I will start with the name of this little quilt. Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is home to the beautiful Pitmedden Garden. Since I love to visit gardens while travelling, we had planned on visiting this one. The idea was to have lunch there, spend an hour or so, and then continue on to Aviemore. Little did we know that we would end up spending most of the day there. When I finished making the quilt top and showed it to my husband, the first words out of his mouth were “That’s Pitmedden Garden!” Henceforth, Pitmedden became the namesake of this quilt.
I can see why he thought of Pitmedden Garden. You can see the four quadrants of the garden and the walking path through them in this photo. I will share a lot more photos of this garden in one of the monthly Wandering Camera linky party posts.
I drew this pattern after seeing a flower through the window of my little atelier, and then combining it with a pinwheel pattern. Then, inspired by our travel to England – specially Derybyshire and Yorkshire – I made this mini using the pattern. The Tale Of Two Shires post has more on this mini.
Once I finished that one, I wanted to make a quilt for my kitties using the same colours, prints and quilting lines.
Since I often get asked how I choose colours and prints, I wrote a separate post on that – Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints.
I think the blender fabrics for the flowers make them look like flower-patches, which I like even more than the idea of one flower per block.
I used the same quilting lines as I used for the one-block-mini. I love using my walking foot, so I try to come up with straight line quilting designs to complement my quilts.
The parallel lines on the quilting ruler were exceptionally helpful for this. I drew a line through the middle first, and then made the V-lines from each side meet there. That was the only way I was able to get a square-shaped diamond in the middle of the sashing instead of a rhombus.
I used the same acid green thread that I used for the one-block-mini. Much to my surprise, it worked really well with all four flower colours.
Finally, a green binding to mimic a green wall of shrubbery surrounding the garden.
That wraps up my quilt version of Pitmedden Garden. It is now being used by our little kitties on one of their many beds.
Now I may just have to make one for ourselves!
This was also my one monthly goal, which I am happy to say I have accomplished. I am linking up with –
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish
Related Links –
The Tale Of Two Shires – Pinwheel Flower One Block Mini
Pinwheel Flowers – Colours And Prints
I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them.
Nicole July 27, 2018 at 19:03
The quilting is fantastic on this quilt. Lovely job.
Patty July 27, 2018 at 04:57
Very pretty! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.
Earlybird July 25, 2018 at 07:18
I went to your blog for the first time a couple of days ago and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Pitmedden Gardens! It’s one of my favourite places and I’ve been coming here with my grandma and my parents for around 40 years. I’ve moved from Aberdeenshire to Argyll, via lots of other places, but when I visit my mum and the sun is shining, we head for Pitmedden!
We’re there right now and I’d add a photo if I knew how!!
rose July 25, 2018 at 03:58
Lovely quilt ~ in concept and result!
And it reminds me that I have one ~ unfinished ~ on a shelf in a closet.
Carol S. July 22, 2018 at 14:13
This is such a beautiful quilt and that garden photo is gorgeous!
Angie July 20, 2018 at 01:34
A spectacular garden – I can only imagine how long it took to train those hedges into such eye-catching shapes. I can see the tie to the quilt … lovely greens and contrasting colors. Nicely done!
Cheryl Brickey July 19, 2018 at 19:38
I can totally see the inspiration garden in the design. I love the geometric nature of the quilt pattern and the quilting (both design and thread color) are perfect.
Kate July 19, 2018 at 19:12
Very pretty! Congrats on a lovely finish.
nessjibberjabberuk July 19, 2018 at 06:47
Lucky cats! We have a lot of photos, prints and crafts around our house to remind us of our travels. I haven’t heard of Pitmedden but I’m going to look it up for next year’s Scotland trip.
Sue H July 18, 2018 at 18:10
How pretty and what a wonderful reminder of a walk in the garden in Scotland. Perfect!
Jim, Sydney, Australia July 18, 2018 at 05:52
Carole @ From My Carolina Home July 17, 2018 at 05:29
Pretty quilt, and I like the way you quilted it.
Su-sieee! Mac July 16, 2018 at 18:54
Today I have been discombobulated following instructions, I just have to laugh. I almost re-did all of someone’s work, but she caught me before I got halfway done. Fortunately we were able to patch things up without anyone but us knowing what happened. I think we may have bonded over that in a nice way. So that’s good. Anyway I ramble. I love that you make quilts for your kitties. This one is beautiful, I love those greens, the lines, and the peek-a-boo flowers.
Tammie July 15, 2018 at 17:32
This turned out beautiful. I can see why your husband thought the gardens inspired you. Looks like a beautiful place to visit.
France July 14, 2018 at 12:32
Gorgeous! I love how you’ve quilted it.
Celtic Thistle Stitches July 14, 2018 at 07:35
What a lovely reminder of a great day! Another place to add to our list too by the looks of it :)
Patty July 14, 2018 at 06:54
Gemini Jen NZ July 13, 2018 at 19:22
Really pretty! I love the way you quilted it, very effective.
tubakk July 13, 2018 at 14:42
A really lovely quilt. The greens are super.
jesh StG July 13, 2018 at 12:01
I instantly recognized your style at Fri photo Journal! Love the way you tracked your inspiration for the viewer! It makes perfect sense!
Janine @ Rainbow Hare July 13, 2018 at 11:11
Pitmedden Garden looks spectacular. I like your quilt you have made to remember it :)
Kathleen July 13, 2018 at 10:07
Oh I just love this!
barbora July 13, 2018 at 09:41
What a good idea : capturing your travel memories in a pattern. Your quilting is absolutely perfect!
Kim Sharman July 13, 2018 at 02:29
I can see why Pitmedden Garden was the inspiration behind your lovely mini quilt. Such a pretty design and the colours are perfect. My oh my, your quilting is astonishing…..so perfectly spaced and stitched. Lucky kitties you have there.
Ann July 13, 2018 at 01:14
What a sweet quilt! Thanks for telling us about its inspiration and creation.
Fred July 13, 2018 at 00:31
Pretty mini, it’s like a garden indeed! Beautiful color combo
Kim July 12, 2018 at 22:37
Lovely, Soma, and I must put Pitmedden on my list of places to visit!
Tammy S Asad July 12, 2018 at 22:18
Lucky kitties. It’s a lovely little quilt.
Lisa July 12, 2018 at 16:08
It’s a very nice quilt Soma. The quilting on it looks spectacular.
krislovesfabric July 12, 2018 at 15:57
Love the quilting, pretty pretty finish :)
Dixie July 12, 2018 at 15:48
Beautiful design, Soma. A great memento of a lovely day spent in a faraway garden.
Susan July 12, 2018 at 08:58
Beautiful Garden, beautiful quilt.
Mary July 12, 2018 at 08:43
I always like how you bring your travel memories into your pieces. Those are lucky kitties to have such a beautiful quilt for their bed. Your quilting it also imitates paths. Very nice!
Lady Fi July 12, 2018 at 08:06
I’m loving all the greens.