Coventry Garden Sew-Along

Coventry Garden by Marcea Owen

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.

Coventry Garden quilt by Marcea Owen | Quiltmania Magazine #137
Coventry Garden quilt by Marcea Owen | Quiltmania Magazine #137

 

How to Sew Along With Us:

1. Get your copy of QUILTMANIA #137 May 2020, which has the pattern, fabric requirements and instructions. (Click here if you need to purchase it.)

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:

Coventry Garden quilt by Marcea Owen 

Spring is just Blooming with these Fresh Colors!Coventry Garden quilt by Marcea Owen

Bright Primary Hues remind me of Summer in the Sun!

Coventry Garden Quilt by Marcea Owen 

Subdued Autumn Colors bring warmth to the Quilt!

Ready for the Surprise? How about a Queen/King size version.

Coventry Garden Quilt by Marcea Owen

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.

Fabric for Coventry Garden quilt by Marcea Owen My Winter Scene all Laid Out!

Fabric for Coventry Garden quilt by Marcea Owen 12 Clean, Crisp Fabrics to create my Winter Look!

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.”

Coventry Garden by Marcea Owen

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 info@cottonstreetcommons.com and I will discuss them in the next post.

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