It’s a Garden Party Row-along!

22 Sep

Fellow Quilters,

Today is the first day of Fall, and a beautiful day here in my neck of the woods – clear blue skies, the leaves are starting to turn their bright orange/yellow, and the geese are beginning their flight south.  We haven’t had a frost yet so my garden still has basil and lots of colorful flowers.  Which brings me to the It’s a Garden Party Row-along!  Today is my day to post, along with 4 other designer bloggers.  If you’re popping over from another blog, a warm Welcome to you!  Please feel free to hit that subscribe button over on the right 😊.

This annual Row-along is organized by Marian at Seams to be Sew (thanks Marian!) and I have participated for several years.  The theme this year is gardens, and each of the 50 participating designers has created a “free-for-a-week-or-longer” row.  Here is the full schedule:

Tuesday, September 8
Blue Heron Quilting
Carolyn Butterfield
Made By Marney
Pumpkin Patch BC 
The Devoted Quilter
Thursday, September 10
Bobbin In Quilts
KISSed Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Songbird Designs
Stitchin’ at Home

Tuesday, September 15
Daughters of Dorinda
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Just Let Me Quilt
Lovingly Lissa
The Quilt Rambler
Thursday, September 17
Fabric Bash/Carpe Blogum
For the Love of Geese
Kathleen McMusing
Ms P Designs USA

Tuesday, September 22
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Patti’s Patchwork
Quilt Schmilt
Your Sewing Friend
Thursday, September 24
Charisma’s Corner
Clever Chameleon
Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Mountain Meadow Designs
Tuesday, September 29
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Moose Stash Quilting
Tuning My Heart Quilts
Cheryl LaPlante
Thursday, October 1
Barbara Dieges
Linda B Creative
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Ursa Minor
Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting
Tuesday, October 6
Bumbleberry Stitches
Charlie’s Daughter
Seams To Be Sew
The Quilting Room with Mel
Words & Stitches
Thursday, October 8
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Lynn’s Beauty
Quilt Art
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Tuesday, October 13
Show and Tell Day
Participating blogs to be announced

Not only does each designer have a free pattern, they also have a giveaway from one of our fantastic sponsors, so be sure to visit each site to download the garden-themed row pattern and enter the giveaway.

Most of the rows are applique-based.  If you know me and my quilts, you know I’m a piecer.  Sure, I’ll throw in a bit of applique and other techniques here and there, but I like my pieced blocks.  So naturally my row is pieced.  With a bit of applique 😊.  And some dimensional folds 😊. I wanted a vertical row, just to be different, so mine looks like a floral vine – maybe hollyhocks? I chose some gorgeous shades of coral and lilac from Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer for my flowers and a delicate shade of light blue Shimmer for the sky background.  I designed my row on my computer using the fabulous Electric Quilt EQ8 program, inserting the Shimmer fabrics and the digital quilt image looks identical to the real thing.  By the way, Electric Quilt is offering a 20% discount on all their products except EQ Academy for the duration of the Row-along when you enter the code GARDENPARTY20 (thanks Electric Quilt!).  Let’s take a look at how I made my row.

My row is made of 9 flower blocks, and each block has 2 halves.  The top half is pieced, with a twice-folded square inserted between the 2 colored triangles of the flying geese unit to add that touch of dimension.  What an easy way to add interest to the block!  To ensure I didn’t cut off the tips of my triangles when sewing the triangle pieces together, I made sure that my pieces crossed at the ¼” seam line.  Success!

The bottom half of each flower block is appliqued.  I could have pieced it, however I thought that appliquing that curve might be easier for me.  Not that I’m not up to the challenge of that super-curvy curve with sharp points at the end that disappear into the seam.  Well, maybe I’m not.  So here are a few tips to get a lovely smooth edge to that appliqued curve.

#1 – I stitch 1/8” from the curved edge with a longer stitch length, leaving a nice long thread tail on each end.

#2 – I cut a piece of heat-resistant template material the shape of my curved piece without the seam allowance on the curved edge and used it as a guide for pressing the curved edge of my pieces.  With the patch face down, I inserted the template and gently pulled up the thread tails to gather the seam allowance around the template, then pressed them in place.

