I love love love those fantastic Liberty tiny florals. I forced my family to make a Liberty pilgrimage in London, found the fabric district in Paris to locate more Liberty, and I would absolutely paint my house in ditsy floral if I could.
However. There are only so many yards you can buy and projects you can make with fabric that costs $40/yard, as pretty as it may be.
That’s why I LOST MY MIND when Marcia brought in Garden Delights by Gray Sky Studio. It’s the kind of detailed, ditsy, gorgeous English garden floral I love in Liberty, but in quilting cotton that I CAN AFFORD.
I got to thinking about another of my favorite things that I can only afford in small doses, and this cute pillow was born! (Okay, it was also born of a desire to use as many prints as I could of this new line in one place, because I love it so much.)
It starts with Cathedral Windows, which while I can afford the fabric to make it, the time it would take for a whole quilt is only affordable if I forego all other projects for a good long while. I can’t commit to that, as much as I LOVE the look of it.
Cathedral Windows looks to me a little like the trellis on top of a garden gate – one of those wrought iron gates where you peek through and find bustling, busy, colorful, overflowing English-style gardens. This pattern uses just 2 Cathedral Window blocks with a “gate” below to give you the feeling of abundant florals and interesting construction with only the commitment of a pillow! Mine has already been claimed by my daughter for her bed, so just be aware you may need to commit to making two.
1/2 yard background fabric
Various 1/4 yard pieces of prints you love
Stuffing or a pillow form
2 – 16.75″ squares
8 – 4.5″ x 1.5″ strips
2 – 1.5″ x 16.5″ strips
1 – 1.75″ x 16.5″ strip
6 – 4.5″ squares (for the gate section)
2 – scant 8″ squares (for the “petals” in the trellis section)
4 – 5″ squares (for the trellis section – cut 3 on the diagonal to form 6 half square triangles. Only one should stay a square.)
I can’t imagine making a more awesome and detailed tutorial for Cathedral Windows than this oldie but goodie from one of our favorite fabric lines – The Charming Windows Pillow Tutorial from Moda Bake Shop Blog. I highly recommend using her detailed pictures as you create the blocks, but my measurements for Beyond the Garden Gate.
There are a few places where she and I differ, and I’ll note them as we go!
Twas the night before Friday and all through the studio there is a flurry of activity as I clear my table in anticipation of the second clue. I wonder what it might be this week. The cheery red and white four patches remind me of peppermints and Christmas. The coffee is set and my clothes laid out. I am an early riser by nature and I wake early to begin checking my phone for the next clue.
It seems the world over is urging Bonnie to wake and to post the next clue…this is a testament to the positive power she has near and far...even across the water to Australia.
It’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt time and the theme is Good Fortune! What a lovely sentiment….good fortune. I have had the Good Fortune to be surrounded by friends and family both far and near and although the mystery is a special blessing for those whose families are scattered or gone for me it is a Blessing and a time for renewal and reflection.
This is the fourth mystery quilt I have chosen to create in the last 5 years. I took one year off and there are parts of me that still regret that decision. However, my design wall clearly called my name and asked that I finish a few of my own projects…..I completed 4 between Thanksgiving and Christmas...how, it’s a bit of a mystery.
Sunday afternoons mean lazy naps for some, football for others and for me it means cutting time.
I am usually rested and ready to set up my weeks sewing projects. At the end of a work day it’s easy peasy to sew a few seams here and there and by the end of the week I am ready for another Sunday afternoon cutting session.
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