Garden of Joy by True

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Disappearing four patch
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-07-03T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2012-09-02T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:

Description

I bought this fabric (Katie by Benartex) to make a quilt for a good friend quite awhile ago.  I thought the colors were perfect for her house.  But I have let other projects get in front of it...I had originally thought I would use the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern.  Well she is going so through some tough times lately so the fabric has been calling me telling me it was time.  But...I was no longer sure that was pattern I wanted:-(  So thank you Tessa (+thesewingchick) as our "conversation" motivated me to do some googling and I found the Disappearing Four Patch and as I kept looking for examples of it decided to give it a try and see if I liked it.  Well I think I do:-) 

While working on something for work the name of this quilt, and the meaning behind it, came to me so I wrote it down so I would not forget. "Garden of Joy" Represents the marvelous transformation of the butterfly as well as the blooming of the flowers around us.  Butterflies represent the transitions of our soul and spirit throughout our life.  And like the butterfly who emerges from their cocoon and unquestioningly embraces the changes of their environment and body…we too must embrace and celebrate our own changes as they come. 


Update 9-1-12  Quilting is done!. Was an interesting process as what I thought I wanted to do I did not like once started so followed Wendy's advice and let the quilt tell me how it wanted to be quilted and I am very pleased with end results. Ended up deciding I liked backing fabric for binding better than the stripe I had purchased so decided to try the self binding technique versus a typical binding. Ended up liking whole process including speed! Used a tutorial from Quilting In the Rain blog for binding.  http://quiltingintherain.blogspot.com/2010/06/quick-quilt-binding.html

9-2-12 Done and delivered to its new owner and her daughter (see pictures).  She loves it and felt it was so "her" so my work here is done!

Also used a new method of making label which I have been pondering for awhile.  I included a picture of the markers I recently purchased and used for first time.  No fading or running during first wash at all and wrote beautifully.  I printed from my computer what I wanted on it and then traced over as my handwriting is scary.  Really pleased with result!  Oh and Sebago wanted everyone to know he is on his quilter tester job...I put quilt on table and left room to get tape and by time I got back there he was...he says it passed;-)

Pictures

Loves

lynnio
Aizome
Purlewe
JudyBR
Quilt455
Yarnosophy
Caribousmom
Carmie
Jschlender

Comments

Caribousmom

Oh, this is a great block! And, although you still have quite a few blocks to go - I am already voting for sashing :)

Thesewingchick

Okay, now I am going to have to google disappearing four patch! I am glad you are giving it a try. Make all the blocks and lay them out and then decide about the sashing. I am sure we will all give you our two cents worth!!

Chrissybugs

Gorgeous fabric! Can't wait to see your progress!

True

Thank you Caribousmom , Thesewingchick and Chrissybugs ... Tessa I did include tutorial to help your googling! When I first found block everyone had used a a print and white so I kept looking as I wanted to see it more scrappy since that was plan for this material. I am going to make 25 blocks and then decide on sashing but I am leaning that way as well Wendy! Both because I think I will like it better and it will make blocks pop more but it would also mean not having to deal with matching all those narrow strips which seems like a good idea to me;-) Thinking right now an off white/natural based on color in fabric but I will be waiting for all of your two cents since that is what got me here so far!! Thanks...I cannot believe I had never stumbled across this block before!

Thesewingchick

Oh, I totally didn't see that big blue "tutorial" button that is so obvious! Using sashing is so much better than matching seams!!

Mymble

Really great !- and I add my vote to sashing:)

Terryt1955

True Such cute fabric and I love the pattern as well. I can see sashing and I'd be curious to see what an aqua sashing would do for the blocks. But if it makes the blocks disappear then I's go with a crisp white.
I am so burned out on the hand embroidered medallion quilt and miss my machine and getting faster results. I guess I'm just too impatient. Since the class has a deadline it has kept me to the grind but I'm not enjoying it like I thought I would. Thankkfully I'm taking a day class next Saturday to make Square Dance" so that ought to provide quilting therapy.

