Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cottage Garden

I have a finish to share with you today!

The hardest part of this quilt was naming it.

My main motivation in making this was to create a 

dent in my scrap pile!

I started off with some Swedish Blooms 

from a Zakka book, which in my recent move, I have 

temporarily misplaced!

I soon realised that these blocks, lovely as they were,

required more fabric than just scraps.

So I decided to add some variety to my 

Cottage Garden by piecing these tulips...

A 'rogue' purple bloom!

from Cloud Nine's Amsterdam pattern.

I also blanket stitched some leaf stems 

to add another detail...

And finished it so-

I used a combination of straight line machine 


(to anchor the layers) 

and hand quilting with Perle Thread...

with a couple more thrown in for good measure!

The binding is a piece of unknown fabric

 (probably dress fabric)

I had in my stash...

And the backing is that classic Ikea print- Ludovika.

Final measurements-

60" X 50" (approx)

Can you tell that I love this quilt?

I am hoping to scrape another finish in before the 

New Year!

Happy sewing!



  1. I adore tulips and these fabric ones are gorgeous! Hope you find the book and good luck in getting that other finish in 2014

  2. Well you love it for good reason! It is magnificent! I love the combination of tulips with the swedish blooms and then those stems and leaves add so much to the space! Just perfect! Yay! For a fab finish!

  3. Ah, it turned out so pretty, Suz! And I love how resourceful you were - scraps for the top, leftovers for the binding and using up various perle threads too. If you managed to piece batting offcuts I will be way impressed ;) (I hate piecing batting offcuts).
    Wishing you all the best for 2015 (and that last sneaky finish for the current year) x x

  4. I'm not surprised you love it - it is beautiful! Well done on such a lovely scrappy finish!

  5. A gorgeous cottage garden, Susan! The colours are just fabulous and I love the mix of tulips with the Swedish Bloom blocks. So pretty!

  6. oh this is lovely and I love the scrappy colorful mix! Super clever to mix the patters. A very fun quilt!

  7. Great little garden. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. This is such a cute quilt, I really love it!
    Have a great, healthy and wonderful New Year!

  9. It's so pretty, I love the bright,cheery colours.
    I haven't been doing much blog reading lately and have just enjoyed catching up with what you've been upto on your blog.

  10. what a happy fun quilt! love your hand quilting.

  11. I love it too! Beautiful layout and like how you added the stems!

  12. I love this "big time and might have to copy you

  13. What a lovely quilt - not surprising at all that you love it! Happy New Year to you Suz!

  14. Beautiful finish Susan!!! I love the texture your hand quilting makes.

  15. Yes, I can tell you love this quilt! The colors are so "Susan." I like how you used scraps, and came up with your own block plan and arrangement to make something that's totally you. And I always admire how you add pearl cotton hand stitching to make it "cozier." You're such a great quiltmaker! I'm glad for you to have this 2014 finish too. It's remarkable how you manage to accomplish so much, while working. Hope you're enjoying your new, across-the-hall sewing space. I bet it's nice to settle into. Happy New Year!

  16. Such a cheerful finish to ring in the new year! I really like how you added the pieced leaves at the bottom of the tulips.

  17. Ohh I'm glad I didn't miss this quilt, It might well be my very favourite of yours! I love the colours and fabrics you've used and the flowers. Isn't it amazing how few scraps a scrap quilt uses.

  18. Oh what a lovely garden. Makes me wish for spring here.

  19. I love how you have mixed the different flowers in together. I like this more than the original Swedish blooms quilt, which I also like. Yours is more vibrant!

  20. Love this....so colorful! Okay.....now I get why you have a larger sewing space....you moved!! How did I miss that?! Yay! I hope that you like it!!


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