilt top use the sashing length to connect the quilt block rows.

Add the Long Sashing

Quilt Top

Quilt Top with Cleo

Layer, baste, and quilt as desired.

Edge to Edge Flowers


Lastly, from the binding fabric cut seven 2.5" strips, piece together, and bind to finish.

Eclectic Streaks Ablaze Binding-1

Now it's time to hug your Janome & enjoy your beautiful The Flower Fields Quilt!

The Flower Fields Quilt

♡ Maureen
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