Garden Friends

by | Sep 10, 2020 | 111 comments

Welcome to day two, and my day, of the 2020 It’s a Garden Party Row Along, hosted by my friend Marian of Seams to be Sew! Marian does a wonderful job each year and works soooo hard to bring great sponsors and prizes!! Thank you, Marian! I hope you made a visit to Tuesday’s bloggers and picked up their free patterns and you will visit my fellow bloggers today, as well.

There will be a giveaways on each blog. But there are rules. Be sure to read them on Marian’s post announcing the sponsors and prizes. My giveaway will be listed in the Rafflecopter below!

I was so excited when the decision was made for the theme of this year’s row along. I love flowers and garden critters so it was easy to come up with a design. Pattern drafts were turned in in June. Once our state eased up on restrictions a little, I took a short trip with my grand loves and daughter to the Sunflower Field. That inspired me to change my pattern up somewhat for the final. Here is a pic of my inspiration! Look at those giant blooms! They were literally the size of our heads!

After visiting the Sunflower Field, I decided to change up a couple of my flowers. First of all, I changed the larger one to be a sunflower (of course!) and then changed the middle sized one to be more like a daisy. There were also dahlias and other flowers at the Sunflower Field. We had a fun time and brought home a bucket of them!! Unfortunately, the bucket turned over spilling the water, and since we stopped at the Peach Park on the way home, they were pretty wilted by the time we got there. But appliqued sunflowers never die! Yeah!!

Marian gave us multiple size rows/blocks from which to choose, so I chose a block that finishes at 12 x 18. That will be a good size to donate to our guild’s silent auction at QuiltFest next year. The last two times, we’ve donated the proceeds from silent auction to Meals on Wheels. We are hoping by next June, things will be opened up so we can actually have QuiltFest!! Speaking of guilds, our guild will hold it’s first virtual meeting next Monday, the 14th! It will be interesting to see how many of our 100+ members join in. I am hoping for a great turnout!! Life has changed so much due to Covid, and we have all had to adapt to the best of our abilities! I think Zoom is great for this purpose! But I digress … (sorry!) Without further ado, here is my block.

I added some veins and defined the petals on the sunflower, detailed the wings on the hummer, and of course had to bling it up a bit! LOL You can download the block here. It will be free until the end of the hop. UPDATE: The hop is officially over. But it is available for purchase here!I hope you like it. It’s a simple pattern, but includes some of my favorite elements…a hummer, butterflies, and flowers! I added one inch borders all around to make it a small wall hanging. Once it is quilted and bound, it will measure approximately 14 x 20 inches. Many thanks to our sponsor Northcott for supplying a quarter yard of each of the two pink and purple fabrics. These fabrics are from the Shimmer Radiance line, 9050M-22 and 9050M-28 (pinks,) and 9050M-81 and 9050M-86 (purples). They all have gold flecks in them, except the lavender which has silver flecks in it. These are gorgeous fabrics…and there’s a whole line of colors!!! Northcott also makes Stonehenge, another favorite line!

Now for the giveaway! Be sure to read the rules at the link above for shipping information. My giveaway is Bargellisimo from Anita Goodesign. Please note, you MUST have an embroidery machine with a hoop 5 x 7 or larger. This prize is valued at $179.95! It can be shipped anywhere, but the winner must pay the shipping. Marian will ship, so be sure to check her instructions here, if you are the winner!! The winner will receive an email from Marian and has three days to respond. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In addition to the prize above, during the Row Along, Electric Quilt is offering readers a 20% discount on everything on their site except for EQ Academy. I design my quilts in EQ8 and love it!! I have used EQ since version 5. It’s an awesome program and they have lessons and challenges on their blog, as well! To receive the discount, use the code GARDENPARTY20 to save!!

