Garden Party Blog Hop – Day 28: It’s My Birthday!

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 28 of Sewhooked’s Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop!

Hey, ho, it’s my birthday!

This is a post full of PARTY and PRESENTS for both you and me, so make sure you read all the way to the end!

What to get the girl that has everything.

It’s been quite a birthday month for me, what with the amazing-ness of the Garden Party, being part of the Ties That Bind Blog Tour (giveaways and coupons, oh my!) and Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and the 100 Blocks Blog Tour both on the way!

TODAY, my original quilt The Project of Doom, is on display at the Pflugerville Area Quilt Show hosted by Hennig House Quilts! If you are in the Austin area, please stop by for this super fun outdoor, non-juried show!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol 5 will be available for sale on May 8. Please support your local quilt shops and go pick up a copy! You can find me on pages 22 and 31!

If you will be in the Austin area on May 12, please stop by Honey Bee Quilt Store to see me! More information on that right here.

And now…what you came for…Garden Party!

My block, Perennial Pleasures, is a reminder to myself to take a few minutes to sit and do nothing, something a dear friend of mine has reminded me on occasion that it is OK to do! We’ve broken out the wine, the table is decorated and the sky is lovely and blue, how relaxing!

For those non-wine lovers out there, I’ve included alternate pattern pieces for a sweet butterfly.

Garden Party Blog Hop - Day 28: It's My Birthday

Download the free pattern for Perennial Pleasures

10″ paper pieced, all pieces include seam allowance

Directions for both layouts (wine and butterfly) are included in the free pattern.

 Garden Party Blog Hop - Day 28: It's My Birthday Garden Party Blog Hop - Day 28: It's My Birthday

Perennial Pleasures with Wine; pattern pages 2-5

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Perennial Pleasures with Butterfly, pattern pages 4 – 7

I cannot thank you all enough for making this April one I will never, ever forget! Because of this, I have something to give back to you…

Each and every person that makes a block from my Garden Party pattern, Perennial Pleasures (wine or butterfly), and posts it to the Garden Party flickr group will be entered to win a copy of Electric Quilt 7, courtesy of The Electric Quilt Company.

Yes, you heard that right.

I’m giving away A FREE COPY Of EQ7, the design software that I myself use!

The winner of the drawing will be announced on Monday, May 7 and will be chosen via random drawing using


Don’t forget, you’ll get one entry for the last Sewhooked prize pack (below) for each Garden Party Blog Hop block you make and share with our Flickr Group. Winner to be chosen in a random drawing on May 1 and the winning photo will be featured right here on Sewhooked! All winners are chosen with via

Garden Party Week 4 Prize Pack - Fruit & Flowers!

Week 4 Prize Pack: Fruit and Flowers Fat Quarters plus The Angler 2!

Previous Blog Hop Posts:

  1. Soma, Whims & FanciesMusic Notes
  2. Jennifer, All Things BelleSummer Sweetness
  3. Aalia, Joy of StitchesGarden Gate
  4. Schenley, Margaret’s Violet
  5. Megan, Monkey BeansGarden Party
  6. Lilja, liljabsBluebird
  7. Jill, Apple Avenue QuiltsBloom
  8. Dolores, A Labour of LovePimm’s Garden Party
  9. Kari, Fresh Cut Quilts: Let Them Eat Cake!
  10. Cindy, Quilt Doodle Designs: Spring Time Blooms
  11. Amy, During Quiet TimePick Violets
  12. Cat Magraith: Garden Party
  13. Susan-Claire, GourmetQuilter: Garden Party Munchies
  14.  Cyrille, Bubblestitch QuiltsYummy Cupcake
  15. Missy, GraceParfait CreationsBirdhouse
  16. Gaya, borsedigayaPosh 20s Lady
  17. Jessica, Plum PatchworkGarden Topiary
  18. Diane, From Blank PagesPotted Roses
  19. Cherry, Cherry Blossom Quilting StudioGeorge
  20. Vanessa, Crafty GeminiMod Mushrooms
  21. Sonja, ArtisaniaVintage Mason Jar Lanterns
  22. Michele, Quilting GalleryPatio Umbrella
  23. Alma StollerColorful Pinwheel
  24. Benita, Victoriana Quilt DesignsCroquet, Anyone?
  25. Charise, Charise CreatesHello Spring Tulip
  26. Jen, A Quilting JewelGarden Party Block
  27. Denise, Garden Cart

Whew, what a month! Please come back tomorrow for another free Garden Party pattern!


