STBS 2020 RAL, Its a garden party.

Wow cant believe how time flies. It seems that it was not that long ago that I signed up for this RAL by with Marin at seams to be sew. I think it was around March. Normally i would have had this block finished way ahead of schedule.. This year with the whole COVID mess, and taking care of my family at home i have not felt like doing much sewing… procrastinating is not my thing but i did it this year.. It is now October 6 and I’m to release my block on October 8th.. ..

I decided to sway from the horse theme this year as i wanted to teach myself how to do a paper pieced project on my EQ8 program… so i choose to do i violet or pansy flower. This is the photo i choose i think. lol i was not saved so I’m not sure but it look correct.

Electric Quilt ( is offering a 20% discount code
off any products except for EQ Academy during the row along.
The coupon code is: GARDENPARTY20.

Using my Electric quilt program EQ8. The first thing i had to do was figure out how to separate the flower into sections then i could sub divide them to get in the detail. the photo below is reversed.

sections divided and sub divided.

How did i do this? you may ask. well i’ll try my best to explain it for you. I designed this block in the easy draw portion of the block worktable of the program. Under the draw heading to Import image-choose the photo from the your files i saved in pictures, then open

next is where you can edit your photo and then i like to lighten(around 60-80) the photo so i can see my lines better as i draw hit ok.

now once you have imported your photo you adjust the size of the block height and width (18×18) snapping options to snap to lines of drawing, now draw your sections i started from center and worked my way around to divide the petals into sections. to check if my sections are not open i color them just to see if they will bleed into an other section.

now i will sub divide the sections in the same manner that i did the above step.

Once i have the full flower sectioned off. I go to the color screen and start filling in the sections with colors. this you may need to bounce between the draw and color tab to get your colors in the correct sections. Ive done a potion of this for you to see.

When the full block is colored then you can go to the print tab and choose foundation and the program will automatically do it up for you or your can choose to section them yourself by clicking the i want to section and number myself box. for this tutorial ill leave it.

this is what the number tab would look like again you can choose to number them yourself.

Once the sections are like you want them i like to hit the print preview to see how it will print.. you can adjust the sections so that they are not so close together. this is how they would print you can see alot of over lap. by clicking a section you can drag it to an other location.

Here they are spaced out.

now it just a matter of printing your project. they do print reversed to the image that you choose. this is from the pattern that i have done up for you it will do a 12 inch block.

here is what the peices will look like in the pattern.

My pattern for this violet can be found here:

Click to access renee-chesters-violett.pdf

Northcott fabrics was kind enough to send us each a yard of fabric for this project and i choose a border print from the Botanica – Single Colorway By Michel Design Works.

I choose to collage the outer border of my block by ironing on a fusible web on 2 of the meter border strips like seam2seam. Then I cut out the flowers away from the background and arranged the flowers around my main violet. I also took a few butterflies and added them to the violet. I really like how it turned out..

As each year there have been many bloggers joining the sew along. Even thought this is the last day you can look back on the past post to see what others did with the garden party theme, here is the schedule:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Blue Heron Quilting | Carolyn Butterfield | Made By Marney
Pumpkin Patch BC | The Devoted Quilter

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Bobbin In Quilts Blog | Kissed Quilts | Patchwork Breeze
Songbird Designs | Stitchin’ at Home

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Daughters of Dorinda | Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Just Let Me Quilt | Lovingly Lissa | The Quilt Rambler

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Fabric Bash/Carpe Blogum | For the Love of Geese
Kathleen McMusing | Ms P Designs USA | QuilterChic

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design | Patti’s Patchwork
Quilt Schmilt | Scrapdash | Your Sewing Friend

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Charisma’s Corner | Clever Chameleon
Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio | Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Mountain Meadow Designs

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Cynthia’s Creating Ark | Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Moose Stash Quilting | Tuning My Heart Quilts
Cheryl LaPlante

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Barbara Dieges | Linda B Creative
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio | Ursa Minor
Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Bumbleberry Stitches | Charlie’s Daughter
Seams To Be Sew | The Quilting Room with Mel
Words & Stitches

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Duck Creek Mountain Quilting | Lynn’s Beauty
Quilt Art | Renee’s Quilting Addiction
Sew Incredibly Crazy

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Show and Tell Day

I want to thank all my sponsors for the prizes and especially Northcott fabrics for their kind donation of fabric to each of us.

Northcott donated a fat quarter bundle for my draw winners.

Shipping Is Shipping Anywhere – USA winners will wait until the Row Along ends for shipping to take place and USA winners will pay shipping costs. Value $15.00

Click on this link


Please Click the photo below to get to my draw

Northcott will send you a bundle from one of these in the picture.

Or you can go Our Hosts Blog Marians below.

It is now 7pm on October 7 2020 and i have just completed my block top and blog just in the nick time for the October 8 release.

Hope you all enjoyed this block. Can’t wait to see what next year holds for us.


  1. Thank you for the pansy pattern. Each spring my grandmother would plant pansies in the flowerbed at the base of the steps to her front door.. When I see purple pansies, I think of her.

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  2. Thank you for the beautiful pattern you shared as well as the tutorial. I’m very new to EQ, so it was very helpful.


  3. this is such a cool process to get to the final result. wow. thank you for sharing your violet with us. my grandmother had a full violet garden with many varieties. she offered to give me some. she forgot to tell me they tend to take over. LOL 10 years later I am still pulling out stragglers But they remind me of her so it is all good


  4. Love the pansy! Great process description, now to see if I can stitch it. Thanks for sharing your inspiration & creativity both with EQ & in fabrics.


  5. Wow, thanks for sharing your beautiful block and your process. I have only done small pp blocks in EQ, but you really took it to the next level! And it’s terrific!


  6. This is such a pretty flower! I look forward to visiting garden centers to find this flower for spring time planting here in Iowa, USA. Thank you for sharing.


  7. Wow; looks kind of complex for my skill level, but I hope to get there some day. It is a lovely idea, and it was interesting how you figured it all out.


  8. Wow!!! Was interesting to see how your pansy was designed!! You’re sooooo creative! Thank you for sharing…& for chance to win your Give-a-way too 🙂


  9. You pansy is very pretty! I love pansies!! I’m not much of an FPP person, but I have foundation papers and our guild president taught a class last year, so this is on my to do list! Love how you collaged the flowers and butterflies. Great idea! Thanks.


  10. You made a really lovely pansy block that I will love experimenting with. It has been a hard year so I appreciate the effort it took to finish this. Thank you and thanks to the lovely sponsors.


  11. A Wonderful pansy. The border fabric and how it was used to frame the pansy looks to be a wonderful way to use the design as a pillow. Thank you for showcasing that use.

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