Thanks for visiting my stop on the hop!! Please visit my fellow bloggers today, leave them a kind comment, and join their giveaways! Each one is different!! Here is the schedule for today. Check Marian’s blog for the full schedule!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Bobbin In Quilts Blog
Kissed Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Songbird Designs YOU ARE HERE!!
Stitchin’ at Home

One final note. For those of you who follow my blog, you know I’ve been playing online teacher for my grand loves these first few weeks of school Monday thru Wednesday and they were in school on Thursday and Friday. As of today, I am no longer teacher GiGi!! They are back in the classroom full time! So, I’ll be able to start working on my next projects!! I’ll be linking up with my favorite linkies as they become available. Until next time…

I answer all comments via email. Please spread the love about my blog!


  1. Christi

    I love the Floral Butterfly 3. It’s a beauty. Your Hummingbird and flowers are wonderful.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Christi!!

  2. Rosemary Barron

    I love this and am looking forward to making it … I can’t find a download though. Help?

  3. Rosemary Barron

    Whoops .. I’ll blame it on the fires in the area … Sad to say. I found it … Thanks so much … as soon as things calm down here, I will have my machine up and running!! I love it.

    • Brenda

      Glad you found it Rosemary! Stay safe with all those fires. They are scary. Hopefully things will calm down for you soon.

  4. Helen Bowie

    I am glad you got your mo jo back! Love your work. Thanks for the block.

    • Brenda

      You are welcome, Helen! I’m glad I got some mojo back also!

    • Patricia

      The block you designed is lovely because of the cheerful colors and happy memories that went into its final layout!

      • Brenda

        Thank you SO much! Enjoy!

  5. Elizabeth Coughlin

    Really pretty! I love the hummingbird.

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth!

  6. Donald DeLauder

    All of your designs are so beautiful and creative

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much!!

  7. Donald DeLauder

    Keep up the good fight for beautiful embroidery designs

    • Brenda

      I will definitely keep going!!

  8. Kathleen Kauth

    I would love to win this it is gorgeous and I have the Janome Horizon 15000 so I can machine embroider thank you for the chance!

    • Brenda

      Good luck on the giveaway, Kathleen! It really is beautiful!

  9. Stitchin at Home

    I love all things hummingbird and that includes your row!

    • Brenda

      Awww, thank you so much!! I love sitting on our porch and watching them at the feeder! Thank you for your sweet comment!

  10. Linda

    Sunflowers are my favorite! We also have a hummingbird feeder to feed these beautiful little birds. Love your block!

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Linda!

  11. Allison Church Bird

    Beautiful design – flowers make my heart happy! Thank you for sharing your creation!! my fav block is always the next one I am making…lol but churn dash is one of my favorites!!!

    • Brenda

      Mine too, Allison! And, I love most all blocks also! Thank you for your kind comment!

  12. Susan

    The Hummingbird and flowers are wonderful. Thank you so much!

    • Brenda

      You are so welcome, Susan!

  13. Mary

    Your flowers are so sweet and the hummer and butterflies are a perfect addition. My favorite block I’d Grandmothers Flower Garden.

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Mary! I love Grandmother’s Flower Garden also, but not a fan of EPP!!

  14. Jacqueline Hale

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern!

    • Brenda

      You are so welcome, Jacqueline! Enjoy!

  15. Brenda Hulsey

    I really, really love your block! It’s so pretty!
    My favorite block is the log cabin. It can be used to make so many designs! And yes, I read the rules!

    • Brenda

      Awww, thanks, Brenda! The log cabin block is very versatile!

  16. Lynn

    Love the hummingbird! Makes me smile! Thanks for sharing your talents.

    • Brenda

      My pleasure, Lynn! Thanks for visiting!

  17. Denise

    So pretty and cheerful. Your fabric choices are spot on.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Denise!

  18. Shelley

    Such a lovely pattern. Thank you very much.

  19. KJ

    What a fabulous block. I love hummingbirds. Thank you.

    • Brenda

      You are welcome, KJ! I hope you enjoy making it!

  20. Bullard Yvonne

    Wow I love this! You are so talented. I’m very new to appliqué so this will be challenging.

    • Brenda

      So happy you like it, Yvonne! Just take your time and have fun with it. Raw edge applique is really easy. It’s the turned edge I have a problem with! LOL YouTube is our friend!!

  21. Lori Smanski

    This is such a pretty block. I love the friends in a garden also. I have never visited a sunflower field. This must be on my list of “To Do” Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Brenda

      You are welcome, Lori, and thank you for your sweet comment! Glad to inspire!!

