Monday, September 5, 2022

On the Garden Path

I have a finish this week, and it's the table topper or wallhanging option of my newest pattern, The Light Within. I've called this one 'On the Garden Path' because of the path-like appearance, the garden blooms and birds in Pat Sloan's beautiful new line, 'Bird Song' by Benartex Designer Fabrics.

It truly is a thrill when something you've designed and mocked up in EQ8 comes alive in fabric.

It goes together super-quick!


I had the flimsy together, which consists of just four 12" finished blocks plus a border, in no time at all.

These fabrics are just so sweet! I kept the quilting simple, all straight lines. I'd originally thought to do an all-over meander, but then thought it would be cool to accentuate the diamond shape, so off I went.

The lines are 3/4" apart. I did some dot-to-dot quilting in the centre star and arrow-type shapes formed by the pink flying geese and blue rectangles.

I moved it to a sunnier spot on the lower deck so the quilting texture shows up better. I like the grid formed in the side stars. I got carried away quilting and suddenly realized, wait a minute... I don't recall seeing this grid appear in the top half-star! Rolled the quilt back a bit and nope, I'd kept the crisscross effect to the border only. Oh well, design element! So I was sure to crisscross the lines on the right half-star and then end them in the background of the lower half-star.

Wait until you see the backing! eee! I love it. The cloth label works so well on this fabric too. The fabric I chose for the binding, 'Twigs' looks a bit like knitting, and has a wonderful soft stripe effect.

A sunny shot of the backing and I used the first of my new labels from Ikaprint!

It's on our dining table, and is the perfect September table topper, lots of flowers, butterflies and birds, in soft colours!

I mocked it up in Amanda Murphy's new Christmas line, and I am having a hard time resisting 'just quickly making this one'...


I may have had the outer shell of a makeup bag virtually make itself out of some of the extra fabric during the piecing of this top, lol. The ninth anniversary of my blog is later this month, so I think it may be one of the thank you gifts I'll be sending out to celebrate.


Quilt Stats:
Pattern: The Light Within by me! Pattern available at SandraJaneQuilts
Size: 28.5" x 28.5"
Fabric: 'Bird Song' by Pat Sloan for Benartex Designer Fabrics
Backing: as above
Batting: Warm and White 
Quilted: on Avril: 22 129 stitches
Threads: pieced on my Bernina, and quilted on Avril, both with Aurifil


Almost forgot! Watch for a new issue of Make Modern coming out this Friday!


15 comments:

  1. Great! I'm loving this pattern and your quilting makes it pop. Spoke to Lara last week about the new issue & maybe meeting her in November. Always look forward to seeing the work of others. Take care & hugs.

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  2. I really do love the fabrics in this one and love the way they work together. Just such pleasant color combinations and print combinations. There's something very modern/old-fashioned about this little quilt that makes me scroll back up and look again then again then again. Lovely.

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  3. The backing fabric could not be more perfect! Looks like you have your table set and ready, and I can see how fun it would be to customize this design for seasons and holidays.

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  4. This is gorgeous and the quilting really makes it come alive. I love it on the table and can see how fun it would be making a few to change out for the seasons. Fun to see that little squirrel of a bag sneak in there!

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  5. Neat design. I almost think I have that backing fabric. Sorry to see that the American penchant for mass murder seems to be moving into Canada.
    Pat

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  6. That is a pretty design, Sandra - I especially love the partial stars along the outside edges! Such a beautiful fabric line, too. This is a lovely pattern!

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  7. Pretty table topper! I love the quilting! I can see you making seasonal toppers.

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  8. Oh this is nice Sandra. I am looking forward to Friday and seeing what you've got in the upcoming issue of Make Modern.

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  9. Beautiful on your table!!! I'm looking forward to the next MM mag now!!!

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  10. Ha ha hubby just walked in whilst I was reading this post and said when was I making this quilt - he also said it was gorgeous. I think that's permission to start a new project: don't you?! :-) Now to go to the haberdashery and choose the fabrics. Looking forward to Friday and MM magazine, which I found via you BTW. Oooh, never thought to cut my corners before putting the bag together - I just follow the instructions :-) Sorry to read about the mass murders in Canada, so sad.

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  11. I'm sorry I am so late commenting! I love this version, Sandra - so pretty in those fabrics! That little makeup pouch in those pretty fabrics - love!

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  12. Love the new quilt Sandra. It would be hard to resist making it up in those pretty Christmas fabrics. Great new pouch project, too 😉

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  13. Such a beautiful quilt and I love your quilting on it. It really would look pretty in Amanda Murphy’s fabrics.

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  14. This is a beautiful quilt Sandra - it looks stunning in the fabrics you've used - and looks great in the Christmas line too.

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