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Abstract Garden Grows Wild (and a Giveaway!)

I am tickled pink to be part of the Abstract Garden frenzy with Benartex! Because Holy Yummy Colorful Goodness! Also? How cool is it that this is happening Valentine’s week and the Benartex blog is called Sew in Love with Fabric?

When Christa told me her inspiration for designing Abstract Garden was so that she could get something to grow, I knew I had to create a flower explosion to show off just how much it could! And with her retro vibe it had to be a garden of yo-yos!

Meet Mod Garden! Christa’s unique sense of clean graphics and rich, bright, saturated colors just makes me happy. Super cheerful, every time.

#mymodgarden featuring Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex

This fun little pillow went all the way to Houston and hung out with Christa in the Benartex booth for Fall Quilt Market 2018. I wasn’t there, but some friends swung by to get a glamour shot.

If you’ve never made yo-yos before, get ready to fall in love with one of the easiest, most portable sewing projects possible. Wanna make your own Mod Garden? Check out the photo-illustrated tutorial!

But I couldn’t stop there. I had to make a mini version of my Churned Up pattern with Abstract Garden… (would that be a “tilled up garden”? Oh, stop, Tara.)

And because this post drops on Valentine’s Day, and I had a little more fabric leftover… I had to make something with hearts out of Abstract Garden, too, didn’t I?!?

Meet the Heart Happy pillow!

#hearthappypillow featuring Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex

Here’s a photo-illustrated tutorial for making your own Heart Happy!

The Abstract Garden Round Up

Here are the links for the rest of the week (including Tuesday and Wednesday in case you missed those):


Sherry Shish from Powered by Quilting
Lee Monroe from May Chappell

Annie Unrein from Patterns by Annie
Pam and Lynn from The Stitch TV Show



The Giveaway

I love picking winners! Benartex is generously offering a bundle of 8-10 fat quarters of Abstract Garden! This giveaway is open to US residents only.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this simple question no later than noon (EST) Sunday, Feb 17th.

What is your favorite flower?

I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator and announce the winner Sunday night.


These Little Piggies Went to Market

Two things I made are in booths at Quilt Market Houston this year! I’m over the moon excited!

It is always a joy to work with Christa Watson. She’s really just a super lady. For these pieces, I used her new line called Abstract Garden. I love her saturated colors and the mid-century modern vibe in her geometric prints.

My Mod Garden pillow will be with her in the Benartex Contempo booth (pattern coming soon!). Yo-yos are SO much fun and I’m now totally addicted to making them. They’re so easy for a take-a-long project or to do while watching a movie.

I had enough of her fabric left to make this mini version of my Churned Up quilt pattern that will be in the Hobbs batting booth! I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Fusible for this one. It made basting SO stupid easy. I can’t wait to use it again. Seriously, smooth out the layers and iron. Bam! Basted!

That 80/20 fusible really gave a nice texture, too. A bit more depth than 100% cotton and I really dig it.

And though I won’t be at Market this year, I will be at Festival!!! You can find me at the Just Wanna Quilt booth (#254 in Hall C) on November 8th, 9th, and 10th! We’re doing giveaways! We have a sofa to rest your tired feet! Come by and sign our inscription quilt!

Upcoming Events

  • I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.
  • On Wednesday, January 2nd, I’m giving that presentation to the Georgia Friendship Quilters Guild at the Freeman Poole Senior Center in Smyrna, Georgia. Meeting starts at 9:30 am (yes, in the morning!)
  • I’m having wrist surgery on December 7th, so I have LOADS of sewing to finish up before I’m a one-handed lefty for a few weeks! It’s just a ganglion cyst, but I’m right handed and this blasted thing has been aggravating and painful for over a year and half and I’ve had E-nough!

~ Tara