It’s A Garden Party Row Along – Joy Comes In The Morning!

Joy comes in the morning! I’m not a gardener, but if I were, I can imagine lingering outside with that morning cup of coffee (quite a stretch of the imagination since I don’t drink coffee). I can imagine enjoying the morning dew on the flowers with the dancing of the dawn’s rays on the leaves of those potted plants on the porch.

Okay…true confession… since I have a tendency to even kill silk plants, I am simply going to enjoy the fresh start to a new day! Let’s welcome it together shall we? Cheers! It’s a day to choose joy!

Hello! I’m Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, and today it is my opportunity to inspire you with yet another row for this year’s It’s A Garden Party Row Along hosted by Seams to be Sew. This is Week Two and we are just getting this party rowing along (grin). Thank you for joining me!

I’m a simple sort of gal, especially when it comes to quilting. Don’t get me wrong, I love complex quilt designs, more along the traditional piecing method of rotary cutting fabric with rulers, then sewing the shapes together vs the art of applique or even paper piecing. Give me the right set of tools and I can whip up just about any geometric shape you can toss at me. I do love that our shared passion of quilting offers so many construction methods. Blessed are you who can embrace more than one method! Yep, endless opportunities to be creative!

When asked to be a part of this year’s row along, I wanted something leaning towards the simple side; perhaps provide a row that will complement all the other beautiful designs you will be collecting and making over the course of the next few weeks. How exciting, I might add, this journey down the garden path….

The Quilt Rambler’s Row

Introducing Joy Comes In The Morning © 

What’s simpler than half square triangles and squares! Okay, maybe with a little specialty unit thrown in for good measure. All easy to construct with my free PDF downloadable instructions and layout designed in EQ8!

Speaking of Electric Quilt 8! Wow! As one of our sponsors they are offering a 20% discount off any of their products (except their EQ Academy) during our row along.

If you are an avid user like I am, this might be your opportunity to purchase one of their EQ8 Add-ons like the fabric EQ Stash or Boutique Blocks. New users (and seasoned users) will enjoy the companion EQ8 Books, and by golly, if you don’t have the program — well now is most certainly the time to dive right in and get it. As a pattern designer I lean heavily on creating with EQ8, especially when I want to audition a new line of fabrics in one of my current pattern designs for a fresh look (or maybe in holiday colors!) Yep EQ8 is my go-to program.

Click on the button below to go to their website, enter the coupon code GARDENPARTY20 and you are ready to go shopping!

Link to Joy Comes In The Morning© 

I truly enjoyed designing Joy Comes In The Morning © but have to admit, I didn’t piece it. As a pattern designer for a major fabric company I generally have multiple seasons of “secret sewing” for upcoming new releases…being “in season” I asked my friend Dianne Burnett to piece this for me/you. She enjoyed making it sew much that she was very eager for me to hurry up and write the pattern so she could make one for herself. 

Here ya go Dianne, and all you rowers out there…. click on the button below for the link to the  Joy Comes In The Morning© pattern. No purchase necessary, but the PDF host will ask for your email to provide the free download.

The links below will lead you to today’s fellow rowers…for a complete schedule visit my earlier blog post…

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Daughters of Dorinda
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Just Let Me Quilt
Lovingly Lissa
The Quilt Rambler (you are here!)

But WAIT! There’s More!

There are giveaways each day and on each blog.

Fat Quarter Bundles from our sponsor Northcott

Northcott is sponsoring a fat quarter bundle giveaway for my blog today, if you are one of the names chosen, Northcott will send you a bundle similar to one of these pictured, valued at $15. Winners are responsible for shipping costs.  Please refer to our host, Seams to Be Sew, for the official rules concerning giveaways and sweepstakes as well as the full schedule of events.  By the way, thank you Marian for hosting this special event!

I enjoyed quilting this little quilt on my longarm, adding in my signature butterflies, all the while wondering what this row will look like in a multi row quilt…

 I do hope you will enjoy adding my row to your layout plans for this year’s It’s A Garden Party quilt!

