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Come Tour The Gardens With Me!

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Every two years, one of my local quilt guilds puts on their fabulous quilt show. They display more than one hundred quilts interspersed among beautiful blooms in partnership with the local garden club. Welcome to the Mukilteo Garden Quilt Tour 2022! You'll want to put their next show on your calendar for 2024!

The tour begins in the local community center where they have small quilts hanging along the walls throughout the building.

Bright Stars, Kathleen MacKay

Houses, A Communal Effort by Carol Bassert

Here, I'm showing Crystal some embellishment techniques used in many art style quilts.

The RoseHill Community Center is a pretty fabulous building with quite the view of the Puget Sound out of those huge windows!

Once you walk away from the community center, the adventure begins with a treasure map of local gardens all within walking distance.

Here was out first stop. They did such a good job labeling not only the quilts, but the blooms and shrubbery, just in case you were on the hunt for your own yard. If you see a quilt without a label and you know who belongs to, please post a comment! I wish I'd taken better notes.

Simple Days by Sue Mattson, 44" x 44". Hand embroidery and piecing/quilting are my favorite things to do so I enjoyed creating this quilt that combines the two. Pattern is "Simple Days" by Jenny for Elefantz Designs.

The Mountain by Jan Yeager, 56" x 50", quilted by Barbara Dau. "City Girl Chevron" pattern by Krista Moser. Tacoma artist Yoshiko Yamamoto's wood block print, "Mt. Rainier-White Pass" served as inspiration for the colorway used to represent the natural features of Mt. Rainier. We see white for snow, browns for tree trunks, greens for evergreens and meadows, gray for the talus, corals for sunset and yellows for flowers dotting the hillsides. Strip pieced bands were cut with 6o° angles and sewn into diamonds, suggesting mountain peaks.

Bumblebee Blossoms by Tammy Braun, 54" x 71", quilted by Krista Moser. What a fun quilt for spring. The pattern, designed by Krista Moser gave me the confidence to challenge myself to another level of quilting. Don't be afraid of new arts and designs.

Bats in the Air by Barbara Vannet, 45" x 64". I wanted to make a fall/Halloween quilt for a while. I loved this pattern by BasicGrey with bats flying across the quilt. I am in my happy place when piecing blocks and this quilt fit the bill with over 35 pieces per block! I used a fun Halloween themed layer cake plus some addi-tional fabric from my stash. It has wool batting and was quilted on my domestic machine with a walking foot.

I love ombre and I love turquoise!

Mountains to Me! By Kay Davidson, 65" x 62", quilted by Jenna Heine-Fennell. This was a Joe Cunningham workshop block study using a mirror image of a block. To us, it is Delectable Mountain block. After class I put it away, then during Covid-19 I changed it up. I love the new movement! Long arm quilter, Jenna was inspired by Joe Cunningham's quilting and did an amazing job.

Catch the Big One by Jan Yeager, 55" x 56", quilted by Barbara Dau. A commercial kit was used for this quilt destined for an avid fisherman. A fabric panel features motifs of colorful lures, rods, reels, fish, canoes and creels. The rectangles were combined with coordinating sashing to frame the illustrations. Fabric with numerous species of fish borders the work. This fabric, combined with a print of small fish forms the backing. Handguided machine stitching and handstitched binding enhance the project.

Purrfect Cats by Julie Kelly, 46" x 54", quilted by Judy Irish. This quilt was made for my cat lover, my daughter Shannon, for her 30th birthday.

Star Bright Gems by Brenda Thorsen, 66" x 76", quilted by Gerry Schmidt. Class taken from Krista Moser with Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters, October 2021, and completed in March, 2022. "Vintage Windmill" pattern by Krista Moser.

English Paper Pieced Sampler 2020 by Peggy Mansfield, 64" x 73", quilted by Krista Moser. As a beginner to English paper piecing, I used the 52 octagons from Katjia Marek's New Hexagon book for inspiration. I found I had plenty of fabric choices from my scrap stash. The hexagons are hand sewn to the light back-ground triangles, then machine sewn in rows.

Crimson Delight by Anonymous Donor, 26" x 45". This Bargello quilt was donated to the Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters guild to support our charitable activities.

Love Those Leaves by Loretta Ockwell, 39" x 39". This was inspired by Freddy Moran. I enjoy doing scrappy quilts and this was shown in a book by Freddy and Gwen Marston. I am thankful for their early inspiring work!

Home for the Pandemic by Wendy Stafford, 45" x 57". Fun collection of houses! Each was created by a fellow guild member and traded at our August 2021 picnic.

Big Bad Wolfe by Susie Nieto and Trish Holt, 42" x 42", quilted by Tomme Fent. Storytelling quilt pattern "Big Bad Wolf & Little Red Riding Hood." Baby quilt, paper pieced with my friend who is learning to sew for her first grandchild. It was an act of love to her expanding family and a bond of friendship between us.

Summer Swag by Mary McElroy, 62" x 78". I took Krista Moser's class on this quilt at the Sisters, Oregon quilt & sewing retreat. I loved the challenge of arranging each hexagon and star block to be intertwined but not lost.

