Whimsy Garden Sew-along Part 5

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We are finishing our quilt tops this week! Yay!! If you missed the previous posts for the sew-along look for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

For the next two weeks, we will be designing and sewing the final row of the Garden Whimsy Quilt from my book, Petal + Stem. If you aren’t up to date, don’t worry! Sew at your own speed and share your progress!

This is the fourth row as sewn in the book. Remember, this book is mix and match so you get to choose your own flower head and stem combinations within this layout. If you can’t picture what the combinations will look like, check out the “Possibilities” section starting on page 42. I illustrated the combinations that I thought worked, and the pieces that would fit together properly. I choose rectangular flower blocks but you could replace any of them with a square flower block and a square stem block. There’s another little adjustment that can be made easily without requiring new math. You could replace any of the square background fabrics with a butterfly block and then place the background square below it, instead of the grass, snail or pixie cups blocks.

Before you start sewing, make sure that you have enlarged your templates by 125% as noted in the book.

This is my completed fourth row! As you can see, I did replace the rectangular flower block with two square blocks on the left side of the row. I used the free seedling block in the pot and beside it, instead of the pixie cups.


Your goals for the next two weeks, are to choose your blocks, sew them, and assemble the fourth row of the quilt. Then, you get to sew the four rows together! Woo hoo!

My guest this week is Natalie Santini from Sew Hungry Hippie! Natalie has sewn a beautiful row but I will just leave you with this sneak peek! Please visit her blog to see more. Check her photo stream for lots of inspirational work and color.


Thank you again to our amazing sponsors for all the great prizes that I have to share with you!

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There will be one winner this week receiving two amazing prizes that I will be shipping to a US address.

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Havel’s Sewing has offered another set of tools that includes a rotary cutter, scissors and thread snips!

The winner will also receive a Slimline light courtesy of The Daylight Company! I have one of these at my sewing stations and it’s fabulous!

The giveaway will be run on Instagram, just like last time. Any picture that you post in the next two weeks using the hashtags #whimsygardensewalong and #petalandstembook will count as an entry. You can take progress pictures of your blocks, photograph each finished block on its own, take a picture of the whole row, share your finished quilt top, or just sew up the seedling block. I know that some of you are just getting your books and choosing background fabric. It’s perfectly ok to post a picture of the cover of your book, your fabric pull, or your palette inspiration for an entry. I am trying to make this easy and fun! You do not need to complete a row to enter. Oh, Frog blocks count too, of course! Basically, any picture that you share with those two hashtags, that is reasonably connected to the book will get you an entry. And you have the potential to enter many times! The winners will be chosen on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Just find my IG post with the prize image for all the details. You can find me on Instagram @duringquiettime. If you are not on Instagram already, I would encourage you to start an account. You will receive encouraging comments from others in the sew along and “meet” new quilters from around the world, in addition to being able to enter the giveaways! I will even walk you through posting your first picture on Instagram, just send me a message.

Congratulations to the winners of the previous giveaway! The winner of the Havel’s tools is @nancypoetes. The winner of the Oliso mini project iron is @barbkulka. Congratulations!

I will be looking for your pictures on Instagram and see you all back here for the final installment on June 22nd. Let’s not let these quilt tops become UFOs! Next time, we will talk about quilting ideas AND there and more prizes to keep you motivated to baste and quilt and maybe even bind!