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"Garden Friends" Quilt Pattern Release

Hello and welcome!  I hope you've been following the "It's a Garden Party" Row Along blog hop and collecting all of the cute patterns!  Aren't they adorable??!!  (By the way, there is a TON of work that goes into organizing and setting up something like this, so if you're enjoying this blog hop, please take a moment to stop over at Seams To Be Sew and let our hostess Marian Pena know that you appreciate this event! You can also go there to see the full line up for the entire blog hop.)


Today it's my turn to be featured on the blog hop and I'm so excited to share my new pattern "Garden Friends" with you!  True to the theme, it's a flower garden scene filled with bellflowers, tulips and sunflowers.  But I also added some cute little critters because what's a garden without some critters?  Mr. Turtle is bobbing along in the pond, grinning a hello to Mr. Frog, 

Mr. Frog sits peacefully at the side of the pond, relaxing and grinning a hello back to Mr. Turtle,

and Mr. and Mrs. Bird are gliding back to their comfy little house after a fun day of flitting and flying around.

The best thing about these adorable garden residents is that they won't eat the flowers!  Yay!  All in all, it's an inviting little scene that you can hang on your wall.  The pattern is available as a free download until September 30th and there are also a limited number of kits available for purchase. The kits include all the fabrics and fusible web you need to make the quilt top.  Pretty sweet!  Starting October 1st, the pattern will be available for purchase as a hard copy or PDF download.  You can find all these items here.  (Kits and hard copies shipped to US residents only.)

You can also combine this pattern with some of the other Row Along patterns to make an awesome large quilt!  Speaking of the other patterns, here are the other blogs/designers/patterns that are being featured today.  Make sure to visit them!  Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design | Patti’s Patchwork | Quilt Schmilt | Scrapdash 


Since my pattern is fusible applique, I'd like to share some of my favorite tips with you for this kind of project. 

  • Don't cut out the templates!  Place the fusible web paper side up on your work surface and slide the sheet of templates under the fusible web.  You can see the templates through the fusible and can trace the shapes onto the paper.





  • For the templates that will use the same fabric, trace the shapes close together on the fusible web.  Grouping them like this lets you skip the margin you would normally need around each shape, which reduces the waste of fabric and fusible.



  • Use small plastic containers/baggies with sticky notes to keep your cut out pieces organized.  You'll save time hunting for pieces that go together and small pieces won't disappear from your work space.



  • Use an applique pressing sheet to pre-assemble pieces with multiple layers, like the birdhouse and sunflowers.  You can temporarily attach pieces to the pressing sheet, making it easier to put pieces together into units.  These units are then easier to arrange on your background and all the layers can be permanently fused all at once. 





  • If you like to match your thread to your fabrics, gather up the colors you need and put them together next to your machine.  You can use a small thread holder like I did, or just use another small plastic container to hold the spools and bobbins.  I even hung my thread snips on the holder so they were right there when I needed them.



I also have a great video tutorial with these tips that you can see here.

Here's a final tip for hanging your quilt.  Before you add binding to your quilt, attach a couple of corner hangers.  Start by cutting out two 6½" fabric squares.  Fold the squares in half diagonally and press the fold.  Place these folded squares on the back of the quilt at the top corners as shown.  Baste the raw edges with a 1/8" seam allowance and leave the folded edges unsewn.  Attach your binding, covering up the raw edges of the corners in the process.  Insert the ends of a dowel under the corner hangers and hang up your finished quilt.

I love this alternative to a hanging sleeve.  You only need one nail to hang up your quilt, which makes it easy to hang the quilt straight!

Now, let's talk about PRIZES!!

I have several awesome prizes that you can win!

First, I'm giving away 3 different kits for my Catch-all Cutie!  It's the cutest little sewing organizer around and it's my most popular pattern!  It sits by your machine and conveniently holds all your small sewing notions.  When you want to take it somewhere, just flip the back pocket up, zip it up, and you're ready to go!  This is what the Catch-all Cutie looks like.


Here are the kits that I am giving away.


Next, I'm giving away 2 Sewing Organizers pattern collections.  This includes patterns for the Sewing Mat Bag, Catch-all Cutie, Travel Sewing Caddy and the Take-along Tool Apron.  All of these patterns are full of step-by-step color photos and diagrams, making them very user-friendly!  Get these organizers put together and you'll be so organized, you'll have more sewing time than you know what to do with! (U.S. winners can choose between PDF downloads or mailed hard copies.  International winners will get PDF downloads)


Finally,  I'm giving away a Shortcuts with Precuts pattern collection with a gorgeous Michael Miller batiks 10" precut fabric stack.  This collection is full of fresh ideas for making quilts with precut squares!  There are 10 different quilts, each in 5 different sizes!


Rules for Prize Giveaways:

  • You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways
  • Some giveaways can also be entered at Seams To Be Sew. You must have commented at the blog of the designer/blogger’s post to enter at Seams To Be Sew, Winners who win from entering at Seams To Be Sew will be checked for the comment. This does not mean that commenting at Seams To Be Sew will get you an entry, it doesn’t.
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    (The prize drawing for this blog post has been closed.)


    Electric Quilt ( is offering a 20% discount code
    off any products except for EQ Academy during the row along. The coupon
    code is: GARDENPARTY20


    Well, that about does it for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to grab your free pattern, enter the prize drawing and visit the other designers.  Have fun sewing!


    • I get to each row, and I think they just can’t do better than this one . . . and then I click the next link – you are all so talented. Such a wonderful row. It makes me want a pond just like it in the garden, it has everything I would want, right down to the turtle and the frog. But it’s fall, so I will happily make due with your artistic solution. Thank you.

      Orla V
    • What a fun row! This would make a lovely centerpiece for a quilt. I really like all the details and the turtle is probably my favorite part. Your sew all caddy looks very handy!

    • Such a cute row! Thanks for sharing.

      Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    • I love all the critters and details on your block. I think many of them are going to end up on my quilt, possibly even several of those happy frogs. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

      Dione Gardner-Stephen
    • I really think this row is so cute. My fav is Mr Frog. :)


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