Garden Windows: A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilt

Today is one of my favorite days in the blogging world–the semi-annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis. This quilt, called Garden Windows, is a little different than the other quilts I have shared in the past (Strawberry Patch,  Around the World and Community Gardens). It is actually in Houston at the International Quilt Festival this very moment, floating somewhere between Laura Gunn’s Schoolhouse and one of the Michael Miller booths. Laura’s Schoolhouse is about using quilting fabric in home decor projects. You should check out her daughter Lily’s room, newly made over in one of the other Garden Wall colorways. It is beautiful!

I loved the saturated color of these prints, and wanted to design a quilt that celebrated color. I paired a number of the Garden Wall prints with her Painter’s Canvas solids, set them on point, and voila! Here it is.  There is a free project download for the quilt, and a tutorial will be up on my blog November 15, 2011.

Special thanks to Cindy Luby (who quilted Garden Windows) and Faith at Fresh Lemons (who designed the project sheet). Once you have had a quilt professionally long armed (my first!), how on earth do you go back? If you are interested in tweets from Quilt Market, I’m at @SwimBikeQuilt.

Happy sewing, everyone

[photos taken by Laura Gunn. Used with permission]
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  1. Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Hi! Your quilt is beautiful and I love the simple pattern with white which leaves space for those lovely fabrics to be seen!
    xxx Teje

  2. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Awesome job, Katie, it looks fabulous!!! Can’t wait to hear all about Market, I hope you’re having a super fab time :)

  3. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Beautiful quilt, Kate! Those colors really pop against the white!!

  4. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Kate the quilt is awesome!

  5. Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    The colors just bounce off the white! Very nice:)

  6. Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic job Kate! I love how you set the outer squares on point but the inner squares are not, it really sets it off and the colors just POP off the white! Gorgeous!

  7. notes of sincerity
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Your quilt is fabulous!

  8. Sara
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    OOOh the blues in there make this quilt so calming and cozy looking to the eyes! A+ Kate:):):):)

  9. Lotti
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Lovely, always love bright colours set against white, really nice

  10. Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Very vivid colors, really great contrast, nice quilting. Just a beauitful quilt.

  11. Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    It’s gorgeous!

  12. Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Nice!!! Have a great time at Market!

  13. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Such impact from such simple lines and beautiful colors–pretty quilting too!

  14. Posted October 29, 2011 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    oooh! Love your quilt! Thanks for sharing. :)

  15. Jessica Christensen
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I do love the quilting. I’ve not had one long-arm quilted yet. I’m afraid that I WON’T be able to go back. Have fun @ market. Wish I could drive down — it’s such a quick trip for me.

  16. Posted October 29, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Great quilt – love your use of color here!

  17. Posted October 29, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, great quilt, perfect design to showcase the fabric for market.
    Come see my entries: #29 miniature reproduction and #31 antique 1850 star quilt
    Sandra from Moab

  18. Eileen
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Lovely fun quilt. I like how it looks with the large white areas. Would wirk in so many fabrics. Thanks for sharing nad have a great day

  19. Posted October 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    beautiful quilt!

  20. Posted October 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink


  21. Anonymous
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    love the quilt!


  22. Posted October 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful and that’s why I have yet to send a quilt out….I may never quilt my own again!

  23. Posted October 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    It’s so bright and cheery- it looks great! It is amazing what a long arm sewer can do for your quilts. I sent one out to be quilted and it’s still one of my favorite quilts because of the quilting.

  24. Posted October 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful Kate….so bright and cheerful

  25. Posted October 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    How absolutely cool that your quilt is at Festival right now. If you can’t be there, it’s the next best thing! o:)

  26. Posted October 30, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Just so pretty.

  27. Posted October 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I love the garden inspired print fabric. It is featured so well since you contrasted it with so many lovely solids. Marvelous design!

  28. Posted October 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh – I totally love this one – gorgeous!!!

  29. Martine Kuciel
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    félicitation pour ces couleurs toniques

  30. Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Happy, sunny and bright! Lovely!

  31. Karen
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous quilt with lovely fabrics. Congrats on having it on display at Houston.

  32. Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I love how the simple pattern showcases those beautiful prints!

  33. Posted November 1, 2011 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    What a lovely quilt!

  34. Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Pretty quilt, and a great pattern to showcase all those wonderful fabrics. How cool that it’s in Houston – lucky you!

  35. Staci
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a great way to showcase fabulous prints. Thanks for sharing this quilt in the festival.

  36. Posted November 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Love the way you mixed solids and prints for maximum oomph here – it’s bright and bold and very, very pretty!

  37. Posted November 8, 2011 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Beautiful quilt! The pretty fabric really shows up!

  38. Posted November 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the wonderful quilt pattern! A fabulous quilt.

  39. Posted January 6, 2015 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    You stated that a tutorial would be on your blog November 15, 2011. I found the pattern but no tutorial. Is there one?

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