Hortus Conclusus (PDF


This quilt‘s romantic name Hortus Conclusus was inspired by medieval gardens which were often enclosed by walls or impenetrable hedges. For fotos with interesting details of the Hortus Conclusus quilt and more background information about the history and the symbolic meaning of these secret gardens, please go to the content area of Quilt around the World.

This is a large quilt with over 1,000 half-square triangles in beige, purple and different shades of green  fabrics. It is a great project to use up some of your green scrap fabrics as this quilt works best with as many different prints as possible.

The pattern offers detailed instructions for

  • the centre block called The Castle Garden, a traditional block pattern
  • three different border solutions pieced from half-square triangles
  • the overall layout including a trick to make the medallion more intricate than the sewing really is

Moreover, the pattern contains an original (hand) quilting motif in line with the garden theme.

Size of Quilt

The Hortus Conclusus quilt is a square medallion quilt of approx. 82“x 82” or approx. 2.05m x 2.05m finished size.


Intermediate. The motifs of the quilt are not particularly difficult but for cutting, combining and sewing the 600 half-square triangles together you will need some staying power.

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