Monday, October 12, 2020

It's A Garden Party Show 'n Tell

Did you enjoy the designs during the It's A Garden Party Rowalong?

Here are the designs I chose to make from this year's event for today's Show 'n Tell:

My own of course - Poppy Dance Party. Read all about it here.

I also made 
Kathleen McMusing - Picnic Under the Quilt Block

Words & Stitches - Picket Fence

Heleen Pinkster's Home-Tweet-Home (one component from it)

Ms P Designs - Pinwheel Posey Parade -- think Forget-me-knots

Stitchin' at Home -  Garden Blooms

I then got out my bricks (Humpty Dumpty's Wall) from last year's Rowalong
 --both a horizontal set and a vertical set that my mom made 'testing' the pattern for me

--and resurrected my Dogwood Branch from 2015!

Adding some extra stems, sky, tree trunk and grass filled in a few bits to organize all the elements into a single scene. Then added a black frame to finish it off. Fun! Right?
This is now my Spring Garden Party

Did you make any of the designs? Put something together? Tell us where to see it in the comments! Thanks for following along!

Thanks to #northcottfabrics for providing us samples each year.
Thanks to #electricquilt #eq8  (been with it since version 5!) couldn't design without it!

I've got several available in the shop(including the Dogwood branch), I hope you'll stop by and check them out and all the other fabrics and patterns I have available. This link will take you to my Northcott offerings, browse around the rest of the site for more.

Want to see what others have put together?

* they used my row!!

Hope you'll want to see more of my designs and choose to follow-along via email newsletter, instagram, Facebook or as a blog follower (see sidebar). I've even decided to start adding content to my YouTube channel. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

It's A Garden Party Row Along - Come Join my Poppy Dance Party!

So many events happening, thanks for stopping in and checking out this one! If you're coming to join the U.S. Tour Around the Block, you'll find week 3 (Washington Apple) here and come back in November for another state block that I've designed --but read the rest below and join in on this event too!

Back again for the annual Row Along w/Marian Pena ......for this year's theme It's A Garden Party, I chose the beautiful shaped poppy flower and bunting. It's a Poppy Dance Party!

Thanks to
for sponsoring again this year!

The original row size is 12" x 30" (no frame) and incorporates Northcott and moda fabrics.

I'm working on a collaborative result of many rows from this event, so this will be incorporated into a larger project for the show 'n tell event in October.

The kit comes with 5" x width of fabric for a frame --to be cut 1.5" wide,
which would make it 14" x 32"

Read below for giveaways and discount codes available from more sponsors.

Get your pattern digital download here. (free thru Sept 17)

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I've also suggested several fabrics that you might like to add to your order that go with this theme. $75+ orders get free shipping!

Tutorials are included below and are not included in the pattern.

Corner-to-corner method
Using one red square, add small corner square and sew corner to corner as shown.

Set seam. Fold point from center of block to the outer corner and check that edges align. Return to position in which it was sewn. Trim to 1/4" seam allowance towards the outer corner. Fold point from center of block to the outer corner. Press. 

Bunting triangles
Using the templates, corners are trimmed so that it is clear how to line up the corners for sewing.

Interested in a row kit? You can purchase it here and it will include a printed pattern.

Come back to see how I incorporated this into a larger quilt on October 13.

Thanks for joining us! I look forward to seeing your creations. See below for giveaway opportunities!


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Sponsor Hashtag: @accentsindesign

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Electric Quilt ( is offering a 20% discount code
off any products except for EQ Academy during the row along. The coupon
code is: GARDENPARTY20.

I use Electric Quilt for most of my designs. Love it!!

#electricquilt #eq8

Patterns released today for this event:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Garden Party RAL kicks off today!


If you're stopping by from the U.S. Tour - Around the Block event, my post is here. I'm loving it and we're only at week 6 so not too late to jump in.

Today kicks off another fun Row Along. I've been participating in this event for several years, hosted by Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew and this one is looking like a super fun set of rows that you won't want to miss! I've got a special reveal coming during Show and Tell later in October. My own row will release on Thursday, so come back for all the details on that. Below is the schedule and I hope you'll follow-along!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Blue Heron Quilting
Carolyn Butterfield
Made By Marney
Pumpkin Patch BC
The Devoted Quilter

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Bobbin In Quilts Blog
Kissed Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Songbird Designs/Brenda's Blog
Stitchin’ at Home

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Daughters of Dorinda
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Just Let Me Quilt
Lovingly Lissa
The Quilt Rambler

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Fabric Bash
For the Love of Geese
Kathleen McMusing
Ms P Designs USA

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Patti’s Patchwork
Quilt Schmilt
Your Sewing Friend

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Charisma’s Corner
Clever Chameleon
Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio
Kathy's Kwilts and More
Mountain Meadow Designs

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Miss Loreen's Schoolhouse
Moose Stash Quilting
Tuning My Heart Quilts
Cheryl LaPlante

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Barbara Dieges
Linda B Creative
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting
Ursa Minor

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Bumbleberry Stitches
Charlie's Daughter
Seams To Be Sew
The Quilting Room with Mel
Words & Stitches

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Lynn's Beauty
Quilt Art
Renee's Quilting Addiction
Sew Incredibly Crazy

Huge shoutout to Northcott Fabrics for sponsoring fabrics for each of our row designs.

