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 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Holiday? Doesn’t my 40th wedding anniversary count as a holiday? Where in the world has 40 yrs gone? And what about the 5 yrs before hand that we actually knew each other? We’re going to celebrate by going on a cruise with our college friends.

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Not sure about the holidays this year. We are dealing with elderly parents that are health wise not doing well so we tend to not make plans in advance.

    Love the quilt and love her patterns. I think I like the autumn pumpkin patch the best.

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Love the fabrics you chose to make Chelsea’s Summer Garden – such an adorable pattern. Plans for holiday. Some call vacations holiday thus we are planning a trip to Carolina Beach. It is relaxing and when we want something beyond relaxing we will travel to Wilmington, a historical city with many things to see and enjoy. As for real holidays they tend to be quite traditional – Christmas is traveling to Raleigh and visiting with the family for several days. Lots of eating, shopping, and playing games.

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

    All the patterns are very nice, but I should choose the same as you.
    We will stay in the summer house for holiday as every summer since very long

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I would like to come back to Puglia – wonderful place on the seaside. hugs

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I hope to go to Quilt Hawaii again this year on the beautiful island of Kauai. Luckily, my good friend was a condo there.

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Your fabric choices was great. Big Holiday plans include all the family home for the 4th. Thank for the giveaway

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

    When the temperatures rise this summer we plan on heading up to Northern New Mexico to stay in a cabin along the river to escape the heat and to be amongst nature and the peaceful scenery.

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Love those fabrics!! And what a cute wall hanging. My husband and I will be taking a three week motorcycle trip up the California coast to Canada and back to Oklahoma! Can’t Wait!

  • February 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

    You did a great job…those are beautiful patterns and I would love to win one!

  • February 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Love all the patterns! As shop owners of a ‘mom and pop’ quilt shop – holiday travel plans just don’t really happen. BUT we are finally planning to visit KC in May for quiltmarket which is a THRILL! So I guess that would be a Quilter’s Holiday, right?

  • February 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I love them all, but will pick Spring if I have to choose!

  • February 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Going to meet my new grandson sometime this summer and bring an handmade gift!

  • February 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    We have family coming in for Easter. It will be good to see them. LOVE what you did with the design. I wondered about the cone flowers as you were picking the fabrics, but then the multicolored petals are the best part. I struggle with fabric choices – I need better “vision”.

  • February 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Hello! Love your fabric choices – and if I were to choose, I think I’d pick the Winter beauty in honor of the snow which is falling here (in Illinois) right now! :)

  • February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    We are going on a trip from BC to Alaska. Camping. It is kind of a bucket list thing and are going with friends.

  • February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    No big holidays plans, but I am going to try and go to Market this year for the first time!

  • February 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I really like the colours you chose, batiks work really well. I’m going to an eco dyeing and then a basket making workshop in the Blue Mtns (Australia) first, then travelling by train to meet up with a friend, and we’re going to have a few days on Kangaroo Is…off the south coast of Oz.

    I love all the patterns, and really like the cardinals, although they’re not an Aussie bird, but I choose the autumn pattern, as I love anything with houses on it.

  • February 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    We will be doing some camping this summer, just locally. The price of gas has stopped us from traveling too far. And who can buy gas and fabric too, must have our priorities in order.

  • February 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    No plans to go anywhere. We live on a beautiful lake, so no one wants to leave! I love the patterns especially Amelia’s Spring Garden, love birdhouses!!!

  • February 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    We are sneaking away for a quick break to walk on the beach and see two different quilt shows in country towns. Only four days – but that’s enough when you are sleeping in a tent!

  • February 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I live in Brisbane, Australia, our holiday plans for this year include China for 2wks in April. Love your fabric choices for this pattern.

  • February 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Our holiday plans will depend on if and where my daughter will be accepted into graduate school. Acceptance letters won’t go out until April, so no plans until then.
    I love your choice of fabrics. My favorite is Nicole’s Autumn Pumpkin Patch.

  • February 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    We spend the holidays home . We like to have the family together for the holidays. My dad just turned 92 and is about to retire as a dentist. My mom is 84 and sharp as a long as they are around we will celebrate together!!

  • February 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    As far as I know, no holiday plans yet. We always stay home for Christmas, but sometimes we get invited to friends homes for Thanksgiving. We’ll see what happens.

  • February 25, 2012 at 5:33 am

    We are going to the Grampians in Victoria, Australia. In June – probably the coldest time to go there but this means the rivers are running and it is so beautiful at this time of year, and you can have an open fire to warm you up at night!!

