Emma's Garden Blog Tour + Giveaway

Sunday, August 10, 2014


It’s August at last! After months of waiting, I finally get to share these exciting projects with the world! What makes them so exciting? They all use fabric from Emma’s Garden, the newest fabric collection of amazingly talented friend, Patty Sloniger!


My "Wing It" quilt and other Emma's Garden pretties

I need to start this post off by making a tearful virtual toast to Patty. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have such amazing coworker and mentor! She’s the one who got me interested in fabric, which in turn made me start quilting. I owe her so much, which is why I wanted to make some extra special projects for her Spring Quilt Market booth and her blog tour! (Check out Patty's post for the blog tour full schedule!)



Taking my inspiration from Patty's butterfly print, I started sketching butterfly blocks, which grew into a baby quilt design. I had been quilting for only three months at the time, which is a testament to how simple it is to make! I named it "Wing It" because that's essentially what I was doing as I designed my very first quilt pattern.

You can download the FREE Wing It pattern here!

Want more? We're giving away a fat eighth bundle of the Emma's Garden prints I used to make this quilt! To enter, leave a comment on this post, and I'll select a random winner on Friday, Aug. 15th! Exciting!

From @michaelmillerfabrics via Instagram

After I finished the quilt, I had some tiny scraps left over. Being the person I am, I couldn't let them go unused. I opted to use them in this gorgeous cathedral window pillow. I used Jo Avery's pattern in issue 6 of Love Patchwork and Quilting as a guide, although I changed the sizes to suit my scrap assortment.

With Karri's lovely mini

Cathedral windows look way more complicated than they actually are, so even as a newbie, I was able to make a dramatic, posh pillow! I used the same variegated thread from my Wing It quilt to do some decorative hand stitching. I think it really takes everything to the next level. Even my overly-critical father loved it!

My pillow made it into Michael Miller's catalog!

Emma’s Garden also has great prints for clothing. I made this comfy summer blouse using her Big Blooms print, which may be my favorite design out of the whole collection. The pattern is from Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Sweet Dress Book. The construction was a breeze, taking me less than three hours from start to finish. I omitted the bow added ties to the sides which I think was a more grown-up touch.





Hopefully my projects have inspired you and done justice to Patty's beautiful collection! 

69 comments :

  1. Love the butterfly design and the cathedral window too.
    Your scatterbrained quilts are amazing!

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  2. So many great projects! I wouldn't have known you were a new quilter if you hadn't said so!

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  3. Love the sweet butterfly quilt. Sign me up for the giveaway. Thanks, Kathy
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  4. I really like that blouse. It's so cool looking. The cathedral window pillow is awesome! I like the contrasting thread that you used on it. great job on all three items!

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  5. All you projects are wonderful. I love the Emma fabrics.

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  6. I love the butterfly quilt! I love purple.

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  7. I love that top!! And your wing it pattern is lovely. You are very talented!

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  8. gorgeous fabrics, love the wing it quilt.

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  9. Great projects, love the pillows. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  10. I love your Wing It quilt - thank you for the pattern!

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  11. Gorgeous makes, all of them! I'm like you - I find it hard to part with pretty scraps. I might have to give those cathedral windows a go. Especially if you say they se easy(ish)

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  12. I downloaded your wing it quilt pattern, very sweet thanks! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Your pillow is beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I also downloaded your wings pattern...I LOVE the blouse you made...those pleats/tucks are killer!!

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  15. Your cathedral window pillow is just stunning. Love the hand stitching too.

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  16. Thanks for the pattern! My 3 year old loves butterflies and fell in love with the quilt you made when I showed it to her. Can't wait to get started on our version.

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  17. Beautiful pillow! I love the hand stitching. You did a great job on your quilt and shirt. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. That pillow is gorgeous, and I love the shirt!

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  19. I love your cathedral window pillows. Emma's Garden is perfect for this design. The blouse top is awesome too. You have done a wonderful job with these fabrics!!!

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  20. I love the butterfly quilt. Gorgeous! :o)

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  21. I love, love, love your cathedral windows pillow! Could you give a little more detail about the thread you used?

