Garden Delights

Garden Delights

I was soooo freaking excited to get this line, Garden Delights, by Gray Sky Studio for In the Beginning Fabrics. I have posted a couple of photos on my Instagram feed, but I also wanted to give a little more time to the line with a blog post as well.

Among other things, I really want to use these  prints in conjunction with the Bird and Flower blocks that I have been showing on Instagram as well. My wonderful Mother in Law, Betty,  hand embroidered a BUNCH ( I haven’t counted but I think at least 30 total) of bird and flower blocks. She wanted to make a quilt out of them, but she really doesn’t do that much machine sewing any more. This winter she gave them to me to put together into a quilt. I seriously teared up because they are so beautiful and I do love my wife’s mother so much. I wonder if spending time with my Mother in Law makes me miss my mom more or not? Not really sure about that, but I have been feeling a lot more emotional lately.

On my Instagram feed, you can see my favorite Bird block here and my favorite Flower block here.

I think these blocks will look SOOO nice with the prints in Garden Delights as individual frames around them. I think the hardest part will determining what size to cut the Bird and Flower blocks down too. Each block that she stitched them on is slightly different size of fabric….hmmmm…actually it would probably work great if I just use my Olfa 12.5″ square ruler, huh?    Yeah, that ought to work!

Plus these prints remind me a lot of the wallpaper Betty had in one of the bathrooms in my wife’s childhood home. Sweet little English garden florals that both Linda and my mother in law love so much. Betty loves gardening in the English cottage garden style, and I think these prints are a fantastic representation of that style. I do so hope that In the Beginning and Gray Sky Studio join up to make more. Leah at In the Beginning told me that they are in their 4th printing of the line!!  That is pretty great for a small fabric house like this!! I am so happy for them!

Also, wouldn’t my Painted Forest or Hugs and Kisses, No. 9 look fine in these fabrics??

And so to help them celebrate the success of this great line, In the Beginning wants to share some of this delight with you. They have sent me a beautiful 2 1/2″ roll of the line to give to one of you out there!

To win, be sure to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, then leave a comment here about what you might do with a bunch of 2 1/2″ strips of Garden Delights fabric!

I will draw a winner on or after Mother’s Day. Probably won’t get shipped out until after I return from Spring Quilt Market which is the following week.

Drawing now closed – Winner is Lee B. who wrote:  What a lovely line of fabrics and the embroidery is fabulous! It must be Spring fever as I am drawn to florals right now!! Thank you!!    The Roll will be on its way to you soon Lee!!

So as always,

Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,






  • Nancy


    I have been going through a floral phase lately. Especially Jane Sassaman and Deco States, totally different. I have also been drooling over the Garden Delights and thinking I need to make a quilt for my mother-in-law.

    May 7, 2017 at 10:43 am
  • Diane Wiscott


    Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful fabric line, Scott. I know exactly what I’m going to make with the jelly roll if I win it! There’s a new pattern that I saw that uses these fabrics (I’m sure it’s connected with their line), that’s perfect for it!

    May 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm
  • Sandy A in St. Louis


    Beautiful fabrics! I have some 5″ embroidered flowers that I don’t know what to do with. I think I would use the strips to make a log cabin block around each one. I’d make alternate log cabin blocks too so I could make a decent size quilt with them. Thanks for the ideas and the chance to win! Can’t wait to see your blocks, too!

    May 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
  • Sharon


    I don’t know. It’s such pretty fabric.. Maybe some cross stitch flowers would look nice with them

    May 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm
  • Cecilia


    I follow you on both Facebook and Instagram already. I would make a pretty floral log cabin quilt for one of my guest rooms.

    May 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • Pam S


    What an artful post! The photos and commentary are awesome. Both Painted Forest and Hugs and Kisses would be gorgeous in these fabrics! They will also be beautiful around your mother in law’s embroidery pieces. I can’t wait to see that quilt! Her blocks are so beautiful. I would use these fabrics in a courthouse steps quilt that I have been collecting florals for. The blocks will gradate from light florals in the center to darker florals on the outside, for a watercolor effect. Thanks for the chance to win, and for all that you share Scott.

    May 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm
  • I would use the roll to make a summer quilt for my porch….so pretty.

    May 8, 2017 at 5:23 am
  • Betty Rivers


    That fabric would make alternate blocks to combine with my floral baskets.

    May 8, 2017 at 6:06 am
  • tooheycohen2016Terry D


    Thank you so much for the chance! These gorgeous strips would definitely become a quilt. I have a favorite new block using strips that i just put up a tutorial for on Instagram (I’m Tooheycohen).

    May 12, 2017 at 6:46 am
  • Kathy


    This would make a lovely tea-themed quilt for those hot summer afternoons sipping iced tea on the shade. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    May 12, 2017 at 7:00 am
  • David Anthony


    Wow, thank you for this post. I’ve been looking for floral fabric just like this. I would most likely use this roll to satisfy my current English Paper Piecing obsession. . .

    May 12, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Tracine Charest


    Wow a wonderful post. I really enjoy seeing the incredible hand embroidery pieces. Makes me think of my Grandma’s work. I would enjoy making a quilt with this beautiful jelly roll. I’m undecided about the pattern.

    May 12, 2017 at 7:28 am
  • Ginny Worden


    What beautiful fabric, I think a lap quilt, of course for me, with 16 patch and dashing or log cabin would be lovely. Thanks for sharing here and on Instagram.

    May 12, 2017 at 7:45 am
  • Jeanie Shields


    I’m currently making Painted Forest and I thought the same, these fabrics would be awesome for that pattern! Beautiful!

    May 12, 2017 at 8:01 am
  • runandsewquilts


    First, I need to have my husband stop at Craft Warehouse and get yardage for the back of an old quilt I was just gifted. So I’ll have some left to incorporate into a new quilt if I win those beautiful strips.