Special offer happening with Electric Quilt --I'm also one of their artists so this is especially exciting. I know the power of this software and use it for most all my designs.

20% discount code
off any products except for EQ Academy during the row along. 

The coupon
code is: GARDENPARTY20.

See you on Thursday for my row reveal and free pattern download opportunity!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Lots happening! Don't miss out!

Just had to write a post here to keep you up on all the exciting things going on this month!

Quilting Around the Block - U.S.  tour continues 

Week 1 - Massachusetts - Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio
Week 2 - Alaska - Appliques Quilts and more
Week 3 - Washington - my own design

Pick up the free pattern here.
Purchase a printed pattern with fabric kit here.

Week 4 - California Poppy (my version)

Find the pattern at

Week 5 - Florida Manatees - Off the Wall Quilt - Find the pattern information here.

Designer's Tips and Techniques - September Edition 

Tuesday September 1st 
2:00 PM  Annette Ornelas  
3:00 PM  Kate Colleran  
5:00 PM  Marlene Oddie 
6:00 PM  Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis  

Wednesday September 2nd 
12:00 PM  Teresa Weaver  
1:00 PM  Cherry Guidry  
2:00 PM  Nancy Scott 
4:00 PM  Sue Griffiths  
5:00 PM  Swan Sheridan  
6:00 PM  Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis  
7:00 PM  Bunnie Cleland  

Thursday September 3rd 
12:00 PM  Debbie Wendt  
2:00 PM  Daisy Aschehoug  
3:00 PM  Becca Fenstermaker 
4:00 PM  Patti Carey  
5:00 PM  Heidi Pridemore  
6:00 PM  Reed Johnson for Blue Bear Quilts  
7:00 PM  Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio  
8:00 PM  Scott A Flanagan 

Garden Party Row-Along kicks off September 8

Can't wait to show you what I've got in store for my own row,
but I'm also using multiple rows to create a scene for Show and Tell day at the end.

I'll do a full post of the schedule on the kickoff day, so please return to check it out on Sept. 8!

Hope you're staying healthy! Happy Sewing!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Around the block - Washington Apple

Hi! Marlene here, welcoming you to the next block in our Around the Block hop - US Tour. I live in Grand Coulee, WA where I have a small quilt shop and provide long-arm machine quilting services. I also enjoy designing unique quilts and am excited to share this block design with you as part of this project.

Every apple isn't perfect, so don't get too stressed about getting the angles just right on the corners of the apple. This is a forgiving design and will be just right with however you make it.

If you've got kids going back to school, maybe this is just the design you need to make something for your favorite teacher.

In my sample, I've used a directional 'grass' fabric for the background. It isn't that difficult to maintain the direction--really!!

Tutorial for this block - Corner to Corner Method
When thinking about the direction of the background, I lay the fabric the way I want it to be in the end, then flip on the same diagonal I'm going to sew. If you fold along the diagonal you can verify the positioning will be correct after you sew it.

Pick up the free pattern here.
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Blocks so far:

Coming up....


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Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Luminous Quilting Ideas

Thanks for coming by to see my ideas for how to quilt Luminous - a design from Kate Calleran - Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs and Tammy Silvers - Tamarinis from their Adventure in Color Quilt Along.

Luminous: Dawn               Luminous: Dusk      

I'm going to use the Dawn colorway to illustrate the quilting designs as it will be easier to see the stitching path, but this design could work on either colorway.

Given the custom layout of this quilt, I put together unique designs for each block and a fill suggestion for the background.

For thread color, I'd recommend a similar color to the background, perhaps a pale color of your liking to give it a subtle hue of dawn (it could even change going away from the 'sun') and one shade lighter than the background on the dark version so that you actually will see the quilting. If you want it to 'disappear' and only create texture then match it as close as possible.

For thread in the blocks, consider a solid or variegated that will blend or contrast depending upon your preference. Blending colors will be more forgiving.

The block sizes are quite diverse, so in order to get the density of quilting consistent, some blocks will be more 'loosely' quilted and others more densely when considering just the piecing. Ideally you want a fairly consistent density of quilting throughout so we'll treat some blocks differently than others.

There are 6 unique blocks. I've video taped the stitchout for each block using a piece of clear plastic over the top of the printed true to size block so that you can see how to practice or audition designs of your own. Often I just do a single page printout of the whole quilt, but in this case given the scale of the blocks was so different and so many different ones, I printed them out true to size.

Tools I'm using

View all videos for ideas before getting started with the actual stitching.

Background Fill - Consider doing the echo work around the blocks to stabilize them as you go, unless you plan to do 'flares' outside the colored patches of each block. If using the same thread throughout, you can work up to a point in the block, stitch it out, and then continue to fill around it.


Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

Center Section

Outer Section


Thanks so much for watching. Was this helpful? Please share this with your friends and let me know if you'd like to see more of this.

I regularly post my quilting endeavors at and my pattern designs and projects at  I hope you'll follow along. I have a few kits left of the Dawn colorway in Northcott fabrics. Find them here. Free shipping for orders over $75.

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