Garden Patch

If I had to name a quilter that I would most love to take a class from, I might just name Jacquie Gering. I love the work she does.  Her style is so crisp and clean. Her use of color is exquisite. (She was, in fact, recently named 2014 National Quilt Teacher of the Year!)  She blogs over at Tallgrass Prairie Studio and has a book out that she co-authored with Katie Pederson of SewKatieDid, titled “Quilting Modern”. I purchased this book a while back and have recently finished my first project from the book. This book is a great tool as I work to learn more about the world of modern quilting. There are some clear cut (no pun intended!) explanations of the use of color as well as how to do improvisational piecing.  I haven’t really done any improv piecing and will use this book to get me going in that direction. I think Quilting Modern is  perfect for the beginner quilter as it contains abundant information about the basics of quilting.


For my first project, I chose a wall hanging that is named Fiesta Wall Quilt in the book. It is a piece that involves a strip pieced square as the focal point and then some large borders around it.  I loved this process.  The strips are pieced into a large square and then narrow strips are sub-cut from that block.


The narrow  (pieced) strips are then arranged in a way that pleases the quilter. Once that arrangement is done, those strips are sewn back together. It was easy and really, kind of fun to do.

garden patch strips


Garden Patch middle

In the book, they have a much more random placement of their colors. I liked this crooked path arrangement so chose not to have such a random style. I used shades of green and tan for the borders. The quilting was done with a walking foot and wavy lines. There was some pull on the fabric (in the center above the pieced square) that I am unhappy with. I picked those seams several times but couldn’t fix it. Reading Amanda Jean’s tutorial, at CrazyMomQuilts, on finishing a quilt, I learned that this can sometimes be alleviated by quilting the piece from top to bottom with each line.  I was quilting in both directions (top to bottom and bottom to top). Next time, I will give that a try and see if the results are better.

Here is the finished quilt.


Linking up to TGIFF and MyQuiltInfatuation and ReallyRandomThursday at Live A Colorful Life.  Also linking to RichardandTanyaQuilt, Link a Finish Friday and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts. And finally, linking to ConfessionsofaFabricAddict.




11 thoughts on “Garden Patch

  1. Shauna

    If you hadn’t pointed the issue out, I would have thought it was part of the design. I love the pop of pink/red among the greens/browns, great job.

  2. Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

    This is such a neat method! I wouldn’t worry about the fabric pulling at all. I think when it is washed and dried and gets all crinkly, it will all work out!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  3. Kymberly

    Very cool quilt. Figuring out how to do the quilting on my quilts is the most challenging part for me. I’ll have to look into this book. Thanks for the great recommendation!

  4. Izzy

    I love this! I have that book but I haven’t made anything from it yet. I’m thinking I really should. Your finish is just beautiful. 🙂

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Izzy. It is a great book. I want to work on something with improv piecing or with curves. Haven’t tackled much in the way of either yet. Katie and Jacquie are both so talented.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Dasha. The center is quite a fun project to work and it looks more complex than it really is. I really enjoyed making that small quilt!

  5. Vivian

    Don’t you love it when a book by a favorite quilter also teaches you a new thing or two? In the time since have you been able to take a class with Jacquie? What’s great is now that she is in such demand, you can do it either live at a quilt show like Quilt Con or online through Craftsy. Thanks for sharing this on the Tuesday Archives!

    1. Bernie Post author

      I live in a fairly small, rural area in Northern CA so we aren’t likely to ever bring Jacquie out here. However the Craftsy idea is excellent. I bet she has a great class. I am also a member of MQG so I could watch her via their offerings. Good ideas Vivian. 🙂


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