    May 12, 2017 at 8:09 am
  • catkiz


    OMG! I’ve been a subscriber to your IG feed for a long time, and the post of these fabrics caught my eye. But the kicker is that I have been looking for fabrics like these for the exact same project type as you’ll be undertaking! I have a hoard of old embroidered linens (doilies, dresser scarves, etc) that I am making into a quilt. It’s an idea I originally saw on Pinterest, and these fabrics are beyond PERFECT for it! Thanks for the opportunity!!

    May 12, 2017 at 8:10 am
  • I have this awesome pattern of a lap quilt that this jelly roll would be perfect for!
    I’m following you on Instagram.

    May 12, 2017 at 8:31 am
  • Laura


    I’m not sure what quilt I’d make with these, but I am sure that it would be lovely! And i follow you on Instagram.

    May 12, 2017 at 9:42 am
  • Kelly nelson


    Lovely fabrics – they remind me of the Liberty florals at Sarah Miller’s fabric shop outside Kalona, IA. What a beautiful watercolor quilt they will make!

    May 12, 2017 at 11:12 am
  • Virginia Degnan


    Beautiful fabrics! I’d make a quilt for my granddaughter. She would love it! I learned about this awesome opportunity because I follow you on Instagram.

    May 12, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • springleafstudios


    Oh my gosh those little florals are so so pretty. They will love wonderful with your Mother-in law’s embroidery. A perfect match for the delicateness of her little birds and flowers. I’ve been craving these types of florals lately as we’ve been looking for ones to use for my daughter’s wedding this summer. I follow on IG.

    May 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm
  • Brenda


    These are lovely. I’m crushing on log cabins lately. So …. these would probably turn into a log cabin variation quilt of some kind.

    May 12, 2017 at 1:01 pm
  • Anjeanette Klinder


    Oh my goodness this line is so pretty! What a great giveaway! I’d love to win it. I’d have to make a delicate quilt with it, of course! I follow you on Instagram as anjeanetteklinder.

    Thanks so much!

    May 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm
  • Kris Vanden Bosch


    Should I be the lucky winner, I would make a striped block quilt with these florals alternating with a neutral. It’s a great collection!

    May 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Amanda Libby


    What a beautiful collection! I think these would be great for the sugar dish pattern from cluck cluck sew!

    May 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm
  • Amanda Garvin


    Wow! I can’t wait to see this quilt finished. Love those embroidery blocks. I’m not sure if I would use one for one of the patterns I’ve been collecting for 2.5″ strips or something out there like a farmers wife 6″ blocks. Could be interesting.

    May 13, 2017 at 5:03 am
  • MoMo Bee


    I have a window that looks out to my garden. I can picture lovely curtains rippling in the summer breeze.

    May 13, 2017 at 5:46 am
  • Rachel


    I found a quilt pattern that is made with finished quilt blocks and then crochet them together. Thank you for making me aware of these fabrics they would be absolutely perfect for my last baby girl.

    May 13, 2017 at 10:10 am
  • Katy M


    What beautiful fabric! I’d love to make a quilt or picnic blanket Can’t wait to see the finished quilt, my great auntie used to embroider flowers like those x

    May 13, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Marian


    Your Birds and Flower blocks are stunning. I can’t wait to see the finished quilt. I’m thinking that the strips would look great as a table runner in my dinning room. It would add a fresh pop of color.

    May 13, 2017 at 3:54 pm
  • Kathy E.


    Oh, these Garden Delights strips are so fresh and pretty…perfect for making a set of placemats for my dining room table! With a fresh bouquet of peonies as a centerpiece, my table would be spring-perfect! I am a happy IG follower of yours!

    May 13, 2017 at 8:22 pm
  • I have a bunch of vintage embroidery pieces I’ve been collecting for a quilt. These would be perfect for it!

    May 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm
  • Kristine Clay


    What a beautiful floral line! I’m in an apartment now and don’t do much gardening but I love getting my hands in the soil anyway! I’d make this into an apron or some girls rompers for my daughters to get outside in!

    May 14, 2017 at 12:37 am
  • Crushing on these florals bigtime. They remind me of Liberty of London prints you nailed it with those beautiful hand embroidery blocks. I would make an applique or EPP quilt with these prints. So fantastic!

    May 14, 2017 at 1:39 am
  • Lee


    What a lovely line of fabrics and the embroidery is fabulous! It must be Spring fever as I am drawn to florals right now!! thank you!!

    May 14, 2017 at 3:30 am
  • Lori Smanski


    oh what lovely fabrics. I think I would make a summer quilt. thank you

    May 14, 2017 at 7:13 am
  • Vicki H


    I would make some lovely pillows for my mom.

    May 14, 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Sandy K


    I have been wanting to make a mini quilt, these would be wonderful.

    May 14, 2017 at 11:44 am
  • Brenda J LaCroix


    Oh these would make some lovely quilted pillow cases, or perhaps a mini quilt or a baby quilt. Such loveliness I have always been partial to florals ad I am so glad they are back in style!

    May 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Dawn Jones


    I would make a scrappy handbag, so I can carry the beauty with me.

    May 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm
  • A summer table topper for the table on the deck would be delightful with these prints. Thanks for the giveaway.

    May 14, 2017 at 9:56 pm
  • Michelle


    So sweet, I’d love to win these lovely fabrics. The make me think of my Granny and Aunt who helped raise me. I think I’d make some pillow covers for my bed. It would be comforting to find them when I walk in.

    May 15, 2017 at 7:57 am
  • Chris


    I just now saw this but such beautiful fabric. Would make a lovely quilt.

    May 17, 2017 at 10:21 pm

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