Free Fabric Friday – Time for a Garden Party

Welcome to Free Fabric Friday! This week, I have a stack of fat quarters from the Garden Party line by Windham Fabrics. The deeply colored solids complement the florals and geometrics beautifully.

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'Garden Party' fabric stack by Windham Fabrics.

I could see these fabrics turned into a pretty lap quilt to use on the porch on cool evenings, a pretty pillow, or as a festive table runner for a graduation party or bridal shower.

What would you do with these fabrics? Leave a comment below, and one of you will be chosen at random on Monday May 5, 2014 as the winner.

Good luck and happy quilting!

P.S. The winner is kathy-s@ameritech.net! Congratulations! This giveaway is now closed.

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311 thoughts on “Free Fabric Friday – Time for a Garden Party

  1. I would love to win this bundle. I think a small quilt would be beautiful. I usually pull from my stash when quilting. It would be delightful to use a bundle of bright and modern fabrics already put together!

  2. This is silly, but I absolutely love the colors of these fabrics. It would be my first full sized quilt ever. My great grandmother was an avid quilter and I hope to carry on her legacy with the same enthusiasm one day. She taught me to sew and embroidery but by the time I was interested in quilting and understood the beauty of it, I was already too late. I’ve been trying so hard to gather the fabrics and materials, but as anybody here would know, new materials and notions are super expensive. All of my great grandmother’s belongings (a whole basement full dedicated to quilting and sewing, mind you) were auctioned off while I was playing silly teenager. There’s so much I wish I could go back and change, and being there for her and learning from her is pretty much at the top of the list. Sewing and quilting makes me feel a little closer to her every day. I don’t even care if I win anymore. I was just glad to say that (even on an anonymous message board). I just can’t say it to my dad. It hurts him too much (he lost his grandmother after all). I feel like I let him down the most.

  3. I would love to make a small table cloth for my dining room table. The fabrics and so bright and cheery and it would really brighten up the room.

  4. I love the colours. I would use them to make a quilt for a Cat Rescue that I support . The quilt could be raffled off as a great fund-raiser.

  5. Love trying new crafts and quilting is the new adventure! these are just stunning and would be beautiful in any project. Love to add these to my stash to make for a lap quilt..

  6. Those are some bright and cheerful colors!

    I’ve recently lost 60 lbs, so nothing I own fits anymore, even the things I bought along the way. Such a problem to have, huh?

    Fortunately, since I sew, I won’t have to spend all that much to get a new wardrobe. Great stash-buster, too! Right at the moment, with late spring and summer coming, I’m using up the yellow and navy stuff. This would fit right in, maybe as a lightly quilted jacket with jeans for the summer youth theater program I work backstage at. It’s outdoors, and those evenings cool off…

  7. I would love to use these fabrics to craft Roman blinds for my hallway–white with splashes of colour. I don’t have a garden so it would be a great way of bringing the garden inside!

  8. All those yummy colors, it’s so hard to decide, a quilt for my granddaughter, or even me. Im looking at making a ginormous tote bag since my daughter talked me out of the last one I made. These are such happy colors. Thank you for doing this. Yvonne cole

  9. I’d make a bright simmer jacket to wear over my pale lime green linen dress, and I’m sure there would be scraps for a pretty modern baby quilt for my nephew.
    Heather

  10. I am trying to get my nerve up to try a drunkards path. So I think that’s what I’ll try if I am lucky enough to win this beautiful fabric

  11. I would design a spring/summer wallhanging for my dining room–I change out this space with a seasonal or holiday quilt. Alas I have no fabric in my stash to make a spring/summer piece. And if you believe that there is a bridge in Manhattan for sale. mwahaha.

  12. Love the bright colours…… this I would use for a quilt for my granddaughter who will be born in July ’14…. can’t wait for her arrival…….. and I will need more fabrics for her twin brother!! Exciting times call for exciting quilts!!

  13. Great summery colors and patterns! I need some functional bags and pouches for me. Garden Party Tango fat quarters would be perfect. ~ Carey

  14. I would make a modern quilt. Use the beautiful Garden Party fabric to make a variety of traditional blocks and stitch together with lots of white and in a random fashion to make the blocks appear to be are free floating in the quilt.

  15. I love making pretty lap quilts to give as gifts. These fabrics would be perfect! I know the bright cheerful nature of the fabrics would appeal to many of the people I give gifts to.

  16. What beautiful fabric. I think I would use it in a charity quilt, it would make a little girl very happy to receive a quilt made with this fabric.

  17. what pretty fabrics. so perfect for spring projects right now. Hmmm I think I would make some place mats. Or maybe some pillow covers. Thanks for a chance.

  18. These fabrics would make a beautiful quilt to drape over the back of the couch in our enclosed porch for when it gets a bit chilly or someone wants to take a nap.

