Block of the Month: Aunt Grace Garden Party - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Block of the Month: Aunt Grace Garden Party

We are excited to welcome Vicki Bellino to the Jolly Jabber for the first time ever!
Her new Aunt Grace Garden Party Block of the Month begins shipping at the Fat Quarter Shop in mid-September so make sure to reserve your spot before we sell out of this wonderful Block of the Month.

Hello everyone! My name is Vicki Bellino and my pattern company is called Bloom Creek. Together with Marcus Fabrics, Judie Rothermel and I will be kicking off our brand new Aunt Grace’s Garden Party Block of the Month program in just a few weeks.

Judie Rothermel and I have become good friends over the years and learned that we both have an aunt who has had a major influence on our lives – Judie’s Aunt Grace and my Aunt Janet. After introducing our first Aunt Grace BOM, Circle of Friends, at quilt market in May 2010, we immediately began collaborating on a new concept for the next one.

We discussed the color palette Judie had in mind which would be used in a variety of small to large-scale florals and flower prints. After learning that both of our aunts were not only avid quilters, but shared a love of gardening and belonged to their local gardening clubs, it was a natural choice that Garden Party would be the theme of the next BOM. We also agreed to “change up” the typical BOM concept by using a block each month to make a horizontal row.

With all of that information floating around in my head, and the color fabric cards pinned on the wall, I began to design Aunt Grace’s Garden Party. In addition to the beautiful prints in this fabric line, I have also incorporated several of the 1930’s solids that seem to go hand-in-hand with traditional 1930’s quilts. My design concept was to add my own spin on what might be considered “traditional” 1930’s quilt blocks. I had such a wonderful response to the English paper piecing technique used in Circle of Friends, that I knew I would include this technique in Garden Party. (Besides, and as many of you may know, I am an avid English paper piecer.)

This six-month BOM includes several different techniques with easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams. I hope you enjoy participating in this program as much as I did designing it!


  1. I made Aunt Grace's Circle of Friends BOM this spring, it's absolutely gorgeous. Everyone who sees it wants one. Might have to make a Garden Party too! I haven't quilted my Circle of Friends as yet, would love to see some photos of how Vicki quilted it.