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67 thoughts on “Garden Party Blog Hop – Day 28: It’s My Birthday!

  1. liljabs

    Happy Birthday, I hope you’ll have a wonderful day with your family 😀

    I love both versions and can’t really decide which one to make so I might end up making both 😛
    I’m planing on buying EQ7 next month (been saving for it forever). yay! that I have a chance to win it but ether way I’m getting one in May 🙂

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      I’m so excited to get to give away a copy of EQ. You know I’ve been drafting patterns for years, but it’s given me so many more tools to work with and I’ve enjoyed it very much.

  2. Sharon

    Happy Birthday – it has been a wonderful birth month for all of us with these ‘celebration’ blocks for a Garden Party. Congratulations on all your exciting endevours.

  3. Judith Reynolds

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! Wish you a wonderful day with you and yours. This was all new to me and happy that I jumped right in…Thank you for sharing…I love the today’s block and cannot wait to get home and start on it……Judith, Texas

  4. cherylmonica

    Have a wonderful birthday, Jennifer. Both of these patterns are fantastic. Thanks so much for a whole month of paper piecing patterns. It’s been so great since I just recently became addicted to paper piecing.

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      A whole month of patterns was the best gift I could think of for my birthday month…it’s been such a joy to get to share so many talented designers’ work and to meet so many new quilters!

      1. myra

        Jennifer- I got by the Pf quilt show and saw your a.m.a.z.i..n.g. Project of Doom. Thanks for the heads up. Also, am going to give Perennial Pleasures a try.

  5. Kris

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! I think that there is a gift in having such a pretty block from making your pattern, the EQ 7 is an extra incentive though for sure. Thanks for sharing your pattern!

  6. soma1773

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! May you bring smile to all around you for years to come! (Beautiful block) 🙂

  7. Quilter in Motion

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer. What a beautiful birthday month you’ve had and shared with us, your blogging buddies. The block you saved for your birth day is a real beauty. It will be fun to make this, over and over, as all my friends will want one too!

  8. Carol Moler

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you, Jennifer, and best wishes for many more! Your block is is perfect – beautiful and cheerful. It says “let’s celebrate!”

  9. Maria Rosa Gomez

    que dios te bendiga y te de muchos años de vida y salud ……te llene de bendiciones gracias por tantas maravillas que nos compartes cada dia

  10. Andrea Southern

    Happy birthday, Jennifer. I have really enjoyed the garden blog hop, it was a really great idea. One of the best things was all the new blogs I’m now reading and I love listening to your talk on Tuesdays. Thanks again and hope you have a great day.

  11. Elnora

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Jennifer! And congratulations on all of your incredible accomplishments! Thank you so much for the blog hop, which is so generous of you and the other bloggers…

  12. Pat Hersl

    You celebrate with fun! Hope you have a wonderful birthday. And, I think your block is adorable!

  13. Bente

    Sorry that I missed your birthday, I hope you had a wonderful day!
    Some how I can´t add my block to the Filckr group, I´ll try again tomorrow.
    Anyway my block is in my latest blogpost, but I would love to win this great giveaway,
    thanks for the chance!
    Liebe Grüße

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      I had a lovely day, thank you so much!

      Your block is beautiful! If you can send me the link to your photo on flickr, I will invite it to the group. It’s not a necessary step, but it will ensure your photo is in the group in time for the drawing. 🙂

  14. scrapperdeb

    Belated Happy Birthday….I bet you’re still celebrating though!! 🙂 I’d love to be included. I’d love to win.

  15. Missy K.

    Great block. I am getting into designing my own paper pieced designs. Can you point me in the direction of tutorials/instructions/or books that may help beginners design their own patters with or without EQ7? I have been searching and haven’t had much luck yet.

    PS Happy Belated Birthday

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      Thanks, Missy! I have a couple of useful links for designing. I hope they help!

      Thoughts and suggestions on designing without quilting software with Drawing A Patchy Heart.

      Quilt Assistant – Free Quilt Design Software

      My best advice is to really pay attention to the way other patterns are structured and then practice, practice! A great way to start is by redrafting a pattern you already know how to make, something simple like a square in a square. Good luck!


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