  22. Roseanne

    Hi Brenda! What a nice photo of you and your peeps. Clearly, that has to be your daughter and grands. You all have such nice smiles! And the sunflowers are huge. Fabulous. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Roseanne for your sweet comment! Yeppers, that’s my one and only! There were about 17 acres of those sunflowers! We didn’t make it very far in. It was sooooo hot!!

  23. Connie

    Beautiful hummingbird! Love the block, thank you so much!

    • Brenda

      You are very welcome, Connie! Thanks for visiting!

  24. Emily

    Such a beautiful design! I love the flowers and critters! This will make a beautiful wallhanging. I like to put small quilts on my front door, this will be delightful for spring or summer!

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Emily! This will be perfect for your front door!! Thanks for visiting.

  25. Susan L.

    I love your block! My favorite quilt block is the Churn Dash.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Susan! One of the first blocks I learned to stitch was the church dash!

  26. Lin Bick

    Stunning Garden Party design! Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern! I love applique!

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Lin, and you are so welcome!!

  27. Kathleen McCormick

    I love your block and thanks for another great hop contribution! And, I am asked by favorite block – it is the useful Half Square Triangle.

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Kathleen! Ah yes, what can we not do with those handy HSTs?!

  28. Brenda Arnold

    I love hummingbirds too, and like you can watch them forever.
    My favorite quilt blocks are anything with a star.

    • Brenda

      They are special little creatures! I love stars also! Thanks for visiting!

  29. Carol McWhorter

    What an adorable block! I cannot wait to make it. Ya’lls trip looked like so much fun! And what beautiful fabric as well. Thanks so much for offering it to us during the row along. And I do understand winner pays shipping.
    Carol McWhorter

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Carol, and you’re welcome!! It was a fun block to create. I hope you have as much fun making it as I did!

  30. Nancy Myers

    Thank you for the cute block. Visiting a field of sunflowers sounds like a marvelous excursion!

  31. Wendy

    Very cute block! Would make a great yard flag or wall hanging.

    • Brenda

      Thank you Wendy! Yes it would make a cute yard flag as well! Great idea!

  32. Elizabeth Balcom

    Thanks, very clever design. Can’t wait to make.
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

    • Nancy Chappelle

      sisters choice is my favorite block. What a lovely design, You are so creative!! I will definitely be making this 🙂

      • Brenda

        Awww, thanks, Nancy! I appreciate your sweet comment!

    • Brenda

      I hope you have fun with it, Elizabeth!

  33. Michele-Marie

    Such a lovely colourful pattern 🙂 Thank you for your Garden Gift!

    • Brenda

      You are so welcome! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  34. Patti

    This is really cute! Thank you for sharing!

    • Brenda

      You are welcome, Patti!

  35. Joanne Maner

    Beautiful block and a great giveaway. Thank you so much

    • Brenda

      You are welcome, Joanne! Thanks for visiting!

  36. Doreen

    They are all great. But, I love the Garden Visitors because it reminds me when my grandson was little he would say “Buggy! Buggy!’ every time he saw a bug. He is now going on 21!

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Doreen! How sweet. My granddaughter is 11 and the boys are 8. Time really flies. We need to keep a little book of all those sweet and cute sayings from our grands!

  37. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, Thank you so much for the lovely block! I loved the picture of you with your daughter and grands in the sunflower garden! Those are definitely some Awesome sunflowers! Your block is so cute and colorful.
    It is nice that your grands were able to return to school full time. I am sure that they are glad to be able to see their school friends too.
    Have a Great Weekend!

    • Brenda

      You are very welcome, Gail! Thank you for your sweet comments on my block and the photo. And, yes, they have missed their friends, and have only gotten to see those with last names M-Z the two days they were in school. So haven’t even met their entire class yet. Dalton, one of the 8 YO twins was so excited, though, because his little girlfriend is in the room across the hall and he got to walk her out to carline! So sweet!!! Of course, his brother was on the other side of her! LOL

  38. Jill

    Thank you for this lovely block. I love sunflowers and they grow wild on our property (but not as big as the ones in your photo). Unfortunately, I cannot seem to grow them in my garden for some reason as they end up very small. I will have to make this block to keep close by.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Jill, and you are very welcome! Those stalks were at least an inch in diameter and you can see how tall they were! Largest ones I’ve ever seen! Enjoy making the wall hanging!