I am eager to follow the hashtag #itsagardenpartyrowalong to see YOUR creations! Also use hashtag #joyinthemorningquiltrow so I can see your fabric choices! Be sure and share across social media – that’s half the fun!

While you are here, I invite you to look around my website (pardon our dust -sigh – I’m currently in the middle of reconstructing my site, adding an online shopping experience for my patterns and Studio 180 Design tools). If you like what you see, and I hope you do, consider signing up for my blog/newsletter and check out The Quilt Rambler across social media. Let’s Talk Quilts!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, Thanks for stopping by! Merrily we row along, row along… enjoy the party!

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134 thoughts on “It’s A Garden Party Row Along – Joy Comes In The Morning!

    • The Quilt Rambler says:

      I’m discovering that simple things can bring so much joy, if we take time to consider such. Thanks for visiting the blog today Elizabeth – I enjoyed visiting yours – glad we could walk this garden path together today,

  1. seamstobesew says:

    I agree Joy does come in the morning… and then… I get out of bed and the cold sets in…. but breakfast will get ready and more joy!! Coffee… even more joy!! and if there are flowers in my day, the best kind of joy!! Your row pattern is full of fun and frolics Karen. Such a great pattern and it looks so easy to make. Thank you for joining another row along,it’s such a pleasure to have you in any event.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      I love a good churn dash! My grandmother enjoyed teaching me the names of different traditional blocks. One of my early quilts was full of churn dash blocks. After I made it I turned around and taught it at my local quilt shop. Thanks for that walk down memory lane! Enjoy your day and I hope enjoy this row!

  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Good morning, Karen! Thank you so much for the free pattern for the runner. It sure turned out beautiful and it really lets all of those gorgeous fabrics shine. I sure do agree that Joy does come in the morning! I hope you are staying safe from all the hurricanes. Take care and enjoy that granddaughter! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • The Quilt Rambler says:

      Good morning Roseanne! Yes, so far we’ve dodged hurricanes this season – thanks for checking on me ? I’m glad you like my design – knowing you, being a smoking needle, I bet you could have this little runner pieced and quilted by noon ? enjoy your little ones too – see ya around cyberspace ?

  3. Linda says:

    I love your row! I think star blocks are my favorite although I love applique and designing applique blocks of all kinds as well. Thank you for sharing!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Linda- I think star blocks are my favorite too – I’m currently hooked on the 6 pointed star, made with 60 degree triangles. My grandmother used these in my baby quilt – quite the antique now actually ?? glad you like the row!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Yep, otherwise it’s pointless ? seriously, the more you do the better you become. Check out the Tucker Trimmer tool – it has helped me by oversizing the block just a tad then trimming to the correct size – makes the points come together easier. Contact me if you would like more info or tips.

  4. Songbird Designs says:

    Love your row, Karen!! Yes, joy really does come in the morning until, as Marian said, you get up and pain hits your knees! But then, there is joy in know that you can still walk around despite that! It’s hard to choose a favorite block, but most anything with stars, HSTs and even log cabins! I really love them all. Oh, and I am really being drawn to the Storm at Sea block!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with the rowers this year! Your website looks great. It’s a lot of work keeping one up. I have a feeling the next few days are not going to be so great with the hurricane headed for us. It will be a tropical storm by the time it reaches central AL. The current track puts the center below us, unless that shifts through the day. So hopefully just rain for us and gusty winds, but nothing bad. LA (lower Alabama!) will be harder hit than us. Thanks again for the row, Karen!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Hey Brenda – praying for you and those in the path of Hurricane Sally and those other storms out there. Having “been there done that” it hurts my heart to see the devastation done by these storms. Another simple reminder that we must choose joy – circumstances have a way of robbing that at times. Perhaps that’s why we quilt – helps to calm those “storm at sea” moments. Ya’know I can recommend a couple of really good tools that would help you with that quilt block that is calling your name ? thanks for stopping by today. ?