    Hugs,
    Gina

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    1. I used DMC Pearl Cotton from Jo-Ann's: http://www.joann.com/dmc-color-variations-pearl-cotton-size-5-/prd60624.html
      I used the Monet's Garden and Radiant Ruby on the pillow, which are lovely variegated hues!

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  22. I REALLY love the cathedral windows pillow. sarah@forrussia.org

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  23. I love the cathedral window pillow. That is something I would make. The embroidery thread is a nice touch.

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  24. Beautiful fabrics! And those cathedral window pillows are amazing!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  25. Beautiful projects, love this line!

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  26. Nice work love the details.

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  27. Thanks for the free pattern! The cathedral window pillow is beautiful.

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  28. Such a pretty top - great work! I like the butterflies and cathedral windows too :)

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  29. I am new to quilting and a little intimidated by your beautiful work, but your Wing It design has inspired me beyond fear! I have a dear friend named Vanessa, which means "butterfly", and I am going to make her a smaller version to use as a wall hanging. Your pattern is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing! xoxo

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  30. Beautiful projects!! And those Cathedral Window pillows... Wow!

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  31. So pretty! My daughter would love this!!

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  32. A truely beautiful collection and your design is amazing.

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous fabrics! Your projects are amazing and inspiring! Thank you! My favorites... nah! I can't pick a fav because I love them all! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  34. I love the butterfly quilt but it was the cathedral window cushion that really caught my eye, I have always wanted to do one but not felt brave enough. Thank you for a lovely giveaway. x

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  35. I love Cathedral Windows and these fabrics are perfect for it. Thanks for sharing the butterfly quilt pattern, such a lovely quilt!

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  36. Wing It is gorgeous, especially with such colorful wings!

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  37. I love the style of the blouse. One day I am going to make a cathedral window pillow too. It is on my list of things to make. Thanks for the giveaway. The fabrics are gorgeous.

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  38. I love what you've made with this fabric. The butterfly quilts is really sweet, perfect for a little girl and I like the quilting you've done on your cathedral windows, it's a lovely detail.

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  39. Your butterfly quilt is lovely! Thank you for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  40. Wow! The cathedral windows are amazing! I love the quilting on them!

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  41. Wow! The butterfly quilt, the cathedral windows, the butterfly prints...they are all so pretty!

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  42. This is a beautiful fabric collection! I love your butterfly quilt and the hand quilting on your cathedral windows is stunning!

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  43. I love the top you made, that fabric looks so light and fun to play with. Congratulations to your friend.

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  44. I love that you were able to use up your scraps as well to make such beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. wow, the pillow is amazing! love it!

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  46. I love the butterflies! Emma's Garden fabrics are beautiful. midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  47. Oh wow - I love everything! The quilt, the cushion and your beautiful blouse! Such a pretty line of fabrics, thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. What a fun post to read - I enjoyed looking at everything you've made here, and particularly like the cathedral windows pillow - beautiful! The hand stitching is perfect!

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  49. patty is so awesome, and her fabric lines are all so great. this on'es my fave, though, because of all the great purples!

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  50. Good job on the pillow, I may have to attempt one of those, as soon as my boys get past the juice spilling stage of life. :-D Thanks for the chance to win!

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  51. Love your summer blouse and the "Wing It" quilt, the name is so fun too!

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  52. Love the blouse. I would make a quilt for sure!

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  53. So many great projects. Love the butterflies!

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  54. I love your cathedral window pillow! It really shows off the beautiful print fabric!

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  55. Your hand stitching adds a nice touch on the Cathedral Window pillows. Thanks! notwendy gmail

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  56. Thanks for trying out a variety of projects with this gorgeous collection - it really fires the imagination!

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  57. I'm so glad you are on this blog hop. I think I just found a new favorite blog!

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  58. Love your butterflies and your cute top. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. Your butterfly blocks are awesome! What a beautiful quilt!

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  60. Your cathedral windows pillow is beautiful, especially the multi colored hand stitching. Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  61. Such a stunning collection, and you most certainly have done the fabric justice! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing the pattern! xo

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  62. Thank you for the Wing It pattern! I love it and want to get started on it soon!

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  63. Thanks, your quilt is great and I love the pillow too!

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  64. Thanks so much! Your butterflies are adorable!

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