Coventry Garden Sew-along by Marcea Owensarah
With Marcea Owen of Cotton Street Commons
I am excited to join together with Quiltmania to host a sew-a-long featuring one of my favorite quilts “Coventry Garden.” There is even an exclusive version of the quilt only available with this sew-a-long.
How to Sew Along With Us:
2. Pick your fabrics. The quilt, as it is shown in the magazine, uses a white background and 24 assorted colorful fat quarters. If you are not sure which colors to go with, here are several versions you might like:
Ready for the Surprise? How about a Queen/King size version.
Quiltmania asked for a larger version and here it is. The original quilt measures 76” x 88” which is a nice twin size or just an oversized throw quilt. I decided to add wider borders with extra plus signs inset in the border. This version measures 90” x 102”. To make the larger quilt, you will need 5 1/4 yards for the BACKGROUND in addition to the 24 fat quarters. On bigger quilts, I like to use a little wider binding. I cut my strips at 2 1/2”. You will need 2/3 yard of fabric for this wider binding. The instructions for this quilt will only be in this blog!
Now, back to the Sew-a-long…
Since we are starting in October and will finish up the first week of December, I thought it would be fun to really switch it up with a WINTER VERSION.
**Hint** I found a wonderful collection from Zen Chic, but I couldn’t come up with 24 fat quarters. No Problem, the pattern can be adapted to use Twelve 1/2 Yard PIECES instead, which is exactly what I chose.
One more special fabric choice — a dark background! The light fabrics just pop on the this background. I was going for “Snowflakes in the Night Sky.”
Are you excited? I know I am.
Just a reminder, get your copy of the magazine and gather your fabrics. The next chapter in our sew-a-long will include:
- Choosing the placement for your fabrics. (I have some quick tips for this.)
- Working with templates, cutting the quilt, and laying out the pieces.
Make sure to look over the pattern carefully. If you have any questions, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will discuss them in the next post.