Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Window Garden pattern: Making a layer cake quilt using fat quarters

In September I released a layer cake pattern called Window Garden using a fresh, pretty collection from Moda, Olive’s Flower Market.  This quilt became an instant hit in my house, and my daughter adopted it for her room.  


Not to toot my own horn (ha!), but I really like the visual impact of this pattern and wanted to make one for my own bedroom. I decided to use warmer, deeper colors this time to coordinate with the navy accents in our bedroom. This seemed like the perfect time to break into some Tilda fabric I have been hoarding. 



Since I didn’t have a layer cake, I simply pulled my 10 favorite fat quarters from that bundle and cut all of the “layer cake parts” I needed for the pattern.  Bonus . . . I still have a nice bit of fabric left over from each fat quarter!  



Then I made up two test blocks.  I absolutely love how these colors are working together in this pattern.  I'm excited to see how this quilt will turn out!




My Window Garden pattern is made up of 20 blocks.  When using a layer cake that has no repeated prints, you would have 20 different blocks.  When using the “10 fat quarters” method, each print will be repeated.  I am pretty pleased with this outcome, because it means my 10 favorite Tilda prints will show up TWICE in my quilt. J



Perhaps you have 10 favorite fat quarters you’ve been hoping to pull together into a pretty quilt. Window Garden might be the right pattern for that project! You’ll just need some background and borders, and then you can get that sewing machine whirring! You can see my additional fabric choices in the picture below. I will be using the navy floral for the outer border, the olive green for the inner border, and the cream floral for the binding.



If you are interested in purchasing my Window Garden pattern, please visit your local quilt shop or one of my blog sponsors (see their logos in the left sidebar). You can also purchase directly from me Besides paper patterns, Window Garden is available as an immediate PDF download on my Craftsy Pattern Shop or on my Etsy ShopQuilt shop owners: wholesale information is available here.

I will keep you updated on my growing Window Garden quilt. I will be taking my time piecing this top, working on it in between projects that have a deadline. I don't mind going slowly, as this pretty project will be a treat to sew each time I go back to it. That's how sewing should be, right?

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you get carried away quilting real soon!

~Taunja



14 comments:

  1. Beautiful pattern, Taunja! So lovely in Olive's Flower Market - and love your Tilda fabric choices. I have a layer cake or two.....:)!

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    1. Thanks so much! I am really liking where this one is going, and am selfishly excited to have it laying on my bed!!

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  2. Hi Taunja,

    I'm unfamiliar with Tilda fabric - will you please catch me up?

    (And I'm liking your blocks so far!)

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    1. Hi Barbara! Tilda is a fabric and craft brand out of Norway. Here's a link to their very pretty website: http://www.tildasworld.com/
      Right now I don't think Tilda fabric is sold in the U.S., but it is sold in Canada . . . which really is my neighbor as I live in Minnesota. Ha ha! I ordered my Tilda fabric from a shop in Canada. Thanks for stopping by again! :)

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  3. Oooooh tilda fabric is so pretty isn't it, I still have some of the very 1st tilda fabric line every released.
    Your quilt is going to be gorgeous, its such a great pattern. xx

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    1. It sure is! I only became familiar with it last year! You are lucky to be hanging on to some early stuff. And thank you!!

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  4. I am definitely making this when the littles are out of school. I already have the fabric ready! I seriously can't wait... it's one of my favorite patterns!! Thank you for that creative mind of yours!!

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    1. Oh gosh thank you dear! I feel like we talked about this before. Are you using Olive's Flower Market??

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  5. Hi Taunja,
    I have just arrived at your blog through a link from Westwood Acres and I just love everything you do! Your sense of style and color is similar to my own and I'm thrilled to have found you. One of your patterns will be in my shopping cart soon.
    Thanks for all of your inspiration here. It's lovely!

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    1. Oh what a nice note! Thank you so much! I sure appreciate you sharing that with me! Happy sewing to you!

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    2. Hi Taunja,
      Thank you for such an informative blog site. I would like to enter the lock block give away. Thank you and keep up the good work for all of us quilters

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