#3 – Then I chain-pieced those curved pieces onto background pieces with an 1/8” seam to hold them in place before sewing them to the pieced top half of each block.  Note that I haven’t stitched that curved edge down yet.

#4 – When I sewed the blocks together, I checked that I didn’t accidentally catch my curved edges in any seams.

#5 – I wanted to add some leaves, and applique seemed easiest.  I layered my fabrics wrong sides together to get left- and right-curving leaves.  I used a plastic leaf template without seam allowances to get a nice smooth edge, clipping my seam allowance slightly on that inner curve.

#6 – I pinned the leaves on my row, tucking the ends under the flower appliqued pieces.  Once everything was where I wanted, I invisibly stitched the applique pieces in place.  I actually did this by hand because it was a beautiful warm day at the beginning of summer and I sat outside on my patio enjoying the weather and my June garden.  My perennial garden has different flowers in June than in September!

You can download the free pattern to my row here.  But wait!  There’s more!! Not only do you get a free pattern, you can also have a chance to win a gift certificate for $60 Cdn to be spent at  Simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite quilt-making technique.  The contest is open for 1 week.  The rules are posted over on Marian’s Seams to be Sew blog.

Enjoy the row-along and all the wonderful free row patterns!



70 Responses to “It’s a Garden Party Row-along!”

  1. lynn bourgeois September 22, 2020 at 9:48 am #

    Patti, Thanks of the flower pattern, and the excellent tutorial accompanying it. It is definitely doable with your help

    • lynnbourgeois September 22, 2020 at 9:50 am #

      i love many types of block making, and am usually excited to try new ones. One exception for me is EPPPatti, sorry I didn’t answer your question.

  2. Betty Woodlee September 22, 2020 at 10:24 am #

    Wow! I love your row. So much going on in a little space! This would make a beautiful table runner. My favorite quilting technique is chain piecing—your piecing just flies.

  3. Ronelle September 22, 2020 at 10:31 am #

    Thank you very much for your beautiful Garden Party Blossom row you shared.

  4. Susan Green September 22, 2020 at 10:32 am #

    My favorite quilt technique is needle-turn applique. Thank you for the adorable block!

  5. sewswift September 22, 2020 at 11:17 am #

    This is a beautiful block and your tutorial is perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Lori Smanski September 22, 2020 at 11:47 am #

    thank you for this lovely pattern. thank you for sharing your tips. this looks so fun to make. it would make a fun table runner.

  7. Elizabeth Balcom September 22, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank you very much for the pattern.
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

  8. Brenda Arnold September 22, 2020 at 2:25 pm #

    Thank you for your lovely row. The technique I like best is piecing with applique, like your row I guess. My favorite patterns have pieced blocks but then applique borders or centers.

  9. debra mendez September 22, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

    Loved that the row was pieced together with wonderful colors. Reminds me of my garden in its blooming season

  10. Susan September 22, 2020 at 2:58 pm #

    Such a unique way to make flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  11. shadesofrandom September 22, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

    Your row looks fun to try. Thank you for the tutorial and for your pattern. My favorite technique is hand applique. There’s something so relaxing about just sitting and stitching.

  12. lbrosch September 22, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

    I enjoy piecing but love to see the results of foundation pieced patterns.

  13. jbsews September 22, 2020 at 3:42 pm #

    Oh, this is just lovely! Favorite technique? I am relatively new, but I am being drawn to foundation/paper piecing! Thanks!

  14. Lynne September 22, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

    I enjoy piecing but especially love seeing how foundation pieced patterns turn out.

  15. Sharon Treece September 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm #

    I love this type of pattern, such a great way to form curves. Thank you.

  16. quilterpt September 22, 2020 at 5:16 pm #

    How sweet your row is! Thanks for taking the time and sharing your pattern and your tutorial. My favorite technique is probably plain old piecing!

  17. Connie September 22, 2020 at 5:33 pm #

    Beautiful! Thank you so much!

  18. Rochelle September 22, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

    This seems like an easy row/column to make. I like the dimensional components as well as the colors you have chosen. Thank you for the pattern.

  19. Bonnie Larson September 22, 2020 at 6:18 pm #

    Beautiful Row. Thanks Patti. I love piecing the blocks and building the quilt from small to a large bed size.

