Introducing Garden Windows: The Quilter’s Planner 2019

I am a mom, a spouse, a quilter, a pattern designer and, less often talked about here, a historian.  I remember the first moment I realized I was a historian, and not just a history student or future history teacher.  I was working on a paper as an undergraduate student, and the words of our professor echoed in my mind – he stressed that the thoughts we were putting into our projects were our own and to make sure that, at least in some small way, we contributed to the overall understanding of the topic.  It was likely a simple reminder about plagiarism, but for me it was the moment that I realized I had something to contribute to the academic discipline that I loved so much, and that what I had to contribute was worth sharing.

This year, I have taken that sentiment and applied it to my quilting and pattern design.  I challenged myself earlier in the year to respond to calls for submission and to submit my patterns for publication more often.  I submitted three patterns for consideration for the Quilter’s Planner, and almost fell out of my seat when I saw the email subject line, “Congratulations, your pattern has been accepted!” I am super excited to share Garden Windows, one of the many beautiful patterns included in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner.


Photo taken by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for The Quilter’s Planner

I made Garden Windows with Mediterraneo fabrics by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love the vibrant colors and fresh floral prints in this line. I used Pure Elements Snow for the background, and a beautiful Mediterraneo floral fabric for the backing and binding. This quilt can be scrappy or made with just a few fabrics and focus prints.  I can’t wait to see your vision for this pattern!

Here are a couple more views of Garden Windows, photographed by the incredibly talented Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for The Quilter’s Planner.



Above photos taken by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for The Quilter’s Planner

I am excited to share this design with you in the 2019 Quilter’s Planner, along with the many other quilt, project, and block patterns featured in the planner and accompanying magazine. Pre-orders for the Quilter’s Planner are open now.  The pre-order comes with a few bonus goodies for a limited time, so head over and pick one up.  You will be so glad you did!  For US orders, you can order the Quilter’s Planner here, and for international orders, head to Fat Quarter Shop to place your order.

Mine is the tenth design to be revealed, and there are still six to go. Follow along with the rest of the reveals, and take a look at what’s already been shared:

July 23 – Cheryl Brickey Meadow Mist Designs @meadowmistdesigns
July 25 – Kitty Wilkin Night Quilter @nightquilter
July 27 – Karie Jewell Two Kwik Quilters @karie_twokwikquilters
July 30 – Mandy Leins Mandalei Quilts @mandaleiquilts
August 1 – Megan Fisher @ayragon
August 3 – Andrea Tsang Jackson 3rd Story Workshop @3rdstoryworkshop
August 6 Trinia  Braughton Penguin Feats @penquinfeats
August 8 Lee Monroe May Chappell @maychappell
August 10 Karen Lewis Karen Lewis Textiles @karenlewistextiles
August 13 Isabelle Selak South Bay Bella Studio @southbaybella
August 15 Sylvia Schaefer Flying Parrot Quilts @flyingparrotquilts
August 17 Yvonne Fuchs Quilting Jetgirl @quiltingjetgirl
August 20 Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream @seamslikeadreamquilts
August 22 Shannon Fraser Shannon Fraser Designs @shannonfraserdesigns
August 24 Kerry Goulder Kid Giddy @kidgiddy
August 27 Kitty Wilkin Night Quilter @nightquilter
Photo taken by Kitty Wilkin (@nightquilter) for The Quilter’s Planner