It Just Takes Two by Barbara Dau, 73" x 90". This quilt was originally designed by Barbara Black for the International Quilt Festival's Ruby Jubilee. Pattern was later made available by Senti-mental Stitches quilt shop. It is a combination of piecing and applique.

Midsummer Night by Ann Lindquist, 63" x 84", quilted by Krista Moser. The fairy fabric was in my stash and I'm not sure how it got there... magic? I usually don't buy themed fabric. I challenged myself to build around the fairy fabric and use only scraps, which magically combined to create this quilt.

Pots and Flowers by Loretta Ockwell, 72" x 72", quilted by Candi Ausbun. After quilting for several years, I wanted to learn something new. I sat beside my friend Trudy, who has made many beautiful hand applique quilts. I watched her, quizzed her and found a new part of quilting I find therapeutic, and grew to love. It was a great find! I enjoy needle turn applique to this day.

Prism/Cross It by Kay Davidson, 73" x 73", quilted by Shawna Gould. Traveling about Montana found pattern and fabric. I love the brightness of fabric and chose low volume prints to complement the colors. The back was to be another pattern, but I chose to "improv" instead! The quilting intricacies and detail are amazing. Machine pieced and appliqued. Pattern by Zen Chic.

Prism/Cross It by Kay Davidson, The back of the quilt.

Patriotic Chevron by Judi Bergsagel, 57" x 75", quilted by Jill Bell. I attended a class by Krista Moser at the MLQ guild and started a quilt using her "City Girl Chevron" pattern. I loved her suggestion to use gold fabric for some bling. I had lots of 4th of July fabric in my stash so I used that, added red and blue fabric and ended up with a quilt per-fect for my home since my husband is retired Army.

Mystery Quilts of 2022 by MLQ members, 70" x 70". Guild members embarked on this project not knowing its final design. Each month, they receive new instructions for one step of the construction process. The design emerges as the quilt is completed. Several variations of the pattern are displayed here.

More views of the beautiful gardens.

Floral Star Burst by Sydney Hoard, 54" x 67", quilted by Krista Moser. I took Judy Irish's MLQ Lone Star Workshop and used my rather extensive Kaffe collection to build the lone star. Thanks to Judy for helping me get those darn diamonds in a row so they could be surrounded by one of my favorite florals.

Pickled Fish by Judy Irish, 75" x 75". It's my last paper pieced quilt. I worked with my friend on Zoom to make the quilt, and I love how it turned out!

Splendid Sunset by Anonymous, 25" x 39". This Bargello quilt was donated to the Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters guild to support our charitable activities.

Truffle Duffle by Lisa Mortell, 35" x 41". 2021 Block of the Month by Sue Spargo.

The Subdivision by Mary McElroy, 57" x 89". At about three-week intervals, I received instructions and cutting directions for house designs, trees, background sky, etc. Finally, this Mystery Quilt became what I call "The Subdivision." (Spring 2021 Mini Mystery pattern by Lawry Thorn of Stitchin’ Post.)

Infinity by Linda Peak, 43" x 46", quilted by Judy Madsen. Bargello quilts are made from strip sets joined into a tube, then cut across the strips in various widths to form the degree of movement you need for your pattern. This Eileen Wright pattern uses io light and 10 dark fabrics plus the sub-dued black print as background. Choosing fabrics was the most fun.

Fresh Cut by Lisa Mortell, 48 x 48. Pattern by Sue Spargo.

Squash Squad by Lisa Mortell, 18" x 18". 2020 Sew-along hosted by Sue Spargo during the shutdown. Stitchers from all over the world did this project together.

So pretty!

Mukilteo Lighthouse Christmas Tree Farm by Memory McClung, 45" x 45", quilted by Krista Moser. I wanted a smaller quilt to hang over the fireplace. I also needed to use up some Christmas strips I had on hand.

One of my favorite quilts at the show! Colorful Sunflower Garden by Peggy Mansfield, 77" x 80". This quilt is a Robin Ruth Mariner's Compass design. The back-ground is 100+ rectangles. I chose to do long arm quilting at this point. I then hand appliqued the 17 sunflowers to the back-ground. I did stitch in the ditch quilting and machine hoop center designs. I added dragonflies to the sky.

House Block Challenge by Sue Mattson & Friends, 39" x 45". Ten MLQ members exchanged house blocks (we each got one from everyone else) and I put them together in this quilt. We had size limits but no other rules so it was fun to see what everyone came up with.

Wheel of Fortune by Sydney Hoard, 63" x 65", quilted by Krista Moser. I have done this "wheel" twice - my first one had technical issues; this one has "color" issues. I used as many of my gorgeous prints as possible that I purchased when Calico Creations opened again. I hadn't been shopping in store for so many months! Pattern is "Culture Blend" by Kathy Doughty.

More interesting details to look at.

My Backyard Crow by Jan Delorey-Lytle, 22" x 28". Collage pattern designed by Emily Taylor. We have a pair of crows that patrol our backyard and attempt to tease our dog.

