Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Finished just under the radar!

I really enjoyed these fun little flowers.  Everything Deana creates is very thought provoking and versatile.  Her designs amaze me!  I will be swapping these two blocks.  Also thank you TRUDIE for the great iron you sent me last month along with the added gift.  That was a sweet surprise  that will be used often.  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

steam that seam block received

I received my block from Denise sometime last week.  It is beautiful.  Love the "Sunbeam" name embroidered on the iron.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Kathi's Flower Block....ready!

Block received

Marilyn received her block from Australia before the holidays.  She reported that she loved it!

Friday, December 26, 2014

January: Quilt Shop Lane

How was your Christmas?  Mine was wonderful.  It is so nice to have my daughter home from her mission and the whole family together again.

Let me reveal to you "Quilt Shop Lane", the newest row for the Quilter's Garden.  I just don't think a quilt about quilting would be quite right without quilt shops.  I have more details to add and some constructional changes to make, but here is the sneak peak on where we are headed for the month of January.

I am changing the windows on the first shop below and maybe adding a roof to the second.  Sometimes things just don't come out right the first time.

As a reminder, late comers are welcome to this mystery.  If you make and swap at least one block then you get the next month's pattern for free.  Previous patterns are available in my Craftsy shop or Etsy Shop.

Lyn's flower block

Lyn has her flower block ready to swap.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Just in time for an early Christmas gift I received my block from Pam in Texas in today's mail. It is a sweet block. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

December swap DATE EXTENSION

Hello from my home to yours.  I hope you are having a fabulous Christmas season!  I hope you have all your many projects done and ready to go as well.

Because December is such a busy month,  I wish to extend the swap deadline to Sunday, January 4th.  I will release the new pattern on Monday the 5th as well as reveal the swap information at that time.  I hope this extension will reduce a little stress for some of you.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Change my swap block.

Hello to all of you Quilter's Garden Members.  I hope your holiday season is wonderful.  Mine is not white - darn.

I have been bothered by this flower to swap.  It just isn' t good enough - not enough contrast.  I will keep it and probably not use it.  

I will swap this one instead.  I love it but have the match to it, so I can let it go.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Flower Blocks

I made one of the flower blocks and it came out okay, although the measurements are a bit larger on one side then they are supposed to measure and I am not sure what happened. I also had some trouble with marking the correct angles of some of the pieces and so I didn't make a matching opposite block because I screwed up the marking and cutting. I decided to try again and this time I had trouble with the center cupping like a mountain! I pressed it and it was better but not perfect. So don't worry I will be keeping that one. I finally figured out that with the cutting and sewing and re-cutting and sewing that my measurements must have gotten thrown off with each step. I was going to just give up and not bother with making any more, but decided I should try to just sew the triangles together and not make the inner spin pieces which would have involved more marking, cutting and sewing, and that I obviously am not be doing very well. I liked making these and they came out the correct size. Since these 2 blocks are different from the flower block choices that we could choose to make, I will keep them for myself. Anyhow here is what I ended up making~

The block above is the block I am swapping. 
This block came out cupped in the center! Arg. So I will keep this one.
I didn't add the center fabrics on this and the other block to keep it simple. This block was easier to sew and get right for me. I added a folded flower with a button for the center. I will sew those on after the quilt is completed so it doesn't get in the way of the quilting.
This is the opposite color placement.
Both side-by-side.
The folded flower with button and apparently the thread of the fabric got in the photo too, lol!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Block from Cheryl

I am so sorry to be slow posting, but I have received my block from Cheryl.  I love the use of ric rac for the cord.   Thank you Cheryl for the lovely block!   Hugs

3 blocks to swap

Hello out there to wonderful blogland and all of you wonderful Quilt Gardners!  I have three Quilter's Garden flower blocks ready to swap.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lyn received her block!


Lyn wanted you to know that she received your block today.  She says it is absolutely beautiful and the piecing and hand stitches are so perfect.  She loves it!