  20. Sandi Scarlett September 22, 2020 at 7:53 pm #

    Cute row and pretty colors! Thanks for sharing. I love chain piecing technique.

  21. Rosalee September 22, 2020 at 7:55 pm #

    I like piecing best, then applique.

  22. Joanne Maner September 22, 2020 at 8:18 pm #

    Very pretty row. I like making pieced quilts with some applique on them. Needleturn or fusible

  23. Debby Patz September 22, 2020 at 8:45 pm #

    My favorite quilt technique is hand applique, either needle-turn or prepared-shape. I love your tulip row and the 3-d detail.

  24. Nancy September 22, 2020 at 9:23 pm #

    I enjoy piecing, applique, paper piecing. I enjoy many different techniques.

  25. Patti September 22, 2020 at 9:26 pm #

    Great tutorial! Adorable pattern! Thanks for sharing.

  26. KJ September 22, 2020 at 9:32 pm #

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern, and the tips to make it. I tend to do mostly applique because I can get any shape I want. 🙂

  27. Sarah Murray September 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks Patti, lovely row!

  28. Donna Hawley September 22, 2020 at 9:52 pm #

    Patti. thanks for your beautiful row. I like paper piecing and regular block piecing best.

  29. TheGranChris September 22, 2020 at 10:19 pm #

    I guess I am a more traditional quilter. I’ll try anything once. Your pattern is lovely. Looks like a lot of bulk around the center of the flower. Is it hard to sew over?

    • Patti September 23, 2020 at 11:48 pm #

      Hmmm… I haven’t quilted mine yet however I don’t think it will be any bulkier than some seams with 5-6 layers of fabric.

  30. Sharon L. September 22, 2020 at 10:24 pm #

    Thank you so much for your cute row. I love the curve you use to make your flowers.Can’t wait to make it.

  31. Beth Talmage September 23, 2020 at 1:06 am #

    My favorite technique is to make my blocks larger and then cut them down for accuracy, when I am making HSTs or QSTs. It is only a slight waste of fabric and uses a bit more time, but my blocks are so much more accurate and I derive so much more pleasure from seeing how precise my blocks turn out.

  32. Doreen Savia September 23, 2020 at 1:26 am #

    I love your row. My favorite quilt making method is piecing along with applique and 3-d pieces.

  33. Carol Andrews September 23, 2020 at 2:58 am #

    Patti thank you for your sweet flower row. It’s very intriguing with those curved flower pieces and leaves. My favourite has always been piecing the blocks but I’m venturing out of my comfort zone and adding appliqué to the blocks/projects. I also enjoy pp.

  34. Heleen Pinkster September 23, 2020 at 6:50 am #

    Thanks for joining and sharing. I love your block. Finally have the time to leave a reply ;-). Oh, and I love foundationpiecing, but also discovered applique. Thanks, Heleen

  35. Denise September 23, 2020 at 8:41 am #

    I love your row.

  36. Delaine September 23, 2020 at 10:20 am #

    I enjoy all of the piecing techniques that I have tried – traditional, paper piecing, applique, etc. I have yet to try making a bargello quilt. Thanks!

  37. mumbird3 September 23, 2020 at 10:25 am #

    WOW that is an amazing row – just lovely!!! Like the touch of applique! I usually stick to traditional but that row looks so attractive I think I am tempted to try it!! Thank you for sharing!!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

  38. halejm September 23, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern!

  39. Stitchin at Home September 23, 2020 at 2:38 pm #

    Love your flower row!

  40. Bev Smith September 23, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

    Love the flowers. I also think this might make a cute runner. I love the 3 dimension part.
    Can’t wait to make it. I have been obsessed with quilting since attending my first quilt show in 1984. I make quilts for sick kids or anyone who needs a hug. I remember delivering 191 quilts to you to send to Japan after the terrible tsunami. I’ve sent quilts to Haiti for the orphanage there and to so many other places. What other past time could be more rewarding?

    • Patti September 23, 2020 at 11:43 pm #

      Yes, I remember those quilts too. Incredible!

  41. Gina September 23, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

    Love your block… looking forward to making it!
    My favorite technique would have to be paper piecing first and foremost, and improv-piecing comes in at a close second.