  39. Joan

    Oh Brenda, this is such a cute row. I love our “head size” sunflower photo! Perfect inspiration for our gardens!

    • Brenda

      Awww, thank you, Joan! Those were the largest sunflowers I’ve ever seen…and TALL. I’m 5’11” and they were almost as tall as me! LOL

  40. Judy Morin

    It will be my first made block. Wonderful!

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Judy!! Enjoy making it!

      • CyndyL

        Brenda the recaptcha button didn’t show up so I couldn’t comment. So here goes, I like log cabin blocks. Your block is beautiful and the field of sunflowers is amazing. I grew some this summer and some of the heads were 14″ across and the bases were about as big as baseball bats. Thank you for the block and the chance to win.

        • Brenda

          Wow, Cyndy! Those sound amazing! I love log cabins also. Enjoy the block and good luck!

  41. Jacqueline Laslocky

    Sorry for the previous comment, I was on the wrong day for your block! I could not find it because I was in the September 9th blog. Your pattern is lovely, and I thank you so much for your pattern! I did sign up for the newsetter before I saw your block pattern! Very pretty website, but i wasn’t paying attention to the correct day! Sorry~

    • Brenda

      No problem, Jacqueline! Glad you found it. You are very welcome. Enjoy!!

    • Kathy Bruckman

      Thank you, Brenda, for such a cute pattern. Can’t wait to make this one.

  42. lynn Bourgeois

    This is a sweet row Brenda. Thanks so much

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Lynn, and you are very welcome!!

  43. Orla V

    A perfect garden – lovely flowers, beautiful butterflies, and that little hummingbird is wonderful! Such a special block, thank you for sharing your talents.

    • Brenda

      Awww, thank you, Orla!! Enjoy the block!

  44. Sharon Andersen

    Hi Brenda! Your flower row is so cheerful and fun. Love the hummingbird too. Thank you for sharing!

    • Brenda

      You are welcome, Sharon!

  45. Beth

    My favorite block depends on my mood but star blocks are always fun. thanks for the very cute pattern. Love the humming bird & flowers

    • Brenda

      You are welcome, Beth! Enjoy!

  46. Denise :)

    Your flower piece is SO darling! It makes me smile big. Great job!!! 🙂

    • Brenda

      Awwww, thanks Denise!

  47. KatieQ

    I love the hummingbird. We have them at our feedeers all summer. It’s a sure sign summer is over when they leave. Thanks for sharing the lovely design.

    • Brenda

      Thanks for visiting, Katie, and you are very welcome!

  48. Marian

    So sorry that I’m late to the party, but I got here and that is what counts …. :0) I absolutely adore this row and to have you participating again this year makes it even better. I am so happy to call you my friend and I so agree, Zoom is a great way to interact with others since we can all have a voice or just one of us has a voice. 🙂

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Marian! I am privileged to call you friend, as well! Thanks for stopping by. It doesn’t matter what time! And thanks for all your hard work behind the scenes to pull this together! Great job!!

  49. Debbie R Gruenbacher

    Beautiful work!

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Debbie!

  50. Rita Long

    So bright and cheerful. Thank you for providing the design.

    • Brenda

      You are very welcome, Rita! Thanks for stopping by!

  51. pamelaquilts

    Very sweet and pretty block! I love the Sawtooth Star block, among many traditional designs.

  52. Carol Remmick

    Loved the family pic

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Carol! Love my babies!!

  53. Joy

    Love your designs. I love Hummingbirds. I’m looking forward to doing this block.

    • Brenda

      Thanks so much, Joy! Have fun with it!!

  54. Theresa

    This is such a pretty row. Thank you

  55. Dione Gardner-Stephen

    Your hummingbird is really special, and a must have on my garden quilt. Thanks for the pattern, much appreciated.


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