  • February 25, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I especially love the Ava’s Winter Flurries pattern! And your quilt is lovely :) No holiday plans yet, we’ll see!

  • February 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I love your choices of colors…you made the whole project come to life and those coneheads are popping off the background! Love it! I would love to take a trip to Williamsburg, VA to Busch Gardens. The historical area is phenomenal, not to mention the great roller coasters!

  • February 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I love your coneflowers! I don’t have any holiday plans – it seems I usually end up on call on holidays. The BF and I hope to go to Arizona and the Ozarks at some time this year. I’m hoping to get my passport in shape for some travel that requires it too!

  • February 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Our holiday traveling plans tend to depend on the dates for breaks where our daughter attends college. This year it is in March and while she will be visiting her grandparents, hubby and I will be couch potatoing it in Gatlinburg, TN. Both our jobs are stressful so just sitting around doing nothing for a couple of days works for us.

  • February 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I have no plans this year. Hoping next year to be with family for the holidays.

  • February 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Wow—love the colors you choose. Coneflowers are my favorite. No holdiay plans as of yet. We prefer the piece and quiet of staying at home and just doing as we please.

  • February 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I love coneflowers, so cheery. Usually we are at home for holidays. Family comes to us, which gets a bit busy and noisy!

  • February 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    My next trip is to a wedding in South Carolina in March. I am looking forward to visiting with family. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • February 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Love it!! I love your fabric choices. Especially the way that pink inner border matches with the outer border fabric. And those flowers… I like the way they match too. Great job!

  • February 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I think I will start using more batiks in my applique projects. You have really inspired me!

  • February 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I don’t go anywhere for holidays. I am working on getting some renovations done on my home so that I can enjoy entertaining with my family for the holidays. I’m also renovating so that I can set up a Sewing Studio to start my business –way behind schedule!

  • February 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Very nice colour choices Michele, I love the Summer Garden pattern. So far we don’t have any holidays planned for this year, hoping to do some camping with my family and spend some time with my 2 grandson’s.

  • February 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I consider the semiannual Sisterhood Quilting trip as my holiday. We’re planning two weeks in mountains with sewing machines, fabric, good eats and good company!

  • February 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I love your version and of course Pat’s. Batiks are my favorite.
    Now as for a Holiday, am thinking on Germany to a horse stable with friends I met online. I did give them a horsy quilt as you go runner when I visited them in Holland May of 2010. Must get cracking on another horsy quilt!

  • February 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    No real solid plans. May make a trip out west to visit my sister. But keeping things low key this year.
    Love all these patterns and your fabric choices are great!

  • February 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    For our 25th wedding anniversary this year we are going to Australia. I can’t wait.

  • February 26, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Mich, that looks just stunning and your fabric choices………I’m a fan!!!

    Holiday plans? Not this year, the girl is attending university this year and the money goes to………you guessed it. We plan to bike a lot since we live in a rural area that will be very nice.

    Hug for you,


  • February 26, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Hi! Loved your fabric choices! Even if I don’t win, I gotta make these great Pat Sloan patterns; one for each sister and one left for me! Thank you for sharing. Vacation plans for our Spring holidays? Maybe, hoping, planning; dreaming !! Candace

  • February 26, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Love your version, too. Purple coneflowers are wonderful to look at!
    Planning a wonderful trip to Ireland later this year.

  • February 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

    We tend to plan the holidays as they come around. My usual answer to the question “where will you be for (any holiday)” is “Whereever my grandchildren are.”

  • February 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Love these cone flowers Michele! They remind me of summer and seeing them in my garden. Our holiday plans include a trip to the east coast to see my brother and family in Halifax in May. While there we will take in QUILT CANADA, of course, and see some quilty friends in PEI. Looking forward to the trip! Happy Holidays everyone!

  • February 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

    LOVE THE CONE FLOWERS !!! They make me think of sunny days and sweetness in the air ! We are hoping to go to DHs family for the holidays this year and spend with them!

  • February 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

    This will be an exciting summer. We’re planning on taking a road trip west to Calgary, Alberta to visit our son. He’s attending university out there so we don’t see him often (we live in Ontario). I’ll take along a hand quilt project to work on in the van. Love your interpretation of Pat’s pattern. Very summery!

  • February 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I love the color choices although I am not a pink and purple kind of gal!! The material choice is wonderful! I stay home for the holidays and plan for the family get together!! I just LOVE having all my family home for the holidays…any time for that matter!!

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