  19. These fabrics would make a beautiful quilt to drape over the back of the couch in our enclosed porch for when it gets a bit chilly or someone wants to take a nap.

  20. I would make a bed runner. I live in the tropics and those hot colors just cry out for use in decorating our home. Bright colors abound here and replicating them in fabrics is always a problem,

  21. I recently purchased a portable sewing table and need to make a carry case. I would strip out the fabrics in various widths and make a string, scrappy -quilted carry case. This would show off these beautiful colors at all my quilting events

  22. I would use these vivid, beautiful prints to create a tummy time quilt for my 2 month old daughter. She would love looking at each of the beautiful patterns!

  23. oh my, I don’t know what I would do…fabric baskets to store Items for my nieces, patchwork curtains for my daughter’s room (even at 18, she still can’t make a single choice on fabric colour or print and this has all her favourite colours.) Maybe I’ll make my first quilt and put it in my 18 year old’s hope chest……perhaps something for my granddaughter for when I ever get to meet her

  24. These fabrics are absolutely beautiful, they would make a bright and cheery baby quilt for my1st granddaughter. Plus a cute snap bag to hold baby items and maybe a burp pad or two.

  25. Wow,what beautiful colors…with everything going green (no plastic shopping bags) I would love to make a beautiful colorful shopping bag. What a great way to remind everyone ( myself included) how important it is to recycle and protect our environment.

  26. I would use these to make a ‘Strip Blouse’ because of all the beautiful colors. Cut 1 inch raw edge strips and sew them horizontally at the 1/2 inch mark around a simple blouse of a blending background color. Same thing with the sleeves and collar. You will pay lots of $ at the store if you can find one.

  27. I would use this fabric in one of my art quilts, they would make great funky pants, shirts, flowers in the grass etc…..love, love the the bright colors

  28. I would use this fabric in one of my art quilts, they would make great funky pants, shirts, flowers in the grass etc…..love, love the the bright colors

  29. I would use this fabric in one of my art quilts, they would make great funky pants, shirts, flowers in the grass etc…..love, love the the bright colors

  30. These are adorable. I have daughters and granddaughter in three different states.
    Think I would use in small purses that give them a piece of Grammy’s fabric
    Garden in PA.

  31. Love these fabrics. While it would be Very Hard to give away these beautiful fabric I would make a quilt for our local Fire or Police Dept. to give to someone in need. Wouldn’t these fabrics cheer them up??

  32. They are so colorful. I would turn them into a quilt. Though I would have to find some more fabric so it could be a full size quilt for the bed. I would welcome a good excuse to go to the fabric store. Actually I take any excuse good or bad to stop at the fabric store.

  33. Such beautiful spring colours after such a long winter! When I get new fabrics, like many quilters, I suspect – I put them out on my desk and just look at them and look at them again and again. I love to imagine all of the projects I could make. I like the idea of making them into either a bright spring table runner or a great lively bag. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  34. Just seeing these colors makes me want to put on my white straw hat, a summery flowered print dress, sit out under a big old magnolia tree and sip a tall, cool drink. These colors say, “Spring is here and Summer is coming fast. Let’s play in the sunshine!”

  35. I would make quilt with random hexagons spread over a pale grey or white background with no borders. A foray into modern quilting inspired by the collection of bright prints

  36. My 91 yr old Mom just moved into a new space and has a small deck. This would make a lovely runner for her little table and would remind her of me every day.

  37. These are very pretty fabrics prints. I have so many lap quilts left to make for family & friends I would make a lap quilt and use the scraps for a nice tote for me.

  38. I see these fabrics in a quilt that uses a modern variation on a traditional quilt design. Ohio stars or a log cabin would really show off the bright and summery fabrics. I also just found a nifty a nifty button appliqué quilt on the Quilting Arts project site that I think would be fun with these.

  39. I would make a picnic cloth/table cloth and line a basket to take on a picnic, using the “Nine-patch Variation” pattern. The fabric is so “cheerful”.

  40. “The one who dies with the most fabric wins!”. These would make an awesome summer jacket to wear to a garden party or outside summer concert. The possibilities for these colorful fabrics are infinite!

  41. I would give the beautiful Garden Party fat quarters to a very talented friend who enjoys making and using gorgeous quilted bags and purses.

  42. I have been making flannel lined baby bibs lately and the pretty flower prints would be pretty for that. Also little wallets would be a good project. So many ideas my mind is spinning. LOL

  43. i’d love these bright fun fabrics for bags – and something beachy to sit on for a picnic or outdoor concert. the possibilities are endless – thanks for the opportunity to win them. i use brights a lot. 🙂

  44. fabric remind me of a summer garden, I would do an art quilt with bead and embroidery embellished, maybe even a little felting for some of the flower centers. It would be a wall hanging size about 15x 24, or a little bigger.\Shirleyhh

  45. After the winter we’ve had, spring is finally on its way. I’d make a big,beautiful patchwork bag with those gorgeous patterns and colors.

