19 May 2015

Gardenvale Beauty - Blogger's Quilt Festival

The Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival is happening over at Amy’s Creative Side and I'm excited to be taking part for the first time !!

I recently finished a mini quilt that I designed for an upcoming issue of Fat Quarterly magazine.
The issue will be all about curves and I was lucky enough to receive some of the new Gardenvale fabric by Jen Kingwell to use, so I’m calling my mini "Gardenvale Beauty" and I’m really happy to share it with you.

close up - Gardenvale Beauty Mini Quilt

It’s a variation of a New York Beauty, using two rows of flying geese which are paper pieced.  I really love this little quilt and thankfully it turned out exactly as I envisioned !

I love the stripes that are in the Gardenvale range and I really loved using them for a little bit of impact in the centre of the quilt.

centre of Gardenvale Mini Quilt

The curves are fairly gentle and with paper piecing the flying geese come together easily.

I did some straight line quilting and outline quilting in the centre, outline quilted the flying geese, and stipple quilted the background.

stippling on outside of Gardenvale Mini Quilt

I’m entering my Garden Beauty in the Mini Quilt category – its going to be hard to pick a handful of favourite quilts as there is so much quilty eye candy on display.

Quilt Stats
Garden Beauty
size: 18" square
pattern: my own design
top fabric: Moda Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell
background and binding fabric: Kona Charcoal
batting: Warm and Natural cotton 
quilting: straight line and stippling
thread: Gutterman white and Mettler #710 (which is the perfect colour for Kona Charcoal!)

I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful quilts over at the Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival !


  1. Gorgeous! That line of fabrics is so bright and cheerful - your mini is stunning!

  2. Beauty indeed! Absolutely gorgeous, in fact! Perfectly pieced and quilted!

  3. Wow Wee this is Fabulous Leanne! I just spent a very long time looking at your photos (and pinned one too) and love Gardenvale Beauty so much! Thank you for the close up views. And a Huge Congratulations for having this quilt in Fat Quarterly Magazine - that is something to be very excited about! I am going to have to find out hwo to buy that magazine.

  4. Leanne, this is wonderful!! I love the flying geese going one way and then the other combined with the stripes meeting in the center.

  5. I love the flying geese in a circle! And Kona Charcoal is one of my favorite neutrals to use, it looks great with the brighter fabrics you chose!

  6. This is AMAZING! I love the design and the fabrics you used to bring it to life! Your quilting is so gorgeous, too. What a beautiful mini treasure!

  7. hmmm... maybe my comment didn't go through... the stripes really give this quilt movement. this came out wonderful!

  8. Love your use of the stripe fabrics! And wonderful quilting!

  9. This is a beautiful quilt! I love the navy background - it makes all of the other colors pop. Flying geese in a circle always steal my heart.

  10. Beautiful quilt: it was the first one I came to look at because it was so striking! Love the circle of flying geese, the stripes and how you used them and the dark background! Great job!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

  11. This is a real eyecatcher. I love the stripes both in the center and in the ring. Great job.

    1. thanks - I'm so glad I used the stripes in this little mini :)

  12. Such a lovely quilt! I love the movement you created. Best of luck!

  13. oh wow - this is so beautiful. And somehow that darker background really draws out the Gardenvale colours in a way which I haven't seen before - gorgeous!

  14. This is a charming quilt, Leanne! You've made such effective use of stripes that the quilt looks even more difficult to make than it must have been. Though, I'm definitely not belittling the amount of time you spent on FPP those geese! Lots of work, but absolutely wonderful. Wishing you the best in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

  15. very cute and quite difficult due to it's circular shape

  16. Beautiful, eye-catching quilt! Congrats on the submission to FQ too! Love the colour choices and wow, precise execution! :-)

  17. Wow!! I love this!! the stripes are so eye catching, and of course those circular geese are amazing. What a great use of Gardenvale.


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