March 02, 2020

Anniversary Sale and Formal Garden Finish and Pattern Release

Today is my blogging anniversary! I'm not sure where the time has gone, but it has been a wonderful 7 years and I am so incredibly happy that I took the plunge and started this blog even though I wasn't sure anyone would ever read it. I could never have imagined 7 years ago that hitting publish on that very first post would lead to so many friendships or to having my own pattern design business.

I also would never have finished writing so many devotions. Writing them has certainly made me think deeper about my faith and has given me another wonderful point of connection with many of you. In lieu of a new devotion for today, here's a link to the very first devotion I published here, which was the second post to appear on the blog.

As an aside, looking at those early posts really shows how far I have come in my blog design skills!

To celebrate these seven years, I'm having my annual anniversary sale. This is the only time of the year that I have a pattern sale, so if there's a pattern you have your eyes on, now's the time to snag it!

From now until March 20th, use the code '7YEARS' to save 25% off all the PDF or printed patterns in my Etsy shop. Printed patterns ship free, too (technically, I suppose the PDF ones do, too, lol) 😊
Devoted Quilter pattern sale |
Now here's my latest finish!

This particular finish is over 19 months in the making. Phew, it's about time! I first shared this Formal Garden quilt top back in August 2018, for an Island Batik ambassador blog hop. Ever since then, it has been sitting in a cupboard, waiting for its turn to be quilted. Finally, it's not waiting anymore 😊 I just love getting to sew a label on!
Formal Garden quilt pattern |
Here is Formal Garden, in all its glory 😊
Formal Garden quilt pattern |
Around here, the gardens are well buried in snow. Do you see the snowshoes peeking out at the bottom of the quilt? The snow in our backyard is a few feet deep, so we'd have sunk for sure without the snowshoes, but it was impossible to get them hidden behind the quilt. Oh well! Just keeping it real around here.

I named this quilt pattern Formal Garden because the chunks of fabric with sashing between remind me of garden boxes or beds, separated by paths perfect for strolling around.

These fabrics are all from Island Batik, from their Vintage Morris line. I love the dragonflies and all the different leaf shapes. The colours are all so calm and soothing, too.

I used Warm and Natural batting (my favourite!) and a Northcott cream coloured solid for backing. I do love using a solid for the backing so the quilting can really shine. It always makes the back as pretty as the front.

After so long putting it off, I quilted the whole 59" x 73" quilt in just over 24 hours, which I think is a record for me. I might finally be getting the hang of this "quilt bigger" thing! The flowers range in size rather widely, but I love the charm of the variety. I used Aurifil 5011 for the quilting.
loop and flower free motion quilting |
Please excuse the tree shadows!
The Formal Garden pattern includes three size options: a 41" x 43" baby quilt and a 91" x 91" queen size option as well as the 59" x 73" throw size shown. There's also an alternate layout option included. Be sure to check out my baby quilt made with Mister Domestic's Playroom fabric line to see the alternate layout.

Formal Garden would make a great scrap quilt, too! Use your favourite scraps to make a special quilt for yourself so you can always see those lovelies in use.

Formal Garden is included in the 25% off sale, which is more than the usual introductory price discount. Head on over to my Etsy shop to shop the sale! Don't forget to use the code '7YEARS'.

Once again, I would really appreciate it if you'd pin this image on Pinterest to help other quilters find it. Small businesses like mine can use all the promotion we can get!
Formal Garden quilt pattern |
Thank you for taking the time these past 7 years to read my blog posts, to leave me comments or send me emails. Thank you for all the interactions on IG and FB. And thank you for supporting my pattern design business. This online quilting community is a wonderful place and I am so happy that I get to be a part of it!


  1. Congratulations on your 7th blogging anniversary, pattern release, and cheers to many more of both!

  2. Congrats Leanne! My blog also turns seven later this year and like you I wondered back then who would ever read these posts..and now look how far our blogs have taken us. Here’s to the next seven years and congrats on another lovely pattern!


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