Rhododendron Trail by Barbara Vannet, 72" x 72". This quilt is the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt for 2021. It was really fun to sew along with quilters across the world as each clue was released. Since the Washington State flower is Rhododendron I was excit-ed to make this quilt. I love the spring colors and the rhodies and butterflies dancing across the quilt.

2020 A Year in Crisis by Karen Walker, 47.5" x 52.5". This started as a temperature quilt in 2020, the first year of the COVID pandemic. Each star has 7 points that represent days in a week. The inner point represents the "low" for the day and the outer point the "high" for the day. Digitized embroidery mark significant events in 2020.

Doodle Doo Rooster by Laura Heine by Katie Mackay, 41" x 35". Right before the lockdown, I took a class on how to do this appliqué technique and boy did I enjoy it. I used KafFe fabrics and other florals from my stash and it took me 2 months to complete.

Winter Churn Dashing by Rhonda Anaya, 73" x 73", quilted by Shawna Gould. This quilt was a weekly Mystery. I made mine in neutral fabrics to complement our house decor. Although I changed the pattern somewhat, I love the outcome.

Veggie Girls by Judy Irish, 45" x 42". I started the quilt in Freddy Moran's class. The veggie girls were pieced, but I decided to make mine raw-edge collage.

Checking out the locals :)

Who's Getting Dinner? By Brenda Thorsen, 60" x 82", quilted by Gerry Schmidt. Row by Row patterns were collected from quilt shops in Whitefish, Arlington, Lynden, Stanwood, Puyallup, Woodinville, Sedro Wooley, Spokane, Tacoma & Camano Island. My quilt was the ist completed at Tangled Thread in Lynden, so I received 25 fat quarters and a pair of scissors for my prize.

Twilight Garden by Karen Walker, 85" x 85". This was a Kaffe Fassett Mystery Block of the Month, 2018. The blocks are fairly simple, a checkerboard and snowball block alternating, so the fabric and the layout do all the work.

Windmills in Motion by Maria Nelson, 70" x 76", quilted by Kathy Hise of Stitches Workshop. Krista Moser's "Vintage Windmill" pat-tern in a collection of blue and blue/green fabrics with red, gold and brown accents and hexagons in tan tones. Krista's diamond ruler simplified the cutting process and the overall design was fun to work with. This was the first quilt that I kept for our home!

Blossom by Peggy Mansfield, 82" x 88", quilted by Krista Moser. The 72" center blossom was constructed using the Robin Ruth "Compass" pattern and process. Once pieced the large blossom is appliqued to the background fabric. The long arm quilting was done by Krista in 2020.

Study in Grunge by Michele Goodmark, 79" x 97", quilted by Barbara Dau. As indicated in the title, this quilt was a block of the month highlighting the grunge fabric.

Ombre Blossoms by Marilyn Tschetter, 76" x 90", quilted by Cindy Morgan. This quilt by local designer, Krista Moser is constructed with Moda's Ombre Confetti fabric. The diamonds are arranged to resemble blossoms. It was quilted by Cindi Morgan of Surprise, AZ.

All Roads Lead to the Sea by Karen Walker, 74" x 91". This peaceful seaside quilt was a block of the month from Stitchin' Heaven. The quilting provided an opportunity for me to landscape the scene with thread. All quilting was free motion and ruler work (except for pantograph borders). It was a fun quilt to make!

Flowers Galore by Michele Goodmark, 55" x 72", quilted by Krista Moser. This quilt is from a pattern titled "BQ2" by Maple Island Quilts and designed by Debbie Bowles.

Vintage Boardwalk by Jan Delorey-Lytle, 44" x 60", quilted by Shawna Gould. "Vintage Boardwalk" pattern by Kimberbell Designs. This beach themed quilt reminds me of my annual childhood vacation at the New Jersey Shore with my family.

Perfect Moment by Amy MacNaughton, 40" x 53", quilted by Linda Powell. I have been collecting Kaffe Fassett fabric for a few years. I feel that this straightforward quilt pattern highlights the vibrant colors and patterns of his prints.

Deco by Linda Peak, 56" x 68", quilted by Krista Moser. Brittany Lloyd's intricate "Deco" pattern using unfamiliar color combinations of Kona solids was challenging for me. My goal was to follow the directions to the letter and I love the end product.

Thanks, Nancy Ann! by Elizabeth Speten, 48" x 62", quilted by Krista Moser. This quilt was started after my last baby was born — she's turning 40 this year. It is all hand pieced. Nancy Ann Twelker was my instructor and I so much enjoyed spending time with her.

So what do you think? Would you like to take a stroll and look at quilts too? If you are local to the Seattle area, there is a quilt walk coming up on August 2nd. This one is put on by All In Stitches Quilt Guild. It's from 4:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, August 2nd, at Jennings Memorial Park in Marysville WA. Admission is FREE!!

Enjoy a beautiful stroll in the park admiring the amazing quilts as they hang displayed along the path. The walk will take you from the Ball Fields (5500 70th St) to the Nature Park (6309 53rd Ave). Please, park at either of these locations.

I Hope you enjoyed our tour today :)

Happy Sunday everyone,


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