It’s a Garden Party Show and Tell Day

We have made it through the great Garden Party Row Along and now designers are sharing their final quilting projects. So, one of the things some designers do is combine some of the other blocks into one piece. I picked a small piece of another designers block and added one more bit to mine (which will be available to download).

But before I continue, I must thank Marian of Seams to be Sew, who works so hard with everyone to make it all come together! In addition to keeping us all in line, she had to tend to her tender self after a fall – not easy to do with so many cats to herd but she did it.

Here is my block before any changes.  I used this as the basis for my final version.  Yes, I was so luck to have the great Northcott fabrics that were donated for this hop.  The colors were fabulous and you can find out the specifics in my original post, as well as the pattern.

The second quilt, I added some parts from Quilter Chic block, Caribbean Garden. I loved her coneflowers and birds and the proportions worked well with my block. However, upon further examination, I only used the small coneflower and one bird.

Now you are seeing something else that crept onto my block too! When I was done adding the pieces I chose, I felt like the grass looked a little lonely. I thought about adding a squirrel, calling me to my sewing room with another project in my head. This squirrel is not real, we have none on the island, so we know it just a vision of projects longing for attention. If you see it, you must be like me and always have something waiting for you to return to your studio. FYI, I added a 9″ wide version of my block, with the appliqué to get a piece that finished 21″ x 18″.

Electric Quilt 8 was one of the sponsors for the blog with a great discount for us. I used the squirrel that comes in the software for this addition to my block. Here’s a link to a download if you don’t have EQ8.

For the quilting of the final block with the additions, I used my Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen with Prosticher. Now, this was custom quilted by me. I did straight lines within the fence, 3 blades of grass (also sometimes referred to as chicken feet) and some free motion aground the basket and watermelon as well as more lines that followed the plaid. It was the first time I used my micro quilting foot* for the stippling in the star background, and I was very happy with it!

I quilted the other practice piece with a design called Modernish (from Urban Elements). I like that you can see the difference quilting makes for a piece. This one is not bound yet, but it will be tomorrow. This is my OMG and I am already done ( I do have a TGIFF to do so I will be busy). I think in the end, I prefer my custom quilting on this one. It’s really fun to see the difference it can make.

Be sure to check out the designers who are showing their finishes. Patterns may still be available so check the links here to see a complete list of designers.

Blue Heron Quilting
The Devoted Quilter
Kissed Quilts
Daughters of Dorinda
Kathleen McMusing (you are here)
Ms P Designs USA
Clever Chameleon
Barbara Dieges
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
Words & Stitches
Linda B Creative
Seams To Be Sew

I have not participated in one of Marian’s hops and it is quite the challenge. If she’ll have me in again, I know I should start making blocks as they show up…there’s plenty of time and it would be fun to try. The variety of sizes threw me for a loop, but I think I get it and could make it work on the next go around.

Picnic Under the Quilt Block
21″ x 18″
Quilted with So Fine #4003 and Madeira # 1851 Cadmium Green
Hobbs wool batting

Coming Up on the Blog:
#TTot22 – 10/22
TGIFF – 10/23
From the Heart Blog Hop – 10/28 

Linking Up to:
Elm Street Quilts
PhD In 2020
Midweek Makers
LAL #11 Finale
Free Motion Mavericks
Wednesday Wait Loss #193

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  1. October 13, 2020 / 7:29 AM

    Your finished quilt is so charming! Great additions to your row.

  2. October 13, 2020 / 7:59 AM

    I love your finished project! The quilting has brought it alive – and the extra bird, flower and squirrel have made it really fun. I’m tired and it’s bedtime and I will retire with a smile. Thanks.

  3. lynn bourgeois
    October 13, 2020 / 8:34 AM

    This is a sweet project, and the quilting is inspiring. What to do with the quilting always perplexes me, and your ideas are so great. Thanks Kathleen.

  4. October 13, 2020 / 9:15 AM

    I love your finished project –the quilting is amazing!

  5. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    October 13, 2020 / 10:14 AM

    Great job, Kathleen! Your custom quilting makes it sing!!

  6. Laurel
    October 13, 2020 / 10:25 AM

    I love the finished project! The quilting is perfect!

  7. October 13, 2020 / 9:29 PM

    Kathleen this is just so darn cute. Thankyou for sharing

  8. Susan Nixon
    October 13, 2020 / 10:39 PM

    That looks great! It only took little new bits and some quilting to make it something I can envy!

  9. Patti
    October 13, 2020 / 10:44 PM

    Thank you for sharing the before and after and the how. This looks looks so cute!

  10. October 14, 2020 / 7:36 AM

    Oh my gosh, those two blocks are awesome….love love

  11. October 14, 2020 / 11:29 AM

    I love the quilt you made with parts of others’ blocks and of course that squirrel—!! Perfect addition.

  12. October 15, 2020 / 11:52 AM

    Hi Kathleen, what a great little quilt – the addition of the squirrel is a must! I hope that you will link up to Free Motion Mavericks – it’s open now. Take care.

  13. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
    October 16, 2020 / 12:28 PM

    The additions to your block really complete it. And the squirrel is so darn cute! The quilting looks really good too – don’t you just love that micro foot?! Makes it so easy to see to do that tiny stippling. Great job!

  14. inquiringquilter
    October 19, 2020 / 10:26 PM

    Love these thoughtful additions to your block. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  15. Patty
    October 31, 2020 / 11:28 AM

    Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

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