My block arrived today

Thank you Liz!! The block is beautiful.  Your hand appliqué is exquisite!  I love it!

Lorri's flowers

Lorri is swapping both flower blocks.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Edith received her block.

Edith did receive her block in the mail.

Steam that Seam block received

I have received my second block today. It was from Susan.
Thank you so much..
I love the button and braid cord. The green really matches well with my other blocks...

I Received My Block

The block from Edith arrived in Monday's mail. Thank you so much! I love the added buttons too.

Cathy - Block Received

Look at the cutie that I got in last night's mail!

Isn't she just adorable?  Thank you so much Di, I love it!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Moira - Flower blocks

Finished up two blocks tonite - the one with the blue flower is to swap, the polka dotted flower is mine.

Spinning pinwheels flowers complete and Steam that Seam block received

Busy, busy busy. I have made 6 Spinning Pinwheel Flower blocks this month. 3 to swap and 3 to keep. I decided to only make the one design with the 3d centres.... While on a roll stay there.... I hope the swap ones I receive will be other designs but it won't really matter.
To swap 

To swap

To swap

To keep

To keep

To keep

It is lovely and it is a design that I didnt make. So happy thankyou Frances.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Iron block from Lyn in Utah

I am so sorry Lyn. I think I forgot to post that I received your lovely block early this week.  Love your fabrics. You did a great job. Thank you.


I've started working on mine

I got to sneak in a little time to start this months blocks..
I like the 3d effect in quilts so I think I will stick with these blocks to make. I still need to complete the centres. Here they are so far. Not sure which one I'll swap. I'll decide when I see how many blocks I get done...

Friday, December 12, 2014


I finally made arrangements to get my block to Darryl in NM. I am so sorry it's taken this long. Hopefully, you get it by mid - week :)


Di sent and received...

I sent my iron block to Cathy Smith in Tx on Tuesday!  And I have received the most wonderful block from Lucy Peterson of UT; love how she created the iron's electrical cord!

Thanx!  And now I best be getting some flowers done!


Pinwheel Flower block I will swap

Here is a picture of the block to send.  No picture of the mate to it because I don't have the center appliqued yet on the one I will keep.  I have made two more and the centers aren't done on those either.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mailed my Blocks

and I forgot to post!  Sorry.   You should have your blocks today or tomorrow.   I also received my block from Ann Topham - it is just lovely!   Can't wait to start on my star flowers.   Merry Christmas to all!   hugs

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Page 5 had an incorrect photo.

Hello Quilt Gardners!  Page 5 step 4 of this month's flower patterns had an incorrect photo on it.  I corrected it and sent it out to all of you (except Denise's email didn't seem to work).  Anyway, under step 4, the picture is supposed to look like this one instead.  Thanks.

Block received

I got my block from Deana this afternoon.  Thanks, it's great.


Liz sent and received...

Sent block to Kathie today. Hope you are pleasantly surprised by how pretty the colors are in person, Kathie.
Received lovely block from Phyllis.  Thanks, Phyllis, Your block will be great with the block I am making. That was so thoughtful of you to send me your favorite block.
I probably won't get started on the flowers until between Christmas and New Year.
May you all have a most blessed Christmas season and/or holiday celebration.
Keep on stitching.

Block Received

The mailman brought the cute block from Tracy from Idaho today. Excited to put this 3rd row together. It is just perfect. Thanks Tracy!

I have received irons in the mail.

Thank you Linda, Betty, and Phyllis for the lovely iron blocks.  All three of you do exceptional work.  You can see your blocks with the one I made below.

Here are all of my blocks on the design wall.  The spiky suns are not part of this project.  


Trudie,  I forgot to let you know that I mailed your block on Saturday, Dec 6th.  It should be there any time now.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cathy - Block Received!

Look what I got!


I received this gorgeous block from Deana last night!  I love it!  Thank you so much!