  42. Nancy September 23, 2020 at 4:36 pm #

    I enjoy paper piecing and I also enjoy piecing.

  43. Susan L. September 23, 2020 at 4:42 pm #

    Thanks for the great pattern! My favorite quilting technique is chain piecing.

  44. nancyangerer September 23, 2020 at 7:11 pm #

    I really enjoy doing FPP and EPP. Really nice pattern.

  45. Tamara L. (@ReganRanch1) September 23, 2020 at 9:58 pm #

    I am very new to quilt making and do not have enough experience yet to have a favorite technique. I will say though that I have really enjoyed the “crazy quilts” that I have made. Your row you have created is so lovely.

  46. Yvonne Bullard September 23, 2020 at 11:19 pm #

    I love paper piecing!

  47. Janet Nancy September 24, 2020 at 12:55 am #

    Love your row. Thank you for sharing. I like hand applique.

  48. Karen A September 24, 2020 at 9:24 am #

    Your flowers are so pretty. Thanks for the great tutorial. I really enjoy foundation paper piecing.

  49. Sobana Sundar September 24, 2020 at 1:42 pm #

    I love this design. I am trying it and if it is easy I am making it into a border for a little girl’s quilt. Oh and I prefer applique. I spent all of last year learning to applique by hand and I use freezer paper to make templates and turn.
    Thanks again for the design.

  50. Joan Sheppard September 24, 2020 at 2:15 pm #

    LOVE this unique pattern. I might just use this for the border all the way around too!
    What is my favorite technique? Everything! My motto: Pick the pattern that makes your jaw drop! It’s never too hard if you like it. My first quilt EVER was Feathered Star made in white with varieties of blue for background. No one told me it was hard, so it wasn’t! Thanks for the great tutorial. j okay – also trying origami piecing – huge learning curve!

  51. MoeWest September 24, 2020 at 10:47 pm #

    I like to do machine applique. Thanks for the great row!

  52. Pamela Reim September 25, 2020 at 12:53 am #

    A lovely pattern. Thank you. I love needle turn applique but it is soooo time consuming!

  53. Joan September 25, 2020 at 10:45 am #

    Oh my goodness what gorgeous flowers you have there. I love the fabrics you chose too. Thanks for a wonderful addition to the garden

  54. laurie a September 25, 2020 at 8:09 pm #

    I love your flowers! My favorite method is regular piecing. Thank you for the pattern and giveaway opportunity.

  55. Carol C Thomas September 27, 2020 at 9:58 am #

    Thanks for the very helpful tutorial and pattern.

    • Carol C Thomas September 27, 2020 at 10:01 am #

      I have not tried any other block techniques. I have never done applique. I am still working to master my machine and the basics.

  56. Susan Nixon September 27, 2020 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi, Patti. That’s a beautiful row! I love the elegance of your curved leaves. I don’t know if I have a favorite technique, but I do know that I like the quilting process over the piecing, though I love piecing, too. The quilting is what adds the wonderful finish, though! Thank you so much for your beautiful row and the chance to win the gift certificate.

  57. Dolores Sedore September 27, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

    I like needle turn applique.

  58. SandyMay September 28, 2020 at 4:55 am #

    Love your cute little row. My favorite technique is to add some embroidery to a quilt.

  59. Theresa September 29, 2020 at 1:11 am #

    This is a really great pattern and thanks so much for the tutorial.

  60. Brenda @ Songbird Designs September 29, 2020 at 11:44 am #

    I love your block, Patti! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!!

  61. Beth September 29, 2020 at 9:18 pm #

    What a cute block! thanks so much

  62. thedarlingdogwood September 30, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

    What a lovely block! I am mostly a piecer with straight line piecing only, but I do enjoy some applique, mostly raw edge.

  63. Orla V September 30, 2020 at 6:31 pm #

    I love this block – it’s so simple, but the effect is stunning! Love the colour choice in those wonderful batiks. Thank you very much.

  64. Orla V September 30, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

    Sorry Patti, I was so excited to see your row, that I forgot to answer the question. I like appliqued best, closely followed by paper piecing. Thanks again, eh.


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