  46. The colors and patterns here seem so cheery! Wouldn’t it be lovely to use them to make accessory carriers to put on walkers or wheel chairs for the elderly? I think they would be such a bright, encouraging addition for someone suffering or for shut-ins.

  47. So many great ideas here. I have fun reading what everyone posts. I think I would like to make a table runner. I have a formal dining room and I am working on making a supply of table runners for every season and holiday!

  48. So many great ideas here. I have fun reading what everyone posts. I think I would like to make a table runner. I have a formal dining room and I am working on making a supply of table runners for every season and holiday!

  49. I would love to have this packet of fabrics. I have been trying to gather pieces of fabrics to make my granddaughter a quilt for her birthday. She will be 13 this year and when she heard I made a new quilt for her cousin she was upset with me. She had been trying to use her quilt I made when she was little and it is getting too short for her to cover up with. I thought a quilt would be a nice birthday present for her and something is would not be expecting. I’m keeping my fingers crossed in the hopes of winning these fabrics. I use your website often to get ideas for patterns and quilts. Margo Otto from Port Orchard, WA. apalachi_48@yahoo.com

  50. Being a new quilter, I would make a small wall hang to brighten up my sewing room. I just love the beautiful prints, the look so festive. I could see them brightening up my sewing room.

  51. Being a new quilter, I would make a small wall hang to brighten up my sewing room. I just love the beautiful prints, the look so festive. I could see them brightening up my sewing room.

  52. These colorful fabrics would make a perfect small quilt to put on my brand new couch that just got delivered today! Perfect for snuggling!

  53. Joyce@TN I like the bright colors and designs! I know my Granddaughter who just turned five would “LOVE” them too! She is starting school this fall and one of “our” projects is to let her start sewing this summer. Maybe if chosen to “WIN” we could create a quilt “nap pad” or something “fun” to wear for those first warm days of school. Thanks! Danielle & Granny Joyce

  54. I THINK I would make a set of napkins….maybe to use for a garden party! I love a bright splash of color in table napkins. Simple dishes to not detract from the food. But bright, fun, floral napkins….I love. Thanks for the give-away.

  55. Wouldn’t this make an exciting summery table runner for my deck furniture…or napkins and coffee mats…an maybe a matching potholder hot pad…do you think? Very pretty collection.

  56. I love the colors and the prints. They would go great in a quilt for my bed and would go with the paintings in my bedroom which were painted by my daughter.

  57. These fabrics will be a series of 3 wall hangings for my bedroom. What a delight to wake up to in the morning, and remind you that spring is actually here!

  58. As spring is finally here, these prints would become a series of 3 bright wall hangings for my bedroom. Something to wake up to and put an instant smile on your face…

  59. It’s hard to know exactly what I would use these for without actually fondling every single one, but those flowers are lovely! I usually make wall-hangings so that is most likely what I would use these for. I keep trying to make a “Modern” quilt, but am hampered by not having many “Modern” fabrics. These might work well for one of my “Modern” ideas.

  60. What lovely, modern, bright, Spring colors! I can definitely picutre this collection as a big patchwork slouchy bag with lots of pockets.

  61. I would really like to make several sets of Mom and Me “hostess” aprons for three daughters and 2 grand kids.. these fabrics would be just the right “happy” notes!!Thanks for a chance to win!!

  62. This stack of fat quarters would make big ball pillows. Stuffed with a soft filling, they would be comfy pillows & fun toys for the grand children! Thank you for having Free Fabric Friday. Just seeing those color combinations inspire me.

  63. When I got my own place after graduating from college, my mother and grandmother made a beautiful and colorful quilt for my bed. My daughter has just graduated and I think this would make the perfect quilt that her grandmother ( my mother) and I could make for her!

  64. What a lovely collection this would be to win… I see a very bright quilt in the making for my very special granddaughter that loves flowers….

  65. What a lovely collection this would be to win… I see a very bright quilt in the making for my very special granddaughter that loves flowers….

  66. These colorful, happy fabrics would make great summer cafe curtains for a kitchen or brighten that guest bath window with simple panels. You could line them with some white fabric from your stash to help prevent fading from the sun. You could even make patchwork borders or stripes for store bought curtains to go in a girl’s bedroom. They would make you smile each time you walked into the room.

  67. I have a new grand-baby girl and would love to make her something (a quilt?) with these bright and cheery fabrics and then have enough left to make me a pillow or two!

  68. These are beautiful fabrics! I’m kind of getting into making handbags and totes, and I can definitely visualize these fabrics in those projects. Thanks for the opportunity!

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