Girls in the Garden Blog Hop

It’s my special day for Pat Sloan’s Girls in the Garden Blog Hop. Pat asked five designers to share their fabric choices for making one of her Girls in the Garden patterns. I chose to make Pat’s Chelsea’s Summer Garden Pattern. Here’s Pat’s version:

Chelsea's Summer Garden Pattern

The pattern includes a detailed list of all fabric required to complete the project. Just a note, the lighting in my apartment leaves a lot to be desired. Some photos were taken at different times of the day with natural and artificial lighting.

Here are the fabrics I’ll be using.


I knew I wanted to use the black with wild colours for my first inner border and my large outer border. This is my focus piece. From this one, I chose the background fabric, a warm sunshine yellow, and a multi-toned pink/orange for the inner border and binding.


For the vase, I chose two black and white fabrics. The black with white as the main vase and the white with black as the vase’s base.


For the stems and leaves, I wanted a green that had enough hue to stand out nicely on the yellow background but that didn’t clash with the background. Here’s what I picked:


For the coneflower petals I wanted to pick out pinks and purples from the focus fabric. Also shown is the flower center/top which was also used for the butterfly body.


Fabrics for the butterfly wings and hearts:


I chose a multi-colour batik for the other flowers scattered throughout the quilt:


So, how did it turn out? Let’s see. Background and borders pieced:


Let’s add some of the appliqué pieces:


We need the flowers! To make them easier to handle, I pre-assembled the flower pieces on a Teflon sheet so that I could fuse them to the quilt top as one unit.


And the finish:



What do you think? Like my fabric choices? What fabrics would you choose?


I’ll be giving away a copy of one of Pat’s patterns to a lucky blog reader. The winner gets to choose which pattern she/he wants. Here are the four patterns in the collection.

Girls in the Garden

To enter: Leave a comment below answering the following: “Do you have any holiday plans this year? Where are you going and why?” One winner will be randomly chosen Sunday night (February 26th).

But that’s not all, there are MORE chances for you to win these lovely patterns. Visit each of the bloggers in the blog hop on their special day. See the fabrics they’ve chosen to use. They’ll each be giving away a pattern too.

Still more: Our friends at the Fat Quarter Shop are giving away FIVE full sets of Pat’s patterns. Visit their Jolly Jabber blog to enter.

Finally, visit Pat Sloan each day too as she shares HOW she designed “Girls in the Garden” and she’s giving away another full set of the patterns too.

Wow! Lots of chances for you to win.

Be sure to also check out Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. for all the cool designs they publish!


The winner is #134 – Victoria Miner. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.

My Day on Pat Sloan’s Girls in the Garden Blog Hop

316 thoughts on “My Day on Pat Sloan’s Girls in the Garden Blog Hop

  • February 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I am a real fan of purples and I love the colors that are in these wall hangings. We will be going up to Edmonton and Fort McMurray Alberta to visit our daughters and their families this summer. Can hardly wait to see them.

  • February 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Really like the colors in the wall hangings!
    Love the purples!
    thanks for sharing!

  • February 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I have tons of plans this year: Prince George and other points in B.C. in April/May to visit people, Victoria in June for DD # 3’s graduation, Edmonton in July for a family reunion and Eastern Canada in November for DD # 2’s graduation and an extended visit with relatives.

  • February 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

    My husband and I love purple cornflowers, and have more around our patio every year, as they love to reproduce! I think the applique project really looks like our real ones!

  • February 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    And to answer the question: In 19 days (but who’s counting), we are taking our girls to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a week of doing absolutely nothing but watching the ocean!

  • February 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    My holiday plans for this year are going to Ireland to the Internation Quilt Festival in June! How exciting is that? I love all of Pat’s patterns and I really love all of your colour choices. I would do this cone flowers one first too!

  • February 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Right now I don’t have holiday plans, but maybe going to visit my sisters. I am a fan of Pat Sloan. Your color choices are my favorite as well as the pattern you chose

  • February 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Luv the bright color choices in your version. Boy, do they make the pattern POP! As for holidays, we’ll be camping on the 4th of July. This is our one time for family to all be together enjoying fresh mountain air and making memories! I’ve not tried hand stitching by the lighted ball caps they have out now, but maybe I should borrow one from my guys and give that a try fireside!

  • February 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I love this pattern! No holiday plans till the summer… we are hoping to go down to southern Ontario, around Niagara Falls with our little girls. Thanks for this opportunity!

  • February 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I love these patterns. I love the fabric selections also. I have summer holiday plans! My daughter is due in July and I plan to be there for the birth.

  • February 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    These patterns are just beautifu! I love holidays and decorating. Being that the next celebration for me is St. Patrick’s day, I am going to make something new and green for my front door. Not sure what it will be yet, but I have a red door and green will look really good.

  • February 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Your applique project is so beautiful. The colors make everything POP! Love all the fabrics you chose. We don’t have any plans for the holidays. My husband is very sick so we stay at home all the time. Thank you for the chance to win one of these patterns.

  • February 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    50 year wedding anniversary in a couple of months. Going to Nevada. Cuz that’s where most of the family and friends are. Married the best man. And he is still the best man.
    Like your color choices, I’m planning to use Pat’s cone flowers on a tote. Maybe it will be ready for the trip.

  • February 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Home is where I always want to be! So no plans for us. However, my daughter and son-in-law just bought a new camper so maybe a trip will be in our future after all! I love the Spring design. Maybe that’s because I am hoping spring gets here soon!

  • February 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I love all the luscious colors you picked for this pattern. Very, very pretty!!

    As for holiday plans, nothing specific but in late summer I will be making a trip to NC and PA to see new “grand” babies, one in NC and 3 in PA, they are actually my sister’s grandbabies. What an exciting time for my family!

  • February 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I love these patterns.
    Unfortunately I don’t have any holiday plans for this year. But if I could choose, I’d like to visit California again.

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