True

Terryt1955 thank you and I am so sorry you are not enjoying the class. I have never done a class as I tend to hate the pressure takes all the fun out it even though I would learn all kinds of things I know nothing about! What is "Square Dance" I will google and see if something comes up...I hope it is more fun for you! Sashing is a definite...not sure what color...the material has a natural (not sure that is what it is called) so not sure white will work. Has anyone ever done white when that is not the light color in the fabric? was also looking at Bella solid color card and the color porcelain seems close so wondering if that is way I should go?

Terryt1955

True If the fabric doesn't have white then you should go with the natural for sure. I'm not familiar with porcelain but I know Kona's "snow" is definitely a creamy with a faint yellowish hue to it. I bought it on line thinking it would be white but not so. I'm saving it for when I need a natural background.
And you're right. I think I am balking at the pressure of a timeline and the fact that I need a real person to watch and ask questions. Tonight I almost came to the conclusion to just bail on the class since I don't want to equate quilting with drudgery I used to love looking forward to sitting at my machine and cranking out a quilt top. It's just not happening anymore.
Square Dance also goes by the name of Roundup. BAsically you pick a large floral fabric that has a 24" repeat and do some kind of stack and whack that yields all these very different blocks even though it's the same fabric. There's also narrow sashing and a 2nd sashing that adds further detail to the blocks. Not a good explanation but the end results are great. I chose a very pretty Christmas floral. Just what the dr. ordered!

True

Thanks Terryt1955 about snow...I tried to see some options at one of local quilt shops but they think solids are a "fad" so don't have any?!!? My experience at that shop is another story. I use bella bleached white for white and love it. I have to laugh until my Swoon I had never used white in a quilt and now I am addicted and never out of it! I also had never used much sashing until recently so feel like learning what works there as well. I will look forward to seeing your Square Dance! For the record I flunked out (ok dropped out) of puppy school with my now 8 yo lab so I am not a good role model;-) but she learned all those skills despite me walking away. I did do a bit better college wise though (have to save my rep a little here!). But I tend to not do things that stop bringing me joy unless I have to option (like vacuuming). Good luck!

True

Should say "no option" sorry

Caribousmom

I love white in quilts...and yes, you can use white even if there is no white in your fabrics (no rules!!! YAY!). I love the pure Kona white, but recently purchased Snow and now I think I prefer that as it is softer in color. I also love gray in sashing...and it is like the modern white (Kona Ash is a great color and does not take over the quilt - I also love Medium Gray Kona, but it is a darker color).

Caribousmom

Hmmmm - I like sand, but it doesn't seem to let the blocks be the star of the show in this quilt. I wonder if a pure white might work better? Not sure...do you have some pure white on hand that you could lay the blocks against to see what that does for them?

True

Caribousmom I do have white and as I was taking the pictures the pale yellow was also lying there so took some with it as well. Now I have been trying for 40 minutes to upload them from my computer and it seems to not be speaking the same language that I do tonight so may never actually get them on here! I hate electronics at times:-(

Caribousmom

Time for a glass of wine, Mary...try again tomorrow!

Caribousmom

Ah, there's the white! I do think I like that a bit better than the sand.

Caribousmom

...also, with the white that block that has the sand fabric in the corners pops a bit more. With the sand, you lose that block, I think.

True

I have no clue how you are seeing the pics as technically I have not uploaded!!! Scary eh?

True

Caribousmom ok white and yellow are now up...I definitely don't like the sand as well...so it is now in closet;-) I have no clue what is up with my computer but thinking a case versus a glass but be needed!!

Caribousmom

They weren't up? Huh? I definitely saw the white - OMG, maybe I'm psychic!! And I haven't had a glass of wine yet (much less a case!). Okay - I see the yellow now too - and I think, once again, that sand colored block gets a little lost in the background on the yellow too.. My vote right now is for the white...but see what others think.