  5. KJ says:

    That is a really pretty row. Thank you.
    I don’t have a favourite block but seem to be doing a lot of applique these days.

  6. kattails says:

    What a lovely row you’ve given us. Thank you so much. Aren’t HSTs SO versatile! My favorite block…per the Rafflecopter entry—is 54-40 or Fight set on point. The block looks completely different when set on point.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      I totally agree – I love setting blocks on point – a few of my published designs have that element. And indeed – there are jillions of ways to work your magic with HST! Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway

  7. Beth Talmage says:

    Thank you for sharing this! More and more I am enjoying making smaller projects–things I will actually finish. 🙂 My favorite blocks seem to be log cabins; when I packed my car to evacuate in the recent wild fires, the two quilts I packed were log cabin quilts.

    • Sarah Murray says:

      Delightful row, thank you. This looks like fun to make! My fav. Quilt blOck bounced between log cabin and churn dash.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      I’ve been doing a lot of table runners and placemats lately – like you, it’s nice to have things finished. I can’t imagine evacuation for fires, I just know about hurricanes and they give a lot more notice. I hope you and your family are able to avoid those fires. Prayers for you Beth.

  8. Rochelle SUMMERS says:

    What a great garden quilt. Thank you so much for the pattern and thanks, to Marian for organizing this annual even. Thank you for the wonderful prizes from the sponsors. My favorite block is flying geese…preferably paper pieced.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Rochelle – I think I have earned a masters degree in flying geese – especially since I started making them using Deb Tucker’s technique – if you are interested I have a short video tutorial on The Quilt Rambler YouTube channel on how to make them without the paper ? and yes, I echo your thanks to Marian – lots of behind the scenes work goes into this fabulous event! Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts!

  9. nancyangerer says:

    Love your block. I don’t have a special block. I guess my favorite is the one I am working on at the time, and I like variety. I do enjoy foundation/paper piecing because of the kind of blocks that you can make.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      I’ve always said that quilting is an endless opportunity to be creative and to continue to learn! So many blocks to choose from and so many different methods! Like you, my favorite is the one I am immersed in at the time. Such joy to be able to work with fabrics wouldn’t you agree?

  10. Orla V says:

    Such a lovely colourful row, and a great use for HSTs. Early morning is the best tome for taking photos of the wonderful flowers that inspire us. Thank you.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Indeed – nothing like the dawn of a new day knowing your story hasn’t been written yet! I only have that one hibiscus plant and I take each bloom seriously as a gift from God. Just makes me smile!

  11. thedarlingdogwood says:

    Such a pretty row! Thank you! My husband gave me EQ for my birthday last year and it’s so wonderful! I’m still learning to use it but I’m enjoying what I can do.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Good for you to have EQ8 – there’s so much to learn. I can recommend their books – I have the designing quilt books and a few others. There’s a great support group on FB too. Hope you can use the coupon. Glad you enjoyed the row!

  12. Dixie McAdam says:

    Love your simple geometric shapes put together row, makes a design impact! Must admit I love most quilt blocks, tough to choose one favorite, but log cabin & bears claw are at the top. Thanks for sharing your inspiration & creativity with all of us! Thanks also to the great sponsors.

  13. Ronelle says:

    I love early mornings also and thanks to the lockdown I get to enjoy them more. Generally I’m at the office before 6:00 already. Thank you for your beautiful row pattern

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Bet you got to see a few more sunrises this year too. I hope you have been able to work from home and sneak in a little more sewing to replace that commute time. I know quilting has been my escape from focusing on a pandemic. Colorful fabrics to play with help with the joy factor don’t you think?

  14. Diana Thomas says:

    Good afternoon =} I really like Jacob’s Ladder block, but I get into whatever block at the moment haha! I love your row especially the yellow in the middle goes perfectly. Thank you so much!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Brenda – stars ⭐️ are so fun. In fact, several of my quilts have stars, either my design or patterns from others. My baby quilt was a 6 pointed star design. Maybe that why I’m drawn to them too ?

