Vincent’s Garden Secret Sewing-Free Pattern-Giveaway
We’ve been doing some secret sewing for quite some time, actually since last October. We were given a Stack pack of this new Island Batik fabric line called Vincent’s Garden. Aren’t these colors just divine with a deep rich color palette.
Vincent’s Garden is the first Signature Collection by Kathy Engle of Island Batik for Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler. While it was shared in the Fall 2020 catalog, the precut fabrics just began shipping to quilt shops in February. Karen recruited us along with several other blogger/quilter friends to get creative with the fabric. Now, what did we make with this pretty Stack pack of all of these fabrics?
At first, I knew I was going to write a simple pattern to release along with featuring this gorgeous fabric. What block to use to make the most of the Stack piece? It had to have a good sized portion of the block that would really let the fabric show and shine. After heading over to EQ8 software to play around for a bit, I just drew out a simple block that finishes at 9″ but it uses all 10″ of the precut.
After just two simple cuts on the 10″ piece of fabric you are ready to start sewing. Stack them up as you cut, keeping the two squares and the two rectangles together.
Next, we had to find a color placement that worked for the bigger piece along with the coordinating pieces.
Here’s one layout of the square pieces and then a check in black and white to see if it’s too saturated. After approving the layout, we added the coordinating rectangle pieces. It was finally time to get started on sewing.
Let the Sewing Begin
This project went together like a dream. Chain piecing, large size fabric segments, and only 20 blocks spells quick progress. After switching out my needle for a 70/10 size, I was able to chain sew all pieces together before heading to the ironing board. I chose to press open the seams but do whatever you like.
The blocks were placed on the design wall as they were completed for one very good reason. I have a habit of mixing up the pieces even when they are kept in individual row order. I didn’t mix anything up this time! Phew.
In no time at all, the rows were together and the quilt top took shape. It desperately needed a border, don’t you think? We chose an Island Batik black Blender to mix with random 3.5″ squares of the Vincent’s Garden fabrics. Doesn’t it look modern, geometrical, and most of all . . . great?!
Of course, I spent an inordinate amount of time deliberating just how to quilt this quilt top. It hung on the design wall, haunting me each time I walked past (which was several times a day). I took myself to my Pinterest boards looking for inspiration . . . and as I browsed, trying to stay focused, voila! Vincent’s Garden – it’s right there in the title – garden . . . why not a flowery design with a loose flow?!
Our Flower Power island runner is just a perfect example of the quilted flowers, and I thought it might just work for Vincent’s Garden as well. But then . . . I don’t see flowers. I see lots of straight lines . . . why not crosshatch this? And so I did! Using a Coats and Clark multicolored thread that is labeled 30 wt but it feels like 50 wt to me, it was fun watching the multicolored thread colors change as I stitch! Look at the pink, orange, yellow, and blue that happened in one lovely purple square!
Vincent’s Ta-da Finish and Free Pattern
Are you still with me? I know, there are a lot of pictures and words, so let me wrap this up. Here is our finished Vincent’s Garden quilt top. Karen Overton, the hostess for this blog hop, provided all the fabrics for our use except the cool map backing we chose.
It would be very easy to enlarge this quilt by using most of the 40 precut Stack pieces. At 5×7 layout would give you a 40″ x 63″ with five fabric squares leftover for a simple border, if you choose. If you make something using our pattern, we would love to see it! Please use the hashtag #homesewnbyus on Instagram or give a shout out in the comments with your post link.
Vincent’s Garden Blog Hop
We are one of several friends who have been secretly sewing using this new Island Batik offering. Check out the other ways these quilting/bloggers have highlighted this beautiful fabric line:
|Vincent’s Garden Blog Hop||2 1/2 Strips Precut||10″ Stack Pack Precut|
|Monday, March 1||Sew Sutton Quilts||Songbird Designs|
|Tuesday, March 2||Okie Skies Quilting||Amy’s Quilt Room|
|Wednesday, March 3||Bea Quilter||You’re here!|
|Thursday, March 4||Dizzy Quilter||Sew Much Charm|
|Friday, March 5||Lizard Creek Quilting||Eye of the Beholder Designs|
|Friday, March 5||Our hostess, Karen Overton,|
who is offering three giveaways:
|The Quilt Rambler|
The blog hop will be ongoing all week and here are the Rafflecopter Giveaway links. Thank you to Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, for organizing a fun blog hop and THREE giveaways! Island Batik has sponsored this giveaway in part by providing not one, but two complete fat quarter sets of Vincent’s Garden, that’s 20 different fat quarters! As a bonus Karen added a yard of either the light background (Sprinkles) or the dark background (solid Black). These two giveaways are for US residents only. But not wanting anyone to be left out, Karen is sponsoring a PDF giveaway that is open internationally as well as to US residents – one randomly drawn quilter will receive digital copies of her three patterns designed for this beautiful collection. The giveaway ends March 6th with the winners given a 48 hour to respond to verify their information. You may enter once a day!
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