True

LOL no they were showing BUT I had not actually finished loading them...clearly a glitch in my computer tonight! I could see on my iPad as well... When it is cooler (like I am hoping tomorrow;-) I will also put white and yellow on my design wall and see it there...was too tired tonight from fighting with computer. As I like yellow better than sand...and I still have a ton of blocks of different fabrics to go...but the one sand colored block is a good test for the sashing...I can also still look at gray if need to...thanks for your help:-)

Quilt455

Really like this block. Hmmm, sew many blocks and sew little time. But I might have to move this block to the top of my list. Love the colors, even the orange.

Terryt1955

True of the sand ,light yellow and crisp white I vote for the white. Like Caribousmom says, the blocks just pop.And the blocks are soooo nice you definitely want the focus on them. I haven't played around with the Kona grays but see them used a lot in all the modern quilts. Keep in mind what your friend's style/taste leans to. If she's more traditional I wouldn't bother auditioning the grays...

True

Thank you all for your help and keep it coming!! Quilt455 I love this block as well glad I found it googling away:-) Well we just did a vote at work...with two options shown and people silently selecting their favrorite. I also dreamed about this quilt and in my dream, and in the work vote, the yellow was the favorite. But...we shall see where this ends up as I agree with Caribousmom and Terryt1955 that the white pops blocks more. So I am going to make some more blocks and then put it on design wall and live with both options. The yellow is incredibly soft and has a very warm, soothing impact...so how you end up with a very different "feel" from quilt depending which one you look at...does that make sense? Such tough decisions!

Caribousmom

Ultimately, Mary, the choice is yours...and you should trust your instincts (although it is fun to see what others think!) Keep in mind, we are only seeing this on a photo which may change the colors and look somewhat. Making decisions on color is probably more accurate when you see the quilt "in person". By the way, you should use that feature that Alex created with the "project in distress" - might get more threaders popping in to give you their thoughts!

Janquilter

I really like the scrappy look and the bright colors! I would sash in white...helps keep your eye moving to the next block, IMO.

True

I love hearing all the thoughts and reasons behind them as all of them come from different perspectives...I have trouble ordering at Subway so picking this could kill me;-)! But Caribousmom instinct is what it will eventually come down to and thank God for a design wall...what did I use to do?! I thought about Project in distress...and may do that later... I clearly need to get home and make some blocks;-)!! Thank you all...

Quilt455

I am so glad I didn't have to vote on which one of these blocks were my favorite. I love them all for different reasons.
And I am with Caribousmom, trust your instincts.

Kirstenblake

These blocks are really nice...can't wait to see what you decide for sashing!

True

Thanks Kirstenblake white is the winner! But still 12 blocks to go before get there:-)

Caribousmom

Love the new name!

Janquilter

I was wondering what this "new project" was...but find it is a lovely name for a beautiful quilt!

True

Thanks Caribousmom and Janquilter had been waiting for the right name to come to me...I love having name for my quilts that mean something to me and hopefully person getting them. This one has a lot of meaning to why I am making it now for her so had to figure out how to capture that forever in the name:-)

True

And isn't it nice my work life does not seem to get in the way of my quilting process;-)

Caribousmom

hahahaha, Mary! Work - quilting - work - quilting....hmmmmm, which would I rather do!??!?

Terryt1955

Man you have been busy! Between the auction quilt and this one you are just a quilting maniac! Between you and Caribousmom there are so many quilts I want to copy. Stop it, my mind is on overload!! Just kidding.

True

LOL Terryt1955 I was home sick yesterday and felt yucky til late afternoon and then when all of a sudden felt better decided to finish up these blocks so can try to get top finished before go on vacation mid August. Weather is making it hard to quilt the tops so figured I can at least have a couple ready to go for when it cools off! Goal is this one and Star Light, Star Bright will be ready for basting by August 17th!

Terryt1955

Oh I think I'm coming down with what you have and need to stay home and quilt! But I'll have to wait until I get the master bedroom done. I don't have any room to quilt with all the painting projects occupying every surface.

Mouseinmypocket

I really like the block pattern on this quilt.

True

Thanks Mouseinmypocket hope to get some sashing on it this weekend so can see how it looks...but will have to see how heat and humidity impact my motivation level...

Mouseinmypocket

That's what air conditioning is for. :) I've been cutting up fabric this morning for a quilt, but the cat kept wanting to help.

