Geese Along the Trail

by | Mar 1, 2021 | 35 comments

No, these geese are not the feathered kind!! Greetings friends! Welcome, and thank you for joining me as we kick off the Vincent’s Garden Pre-Cuts Blog Hop! This hop features Karen Overton’s Signature Collection Vincent’s Garden, by Kathy Engle of Island Batik. In case you don’t know Karen (aka The Quilt Rambler), she describes herself as a quilter who loves to ramble! She is a national teacher, quilt designer, certified Studio 180 instructor, and loves to inspire others! Karen, I am absolutely delighted that you asked me to participate in the release of your first signature line with Island Batik! Keep reading to the end as there is a give away!

A while back, I received some happy mail from Karen that included a set of 10 inch squares and some black Island Batik Foundations fabric, with the challenge to create a quilt for this hop. We were also told we could use other Foundations fabrics in our quilts. Oh my!! I am such a fan of Island Batik fabrics it was difficult to decide which fabrics to add to this beautiful collection. After much thought, I chose to add some chartreuse and cheddar! Those of you who know me well know that it was difficult for me to not add a purple in there! And while yellows aren’t really in my wheelhouse, I fell immediately in love with cheddar as it blended so well with Vincent’s Garden.

I had a couple of ideas in mind, so I opened up EQ8 and started playing. After several days of playing, I finally decided on the design you will see below. I love the process of creating a quilt, from designing, to selecting fabrics, to stitching it together, all the way to quilting and binding! So without further ado, here is my quilt, Geese Along the Trail!

I was going to use all Snail’s Trails blocks but changed my mind at the last minute! Snail’s Trail is a new favorite of mine. I used the Snail’s Trail BOB by AccuQuilt, to cut out these blocks. It makes quick work of cutting pieces! In fact, I used my AccuQuilt GoBIG, to cut everything except the flying geese blocks because I didn’t have the correct size in my stash!

Fabric: Vincent’s Garden 10 inch squares, Island Batik Foundations in black, cheddar and chartreuse. If I counted correctly, I used 17 fabrics in the line.
Thread: All piecing was done with my favorite 50 wt Aurifil thread. Quilting was done with 40 wt and Bottom Line 60 wt in the bobbin.
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Dream Poly because I love the loft and softness it provides.
Pattern: Geese Along the Trail – pattern coming soon!

Vincent’s Garden is available NOW in Karen’s shop here. She has several patterns as well, including new releases made using her signature line! So please check them out!

And now for the giveaway! Oh, but wait!! Did I mention there are TWO giveaways?? Island Batik has sponsored this giveaway in part by providing not one, but two complete fat quarter sets of Vincent’s Garden, that’s 20 different fat quarters! As a bonus Karen added a yard of either the light background (Sprinkles) or the dark background (solid Black). These two giveaways are for US residents only. But not wanting anyone to be left out, Karen is sponsoring a PDF giveaway that is open internationally as well as to US residents – one randomly drawn quilter will receive digital copies of her three patterns designed for this beautiful collection. The giveaway ends March 6th with the winners given a 48 hour to respond to verify their information. How awesome is that?! You can enter once a day!

Click to enter the giveaway:

Below is the schedule for the week. Please visit everyone, see what they’ve created, and leave them a comment! Comments make us do happy dances! LOL

Monday 3/1/21 
Michele Sutton, Sew Sutton Quilts

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs You are here!!

Tuesday 3/2/21 

Paula Nelson, Prairie Notion Quilt Shop

Amy Costabile, Amy’s Quilt Room

Wednesday 3/3/21 

Bea Lee, Beaquilter

Roseanne Nelson, Home Sewn By Us

Thursday 3/4/21  

Jennifer Strauser, Dizzy Quilter

Sarah Yuhr, Sew Much Charm

Friday 3/5 

Special guest bloggers, Island Batik Designers, Terri Vanden Bosch and Margaret Willingham

Terri Vanden Bosch, Lizard Creek Quilting

Margaret Willingham, Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you are inspired by something you see on this blog hop and the gorgeous Island Batik fabric!!

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  1. Susan

    Very pretty, bright, and cheerful!

  2. Rebecca Grace

    What an exuberant quilt, Brenda! That black Island Batik looks so fabulously saturated, like it might be great for Amish-inspired quilts, too. I’m going to have to look for it at my LQS. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

  3. Debby Patz

    If I win I would try my hand at some New York Beauty Blocks!

  4. grubmagruder

    Great colors to work with.

  5. Carol Andrews

    Brenda this quilt is just so vibrant. The addition of the cheddar and chartreuse just makes the Vincent’s Garden colours shine.I love the Snails Trail Block, too!

  6. dhowardvt

    Love your quilt – I hadn’t seen that “snail” block before – but it looks great with this collection!

  7. thedarlingdogwood

    Brenda, this is so pretty! I love it! Great choices of what to add to go with Vincent’s Garden, which already had such beautiful colors! Love this!

  8. lee

    I really like the colors against the black!!

  9. Janet Nancy

    Wow! Your quilt is very striking! Great colors.

  10. Cecilia YoungCecilia

    Beautiful quilt! I love the Snails Trail block, too. The fabrics are beautiful.

  11. quiltinggail

    Brenda, I love your creative quilt using Vincent’s Garden!!! Well done! 🙂

  12. Kathy E.

    Wow! Combining the snail’s trail and flying geese blocks is so fun! Both blocks are classic and the movement provided by each is perfect for using Vncent’s Garden fabrics!

  13. Julie Kennedy

    Beautiful quilt! The colors are so wonderful with that black background.

  14. shadesofrandom

    The colors look great on the black background.

  15. Susan L Stanton

    Your new pattern is lovely. Great job with the colors of the flying geese! I need new placemats, so that’s what I’d make with the pretty collection!

  16. Linda Williamson

    Beautiful colors. Love the detailed quilting.

  17. TheGranChris

    The colors are wonderful against black. This is a beauty.

  18. Beth Talmage

    Such a vibrant quilt! Your choice of background fabric was exactly right.

  19. Pam

    Your quilt positively dances! Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

  20. cshelleyqbq

    Gorgeous quilt!!!

  21. Melody Lutz

    That is a stunning quilt design!

  22. Melody Lutz

    That is a stunning quilt!!!

  23. Julie Bailey

    The fabrics Pop on the black background. Thanks for sharing

  24. Barb K

    Beautiful colors that shine against that black–nice work!!

  25. Teri

    I love the combination of blocks you used in your pattern and the vibrant colors.


    I love all the elements of this quilt. I love snails trail (also called Virginia Reel?). The border is so nice..kind of Aztec looking. There is a lot going on this quilt and it takes more than one look to see it all.

  27. quilterpt

    Your quilt design is wonderful. And the fabrics are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  28. lewisnancy54

    Love your fabric choices!

  29. stitchinggrandma

    Beautiful color choices! Congrats on a wonderful pattern!

  30. rl2b2017

    Hi Brenda! What a way to let the fabrics shine, shine, shine. This quilt is just gorgeous and those rich tones in the fabrics are luscious. I really enjoy the snail’s tail block – oh heck, everything about it just works so nicely together. Fabulous job! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Karen E Overton

      What a way to kickstart this hop girlfriend! I adore your design! Thanks for being a part of my journey ?Karen aka The Quilt Rambler

  31. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, That is going to be one colorful, magnificent quilt! Have a great weekend


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