This is a Foundation Paper Piecing project taught by Michael, using techniques developed by Judy Niemeyer and her paper piecing publishing company, Quiltworx. Michael has been taught by and continues to study with Judy as a certified instructor in training. A list of tools and supplies for paper piecing the Quiltworx way can be found here.



I designed and made this quilt at Quiltworx in Montana with Judy by my side to offer her guidance and feedback. I gained lots of insight into customization of units and ways to make your own modifications. I will share all of that with you. I will provide additional instructions and templates (not included in the original mixer booklets) that are required to make the modifications and achieve the designed effect.

We will focus each month on a mixer unit, similar to how I made mine, and build our way to a complete quilt. If you enjoy quilting your own quilts, you might also be interested in watching how I approach custom quilting the Aztec Garden Quilt on my YouTube channel.


Do it the way you want to do it!

I intended to make this a Block of the Month and sew along each month with everyone. Then I heard from so many who wanted to get the kit up front and work at their own pace. So I turned this into a kit with an optional livestream/video sew along.

What about the pattern as a stand-alone so you can use my own fabric?

Aztec Garden comes as a complete package (pattern and fabric, plus template) at its first release. However, the pattern and template will be made available around May 2023 for those who wish to use their own choices of fabric.

Video Tutorials

Livestream videos are scheduled on YouTube. Once the livestream has ended, the videos will remain on the Michael Quilts YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/@michael.quilts