True

Mouseinmypocket I live in Maine and we so seldom need air in our homes I do not have it...and right now am very sad about that as it is horribly hot and humid out again!:-(. I tried cutting fabric as well for the sashing and gave up...maybe tonight.

Caribousmom

LOVE it - the white sashing was a good choice :)

True

Thanks I had some awesome help from some incredibly talented women! Caribousmom :-)!!

Janquilter

This looks amazing! So pretty, and the sashing is great...gives each block definition.

Mymble

Really wonderful- love how it turned out!

Thesewingchick

It looks great. I love the name you have given it and the meaning behind it. I am sure that your friend will treasure it. I often use the butterfly as the symbol for my life. Not only to embrace change but to spread my wings and learn to fly!

True

Thanks you Mymble and Thesewingchick I love symbolism! and love the addition of spreading wings and flying will have to tell her that when I give it to her as it applies well in this situation!

Gadget19ks

This is so pretty! Thank you for linking the tutorial, it looks like a fun block!

Sewzalot

True, I love your quilt. It is lovely. I love the white sashing. Most of all, I enjoyed your quilts story and reading all of the posts.

Terryt1955

True , please update with pictures! I want to see the binding and backing and quilting that you ended up with.White was such a good call for the sashing. I don't think anything would have done these wonderful blocks justice. I'm always drawn to squares within squares and love that these blocks are so generous in size. And is that an orange inner border I see! Your friend is going to flip over this!

Janquilter

This has been such a fun saga...and a beautiful quilt. I like bringing the back around to the front...a nice finish. I hope you like it as well

Conniharns

I love this quilt True. Thanks so much for listing tutorial. I think maybe this will be my 2nd quilt to make!! Did you use charm packs? How big is your quilt? Very pretty...

True

Thank you all...it is in washer! Janquilter I ended up loving this method of binding! I looks so much better than I thought it would and while I stumbled on it, when realized wanted to use same fabric and it seemed stupid to cut and resew, I would definitely plan to use it again. It would be especially great if one was on a tight deadline as saves hours! But it looks wonderful. Terryt1955 pictures coming as soon as out of dryer. The border is actually a tone on tone deep red/maroon neither name really is what it is so...it is only fabric that was not part of collection I could not find yardage of red fabric in collection so sought an alternative. And Conniharns it is 63 x 63 and I did use charm packs but you could use whatever you want and also change size of finished blocks by changing size of squares you start with- so could do a layer cake and have bigger squares! Also could just go all scrappy and bust that stash. It is a easy pattern only part that is at all tricky is matching those middle seams as so close together. I found if matched one on far right first it helped line others up. You could also modify pattern by cutting middle strip larger. Stay tuned and thanks for all the help and lovely comments.

JudyBR

This is a beautiful quilt, True . Thanks for sharing your process with us.

Kathie

Beautiful quilt and lots of great resources in the dialogues!

True

Thank you Jbr and +kmwilson28 new owner is thrilled so am I!

Janquilter

WOW! Just WOW! What a lovely finished piece!!

Conniharns

Wowee.....it's done and so beautiful! Never seen a longer list of comments about a quilt! You should feel oh so special! Congrats....I even beat Caribousmom on here!!! Yippee!

True

Thank you Janquilter and Conniharns "special" has more to do with me needing help when I started then anything else! I updated my project notes as went but intially asked for advice and lovely threaders came to my rescue:-)

Caribousmom

Conniharns - yes you did lol!

Mary this is so gorgeous - I love everything about it (and that binding looks fantastic!)

Thesewingchick

Oh, how did I miss this? It's finished and it looks gorgeous! I have been a little behind with the computer lately - too busy sewing :) Neat way to do the binding and your stitches are perfect!! A lovely, lovely gift!!

True

Thesewingchick thanks! She loved it...called it perfect for her funky and fun style! Doing this binding has encouraged me to try machine sewing a binding on that has been done in the more traditional manner...will not try on next quilt to be finished since it is one for auction and don't want to experiment on it but one after that I am going to fury finishing it on machine and see how I like it.

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