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Wowser – now that’s a star block! I have one made about 20 years ago that never found its way into a quilt. ? maybe it’s time to go star running in my orphan block bin. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment

  15. Carol Andrews says:

    Hi Karen. Glad to hear you are not in the line of fire for Sally to pay you a visit. Your runner, Joy Comes in the Morning sure brought a smile to my face with the bright cheery fabrics. My favourite go to block is the Churn Dash, but my favourite quilt I ever made was a Lonestar….so many diamonds ? Glad you are part of Marian’s RAL. I always enjoy your vibrant quilts!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      I struggled with the name – that’s always the hardest part of designing. But my motto this year, actually Jan 1, was/is “choose joy” – I made a colorful little quilt that I see every morning before I even get out of bed that reminds me each day I indeed have a choice.

  16. Jill Davies says:

    This pattern is so simple yet looks difficult. It is amazing how you came up with the pattern by re-arranging HST and squares. Thank you for such a lovely pattern.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      I’m all about making the difficult simple ? I love teaching and breaking down the elements to show how simple they really are and encouraging others to give it a try. Hope you will incorporate my design into your quilt!

  17. Nancy Chappelle says:

    I have always loved any type of star blocks, but I will try any block once . Thanks so much for your lovely design. Its bright and cheery and just what we all need 🙂

  18. Nancy says:

    I will definitely add this row to my quilt. The colors are gorgeous and the design is classy, yet looks so simple to make. Thank you.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      My “first” quilt made with a rotary cutter (around 1990) was a log cabin! As soon as I made one I taught a class at my church. It’s truly a classic block with endless possibilities. Bright colored log cabin would be nice – I love bright colors!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      I’m not familiar with that block – my first thought was the crocheted design. Just googled it and wow, it’s similar. Looks like a fun block to make, I can see why it is a favorite. Thanks for sharing that with me!

  19. Mary says:

    I’m still chuckling about killing silk flowers. Your tulips look fantastic and the quilting looks so nice, especially the butterfly. The first quilt I fell in love with was a Grandmother’s Flower Garden. That still remains a favorite of mine.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Glad I made you laugh- I try to be entertaining ☺️ the butterfly is “my signature” on my personal quilts (and when quilting for hire by special request ?) I have inherited a couple of Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts. One is just a top hand-pieced by my great-grandmother on my dad’s side, and one that is hand-quilted by my great aunt on my mother’s side. They are treasures

  20. Kristijan Groeneveld says:

    I do have a garden and I do like coffee, but I also have a tendency to forget to water (or overwater) my indoor-plants; (those out of doors have to fend for themselves – and this year, to my surprise, I found my apple tree filled with fruit.
    Geometric shapes, cutting and sewing, preferably in straight lines suit me best.
    And this pattern – the tulipy shapes – it is simply … GREAT Thank you

  21. etxquilter says:

    I love this block. It’s reminiscent of the Carpenter’s Wheel which is one of my favorite blocks. Its so bright and cheery. Thank you so much for the work and time creating this to share with us. I can’t wait to make it.

  22. Amanda Best says:

    What a beautiful row, thanks for the pattern! I have so many favorite quilt blocks, but one I really enjoy is the classic Ohio Star

  23. Lori M says:

    Right favorite block is the Churn Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too 🙂 Also..thank you so much for sharing the pattern of your’s beautiful!!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Friendship block is a good one – I remember making a quilt for a friend once with that block. Enjoy the row along! Thanks for stopping by on your journey through the garden party ?

  24. jbsews says:

    Love this block for the row along! Favorite block? hmm, I am pretty new to quilting, but I am quite smitten with the pinwheel block!

  25. SandyMay says:

    I am so happy to have your pattern. That table runner is just what I need as a contribution to our guild’s fund raising efforts. Love it.

  26. Dione Gardner-Stephen says:

    What a high energy post, and a beautiful block. I love how you’ve used simple units to put together something special. Thanks for the pattern.

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