Mom’s French Cottage Garden

French Cottage Garden Pattern
French Cottage Garden Pattern

My Mom has been purging items from her home for a while now. Among those items were five unfinished Quilts. This quilt was one of the five. To get started with the project I familiarized myself with the pattern’s design, and instructions then worked to get my bearings on which steps were left to complete. From there it was just a matter of time before the bag of parts were assembled into a quilt top.

The quilt, as designed by the author, was supposed to have two borders. I made the decision to only use one. I quilted the body of the French Cottage Garden by echoing around the half-square triangles.

French Cottage Garden Quilt Top

In the border I stitched a continuous line of improv triangles to carry through the quilt’s theme.

French Cottage Garden Closeup

The backing of the quilt is a soft green fabric with a floral design.

French Cottage Garden Back of Quilt

This last photo makes it easier to identify my stitch patterns. With this quilt finished I have only one more to reveal. That quilt shall have it’s day very soon.

Thank you so much for sharing your time. I look forward to our next visit!


14 thoughts on “Mom’s French Cottage Garden

  1. It looks great, and it is now finished! I think it’s fine with one border. I like the embroidery, but the quilt still looks very pretty without it.

  2. I love the way you quilted this project. Are you long arming, or domestic? I am such a lover of my walking foot and straight line quilting, and this looks like a great way to tackle the triangles. I bet your mom is happy to see it “get finished”. Those projects in boxes deserve to be finished.

    1. Hi Grandma! I am a longarm quilter. I’ve tried doing large quilts on my domestic sewing machine but the process frustrates me. After being challenged with this dilemma I bought a longarm quilt machine several years ago. I now offer my services to other quilters that feel the same way. My Mom is thrilled to see her quilts being finished. As each one is revealed her smile grows even bigger. You are very correct. Her unfinished quilts certainly do deserve to be finished. They will give me and her many years of joy! Thank you so much for contributing to my post through your comments. I appreciate the thought you put into them and the time you take to record them. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  3. Hi Cindy,
    I am a big fan of pinwheels so of course I like this. It’s slightly more country that I would normally go . . . but there are pinwheels! Thank you so much for showing a closeup of your quilting! Looking at the top only, it didn’t look like you went from triangle to triangle – lots of starts and stops! But once I recovered my blown mind, I saw on the back that you did travel to each triangle in one continuous motion. Phew – imagine all the threads there would be to bury. OMG! ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Roseanne, I had a hunch you would like this one. It does have a “country” theme to it. You are very welcome. Starting and stopping at every triangle would be a huge undertaking and one that I would not want to accept. Thank YOU for sharing your thoughts and for visiting. 🙂

  4. Cindy, it’s a beautiful quilt. What will you do with the pattern? It looks older and I would be interested in purchasing from you.

    1. Oh thank you very much! For now I plan on saving all five of the quilt patterns. Most of them have hand written notes by Mom which makes them even more special. If I should decide to no longer keep it I will let you know. 🙂

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