Monday, December 8, 2014

new blocks to send of come January

I tried a different approach on getting these pics to the blog.  I'm still learning.  The colors are a little different than the original.  I have made 10 blocks but will send these 4.
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row three block "steam that seam" came

I forgot to report in on receiving my block from West Virginia.  Thanks Linda.  It is wonderful and I love it.  It came about the 3rd of December. 

December blocks complete

I completed 10 blocks for the December Pin

wheel Flowers.
I will be keeping these first 3. They have some flaws and I don't want to send them on to someone else. I will remind you all to read the instructions carefully, at least twice, before you cut or sew. :-D
These next 7 I will trade.
These were fun and easy, as long as the directions are followed closely. Thanks again Deana, for your creativity!

Block Received

The mailman brought Marilyn's lovely block today. Such fun color combinations. Thank you Marilyn!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lorri received her block.

I rec'd my Block Today  from Ann T. A lovely block to go in my quilt. Thank you Ann.

A Quilters' Garden Flower Swap Block

This is my flower swap block. There isn't as much contrast as I had hoped. The block was not difficult, but I definitely had to follow the instructions closely!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Steam a Seam block arrived this morning

I was pleased to find the block from Cathy in today's mail.  It is very pretty fabrics and , of course, great workmanship.  Thank you Cathy.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Across the seas to the USA

Moira and Marilyn your blocks are on the way, across the seas, from sunny Victoria, Australia.
Hope they don't take too long....

Lorri's iron is in the mail.

Mailed my block to Vicki S  UT today. Love the next month flowers

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Juat mailed Steam The Seam block to Jo in Australia. Travelling from Nova Scotia, Canada. It will be interesting to see how long the mail takes.

Blocks mailed today!

I sent blocks to Carol and Cathy today.

Iron Block Sent to Susan

I mailed the iron block off to Susan on Wednesday.~ Daryl

Steam a Seam block sent!

My block was sent to Edith in Ohio on 12/4.

Steam that Seam block on its way to Frances

My iron block #23 was mailed on Tuesday, December 2nd to Frances in Nova Scotia. I forgot to post that I had mailed it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Susan Sent to Jo in Victoria

A package is on its way to Australia tonight! Watch your mailbox, Jo! I'm looking forward to mine coming from Daryl!

Sent #10

'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas', here in Elmo, UT

This is like getting Christmas gifts; even better! 

I sent my block #10 to Liz this morning (3rd) to Indiana. 

Merry Christmas to all my fellow quilters


Monday, December 1, 2014


This afternoon I mailed block 22 to Deana.  The post office lady didn't say what day it would be delivered.

Blocks sent today:

I mailed my steam that seam block (#7) to Elmo, Utah this morning.

Linda Terry

Blocks in the mail

Blocks # 4 & 5 are on their way to Iowa and Texas. They should be there by Thursday!


I got the buttons picked out for my flower centers.  Here are all of the blocks I have made.  I have not yet decided which ones to swap.

The pattern went out in the emails today so look for it.  There are three types of flowers to choose from.  The "folded insert" flowers require an applique' center to cover up raw edges.  I do require that you put a center on all SWAP flowers whether it be applique', button, or other embellishment.

I hope you enjoy making December flowers.

Cathy - November Blocks in the Mail

I got my email concerning my November blocks just as I was about to leave for work, so I grabbed them off my design wall and they are in the mail.  I'm sending this one to Betty...

And this one to Lucy...

Hope y'all enjoy them!!!'


November Swap is here!

I just want to thank you all again for participating.  I am having so much fun seeing your blocks each month.

Also, the pattern is ready for December but I won't get those emails out until this afternoon.

Please try to have your blocks in the mail on or before Monday the 7th.

Here is the way the random drawing came out this month:

Betty managed to draw her own block, so I used a random number generator and traded her places with #8.

Here are the photos of all the blocks for you to see which one you will receive.