A quilting story

Trina quilted this for me this week; it’s my entry for the MQG Riley Blake Challenge. Her quilting just keeps getting better! And in case you didn’t know, our patterns include quilting diagrams by Trina (BONUS!)

RBC_QuiltingFor more photos of my rock star partner’s latest quilting accomplishments, follow this link.

Happy quilting!


Building Foundations Sampler QAL – Block 13


This week’s quilt-along block is Mayor’s Garden:

Block 13 Mayor's Garden

Block #13, Mayor’s Garden. Nancy Cabot wrote this about the block when it was published in the Chicago Tribune on June 2, 1938: “Mayor’s Garden is southern in origin, coming from a town nesting at the foothills of the Cumberland mountains. His honor’s garden was a riot of all shades of purple iris and rose bushes. The walk through the gardens was of light colored slate typical of the terrain in that section of the country.”


From background (Kona Pond – green in block above) cut 5 — 2 5/8″ squares

From accent fabric #1 (Blue batik in block above) cut 4 — 2 5/8″ squares

From accent fabric #2 (black solid in block above) cut 4 — 1 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ rectangles

From accent fabric #3 (purple in block above) cut 2 — 4 1/4″ squares, cut in half diagonally to make 4 half-square triangles.


1. Join two background and one accent fabric #1 squares into a row. Make two rows like this. Join one background square and two accent fabric #1 squares into a row. Join three rows to make the 9-patch center for the block.

2. Add accent fabric #2 rectangles to opposite sides of your 9-patch. Press. Add rectangles to two remaining sides; press.


3. Carefully align your ruler with the center diagonal in both directions. Trim access off of your accent fabric #2 rectangles.


4. Add one half-square triangle to each corner of your block; press.

5. Square to 9 1/2″ (unfinished).

The block at top, with the blue and purple accent fabrics is Trina’s block. This is mine:


And here are our finished blocks, side-by-side:

Block13_Both_ Mayors Garden Quilt Block 9-Patch Variation

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Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina