Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pat Sloan's Girls in the Garden Blog Hop

Welcome to my day of Pat Sloan's Girls in the Garden Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be taking part in such a fun project! My dear friend Pat asked five designers to put their own spin on one of her new Girls in the Garden patterns for Bigfork Bay Cotton Company. I loved all of them, but I was immediately drawn to Ava's Winter Flurries, since it's winter here in Ohio and cardinals are some of my favorite birds. Here is Pat's original pattern.

Isn't it cute?? I chose some fabrics from my stash, including some of my prized Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt and a few solid cottons. 

The pattern is well written with clear, easy to follow instructions. Pat walks you through everything from applique to assembling and finishing the quilt. And (this is so smart!) all of the applique patterns are reversed, so all you have to do is trace the design on your choice of fusible web. I found it helpful to tape the pattern to a window and then place my Heat N' Bond Lite over it, tracing the designs with a fine-tip Sharpie marker. 

Then just cut out the traced pattern pieces and adhere them to your fabrics of choice. Cut all of the them out, then lay out the design and fuse the pattern pieces to your foundation fabric. 

Pat's pattern is for a wall-sized quilt, but I wanted to show you how you could use a quilt pattern and make something different with it. So, instead of a quilt, I decided to make an oversized pillow.

As you can see, I went for a more minimal layout and only used some of the pieces from the pattern. I really wanted to focus on those two adorable cardinals and the graceful curving branches.

I stitched over each applique piece with a zig zag stitch in coordinating thread. 

I made a border out of dark grey solid cotton and used it again for the back of the pillow. I stuffed it with lots and lots of polyfil, and as you can see, it's still a bit lumpy, but I think with a few more days of squishing and squashing by my two little kids, it will be just perfect and a great addition to our home.

Here are the rest of Pat's Girls in the Garden patterns. Adorable, right? And guess what? The great folks at Bigfork Bay Cotton Company are giving away one pattern of your choice to one of my readers!! To enter, please leave a comment at the end of this post. I'll use the random number generator to choose the winner, and the giveaway will close at midnight EST on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

And if that weren't enough, all of the designers in the Girls in the Garden Blog Hop are giving away a pattern as well. Be sure to check out Michelle of the Quilting Gallery's project that she shared yesterday, and then join the rest of the girls this week and enter their giveaways, too.

Thursday, February 23 :: Dawn of Spring Water Designs
Friday, February 24 :: Amy of Amy's Creative Side
Saturday, February 25 :: Heather of {House} of A La Mode

But it doesn't stop there! Kimberly and the crew at the Fat Quarter Shop are giving away FIVE full sets of Pat's Girls in the Garden patterns! Visit their blog at The Jolly Jabber to enter.

And lastly, be sure to visit Pat Sloan's blog daily this week to learn more about how she designed the Girls in the Garden series. Pat is also giving away a full set of her patterns! So there are are lots of ways to win, and I wish you all good luck!

Thanks so much, Pat, for asking me to be a part of the Girls in the Garden Blog Hop!
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